ALMSGIVING
Lenten Greetings from Saint John's Seminary
Dear Friends,
This is the third in a series of four emails you will receive from Saint John's Seminary, wishing you a blessed Lent and Easter season. It is our aim to provide valuable Lenten resources for our constituents, as well as a glimpse into how our seminarians - your future parish priests - celebrate this most Holy season. We invite you to include the seminarians here at Saint John's in your Lenten observances over the remaining Holy Week by praying for them, fasting with them, and incorporating them into your almsgiving with a gift of support towards their formation and education.

Almsgiving goes hand in hand with fasting and prayer. 

Saint Leo the Great noted that, “There is no more profitable practice as a companion to holy and spiritual fasting than that of almsgiving. This embraces under the single name of mercy many excellent works of devotion, so that the good intentions of the faithful may be of equal value, even where their means are not…” 

As we prepare to celebrate the Sacred Triduum of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection, we are mindful of the ways almsgiving can imitate the love, generosity and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich. (cf. 2 Corinthians 8:9).  

May our Lenten observance rely on the renewal God is working in us all - making us aware of our need for conversion and repentance, and more importantly directing our attention towards greater union with his Son, and motivating us toward greater love and concern for our neighbor.

A blessed Holy Week to you,
Rev. Stephen E. Salocks '80
Interim Rector, Saint John's Seminary

PS: Below you'll see a few photos from the Sacred Triduum in 2018. We invite you all to join us for the 2019 Sacred Triduum next week - please see the details below for times, and send an email to RSVP@sjs.edu to join us for one or more observances.
Our Seminarians on Almsgiving
" ...for almsgiving, I am apt to give up my time, talent, and treasure without hesitation to whomever really needs it. "

-Stanislaus Achu, 3rd Theology, studying for the Diocese of Springfield, MA
“For prayer, I seek to pray for a true surrendering to God's Will. For fasting, I will only have one main meal each day. For almsgiving, I will make sure that I spend more time with my Brother Seminarians, especially during meals together.”

- William Foley, Pre-Theology II, studying for the Archdiocese of Boston
"This Lent, I reduced spending money on entertainment and food, so that I saved money and am going to help a child to study in India."

-Valanarasu Newton-Williamraj, 2nd Theology, studying for the Diocese of Kumbakonam, India
Your Impact at Saint John's Seminary
DID YOU KNOW?

The annual cost of educating one seminarian is over $64,000 — and the room, board and tuition paid by their dioceses covers less than 50% of this. In addition to the expenses of their Intellectual and Spiritual formation are those of the Human and Pastoral pillars: how they learn to interact with future parishioners like you, collaborate with one another, experience rectory life, and develop personally into the best people they can be in order to minister to others with compassion and grace.

Your support makes all the difference for these men each and every day here. Just a few things your gifts have enabled this year include:
2019 MARCH FOR LIFE
January of 2019 saw our entire house of resident seminarians travel to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., a tradition that began several years ago and continues largely in part to the generosity of the Flatley Foundation . It is a powerful trip each year that provides a meaningful witness and starts their semesters off with prayer and resolve.
BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
A little later in the winter, 16 of our men traveled to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Chicago, home of Mundelein Seminary, for the 19th Annual Fr. Pat O'Malley Invitational Basketball Tournament.

This was their second year in attendance, and they walked away with 3rd place overall!

They wouldn't have made it there without the support of our golf tournament auction attendees , individual donors , and the MA State Knights of Columbus , who helped them reach this goal and bring home the win.

Now...where to put the trophy?
THE INSTITUTE FOR PRIESTLY FORMATION
Each summer, SJS sends a group of seminarians to The Institute for Priestly Formation , or IPF, an annual 9-week summer program run on Creighton University’s Omaha, NE campus. The IPF program is an opportunity for our seminarians to grow and enrich their prayer lives and path to the Priesthood through weekly one-on-one spiritual direction, an 8-day silent retreat, and the collaborative creation of a document meant to guide and illuminate each man’s journey in relation to his diocesan and seminary life. This year, by the grace of many, including members of our Board of Trustees, the Boston Order of the Knights of Malta , and several alumni and faculty , three of our men should be able to attend and grow closer in their relationships with the Lord through this formative experience, as those before them have done.
You're Invited...
Holy Week 2019
The public is most welcome to join us for the following
Sacred Triduum events:

Holy Thursday, April 18 | Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00pm
Good Friday, April 19 | Service of the Passion 3:00pm
Holy Saturday, April 20 | Easter Vigil 8:30pm
Parking at 127 Lake St is free and plentiful.
For more information or to let us know you're coming, please email RSVP@sjs.edu .
Don't Forget
Visit  sjs.edu/lent  to meet the very seminarians who pray for you each day! Each week a new class has been featured, along with more photos of our observances here at SJS. See the men who were featured Week 1 ( PreTheo I & II) , Week 2 ( 1st & 2nd Theology) , Week 3 ( RMS & ESL ), Week 4 ( AA, FPO, OMV, OSB, & OFM Cap ), Week 5 ( 3rd Theology ), and Week 6 ( 4th Theology ) by clicking the links.
We invite you to incorporate the seminarians into your Lenten almsgiving by making a gift linked symbolically to the 40 days of Lent. Popular amounts in the past have been $2/day, $5/day, or $25/day, to join our Leadership Circle - or simply choose what feels right for you.
Scenes from Washington & Chicago by Colin McNabb' 21 & Marcelo Ferrari '24, Archdiocese of Boston;
all other images courtesy of George Martell