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What's New at Saint John Chrysostom
Pentecost: The Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples of Jesus after his ascension from earth to heaven on Ascension Day. Pentecost always falls on the seventh Sunday after Easter. Pentecost means "fiftieth day", as it is celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, the 50th day of the Easter season (including Easter Sunday, the first day, in the counting). In 2018, this will be on May 20.

when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." John 20:19-21

Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors: The fall schedule for Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors is posted on-line here
Disciples in Mission

Dear Parishioners:

All the Parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston are called to participate in a process which is called Disciples in Mission, the Pastoral Plan that was set in motion in 2012 by His Eminence, Cardinal O?Malley. It is an attempt to use the resources of Parishes in the most effective manner possible to advance the Church?s mission of evangelization. To achieve that goal, the 288 Parishes of the Archdiocese are being organized into 135 collaboratives. Most collaboratives involve several parishes. You will recall that in the original plan for the Disciples in Mission program, going back to 2012, Saint Theresa Parish was linked with Saint John Chrysostom Parish.

To this date, fifty-three collaboratives have been established. This month, ten additional collaboratives are being added to the list throughout the Archdiocese.

This has been a gradual process. The implementation of Disciples in Mission is happening in a series of phases. Saint Theresa's Parish and Saint John Chrysostom Parish have been assigned by the Archdiocese to Phase Seven, which will go into effect on June 1, 2019- - - two years from now.

There has been a great deal of realistic and honest assessment of the realities of parish life over the past five years as the phases have gone into effect throughout the Archdiocese. This process of honest and realistic assessment will continue. Over the next two years, I will be keeping you advised about any developments which occur, and, when it is appropriate and will be helpful, I will be happy to meet with you to get your ideas as we move forward.

Father John Carroll

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.
Faith Formation (Religious Education Program) 2017-2018:

Congratulations to our Confirmation Class Last Sunday, twenty three tenth graders and three adults were Confirmed here at Saint John’s. The Very Reverend James Flavin administered the Sacrament assisted by Fr. John. Fathers Paul, Luis and Jacques were also present as concelebrants. The usual mundane attitude of the teenagers was replaced with one of respect and awe for the Sacrament they were about to receive. The significance of being empowered with the same gifts of the Spirit that the disciples received at Pentecost was not lost on our students. Fr. Flavin encouraged each of them to be the person who stands up for what is right and to be the catalyst for change in their homes, schools and communities.

These young adults have already demonstrated that they are ready to make a difference, and their service projects reflected their commitment and willingness to do so. They organized relief efforts for Puerto Rico and Haiti, they worked with service dogs, they taught kids to ice skate, they worked in food pantries, they served meals to the homeless, they volunteered with children in after school programs, they visited our veterans, they raised money and awareness for medical research, they helped the elderly in nursing homes and in the community, they taught English to young people and so much more! We are very proud of all of our Confirmandi. We encourage them to continue to grow in their faith, to open their hearts to the Spirit, and to use the special talents that God has given to each one of them to make this a better world.

First Communion Day! Saturday, May 5, 2017

Schedule for First Communion

  • Thursday, 5/3 3:30 Practice
  • Friday, 5/4 3:30 Practice
  • Saturday 5/5 10:30 First Holy Communion
  • Sunday 5/6 9:30 Mass for First Communion Class Breakfast to Follow

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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)

Parish Health Ministry: Our next Blood Pressure Screening is scheduled for Saturday, May 12th, 2018, before and after the 4pm Mass and Sunday, May 13th, 2018, 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, March 7th, 2018, at 7pm in the Parish Library. New Members are welcome. It is not necessary that you be a nurse or health care professional to be part of the Health Care Ministry.

Attend to your heart February is the month of the heart. The American Heart Association asks us to do more than give flowers, chocolates, or other gifts. We should also honor our heart health and those we love by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Sadly, on Valentine's Day, more than 2,500 people will suffer a heart attack, and this year, more than 625,000 people will die from diseases of the heart. Heart disease is also the No. 1 cause of death in women age 20 and over; 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease, compared to 1 in 30 women who will die of breast cancer. Also, a women's symptoms may be different than a man's. The American Heart Association lists seven steps to reduce the risk of heart disease:

  • Get active - exercise for as little as 30 minutes a day
  • Control cholesterol and saturated fat - know your numbers
  • Eat a sensible diet - more fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods
  • Manage blood pressure - know your numbers
  • Lose weight - burn more calories than you consume
  • Reduce blood sugar - learn your blood sugar levels, follow your doctor's plan
  • Stop smoking - get help to stop

    • To learn more go to heart.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1

Saint John's Prayer Group: Concludes their meetings for the winter with their final meeting of the season on Tuesday, December 26th,2017. The group resumes prayer gatherings in the spring.
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.
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 secretary with the name and service. We will remember them in our prayers.

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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