Weekly Bulletin

February 15/16, 2020 — 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Join The Music Ministry For Holy Week

We are looking for musicians for our Holy Week ServicesIf you would like to join us just for Holy Week you are most welcome.  Rehearsals will be on the Tuesdays of March from 8-9pm following Taizé Prayer.  Questions can be directed to Peter at peter@paulistcenter.org.

Lenten Reflection Books

Lentenr eflection books are now available in the vestibule.  A $2.00 donation is suggested.

Roaring 20s Extravaganza
(Catholic Formal)

Tickets are now live for the Roaring 20s Extravaganza, hosted by the St Cecilia’s and Paulist Center Young Adult Ministries!  Come join us for a night of music, dancing, and fun!  This is a welcoming event, open to all young adults ages 21 to 40.  Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/365kQoF
If you’d like to attend but are worried about the cost, please email Kristin at kristin@paulistcenter.org. We have a few tickets that were donated by a generous community member!
Saturday, February 29th, 8pm – 12am
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
10 Huntington Avenue

Young Adult Happy Hour

Meet other young adults from the Boston area at our collaborative Young Adult Happy Hour with the Saint Cecilia’s Young Adults. All young adults (21-39) are welcome to attend! This Tuesday, February 18th, 6:30-8:30pm, The Westland ,10 Westland Ave, Boston

Paulist Center Community Snapshots…

During the Advent Season, through the Jesse Tree, more than 230 Christmas gifts went to families and individuals through agencies like Crossroads Family Shelter, Agape Center, and Catholic Worker House in Worcester.

Young Adults Dinner And Discussion

Join us for our monthly community Dinner and Discussion! Bring a side, dessert, or drink to share, or $5 to help cover the cost of the meal. All young adults (18-39) are welcome!   Sunday, February 23rd, 7-8:30pm, Auditorium

The Season Of Lent

The Lenten season is almost here! Join us for one of our Ash Wednesday Masses on February 26th at 7am, 7:55am, 12:05pm, 1:05pm, and 5:15pm. There will also be an Ash Wednesday Evening Prayer service at 7:00pm. Ashes will be distributed at all services.
Also, Taizé Prayer services will be celebrated each Tuesday in March from 7-8pm.

Rolling Book Club

Come discuss the book Isaac Thomas Hecker: Spiritual Pilgrim on Sunday, March 1st, following the 10am Mass and on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7 pm.   Paulist author John Behnke wrote this short and easy-to-read book about Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulists.  Paulist Associate and community member Paula Cuozzo will lead the discussion (she wrote her thesis on Hecker!).   Books are available for only $10 after all the liturgies next weekend, February 22nd – 23rd.   Books are also available at the reception desk during the week.

There will be No Community Coffee This Sunday

… due to the Presidents’ Day Holiday Weekend.

Religious Education Winter Break

There will be NO religious education classes on Sunday, February 16th and 23rd due to winter break.  Classes will resume Sunday, March 1st.

2020 Boston Pride Preparations

Meeting to discuss how the Paulist Center can take part in 2020 Boston Pride (Saturday, June 13th). Meeting time: Sunday, March 1st, 7pm in the 3rd Floor Library . Each year, the Paulist Center partners with other local parishes to sponsor a booth at the BostonCommon (formerly on City Hall Plaza). For many Center members, it has been an enriching and moving experience to be a welcoming presence to the Boston LGBTQ+ community.  We invite all to help us staff the booth during this year’s 50th anniversary celebration of Boston Pride!

News From Our Sister Community Group

2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Oscar Romero. In that spirit, we invite you to join the SHARE Foundation to celebrate his life and continue his living legacy.The SHARE delegation will travel to El Salvador from Saturday, March 21st – Friday, March 27th,  to celebrate the life and legacy of Oscar Romero.
SHARE participated in the inauguration of the Water Project in Chalatenango; laid the first stone in the University Residence of CRIPDES that will house 20 students; meets with organizations and families working on the issue of migration; and listens to the testimony of deported people and the impact on their lives.
For more information, please contact Jose Artiga at jose@share-elsalvador, 510-848-8487, or visit www.SHARE-ElSalvador.org.


Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $13,464 $ 214,676
Budget Amount $ 11,164 $254,539
Difference $ 2,300 ($ 39,863)

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
This weekend we designate our gift to Maryknoll Lay Missioners, an organization that works with poor communities in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
We thank you for your support.

Weekly Schedule

Sun 2/16

RCIA-Break Open The Word – 6th Fl, Rm 22 12:30pm
RCIA-Catechesis – 6th Fl, Rm 22 1:15pm

Mon 2/17

Presidents’ Day – Center Closed

Tue 2/18

Paulist Associates- 6th Fl, Rm 22 7:00pm

Wed 2/19

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm

Sat 2/22

Rolling Book Club sale – Elevator Lobby 6:00pm

Sun 2/23

Rolling Book Club sale – Elevator Lobby 11:00am
RCIA-Break Open The Word – 6th Fl, Rm 22 12:30pm
RCIA-Catechesis – 6th Fl, Rm 22 1:15pm Rolling Book Club sale – Elevator Lobby 1:00pm
Rolling Book Club sale – Elevator Lobby7:00pm
Young  Adults Dinner – Auditorium 7:00pm

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

Ok, who is the patron saint of “caring for our earth, our ‘common home,’ as Pope Francis puts it?” St. Francis of Assisi? I nominate an American woman, a sister who deserves to be known better: Sr. Dorothy Stang, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. Let me tell you about her.

Born in 1931 in Dayton, Ohio, Dorothy was one of nine children.Early on she discerned both that she wanted to be a sister and that our Gracious God was calling her to be one. Typical of many, even a majority of sisters in the 1940s and 50s, Dorothy taught elementary school children. Then in 1966, she began her ministry in Brazil where she labored for more than four decades.

Dorothy’s time in Latin America coincided with that continent’s emerging self-awareness of the God of Liberation and the Church’s call to stand with, and work for, the poor. For Dorothy, this took the form of fighting for the rights of rural workers.She, along with other Church and indigenous leaders, defended land reforms in Brazil. Then, as now, to stand with the poor and disenfranchised was to put oneself into harm’s way. Indeed, less than a week after she met with Brazil’s human rights officials about threats to local farms from loggers and landowners in the Amazon region, she was murdered on February 12, 2005.

Dorothy was a perfect example of working both for the land, the rainforest, and for the poor. As she said when warned to get out of Brazil:

I don’t want to flee, nor do I want to abandon the battle of these farmers who live without any protection in the forest. They have the sacrosanct right to aspire to a better life on land where they can live and work with dignity while respecting the environment.

Even before her death, Dorothy received much recognition for her effective and courageous work for the peoples and the land.These including being named “Woman of the Year” by the state of Para and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Brazilian Bar Association. After her martyrdom, her religious community set up the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California.

Other Dorothy Stang quotes:

The death of the forest is the end of our life.

There are things you do because they feel right and they make no sense and they make no money and it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other (and to eat each other’s cooking) and to say it was good!

Peasant people…don’t have a chance to share in the riches that the planet can offer because some people are taking off so much of the pleasures of this world and there’s only so much to go around.

What do you think?
And let us pray for one another,
Michael McGarry, C.S.P.

Project Rachel

The Project Rachel ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston, extends a special invitation to women suffering from the pain of a past abortion to attend a Come to the Waters of Healing one-day retreat. Winter/spring dates are March 7th, April 4th and May 30th. Locations are confidential. Limited to ten participants per retreat. For more information, contact Project Rachel at help@projectrachelboston.com or 508-651-3100.

Save the Date: March 8th

Give Light: Spiritual Support for Climate Activism.multi-faith retreat, offered by the Paulist Center Care of Our Common Home Committee, featuring the Rev. Fred Small, Climate Justice Minister at Arlington Street Church.  1-3:30pm, 3rd Floor Library

Save the Date:  March 9th

Michael O’Loughlin of the dramatic podcast Plague: The Catholic Church and AIDS, will be with us on Monday, March 9th, 7pm. More info to come.

Liturgy And Spirituality

Five key themes emerged from our roundtable discussions, when community members shared their hopes and visions about how we might best live out our mission:

Liturgy and Spirituality
Vision & Leadership
Social Justice
Openness & Welcome
Authentic Integration

This week, we focus on Social Justice.
With great consensus around a central goal of strengthening the Paulist Center, participants noted the importance of living our faith through working for justice. In particular members emphasized committing to justice in three contexts: Our Urban Home, Our Church, and Our World.

Our Urban Home – We strive to act justly in our greater Boston home and to our neighbors through our ministries, such as:
• Food Pantry
• St. Dismas Committee
• Wednesday Night Supper Club

Our Church – We strive to work for justice within our Church and to be faithful to the Gospel’s radically inclusive message through our ministries such as:
• Lay leadership and preaching
• LGBTQ Catholics
• Paulist Charism of Ecumenism
• Voice of the Faithful

Our World – We strive to be good stewards of God’s creation—both our Earth and all of God’s peoples—through our ministries such as:
• Care for Our Common Home
• Isaac Hecker Award
• Immigration Advocacy
• Pax Christi
• Project Bread/Walk for Hunger
• Sister Community with Hacienda Vieja

To deepen our commitment to social justice, we need to engage members in this work by Sharing about the many existing opportunities for involvement;

In Other Communities…

Learning Interreligiously as a Key to a Better World

Join A Faith That Does Justice and Francis X. Clooney, SJ for an inter-faith discussion about how embracing diverse faith traditions can lead to a more caring, generous, and open-minded world.
Wednesday, February 19th, 6:30-8pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Boston
15 Newbury Street
Register for free at http://bit.ly/Interreligiously

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.