Weekly Bulletin

September 22/23, 2018  —  25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Call for Hecker Award Submissions

We are now accepting submissions for the 2018 Hecker Award for Social Justice to be given in late fall. Guidelines for submissions are on our website at paulistcenter.org under Social Justice: Hecker Award. Submissions should be directed to Susan Rutkowski at susan@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2426.

Liturgy of the Word With Young People (LWYP)

We are still in need of adults to help with the Liturgy of the Word with Young People which takes place at our 10am Sunday Mass.   If you are able to help, please contact Peter at  peter@paulistcenter.org.

Newly Baptized

Please welcome the newly baptized ~

Margaret Cheryl Fehnel
Charlotte Margaret Flateland
Evelyn Charlotte Martins
Noble William Martins

Congratulations to the parents!

Lgbtq Ministry

Join us from 4:30-6pm on Sunday, September 30th for welcome and conversation for all new and returning members of the LGBTQ ministry. We will meet in the Library on the 3rd Floor.


Family Ministry Kick-off Events on September 23rd

Family Religious Education Program Kick-off Liturgy at our 10am Mass next Sunday. Children of all ages minister at this family Mass to kick off the season of our religious education programs.

Religious Education Orientation for Children – Immediately following Mass. Parents should drop off their children in the auditorium for snacks, ice breakers and team building activities.

Parents/Teachers Meet & Greets – After dropping off children, parents head upstairs to their child(rens’) classroom(s) to meet the teacher of that grade/program and the other families enrolled in that class. There, parents can register their child(ren) for programs and sign up for snack/room parent duties. [Please note: the 5th grade Meet & Greet will happen on Sunday, September 30th.]

Teacher Orientation – Is this Sunday, September 16th, 12-2pm, 6th floor in Room 22. Lunch provided!

Classes Begin September 30th

Religious Education grades 1-6 and Jr. & Sr. High youth groups all start on, September 30th at 11:15am.  Classroom locations are listed in the elevator lobby.

Canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero

Please join our Sister Community for a fiesta on Sunday, October 14th at 1pm in the Auditorium, to celebrate the canonization of Oscar Romero, a champion of the Salvadoran people. Archbishop Romero was brutally murdered as he celebrated Mass at a small hospital chapel in San Salvador on March 24, 1980. The assassination intensified a civil war in El Salvador and marked the beginning of Salvadorans’ veneration of Romero as a martyr and a saint. Last month, Pope Francis gave his blessing to his canonization. Please join us for food, speakers, and music as we celebrate this special event.

Stumbling In Holiness: Sin And Sanctity In The Church

Professor Brian P. Flanagan, theologian, Paulist Associate, and former community member will give a presentation of his recently released book; followed by a book signing and refreshments. He will address ways in which holiness and sinfulness condition the life of the pilgrim church; how the church prays through its continuing need for repentance and purification; as well as its belief in its present and future life of the Holy One.Wednesday, October 10th  at 7 pm in the 3rd Floor Library. All are welcome! Invite a friend for a most informative and enjoyable evening.

Prayer Of Heart And Body

Meditation and yoga in a Christian context.The practice includes: chanting; breathing exercises; prayerful postures; praying with your body; mind; heart; and spirit. Instructor: Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP,certified yoga instructor. Eight Tuesdays:October 23rd – December, 18th . (exception: November, 6th), 5:45-7:25pm in the Auditorium. $12 per session ($6 for students).forms available in rack in the back of Chapel or at reception office (617-742-4460). Register by October 19th.

Family Retreat, October 6-8 – Last Chance!

The annual Paulist Center Family Retreat will be held October 6th – 8th, at the Craigville Retreat Center. All families are welcome to participate. More information, including pricing and how to register athttps://tinyurl.com/pccfamilyretreat18or from Chase Duclos-Orsello, Elianna Nuzum, or Gigi Garcia-Rogers. Registration deadline is this Sunday, September 23rd.  We hope you will join us!

Young Adult Ministry (18-39 yrs)

Mark your calendars for October 19th  – 21st!  Join us at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA for our annual retreat! Our theme for the weekend is inspired by the prayer Fall In Love by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ. This will be an incredible opportunity to deepen your faith and ask yourself, “What are you in love with?” meet other young adults and experience the Abbey in the fall season!

Paulist Center Bible Study Group

From October 2nd to November 6th, the Paulist Center will be a Catholic test site for the Massachusetts Bible Society’s project: Exploring Justice: The Ten Commandments,Vol, I. The 6-week program will cover the first three Commandments and examine issues such as “Nationalism, First and Second Amendment issues, Partisan Politics, Evolution and Creationism, Eugenics, Separation of Church and State.”Our group will use the material provided and give feedback to the Society.

There is room for 4 or 5 more.interested, contact the Paulist Center coordinator Mary Burke at paddysniece@verizon.net.

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 6,992 $ 20,142
Budget Amount $ 11,378 $32,427
Difference ($ 4,386) ($ 12,285)

As always, we remind you that it is only the generosity of your resources that makes the activities of the Paulist Center possible and weekend collections are the “bread and butter” of our operating budget. If you wish to make  an offering, please make checks payable to the Paulist Center and mail to 5 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108, or even better, sign up to give electronically through our website!  We thank you for your generosity.

5% Community Gift
We give 5% of our total fiscal year weekend collections to various organizations.
This weekend we designate our gift to the Massachusetts Council of Churches, an organization which witnesses to our oneness in Christ among local churches and with our neighbors of other faiths.
We thank you for your continued support

Weekly Schedule

Sun 9/23

FREP Kick-off Event – Auditorium 11:00am

Mon 9/24

Adult Confirmation – 3rd Fl, Library 7:00pm

Wed 9/26

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm
Paulist Associates – 6th Fl, Rm. 22 6:00pm

Thurs 9/27

Concert Rehearsal – Chapel 6:30pm
RCIA-Inquiry – 6th Fl, Rm. 22 7:00pm

Sun 9/30

FREP – 6th Fl Rms. 13, 16, 17, 22 11:15am
Jr. High Group – 2nd Fl, Seminar Rm. 11:15am
Sr. High Group – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am
Tapped documentary – Auditorium 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium1:15pm

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

About three years ago, Pope Francis wrote his letter, “Laudato Si’,” about Christians caring for the environment. This month the Paulist Center’s, “Care for our Common Home” committee, has been leading us through various ways to live out this vibrant document…which most of us haven’t read! So here Jesuit James Martin gives us the “Top Ten Takeaways from “Laudato Si’.” (Better: go to the website <vatican.va> and read “Laudato Si’” yourself – but it’s long!) …

  1. The spiritual perspective is now part of the discussion on the environment.

  2. The poor are disproportionately affected by climate change.

  3. Less is more.

  4. Catholic social teaching now includes teaching on the environment.

  5. Discussions about ecology can be grounded in the Bible and church tradition.

  6. Everything is connected—including the economy.

  7. Scientific research on the environment is to be praised and used.

  8. Widespread indifference and selfishness worsen environmental problems.

  9. Global dialogue and solidarity are needed.

  10. A change of heart is required.

Our “Care for our Common Home” committee has worked very hard to educate and inspire us this September, drawing from various dimensions of Pope Francis’ letter. Please take some time to check out the back wall of the Chapel to see their very doable and pithy recommendations to kind of “get the ball rolling” in your home and place of work.

When we do small things, we start to think big. When we think big, we can join movements that can affect change in our world. Or we can watch Netflix.

What do you think?

And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center

Help The Paulist Center Celebrate the …
Season of Creation
From September 1st through October 4th

You can participate and learn about how to better care for our common home and creation in the following ways:

  • All Season – Take a little action for the environment or our communities by choosing one of the action cards located on the confessional doors at the back of the Chapel
  • September 30th – Between the Masses, view Tapped a documentary about the privatization of water.
  • October 6th, 10am-4pm – Attend the Agape Community’s annual St. Francis Day gathering: Confronting Systemic Racism. Speakers include, Fr. Warren Savage, Diocese of Springfield; Dr. John Bracey, Chair of WEB DuBois African-American Studies Department, UMASS Amherst; Eduardo Samiengo, DACA and undocumented activist; Alex Mooradian, immigration lawyer; Tahirah Amatul Wadud, Chicopee attorney; music, freedom songs and drumming by Ruth Bass-Green; Native American video and presentation: Nicole Braithwaite Hunt and Elena Creef. Bring a lunch and arrive early for on-street parking.
  • Notice how the themes of the Season of Creation are woven through the Liturgies and Chapel atmosphere

For information, contact Chris Roughton at chris.roughton@gmail.com.

In Other Communities:

Share the Journey

Sr. Lena Deevy, the Chios Eastern Shore Response Team, and volunteers on the ground on the Greek Island of Chios will speak about the refugee crisis.  Appalachian American and traditional Irish music will be performed. Friday, September 28th, 7-8:30pm, Paulist Center. No charge, but freewill offering will be taken.  www.gofundme.com/ShareTheJourney.

Voice of the Faithful 2018 Conference

Featured speakers: Marie Collins, abuse survivor; theologians Massimo Faggioli and Fr. William Clark. Saturday, October 6th, 9am-4pm, Providence Marriott Downtown. Register at www.votf.org.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for one to reflect and share one’s life and prayer experience and be guided in one’s search for God. Spiritual Direction is available at the Center from Sister Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ, and Christopher O’Rourke. Sister Kathleen can be reached at 617-755-9729. Christopher can be reached at 617-817-3977.  A donation of $10-$25 is suggested.

Emergency Food Pantry

Our food pantry is low on ramen noodles, jelly, tuna, stews, condiments (especially mayo), tea & coffee, cereal and rice.  Please consider dropping off these items in the baskets located in the Mary Alcove in the chapel.  Thank you for your generosity.   

The 2nd Floor Play Room Available At All Masses

The playroom is available for parents to use while accompanying their children if they find that helpful to them or their child during any Mass.

Playroom is Wired

The second floor playroom, with a connecting door to the balcony, now has a speaker so that you can listen to the liturgy while watching your child. If it’s not on, just reach up and push the power button and adjust the volume.

Daily Scripture Readings

are available free at www.usccb.org/bible/readings/.

Give Us This Day

is a monthly publication from Liturgical Press created to help sustain your personal prayer practices with daily prayer for Morning and Evening. For every subscription established, the Paulist Center earns $5.00 in credit toward purchases from Liturgical Press! To earn that credit for Paulist Center, please use the promotion code TDBR5125 when you subscribe online at www.giveusthisday.org or call toll-free 888-259-8470.

Pastoral Care for the Sick

When you or someone you know is sick and unable to join us at Liturgy, we have trained Pastoral Care Ministers who can bring the Eucharist to you. Please contact Trudy Macdonald, Pastoral Care Coordinator, at 781-665-0975 or trumac@verizon.net to arrange for a visit.

Respond to Any Homily

One of the objectives of our Five Year Pastoral Plan that we are currently focusing on is encourage thought-provoking, challenging preaching. To help us implement this objective we invite any member of the Paulist Center Community to give comments and commendations to any Paulist Center preacher. If you wish to respond to a preacher simply send an e-mail to the Center’s general e-mail address: info@paulistcenter.org and we will see your message is forwarded to the right preacher.

Prayer Offering

A member of the Paulist Center Community is offering to pray for the needs of other members. Please contact Fr. Rick Walsh at rick@paulistcenter.org with your requests and he will forward them to the person of prayer.

Welcome to the Paulist Center

If you are new to the Paulist Center or have been coming for a while and would like to be more involved you can register as a member. There is an initial contact form “Welcome. Be at Home” in the racks by the entrances and a similar link on line.  We are glad you are here.