Weekly Bulletin

October 14-15, 2017 – 28th  Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

Multi-Faith Prayer Vigil for Undocumented People

The Paulist Center Immigrant Advocacy Group urges you to join us, along with a group of Boston-area congregations and the Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) for a multi-faith prayer vigil in solidarity with our brothers and sisters detained at the ICE Detention Center at the South Bay Correctional Facility. This is a moment of heightened turmoil and fear for immigrant communities across Massachusetts. Join us in the power of prayer as we come together to make a public statement that people of faith stand up for the rights of undocumented people. How do our faiths call us to act in this moment? Where is our moral voice and vision leading us?us this Sunday, October 15th, 2-3pm at the South Bay Correctional Facility at 20 Bradston St., Boston.  For more information call or email Paulist Center member Christopher Spicer at 617-832-5010 or email at spicer.christopher04@gmail.com.

Food Pantry Drive

Every Fall we ask for donations for our Emergency Food Pantry that is open here at the Center on Tuesdays400 people a month come through our pantry.We buy most of the food we give out 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.

Community Discussion: LGBTQ Community and the Catholic Church

This Sunday, October 15th  the LGBTQ Group and Young Adult Ministry will be teaming up to host a community book discussion open to the entire Paulist Center community on Fr. James Martin’s new bookBuilding a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity. The conversation will be held after the 6 pm mass in the Auditorium. You do NOT have to have read the book to attend! All are welcome.

October is Stewardship Month

October is Stewardship Month, a time to prayerfully and intentionally consider how to share time, talents and treasure with our larger community. During this month,Stewardship Commitment Cards will be available, so that all community members may choose some way to contribute to our faith community. You can join a new ministry or recommit yourself to the one you’re already involved in. You may also consider increasing your financial giving to the Center or enroll in electronic giving.can find Stewardship Commitment Cards and a list of ministries and relevant contact information in the pews. You can also fill out your Commitment Card online. Go to this link, which is also on our Facebook page and in this month’s community newsletter.


Young Adults Monthly Dinner

Young Adults (18-39yrs) please join us on Sunday, October 22nd,after the 6pm mass in the Auditorium. Entrée will be provided. Please bring a side/dessert/drink to share or $5 donation to help cover costs.

Community Coffee

Please join us for Community Coffee  after the 10am and 12pm masses in the Auditorium.

LGBTQ Gathering

Center member Maggie Keefe is hosting a gathering at her home in Jamaica Plain on Sunday, October 22nd, 1-5 pm for the LGBTQ group. Hearty appetizers and drinks will be provided. Come for some or all of the time and get to know other members. Please RSVP by, October 18th,Maggie at maggiekeefe@mac.com  she will provide the exact address.

Book Discussion: Tears We Cannot Stop

On Tuesday, October 24th, at 7pm, community member Carol Mitchell will lead a discussion onTears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Dyson, a Baptist Minister and sociology professor at Georgetown University.  This book gives special attention to the human cost of racism. 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 contact Mary Burke at paddysniece@verizon.net.

Young Adult Fall Retreat

All young adults (18-39) are encouraged to join our Fall Retreat on October 27th – 29th at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham.The theme this year is “Responding to God’s Call.” It’ll be a great weekend to deepen your friendships and your faith. For more information, contact Katie at katie@paulistcenter.org.

Youth Liturgical Ministries

The Youth Liturgical Ministry at the Paulist Center is welcoming newto! Available ministries include: lectors, acolytes, greeters, sacristans and Eucharistic ministers (for youth who are confirmed). Youth ministers serve approximately once per month at theam. Training dates for new ministers are TBD. If you would like toabout thisor to sign up, please contact Deb Gregson at debpaula@msn.comor Julie Sloan atjulieasloan@hotmail.comor complete the interest survey (one survey per child) at https://goo.gl/forms/WXeL5lckcb6WziyH2

40+ Group Monthly Dinner

Come join our new group and build community! All those aged 40+ are invited to join us at Back Deck restaurant on West Street in Boston on Saturday, October 21st at 6:30pm.

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 12,189 $ 56,533
Budget Amount $ 11,164 $63,635
Difference  ($ 1,025) ($ 7,102)

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 Hearth, a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly. Further information can be found at www.hearth-home.org.  Last weekend, the Paulist Center gift was divided between Catholic Charities for the efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from Hurricane Maria and Catholic Relief Services for the efforts in Mexico from the earthquake. The envelopes for Disaster Relief remain in the pews for those who wish to donate and were unable to be present over the holiday weekend.

We thank you for your continued support.


Weekly Schedule

Sun 10/15  

LWYP –2nd Fl Seminar Rm. & 3rd Fl Library   10:00am
Sr. High Youth Group –3rd Fl Library 11:15am
FREP Co-Op –6th Fl Rms. 13, 16, 17, 22 11:15am
FREP Co-Op –2nd Fl Play Rm. & Seminar Rm. 11:15am
Community Coffee 11:15am
Community Coffee1:15pm
Community Book Discussion –Auditorium 7:00pm

Mon 10/16

Prayer of Heart and Body –Auditorium 5:30pm

Wed 10/18

Supper Club –Auditorium 6:00pm
Charismatic Prayer –Chapel6:00pm

Thurs 10/19

Advent/Christmas Concert Rehearsal –Chapel 6:45pm

Sat 10/21

3rd Saturday Breakfast –Auditorium 9:00am

Sun 10/22

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
Young Adult Potluck Dinner –Auditorium7:00pm

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

Last Tuesday, October 10, was the World Day against the Death Penalty.  Here at the Paulist Center, our St. Dismas Committee advocates for criminal justice reform, including ending the death penalty.  They respond to Pope Francis’ call:

All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom.

The Catholic Mobilizing Network has put together this National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty:

In response to Pope Francis’s call, I pledge to educate, advocate, and pray for the end of the death penalty:


I will educate myself and my community about the injustices of the death penalty, including the ways it risks innocent life, fails victims’ families, and contradicts the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching.


I will fulfill the call to discipleship by advocating for the dignity of all life, including those who are on death row and awaiting execution, and by actively working to end the death penalty in my state [Massachusetts has abolished capital punishment] and in my country.


I will pray for mercy and healing for all who are involved in the criminal justice system: victims of crime and their families, those in prison and on death row, communities where crimes are committed, and all who work in the legislative system.

God of mercy, help me to remember your loving compassion as I go forward to work for an end to the death penalty. Allow me to be a vessel for your mercy, so as to heal the broken and welcome the outcast. Amen.

What do you think? 

And let us pray for/with one another.


The Paulist Center

Newly Baptized

Please welcome newly baptized Theodore Richard Scola to our community.  Congratulations to parents Jessica Aiken and James Robert Scola!

Take Back Your Time

Take Back Your Time is a series offered by Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, consisting of one talk a month from September – March on Holistic SpiritualityChristian Living. This month’s session is on Prayer Outside the Box,, October 25th,-8:15pm.The apostle Paul counseled the followers of Jesus to “pray in all circumstances.” How do we do that? We will look at what makes for prayer and at how we can cultivate those attitudes of heart and mind anywhere and everywhere. Got any secrets to share? Bring ‘em! We’ll see how they compare with the variety of methods we uncover in the Christian treasure chest.it in your calendarcome! (Suggested Donation: $10)

Adult Confirmation Class

Would you be willing to be a godparent someday?  Well you won’t be able to, if you have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Join Fr. Rick Walsh, CSP, for four consecutive Thursday evenings beginning October 26th. Completing this course of study will enable you to celebrate this important Sacrament.We will meet at 7pm at the Paulist Center.  For registration or further questions, contact Fr. Rick at rick@paulistcenter.org or call 617-948-2424.

Charismatic Prayer Group

Our Group meets on Wednesday nights, usually twice a month, always 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. We are meeting on Wednesday, October 18th. All are welcome to join us for a joyous time of worship. If you have any question, please contact Nora Bolcon at 617-573-1664.


Cultivating a Prophetic and Contemplative Lifestyle

Engage Pope Francis’ call for “ecological conversion” in a 5-week meditation training program based on Laudato Si’.program will introduce participants to contemplative practices as a way of prayer and compassionate action. Classes will be held Thursdays,19th – November 16th, from7-8:30pmat St. Ignatius Parish in Chestnut Hill.  For more information and to register, visit bit.ly/eco-meditation.

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.