Weekly Bulletin

May 18/19, 2019  —  Fifth Sunday of Easter


Last Class For Religious Education

Will be this Sunday, May 19th.  Please join us in attending this last class for final thoughts/instructions and to thank your amazing teachers for sharing their faith with you!

Fair Trade Bargains After Masses This Sunday

Many of our crafts will be 50% off as this is our last sale until the Fall. We have gifts for teachers and grads, so stop by the Fair Trade table at Community Coffee. From September to now our profit has reached $1500 toward the for the two students from Hacienda Vieja, our sister community in El Salvador.  Many thanks for supporting our Fair Trade sales and our sister community.

First Communion  Sunday, May 19th

Congratulations to our First Holy Communion Class of 2019!
MJ Donahue
Sebastian Mustone Engler
Emmeline Jabro
Ariella Johnson
Anamarie Landry
Timmy Markham
June Nuzum
George Prentice
Ronan Rockett
Finnbar Saunders
Clara Tardiff
Please join us in celebrating their First Holy  Communion at the 10am Mass. A reception will follow in the Auditorium. All are welcome!

Teen Confirmation

The final class for Confirmation candidates will be on Sunday, June 2nd. Rehearsal for Confirmation will take place on Sunday, June 9th at 1:15pm in the Chapel.  All are invited to join us for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, June 15th at the 5 pm Mass.  Reception to follow.


The announcement about donating to a new sound system is a little misleading.We are not installing a new sound system, we are installing new speakers on the floor level of the Chapel. The existing speakers are over 25 years old and do not adequately fill the space.are installing two new speakers up front and two smaller toward the back of the Chapel for better amplification.  Thank you for any donations you would like to make toward this upgrade.Please go to the Paulist Center donation page .
and indicate the amount in theAuction line, with a note in the comment box on the second page indicating what it is for. Many thanks!

Community Coffee – Volunteers Needed For The Fall

The last Community Coffee for the education year is this Sunday, May 19th, following the 10am and 12pm Masses. A special thank you to all the volunteers for their service throughout the year. Anyone interested in joining the Community Coffee Team to sustain this ministry in the Fall, please see Raoul after Masses this Sunday.

Isaac Hecker Says…

The God-Man, Jesus Christ, is…the example, the source and end of all strivings, the crown of our humanity, the final scope of all our energies.


Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 7,069 $ 348,864
Budget Amount $ 11,378 $399,937
Difference ($ 4,369) ($ 51,073)

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 our neighbor across the Common, St. Francis House, a dignified refuge which offers food, shelter, counseling, and medical care for the poor and homeless of Boston. We thank you for your support.

Weekly Schedule

Sun 5/19

First Communion – Chapel 10:00am
1st Communion Reception – Auditorium11:15am
FREP-6th Fl, Rooms 13, 16, 17, 22; 2nd Fl, Rm 2 11:15am
Jr. High – 2nd Fl, Seminar Rm 11:15am
Sr. High  – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am
Community Coffee/Fair Trade – Auditorium 11:15am
Community Coffee/Fair Trade – Auditorium 1:15pm
RCIA-Mystagogia – 6th Fl, Rm 22 1:15pm

Tues 5/21

Prayer of Heart and Body – Auditorium 5:45pm

Wed 5/22

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm
Charismatic Prayer – Chapel 6:00pm
Praying With Beads – 3rd Fl, Library 7:00pm

Thur 5/23

YAM: Multilingual Rosary – 3rd Fl, Library 7:00pm

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

Joyce Rupp is a spiritual writer from whom I’ve learned much through the years.  (And stolen some great homily material.)  Reflecting on Julian of Norwich’s claim that “prayer fastens the soul to God,” Rupp composed the following “Prayer of Fastening”:

Fasten my entire heart to you, Love of all Loves,
That all I am and do finds its motivation in you.

Fasten my mind to you, Inner Peace,
That whatever stirs within leads to tranquility.

Fasten my days to you, Divine Presence,
That in each happening I remain united with you.

Fasten my nights to you, Holy Darkness,
That I find restoration in your embracing silence.

Fasten my joys to you, Delight of My Soul,
That these memories comfort me in times of trouble.

Fasten my sorrows to you, Compassionate One,
That I experience solace in your kindheartedness.

Fasten my concerns to you, Trustworthy Confidante,
That I withdraw from fears and place my trust in you.

Fasten my responsibilities to you, Sustainer of Strength,
That my daily efforts evolve from a non-resistant spirit.

Fasten my anguished world to you, Holder of Hope,
That my dreams for justice and peace become a reality.

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

Please Remember In Your Prayers …

Please keep in your prayers the repose of the soul of Sheila Geaney Guichon, sister of Paulist Father John Geaney, who died this past week. May she rest in peace.

Young Adults Ministry: Multilingual Rosary

Do you pray in a language besides English? The Paulist Center Young Adult Ministry will be praying a multilingual rosary this Thursday, May 23rd at 7pm in the 3rd Floor Library. All young adults (18-39yrs) are welcome!  For more information, please contact Kristin Hauser at kristin@paulistcenter.org.

Welcome To The Paulist Center

The Paulist Center warmly welcomes new members:
Heriberto (“Eddie”) Moreno ~ Cambridge
Rob Zimmerman ~ Boston

Eucharistic Ministers

If you are a Eucharistic Minister and have not been receiving weekly emails from Peter Ghiloni, please email him at peter@paulistcenter.org and let him know.

Help Us Keep The Marriage Prep Classes Going

For over 30 years, the Paulist Center has offered a marriage preparation program, highly rated by participants from across the Archdiocese.
We continue that history as a site for the Archdiocese of Boston’s program, Transformed in Love. Currently, we offer the program 11 months a year.This exposure helps the Boston Catholic community see how special the Paulist Center is and the program is an important source of income for the Center. Without it, we would need one or two more events like the auction every year.
A devoted core team of couples gets smaller as people move to new cities or take on new responsibilities in their lives.
We invite married couples, especially those married 15 years or less, to consider being part of the team. The commitment would be a half-day, one or two Saturdays per year, to share your married-life experience with engaged couples. The curriculum is well structured and teaching materials already exist. It requires very little lecture; you set up each topic with a few minutes of material and then share some personal lessons and stories.current team couples love the experience! It gives them a chance to give back to the community and renew their love for each other in the process. They will guide you through the orientation and start-up.
Please help us keep this important outreach ministry going. Fr. Chuck is the point of contact; he can put you in touch with one of the current team couples. You can reach Fr. Chuck at 617-948-2424 or at chuck@paulistcenter.org.

Presentation By Rev. Thomas Ryan, CSP On His New Book –Praying By Hand, Praying With Beads

An exposition by Fr. Ryan, CSP of the “what,” “why,” and “how” of beaded prayer in the different traditions of Christian faith and in three of the world’s other major religions. Learn how you can strengthen, enrich, or motivate your prayer practice by engaging in a truly universal form of prayer. After the presentation, Fr. Tom will have some copies of the new book for sale, and will be available for book signing.
This Wednesday, May 22nd, 7–8pm, 3rd Floor Library.

Charismatic Prayer Group

Our group meets on Wednesday nights, usually twice a month, in the Holy Spirit Chapel from 6-8pm. We share time in worship, song and praise, and discuss various Scripture passages and topics that have powerfully moved us. Our remaining meeting for May is this Wednesday, the 22nd.  All are welcome to join us for a joyous time of worship.  Questions: please contact Nora Bolcon at 617-573-1664.

Family Picnic

Will take place on Sunday, June 2nd from 11am – 1pm on the Boston Common directly across from the Chapel’s front doors.  Please bring a blanket, some lunch and your friends.  All are welcome!

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.