What's New at Saint John's: ... Religious Ed Classes as scheduled (12/4) ... Prayer Group Tuesday (11/29) ... Congratulations Project Cookie Dough - 15 Years of baked goodness! ... Visit our Parish Library for some inspirational reading ... Advent Spirituality Series on Prayer and Relationship with God starting soon ... Follow us on twitter @StJohnChry02132 and Facebook ...

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
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)

Religious Education Program (CCD) 2015-2016:
  5:00 PMMass, Pizza &Class Confirmation Program
Sunday, October 30nd, 2016
 10:30 AMClass Grades 1-6
  6:30 PMClass Grades 7,8 & 9
  6:30 PMClass Confirmation Program
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
 No Class Saint John's Festival.
Sunday, November 13th, 2016
 10:30 AMClass Grades 1-6
  5:00 PMMass, Pizza & Class Grades 7,8 & 9
  5:00 PMMass, Pizza &Class Confirmation Program
Sunday, November 20th, 2016
 10:30 AMClass Grades 1-6
  6:30 PMClass Grades 7,8 & 9
  6:30 PMClass Confirmation Program
Sunday, November 27th, 2016
 No Class Happy Thanksgiving!
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Advent Spirituality Series Please join us for our Advent Spirituality Series on Prayer and Relationship with God This Advent, we will have a series of three speakers visiting our parish. Come and deepen your prayer life, reflect and socialize with others, and enjoy some refreshments as well!
  • Thursday, December 1st, 7 pm We will welcome Colleen Griffith for “Praying with the Body.” She will lead us in learning how we can pray with our bodies, including how posture, breath, and other aspects of our body can facilitate our prayer lives.

    Colleen Griffith is a Professor of the Practice at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and serves as the faculty director of spirituality studies. She is the author of the book Spirituality and the Body and has written articles on religious education and spirituality and gender issues in the church. She is also a mother.

  • Sunday, December 10th, 10:30 am, we will welcome Tim Muldoon to give a workshop on “Praying Together as a Family.” This event is planned especially for families whose children will be in religious education class at the same time, but all people in the parish (including children and teens) are welcome. Stay after the 9:30 Mass or come before the 11:30 Mass for ideas on how we strengthen our families by strengthening prayer.

    Tim Muldoon is a nationally acclaimed author of numerous books on Ignatian spirituality by Loyola Press. He and his wife Sue recently co-authored Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home. They write, “Authentic spirituality is not something above or beyond everyday life but embedded right in the messy midst of it.” Tim and Sue are the parents of three children.

  • Thursday, December 15, 7:00 pm, Join Fr. Casey Beaumier, SJ for a talk on “Prayer and Pilgrimage.” Fr. Casey will share his story of how going on a begging pilgrimage changed his life, and how we can also pray in the spirit of life as pilgrimage.

    Fr. Casey Beaumier, SJ is the director for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College and has a PhD in religious history. He recently authored a book called A Purposeful Path that tells the story of going on a pilgrimage with only thirty dollars in his pocket and a reliance on God. Fr. Casey is a mentor and spiritual director to many students, seminarians, religious, and priests.

  • Questions? Contact Marina McCoy at marina.mccoy@bc.edu. (Adult Formation)

Saint John's Parish Council

The members of the parish council:

  • Joan Coffey
  • Marilyn Cushing
  • Sabino Favorito
  • Kent Harnois
  • Dick Leger
  • Josh Levine
  • Mary Martell
  • Marina McCoy
  • Judith McKenna
Refer to the archdiocese web site for information and guidelines on parish pastoral councils.
Project Cookie Dough: October marks the 15th anniversary of Project Cookie Dough! Every month for the past Fifteen years, we have donated homemade cookies to local shelters and places of need, thanks to our 'brigade of bakers.' In that time, we have donated more than 150,000 cookies, and they were all received with much gratitude from our recipients. Thank you to all of you who have baked for Project Cookie Dough, and if you have not yet done so, please consider it - it is community service that you can perform in the comfort of your own kitchen! Last month, in October, our 12 bakers made 796 homemade cookies! Our November batches of cookies will be due on Tuesday, November 15, by 3:00 p.m. Leave cookies in the parish kitchen downstairs. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Donna O'Connor at 617-524-4396. Many thanks - and happy anniversary, Project Cookie Dough!
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.
Parish Health Ministry: Our next Blood Pressure Screening is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th, 2016, before and after the 4pm Mass and Sunday, November 13th after the 7:30 am Mass in Room 5-6 of the Parish Center.
Saint John's Prayer Group: Meets on Tuesday evenings. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 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, will be having an open house on Sunday, October 23, 2016, from 11am - 2pm. Ursuline Academy, 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 John Chrysostom supports Catholic Education and would be happy to list your admission activity. Please email us.

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.

Boy Scout Christmas Wreath Sale: Thank you for supporting our Boy Scout Troop 1 West Roxbury during their annual Christmas wreath sale on Saturday, November 26th, 2016 and on Sunday, November 27th, 2016. 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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