Weekly Bulletin

December 15/16, 2018  —  3rd Sunday of Advent

Christmas Concert Thrill Of Hope – This Weekend!

Our annual Advent/Christmas Concert, THRILL OF HOPE, is this Saturday, December 15th  at 7:30pm, and Sunday, December 16th at 2:30pm.The Sunday Concert will be accompanied byThe Christmas Story, a pageant with drama, dance, and music. Holiday Hospitality follows each concert.
Tickets available at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for youth (5-17), children under 5 are free.
Holiday Hospitality will follow each concert. We hope you, your family, and friends will all join in this festive occasion. Tickets are now available after the weekend Masses from the music ministers or during the week at the front office.sale tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (5-17), children under 5 are free.the day of the concert are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.
Sponsorships are welcome and appreciated:$50 Angelic, $100 Celestial, $150 Archangel.

Holiday Hospitality

Please join us for Holiday Hospitality in the Auditorium following each performance of the Advent-Christmas Concert.
As always, we welcome all donations of finger-type food items. You can drop off your donation to the kitchen in the basement before the performance.

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th
5:00pm and 8:00pm
Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th

New Year’s Day Mass

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
Tuesday, January 1, 2019


We congratulate, and send off with our prayers of support, Mr. Joe Miller. For a number of years, Joe was associated with our Paulist Center Sister Community Committee. December 8th, Joe was commissioned as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner to Bolivia. takes a bit of the Paulist Center Community with him! To learn more about Maryknoll Lay Missions, see www.mklm.org.

Jesse Tree/Giving Tree

There are still a few tags left on the Jesse Tree! This is an opportunity for community members to buy gifts for families living at Crossroads Family Shelter, the Catholic Worker House in Worcester, and the Agape Community. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesse was the father of King David. The Jesse Tree is adorned with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophecies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The ornaments of the Jesse Tree tell the story of God in the Hebrew Bible, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness of God across four thousand years of history.
Please take a tag off the tree and bring the unwrapped gift back to the Center by this Tuesday, December 18th.  Gifts can be dropped off at the Food Pantry (1st Floor elevator lobby) or with Susan Rutkowski here at the Center.  Please do not leave any gifts under the tree or anywhere that is unsecured.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Bicentennial of Paulist Founder,
Isaac Thomas Hecker, Begins this Month

Servant of God Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers, was born December 18, 1819. This month, everyone who is associated with the Paulist Fathers begins a year of celebrations leading up to the bicentennial of his birth. Here are some of Fr. Hecker’s own words:
Often, in my boyhood, when lying at night on the shavings before the oven in the bake house, I would start up, roused in spite of myself, by some great thought … What does God desire from me? How shall I attain unto Him? What is it He has sent me into the world to do? These were the ceaseless questions of my heart, that rested, meanwhile, in the unshaken confidence that time would bring the answer.”
– statements made by Fr. Hecker toward the end of his life, as quoted in Isaac Hecker for Every Day: Daily Thoughts from the Founder of the Paulists edited by Fr. Ron Franco, CSP.


Fair Trade Christmas Shopping

The Sister Community group is selling Nativity sets, ornaments, jewelry from Uganda and coffee and chocolate from Equal Exchange. Visit our sale at Community Coffee after the 10am and 12pm Masses, and at the Reception after the Christmas Concert this Sunday.

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.

Prayer Of Heart And Body

Meditation and yoga in a Christian context.The practice includes: chanting; breathing exercises; prayerful postures; praying with your body; mind; heart; and spirit. Instructor: Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, certified yoga instructor and author of numerous books on spirituality.
This Tuesday, December 18th, 5:45-7:25pm in the Auditorium. $12 ($6 for students).

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 12,310 $ 134,915
Budget Amount $ 11,378 $162,137
Difference $ 932 ($ 27,222)

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 Urban Edge, a national leader in the community development field.
We thank you for your continued support.

Weekly Schedule

Sat 12/15

Christmas Concert – Chapel 7:30pm
Holiday Hospitality – Auditorium 8:30pm

Sun 12/16

FREP – 6th Fl, Rooms 13, 16, 17, 22; 2nd Fl, Rm 2 11:15 am
Jr. High Group – 2nd Fl, Seminar Rm 11:15 am
Sr. High Group – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium 1:15pm
Christmas Concert & Pageant- Chapel 2:30pm
Holiday Hospitality – Auditorium 3:30pm

Tues 12/18

Prayer of Heart and Body – Auditorium 5:45pm

Wed 12/19

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm

Sun 12/23

Confirmation Class – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

For many “cradle Catholics,” Christmas exerts a powerful nostalgic pull. of walking to Midnight Mass as parents and children, Christmas tugs at our religious and sentimental heartstrings.
A new phenomenon has emerged over the last decade or so. is, middle-age and older Catholics going to Christmas Mass with hearts heavy that their Millennial or Gen-X children choose not to accompany them. Or, out of loving care for parents, some who ordinarily do not go to Church accompany them on Christmas. How loving and generous!
What to do during these last Advent Days before Christmas? Of course, in prayerful discernment, it might be just the right time to invite friends and family to join you for Christmas Mass. Something like “Our family is planning on attending the 5pm Christmas Eve mass at the Paulist Center. Would you and your family like to join us?” Maybe you might – especially – invite your divorced or gay/lesbian family and friends to join you: we want to welcome them! Some of them mistakenly think they are not welcome. I say, they are especially welcome here! We are blessed by their presence.
Or, if you are a regular community member at the Paulist Center, Christmas is your “moment to shine”! That is, by becoming a special ambassador of joy and welcome on that night or day when you might (gasp) sit towards the center of the pew (if “your place” is ordinarily at the end)…or when you see someone new come in, you smile at them and say “Merry Christmas! I’m a regular here and I’m delighted to welcome you this evening!”

What do you think?
And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center

Christmas Dinner

If you find yourself betwixt and between on Christmas Day with no company for dinner, please join Fr. Bob Rivers and friends at the Paulist Center at 3:00pm on Christmas Day. If you would like to join Fr. Rivers, please call him at 617-948-2417 or email rsrivers1965@yahoo.com.

Paulist Pilgrimage

Take a “Paulist Pilgrimage”: Greece: In The Footsteps of St. Paul, May 21 – June 1, 2019. Paulists Rich Andre and Thomas Kane, as they visit Philippi, Corinth and Ephesus, and other Mediterranean sites where the letters of St. Paul will come alive in new and surprising ways. For more information, call 202-635-5818 or email info@paulistpilgrimages.com.

Calendar Year-End Gifts to the Center Warmly Welcomed

As you are likely aware, your financial gifts are key to our financial sustainability.While we will not bombard you with Giving Tuesday requests, please know that we warmly welcome calendar year-end gifts, which are very helpful to our budget every year. If you wish to donate stock, please be in touch with Patty Simpson, patty@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2428, for specifics on our legal name, tax ID and account information for transfers.
Thank you for ALL you give in so many ways to the Center!

Prayer Of Heart And Body

Meditation and yoga in a Christian context.The practice includes: chanting; breathing exercises; prayerful postures; praying with your body; mind; heart; and spirit. Instructor: Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, certified yoga instructor and author of numerous books on spirituality.
Tuesdays: December 4th – December 18th, 5:45 – 7:25pm 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).

In Other Communities

Saint Cecilia Adult Faith Formation Commission – Advent Small Group Bible Reflection

Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile. Mark 6:31
Jesus invited his disciples – and invites us – to go off for a little while, enjoy his presence, think about what his coming can mean for us. Small faith group reflection each Monday during Advent: December 3rd, 10th, and 17th, at 6:30pm, St. Cecilia Parish, 18 Belvidere Street, in the sanctuary. If you are interested, please RSVP to judycastaldi@hotmail.com.

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.