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We invite you to join us in worship, in prayer, and in friendship.

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
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God on January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are at 9:00am.
Faith Formation 2019-20 Our faith formation program is in progress. We appreciate that children are attending on Sundays, and that parents are supporting the program by modeling and reinforcing Catholic ideals in the home.
2020 Parish Spring Celebration and Fundraiser Plan to join us for this entertaining evening. DJ Dean McCarthy and our featured entertainment, the Flying Ivories, an outstanding act with dueling pianos who will perform your requests. A buffet dinner will be served. There will be chances to win great raffle baskets as well as a 50/50 raffle. Fun, food, and friends on April 25, from 6:30-10pm at the Irish Social Club, in West Roxbury. Tickets are $45 per person.
2020 Travel with Us to Switzerland & Germany for the Oberammergau Passion Play. In a plea to God to be saved from the Bubonic Plague, the citizens of Oberammergau pledged to perform a Passion Play if the town was protected. After no one fell ill, the town maintained their promise. Every ten years, this tiny Bavarian hamlet expresses their gratitude by performing a Passion Play ‐ a reenactment of the last days of the life of Jesus Christ. First held in 1634, the play is now performed every year ending in zero. Only the residents of Oberammergau act in the play and the dialogue is performed in German. Our trip will be July 26 ‐ August 3, 2020. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the famous passion play and visit two of Europe's finest destinations. Single $7,949 Double $5,949 each.

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.

Parish Health Ministry:

Our next Blood Pressure Screening is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020, before and after the 4:00pm Mass and on Sunday, January 12th, 2020, after the 7:30 am Mass in Room 5-6 of the Parish Center.

We would like to invite nurses, all health care professionals, and anyone interested in health to participate in the Parish Health Ministry. All are welcome. There are several ways to participate to keep everyone involved.

We are interested in providing programs on health issues such as the Catholic Health Care Proxy, the opioid epidemic, hearing, vision, and supporting care givers who are taking care of loved ones. Nurses are needed to assist with blood pressure screening once a month. Participation is flexible and is based on your availability. Blood Pressure Screening occurs on the second weekend of the month before and after the Saturday 4pm mass and after the 7:30 am Sunday mass.

To be a part of the Parish Health Ministry, there is no special training or skill required, only a calling to be generous with your time and talent. If you are interested in participating, please leave your name and contact information at the office (phone 617-323-4410 ) or see a member at the Blood Pressure Screening.

Our next meeting is Wednesday January 8 at 7 pm in the 2nd floor church annex. Who knows, it may be your special-ness that is needed to help the Parish Health Ministry fulfill its commitment to our mission.

Project Cookie Dough: Many thanks to the bakers who made homemade cookies last month - they were very much appreciated by all their recipients! This month's batches of cookies will be due on Tuesday, January 15, by 3:00 p.m. New bakers are always welcome. 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 Prayer Group: The weekly meetings for the prayer group have resumed. The Prayer Group will be gathering each Thursday after the 9am Mass in the Church before the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome! more...
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)

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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