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What's New at Saint John Chrysostom
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Father John Connolly, Father Charlie Higgins, and the staff of the collaborative parishes of Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Theresa Avila wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving day Masses are at:
Saint Theresa 8:30am
Saint John 9:30am

Altar Servers Boys and girls in Grade 3 or above who are interested in becoming Altar Servers are asked to call the rectory (617-325-1300 / 617-323-4410) and leave their name and contact information. Deadline for sign up is Sunday, November 27th. You may also email the parish office.
2022 Grand Annual Collection This yearly undertaking is the single most significant means, other than the weekly offertory collection, by which we are able to raise the funds necessary to provide compassionate pastoral care, 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.

The 2022 Grand Annual Collection will kick off with a special collection on December 3 & 4. Realizing that one lump sum may not be feasible for some in our parish, we will gratefully be accepting Grand Annual Collection contributions through the last weekend of February, which is February 25 & 26.

This announcement is extracted from a letter from Father Connolly. Please see the parish web site for the complete letter. And thank you for your consideration. Letter

Sr. Maureen Taaffe It seems that everyone who knew Sister Maureen can tell you a story of how she has made a difference in their lives. Sister Maureen passed away six years ago. She was the Pastoral Associate here at Saint John's for twenty-five years, quietly steering the ship. She died on August 22, 2016. Sister Maureen was a native of Hyde Park although she belonged to an order from Kentucky, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Take a moment and do a good deed to honor all the good deeds Sister Maureen did throughout her life, many of those impacting the people right here at Saint John's.
Welcoming Our New Neighbors (WONN)

Update June 20, 2022

This past weekend, with the enthusiastic leadership of Kathy Anastasia and Patty Courteau, WONN hosted a cook-out at St. John Chrysostom Parish for our Afghan neighbors as well as Afghans living nearby sponsored by St. Julia's Parish in Weston. Despite the cool temperatures it was a wonderful gathering with an opportunity for many people to meet and celebrate our new friends from Afghanistan.

Over the past month three of the men from the original group of five have moved to join relatives and close friends from Afghanistan to continue to follow their unique path of building a future in America. At the cook-out on Saturday we had a chance to speak by FaceTime with one friend who moved to Chicago and another who has settled in San Antonio. Both were happy to tell us that they were settled and working full-time jobs. Another friend moved to Houston last week and we were able to safely see him off at Logan Airport.

It was a wonderful send-off for him when Susan Powers, representing the Proper Bostonian Quilters, arrived in the Church parking lot to deliver beautiful hand-made quilts for all of the men. We will be shipping quilts to San Antonio and Chicago, but our friend heading to Houston was determined to make room in his duffle bag for his new quilt. It was especially touching to be invited into the phone conversation he had with his mother in Afghanistan as he was preparing to leave for the airport. On all of our behalf I told her what a wonderful son she had and how privileged we were to know him and to greet herĀ in Afghanistan!

Let us continue to pray for peace and for all refugees seeking homes, employment and family reunification.

Barbara Thorp

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

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.
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.
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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