The Collaborative of St. James & St. John the Baptist

Two Diverse Roman Catholic Parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston

GRAND ANNUAL COLLECTION

11/30/2020

Dear Parishioners,

Every year I reach out to you by mail with my personal letter to appeal to your generosity and kindness in supporting our Parish’s Grand Annual Collection. This year allow me to appeal to you through our bulletin and website: www.stjamesandjohnhaverhill.org for the safety of the parishioners who help with mailings and to save some pennies for our parish as well. I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for your generosity, prayers, and continued support.

I hope this letter finds you well and healthy during these challenging times. As Christmas approaches, we continue to look forward with hope.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our spiritual lives as well as on the financial health of our parish. Our weekly offertory collections are down almost 50 percent.

Last year, St. John the Baptist operated at a <$50,240.62> loss for both operations and maintenance of the parish, and St. James Parish at a <$10,333.00> loss for the Church’s new boiler ($64,541.00) + School’s and Rectory’s heating system maintenance ($17,025.00). Total loss: <$10,333.00> = $71,233.00 (contributions) - $81,566.00 (expenses). In addition, from 7/1/2020 until now, cost for St. James Parish’s heating system maintenance was <$68,437.18 > = $35,941.00 (School) + $31,924.00 (Rectory’s new boiler because of the old one leaking and unrepairable) + $572.18 (Church). Total loss for St. James Parish’s heating system maintenance from last year until now was <$78,770.18> = $10,333.00 (last year) + $68,437.18 (this year).  Last fiscal year’s summary financial statement is available on the way out.

In past years I have asked you to consider making a gift of $250/working person or $400/family. During these challenging times, I leave it up to your generosity and support. I will be deeply grateful to whatever you can give. This year’s Grand Annual is divided into 2 times: the weekend of December 12 & 13 and February 20 & 21.

Your generous giving will allow our parish to balance the annual budget and continue necessary improvements to the parish property.  Each of us is called to continually confirm our faith in Jesus Christ, to be open to His spirit as he guides us as individuals and as a community.  The more we stand together in faith, the stronger we are and the more that the Lord can do through us.  I am indebted to many experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable parishioners who have advised me on all matters. 

To facilitate giving, a Grand Annual Collection Envelope is available in your two monthly envelope package mailings or in the back of the church. On-Line Giving can be arranged by contacting the parish office on Tuesday & Friday: 8:30am – 3:30pm.

May our Lord continue to bless and keep us, our families and our loved ones safe during these uncertain times as we journey together in faith, peace, and love to worship God and to honor and care for one another.

                                                Very Truly Yours in Christ,

                                                                                         Rev. Anthony V. Le, Pastor

 

GRAN COLECCIÓN ANUAL

Haverhill, 11/30/2020

Queridos Feligreses,

Todos los años me comunico con ustedes por correo con mi carta personal para apelar a su generosidad y amabilidad en el apoyo a la Gran Colección Anual de nuestra Parroquia. Este año, permítanme apelarles a través de nuestro boletín y website: www.stjamesandjohnhaverhill.org por la seguridad de los feligreses que ayudan con los correos y también para ahorrar algunos centavos para nuestra parroquia. Me gustaría extender mi más profundo agradecimiento por su generosidad, oraciones y continuo apoyo.

Espero que esta carta los encuentre bien y saludables durante estos tiempos difíciles. A medida que se acerca la Navidad, seguimos mirando hacia adelante con esperanza.

La pandemia de Covid-19 ha tenido un impacto profundo en nuestra vida espiritual, así como en la salud financiera de nuestra parroquia. Nuestras colectas semanales han bajado casi un 50 por ciento.

El año pasado, nuestra parroquia, St. James, operó con un déficit de <$10,333.00> para la nueva caldera de la Iglesia ($64,541.00) + Mantenimiento del sistema de calefacción de la escuela y la rectoría ($17.025,00). Pérdida total: <$10,333.00> = $71,233.00 (Contribuciones) - $81,566.00 (gastos). Además, desde el 1 de julio de 2020 hasta ahora, el costo del mantenimiento del sistema de calefacción de la parroquia St. James fue de <$68,437.18 > = $35,941.00 (escuela) + $31,924.00 (caldera nueva de Rectory debido a que la caldera vieja gotea y no se puede reparar) + $572.18 (iglesia). La pérdida total por el mantenimiento del sistema de calefacción de St. James Parish desde el año pasado hasta ahora fue de <$78,770.18> = $10,333.00 (año pasado) + $68,437.18 (este año). El resumen del estado financiero del año fiscal pasado está disponible a la salida.

En los últimos años le he pedido que considere hacer una donación de $250 por persona trabajadora o $400 por familia. Durante estos tiempos difíciles, lo dejo a su generosidad y apoyo. Estaré profundamente agradecido por todo lo que pueda dar. La Gran Colección Anual de este año se divide en 2 etapas: a cabo el fin de semana del 12 y 13 de diciembre y el 20 y 21 de febrero.

Su generosa donación permitirá a nuestra parroquia equilibrar el presupuesto anual y continuar las mejoras necesarias de las propiedades de la parroquia. Cada uno de nosotros está llamado a confirmar continuamente nuestra fe en Jesucristo, a estar abiertos a su espíritu mientras nos guía como personas y como parroquia. Cuanto más nos mantengamos unidos en la fe, más fuertes seremos y puede hacer más el Señor a través de nosotros. Estoy en deuda con muchos feligreses dedicados y conocedores que me han asesorado en todos los asuntos. 

Para facilitar las donaciones, un Sobre de la Gran Colección Anual está disponible en la iglesia. Las donaciones en línea pueden organizarlas comunicándose con la oficina parroquial los martes y viernes de 8:30 am a 3:30 pm.

Que nuestro Señor continúe bendiciéndonos y manteniéndonos seguros a nosotros, a nuestras familias y a nuestros seres queridos durante estos tiempos de incertidumbre mientras viajamos juntos en fe, paz y amor para adorar a Dios y honrarnos y cuidarnos unos a otros.

 

                                                            Cordialmente en Cristo,

                                                                                                                

                                                           Rev. Anthony V. Le, Pastor

 

 

St James & St. John the Baptist Collaborative Office Hours:

Tuesdays & Fridays 8:30AM - 3:30PM

 

 

SNOW STORM POLICY AND

YOUR SAFTY FIRST:

If Haverhill Public Schools are delayed or canceled, no daily Mass at 9:00AM and no parish activities. For weekend Masses: please see announcements on the tv news stations and our website. Thank you.

 

 

 

Dear Faith Formation Families,                                                                                   September 4, 2020

I wanted to advise you all on the upcoming modified religious education for the 2020-2021 year grades K-8. The year will be remote using our Pfaulm Gospel Weekly teachings. These pamphlets detail each week’s gospel and are filled with wonderful activities. The booklets come in sessions so at the end of each session new booklets will be available and the old completed ones will be collected. It was felt that having this year remote learning would take some stress away from families that are already struggling in this uncertain time. My hope is to keep in close contact with you all and if circumstances change maybe we could meet once a month in person, but I will give you all proper notice if that is the case. Grades 9 & 10 will use a different book by Dynamic Catholic in order to prepare for confirmation. The enclosed registration form will need to be returned by October 2 at the very latest in order to know how many books to order. Books are available in bilingual Spanish/English. There will be a onetime yearly registration fee to cover materials and resource planning.

$50.00 for first child               If received after October 2 fee will be $75.00

$75.00 for two children          If received after October 2 fee will be $100.00

$100.00 for three or more       If received after October 2 fee will be $125.00

Once registration forms are received back and books ordered, another email will go out about pick up dates and times per grade maintaining the proper social distancing and mask protocols set forth by the Archdiocese of Boston and the CDC.

As far as sacraments go the Confirmation Class of 2019-2020 will be making confirmation on Sept 12, 2020. Bishop Hennessey has set forth proper guidelines and all members and families should have been notified. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me anytime, email is best and is included at the bottom.

The sacrament of first communion has been a difficult decision to make, whereas the 2019-2020 class is much larger and the size and time limits are still in effect. There are two choices and these choices would most likely be for the 2020-2021 class as well:

  1. A ceremony to complete sacrament where just the child and parents only can attend, the class would be broken up and scheduled on numerous Saturday morning /afternoon.
  2. A mass at a later date when more family members could attend, more traditional manner when restrictions are lifted.

Please let me know your feedback asap and please note which class year if your child has already attended the second grade and is awaiting to make first communion or if your child will be entering the second grade this September.

Again, we all appreciate your patience and understanding in these uncertain times and wish you and your family all the best.

Joelle Mather

Collaborative Coordinator

Catholic Collaborative of St. James & St. John the Baptist Parishes

6 Cottage Street

Haverhill, MA 01830          978-372-8537 (Office)

 

 

Catholic Parishes of Haverhill 

Annual Raffle

Grand Prize: $5,000 CASH!

Second Prize: $500 cash

Third Prize: $250 cash

BONUS PRIZE: $250 cash to seller of Grand Prize ticket

Drawing date: September 27, 2020

All Saints Parish - Immediately following the 12:00pm Mass

Plus, 10 $50 Gift Cards to Haverhill Restaurants. 10 Winners! Start selling your tickets today! Cost is $5 per ticket or $25 for a book of six…Get one ticket free! Every ticket you sell will benefit your parish! Increase your opportunities for winning the bonus prize by including co-workers, neighbors and out-of-town friends and relatives. If you need additional tickets, please call your parish office.

Checks can be made payable to the Parish that mailed you the tickets. In addition, please return any unsold tickets to your parish office. Deadline for returning tickets is Thursday, September 24, 2020 By 3:00pm. 

 

New office hours Starting the week of 9/13 at this time, our Collaborative Parish Office hours will be 8:30am - 3:00pm 

 

Dear Faith Formation families,

It is with great happiness I am writing to let you know that many details have been worked out and specific guidelines are in place from the Archdiocese of Boston to proceed with the sacrament of Confirmation.

Date: September 12, 2020 2pm Saint James Parish Please arrive at 1:45-1:50pm so the service can start promptly at 2pm enter thru front door and I will seat you in designated pews.

Guidelines from Bishop Hennessey:

  1. There should be no rehearsal for the ceremony.
  2. To limit the number of people, present in the Church, only the Confirmation Candidate, Sponsor, and parents are allowed to attend.
  3. As the candidate approaches, he or she will be handed a disinfectant wipe to sanitize their forehead. This way I will not need to disinfect my hands after each anointing. The candidate and sponsor should wear masks.
  4. Since there will be no photos after Mass, I will allow that photos be taken while the candidate is confirmed only one person may take photos.
  5. Every year I have asked for letters from the candidate and have referred to them in the homily.  This year the homily is restricted to about 4 minutes. Letters are not required this year but will be required next year.
  6. Please remind the candidates that the choice of the name of a patron saint is important.  The choice should reflect something about the saint’s life that they wish to emulate. 
  7. The candidates may choose the name of a deceased relative to honor their memory. 
  8. The sacrament of reconciliation is not required this year as a class but candidates are reminded and encouraged to seek the sacrament on their own.

If there are any questions or concerns please contact me as soon as possible to discuss. I will need confirmation of attendance to keep track of numbers. Thank you all again for your continued support and patience.

Joelle Mather

Collaborative Coordinator

 

Dear Parishioners,

As announced last weekend, starting from July 19, 2020, the 5:00pm Sunday Mass will be suspended until further notice in order to consolidate our weekend Masses due to attendance. We look forward to seeing you at one of our Collaborative Masses: Saturday: 4:00pm (English-SJ), 7:00pm (Vietnamese-SJ); Sunday: 8:30am (English-SJ), 10:00am (English-SJB), 11:30am (Spanish-SJ). Thank you.

 

https://www.bostoncatholic.org/yearoftheeucharist

https://www.bostoncatholic.org/yearoftheeucharist/coordinators 

https://vimeo.com/channels/1520440

https://www.bostoncatholic.org/sites/g/files/zjfyce811/files/2019-12/YearOfTheEucharistIntroLetter_FINAL.pdf

 

Returning to Mass; we all have a role to play in keeping each other safe and healthy video can be viewed by clicking on the button below. 

https://vimeo.com/421142581

 

WELCOME BACK!

PLEASE REMEMBER MAINTAIN 6’ DISTANCE 

WEAR MASK AT ALL TIMES

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  • Children under 2 should not wear a mask.
  • Children between 2-5 at parent discretion.
  • Please, bring your own hand sanitizer with you.
  • Non congregational singing.

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¡BIENVENIDOS NUEVAMENTE!

POR FAVOR RECUERDE

MANTÉNGA 6’ DE DISTANCIA

SI NO ESTÁ EN LA CASA

USE MÁSCARA EN TODO MOMENTO

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• Los niños menores de 2 años no deben usar una máscara.

• Niños entre 2-5 años es decisión de los padres.

• Por favor, traiga su propio desinfectante para manos.

• No canto de la asamblea.

 

Weekend Mass Schedule 

Saturday:

4:00pm (English) & 7:00pm (Vietnamese) (SJ)

Sunday:

Resuming 8:30am (English) (SJ) on 6/21

10:00am (English) (SJB)

11:30am (Spanish) (SJ)

 

Daily Masses:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 9:00am (SJB)

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - 9:00am (SJ) 

For more details, please see the weekly bulletin.

Tuesday and Thursday Adoration (SJ)

 

Please call the parish office at 978.372.8537 or email stjamesandjohnnews@gmail.com before 4:00pm Friday for confession by appointment or to make a reservation for the weekend masses if you plan to attend. Thank you. 

 

Dear Faith Formation Families:

First and foremost, we at the parish sincerely hope this letter finds you and your families safe, healthy and well. As we all try to navigate these uncharted circumstances it is with sadness that the upcoming sacraments, first communion and confirmation, will need to be cancelled.  There are many factors that brought us to this conclusion. The health and safety of our parishioners are always the most important. The situation will be reevaluated in the fall. As always please continue to monitor the website and weekly bulletins for important updates. Please email me if you have any questions. stjamesandjohnfaith.gmail.com.

Joelle Mather, Collaborative Coordinator

 

 

Hi Faith Formation Families! 

We are so excited to announce that VBS WILL BE HAPPENING this year! With one modification, though. Instead of you bringing your kids to VBS, we’re bringing VBS to your kids.

This summer, beginning Monday, June 22nd through Thursday, June 25th, we’ll be using a quarantine-friendly VBS called BOLT. With minimal preparation, easy-to-follow instructions, and a video that leads you and your kids step-by-step through each day, BOLT is designed for you to perform with your family at home. It’s so simple!

During BOLT, your family will participate in fun games that illustrate what it means to listen to, focus on, and follow Jesus. Depending on your pace, you can expect that each day’s experience will last about an hour and a half. It’s great for kids from Kindergarten through 5th graders.

If you want to get a better idea of what BOLT is, you can watch the Day 2 sample video here. (But don’t let your kiddos see it just yet—we want to save the fun for later.)

There’s something else we’re really excited about—this could also be an amazing outreach opportunity. If you feel comfortable gathering with more people, you can invite as many neighbors, friends, and family to your house for BOLT as you would like. It’s such an easy and fun way to share the good news of Jesus with our community. If it’s helpful, we’ve attached a printable invitation for you to use or you can share our social media posts with anyone you want to invite.

Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X5CGB6F

 

 

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

For four hundred and one years this land, which would become the United States of America, has had to deal with the evil and moral cancer that is racism.

When the word racism is invoked it is often identified in personal terms: someone whose attitudes, convictions and actions target a group of other individuals because of color. This is a valid but only partial meaning of the term. From such people as Fredrick Douglas and Harriet Tubman, to contemporary leaders, thinkers and activists, African Americans have tried consistently to expand the general understanding of racism. In word and deed, they have pointed to the reality of systemic and structural racism. 

Racism and slavery find a common nexus in this country, the denial of the humanity and dignity of other persons. As a nation we abolished slavery legally, but we have not dealt with its enduring legacy. If we reject slavery then we must reject and denounce the dehumanizing attitudes that foster discrimination, inequality and violence. Racism can be explicit, but it also can be unrecognized and unacknowledged. Yet, all of its manifestations are deadly and corrosive to civil society. Like COVID-19, racism can infect any person, without regard to region, religion, race or ethnicity. It is highly contagious, easily transmitted to others, and too often unseen and disguised in those seemingly healthy. Racism is a social and spiritual disease that kills people.  

The murder of George Floyd, an African American citizen, at the hands of four rogue police officers was tragically all too familiar to the African American community. During our lifetimes there has been the reality of the Negro Travelers Green Book, identifying locations where African Americans stop and stay in our country with less likelihood of being attacked. We have seen the Ku Klux Klan’s brutal lynchings of innocent black people. And we have now again witnessed heinous violence perpetrated by some who were entrusted with the duty to protect. George Floyd’s death makes clear that racist premises and attitudes, often implicit, are woven through basic structures—political, legal, economic, cultural and religious—in the United States. 

The earliest days of my priesthood were lived in Washington, D.C. on 16th St. in the heart of the city. I was there the night Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. was assassinated. The city was set ablaze with 700 fires, tanks lined the streets around the White House and soldiers with bayonets stood on every corner. The killing of Dr. King sparked despair and rage throughout the African American community in the United States. Since then there have been important and meaningful advances of civil rights and the election of an African American President. But to know that fifty years later four police officers would see themselves entitled to murder a black man with impunity makes clear how far we must yet go to achieve racial equality. 

In the weeks following Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, during the time of the Poor People’s March on Washington, I joined the individuals and families at Resurrection City at the Lincoln Memorial. Off duty police officers hurled tear gas at our encampment and shouted vile profanities at us. I did not then, and we do not now judge all police officers on the basis of the reprehensible, criminal acts of those few who betray their brothers and sisters in uniform. The vast majority of police officers, very notably in Boston through the leadership of Commissioner Gross, serve as heroic, selfless first responders who take seriously their mission and face danger to protect others.

The antidote to the poison of racism is community and solidarity. The protests in response to George Floyd’s murder, in my view, have been predominantly peaceful and focused on the urgent need to address racism as a systemic, cultural, and legal reality. Some violent protesters and out of town infiltrators, few in number but by intention disproportionately visible, had interest in neither justice nor its achievement. As Governor Baker stated, they should be legally punished and should not be able to tarnish the greater significance of the peaceful marches and demonstrations we have witnessed.

We recognize that the Catholic Church in the United States must contend with our historical complicity in slavery and our need for racial healing. However, an important part of the legacy of the Catholic faith is our social teaching. The Catholic Church is a community of people of all colors, nationalities and ethnicities. Catholic moral teaching is based on the fact that all people – without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or nationality – are created in the image of God. This teaching rejects any form of racism, personal or systemic. Our faith calls us to leadership in breaking down barriers and standing against injustice. To violate human dignity is to dishonor the presence of Christ in each person.

Going forward, the reality of racism in our society and the moral imperative of racial equality and justice must be incorporated in our schools, our teaching and our preaching. We must uphold the commitments to equal dignity and human rights in all institutions of our society, in politics, law, economy, education. Catholic teaching on social justice measures the way a society acts fairly or not. Our work will not be done until African American men, women and children are treated equally in every aspect of life in the United States.

The killing of George Floyd is painful evidence of what is and has been at stake for African Americans - the failure of society in too many ways to protect their lives and the lives of their children.  As Catholics we are taught to nurture protect life from its inception to its natural end and at every moment in-between. The demonstrations and protests of these days have been calls for justice and heart wrenching expressions of deep emotional pain from which we cannot turn away. They call us to affirm the inestimable value of every person’s life. They call us to redouble our commitment to foster respect and justice for all people. They call us to uphold and defend the truth that Black Lives Matter. https://vimeo.com/426365893 

With the assurance of my continued prayers, Devotedly yours in Christ,

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM, Cap.

Archbishop of Boston

 

 

My Jesus,

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love You above all things, 

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there 

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

 

 

Eucharistic Adoration

Tuesday & Thursday 

9:00am - 12:00pm 

Monday / Wednesday / Friday 

7:00-8:00pm 

Social Distance: 6 feet apart

St. James Lower Church - Haverhill  

 

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The summer months are here! We are looking for some specific items for the pantry and hoping our parishioners to help us stock the shelves.  St. James and St. John's Parishioners have been so supportive of the pantry and we and the clients appreciate all you do.

12oz size or smaller of:  Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup, Salad Dressing, jams, jellies

Individually wrapped snacks:  cheese crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, granola bars

Kool-aid, Lemonade, Ice tea mixes, Coffee, Tea, Shelf Milk and Juice boxes,

Canned Fruit:  peaches, pears, mandarin oranges, pineapple

Thank you!!

 

 

St. James & St. John the Baptist Collaborative Parish Office will be closed

starting on 3/24. Due to the Coronavirus. If you need assistance, please call: 

978.372.8537 or email: stjamesandjohnnews@gmail.com  

Thank you 

 

 

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If Haverhill Public School is delayed or canceled, no daily Mass at 9:00am and no parish activities. For weekend Masses: please see announcements on the tv news stations. Thank you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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