Category Archives: Special Events

Pauline Sisters Books & Media after all Masses July 27-28

The Daughters of St. Paul, with the Pauline Publishing in Jamaica Plain & the Pauline Book Center on Route 1 in Dedham, will be here at St. John’s July 27th and 28th.

Be sure to stop by their display for Spiritual reading, Lives of the Saints, books for Children, DVD’s, music, Gifts, and more! Choose some great Summer Reading to enrich your faith and share it with others! Additionally you can check out their website:

Appreciation Weekend May 19-20

All Masses will be in Thanksgiving for you who make our parish all that it is and continues to become!
Thank You All!

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner – This Saturday, March 17 at 6:00pm at St. Paul

shamrock bannerPlease join us for a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to celebrate Boston’s patron saint!
Saturday, March 17 from 6:00-9:00pm at St. Paul Parish Hall
Babysitting and kids games available in lower parish hall

Please purchase your tickets in advance to help with headcount
Tickets available at St. Paul Church Rectory Office and at the St. John Collaborative Office, as well as after the 4:00pm, 9:00am, and 11:00am Masses at St. Paul’s during weekends of February 24-25, March 3-4, and March 10-11.
For more information, to make a monetary donation, and/or to help organize and decorate, please email


Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance at St. Paul’s – Saturday, February 10 from 6:30-9:00pm

Father-Daughter-DanceFathers, Father-figures and special friends are invited to bring their daughters (of any age) to spend quality time with each other and experience an evening of dance and fun!  Tickets are $25 for two, max $30 per family.  This includes a DJ, dancing (with a dance contest), snacks, drinks & free raffle.  Tickets will be sold after the 9:00am Masses on January 28th and February 4th as well as at the door the night of the dance. We are hoping that our friends from St John’s will come and join us for this year’s dance!

For more information or to help with the event contact:  Eric Laplaca at 617-365-5063 or

Please note that the dance is on Saturday this year not Friday as in previous years.


Friday, December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Immaculate ConceptionMASS SCHEDULE
7:00am at St. John
9:00am at St. John with Saint John School – all welcome!
9:00am at St. Paul
12:00pm at St. John
7:00pm at St. Paul

Thank You from NPH!

Thank you to the whole St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Community for your amazing support of NPH and the pequeños during their recent visit! We are excited to announce that our Collaborative sponsored 105 children and donated over $14,000 to NPH. A special thank you to the families of our collaborative who opened their homes to host the students and their chaperones: the Fantozzi, Gutierrez, Jones, Kehoe, Ronco/Rhind and Sullivan families. Thank you to all volunteers who helped at the sponsorship tables. Thank you to the DelVecchio family for opening their home to the whole group for a celebration at the end of the visit and to Annas Taqueria for generously donating the food. Thank you to Mimi Eldridge for volunteering to help facilitate the visit and for her tireless work to make it such a great success.

Our Guests from Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH)

In two short weeks, the NPH Pequeño Tour will be coming to St. John and St. Paul Parishes! The group will be from the NPH home in Guatemala and we will be splitting their time between the two parishes. For each Mass over the weekend of October 7/8, there will either be a speaker from the NPH University Program, or the whole group will provide music and dancing!

This is a wonderful chance for you and your families to experience the mission of NPH and meet some of the children who have been served through NPH programs. Please look at the following schedule and plan accordingly. This is a holiday weekend and there is no Religious Education, but if you are in town, you and your family will not want to miss this, and we hope you will come and help us to provide a very warm welcome to our visitors. The musicians and dancers will be helping us with our liturgy at the following Masses:

St. John: Saturday, Oct 7 at the 5:00pm Vigil Mass and Sunday Oct 8, at the 5:00pm Mass
St. Paul: Sunday, Oct 8 at the 7:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am Masses
All other Masses will have a University Speaker.

We will also be kicking off an NPH sponsorship campaign next weekend. Our “30 Kids in 30 Days” campaign will strive to find thirty sponsorships at each of our parishes! So make sure you stop by a sponsorship table after Mass, starting next weekend, to see how you can make a real difference in the life of a pequeño! Thank you!

To learn more, here are some helpful links and videos for you to check out:

NPH International website

NPH USA website

Cardinal Sean on NPH USA

NPH Family: Celebrating 60 Years

NPH Path to Success




Our Collaborative “Blessing of the Animals” – Sunday, October 1 at 2:30pm at St. Paul

Please join us on Sunday, October 1 at 2:30pm for the SJSP Collaborative
“Blessing of the Animals”.  All loved animals are welcome – real, toy and photo!  (St. Paul Church front lawn)

For their safety, all real animals should be leashed or in a carrier. 

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) are coming to the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative!

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is welcoming this group of students from the NPH home in Guatemala to be with us at Masses on the weekend of October 7-8, giving testimony, dancing, and helping to lead the music at some of the Masses. The students will be staying in Wellesley from October 3-10 with families from our parishes.

NPH USA supports Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), which works to transform the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, NPH is raising more than 3,200 children throughout nine homes in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. An additional 2,300 students who live outside the homes receive scholarships, meals, and health care. NPH’s outreach services assist more than 100,000 people every year. Truly, this organization is changing lives for the better.

The organization was started in 1954 by a Catholic priest, Fr. William Wasson, in Cuernavaca Mexico. Fr. Wasson was called to the police station in Cuernavaca, where the police had arrested a young boy who had stolen from Fr. Wasson’s church collection plate. When Fr. Wasson met the young boy, he asked him why he stole, to which the boy replied that he was trying to get money to feed himself. Fr. Wasson decided not to press charges, but told the police he would take the boy back to the parish, where he would give him a home and everything he needed so that he wouldn’t have to steal anymore. By the end of the month, the police had given Fr. Wasson seven more children to take care of in the same way – children they had arrested or taken off the street where they had nothing.

Fr. Wasson gave these children a home, and more importantly, gave them hope for a better life. By the end of the year, Fr. Wasson had to buy property to take care of all the children he was given by the authorities. And NPH was officially born!

NPH’s mission is quite simple:

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™, inspired by Christian values, strives to create a loving and safe family environment for vulnerable children living in extreme conditions. Through comprehensive education, healthcare and spiritual formation we give the children the opportunity to develop their potential, shaping better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

To learn more, here are some helpful links and videos for you to check out:

NPH International website

Cardinal Sean on NPH USA

NPH Family: Celebrating 60 Years

NPH Path to Success




It’s Welcome Weekend!

WelcomeSeptember 16-17

During “Welcome Weekend” we lift high the banner of WELCOME to one and all as we celebrate the life of this community and the countless ways this life continues to grow and deepen in faith and love and service. Each September is always a new beginning! Come, join us to make this year the best!