We invite you to join us in worship, in prayer, and in friendship, although at present, our Masses are virtual.Join us for our Sunday Masses and our weekly live-stream Liturgy on our FaceBook page on Sundays at 12:15pm. Worship the Lord with us and be enriched by thoughtful homilies, beautiful music, and a welcoming community of faith.
We look forward to meeting you!
| We are saddened to report that Father Paul has been called home to God. On Tuesday, November 17, 2020,
Father Paul died in his home. For details, see the obituary
on the Gormley Funeral Services web site. |
See photos of Father Paul here.
Cardinal's Message on Abortion Legislation: Cardinal Sean has sent a letter to all parishes asking to call your legislator to vote no on any ammendment that expands abortion. Read it here
|Saint John Chrysostom parish has entered a collaboration with St. Theresa of Avila parish effective as of September 1, 2020. Click here to read this important letter from Fr. John Connolly on our Collaboration.|
Masses this Sunday, November 21 & 22, 2020. The early weather forecast calls for good weather, so we plan to offer Mass in our Church yard. Bundle up!
Daily Masses: For those of you who have been asking for a daily, Mass, beginning in October we have Masses on Tuesday and Thursday. These Masses will be at 4:30pm. Saturday we have a morning Mass at 8:30am
We will continue to offer our Mass as a live-stream. We do not want to jeopardize the health of any of our community. If you are at risk, continue to take advantage of the live-stream. Watch this space, our FaceBook page for details. We are thrilled to be able to be worshiping with you once again.
|Thank you and Farewell to Rachel
From Father Connolly:
It is with both sincere regret and deep gratitude that I announce the resignation of our Parish Secretary, Rachel Williams. Just about a month ago, Rachel informed me that she believed that this time of transition in parish leadership would be an appropriate moment for her to conclude her generous, caring and effective ministry among us. As the first point of contact for many people who reach out to us here at Saint John Chrysostom Parish, for the past year Rachel has provided the welcoming voice, smiling face and enthusiastic and warm initial introduction to many of you and to many others. She has been a valued and integral staff member of our pastoral team and a faithful and devoted parishioner. No detail was too small nor any task too daunting for Rachel. She graciously and generously put her many outstanding personal and professional qualities and abilities at the service of the parish family of Saint John Chrysostom.
I especially want to commend Rachel for the considerable time and effort she put into assisting my predecessor, Father John Carroll, in his pastoral care of the parish, and particularly for the invaluable assistance she offered him as he brought his tenure here to a close. In the two months since my arrival, Rachel has continued to be a tremendous asset in so many ways, and she has provided me and Father Charlie Higgins with the opportunity to experience the warm welcome and compassionate pastoral care that she offers to all in our community.
Rachel, as you leave us and begin the next chapter on your life’s journey, please be sure of our sincere gratitude, our abiding best wishes and the assurance of our prayers that the Gracious God, whom you love and serve so well, will continue to bless you and so many others through you. You will always have a home here at Saint John’s. Thank you and farewell!
|Saint Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving is approaching with its reminder to give thanks to God for His love for us and those life giving gifts of family, friends, country, and life itself. However, while some families can give thanks for abundance, others are in dire need of assistance.
In the past four years, our Saint Vincent de Paul conference at Saint John’s has worked collaboratively with generous and loving members of our parish to collect and deliver Thanksgiving food to seventy-five or more families in need. However, this year because of the impact of the coronavirus, we will not collect food at Saint John’s. But, many families will need food relief to make their Thanksgiving a fulfilling experience.
We need your help! Let us work together again to secure a $50 Supermarket gift card for each of sixty-five families. You can help by mailing your donation of a gift card, cash or check to the St. Vincent de Paul Conference located at Saint John’s or by delivering your donation to the Parish office by Monday, November 9th. Any gift amount will help!
Thank you for your generosity in helping the least of our community this Thanksgiving. We will not let a virus keep us from helping those in need.
|Faith Formation: We have been cautious in deciding exactly how to proceed with Religious Education classes especially given the recent uptick in COVID cases in our area. We feel it's time to resume our Faith Formation programs but we understand that every parent is stressed out with the Zoom lessons more...|
|Saint 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...|
|Sunday's Mass Livestreamed: Goto our Facebook Page or our youTube Channel to replay the Mass from Easter Sunday and weeks preceeding complete with music and song. We also have videos of Father John leading the stations of the cross.|
|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 email@example.com
Important: For privacy reasons please use FIRST NAME ONLY for people you pray for.
|Parish Spring Celebration and Fundraiser Our parish fundraiser has been rescheduled to next spring, Saturday, April 10, 2021. Anyone who has bought tickets can hold onto them and use next spring. You can request your money back by contacting Rachel at the parish office. Details of the event will be posted as they become available.|
The situation with the COFID-19 virus continues to be a serious threat with lives being lost, much suffering, and heroic efforts to
assist those by many. The situation appears to have reached its peak, and some of the more stringent policies are being relaxed. We
are able to offer Masses on Sundays, with limitations. We remind you that the Cardinal had issued a
dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston.
This means that all programs including faith formation are cancelled. We are working to bring our faith formation on-line. Watch this space for updates.
For additional details from the archdiocese refer to this web page
As we have taken steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we recognize that the impact of this may be harder on some. If you are concerned about your health due to advanced age or being in poor health and in need of groceries or medications, we can assist in delivering these items to you. If you are able to help us by delivering items to those in need, please contact our office, leave your name, number, and when you might be able to help. Thank you.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.|
|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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