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What's New at Saint John Chrysostom
Free COVID Tests The federal government is making free test kits available shipped to your home. Visit special.usps.com/testkits to order yours.
RIP Rev. Paul A. Phinn We regret to announce that Father Phinn died on January 14, 2022, two days before his 91st birthday. Father Phinn was pastor here at Saint Johns from September 1985 to December 2005. He will Lie in State here at Saint John on Tuesday evening, January 18, 2022 from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. John Chrysostom Church, 4750 Washington Street, West Roxbury on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10 o’clock.

Father Phinn was born on January 16, 1931. He came from a family of two boys and attended the Randall G. Morris Grammar School in West Roxbury and Boston Latin School (Class of 1948). Both Paul and Gilbert became priests of the Archdiocese. He prepared for the priesthood initially at Maryknoll College in New Jersey and New York. He then completed his studies at St. John Seminary. He was ordained on February 2, 1957 at Holy Name Church by the Most Rev. Jeremiah F. Minihan. He offered his first Mass on February 10 at St. Theresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury.

Obituary: Gormley Funeral Home

You may also be interested in this video: Father Phinn at Saint John Chrysostom

Archdiocese Mask Mandate Extended: In the light of the continued growth in the numbers of new COVID cases, Cardinal Seán is extending the current mask mandate.

It is mandated that that throughout the archdiocese all people attending public Masses, including weddings and funerals, wear masks. This is an extension of the mandate currently in effect, and expires on Thursday, March 3, 2022, which is the day after Ash Wednesday.

Welcoming Afghan Refuges

January 4, 2022

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. John and St. Theresa Parishes,

I write today to follow up on the recent bulletin, website and pulpit announcements you may have seen or heard informing you of our Collaborative Parishes' efforts to welcome a family or group of refugees recently arrived here in the United States from Afghanistan as our new neighbors at the former Rectory or Parish House of St. John Chrysostom Parish. The initial reactions and responses I have received to the idea of this effort have been overwhelmingly positive and I write today to personally invite you to become involved in this initiative to help a group of people who are in tremendous need at a very traumatic and trying time in their lives.

We are working with Catholic Charities of Boston and are completing the process of being certified as a POWIR (Parishes, Partners, and People Organized to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees) Site in order to “sponsor” a group or a family. The parishioners, friends and other volunteers who join us in this effort will work together to meet a range of needs faced by our new neighbors such as housing, transportation and cultural support. We will be raising funds and soliciting donations of furnishings or in-kind professional services and support to provide to these folks upon their arrival. We will work to provide a hospitable, welcoming and supportive community to receive these folks with a particular emphasis on assisting in their acclimation to our community over their first year.

A parishioner, colleague and friend of mine, Barbara Thorp, has graciously accepted my invitation to serve as Coordinator for our efforts to welcome our new neighbors. Barbara has a lifetime of professional experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker compassionately and competently caring for and assisting a broad range of people enduring significant trauma and trouble. We are both blessed and grateful to be able to count on her personal and professional resources in this important role as Coordinator.

Based on my review of the material provided by Catholic Charities, I estimate we will need to raise $50,000-$60,000 to fully support these Children of God over their first year among us. I am hoping that a number of you will join me in making a sincere, significant and sustained commitment of your time, talent and treasure over the coming months of 2022. Both Fr. Charlie Higgins and I are each making a monthly donation of $100 from January through December of 2022 to support our new neighbors. I respectfully invite those of you whose own financial resources allow to join me in so doing or to consider either a one-time gift or monthly commitment of whatever amount you believe you are able to afford.

During this Christmas Season we recall the Flight into Egypt of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family. More than twenty centuries later, we have the privilege of similarly receiving, welcoming and caring for others among our sisters and brothers in dire need. If you would be interested in becoming involved in an effort to so assist, please call Barbara Thorp directly at (617) 921-3169, Carol at our Collaborative Parish Office at (617) 323-4410 or (617) 325-1300, or speak directly to Father Connolly or Father Higgins. May we come together in a prayerful and powerful way to be the welcoming face of Our Lord to these folks at this challenging time in their lives.

Asking God to bless you with the abundant Graces of the Christmas Season throughout the New Year of 2022, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Reverend John J. Connolly, Pastor

COVID Exposure on 12/24/2021 There are reports of people that attended the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass, 12/24, that later tested positive for COVID. If you attended one of this Mass and feel symptoms you may want to rapid test or consult with your primary care provider.
2021 Grand Annual

November 22, 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint John Chrysostom Parish,

I write today to invite your participation in and support of the 2021 Grand Annual Collection. This yearly undertaking is the single most significant means, other than the weekly Offertory Collection, by which we, through your generous commitment, are able to raise the funds necessary to provide compassionate pastoral care, celebrate beautiful and uplifting liturgies, maintain our church, rectory and grounds, and, quite simply, continue to carry out the mission and ministry of Christ Jesus, Our Lord, in collaboration with our neighboring Parish of Saint Theresa of Avila and in communion with Cardinal Sean and the Archdiocese of Boston, right here in our little corner of West Roxbury.

This year of 2021 has continued to be a challenging one for all of us in so many ways. Our ongoing efforts to combat and contend with the COVID-19 Pandemic is about to enter its third year. The mitigation efforts and the many adjustments we have all been called upon make continue to take a toll.

Despite these challenges, you, the faithful who comprise and support Saint John Chrysostom Parish, have been extraordinarily generous and attentive to the financial stewardship of our Parish. As your Pastor, I cannot thank you enough for the manner in which you have stepped up to maintain the mission and ministry of our Parish. As we move forward together in the coming year your continued support is essential and remains critically important.

Some folks have asked how much money they should contribute to the Grand Annual Collection. As in most situations, there is no “one size fits all” answer. I simply invite each family to prayerfully consider your own ability to make a sacrificial offering. As a guide, in light of the demographics of our parish community, I would respectfully ask each working family to contribute Three-Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($350) to the Grand Annual if your circumstances allow.

For some of you, the economic fallout from the pandemic has severely impacted your own family financial situations. I am sorry for the hardships you are continuing to endure. Please be sure not only of our prayers in the face of these difficulties, but also of our willingness to try to support you in other ways which you might bring to our attention. As best we can, we want to walk with you and try to be of assistance. As I make this appeal for your support of our Grand Annual Collection, please be sure that I fully understand if you are not able to contribute at this time. Please make your family your first priority.

For others, the financial fallout associated with the pandemic has not been as significant, and your circumstances may not be as precarious as those of some of your neighbors. If you find yourself in a position to perhaps be even a little more generous in your donation to this year’s Grand Annual Collection than in years past, please be sure that any such enhanced support would be both very welcome and put to good use. If your own particular, personal circumstances allow, I would be most grateful if you would please prayerfully and seriously consider increasing the size of the amount of your family’s contribution to this year’s Grand Annual Collection substantially, or even incrementally. As always, we here at St. John’s are extremely grateful for both the sacrifices you make and for the devoted commitment you demonstrate through your ongoing, faithful support of our Parish.

Enclosed with this letter is the Return Envelope for the 2021 Grand Annual Collection which, as was mentioned above, will take place at all of our Parish Masses on the weekend of Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th. Recognizing that a substantial gift may not be possible in one lump sum, we will be gratefully accepting Grand Annual Collection contributions through the last weekend of February 2022, Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th.

With gratitude for your support through your gifts of time, talent and treasure, and with the assurance of an ongoing remembrance of you and all whom you hold dear in my Masses and prayers during these trying times, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Reverend John J. Connolly, Jr.


For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.

"... this synodal process is a gift of the Holy Father to the Church. It's not just a meeting about meetings, or a parliament, or a gripe session. It is calling us to be a listening Church - to pray, talk to each other and discern the signs of the times and God's will for the Church and our mission in the 21st century." - Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap.

For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.

The consultative process in the Archdiocese will begin in early 2022 and will explore such themes as: Companions on the Journey; Listening; Celebration; Sharing Responsibility for Our Common Mission; Dialogue in Church and Society; Ecumenism; Authority and Participation; Discerning and Deciding; and Forming Ourselves in Synodality. The insights gathered from Catholics and others in this Archdiocese will be combined with those from other dioceses and be used to guide an international discussion.

The Synod will conclude with a General Assembly at the Vatican in October, 2023.

Refer to the Synod Synodality page on the Boston Archdiocses Web site for more information.

Sunday's Mass LiveStreamed: Goto our Facebook Page or our youTube Channel to replay the Masses from weeks preceeding. Be sure to view last year's Christmas Concert (2020) featuring our Cantors, John, Osmani, and Rena accompanied by Alan on the organ, piano, and guitar. Also in our archive is a video of Father John Carroll leading the stations of the cross.
St John's and St Teresa's Parish have formed a collaborative as of September 1, 2020. Please read this announcement from our pastor, Father John Connolly more...

Need Prayers? Each day we pray for those sick or infirmed in the Parish. If you would like us to pray specifically for someone in need, please write the name of the person in the Parish Book of Intercession in the vestibule of the church or call Saint John's Office at 617-323-4410 ext. 10. We now have an email for you to send us your prayer requests. We have a team of people praying and Father John will include your prayer intentions on the altar at our Live Stream Masses. Send your prayer to prayers@stjohnchrysostom02132.org

Important: For privacy reasons please use First Name Only for people you pray for.

Virtual Christmas Concert: Our Christmas 2020 Concert is available on-line.
Virtual Christmas Concert Announcement 12/20 3pm
Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors: If you would like to become a lector, which simply means that you would read during Masses, or become a eucharistic minister, please contact the parish office or our pastoral associate, Mary Campion.
Project Rachel is a confidential Catholic outreach ministry offering hope and healing to women and men hurting from past abortions. Archdiocese of Boston. For further information call 508-651-3100 or help@projectrachelboston.com or visit the website at projectrachelboston.com

Project Rachel is named after the Old Testament figure Rachel, who weeps inconsolably for her children "who are no more" until God came to her, offering hope for her future. (Jeremiah 31:15-17)

Volunteering at Saint John's Saint John's is blessed with all those who volunteer their time to enrich our parish community. It reflects the generosity, the social commitment and the basic Christianity of our parish family. Thank you to all those who have volunteered in the past. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the parish office to learn more about our current opportunities for volunteers or contact our pastoral associate, Mary Campion.
Celiac Disease For those with celiac disease, we do have low-gluten hosts. When you come up for communion the priest will have the low gluten hosts in a separate container (pix). Take the host out of the container yourself since the priest has touched the hosts that are not gluten free.
Military If you know of someone on active duty or about to be deployed and would like their name displayed in the vestibule of the church, and included in the parish bulletin, please contact the parish bulletin with the name and service. We will remember them in our prayers.
Prayer of Fr. Mychal Judge
Lord, take me where you want me to go,
let me meet who you want me to meet,
tell me what you want me to say,
and keep me out of your way.
Peace Garden in Memory of Father Charlie On June 4, 2017, we dedicated the peace garden in Father Charlie's honor. The garden is located in the back yard if the church. It will always be open to anyone who wants to sit and reflect, have lunch or even take their coffee outside. It is our parish garden for some quiet time.

Our Parish Mission Statement

Saint John Chrysostom Parish is a welcoming, inclusive community of believers in Jesus Christ. We invite all to pray with us. The gifts we bring and the joys we share are influenced by our personal history, religious experiences and orientation, all of who we are. We follow the Gospel message of love through vibrant liturgies which inspire us to act as we come with open hands serving the needs of all peoples.

Welcome to new parishioners!

If you are new in the parish, please stop by and say hello to the celebrant following mass and introduce yourself. Also, visit our office in the parish center or call the parish office (617) 323-4410 EXT. 10 to register with us so we have your name and address. Anyone in our parish who will be moving is also asked to advise us of their new address. Thank you.
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