Weekly Bulletin

March 24-25, 2018  — 6th Sunday In Lent

Save the Date: April 28th is Wheel Of Auction: A Night of TV Game Shows

The Paulist Center Auction, our largest annual fun and fund raiser, is coming soon!  The theme for the auction and dinner is Wheel of Auction: A Night of TV Game Shows. The form for donation and volunteer information is available now in hardcopy and at https://tinyurl.com/PCAuction-2018. We are looking for donation items as well as volunteers to help in numerous ways especially in the kitchen or serving/cleaning up the meal the day/night of. We are collecting donations through April 8th. To make a donation, sign up to volunteer, or simply to get more information, please contact our co-chairs Marissa and Joe Janack at paulistcenterauction@gmail.com.  Tickets will go on sale after weekend masses as of April 7th.

From Father Rick

It has been an honor and a joy to minister to and with you these past eight years. Hearing and responding to God’s call, it is time to leave my position as Associate Director, effective in mid-summer. I am happy to share that I will not be leaving the neighborhood as I have been granted permission by our Paulist leadership to continue to live here and to work on some new projects rooted in the Paulist Fathers visitation report of 2011. You will hear more about these in the coming months. In addition, I will continue to serve as Chaplain to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Please keep the Paulists in your prayers as they discern who will follow me on the pastoral staff.

Holy Week

 Holy Thursday, March 29
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
until 10:15pm

Good Friday, March 30
The Seven Last Words of Christ
Ecumenical Service

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
with Adoration of the Cross & Communion

Scriptural Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, March 31
Easter Vigil Celebration
Light, Word, Christian Initiation & Eucharist

Easter Sunday, April 1
Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection
8:00am; 10:00am (Family); 12:00pm; 6:00pm (Quiet)


A warm welcome to guests here today for Palm Sunday. We invite you to join us this coming week for Triduum Services and Easter Sunday. We are glad to have you here!

40+ Group Dinner

Are you over 40 and interested in developing community at the Paulist Center? A group of us meets for dinner once a month. Come join us this Saturday, March 24th, 6:30pm, at Kinsale Irish Pub, 2 Center Plaza, Boston. If you’re coming to the 5pm mass, meet us afterwards to walk over together!

It Just Makes Cents!

Each Lent, the Jr. High Youth Group asks you to check your car, couch, and jars for your spare change to turn into much needed money for those who cannot pay their fuel bills over the winter.  Please take home one of the bags at the exits of the Chapel, fill it with your spare change and bring it back to the Center on weekends during Lent.  Our small change can mean a big change for someone else!

Dessert Ministry – Request For Help

Do you like to bake cookies, brownies or cupcakes and want to help our needy neighbors and friends at the Wednesday Night Supper Club, but can’t make a weeknight commitment? Join the Dessert Ministry and bring in a well-wrapped donation once or twice a month when you come to mass. Our coordinator, Judith Hughes, can give you all the information you need (what is best to provide, how to wrap it for storage, where to leave it) and will even send an email reminder to you! If you are interested, call Judith at 617-417-7931, or email her at judith@malyszko.com.

Prayer of Heart and Body

Looking for a life-giving Lenten practice? Come try meditation and yoga in a Christian context. The invitation is to a refreshing and powerful way of praying with the whole of your being: body, mind, heart, and spirit. Each session culminates in movement to music, engaging with a variety of postures that give bodily expression to song-prayers, followed by a period of quiet sitting in centering prayer. A great lead-up to Easter’s celebration of the resurrection of the body!  Instructor: Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, certified yoga instructor and author of numerous books on spirituality; see www.tomryancsp.org. Seven-week series:Tuesdays  through April 10, 5:30-7:15pm in the Auditorium. $12 per session ($6 for students). Registration forms available in rack in the back of Chapel, or at reception office,-742-4460.

Easter Flower Donations

Help us to decorate the Chapel with a lily or other Easter flower 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 Donations in the pews and racks. We are grateful for all donations!

There will be No Community Coffee this Sunday, March 25th , or on Easter Sunday, April 1st.

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 11,546 $ 275,628
Budget Amount $ 11,164 $307,568
Difference $ 382 ($ 31,940)

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.

weekend we designate our gift to MissionSAFE which works with high risk youth that face challenges to gain the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.

We thank you for your continued support.

Weekly Schedule

Sun      3/25

FREP Co-Op – 6th Fl Rms. 13, 16, 17, 22    11:15am
FREP Co-Op – 2nd Fl Play Rm. & Seminar Rm.             11:15am
Sr. High Youth Group – 3rd Fl Library      11:15am
Jr. High Youth Group – Kitchen/Auditorium             11:15am

Tues    3/27

Prayer of Heart and Body – 3rd Fl Library   5:30pm

Wed    3/28

Supper Club – Auditorium           6:00pm

Thurs 3/29

Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Chapel 7:00pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Auditorium 8:00pm

Fri 3/30

Seven Last Words of Christ – Chapel 12:05pm
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – Chapel 3:00pm
Scriptural Stations of the Cross – Chapel 7:00pm

Sat 3/31

Easter Vigil Celebration – Chapel 8:00pm

Sun 4/1

Easter Mass – Chapel 8:00am
Easter Mass (Family) – Chapel 10:00am
Easter Mass – Chapel 12:00pm
Easter Mass (Quiet) – Chapel 6:00pm

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

Great were the ironies that surrounded Jesus’ life.  St. Gregory of Nazianzus (325-389 CE)a reflected on some of them:

He who fed thousands with a few loaves fasted and knew hunger; he who promised to remove all weariness fell asleep in Peter’s boat; he who had often restored speech to the dumb allowed himself to be led silent as a lamb to the slaughter; he who had put the demons to flight with a word handed himself over without protest to the powers of darkness; he who had healed the man born blind with his spittle allowed his eyes to be covered and spat upon; the healer of lepers became, according to the words of Isaiah, a leper, as one from whom men and women hide their face; his face which shone like the sun on Mount Tabor was marred, despised, and rejected; the Master who changed water into wine accepted vinegar to quench his thirst. The Lord who raised Lazarus from the dead and restored his son to the widow of Nain went solitary into death and left his mother alone to bear the burden of her grief.

The ironies in our life do not match the stark contrasts of Jesus’ life, yet the sort of recompense that we will find in our commitment to working for, and loving, our neighbor may have the same sort of disappointing effect. And the discouragement which must have marked Jesus’ life will find an echo in our own…

What do you think?

And let us pray for/with one another.


The Paulist Center

Project Bread’s 50th Kick-Off Celebration

This Monday, March 26th, 5:30-7:30pm, Cathedral Church of St Paul, 138 Tremont StThe Walk For Hunger began at the Paulist Center 50 years ago.  Come celebrate and register your commitment!

Prayer of Heart and Body

Come try meditation and yoga in a Christian context. The invitation is to a refreshing and powerful way of praying with the whole of your being: body, mind, heart, and spirit. Each session culminates in movement to music, engaging with a variety of postures that give bodily expression to song-prayers, followed by a period of quiet sitting in centering prayer. Instructor: Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, certified yoga instructor and author of numerous books on spirituality; see www.tomryancsp.org. Tuesdays through April 10th, 5:30-7:15pm, 3rd Floor Library. $12 per session ($6 for students).  Registration forms in rack in the back of Chapel or at reception office, 617-742-4460.

Book Discussion: What The Qur’an Meant

On Monday, April 9th, at 7pm, community member Denis Hurley will lead a discussion on What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters by Garry Wills. This is an excellent opportunity to examine, with other community members, some of the tenets and values of Islam compared with those of Christianity and Judaism. The Paulist Center Rolling Book Club holds sessions discussing fiction and nonfiction works. If you have a book you would like to discuss, let the Adult Education Committee know. To learn more contact Mary Burke at  paddysniece@verizon.net.

Young Adult Ministry E-Newsletter

The Young Adults have a separate newsletter and mailing list for all of their upcoming events and projects. Newsletters go out twice a month. If you’re a Young Adult who’d like to sign up, email Katie at katie@paulistcenter.org to get added to the list!

In Other Communities …

Intro to the Elderly Commission

As part of our work in becoming an Age-Friendly city, we want to share information about important programs and services older adults can take advantage of in the City of Boston. Stay tuned for future notes. Contact: Elderly Commission, City Hall Room 217, 617-635-4366.

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.