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Saint John Chrysostom Parish is blessed as we continue our faith journey under our administrator for Saint John Chrysostom Parish, Father John Connolly.
Prayer for Advent
Dear God, as an Advent candle is lit
in joyous anticipation of your Son's nativity,
remind us always of the reason for our joy.
As the purple of the candles stand for both penance
and atonement for sin,
give us the grace to do penance for our wrongs,
and to love Christ,
whose sacrifice atoned for the sins of the whole world.
But just as the rose candle stands
for joy in the midst of suffering and expectation,
give us the joy of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who came into a world that had so longed for its Savior,
and made the angels themselves sing with joy at his birth.
The Fourth Week of Advent: The final few days of waiting are upon us. God brought us to this point and will see us through good times and bad for the rest of our lives. God gave Mary the strength to accept His Word. She was surprised by the angel’s announcement, yet chose to accept God’s plan. Her love and commitment can help us when we are faced with difficult choices.

As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the last candle on our Advent wreath and our preparation for Christmas is almost finished. We also reach the culmination of the O Antiphons. In previous antiphons our cry was directed to the Messiah as He manifested Himself to the Chosen People, to the Gentiles, and in nature; now He is addressed in person and asked to remain with us as Emmanuel.

The Advent Wreath The use of the Advent wreath is a beloved, traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of the wreath takes place on the evening before the first Sunday of Advent, Into the circle evergreen branches are inserted four candles, three purple and on rose-colored. According to tradition, the candles represent the four weeks of Advent. The rose candle is lighted on the third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete (latin for “Rejoice!”) Sunday. Sr. Maureen has Advent wreaths with candles and just candles for sale to families that would like to purchase one.
Christmas Tree Or Poinsettia Plant We would welcome anyone who wishes to provide a Christmas tree or a poinsettia plant to adorn our altar, and we would be most grateful. You may also consider offering donations of cash at the Parish Center Office, in memory of your beloved deceased, for our beautiful Christmas flowers. We will publish a list of the names in whose memory such donations are given.
Saint John’s Family Christmas You and your children are invited to share in the spirit of giving and sharing, by participating in our parish family Christmas projects. Donations of warm winter clothing such as – sweatshirts, pajamas, sweaters, vests, slippers gloves and mittens would be warmly appreciated. Kindly, drop off your donations to the Parish Center, on December 7th and December 14th . Thank you for your continued generosity.

During the month of December the children in our Religious Education Program will be collecting new white socks.

The socks will be donated to the Boston Coalition for the Homeless to help with the demand for dry socks during the winter weather.

Update On Father Charlie: Previously it has been stated that Father Charlie traveled to England in early October after the death of an extended family member, Susan Mooney, to offer his prayerful presence and support to Susan's family and friends. After two months in England, Father Charlie returned home last week, and was looking forward to resuming his ministry among us in the last two weeks of Advent. Sadly, the day after Father Charlie arrived home, he learned that another good friend, Alan Watson, with whom he had stayed on his previous trip, had died due to injuries sustained in a bad fall. As no one who knows Father Charlie would be surprised to learn, Father Charlie quickly made the decision to return to England for the funeral of his good friend. Father Charlie has been assured that all of us here at Saint John Chrysostom Parish would be praying for the gentle repose of the souls of his friends, Susan and Alan, the consolation of their family and friends and for Father Charlie himself as he brings the love and mercy of the Lord to those who grieve. We look forward to welcoming Father Charlie back to us upon his return.
Bereavement Support Group at Holy Name Parish is meeting twice monthly beginning in November. This is a peer support group, not group therapy, the purpose of the group is to come together in grief to comfort and assist one another. To register/additional info. Call Fran Hauck at 617- 325-4865 x13 or fran.hauck@holynameparish.com or see the Holy Name Parish web site for details.
National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette: This year’s Festival of Lights celebrates the Shrine’s 61st Anniversary with the theme “Jesus light of life” (John 8:12). The Shrine is located on route 118 in Attleboro, MA. The illuminations will be from 5:00 to 9:00 PM daily celebrating the religious traditions of the Christmas season. Each day there is an Opening Ceremony and Blessing at 4:55 PM at the Outdoor Manger. For more information call 508-222-5410 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, or visit our website at www.lasalette-shrine.org
Thank You and Congratulations, Sister Maureen!: Sister Maureen Taaffe, SCN is celebrating her Silver Anniversary of twenty-five years as Pastoral Associate here at the Parish of Saint John Chrysostom. In ways great and small, day in and day out, for a quarter of a century, Sister Maureen has generously and faithfully shared the gifts of her own faith, hope and love with all of us here at Saint John’s and beyond. We give thanks to Almighty God and to Sister Maureen for blessing us with the ongoing gift of her ministry, and we prayerfully ask Our Heavenly Father to continue to bless Sister Maureen with the health, gifts and graces she needs to continue her exemplary service of Christ-like love, care and compassion. Please be sure to offer a word of gratitude and congratulations to Sister Maureen when you see her. Plans are being made to celebrate Sister Maureen’s twenty-fifth anniversary among us at a later date during this coming year.
Religious Education Program (CCD) 2014-2015:
Upcoming Classes
Sunday, December 21rd, 2014
9:30 AMCCD Grades 1 & 2
10:30 AMCCD Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6
6:30 PMCCD Grades 7,8,9 & Confirmation Class
Sunday, December 28th, 2014
No Religious Ed Classes this weekend
Merry Christmas!
Sunday, January 4th, 2015
9:30 AMCCD Grades 1 & 2
10:30 AMCCD Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6
6:30 PMCCD Grades 7,8,9 & Confirmation Class
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
9:30 AMCCD Grades 1 & 2
10:30 AMCCD Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6
6:30 PMCCD Grades 7,8,9 & Confirmation Class
Sunday, January 18th, 2015
No Religious Ed Classes this weekend
Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend
more Religions Ed...
Saint Vincent de Paul Society: Imagine how Mary felt at the birth of Jesus: excited, awed, frightened. Deep faith was her light in the darkness, for Jesus was born during the night so he could be the light and joy in the darkness of our lives. In faith is found the real lasting joy of Christmas.

This month, through your gifts, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to bring the joy of Christmas to the hearts of the needy. God Bless You and your loved ones this Christmas and always.

Pray for our Sick 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.
Project Cookie Dough Many thanks to our bakers who made homemade cookies this past month - they were very much appreciated. This month's cookies will be due by 3:00 p.m. on the 15th of the month. They may be dropped off at the Parish Center. New bakers are always welcome! If you need more information, please contact Donna O'Connor at 617-524-4396. Thank you to all of you who keep this service project going each year! We are so grateful.
Parish Health and Prayer Shawl Ministry:
Saint John's Prayer Group will next meet on Tuesday evening December 16th, 2014 at 7:30 PM. We wish you the Blessings of this Holy Season. Our last Prayer Meeting for 2014 will be Tuesday, December 16th, 7:30 PM – weather permitting. Saint John’s Prayer Group will not be meeting during the winter months; we will resume our Prayer Meetings in April, 2015. Merry Christmas to all! more...
Pray for our Sick 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.
Catholic Schools Open House and Registration
Our Music ministry would like to introduce music from our hymnal that is not often sung or sung infrequently. As you look through the book, you may see a hymn or song from your childhood summer camp, or other church experiences, that you'd like to hear or sing again. The music ministry would be happy to introduce new hymns or more frequently sing music that will uplift souls and minister to the whole flock. Just drop off any hymns or a list of hymns that you'd enjoy, in an envelope with Alan Long's name at the office. Thank you for your support of the music ministry. Let us move forward in the peace and joy of God's Great Love.
Let us pray for and celebrate the life of Father William S. Dunn, physician of souls, as his pilgrimage brings him to eternal life. May he rest in peace. Father Dunn passed away on Monday, 20 May 2013 after a brief illness. Burial was at Saint Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury.

One year has passed since Father Dunn passed away unexpectedly. His illness came upon him suddenly after returning from a trip to the Holy Land with Cardinal O'Malley and a large number of priests. An overflow crowd filled the church with Cardinal O'Malley presiding on May 23, 2013, and he was laid to rest where many of our parishioners have been interred at Saint Joseph Cemetery.

He had an interesting background. One of 7 children, he grew up in South Dakota and travelled extensively throughout the United States. A medical doctor, he did training in Worcester, MA, taught in St. Louis and Washington, DC and found time for a Masters degree in public health at George Washington University. In his youth, he thought of becoming a priest. The call came back in his late fifties. He entered Pope John XXIII National Seminary for Delayed Vocations in 2002. Four years later, there was Dr. Dunn becoming Father Dunn at the hands of Cardinal O'Malley.

His first assignment as parochial vicar was to Saint Mary Parish in Chelmsford. On December 13, 2010, he was appointed the fourth pastor of our parish. Many of us remember his first weekend at Saint John's when he introduced himself, telling us his life story with a sense of humor. His pastorate was a mere two years and four months and he was taken from us much too soon. Tall, friendly, quiet and personable, he was a priestly gentleman. May he rest in peace!

Obituary in the Boston Pilot


Kindly keep Father Dunn in your prayers. Thank you.
Pastoral Collaboration Plan Read latest about the Archdiocese of Boston announcing the first parishes to be grouped under the first phase of the new pastoral plan in the Pilot
Pastoral Planning Read this article from the Boston Pilot discussing Caridnal Sean's approval of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission proposal. The proposal calls for the archdiocese to organize its 288 parishes into approximately 135 groups called "parish collaboratives." Led by one pastor, a group of priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers, called a "pastoral team." Be informed.

Saint John's Parish Library As we enter the Season of Lent, please take advantage of the wonderful parish resource of our Library. Our Librarian has prepared a wonderful display of works that are especially suitable for reading during the Lenten days of grace and repentance. Please stop by and browse through our Lenten display as well as the rest of the collection, and pick out a literary companion for your own Lenten journey

The Tuesday Night Prayer Group has dedicated their parish library to Father Dunn. Many books have been donated to deepen the spiritual life of our parishioners. Several ladies have been overseeing this project, both financially and faithfully checking the spiritual content of the books. They are grateful for the many religious texts they have received, which have been already used by many of our parishioners

If you are in need of inspirational reading come visit our parish library. We have several excellent books for you to read. The Library, a gift from our Prayer Group is located in the upper room, and contains books on interesting variety of subjects including Church History, Theology, Bible and related books, Lives of the Saints, Maryology, Spirituality, Prayer Parish Ministries, and some Catholic fiction.

Take a look and take out a book.

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.

At present the Liturgical Committee is calling parishioners to serve in the following ministries, Eucharistic Ministers are called not only to minister the Body and Blood of Christ, but to have and maintain a strong faith, a sense of awe, and an inclusiveness of others as the foundation for their ministry. The ministers accomplish this by strengthening their faith from within and sharing it with the faithful at communion time.

There are additional duties available at Saint John’s that you can participate in that will allow you to assist the parish and help you serve your faith. We need people willing to serve as Lectors or Adult Altar Servers.

If you do not wish to be out in front, you may wish to care for the altar or arrange for the flowers. Whatever your expertise, your assistance would be greatly accepted. No job or amount of time is too little.

Anyone interested in assisting please contact Sr. Maureen at 617-323-4410 ext. 16

Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors: Saint John's would like to thank our Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Ushers, Collectors and Greeters for all of their help in assisting us at Masses and especially Funerals. The community appreciates and values their time and talent here at Saint John's. If anyone feels so inclined to be involved kindly call Sr. Maureen at (617)-323-4410 ext. 16.

Please notify the Parish Office, if you are planning a vacation within the next two months so we may make our scheduling arrangements. If interested in Lecturing, Ushering or Greeting, kindly call Sr. Maureen at 617-323-4410. Thank you.

We would like to Thank our Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Ushers, Collectors and Greeters for all of their help in assisting us at Masses and especially Funerals. We appreciate and value their time and talent here at Saint John's. New Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers are welcome. As disciples in Christ perhaps you may also want to share your gifts with us.

"Being able to serve as a Lector has given me a deeper understanding of Scripture and the ways it can touch our hearts by having it read to us. Saint John's Parish has always been a gift in my life. Spending time here and helping out has made that gift even more special."

"It is very nice being a Eucharistic Minister. I always get the feeling of belonging to my church community and get such satisfaction from helping out. By serving in this ministry, I also feel that I am being a role model for my children. The benefits of serving truly outweigh the limited commitment and are truly worth the time."

If anyone would like to change Ministries kindly let us know. Please contact Sister Maureen at 617-323-4410, Ext. 16.

Are you interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister? They are called not only to minister the body and Blood of Christ, but to have and maintain a strong faith, a sense of awe, and an inclusiveness of others as the foundation for their ministry. The ministers accomplish this by strengthen-ing their faith from within and sharing it with the faithful at communion time. Anyone interested in this ministry, please contact Sr. Maureen at 617-323-4410.
Saint John's Altar Servers The Mass is the greatest act of prayer and worship that we can make to God. The Mass is a celebration of God’s love for us as an Altar Server it is a privilege to assist the priest with the Liturgy. We invite our adult parishioners and our young boys and girls to be part of this special ministry. Will you respond to God's call? If you are willing, please call Sr. Maureen at 617-323-4410 ext. 16.

We thank our Altar Servers who have been serving throughout the year.

Parents, kindly have your child at Saint John's ten minutes before Mass if he or she is serving. Thank you.

Clergy Benefit Trust directly supports the health, welfare, and retirement needs of our six hundered forty-five diocesan priests. These men have been there when we needed them. Now, it is our turn to fulfill the promises we make as Catholics to care for them when they need us. Clergy Benefit Trust supports the hundreds of priests across our Archdiocese who faithfully serve the Catholic faithful each day of their lives. All are welcome to make a donation online at CareforSeniorPriests.org On behalf of all our priests who will benefit from your generosity this Easter, thank you for your support. The following are senior Priests who have served faithfully at Saint John Chrysostom Parish. Please remember these faithful priests in your prayers and when contributing to the Easter Collection this year: Reverend Joseph K. Fagan, Reverend Leo X. Lynch, Reverend Paul A. Phinn, Reverend Paul W. Berube, Reverend William T. Pearsall, Reverend Garrett J. Barry, Reverend Paul V. MacDonald and Reverend Charles B. Flaherty.
Communion Calls The parish staff will bring Holy Communion to shut-ins on a monthly basis. Please call the Parish Office 617-323-4410, if you know of a shut-in who would like to be included.
Marriage Program/Pre-Cana The catechism of the Church explains: 1632 “So that the ‘I do’ of the spouses may be a free and responsible act and so that the marriage covenant may have solid and lasting human and Christian foundations, preparation for marriage is of prime importance.” It is imperative that anyone who is preparing to receive the sacrament of Matrimony attend a workshop beforehand. For more information or to register, contact Sister Maureen ext. 16 or parish secretary 617-323-4410 ext. 10. You might also want to check the Archdiocesan website at v. more...
R.I.C.A.The RCIA (Rite of Christian initiation of Adults) is a process which adults are fully initiated into the Catholic faith community. It includes four periods of information: Pre-catechumenate, Catechumenate, Enlightment, and Mystagogia. It is for men and women who are not baptized, baptized in another Christian Church and interested in ours, or baptized in the Roman Catholic Church but who have not received Sacraments of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation and have not been active in their faith since childhood. Each person's journey of faith is different. There is no set timetable for reception of the Sacraments. If anyone is interested in this sacramental process, the season at Saint John's begins in mid-November. Please contact the Parish Secretary 617-323-4410.
Saint John's Baptism Preparation Program The Baptism Program is a time for parents to reflect on the love of God and the new life of your child. We welcome your child into the Christian Community through Baptism. It is a wonderful time to renew your faith-life as parents, and prepare for the Baptism of your child. Together we explore the meaning of Baptism not just for the day of the ceremony, but for the continuing faith-life of your child. The class is held each month. Our next Baptism Class will be July 12, 2014, at 10:00 AM. Before the Baptism of your child please call Saint John’s parish Office 617-323-4410 ext. 10 or drop by for details and times. more...
Celiac Disease For those with celiac disease, we do have low-gluten altar bread and are able to consecrate these hosts at Mass for Holy Communion. If you wish to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office.
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, please contact the parish secretary with the name and service. We will remember them in our prayers.
Students and Adults Called to Serve The Mass is the greatest act of prayer and worship that we can make to God. The Mass is a celebration of God's love for us as an Altar Server it is a privilege to assist the priest with the Liturgy. We invite our adult parishioners and our young boys and girls to be part of this special ministry. Will you respond to God's call? If you are willing, please call Sr. Maureen at 617-323-4410 ext. 16.
Ministry to the Ill and Shut-ins Saint John's Eucharistic Minister's visit the hospitals as often as possible. When someone is admitted to a hospital be certain to indicate that he/she is a member of Saint John Chrysostom Parish. If you or your loved one or a neighbor would like to receive the Eucharist at home, kindly call the Parish Center Office (617)-323-4410 and one of our Eucharistic Minister's will visit you each month. more...
Stewardship. All things are from God and all things should be shared with those in need. As the people of God, we are called to "Go in peace, to love and to serve the Lord." Stewardship is our way as Catholic Christians of doing that every day in every possible way that we can.

There may be new signs of life speaking to us. We have only to see them to experience the glory of the risen Lord penetrating the shadows of our lives. Would you ever consider being in ministry here at Saint John's as a Lector, Minister, Usher, Greeter or any other ministry. Just as Jesus taught His disciples, we as disciples of God, can offer what we have. We encourage you to participate in any of the above areas that you may feel you can share with us.

If you would like to join any of our ministries kindly call Sister Maureen 617-323-4410. Thank you. more...

Project Loaves and Fishes You can make an on-going difference in a hungry person’s life. Simply bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to church with you every week. Place the item in the large baskets marked. Like Christ feeding hundreds with five loaves of bread and a few fish, you can make a difference in your own small way. The collected food will go to a food pantry where it will be distributed to those in need. They are in particular need of powdered milk, peanut butter, canned milk, tuna, macaroni and cheese and tomato sauce
Pregnancy Help Is a crisis pregnancy center sponsored by the Archdiocese of Boston. Trained and caring counselors are available to assist any women experiencing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. Pregnancy Help provides free pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, counseling, referrals, ongoing support and material assistance to support women in finding alternatives to abortion. All services are free and confidential. Services are available for English, Spanish and Portuguese speaking clients. For assistance call toll-free: 1-888-771-3914.

Our Parish Mission Statement

We are God's people – women, men and children – created in His image and raised to a new dignity through Baptism to be a priestly people and stewards of His creation.

Conscious of this dignity, we choose to gather together at Saint John's to worship our Father, through Jesus in the Spirit especially in the liturgy and to create a family bond among us.

Therefore, we freely commit our time, talent and treasure to enhance the spiritual and human growth of the members of this family and the wider community.

Welcome to new parishioners!

If you are new in the parish, please 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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