Weekly Bulletin

Bulletin for September 18/19 and 25/26, 2021

(The printed version as a PDF is available here)

For All We’ve Lost: A Prayer Service Of Remembrance And Reconnection

Sunday, October 17th, 1pm in the Boston Common, directly across the street from the Paulist Center

Join us for a time of prayer, song, and reflection, as we come together to grieve our individual and communal losses during the pandemic: a time to remember those who have died; for those who have experienced a loss of employment; and for all who have faced illnesses; for the loss of the ability to come together in our Chapel for worship, companionship, and communal support; for our shared grief and anxiety around the uncertainties with regard to our work life and school life; for the loss of safety, social connections, and personal freedoms. And, finally, to remember that through all the tumult and strife, we are a people of hope.

If you plan on attending and/or if you have lost a loved one during the pandemic and would like the person’s name read at the prayer service, please let us know here.

Bring your own chairs if you are able.  We will have some available.

Please remain after the service to socialize and reconnect with friends. Individually-wrapped snacks and drinks will be offered. For the safety of all, we are requesting everyone to mask.

No rain date. Check the Center website and Facebook page by 11am the day of if weather is questionable.

This prayer service is being offered by the Center staff to our Paulist Center Community in response to the poignant losses shared in our community survey and to offer us an outdoor gathering opportunity before the colder weather arrives.

Live-streamed Mass Links

For Sunday, September 19th, and Sunday, September  26th, Live-Streamed Mass from the Chapel, is at 10am. (available as recording at same link after 11:15am)
September 19th YouTube Link
September 19th  Order of Worship Link
September 26th YouTube Link
September 26th Order of Worship Link

Family Religious Education Program (FREP) 2021-2022

All religious education and sacramental preparation classes at the Paulist Center will – for the most part – be presented VIRTUALLY this year (at least until it is safer to gather physically).
Classes will begin on Sunday, November 7th, and will take place approximately twice a month.
Class times for our pre-school (ages 3-5) program, classes for grades 1-6, as well as our Jr. High & Sr. High teen programs, will be finalized in the next two weeks.
Sacramental preparation programs (First Reconciliation and First Communion) will also mostly be virtual, but will be adjusted based on COVID numbers and safety regulations.
In terms of curricula for this year, all grades will begin with a 3-session program on racial justice entitled, Deep Blue Life, Anti-Racism: Prejudice and Stereotypes.
Afterwards, our youngest members (ages 3-5), will use a new book and curriculum entitled Drawing God written by Karen Kiefer, Director of the Church in the 21st Century at Boston College.
Grades 1-6 as well as the Junior High teens, will continue to use the lectionary-based curriculum, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
Our Sr. High teens will use a variety of resources starting with Bryan Massingale’s powerful essay The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It.

In an attempt to integrate our racial justice efforts into all our ministries at the Center, our FREP kick-off event is scheduled to happen in person on Sunday, October 24th at 1pm at The Royall House & Slave Quarters in Medford.  The Royall House Association explores the meanings of freedom and independence before, during, and since the American Revolution, in the context of a household of wealthy Loyalists and enslaved Africans.

Along with an outside prayer and a blessing on the grounds, families are invited to sign up for a tour of the museum, which will be done in 12-person groups, 15 minutes apart to maintain safety guidelines.  Masks are mandatory.  If the inside tour makes families nervous in any way, please still join us outside as the grounds themselves inspire much reflection and prayer.  If you would like to sign up for a tour that day, please email Susan at susan@paulistcenter.org with the number of family members participating.

You can expect the updated FREP schedule along with our FREP registration form in your inbox in the next two weeks or you may access it on the Paulist Center website.
If you have questions regarding any of the programs or information above, please contact Susan Rutkowski at susan@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2426.

Young Adult Ministry

Happy Hour
All are welcome to join us for our next in-person Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 22nd from 7-9pm! We will gather in person at the Trillium Brewing Company‘s Fenway outdoor location.
For more information on Trillium, follow this link
The closest T stop is the Green Line D’s Fenway stop, a leisurely 2 minute walk to the brewery. There are a number of additional bus and T lines that operate throughout the area (including some that drop off/pick up right in Kenmore Square – a 10 minute walk from the brewery).
To sign up follow this link

Monthly Potluck
In place of our monthly potluck, we will gather for dinner on the Boston Common after the 6 pm Mass on Sunday, September 26th!  We will meet outside the Paulist Center after Mass ends and walk to get a takeout dinner before eating together on the Boston Common.  This will be a great opportunity to meet some of the young adults at the Paulist Center! Let us know you are coming by signing up here   

Small Groups
The Young Adult Ministry offers weekly small groups on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm.
Participating in a weekly small group is a way to connect with other Catholic young adults and discuss topics related to both life and the faith. This may be in the form of reflecting on Sacred Scripture, discussing reactions to current events in society or the Church, or simply sharing what was challenging or rewarding during your week.
Especially at a time when many of us are not able to come together as a community at Mass, small groups can be a great way to foster spiritual growth or seek support from our peers. All small groups meetings are confidential and non-judgmental.
We are also looking to start a small group on Thursday evenings.  You can sign up for a small group at this link.

Adult Confirmation

The Paulist Center is offering a program to prepare active, practicing adult Catholics for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  It will take place on four Monday evenings:
October 18th, 25th, November 1st, and November 8th, from 7-8:30pm; via the Zoom platform.
The sessions will include a review of sacraments, especially Baptism and Eucharist, and the history and theology of Confirmation.  Through prayer and discussion, we explore the roles of faith and the Church in our lives. These particular sessions are geared toward celebrating this sacrament on Monday, November 22nd at Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin parish in Somerville.  Contact Fr. Chuck for more information or to register.

Baptism Preparation For Parents

In light of the current health concerns, this preparation class is offered via the Zoom platform on a Saturday morning at 10am.  Fall 2021 dates are:
• September 25th
• November 13th
We offer this class as an assistance to new parents who are members of the Paulist Center Community, as well as parents or prospective Godparents who are members of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Boston.
The preparation program includes:
• A presentation on the history and theology of baptism
• Explanation of the ritual signs and symbols used in the Sacrament of Baptism
• Discussion of the roles of parents and Godparents
For more information or to register for the class, please contact Fr. Chuck Cunniff, CSP.

Adult Confirmation

The Paulist Center is offering a program to prepare active, practicing adult Catholics for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  It will take place on four Monday evenings:
• October 18th
• October 25th
• November 1st
• November 8th
from 7-8:30pm; via the Zoom platform.  The sessions will include:
• a review of sacraments, especially Baptism and
• the history and theology of Confirmation
Through prayer and discussion, we explore the roles of faith and the Church in our lives.  These particular sessions are geared toward celebrating this sacrament on Monday, November 22nd at Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin parish in Somerville.  Contact Fr. Chuck for more information or to register.

Hospitality Ministry – Volunteers Needed at Sunday 6PM Masses

We are currently in need of hospitality ministers at the 6pm Masses. Hospitality at liturgy involves greeting people as they enter the Paulist Center Chapel. Greeters are especially attentive to visitors and newcomers, answer questions about the Center, and inform guest about our sanctuary artwork or location of restrooms and childcare. If you are interested in volunteering at any of the Masses in September, contact Paula Cuozzo at paulacuozzo@aol.com

Help Us Support The Free Clothing Room At Haley House!

On Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th, the Paulist Center community will sponsor a clothing drive to stock the clothing room at Haley House for the month of October.
During the pandemic, our friends at Haley House saw an increase in demand for specific items that are vital for supporting the comfort and dignity of our neighbors.
We are excited to be able to support the continuation of this program by collecting new, unopened packages of socks, underwear, and undershirts that will then be redistributed to their community.
The most needed items are new men’s underwear (sizes L and XL), new men’s socks, and new men’s undershirts (sizes L and XL).
If you are able, please drop off any of these items in the bins in the Mary Alcove to the left of the sanctuary in the Chapel on the weekend of September 25th and 26th.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Paulist Center Rosary Circle

All are welcome to the Paulist Center Rosary Circle, every Monday at 7:30pm.
Here’s the Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 487 503 158; Passcode: 021078

​Season Of Creation, 2021

Each week during the Season of Creation, our Creation Care ministry offers a few quotes from Pope Francis’ Letter Laudato Si’ published in 2015.

September 18: Quotes from Laudato Si’ – Week Three
“Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption. Christian spirituality proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little. A return to that spiritual simplicity allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack. (222) “A technological and economic development which does not leave in its wake a better world cannot be considered progress.” (194)

September 25: Quotes from Laudato Si’ – Week Four
“The climate problem is aggravated by a model of development based on the intensive use of fossil fuels at the heart of the worldwide energy system (23) The mindset of short-term gain and results dominates present-day economics and politics. (181) Finance overwhelms the real economy.” (109) “Along with the importance of little everyday gestures, social love moves us to devise larger strategies to halt environmental degradation and to encourage a “culture of care” which permeates all of society. When we feel that God is calling us to intervene with others in these social dynamics, we should realize that this too is part of our spirituality, which is an exercise of charity and, as such, matures and sanctifies us.” (231)


Ways of Giving

Our “Community Gift” is the Paulist Center’s tradition of giving away 5% of our weekend offerings, averaged out over the year, to a group outside of ourselves. We are so very grateful  for your support during this time of uncertainty and financial challenge.

The weekend of September 18th and 19th, we designate our gift to  Catholic Charities USA  to help with the efforts in the Gulf Coast for those affected by Hurricane Ida.

The weekend of September 25th and 26th, we designate our gift to the Massachusetts Council of Churches, an organization which witnesses to our oneness in Christ among local churches and with our neighbors in Christianity.

Two ways to give:
1. To make a one-time or recurring donation using your bank account or credit card, click on this link:
2. Giving by text: Text a whole dollar donation amount to 844-899-7511; this will be designated as your “Weekend Offering.”