Weekly Bulletin

November 16/17, 2019  —  33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Roses In December This Sunday, November 17th

On December 2, 1980, lay missioner Jean Donovan and three American nuns were murdered by members of El Salvador’s security force. Roses in December chronicles Jean’s life, from her affluent childhood in Connecticut, to her decision to volunteer with the Maryknolls in El Salvador, to her tragic death. Roses in December is both an eloquent memorial to the commitment of this courageous young woman and a powerful indictment of US foreign policy in Central America.  Please join the Paulist Center’s Sister Community at one of two screenings, this Sunday, 11:15am or 7:15pm in the 3rd Floor Library.

Thanksgiving Eve Mass

Please join us onWednesday, November 27th, at 7pm for the Thanksgiving Holiday Mass, to give thanks to God for the year’s many blessings.
We encourage you to bring any bread to be used at your own Thanksgiving tables for a special blessing at the liturgy.

Shine The Light

Our theme for this year’s annual Advent/Christmas Concert is Shine the Light. The concert will take place on Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 8th at 2:30 pm (preceded by “The Christmas Story” a children’s pageant with music, drama, and dance).
Tickets are now on sale after Mass.
Advance Tickets:
Adult                        $15
Youth (5-17)         $ 5
Under 5                 free
At Door Tickets:
Adult                        $20
Youth (5-17)         $10
Under 5                 free
Celestial Choir sponsorships:
Seraphim          $150
Cherubim         $100
Archangel         $ 50
Angel                    $ 25
We hope you will join us!

Day Of Remembrance VigilThis Sunday

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance in November that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. The LGBTQ Group will be attending a vigil and related events at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St.) this Sunday, November 17th from 5-8pm.  Members of the Paulist Center LGBTQ group and friends who wish to attend will meet in front of the Paulist Center at 4:45pm in order to walk over together. Questions email Rebecca at rsheils@hotmail.com.

First Reconciliation

The second gathering of the First Reconciliation class is this Sunday, November 17th, 1:15-2:30pm. This gathering is for parents AND children and will take place on the 6th Floor in Room 22.

Religious Education Class Schedule

Classes will be held on November 17th and 24th and then off on December 1st, Thanksgiving weekend. (The brochure incorrectly states that we are meeting that Sunday.)

The Safe Communities Act

The Paulist Center Immigrant Advocacy Group (IAG) urges you to contact your State Representative and Senator in support of the Safe Communities ActThis weekend and the next two weekends IAG members will be available after Mass to provide you with postcards ready to send to your elected officials. Learn more about the Safe Communities Act by visiting the table!  For more information contact Chris O’Keeffe, 617-549-0459, cmokeeffe@gmail.comJackie Rafferty, 617-538-9008, jackie.rafferty@icloud.com; or Ed Marakovitz, 617-306-9726

Fair Trade Christmas Shopping At Community Coffee

A Fair Trade gift is one that gives to many, plus the profit supports the scholarship fund for our sister community, Hacienda Vieja, in El Salvador.  Visit us at Community Coffee after the 10am and 12pm Mass this Sunday.

Welcome To The Paulist Center!

The Paulist Center warmly welcomes new member Kathleen Brekka of Boston

Rite Of Acceptance

The Rite of Acceptance for our four inquirers will be celebrated this Sunday, November 17th at the 12 pm Mass.
After their period of inquiry, they will assemble publicly for the first time and declare their intention to the Church.
The Church in turn, carrying out its apostolic mission, accepts them as persons who intend to become its members. [Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, N. 41]

Hospitality Ministers

Brochures are available in the front vestibule explaining the various ways one can participate in the Ministry of Hospitality.


Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 10,267 $ 03,110
Budget Amount $ 11,164 $116,664
Difference ($ 897) ($ 23,554)

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 Angel Flight, an organization that arranges free flights for those requiring access to medical care.  We thank you for your support.

Weekly Schedule

Sun 11/17

Little People’s Program – 3rd Fl, Library 10:15am
FREP – Rms 2, 13, 16, 17, 2211:15amJr. High – 2nd Fl, Seminar Rm 11:15am
Sr. High – 2nd Fl, Rm 2 11:15am
Roses in December – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am Community Coffee – Auditorium 11:15am
RCIA/Break Open the Word – 6th Fl, Rm 17 12:30pm
1st Reconciliation Class – 6th Fl, Rm 22 1:15pm
RCIA catechesis – 6th Fl, Rm 17 1:15pm
Community Coffee – Auditorium1:15pm
Roses in December – 3rd Fl, Library 7:15pm

Tues 11/19

Prayer of Heart and Body – 3rd Fl, Library 5:45pm
Christmas Concert Rehearsal – Chapel 7:00pm

Wed 11/20

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm
Young Adult Ministers – 6th Fl, Rm 22 6:30pm

Thur 11/21

RCIA – Inquiry Class – 6th Fl, Rm 22 7:00pm

Sun 11/24

FREP – Rms 2, 13, 16, 17, 22 11:15am
RCIA/Break Open the Word – 6th Fl, Rm 22 12:30pm
RCIA catechesis – 6th Fl, Rm 22 1:15pm
Young Adult Dinner – Auditorium7:00pm

Director’s Reflection 

Dear Companions on the Journey,

There is a story of a vibrant young religious community founded by likeminded folks in, of all places, Boston.  Eager to follow Jesus’ teaching of feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, and healing the brokenhearted, they thrived for many months, taking on new, eager members.  Animated by charismatic song leaders and talented dancers and singers, “unremitting joyfulness” was the only way to describe their community.  Happy were they in energy, creativity, and blessings.

It so happened that a wealthy member gave them a beautiful spit of land not far from Marblehead, just twenty miles north of the grit of downtown Boston. The new two-acre area was marked by spectacular views of Massachusetts Bay and other coastal communities north and south.  Good stewardship required taking care of the land, and, alas, some restrictions as to who could use it.  So good stewardship and the good feelings of fellowship moved them to erect some fences.  Enlightened care of their common legacy made it difficult for many of the downtown folks to make it to the North Shore, but good stewardship required that more and more of the downtown community’s resources be shifted to maintaining the beautiful getaway which was held in trust for all…even if all couldn’t take advantage of it.

Slowly those who had been around a long time, often reminding the newcomers that maintaining this special getaway was a particularly cherished part of the community’s self-understanding.  Some of the newcomers did not understand this, but they accepted it as part of the whole landscape.  Those who challenged the way things have always been done eventually tired of the issue and moved on.

I was reminded of this unfinished story as I reflected on the columns from the last two weeks, also reminding me of Diana Butler Bass’s observation that “Hospitality is the practice that keeps the church from becoming a club, a members-only society.” The social forces signaled by the data in the last two columns and the internal perennial temptations to atrophy are always the companions of Christian community.

So it is no surprise that we at the Paulist Center Community are tempted in the direction that Butler Bass warns about the community that takes care of its own and accepts that “this is the way we do things here”: a message to any newcomer that her/his insights are going to have an uphill fight.  Anyone who reflects on the data I shared with you over the last few weeks has to ask, I believe, the question “What kind of outreach community are we going to be?” and not, “How can we preserve the community that I depend on to nourish me?”

Jesus’ view of his followers, which we have been following in the Gospel of Luke this year, is one that is always reaching out beyond its comfort zone to invite others to be part of this wonderful, but not-yet perfect community.  The danger of becoming a club, a place of refuge from the world, is perennial for the Christian community.

Our roundtable discussions of 5-6 October is moving us to think in new directions.  The Pastoral Council is continuing thinking in this direction…

What do you think?

And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center

Prayer Request …

For community member Dottie Manganaro who will be undergoing back surgery this week.

Young Adults Ministry

Thanksgiving Dinner and Discussion Sunday, November 24th, 7pm

Come downstairs to the Auditorium after the 6pm liturgy next Sunday for good food and even better company.  While our Thanksgiving Dinner is primarily social in nature, we will take some time to discuss what we’re thankful for this year!  Please bring $5 to help cover the cost of the meal or something to share!  Sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/t5g3sx5
All young adults (18-39) are welcome to attend!

Thanksgiving Eve Mass

Please join us on Wednesday, November 27th, at 7pm for the Thanksgiving Holiday Mass, to give thanks to God for the year’s many blessings. We encourage you to bring any bread to be used at your own Thanksgiving tables for a special blessing at the liturgy.

Christmas Flowers & Decorations

Help us decorate with a poinsettia plant and other Christmas decorations 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 Donation” in the pews, or go to Donate Online on our website, and use the Miscellaneous Donation Category and note that it is for “decorations” and note “in honor of, or in memory of” in the space provided.  All donations are greatly appreciated!

In Other Communities…

The Moral Crisis At Our Border With Mexico

Carolina Velazquez, a graduate student at Boston College, will share her experiences of spending time at a Catholic Worker center in El Paso. Dr. Egmont of the BC School of Social Work will focus on the human needs and social services of newcomer communities, immigrant rights, and the complex dynamic two-way process of immigrant integration.
Monday, November 18th, 7-9pm at St. Susanna Hall, 262 Needham Street, Dedham.
There will be a refreshments break. There are no fees, there is no charge for refreshments, and there is no pre-registration requirement.  Free Will offerings are gratefully accepted to cover costs.

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.