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!
|From the desk of Father John: (August 16, 2015) ... more...|
|Saint John's Parish Council: Saint John’s has reformed our parish pastoral council. Welcome to the new members. Refer to the archdiocese web site for information and guidelines on parish pastoral councils.
The members of the parish council:
|Advent Speaker Series
This Advent, we will have a series of three speakers
visiting our parish. Come and strengthen your faith,
reflect and socialize with others, and enjoy some
refreshments as well!
Questions? Contact Marina McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Adult Formation)
|from your Music Minister It’s time to think of Christmas Choir again! Our rehearsal times are as follows, Thursdays, November 12, 19, and December 3. Wednesdays, December 9, 16, and if needed 23. We’ll meet at 6:30pm and try to get you home to enjoy some of the evening with your families. We will sing familiar and past choir favorites and there are opportunities for solos as well Come! Be a part of our joyous Christmas Season here at Saint John’s. Remember, “We who sing, pray twice!” See you November 19th at 6:30.|
|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.
Note: Would the person who borrowed our large beautifully illustrated Book of Kells please return it. Another parishioner is waiting to borrow it. Thank you.
Take a look and take out a book.
|Parking Lot Fund: Don’t forget to donate to our Parking Lot Fund. We would like to accomplish this before the fall, but we need to redouble our efforts to make that happen.
towards our New Parking Lot!
|Come to the Waters of Healing: One Day Retreat for Hope and Healing After Abortion This one day retreat is designed to help women hurting from past abortions experience the personal love of Christ and find hope for healing. It will ofer a loving and confidential environment.
Project Rachel is a confidential Catholic outreach ministry offering hope and healing to women and men hurting from past abortions.
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)
|Religious Education Program (CCD) 2015-2016:
|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|
|Project Cookie Dough Happy Anniversary, Project Cookie Dough! October marks the 14th anniversary of Project Cookie Dough. Because of the time, effort and love of service to others, Project Cookie Dough has donated approximately 158,000 homemade cookies over the last 14 years to those less fortunate - thank you so much! It could not have been done without the help of our entire 'baking brigade' from local parishes, the Xaverian community and friends. Let's keep this wonderful community service project alive - our recipients are so happy to receive our homemade cookies each month. Our November batches of cookies will be due this November 10th (earlier than usual this month)by 3:00 p.m. New bakers are always welcome! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Donna O'Connor at 617-524-4396. Thanks again - and Happy Anniversary!|
|Mass of Remembrance: on November 14,2015, at 11:00am, in memorial of all those who have passed away during the past year. It will be followed by a light luncheon. If you would like to have your loved one included in the remembrance please leave the name in the office. You may call, email, or visit in person. To prepare, we would like to have the names of all those who plan to attend and the name of the departed loved one by November 7.|
|Parish Health Ministry:
Blood Pressure Screening is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th, 2015, before and after the 4pm Mass and Sunday, November 8th 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, November 4, 2015, at 7pm in Rm 1.
|Saint John's Prayer Group has resumed the prayer gatherings. Join them on Tuesday evenings. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 7:30 pm. Come and bring a friend. more...|
|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.
|Our Music ministry would like to introduce music from our hymnal that is not often sung or sung infrequently. As you look through the book, you may see a hymn or song from your childhood summer camp, or other church experiences, that you'd like to hear or sing again. The music ministry would be happy to introduce new hymns or more frequently sing music that will uplift souls and minister to the whole flock. Just drop off any hymns or a list of hymns that you'd enjoy, in an envelope with Alan Long's name at the office. Thank you for your support of the music ministry. Let us move forward in the peace and joy of God's Great Love.
|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
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.
Anyone interested in assisting please contact Father John at 617-323-4410 ext. 14.
|Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors: Saint John's would like to thank our Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Ushers, Collectors and Greeters for all of their help in assisting us at Masses and especially Funerals. The community appreciates and values their time and talent here at Saint John's. If anyone feels so inclined to be involved kindly call Father John at (617)-323-4410 ext. 14.
Please notify the Parish Office, if you are planning a vacation within the next two months so we may make our scheduling arrangements. If interested in Lecturing, Ushering or Greeting, kindly call Father John at 617-323-4410 x14. Thank you.
We would like to Thank our Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Ushers, Collectors and Greeters for all of their help in assisting us at Masses and especially Funerals. We appreciate and value their time and talent here at Saint John's. New Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers are welcome. As disciples in Christ perhaps you may also want to share your gifts with us.
"Being able to serve as a Lector has given me a deeper understanding of Scripture and the ways it can touch our hearts by having it read to us. Saint John's Parish has always been a gift in my life. Spending time here and helping out has made that gift even more special."
"It is very nice being a Eucharistic Minister. I always get the feeling of belonging to my church community and get such satisfaction from helping out. By serving in this ministry, I also feel that I am being a role model for my children. The benefits of serving truly outweigh the limited commitment and are truly worth the time."
If anyone would like to change Ministries kindly let us know. Please contact Father John at 617-323-4410x14.
|Are you interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister? They 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 strengthen-ing their faith from within and sharing it with the faithful at communion time. Anyone interested in this ministry, please contact Father John at 617-323-4410x14.|
|Saint John's Altar Servers
The Mass is the greatest act of prayer and worship that we can
make to God. The Mass is a celebration of God’s love for us as
an Altar Server it is a privilege to assist the priest with the
Liturgy. We invite our adult parishioners and our young boys
and girls to be part of this special ministry. Will you respond to God's call? If you are willing, please
call Father John at 617-323-4410 x14.
We thank our Altar Servers who have been serving throughout the year.
Parents, kindly have your child at Saint John's ten minutes before Mass if he or she is serving. Thank you.
|Clergy Benefit Trust directly supports the health, welfare, and retirement needs of our six hundered forty-five diocesan priests. These men have been there when we needed them. Now, it is our turn to fulfill the promises we make as Catholics to care for them when they need us. Clergy Benefit Trust supports the hundreds of priests across our Archdiocese who faithfully serve the Catholic faithful each day of their lives. All are welcome to make a donation online at CareforSeniorPriests.org On behalf of all our priests who will benefit from your generosity this Easter, thank you for your support. The following are senior Priests who have served faithfully at Saint John Chrysostom Parish. Please remember these faithful priests in your prayers and when contributing: Reverend Joseph K. Fagan, Reverend Leo X. Lynch, Reverend Paul A. Phinn, Reverend Paul W. Berube, Reverend William T. Pearsall, Reverend Garrett J. Barry, Reverend Paul V. MacDonald and Reverend Charles B. Flaherty.|
|Boy Scount Christmas Wreath Sale: Boy Scout Troop 1 West Roxbury is holding its annual Christmas wreath sale on Saturday, November 28th, 2015, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm and on Sunday, November 29th, 2015, from 7:00am to 1:00pm. Wreath cost remains $12, which also includes a handmade bow. Donations are always welcome and appreciated. We thank you for your continued support and hope to see you there
||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.
The catechism of the Church explains: 1632 “So that the ‘I do’ of the spouses may be a free and responsible act and so that the marriage covenant may have solid and lasting human and Christian foundations, preparation for marriage is of prime importance.” It is imperative that anyone who is preparing to receive the sacrament of Matrimony attend a workshop beforehand. For more information or to register, contact Father John 617-323-4410 x14 or the parish secretary 617-323-4410 x 10. Information is also available on the Archdiocesan website at BostonCatholic.org.
||R.I.C.A.The RCIA (Rite of Christian initiation of Adults) is a process which adults are fully initiated into the Catholic faith community. It includes four periods of information: Pre-catechumenate, Catechumenate, Enlightment, and Mystagogia. It is for men and women who are not baptized, baptized in another Christian Church and interested in ours, or baptized in the Roman Catholic Church but who have not received Sacraments of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation and have not been active in their faith since childhood. Each person's journey of faith is different. There is no set timetable for reception of the Sacraments. If anyone is interested in this sacramental process, the season at Saint John's begins in mid-November. Please contact the Parish Secretary 617-323-4410.
||Saint John's Baptism Preparation Program
The Baptism Program is a time for parents to reflect on the love of God and the new life of your child. We welcome your child into the Christian Community through Baptism. It is a wonderful time to renew your faith-life as parents, and prepare for the Baptism of your child. Together we explore the meaning of Baptism not just for the day of the ceremony, but for the continuing faith-life of your child. The class is held each month. Before the Baptism of your child please call Saint John’s parish Office 617-323-4410 ext. 10 or drop by for details and times.
||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
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, please contact the parish secretary with the name and service. We will remember them in our prayers.
||Students and Adults Called to Serve The Mass is the greatest act of prayer and worship that we can make to God. The Mass is a celebration of God's love for us as an Altar Server it is a privilege to assist the priest with the Liturgy. We invite our adult parishioners and our young boys and girls to be part of this special ministry. Will you respond to God's call? If you are willing, please call Father John at 617-323-4410 x14.
||Ministry to the Ill and Home Bound
Saint John's Eucharistic Minister's visit the hospitals as often as possible. When someone is admitted to a hospital be certain to indicate that he/she is a member of Saint John Chrysostom Parish. If you or your loved one or a neighbor would like to receive the Eucharist at home, kindly call the Parish Center Office (617)-323-4410 and one of our Eucharistic Minister's will visit you each month.
||Stewardship. All things are from God and all things should be shared with those in need. As the people of God, we are called to "Go in peace, to love and to serve the Lord." Stewardship is our way as Catholic Christians of doing that every day in every possible way that we can.
There may be new signs of life speaking to us. We have only to see them to experience the glory of the risen Lord penetrating the shadows of our lives. Would you ever consider being in ministry here at Saint John's as a Lector, Minister, Usher, Greeter or any other ministry. Just as Jesus taught His disciples, we as disciples of God, can offer what we have. We encourage you to participate in any of the above areas that you may feel you can share with us.
If you would like to join any of our ministries kindly call Father John 617-323-4410x14. Thank you.
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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