What's New at Saint John's: ... Boy Scount Christmas Wreath Sale (11/28 & 29) ... Our new San Damiano Cross ... Religious Ed classes as Scheduled 11/22 ... Join us at our next Prayer Meeting (11/17) ... Students and Adults called to serve in our ministries ... Visit our Parish Library for some inspirational reading ... Follow us on twitter @StJohnChry02132 ...

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What's New at Saint John Chrysostom
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:

  • Joan Coffey
  • Marilyn Cushing
  • Sabino Favorito
  • Kent Harnois
  • Dick Leger
  • Josh Levine
  • Mary Martell
  • Marina McCoy
  • Judith McKenna
  • Paul Treseler
The next meeting of the Parish Council is Thursday, December 3, 2015. If you would like to contact the parish council or propose an item for the agenda, email them at parish.council@stjohnchrysostom02132.org

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!
  • “God is With Us: I was in prison and you visited me.” Ruth Raichle and Gary Stewart from Bethany House Ministries Sunday, November 29, at 2pm
  • “Hope in Darkness” Sr. Barbara Quinn, RCSJ Thursday, December 10, at 7 pm
  • “Finding God in everyday life” Fr. Joe O’Keefe, SJ Thursday, December 17, at 7 pm
  • Questions? Contact Marina McCoy at marina.mccoy@bc.edu. (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.
Goal: $100,000
Raised: $63,000

  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.
  • Saturday November 14, 2015

Sponsored by the Project Rachel Ministry, Archdiocese of Boston. 508-651-3100 or help@projectrachelboston.com or visit the website at projectrachelboston.com

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:
Upcoming Classes
Sunday, November 8th, 2015
9:30 AMCCD Grades 1 & 2
10:30 AMCCD Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6
6:30 PMCCD Grades 7,8,9 & Confirmation Class
Sunday, November 15th, 2015
9:30 AMCCD Grades 1 & 2
10:30 AMCCD Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6
6:30 PMCCD Grades 7,8,9 & Confirmation Class
Sunday, November 22th, 2015
9:30 AMCCD Grades 1 & 2
10:30 AMCCD Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6
6:30 PMCCD Grades 7,8,9 & Confirmation Class
more Religions Ed...
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.
Catholic Schools Open House and Registration Ursuline Academy Dedham, a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school has been transforming the lives of young women since 1946. Located on 28 acres in Dedham, MA, Ursuline has a rich tradition of inspiring students in grades 7 through 12. Our nurturing and supportive culture helps girls find their voices so they can approach life with confidence and a higher purpose, a purpose that serves God, family, community, and the world at large. For further information, please call 781-493-7727, or visit UrsulineAcademy.net to pre-register for the Open House.

Saint Joseph's Elementary School in Needham is grades K through 5. Now accepting applications! Saint Joseph’s Elementary School in Needham, a top 10 school in the Boston Archdiocese, attracts students from more than 20 neighboring communities. Noted for its academic excellence, the school provides instruction to students from K to grade 5, including full day pre-K and kindergarten. Call today for a tour! Saint Joseph Elementary School, 90 Pickering St. Needham, MA 02492 781-444-4459 www.saintjoes.com Monsignor Haddad Middle School, Needham Information Session, Sunday, November 1st; 4-6pm Grades 6-8 www.saintjoes.com

Monsignor James J. Haddad Middle School learn more about our caring environment and challenging curriculum for students in grades 6-8 Our teachers are dedicated to educating the whole student: mind, body and spirit. Visit our website: www.saintjoes.com

Mount Alvernia Academy is an independent, co-educational, Catholic school for Nursery through Grade 6. Please contact Mary Walsh, Director of External Relations at mwalsh@mtalverniaacad.org , by phone at 617-527-7540x214 or visit the web site, www.mountalverniaacademy.com for more information.

Saint John the Evangelist School Academic excellence in the Catholic Tradition, preschol through Eighth Grade. We invite you to learn more about all that Saint John School has to offer your family. email sean.richardson@sjscanton.org. Visit the web site, www.sjscanton.org

Saint Joseph Preparatory High School in Boston is a co-ed Catholic, independent school for 250 young people in grades 9-12. Saint Joseph Prep is a college preparatory high school, under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and collaborating with Boston College and Regis College, the school provides young men and women with a holistic, student-centered and outcome-oriented educational experience that is both exceptional and affordable. Technology is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum via a 1:1 iPad program, with emphasis on the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. The school offers small class sizes, an Academic Support Center, Chapel Speaking and Advisor programs, extensive athletic and extra-curricular opportunities and individualized college counseling. Scholarships and financial aid are available along with transportation from area commuter rail stations. For additional information, visit the web site at www.saintjosephprep.org or contact the Admissions Office at admissions@saintjosephprep.org or 617-787-7999.

Xaverian Brothers High School, 800 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood, our Francis Xavier Division 7th and 8th grade program as well as the high school program. Register online at xbhs.com/openhouse or contact the Admissions Office at 781-326-6392.

Entrance Exam For Grade 7
Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
Saturday, December 12, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, January 9, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Register at xbhs.com/exam

Entrance Exam For Grade 9
High School Placement Test (HSPT)
Saturday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 5, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Register at xbhs.com/exam

Sacred Heart School Roslindale, is having a preschool open house on Tuesday, November 10th from 5-7PM. Come by and see our newly remodeled classrooms, meet the teachers, staff and current parents and learn about the STREAM curriculum. We enroll students aged 2.9 through age 5 for the year round and full time STREAM preschool. To learn more online please go to our website www.sacredheart-boston.org

Notre Dame Academy will host an Open House for prospective students and their parents on Thursday, November 5, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Visitors will be invited to tour the school and recgister for the Archdiocese of Boston High School Placement Test (HSPT) for 9th grade applicants and the Independent School Entrance Exam, ISEE for 7th grade applicants. The HPST will be administered at Notre Dame Academy on Saturday, November 7, and Saturday, December 5, 2015. The ISEE will be administered at NDA on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Notre Dame Academy is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young women in grades 7 through 12. For information call Admissions Office 781-749-5930 ext. 2235. Fax: 781-740-1683 or visit the web site www.ndahingham.com. You can also email the Admisions Office at admissions@ndahingham.com. NDA is located at 1073 Main Street, Hingham MA, 02043.

Catholic Memorial catholicmemorial.org For more information call 617-469-8019

Boston College High - Open House - 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA.

We would be happy to list your admission. email us.

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.
Pastoral Collaboration Plan Read about the Archdiocese of Boston announcing the first parishes to be grouped under the first phase of the new pastoral plan in the Pilot
Pastoral Planning Read this article from the Boston Pilot discussing Caridnal Sean's approval of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission proposal. The proposal calls for the archdiocese to organize its 288 parishes into approximately 135 groups called "parish collaboratives." Led by one pastor, a group of priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers, called a "pastoral team." Be informed.
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.

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.
Marriage Program/Pre-Cana 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. more...
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. more...
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, 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. more...
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. more...

Project Loaves and Fishes You can make an on-going difference in a hungry person’s life. Simply bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to church with you every week. Place the item in the large baskets marked. Like Christ feeding hundreds with five loaves of bread and a few fish, you can make a difference in your own small way. The collected food will go to a food pantry where it will be distributed to those in need. They are in particular need of powdered milk, peanut butter, canned milk, tuna, macaroni and cheese and tomato sauce
Pregnancy Help Is a crisis pregnancy center sponsored by the Archdiocese of Boston. Trained and caring counselors are available to assist any women experiencing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. Pregnancy Help provides free pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, counseling, referrals, ongoing support and material assistance to support women in finding alternatives to abortion. All services are free and confidential. Services are available for English, Spanish and Portuguese speaking clients. For assistance call toll-free: 1-888-771-3914.

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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