Weekly Bulletin

January 12/13, 2019  —  — The Baptism of the Lord

President of the Paulist Fathers

As Fr. Michael McGarry announced a few weeks ago, we will be welcoming the President of the Paulist Fathers, Fr. Eric Andrews, to an open forum on the issues around clergy misconduct and the Paulist Fathers’ commitment to safe environments. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 22nd, 7pm, here at the Paulist Center.  All are welcome!

Boston Area Catholics Struggling to Stay Catholic Meetup

This Group will meet 7-8:30pm on Thursday, January 17th in  the 3rd Floor Library.
For information or to RSVP, please contact Bill Mitchell at bmitch@gmail.com.

Thank You!

The Arts & Environment Team sincerely appreciate those who prepared our Chapel during Advent/Christmas:
Setting up the Christmas trees:  Nick, Desire, and Chino
Wreaths: Susan Brennan, Miriam Chenaif, Joan LeBel, Margaret Ris, Suzanne and Jay Sampson, Elaine Sullivan

Join Our Protestant Brothers and Sisters in Prayer

Join the Paulist Center Community, together with our friends at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, the Church of the Covenant, and other downtown churches, as we pray for the unity of Christ’s Church as He prayed for on the night before he died.
Around the world, Christians will observe the “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,” January 18th – 25th. We will be with them, next Saturday, January 19th, 7-8pm, at the Cathedral of St. Paul (138 Tremont).

Infant Baptism

The next preparation for new or expectant parents will be next Saturday, January 19th  from 10am-12pm.
Please contact Fr. Chuck, should you have questions or to pre-register for the session, chuck@paulistcenter.org.

No Religious Ed Classes

There will be no classes next Sunday, January 20th due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Community Coffee

Please join us this Sunday for Community Coffee after the 10am and 12pm Masses in the Auditorium.


First Holy Communion

The first preparation gathering for the sacrament will take place on Sunday, January 27th at 11:15am. If you would like to register your child for this sacramental preparation program, please fill out the registration form found in the Family Ministry Brochure that are in the racks in the vestibule.
Any questions, please contact Susan Rutkowski at 617-948-2426 or susan@paulistcenter.org.

Welcome to Sal Whooley – Our New Receptionist

We are very happy to welcome Sal Whooley as our new Paulist Center receptionist.
Sal has lived in Boston most of his life. He brings a warm demeanor and background of working on administrative issues and helping folks navigate through administrative systems. He has the rare luxury of being able to walk to work if he so chooses!Please introduce yourself to Sal, if you come to or through our front reception area on any weekday, and give him a warm Paulist Center welcome.

Young Adult Ministry – Dinner And Discussion

The Young Adult Monthly Dinner is back under a new name – Dinner and Discussion! The purpose of this change is to shift our focus from a simply social event to a place to encounter intentional conversation with new friends. Each month, we will have a new topic to discuss at our tables, while we enjoy a light meal. Depending on the dinner theme, we will also seek to move back towards a potluck style event, encouraging community members to join in the cooking! This month we will be serving Thai Coconut Curry, Sunday, January 20th, 7pm in the Auditorium.Sign up to bring a side by going to/clicking on this link:

Rolling Book Club: Save The Date

On Sunday, January 27th at 11:15am (after the 10am Mass), Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, a Paulist Center Community member, will discuss her book on building community, Modern Bonds, in the Auditorium. More information to follow.

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 14,517 $ 174,040
Budget Amount $ 11,378 $205,373
Difference $ 3,139 ($ 31,333)

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 Bridge Over Troubled Waters, an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through supportive relationships and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency. For further information, please visit www.bridgeotw.org.
We thank you for your continued support.

Weekly Schedule

Sun 1/13

FREP – 6th Fl, Rooms 13, 16, 17, 22; 2nd Fl, Rm 2 11:15am
Confirmation Class – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium 1:15pm
RCIA – 6th Fl, Rm 22 1:15pm
1st Reconciliation – Chapel 1:15pm
LGBTQ Group Event – Auditorium 4:00pm

Wed 1/16

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm

Thur 1/17

Struggling to Stay Catholic – 3rd Fl, Library 7:00pm

Sat 1/19

3rd Saturday Breakfast – Auditorium 9:00am

Sun 1/20

RCIA – 6th Fl, Rm 22 1:15pm
Young Adult Dinner – Auditorium7:00pm

Mon 1/21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Center Closed

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

If you were to have the privilege of listening in on Jesus’ prayer to his Father, what do you imagine you might hear?  What were Jesus’ concerns?

Actually we don’t have to imagine it, for we have St. John’s memory of how Jesus prayed on the night before he died:

I ask not only on behalf of these [my disciples], but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one,I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23)”

As a way of fulfilling Jesus’ prayer, about a hundred years ago, a small group inaugurated the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, now observed by Christians around the world.  Each year, Christians from a different part of the globe select a theme to inform the week of prayer.  This year, Indonesians were invited to choose the theme, and they settled on “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue” (cf. Deuteronomy 16:20). It was chosen for its powerful message of promoting truth, equality and unity:

We do this in a world where corruption, greed and injustice bring about inequality and division. We are called together to form a united witness for justice and for Christian Unity that becomes a means of Christ’s healing grace for the brokenness of the world. Only by heeding Jesus’ prayer ‘that they all may be one’ can we witness to living unity in diversity.

Locally, we have a great opportunity to pray with our Christian neighbors from our downtown neighborhood: our Episcopalian brothers and sisters at the Cathedral of St. Paul; our United Church of Christ/Presbyterian brothers and sisters from the Church of the Covenant; and many others. Some of them have never prayed with Catholics before, and – I would wager – some of us Catholics have never prayed with Episcopalians, Presbyterians, United Church of Christ and others before!  Now’s the time, as Jesus yearned so passionately on the night before he died.

When? 7pm, Saturday, January 19th (for about an hour). Where? Cathedral of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street, just down the street from the Paulist Center).
Join us for this annual moment of stretching beyond our local community!

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

Annual Paulist Appeal

This year, the Paulist Fathers observe the bicentennial year of Paulist Founder Isaac Hecker’s Birth.
On the weekend of January 26th – 27th, the Paulist Center will take part in the Annual Paulist Appeal where we will ask you for your help in contributing to the longevity of the Paulist Fathers. If you would like to give in advance, visit paulist.org/apa. If you have any questions, please call 202-269-2504 or contact development@paulist.org.

Season Of Creation Calendar

The awe-inspiring photographs that graced our Chapel walls during Pope Francis’ Season of Creation are now available in a calendar. Dave Perkins, Paulist Center & Care of Creation Ministry member, took all of the photos. The calendars will be available after Mass at Community Coffee. Cost $20.
Proceeds will support care of the environment work.

Tax Donation Letters

If you gave to the Center in an identifiable way this past calendar year, you will be sent a tax donation letter by the start of February. There is no need to specifically request a letter, unless you don’t receive one by early February. If you have any questions, contact Patty Simpson at patty@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2428.
Thank you so much for your generosity to the Center.We are greatly appreciative!

In Other Communities…

Saint Susanna’s Adult Faith Formation Events:

Voices from the Border and a Call for Justice – Monday, January 14th, 7-9pm.
A presentation by human rights activists Sunny Robinson and Jeanne Gallo, who have just returned from the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona; where they met with human rights workers, the families of the disappeared, DACA and the organization 67 Suenos Youth.
Women of the Bible,Professor Mary Joan Leith – Monday, January 21st, 7-9pm.
Professor Leith is Chair of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. Her talk will give prominence to women of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), who are often neglected in Christian religious education.
Both events will be held at Saint Susanna Parish Hall, 262 Needham Street, Dedham. No charge, but freewill offerings will be gratefully accepted.

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.