Weekly Bulletin

November 17/18, 2018  —  33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Congratulations Colleen Kelly!

For over forty years, the Paulist Center has been honoring Catholics who are committed to building a more just and peaceful world. Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, and Sr. Helen Prejean are just a few who have come to our Chapel to accept this award.considering the nominations, the Selection Committee was deeply impressed by how, through Colleen’s work and life, she embodies Gandhi’s famous dictum: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” She models “faith-in-action” by her professional life as a family nurse practitioner; through her work with Pax Christi and the Ita Ford-William Kelly Jr. Health Clinic; and through her unrelenting witness to peace and reconciliation through Peaceful Tomorrows, the organization which she co-founded. She witnesses on the big stage of life for all of us to see, in the hope of helping the Holy Spirit transform this world. Just as important is the way she provides a living example in her private, everyday life, witnessing to one person at a time. Through faith and action we can have a more peaceful world; one characterized by social justice for all.
We congratulate Colleen Kelly, recipient of the 2018 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice. Join us in celebrating Colleen at a reception in the Auditorium following the 5pm Mass.  All are welcome!

Young Adult Dinner

Our monthly dinner follows the Sunday 6pm Mass in the Auditorium. Dinner Theme: Thanksgiving Feast!
All young adults (ages 18-39) are welcome to join! A donation of $5 will help cover costs. Thank you!

Thanksgiving Eve Mass

Our annual Thanksgiving Mass is this  Wednesday, November 21st, at 7pm.
We encourage you to bring any bread to be used at your own Thanksgiving meals for a special blessing at the liturgy.

The Immigrant Crisis: What Can We Do?

Leaders from the front lines of advocacy and services for immigrants in the Boston area will provide an overview of the current critical situation and outline how YOU can help. The event, sponsored by the Paulist Center Immigrant Advocacy Group, will occurSunday, December 2nd, at 1pm in the Auditorium.Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), will head a panel of experts including immigration attorneys and representatives of service agencies and sanctuary churches.There will be ample time for questions and answers, as well as information on how you can volunteer to help immigrants.
For more information call/text/email Adrienne Murphy, adrienne.murphy@gmail.com, 469-387-8363; or Ed Marakovitz, edmarakovitz@yahoo.com, 617-306-9726.

Christmas Concert Tickets Now On Sale!

Our annual/Christmas Concert,THRILL OF HOPE,take place on Saturday, December 15th at 7:30pm, and Sunday December 16th 2:30pm.Sunday Concert will be accompanied byThe Christmas Story, a pageant with drama, dance, and music.
Holiday Hospitality will follow each concert. We hope you, your family, and friends will all join in this festive occasion.Tickets are now available after the weekend Masses from the music ministers or during the week at the front office.sale tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (5-17), children under 5 are free.the day of the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for youth.  Sponsorships are welcome and appreciated:$50 Angelic, $100 Celestial, $150 Archangel.

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, and discuss various Scripture passages and topics that have powerfully moved us. Our next meeting for November is on  the 28th. All are welcome to join us for a joyous time of worship.  If you have any questions, please contact Nora Bolcon at 617-573-1664.

Fair Trade Coffee and Craft Sale

The gifts that you give from the Sister Community Fair Trade table give back again and again.
Come visit us during Community Coffee and see our Thanksgiving hostess selection. This Sunday, November 18th after the 10am and 12pm Masses in the Auditorium.

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 7,965 $ 96,043
Budget Amount $ 11,378 $118,900
Difference ($ 3,413) ($ 22,857)

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 Retired Women Religious to help provide for their retirement and heath care needs. Envelopes are available in the pews if you wish to make an additional donation to the Sisters.  We thank you for your continued support

Weekly Schedule

Sat 11/17

Hecker Award Reception – Auditorium 6:00pm

Sun 11/18

FREP – 6th Fl, Rooms 13, 16, 17, 22; 2nd Fl, Rm 2 11:15am
Confirmation Class – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium1:15pm
Young Adult Dinner – Auditorium7:00pm

Tues 11/20

Prayer of Heart and Body – Auditorium 5:45pm

Wed 11/21

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm
Thanksgiving Eve Mass – Chapel 7:00pm

Thur 11/22

Thanksgiving – Center Closed

Fri 11/23

Center Closed

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

What can save us in our current Church situation?

We (or at least I) find ourselves in a situation of revolving crises, disillusionments, disappointments.  What will be in the newspaper this week?  Recent articles in the Boston Globe and a segment of 60 Minutes remind us all too often that fallible, incompetent, and even sinful people are loose in our Church.  Indeed, they are often our leaders and those in positions of responsibility.  And a tempting refrain might be, “I can’t belong to such an institution.”

So we might find ourselves choking on the Creed’s “I believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”

Holy?  Not from what I have seen.

But the affirmation of its holiness is not so much that the Church, as a gathering, possesses holiness, but rather within it, one can find effective means for holiness.

What moved Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, and Oscar Romero to heroic holiness?

But, more importantly, what moves those in our circle of acquaintances to heroic and everyday holiness?

The woman in the apartment down the corridor who takes care of her mother with Alzheimer’s.  Or my classmate who struggles with dyslexia and still completes all the assignments.  Or that guy who devotes his Saturdays to “Best Buddies” to accompany someone with Down syndrome.  Or that receptionist at our office who always has a kind word for everyone and never a mean-spirited or gossip tidbit about anyone.

You know them, the saints on our perimeters who make up the Church. It is they that make our Church a resource for holiness.

Who are those persons in your life?  Name them, now.

I believe in that holy Church.  I see it, I commit myself to being it, with the grace of God.

We grieve together, we are angry together, and, I pray, we will persevere together.

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

Interested In Learning About Paulist Associates?- Come And See!

Many lay men and women freely associate themselves with religious orders of men and women in order to share in the spirituality and ideals of the particular order and model them in their daily lives.
There is an active group of Paulist Associates here at the Paulist Center. Current members will hold informal Inquiry Session for men and women interested in learning about what it means to be a Paulist Associate and the formation process involved. The session will be held on Wednesday, December 5th at 7pm in the Library on the 3rd FloorNo commitment is required.

Food Pantry Fundraiser

We are about halfway to our goal for this year’s fundraiser!
Every Fall we ask for donations for our Emergency Food Pantry which is open on Tuesday afternoons. Over 400 people a month come through our pantry. We buy most of the food at the Greater Boston Food Bank, as we can get it at significantly reduced prices.
Please consider making a donation(marking it Food Pantry) so we can continue to serve those who are hungry.Thank you!

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 and author of numerous books on spirituality.
Tuesdays: November 13th – December 18th , 5:45 – 7:25pm in the Auditorium.
$12 per session ($6 for students).  Registration forms available in rack in the back of Chapel or at reception office (617-742-4460).

In Other Communities:

Mystic Chorale Concert – LOVE!

Led by Nick Page, the Mystic Chorale, will perform renditions of works by artists including Lennon and McCartney, The Righteous Brothers, and Aretha Franklin. Concerts are on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30pm and on Sunday, November 18th at 3:30pm – Converse Hall, Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont Street, Boston.  For discount tickets – $15 – call Karen Santella by Monday, November 12th, 781-620-2446.

Catholic Social Justice: Responding to the Signs of the Times

Saturday, November 17th, 8am–1:30pm, Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd, Boston. Registration fee is $20. Plenty of free parking. For   more information, go to: www.bostoncatholic.org/Justice or contact Suzanne Graul or Sister Marian Batho at socialjustice@rcab.org or 617-746-5637, 617-746-5738.

Radical Hope

Saint Susanna’s Adult Faith Formation Program will host two events in November at St. Susanna Hall, 262 Needham Street, Dedham.  Freewill offerings will be gratefully accepted.

  • Radical Hope – with Lawrence Barriner II:kind of world could we imagine and confidently work toward if we allowed the Holy Spirit to kindle the flame of hope in our hearts to guide our actions? Monday, November 19th, 7pm.


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.

Mass Cards

Please stop by the reception desk during the week or call 617-742-4460, if you would like to arrange to purchase a Mass card in memory of someone who has died, in honor of a special occasion, or for the special intentions of yourself or a loved one.

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.