What's New at Saint John's: ... Info Session for Holy Land Trip Rescheduled to 3/16 ... Congratulations Father Paul! 60 Years! ... No More 7:00pm Saturday Mass ... God, Coffee, & Conversation ... Bible Study: Gospel of Luke Starts Soon ... Visit our Parish Library for some inspirational reading ... Follow us on twitter @StJohnChry02132 and Facebook ...

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Join us at our daily Mass and at our weekend Liturgy. Worship the Lord with us and be enriched by thoughtful homilies, beautiful music, and a welcoming community of faith.

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What's New at Saint John Chrysostom
Next weeks second collection will support the Church in those underdeveloped areas of the world. Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Church in Africa and in Central and Eastern Europe and three important national Catholic missions: the Military Archdiocese, Home Missions, and the Black and Indian Missions. Your generosity will help fund the spiritual, educational and humanitarian needs of the Church around the world. For more information about each of these organizations go to their websites:
  1. CRS: www.usccb.org/crscollection;
  2. Church in Africa: www.usccb.org/catholicgiving/opportunities-forgiving/solidarity-fund-forafrica/index.cfm
  3. Church in Central and Eastern Europe: www.usccb.org/catholicgiving/opportunities-for-giving/centraland-easterneurope/collection/index.cfm;
  4. Military Archdiocese: www.milarch.org/
  5. Catholic Home Missions: www.usccb.org/catholicgiving/opportunities-for-giving/catholichome-missions-appeal/index.cfm
  6. Black and Indian Missions: blackandindianmission.org
Congratulations Father Paul! Sixty Years!

Rev. Fr. Paul V. MacDonald was honored for the Sixtieth Anniversary of his Ordination into the priesthood on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Ad multos annos!

No More 7:00pm on Saturday Evenings

After much contemplation we have decided we will no longer be able to have our Saturday evening 7:00pm Mass. Our final Saturday 7:00pm Mass will be on January 12, 2019. The attendance has just been too low. We recognize that there are several parishioners that have regularly attend this Mass. We regret the inconvenience.

Weekly Parish Bulletin: we have a new publisher that is printing our weekly parish bulletin. The innaugural issue was our Christmas bulletin. Read it here or visit our page on the Pilot Bulletins web site.
2019 Travel with Us to the Holy Land: Visit the Holy Land with Us

Saint John's along with Collette Travel is planning a trip to the Holy Land September 16-24, 2019, A Pilgrimage to Israel: Discovery. This includes a stroll through the winding alleys of historic Jaffa, visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus' ministry in Galilee, stop at Shepherds' Field where the angels appeared on Christmas night, discover the ancient cities of Nazareth and Bethlehem, travel to Tel Megiddo, site of the final battle before the coming of the Messiah, stand in the upper room, near the traditional site of the Last Supper, and get a taste of the local flavor when you enjoy lunch at a kibbutz. Collette will be doing a presentation on Tuesday, Fenruaru 12, at 6:00pm in the parish hall. Please stop by and pick up a brochure or visit the trip web page

Note: The information session, originally scheduled for February, has been rescheduled to March 16, 2019, at 6:00pm.

Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors: The current schedule for Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors is posted on-line here
Saint Vincent de Paul: In the gospels Jesus calls us to love our neighbor. Help us help our neighbors who feel beaten up by life, perhaps robbed of self-respect, and who might feel invisible to those in our community.
Parish Health Ministry:

Our next Blood Pressure Screening is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019, before and after the 4:00pm Mass and on Sunday, February 10th, 2019, after the 7:30 am Mass in Room 5-6 of the Parish Center.

The next meeting of the Saint John Parish Health Ministry will be held on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, at 7pm in the Parish Library. New Members are welcome. It is not necessary that you be a nurse or health care professional to be part of our Health Care Ministry.

Project Cookie Dough: Many thanks to the fourteen bakers who made 827 homemade cookies last month - they were very much appreciated by all their recipients! This month's bathes of cookies will be due on Tuesday, January 15, by 3:00 p.m. New bakers are always welcome. We are happy to welcome some of the residents from Benchmark Senior Living as part of our baking brigade! Leave cookies in the parish kitchen downstairs. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Donna O'Connor at 617-524-4396. Thank You!
Saint John's Parish Library If you are looking for inspirational reading come visit our parish library. We have several excellent books for you to read. The Library, a gift from our Tuesday Night Prayer Group, is dedicated to the memory of Father Dunn. It 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. Stay tuned for some exciting improvements to our library.

Take a look and take out a book.

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)

Saint John's Prayer Group: The weekly meetings for the prayer group has resumed for the fall. Meetings are on Tuesday at 7:00pm in the Church. Come and bring a friend. more...
Saint Vincent de Paul Society: There are many in our community in need. Saint Vincent de Paul is an organization to help. Would you join us so that we can better identify those in need and provide them with assistance? If you can, please call or leave your name in the parish office, or leave a message at 617-469-0459.
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.
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.

If this speaks to you and you would like to be involved or just to find out more, please call or email Mary Campion.

Communion Calls The parish staff will bring Holy Communion to home bound on a monthly basis. Please call the Parish Office 617-323-4410, if you know of someone who is home bound and who would like to be included.
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.
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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