What's New at Saint John's: ... Father John Carroll Announces his retirement ... Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Theresa to form collaborative ... Welcome Back Alan! ... Masses Sunday at 8 am and 10am No Saturday Mass this weekend in addtion to our live-stream Mass on FaceBook ... Read our weekly reflection by our Pastoral Associate, Mary Campion ... Keep healthy and help your neighbor be healthy and safe #COVID-19 #StayHome ... Let us know if you are in need or if you can help ... Follow us on twitter @StJohnChry02132, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube ...

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!

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What's New at Saint John Chrysostom
Saint John Chrysostom parish is going to move into active 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, August 16. As our weekend outdoor Masses have been well received. We plan to continue hold our Masses at 8am and 10am in the Church yard, weather permitting. Please bring your own folding or travel chair if you are able to do so, if you are not, we will provide you a chair that will be sanitized before and after your use. Of course, we must still physically distance and wear masks. Look forward to seeing you if you are able to attend. We will post if the weather causes us to move inside.

Please note: We will be providing information weekly to inform you when the masses will be scheduled for the upcoming weekend. Our website and facebook pages will also be updated weekly. Please send the word to any fellow parishioners you know without email or computers. Thank you!

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 begin worshiping with you.

Note that our live stream Mass has included hymns, and Alan Long, our music director, has rejoined us, so our live-stream Masses include our Cantors accompanied by Alan on organ, clavicord, or guitar.

From Father John (August 2, 2020): There are so many things that have changed due to the pandemic that we are in and we have to give ourselves the time to adjust, to figure out so many of our life choices. It has not been easy for all of us but with God's help and prayer we are getting through it and will. That being said I have some news for you that is difficult for me to say and again it's life choices

Saint John's and St Teresa's Parish will be going into a collaborative as of September 1, 2020. more...

Our Sunday Masses have resumed We are very excited to be able to celebrate Mass with you once again. There are restrictions and we don't want you to endanger your own health.
It has been a while since we uploaded a video, and Father John just wants to let you know he is thinking about you and here are some thoughts on resuming public Masses on Sundays while continuing our physical (and not social) distancing. Please check it out on our youTube Channel
Supporting those who are there for those in need. A number of priests have volunteered to go into the hospitals to anoint and to support medical staff and families. Let us do something to support them. We will collect personal hygiene items that they may be able to use.

These items can be brought to the back entrance of Father John's house. There is a plastic container to put them in. We are looking for the following items: skin moisturizer, hand cream, shaving cream, shower gel, deoderant, packages of wash clothes, hand towels, mouthwash, breath mints, gum, tooth paste, small travel tooth brushes, CVS gift cards, small container of detergent, sanitary wipes, any kind of anti-bacterial spray or gell. Also welcome are snacks in bags, hard candy, or small bottles of water. Thank you!

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? Saint John's now has 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.

O God, whose Only Begotten Son bore the weight of human suffering for our salvation, hear the prayers of your Church for our sick brothers and sisters and deliver us from this time of trial.

Open our ears and our hearts to the voice of your Son: Be not afraid, for I am with you always.Bless all doctors and nurses, researchers and public servants; give us the wisdom to do what is right and the faith to endure this hour, that we might gather once again to praise your name in the heart of your Church, delivered from all distress and confident in your mercy.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Welcome to Saint John Chrysostom: We are here for you
Faith Formation Making Thank You Signs Since we are talking about thank you's, We have another more urgent assignment for each of you faith formation families! This one involves a little paint and creativity. On Sundays at 12:15, as we live stream Mass, we can hear the ambulances and firetrucks rushing down Washington Street, responding to emergency calls. This weekend we want to acknowledge those who are helping during this crisis. We are asking the students in our Faith Formation classes to create signs to thank our frontline heroes. Many of you have family members who are working to serve us and to save lives. All of us are grateful for those who put others before their own selves. So go online to get a few ideas, make a sign on wood, cardboard or paper. Attach your masterpiece to a stake, a dowel, or even a stick. Come by on Saturday, May 2, 2020, and place your sign on the front lawn of the church.

Let's make a positive statement for all to see... We the people of Saint John's Parish are grateful for all who are making a difference during this time.

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.
COVID-19 Precautions 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

At this time 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.

Food Pantry We know that God lives in all our neighbors. As Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40 "You did it for me". Through your generosity our parish is able to support the Roslindale Food Pantry and the West Roxbury Food Pantry. Many thanks for providing food for those in need. The spirit in this parish is tremendous.

Our monthly collection is the second weekend of the month.

Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors: The current schedule for Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors is posted on-line here
Saint Vincent de Paul: As we celebrate the mystery of the Trinity we also realize the mystery of how much God loves and cares for us each day. Believing in this our lives can then overflow in thanksgiving and praise.

Is there a family you know who needs assistance? Please call the Society of St. Vincent de Paul so that together we can help those who are suffering.

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)

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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