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LENT 2015

The Light is On for You:  Continues on the Wednesdays in Lent from 6:30PM to 8:00PM, alternating between the St. James and St. John the Baptist churches: Recited Evening Prayer at 6:30PM followed by the opportunity for confessions until 8:00PM:
March 4th at St. John's
March 11th at St. James
March 18th at St. John's 
March 25th at St. James
April 1st at St. John's.
A Lenten series of five classes continues with Fr. Peter in the St. James Parish CCD building (161 Winter Street) on the following Thursday's from 6:30PM to 7:45PM.  All are welcome. Please bring a Bible.
-March 5th-Prayer
-March 12th-Almsgiving
-March 19th-Fasting and Abstinence
-March 26th-Holy Week & the Paschal Triduum
Eucharistic Adoration:  St. James on Thursdays 8:30 AM - 5:15PM and Fridays at St. John's from 9:30AM - 10:30AM (weather and funerals permitting)
Lenten Soup Suppers and Stations of the Cross at St. John the Baptist Church.
All are invited on the Fridays of Lent (beginning February 20th) at 5:30 PM to share in a simple meal of soup and bread and then afterwards meet upstairs in the church for the Stations of the Cross. A donation of food for the Open Hand Pantry will be the only form of donation accepted.

Via Crucis: Las estaciones de la cruz :  viernes 6:00PM en la iglesia de santiago apostol.

The Rules for fasting and abstinence In the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that "the age of fasting is from the completion of the eighteenth year to the beginning of the sixtieth." The USCCB also allows the substitution of some other form of penance for abstinence on all of the Fridays of the year, except for those Fridays in Lent. Thus, the rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are:  Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.   Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (your 59th birthday begins your 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.    Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat on all other Fridays of the year, unless he or she substitutes some other form of penance for abstinence.

The weekend of March 7th & 8th, Catholics across the Archdiocese are invited to pledge their support to the ministries of the Catholic Appeal. Your generosity helps us live our faith together as we seek to better embody the Gospel message in our lives. It is critical to the success of the 2015 Catholic Appeal at St. James and St. John the Baptist Parishes. If you were unable to make your pledge at Mass, please take a pledge form from the back of the church or pledge online at www.bostoncatholicappeal.org . Thank you for your prayers and support for a successful Catholic Appeal.


Given this unprecedented winter weather and all that has come as a result of it, we have not yet been able to announce the dates for the 2015 Summer RE Program but intend to as soon as we can confidently do so. Securing space for the large number of students involved as well as obtaining Catechists are but two of our challenges this year.  Providing our RE Families the option of a Summer RE Program is primarily based upon these two elements. Your understanding in the interim, as well as your offer to volunteer to be a part of our program-for we have a critical need for Catechists, Aides and Volunteers, is deeply appreciated. 
Larry Webster, DRE-St James Parish
Renee Barrick, ARE-St John the Baptist Parish

 5th Annual 5K Fun Run and Rosary Walk   


THANK YOU to everyone that came out and made our 5th Annual 5K a success.  A fun morning was had by all.  It was a beautiful morning for a run or a walk followed by a delicious breakfast. Many thanks to Eric and Kathy Darby and their team of run volunteers and to Mary Dodier and all her kitchen volunteers.  Together they all made it an enjoyable day.  All funds raised will be divided equally between The Emmaus House, Pregnancy Care Center and the Open Hand Pantry.  Thank you for helping us to help those most in need in our own community.   

          Thank you to our sponsors:  2014 Race Sponsors 

PARISH ACTIVITIES    Please  visit our Activities Page for more details about happenings in our parishes.  There is always something going on and if you would like to be part of the activites committee please contact the rectory!  Everyone is welcome!


Our Open Hand Pantry is very busy.  We have changed our operating hours to help those that may be working but still in need of some assistance.  Our pantry is now open Tuesday's from 2 - 7PM.  The pantry is housed in the basement of the Unitarian Church at 16 Ashland Street.  Please contact us for more information or if you would like to volunteer.  
Food donations for the pantry are collected at all weekend Masses .

Our music Ministries at St. James and St. John the Baptist Parishes are looking for you to share your talents! Please visit our Music Ministry page for more details.   Everyone is welcome!


Click here to read how our two parishes are working together with others to run the Food Pantry at the Unitarian Church at 16 Ashland Street.    1/16/14

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Important Links:
Archdiocese of Boston                                            All Saints Parish

US Catholic Bishops Conference                           Sacred Hearts Parish
Catechism of the Catholic Church                         Disciples in Mission
Code of Canon Law                                                  Holy Days of Obligation


The Red Cross has come to us for an emergency blood drive.  Because of the recent blizzards they have had over 100 drives cancelled and are now in dire need of blood.   A Blood Drive will be held here in the St. John’s Lower Church Hall on Thursday, March 5th from 2:30PM to 7:30PM.  As usual, walk-in’s are welcome and you can pre-register by going to www.redcrossblood.org.  Please share the word as the need is great right now. 
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