Dear Parishioner,
It’s that time of the year when we appeal to your generosity and kindness in supporting St. John’s Grand Annual Collection.  This year’s Grand Annual will take place the weekend of September 29th/ 30th.
The proceeds of the Grand Annual are used for capital expenditures to maintain our buildings and grounds and are separate and distinct from the daily operating expenses that are funded through the weekly offertory and the CPL (Commitment to Parish Life Program).  Some of the most recent improvements are: painted school gym and repaired gym floor, repaired church organ, restored church front stairs, and painted all church doors.
Our Buildings and Property Committee has outlined some major items that need to be addressed in the coming year.  These projects include: repair and paint convent windows; paint rectory TV room, paint lines in parking lot and improve sound system in upper church and replace rear rectory courtyard pavement. Again this year we are asking each working household to pledge $250.  Of course, any and all donations are always appreciated.  It is through the generosity and active participation of St. John’s parishioners that we are able to maintain such a beautiful and active parish.
St. John’s consolidated Financial Report for fiscal year 2017-2018 and the projected budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 is available in the back of the Church.  If you wish to learn more about how past contributions have been put to work, please contact any member of the Finance and/or Buildings & Property Committees for additional information.  They can be reached via the Rectory at 617-846-7400.  We encourage you to place your donation in the second collection basket at any Mass during the weekend of September 29th/30th, or donate directly online here.  Thank you for your continued help.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Charles E. Bourke, Pastor
Note:  There is the possibility that your employer may offer matching contributions for this type of donation.  Please check with your employer to see if they do and if so, how to go about it.