Latest News and Announcements

An Update on Our Capital Campaign

An Update on Our Capital Campaign

We are pleased to announce that we have raised over $1,140,000 in pledges and one-time gifts toward our minimum goal of $1,250,000! If you have not decided on your gift to the campaign, we invite you to prayerfully consider making your gift at this time. Our hope is that as many parishioners as possible support this effort. Every gift, no matter the amount, truly makes a difference! Thank you to the many families that have already supported the campaign. You generosity is greatly appreciated. Campaign Pledge Reminders: This past week pledge reminders were mailed to parishioners who pledged to the capital campaign. Monthly reminders will be mailed at the end of each month. Quarterly reminders will be sent each January, April, July and October. Semi-Annual will be sent January and July. Annual reminders will be mailed each December (allowing for year-end gifts). You may also make payments at your convenience. Please be sure[...]
Faith in Our Future Campaign Update

Faith in Our Future Campaign Update

We appreciate all who have so generously given to our Capital Campaign, Faith in Our Future.  As of January 14, we have raised $1,066,745 in pledges and one-time gifts. We encourage everyone to consider making a contribution to this effort.[...]
"Faith in Our Future" Campaign - Please Make Your Pledge This Week

"Faith in Our Future" Campaign - Please Make Your Pledge This Week

December 14th and 15th was “Commitment Weekend” for our parish capital campaign, Faith in Our Future. Our campaign is off to a great start and we continue to receive many additional pledges each weekend.  If you forgot to bring your pledge envelope to Mass, please mail it to the parish office this week or bring it with you to Mass next weekend. Additional brochures and pledge envelopes are available at the entrance to the church. Thank you to the many families that have already supported the campaign. You generosity is greatly appreciated.[...]
“Faith in Our Future” Campaign Off to a Great Start!

“Faith in Our Future” Campaign Off to a Great Start!

December 14th and 15th was “Commitment Weekend” for our parish campaign, Faith in Our Future.  The initial results are very encouraging. We will have an update in the next few weeks.  If you forgot to bring your pledge envelope to Mass, please mail it to the parish office this week or bring it with you to Mass at Christmas or next weekend. Additional brochures and pledge envelopes are available at the entrance to the church. If you have not decided on your gift to the campaign, we invite you to prayerfully consider making your pledge this week. Please review the suggested gift plans and continue the success of our campaign by making your gift as soon as possible! Thank you to the many families that have already supported the campaign. You generosity is greatly appreciated.[...]
This is Commitment Weekend!

This is Commitment Weekend!

Please place your “Commitment Envelope” in the regular collection at Mass. If you forgot to bring your pledge envelope to Mass this weekend, please mail it to the parish office this week or bring it with you to Mass next weekend. Additional brochures and pledge envelopes are available at the entrance to the church.  You can also view the brochure and other materials, including a history of the our parish and photos of our church from the late-1880's through the present, on the Faith in Our Future page of our parish website. We are asking all parishioners to consider a sacrificial pledge of $4,000 or more. With a 10% down payment ($400) your pledge would be $100/a month for three years or $75/month for four years. All pledges and gifts, no matter the amount, are greatly appreciated! Only through sacrifice throughout the community can we achieve our goal of raising $1,250,000.[...]
Today, Monday December 9 at 1pm and 7pm

Today, Monday December 9 at 1pm and 7pm

Rev. Thomas F. Powers and the Saint John the Evangelist Parish Community cordially request the pleasure of your company at a reception inaugurating our Capital Campaign "Faith in Future" Monday, December 9th 1:00pm and 7:00pm In the Rectory To learn more, please visit  Our Capital Campaign: Faith in Our Future[...]
Faith in Our Future: An Invitation

Faith in Our Future: An Invitation

Rev. Thomas F. Powers and the Saint John the Evangelist Parish Community cordially request the pleasure of your company at a reception inaugurating our Capital Campaign All parishioners will receive an invitation in the mail. Please select the time and date that is most convenient for you and  let us know by returning your reply card or by sending an email to stjohnwellelsey@stjohnwellesley.org. (RSVP helpful but not required to attend.  If you did not receive an invitation in the mail, please let us know so we can correct our mailing list.) Thursday, November 21 at 7pm Monday, December 2 at 1pm or 7pm Wednesday, December 4 after 7am Mass* Monday, December 9 at 1pm or 7pm *All receptions will be held in the Rectory, except for the reception following 7am Mass on December 4th, which will be held in the Social Hall.[...]
Our Capital Campaign: Faith in Our Future

Our Capital Campaign: Faith in Our Future

This weekend, our pastor Father Tom is announcing the inauguration of a parish Capital Campaign -  Faith in Our Future - with a goal of raising $1,250,000 in order to address some much needed updates to our parish facilities. Sections of the original part of the church, most notably the tower, are in need of significant repair and reconstruction. Our heating and cooling systems need updating and our parking lot needs repaving and improved lighting. This campaign will allow us to address these important projects that have been deferred over the years because we are unable to fund them through our regular operating budget and Grand Annual collection. This past spring we conducted a Planning Study to determine the extent of support for this effort. Input was sought from parishioners in a variety of ways, including one-on-one interviews, focus groups, and a general parish-wide mailing. Thank you to all who participated in[...]
Planning Study Summary

Planning Study Summary

Below is the Planning Study Summary that we recently received from Cornerstone Fundraising.  Please review the report and contact the Rectory Office (781-235-0045) if you have any questions. Planning Study Summary Personal Interviews conducted: 23 Focus Groups: 4 focus groups- 47 participants On-line survey: 125 participants Case Statement: Sections of the original part of the church, most notably the tower, are in need of significant repair and reconstruction. The heating and cooling systems need updating and the parking lot needs repaving and improved lighting. Estimated cost: $1,100,000 Study Highlights St John- St Paul Collaborative There is some misunderstanding regarding the parish collaborative. While some understand that the collaborative is primarily about “staffing” others fear there is a possibility of merging with a neighboring parish. It would be helpful for the parish to once again address the issue- through a bulletin article, homily, or by the Planning Committee. Prioritize Fundraising Projects Several parishioners suggested that the maintenance projects should be prioritized according fundraising goals achieved. Fr. Powers,[...]
Parish Planning Study Completed

Parish Planning Study Completed

Thank you to all parishioners who participated in our recent parish planning study by attending an interview, focus group, or by returning the questionnaire. As you know, for the past year and a half, our Building and Grounds Committee has been evaluating our parish facilities and assessing deferred maintenance. They have reported that sections of the original part of the church, most notably the tower, are in need of significant repair and reconstruction. Our heating and cooling systems need updating and our parking lot needs repaving and improved lighting. These are just some of the projects that have been deferred over the years because we are unable to address them through our regular operating budget. Your opinions and suggestions expressed through the planning study will enable us to formulate a final plan that will help meet the needs of our entire parish. A summary of the findings will be in the bulletin after[...]
Capital Campaign Update - Parish-Wide Questionnaire and Focus Groups Begin!

Capital Campaign Update - Parish-Wide Questionnaire and Focus Groups Begin!

As you know, Fr. Powers and our Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils have decided to move forward with a parish-wide Planning Study to formulate a plan to address some on-going maintenance needs at our parish. Your opinions and suggestions will enable us to formulate a final plan that will help meet the needs of our entire parish. During the next several weeks, every family on our mailing list will be contacted and asked to take part in a study process conducted by Cornerstone Fundraising, a professional Catholic fundraising firm. Members of  the Cornerstone team will be conducting one-on-one personal interviews and focus groups.  Please consider attending one of the Focus Groups, which are open to all parishioners, to discuss this possible project. The Cornerstone staff will be conducting these meetings in the Social Hall: Thursday, June 13th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Monday, June 17th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.   In addition, every registered[...]
Capital Campaign Update

Capital Campaign Update

Fr. Powers and our Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils have decided to move forward with a parish-wide Planning Study to formulate a plan to address some on-going maintenance needs at our parish. For the past year and a half, our Building and Grounds Committee has been evaluating our parish facilities and assessing deferred maintenance. We are in the process of prioritizing these needs and estimating the total cost for the work. During the next several weeks, every parish family on our mailing list will be contacted and asked to take part in a study process to be conducted by Cornerstone Fundraising, a professional Catholic fundraising firm. Members of the Cornerstone team will be conducting one-on-one personal interviews and focus groups with randomly selected families and individuals of the parish. A direct mail study questionnaire will be mailed to every home as well. Focus Group meetings are open to all parishioners.  The[...]
St. John the Evangelist Capital Campaign

St. John the Evangelist Capital Campaign

As was announced last weekend, Fr. Powers and our Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils have decided to move forward with a parish-wide Planning Study to formulate a plan to address some on-going maintenance needs at our parish.  For the past year and a half, our Building and Grounds Committee has been evaluating our parish facilities and assessing deferred maintenance. They have reported that sections of the original part of the church, most notably the tower, are in need of significant repair and reconstruction. Our heating and cooling systems need updating and our parking lot needs repaving and improved lighting. These are just some of the projects that have been deferred over the years because we are unable to address them through our regular operating budget.  We are in the process of prioritizing these needs and estimating the total cost for the work. Careful consideration and thoughtful planning is required for[...]