Weekly Bulletin

March 23/24, 2019  —  Third Sunday of Lent

Thank You

On behalf of the Cardinal Seán and the Archdiocese, a profound “thank you” to all who have contributed to the Annual Catholic Appeal.  Envelopes will be accepted until next week, March 31st.  Thank you so much!

Donations Needed For The Auction

The 39th annual Paulist Center Auction: It’s All Greek to Me is fast approaching and we are still looking for volunteers. There are a variety of options for volunteering:

  •   Decorate on the evening of Friday, April 26th
  •   Help cook or serve the meal
  •   Clean up after the auction on Saturday, April 27th
  •   Make a dessert for the dessert auction

We are still collecting items for the 39th Annual Paulist Center Auction: It’s All Greek to Me, taking place on Saturday, April 27th, and you can help!
  Ask a business you frequent if they would be willing to donate
• Donate a weekend at a vacation home owned by you, or a family member, or friend
• Perhaps you or someone you know has a special skill you could share
Please consider these or other possibilities to help us provide a robust variety of items to bid on!  Donations accepted until Sunday, April 14th.   Sign up to donate or volunteer at https://tinyurl.com/PCAuction-2019.
Cooks and servers attend for free!   For more information, contact Auction Co-Chairs Marisa and Joe Janack, paulistcenterauction@gmail.com.

Taizé Prayer for Lent

All are welcome to join us for Taizé Prayer on the Tuesdays of Lent, 7 8pm: a time of repetitive chants, scripture, prayer, intercessions and meditative silence around the Cross. Bring a cushion or pillow if you wish to sit on the floor.

“Tide Is Rising” Presentation

Join us this Sunday, March 24th, at 11:10am (between the 10am and 12pm Masses) in the Auditorium for a reprise of”Tide is Rising” presentation, sponsored by the Care for Our Common Home team at the Paulist Center.Bob Paine, engineer Ted Kuklinski, and architect Bob Wegener will review the flooding and other dangers Boston faces in light of climate change; the need for reducing greenhouse gases; remedial steps; and building resiliency into Boston’s new construction.

Isaac Hecker Says…

The common road to heaven for Christians is in fulfilling the common duties of daily life.


Lenten Stations Of The Cross

The Paulist Center Young Adult ministry will lead the Community in the Lenten Stations of the Cross on Friday, April 5th, 7-8pm, in the Chapel.  Contemporary social issues will be paired with the traditional Stations, pausing at each Station for reflections by Community members.All community members are welcome!
Please note that the Stations of the Cross are not scheduled for Good Friday this year.

Young Adults Soup Supper

All Young Adults (18-39yrs) are invited to a Soup Supper, in lieu of our monthly Dinner and Discussion, from 6-7pm before the Stations on Friday, April 5th.  For more information, please contact Kristin Hauser at Kristin@paulistcenter.org.

Easter Flower Donations

Help us to decorate the Chapel with a lily or other Easter flower 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 Donations in the pews and racks. We are very grateful for all donations!

Please Remember In Your Prayers …

Please pray for Loyola Carroll, mother of community member Ann Carroll, who passed away last week.

Community Coffee

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

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 11,673 $ 268,215
Budget Amount $ 11,378 $313,464
Difference $ 295 ($ 45,249)

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 MissionSAFE which works with high risk youth that face challenges to gain the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.  We thank you for your support.

Weekly Schedule

Sun 3/24

FREP 6th Fl, Rooms 13, 16, 17, 22; 2nd Fl, Rm 2 11:15am
Jr. High – 2nd Fl, Seminar Room 11:15am
Sr. High – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am
Care For Our Common Home – Auditorium11:10am
Community Coffee – Auditorium11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium1:15pm
RCIA – catechesis – 6th Fl, Room 22 1:15pm

Mon 3/25

Adult Confirmation class – 3rd Fl, Library 7:00pm

Tues 3/26

Lenten Taizé Prayer Service – Chapel 7:00pm

Wed 3/27

Charismatic Prayer – Chapel 6:00pm
Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm

Thur 3/28

Music Rehearsal for Holy Week – Chapel 6:45pm

Sun 3/31

FREP 6th Fl, Rooms 13, 16, 17, 22; 2nd Fl, Rm 2 11:15am
Confirmation Class – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium1:15pm
RCIA – catechesis – 6th Fl, Room 22 1:15pm

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

Today, March 24th, 2019, marks the 39th anniversary of the martyrdom of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador (today is also his feast day).  Recognized as a saint by the Church in October 2018, Oscar Romero is one of the Paulist Center’s patron saints. An alcove dedicated to him, as well as to the four American women and six Jesuits murdered in El Salvador, can be found in the back of our chapel (visit it!). El Salvador is where our sister community, Hacienda Vieja, is located (watch for the special news about them after Easter).

Some Romero quotations:

For the church, the many abuses of human life, liberty, and dignity are a heartfelt suffering. The church, entrusted with the earth’s glory, believes that in each person is the Creator’s image and that everyone who tramples it offends God. As holy defender of God’s rights and of his images, the church must cry out. It takes as spittle in its face, as lashes on its back, as the cross in its passion, all that human beings suffer, even though they be unbelievers. They suffer as God’s images. There is no dichotomy between man and God’s image. Whoever tortures a human being, whoever abuses a human being, whoever outrages a human being abuses God’s image, and the church takes as its own that cross, that martyrdom.

A church that doesn’t provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, a word of God that doesn’t touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed — what gospel is that?

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world. Let us not tire of preaching love. Though we see that waves of  violence succeed in drowning the fire of Christian love, love must win out; it is the only thing that can.

What do you think?

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

Dear Paulist Center Parents,

From the earliest days of the sexual abuse crisis, we have understood the paramount importance of assuring the protection of children and ensuring that the sexual abuse crisis is never repeated. We must be ever vigilant for the protection of children in order to keep safe our most vulnerable and restore the confidence of the faithful in the Church. While progress has been made on many fronts, we continue to work diligently to ensure that our protection and prevention efforts are strengthened and that the healing process is fostered.
Toward that end, one of the pillars of prevention is a standard personal safety curriculum for our children. This educates children about appropriate and inappropriate contact with adults, and helps them to develop the skills to communicate with parents and caretakers.
We are aware that children are taught about personal safety at home and oftentimes in school. However, children learn more about safety and are more likely to follow safety rules when they have multiple opportunities to practice and talk about these matters. Therefore, in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Boston’s Office of Child Advocacy, we are holding a personal safety program:
  Grades 1 – 4   Sunday, April 7th, 11:15am – 12:30pm, 6th Floor, Room 22   Grades 5 – 8  Sunday April 14th, 11:15am – 12:30pm, 3rd Floor, Library
If you have any questions, please contact Susan Rutkowski, Pastoral Minister, Family Religious Education at susan@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2426.

Protecting Children

The Paulist Fathers are committed to protecting children and aiding in the healing process for the victims and survivors of sexual abuse. We are deeply sorry for the pain suffered due to the actions of some members of the clergy. A list of the Paulist Fathers who have abused children, or have been credibly accused of abuse, is posted at paulist.org/ProtectingChildren.
Anyone with concerns or information about a Paulist Father in this regard is asked to contactPaulist Fr. John Behnke, our vice president and safety officer, at (212) 757-8072, JohnBehnke@Paulist.org.
Questions or concerns also may be addressed with Boston Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Victims Assistance, Ms. Vivian Soper, at 617-746-5995.
We pray for all victims and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, that they may receive healing, justice, and peace.


On the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent (March 24th, 31st, April 7th), the Church celebrates with those who seek the Sacraments of Initiation a ritual called scrutiny. These rites for self-searching and repentance have above all a spiritual purpose. The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong, and good. … to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life.(RCIA 141) . On these Sundays, the rites which are tied to the “A” cycle of the Lectionary, will be celebrated with Melissa Wong at the Noon Mass.

Adult Confirmation

This program is designed to prepare active, practicing adult Catholics for the Sacrament of Confirmation. It involves four evening sessions of 90 minutes each. The sessions will include a review of sacraments, especially Baptism and Eucharist, as well as the history and theology of Confirmation. Through prayer and discussion, we explore the roles of faith and the Church in our lives.
We will meet Monday evenings (March 18th, 25th, April 1st, 8th) from 7-8:30pm, at the Paulist Center. These sessions are geared toward celebrating this sacrament on Sunday, April 28th at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine.
Contact Fr. Chuck for more information or to register, chuck@paulistcenter.org.

Eating Simply – A Lenten Commitment

Around the world, men and women religious (some Franciscans, Trappists, Carmelites, and Cistercians) eat plant-based meals as a way of living in simplicity. This practice is reflected during Lent, when we choose plant-based meals for Fridays.
The Care for Our Common Home team and the Global Catholic Climate Movement invite you to deepen your practice by adding one more meat-free day to your meals during Lent or to go further and abstain from meat entirely during the season. In the Lenten season, we deepen our humility and grow in simplicity, seeking harmony with Creator and creation.
If you’re seeking a new recipe for dinner this week that is both comforting and filling, may we suggest this Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie from Better Homes & Gardens. Great for a crowd and for leftovers!

Rolling Book Club

The next session of the Rolling Book Club to discussAmerican Ghosts by Edward Santella, will be held on Sunday, April 7th at 11:20am between the Masses. American Ghosts, a novel, explores what can happen when a family moves into a new home in a Massachusetts town to find the house haunted. When the children confront the ghosts, they learn of the abuses of slavery that occurred in the house and the neighborhood. To solve their problem, they must deal with the consequences of racism in a world that does not want to acknowledge it exists.
American Ghosts is available as an Amazon paperback and Kindle ebook.

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.