Weekly Bulletin

August 12-13 and 19-20, 2017 – 19th  and 20th Sundays 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.

Supper Club Help

Our Wednesday Night Supper Club team is looking for extra hands during the summer months when we lose the majority of our volunteers.  We need greeters from 5-7pm, a crew to set up from 4-6pm, servers during the supper hour 6-7pm, and a clean-up crew from 6:30-8pm.  Or you can come at any time and jump in where needed!  If you would like to coordinate bringing a group, please email us to schedule at  supperclubfood@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for helping us offer delicious, nutritious meals to those who are hungry!

Rolling Book Club Sessions

Would you like to discuss Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance?  Is Hillbilly Elegy on your reading list and need some motivation to get to it? Join community member Peter Kelley as he facilitates a Rolling Book Club session on Tuesday, August 29th, at 7pm.

A subsequent session of the Rolling Book Club will be held on Tuesday, October 24th, when Carol Mitchell will lead a discussion on Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Dyson. More details to follow.

Paulist Center Rolling Book Club

Would you like to discuss an interesting and/or important book with others? The Paulist Center Rolling Book Club may make that possible. The Club usually holds single-session discussions of fiction and non-fiction works. If you have a book you would like to read and discuss with others, let the Adult Education Committee know!  To learn more contact Mary Burke at paddysniece@verizon.net.

Holy Day Masses: August 15th

Come join with us in celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We’ll have masses on Tuesday, August 15th at 7:55am, 12:05pm, and 5:15pm.

Call for Hecker Award Submissions

We are now accepting submissions for the 2017 Hecker Award for Social Justice which will be given out in late fall. Guidelines for submissions can be found on our website at PaulistCenter.org under Social Justice: Hecker Award. Submissions should be directed to Susan Rutkowski at 617-948-2426 or susanrutkow@aol.com

Marriage Prep Needs Couples!

Marriage Preparation Program at the Center is in need of more presenting couples. Our program needs your help, whether you are married for 50 years or 5! We are in need of couples who can spend a few hours with us on a Saturday, either in the morning or the afternoon.

Couples are not teachers, but simply share some stories of their marital journey with the 40+ engaged couples who come each month (usually the 2nd Saturday of a month). Many presenting couples enjoy having the opportunity to reflect on their marriage. Call or write Fr. Rick Walsh, CSP, at 617-948-2424 or iamfrrick@gmail.com.

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.  Our next  meeting will be August 16th. Contact Nora Bolcon at 617-573-1664 with any questions.

Mid-Life Group –Interest Meeting

Are you in your 40s or 50s and looking for community at the Paulist Center? Maybe you’ve aged out of the Young Adult program or don’t have kids or are new and just looking to connect with some others in your same stage of life. Come join us to discuss interest and options on Wednesday, August 30th at 7pm. Contact Katie at youngadultspcc@gmail.com with questions.

Prayer of Heart and Body

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, seewww.tomryancsp.org. 10 Mondays, September 18th-November 27th (exception: October 9th), 5:45-7:15pm in the auditorium. $12 per session ($6 for students).Registration forms available in rack in the back of chapel or at reception office, 617-742-4460.

Young Adults Monthly Dinner

Young Adults (18-39yrs) please join us on Sunday, August 20thafter the 6pm Mass. Entrée will be provided, please bring a side/dessert/drink to share or suggested $5 donation to help cover costs.

New Paulist Center Website

After a year or more in the making, the Paulist Center finally has a new website! Check it out at PaulistCenter.org. (new address!)

Looking for Teachers

We are beginning to prepare for our 2017/18 year of Family Religious Education. If you are interested in teaching or leading one of the children’s programs at the Center – Liturgy of the Word with Young People, religious education grades 1-6, Jr. High Youth Group or Sr. High Youth Group – please contact Susan Rutkowski at susanrutkow@aol.com or 617-948-2426 for more information. Training is available. Classes begin in September.

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 10,627 $ 454,611
Budget Amount $ 8,776 $507,184
Difference  $ 1,851 ($42,573)

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 August 12th we designate our gift to our Sister Community in El Salvador,    Hacienda Vieja.  We have journeyed with them for decades  in their advocacy, fundraising, and overall support for their community.    

The Weekend of August 19th  we designate our gift to Victory Programs, whose mission is to help the Boston area homeless to find housing and get access to healthcare.

We thank you for your continued support.


Weekly Schedule

Wed 8/16

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

Sun 8/20

YAM Monthly Dinner –Auditorium 7:00pm

Wed 8/23

Supper Club –Auditorium 6:00pm

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

Last week provoked Transfiguration thoughts.  What do you see in Jesus’ eyes?

Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, while staring at a painting of Jesus on a church-wall, saw this:

“These eyes which at first were so gentle and filled with pity that I thought my mother stood before me, became an instant later, like those of a woman, passionate and filled with the power to subdue, yet at the same time so imperiously pure that under their domination it would have been physically impossible for the emotions to go astray. And then they changed again, and became filled with a noble, virile majesty, similar to that which one sees in the eyes of men of great courage or refinement or strength, but incomparably more lofty to behold and more delightful to submit to. This scintillation of diverse beauties was so complete, so captivating, and also so swift that I felt it touch and penetrate all my powers simultaneously, so that the very core of my being vibrated in response to it, sounding a unique note of expansion and happiness.

“Now while I was ardently gazing deep into the pupils of Christ’s eyes, which had become abysses of fiery, fascinating life, suddenly I beheld rising up from the depths of those same eyes what seemed like a cloud, blurring and blending all that variety I have been describing to you. Little by little an extraordinary expression of great intensity, spread over the diverse shades of meaning which the divine eyes revealed, first of all penetrating them and then finally absorbing them all.… And I stood dumbfounded. For this final expression, which had dominated and gathered up into itself all the others, was.simply could not tell whether it denoted an indescribable agony or a superabundance of triumphant joy.”

What do you think? What do you see when you gaze into His eyes?

And let us pray for/with one another.


The Paulist Center

Please Pray For…

Community member Nancy Griffin‘s sister, Pat LoGuidice, who is recuperating from a serious fall.

From our Care of Common Home Group:

We ask that you be good steward of Creation…

– REUSE whenever possible
· REIMAGINE new ways to give gifts –gift of time?
– RESIST buying what you WANT but don’t NEED
– RECONSIDER carrying tap water in your water bottles
– REFUSE plastic bags; use paper or a multiuse bag
– REMEMBER to bring your bag when you shop


Listening to Native Voices: Standing Rock is Everywhere

PCC Care of Our Common Home Ministry asks that you join us for St. Francis Day on Saturday, October 7th from 10am-4pm at the Agape Community (www.agapecommunity.org), 2062 Greenwich Rd., Hardwick, MA.Suzanne and Brayton Shanley, past Hecker Award recipients, are honored to have Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Beatrice Menase Kew Jackson as presenters.  If you need a ride to Agape or are willing to provide transportation please email us by September 27th at careofourcommonhome@gmail.com.

Becoming More Fully Alive:Your Life as Spiritual Practice

Retreat week led by Fr Tom Ryan, CSP, August 25th-31st,toat the Genesis Center, 53 Mill St, Westfield, MA. A healthy spirituality encompasses every aspect of our lives and orients us towards “life to the full” across the entire range of human experience.will look at the various activities that make up our lives with an eye towards how everything in our day can become part of our spiritual practice. A wholesome Christian spirituality is Christian life in the Spirit. And the glory of God is the man or woman fully alive! You will emerge from this retreat with fresh vision and renewed energy for your life back home. To register: www.genesisspiritualcenter.org, or call413-562-3627.Cost $555. Deposit $150. Balance due August 18th.

Women’s Series

Sr. Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ invites you to join Crossroads and Thresholds: Embracing the Second Half of Life. Participants will have time to reflect on their past, look at their present reality and consider future hopes to reclaim their personal gifts and experiences in a unique way.
Dates: September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, from 10-11:30am at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 637 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA. There is no charge for the series, but a free will donation is gratefully accepted.
To register, please contact Mary Rita Weschler at The Women’s Table at maryrita.weschler@csjboston.org or 617-746-2056.

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: fiveparkst@aol.com 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 iamfrrick@gmail.com 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.