Weekly Bulletin

July 14/15 and July 22/23, 2018  —  15th and 16th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Book Discussion: We Were Eight Years In Power

The Adult Education Committee is sponsoring a discussion of We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the YouTube video This Is America by Childish Gambino led by community member Peter Kelley on Tuesday, July 24th, at 7pm.  These are important vehicles for examining racism from an African American perspective.

The Paulist Center Rolling Book Club holds sessions discussing fiction and nonfiction works. If you have a book you would like to discuss with other community members, let the Adult Education Committee know. To learn more, please contact Mary Burke at paddysniece@verizon.net.

Recycling at the Paulist Center

As a community, we are recommitting to recycling and reducing waste wherever possible in the spirit of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ letter on environmental justice.  Our next step is new recycling containers at the Center with signs providing guidance on what’s recyclable and what’s not.  Because of strict vendor requirements (and penalties for non-compliance) please help us recycle carefully.  Look for the new containers and explanatory posters soon.

Please Remember In Your Prayers …

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Ann Marie Ghiloni, CSJ, sister of our Pastoral Minister of Liturgy and Music Peter Ghiloni, who passed away on July 8th. May she rest in peace. Please keep Peter and his family in prayer during this time of loss.

Katie’s Farewell Reception

Join us on Sunday, July 29th, after the 6pm Mass, to say “thank you” and “farewell” to Katie Oxley, our Young Adult and Communications Minister, as she leaves Boston to return to the Twin Cities. All are welcome!  Refreshments … of course.

Marriage Preparation program

Please remember in your prayers the engaged couples who participated in our monthly marriage preparation program on July 13th – 14th. Many thanks to the members of our Center community who offered leadership and insight to the couples throughout the program! Our next two-day marriage preparation class will be September 7th  – 8th. For more information, contact Fr. Chuck at chuck@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2424. 

Young Adults Monthly Dinner

All Young Adults (18-39yrs) are invited to join usSunday, July 22nd at 7pm for our monthly community dinner in the Auditorium.  Dinner Theme: Tacos! Bring a side or dessert to share or $5 to help cover costs.

Young Adults Happy Hour

Young Adults are invited to meet up for Happy Hour at The Green Briar in Brighton from-9pm, July 30th. All are welcome for casual conversation, food, and fun!

Summer Bulletin Schedule

June 2nd – 3rd will be the first of our double bulletins and August 25th  – 26th will mark the last. Submissions are due the Tuesday prior to the first weekend in a pair by 12pm. These are the remaining double bulletins:

  • July 28/29 and August 4/5
  • August 11/12 and August 18/19
  • August 25/26 and September 1/2

Newly Baptized

Please welcome newly baptized ~


Felicity Grace Buonopane

Patrick Steele Callaghan

Hazel Robin Bradshaw Cooke

Joaquin Robert Concepcion Crisol

Michael Stephen Noone

Congratulations to the parents!

Charismatic Prayer Group

Our Group meets on Wednesday nights, usually twice a month, in the Holy Spirit Chapel, from 6-8pm. We share time in worship, song and praise together, and discuss various scripture passages and topics that have powerfully moved us.

Our second meeting for the month of July has been cancelled.  Our next meeting will be August 8th.

All are welcome to join us. : Nora Bolcon at 617-573-1664.

Rite of Christian Initation of Adults – Inquiry

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church? Perhaps it is you! The process will begin in mid-September, with an inquiry period (basic information, Q & A). For more information, please contact Fr. Chuck Cunniff, CSP, at chuck@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2424.

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 13,770 $ 435,042
Budget Amount $ 8,513 $459,632
Difference $ 5,257 ($ 24,590)

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.

The weekend of July 15th we designate our gift to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), dedicated to re-uniting children with families at the border. It offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees.

The weekend of July 22nd we designate our gift to  Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, an interfaith social justice network that works for a just and peaceful society, as well as spiritual growth and interfaith understanding.

We thank you for your continued support.

Weekly Schedule

Wed 7/18

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm

Sat 7/21

3rd Saturday Breakfast – Auditorium 9:00am
Baptism Prep – 3rd Fl Library 10:00am

Sun 7/22

Young Adult Dinner – Auditorium 7:00pm

Tues 7/24

Book Discussion – 3rd Fl Library 7:00pm

Wed 7/25

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm

Sun 7/29

Katie’s Reception – Auditorium 7:00pm

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

Fr. Alexander Schmemann was a very influential 20th Century Christian Orthodox priest. He wrote:

“The Church is not a society for escape – corporately or individually – from this world to taste of the mystical bliss of eternity. Communion is not a ‘mystical experience’: we drink of the chalice of Christ, and He gave Himself for the life of the world. The bread on the paten and the wine in the chalice are to remind us of the incarnation of the Son of God, of the cross and death. And thus it is the very joy of the Kingdom that makes us remember the world and pray for it. It is the very communion with the Holy Spirit that enables us to love the world with the love of Christ. The Eucharist is the sacrament of unity and the moment of truth: here we see the world in Christ, as it really is, and not from our particular and therefore limited and partial points of view. Intercession begins here, in the glory of the messianic banquet, and this is the only true beginning of the Church’s mission. It is when, ‘having put aside all earthly care,’ we seem to have left this world, that we, in fact, recover it in all its reality.”

What do you think?
And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center

Two Major Announcements from our Social Justice Ministries!

Immigration Advocacy Group

Governor Baker signed into law the $15 Minimum Wage Law and the Paid Family Medical Leave law that we worked so hard with our colleagues in Raise UP MA to get passed.Thank you for stopping and signing the petitions that our volunteers coordinated three Sundays in a row in June. This important bill means that we have enabled millions of people in MA to have more opportunity and security in their lives!,  Specifically,  this will help 840,000 low wage earners get $2.75 billion (yes billion!) in wage increases over 5 years. Paid Family Medical Leave law will enable almost all workers in Massachusetts – many millions – to get 20 weeks of paid time off for serious illness or injury to themselves and up to 12 weeks to care for a family member with such illness or injury who needs their care.also covers maternity, paternity, and military leave.for more information about the Immigration Advocacy Group in upcoming weeks.

St. Dismas Committee (Criminal Justice Reform)

Last month, Governor Charlie Baker signed two major pieces of criminal justice legislation that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the legislature. Together, these bills represent the most significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system in decades.  St. Dismas Committee members are excited that their efforts in meeting with Senator Brownsberger, organizing petition signings, and encouraging the community to write/call their legislators contributed to these significant bills passing in Massachusetts.brief, what does this legislation mean for Massachusetts residents?

  1. Expanded earned-time credits will be afforded to people who complete recidivism-reduction programs and treatment.
  2. Judges will have more pretrial alternatives to incarceration.
  3. Judges will take a defendant’s ability to pay bail into account when setting bail.
  4. People who have behavioral health needs may be diverted from jail.
  5. Mandatory minimums will be eliminated for some drug crimes and imposed for others.
  6. Data collection and transparency will be improved.

If you are interested in our mission of education, direct service and advocacy on the part of criminal justice reform, please consider joining us.welcome new members! Please contact Susan Rutkowski at susan@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2426.

Religious Education Classes-Looking for Teachers For The Fall

Have you ever thought of sharing your faith with the young people of our community?  Our children need faithful and devoted teachers as they watch, listen, and learn what it means to be a Catholic Christian. Please consider finding out more about what being a teacher/group leader means in our religious education program. Training is available. If you feel called to teach this fall, please contact Susan Rutkowski at 617-948-2426 or susan@paulistcenter.org.

Advent/Christmas Concert:

It is not too early to start thinking about singing in the 2018 Advent/Christmas Concert. If you are interested, please see Peter Ghiloni after mass or email him at peter@paulistcenter.org.

In Other Communities …

Resilience, Recovery, and Remembrance

Summer Liturgies for Individuals and Families Impacted by Addiction. Pray with us as we seek God’s grace for all those impacted by addiction and remember with love the lives lost to addiction. Celebrate with us as we rejoice in the resilience and hope of the Boston recovery community. Music from Arch Street Band. Reception to follow. Saturday, July 21st, 7pm, St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch Street in Downtown Crossing.

Public Safety: Fire Prevention

Free Elderly Fire Safety Program: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available and installed for Boston residents of owner occupied single family homes. Restrictions apply.  Boston Fire, Michelle McCourt, 617-343-3337.

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.