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Christmas 2019 Mass Schedule

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.

We look forward to meeting you!

Now you can support your parish electronically. You won't need to worry about bringing envelopes or remember to bring your checkbook or cash with you to Mass.

What's New at Saint John Chrysostom
The Advent Wreath The use of the Advent wreath is a beloved, traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of the wreath takes place on the evening before the first Sunday of Advent, Into the circle evergreen branches are inserted four candles, three purple and on rose-colored. According to tradition, the candles represent the four weeks of Advent. The rose candle is lighted on the third Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete (Latin for Rejoice!) Sunday.
The Fourth Week of Advent This week the Church celebrates the Fourth Sunday of Advent. We light the last candle on our Advent wreath and our preparation for Christmas is almost finished. We also reach the culmination of the O Antiphons. In previous antiphons our cry was directed to the Messiah as He manifested Himself to the Chosen People, to the Gentiles, and in nature; now He is addressed in person and asked to remain with us as Emmanue

A prayerful Advent can lead to a more meaningful celebration of Christmas.

Prayer for Advent:

Dear God,
as an Advent candle is lit
in joyous anticipation of your Son's nativity,
remind us always of the reason for our joy.
As the purple of the candles stand for both penance
and atonement for sin,
give us the grace to do penance for our wrongs,
and to love Christ,
whose sacrifice atoned for the sins of the whole world.
But just as the rose candle stands
for joy in the midst of suffering and expectation,
give us the joy of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who came into a world that had so longed for its Savior,
and made the angels themselves sing with joy at his birth.


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.
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. The trip is full, however, we have a waiting list. Please stop by and pick up a brochure or visit the trip web page

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 9a.m. 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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