Weekly Bulletin

December 16-17, 2017 – 3rd  Sunday in Advent

Attentive to the Holy Spirit and nourished by vibrant liturgy, we are a Catholic community that welcomes all, fosters healing and reconciliation, and acts for justice.

Quality Time with Family and Friends

As the Christmas holiday season approaches with its opportunities for gatherings with family and friends, it is an appropriate time for us to reflect on what the research indicates: that it is your social connections that are most strongly associated with a long and happy life. As one of the leaders of a recent Harvard study said, “the key to healthy aging is relationships, relationships, relationships.” This will be the fourth of eight monthly sessions on holistic spirituality in the Take Back Your Time series of talks by Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP. This Monday, December 18th, 7:00-8:15pm in the 2nd Floor Seminar Room. Suggested donation $10 ($5 students). Give this session as a Christmas gift to yourself.

A Heartfelt Thank You!

There are so many people to thank for the wonderful Advent-Christmas Concert.In addition to the hard-working musicians, there were many people behind the scenes that contributed to the event. Preparations began in September with the selection, ordering, then organizing of the music. There was the set-up and environment including fluffy trees, lighting, sound, and slides. On the day of the event, there were hospitality folks, reception organizers, ticket sellers, and our many patrons. A special thanks to our generous sponsors. My deepest gratitude to one and all.

Thank You!

To all the children who made our annual Christmas Pageant a hit this year!  You were fabulous!

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24th

5:00pm and 8:00pm

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25th

10:00am and 12:00pm

New Year’s Day Mass Time

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

Monday, January 1, 2018


Young Adult Monthly Dinner

All Young Adults (18-39yrs) are invited to join us this Sunday, December 17th at 7pm for our monthly community dinner in the Auditorium. Dinner Theme: Soup and Salad. Bring a side or dessert to share or $5 to help cover costs!

Jesse Tree/Giving Tree

Our Jesse Tree is up!! The Jesse Tree is the Paulist Center’s Advent Giving Tree. This is an opportunity for our community members to buy gifts for families living at Crossroads Family Shelter, the Catholic Worker House in Worcester and the Agape Community. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesse was the father of King David. We adorn a Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophecies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus. The ornaments of the Jesse Tree tell the story of God in the Hebrew Bible, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness of God across four thousand years of history.  Please take a tag off the tree and bring the unwrapped gift back to the Center by Sunday, December 17th.  Gifts can be dropped off at the Food Pantry (1st Floor elevator lobby) or sent to Susan Rutkowski here at the Center.  Please do not leave any gifts under the tree or anywhere that is unsecured.  Thank you!

Christmas Flowers & Decorations

Help us decorate with a poinsettia plant and other Christmas decorations in honor of a family member or friend, living or deceased. Suggested donation is $10.  You may contribute at the reception desk or by using the envelopes marked “Flower Donation” in the pews and racks, or go to Donate Online on our website, and use the Miscellaneous Donation Category and note that it is for “decorations and in honor of” in the “in honor or memory of” space.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

Fair Trade Shopping at Community Coffee

Last chance to spend your gift dollars in a meaningful way. Our fair trade gifts include Nativity sets, jewelry, scarves, and stocking stuffers including soaps,
ornaments, coffee, and cocoa from Equal Exchange.from your purchases benefit Hacienda Vieja, our Sister Community in El Salvador. Looking forward to seeing you for shopping and conversation after the 10am, 12pm, and 6pm masses.

Christmas Flowers & Decorations

Help us decorate with a poinsettia plant and other Christmas decorations in honor of a family member or friend, living or deceased. Suggested donation is $10.  You may contribute at the reception desk or by using the envelopes marked “Flower Donation” in the pews and racks, or go to Donate Online on our website, and use the Miscellaneous Donation Category and note that it is for “decorations and in honor of” in the “in honor or memory of” space.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

40+ Group Dinner

Looking to build community at the Paulist Center? All those ages 40+ are invited to join our group for monthly dinners after mass. Our next dinner will be onSaturday, December 16th, 6:30pm at a local restaurant. Walk over after mass or meet us there! All are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora Bolcon at nora.bolcon@state.ma.us.

Multi-Faith Prayer Vigil

During the October vigil, it was very moving to stand on an overpass near the 93 Expressway and wave to ICE detainees who responded by holding signs to the windows. “Light in Darkness,” an inter-faith vigil, will be held at the South Bay House of Corrections on, December 17th from 2-3pm. A group will leave from the Paulist Center atpm. Please meet at the front doors of the chapel. For more information email Paulist Center community member Christopher Spicer at spicer.christopher04@gmail.com or call 617-832-5010.

Charismatic Prayer Group

Our Group meets on Wednesday nights, usually twice a month, from 6:00-8:00pm. For the month of December, we are meeting only once, on the 20th, for our Group Christmas Party, in the 3rd Floor Library. There will be coffee, treats and prayer and socializing.  Feel free to join us and to bring a friend. If you have any questions, please contact: Nora Bolcon at 617-573-1664.

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 8,021 $ 142,444
Budget Amount $ 11,164 $159,087
Difference ($ 3,143) ($ 16,643)

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 Angel Flight, an organization that arranges free flights for those requiring access to medical care. For additional information, please visit www.angelflightne.org.

We thank you for your continued support.


Weekly Schedule

Sun 12/17

LWYP – 3rd Fl Library & 2nd Fl Seminar Rm. 10:00am
FREP Co-Op – 6th Fl Rms. 13, 16, 17, 22 11:15am
FREP Co-Op – 2nd Fl Play Rm. & Seminar Rm. 11:15am
Jr. High Youth Group – 3rd Fl Library 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium 1:15pm
Fair Trade Shopping – Auditorium 7:15pm
Young Adult Potluck Dinner – Auditorium 7:00pm

Mon 12/18

Take Back Your Time – 2nd Fl Seminar Rm. 7:00pm

Wed 12/20

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm
Charismatic Prayer – 3rd Fl Library 6:00pm

Sun 12/24

Christmas Eve Mass (Family Liturgy) – Chapel 5:00pm
Christmas Eve Mass – Chapel 8:00pm

Mon 12/25

Christmas Day Mass – Chapel 10:00am
Christmas Day Mass – Chapel 12:00pm

Tues 12/26

Center Closed

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

Christmas, Hanukkah. Some years, the lunar months (which Jews follow) and the solar (which Christians follow) are closely aligned.  In any case, Christmas and Hanukkah are usually within a week or so of one another.

From one of the books found in the Catholic (but not Protestant) Bible, the Book of Maccabees (1 Maccabees 4:36-59; 2 Maccabees 10:1-8), we read of how, after Exile, the Jewish people were “to celebrate these days every year.” What did they celebrate?  The restoration of their Temple in Jerusalem. As part of that restoration, Jews were to burn the one candle each day for eight days…yet they could find pure oil to light their Menorah (eight branch candlestick) sufficient only for one day.  But miraculously that small amount lasted for the required eight days.  As the years went on, this special commemoration of Jewish history came to emphasize themes of light and freedom.

If you were at either of the Paulist Center Advent/Christmas concerts last week, you heard the poem “Chanukah Lights” and Peter Yarrow’s rousing song “Light One Candle.”  What an extraordinary gift for our community that our wonderful singers, musicians, and leader Peter Ghiloni presented this constellation of reflections at this time of year.  And how much we need hope, the theme of the celebration!  And part of the genius of this ensemble of prayers, readings and music was the inclusion of Hanukkah reflections, both poetic and musical.

“As Christian communities throughout the world celebrate our Feast of Light, both Christians and Jews might join in praying for miracles of peace in the lands of the Bible and for mutual understanding to flourish everywhere so that people of our generation may become peacemakers in the service of God.”

On behalf of the Paulist Center Community, thanks to Peter and our wonderful singers, musicians, and all who contributed to allow them to prepare for the concerts (e.g., spouses, babysitters, and so on!).

(I am grateful to my old friend Fr. Larry Frizzell of Seton Hall University for some of these insights, including the last paragraph.)

What do you think? 

And let us pray for/with one another.


The Paulist Center

Calendar Year-End Gifts to the Center Warmly Welcomed

As you heard in our recent financial report, your financial gifts are key to our financial sustainability.While we did not bombard you with Giving Tuesday requests, please know that we warmly welcome calendar year-end gifts which are also very helpful to our budget every year.If you wish to donate stock, please be in touch with Patty Simpson at patty@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2428 for specifics on our legal name, tax ID and account information for transfers. Thank you for ALL you give in so many ways to the Center!

Young Adults Holiday Party

Save the date for our biggest party of the year!  Saturday, January 6th, at Hillary’s place in Quincy. Great food, yankee swap, and games. More info to come! RSVP to Katie at katie@paulistcenter.org.

Christmas Dinner

If you find yourself betwixt and between on Christmas Day with no company for dinner, please join Fr. Bob Rivers and friends at the Paulist Center at 3:00pm on Christmas Day.  If you would like to join Fr. Rivers, please email him at rsrivers1965@yahoo.com or call 617-948-2417.

Update About Our Sister Community – Hacienda Vieja

This past August, Sarah Neville and Roberto Jimenez visited Hacienda Vieja, the Paulist Center’s sister community in El Salvador, with whom we have maintained a relationship for the past three decades. The two main goals for this trip were to revitalize our sister community relationship, since the last delegation was around five years ago, and to determine how we can continue to support their basic needs while also strengthening the links between their community and ours. On Sunday, January 7th after the 10am mass, and then again after the 6pm mass, Sarah and Roberto will share a video and more details about their trip.  One of the goals of the trip was to help the community raise money for a new roof for their church.  Please come to the presentation to find out more about how to get involved with the Sister Community.

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.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is available at the Center, from Sister Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ and Christopher O’Rourke, both trained spiritual directors, for anyone who wishes to deepen their Spiritual Life. Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for one to reflect and share his or her life and prayer experience and be guided in one’s search for God. Sister Kathleen can be reached at 617-755-9729. Christopher can be reached at 617-817-3977. A donation of $10-$25 is suggested.

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.