Weekly Bulletin

September 21/22, 2019  —   25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

2019-2020 Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation

The 2019-2020 Family Ministry Brochure is out in the racks in the back of the Chapel and on our website.  Here, you will find all pertinent information for formal catechesis for your child and our sacramental preparation programs. If you would like to register your child for Little People’s Program (ages 3-5), formal religious education (grades 1-6), Jr. High Youth Group (grades 7 & 8), Sr. High Youth Group (grades 9-12) and/or register for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and/or First Communion, please fill out the registration form included with the brochure and send it in to the Center with the registration fee. Deadline is this Sunday, September 22!

Seeking 4th Grade Teacher!

We are actively searching for a  teacher for our 4th grade class.  Please contact Susan Rutkowski, susan@paulistcenter.org, with any questions or interest.

Call for Hecker Award Submissions

We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Hecker Award for Social Justice which will be given in late fall. Guidelines for submissions are on our website at paulistcenter.org  under Social Justice: Hecker Award. Submissions should be directed to Susan Rutkowski, susan@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2426. Nomination deadline is Wednesday, September 25th. 

We Want To Hear From You!

On the weekend of October 5th and 6th, after each Mass, all are invited to the Auditorium for a roundtable discussion about:
WHO we are as the Paulist Center,
WHY we are the Paulist Center, and
HOW might better serve the mission of the Paulist Center.
Everyone is invited to join us for one hour to give your input.  Refreshments will be served.

Join Us For The Film “Soufra” – Sept. 28

In collaboration with the International Catholic Migration Commission, the film Soufra will be hosted by the Paulist Center’s Immigration Advocacy Group on Saturday, September 28th at 6:30pm, in the 3rd Floor Library. Soufra’s executive producer is Susan Sarandon and the film follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp, just south of Beirut.  Mariam sets out against all odds to launch a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and expands it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee women who now see this camp as their home. They heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in Mariam, and in each other. In the process, Mariam breaks barriers, pulls together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side and forms beautiful friendships while running this thriving business. Soufra plays to rave reviews, but the film is not shown commercially. This may be your best chance to see it! RSVP at 617-742-4460 to ensure a spot.

Young Adults – Apple Picking

Join us for a great day of apple picking at Nashoba farm in Bolton next Saturday, September 28th.  Our tentative schedule:
11am: Carpool pickups
12pm: Lunch
12:30 – 2:30pm: Apple picking and free time
2:45pm: Mass or Reflection activity
3:45pm: Departure
Sign up at: https://forms.gle/S4FuVfiEkqpwwbSHA  so we can organize the carpool!

Adult Sacramental Preparation

Looking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation? This course is for Catholics who received First Communion, but not Confirmation. The class will be held on Mondays, 7-9pm in the 3rd Floor Library:
– September 23rd and 30th
– October 7th and 21st
The sacrament will be celebrated on in the late Fall at St. Catherine’s in Somerville. Contact Fr. Chuck, chuck@paulistcenter.org, for more information.
Parent preparation for infant/child baptism – The Paulist Center offers a preparation session on the 3rd Saturday of odd months.  Our next session will be on Saturday, September 21st from 10am-12pm in the 3rd Floor Library. Expecting parents are invited to attend before their child is born/adopted. We do not have childcare. Contact Fr. Chuck, chuck@paulistcenter.org, to register for the session.

Community Coffee Needs Your Help!

Anyone interested in joining the Community Coffee Team to sustain this ministry in the Fall, please see Raoul after the 10am Mass or before the 12pm Mass this Sunday.  Please help us keep the Center’s long-standing tradition of coffee and fellowship.

Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 7,380 $ 19,324
Budget Amount $ 11,164 $31,817
Difference ($ 3,784) ($ 12,493)

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 the Massachusetts Council of Churches, an organization which witnesses to our oneness in Christ among local churches and with our neighbors of other faiths.
We thank you for your support.

Weekly Schedule

Sun 9/22

Religious Ed Kick-off event – Auditorium 11:15am
Young Adults Dinner – Auditorium 7:00pm

Mon 9/23

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

Tues 9/24

Christmas Concert Rehearsal – Chapel 7:00pm

Wed 9/25

Charismatic Prayer – Chapel 6:00pm
Supper Club – Auditorium6:00pm

Thur 9/26

RCIA – Inquiry Class – 6th Fl, Room 22 7:00pm

Sat 9/28

Soufra – 3rd Fl, Library 6:30pm

Sun 9/29

FREP – Rms. 2, 13, 16, 17, 22 11:15am
Jr. High Group – 2nd Fl, Seminar Rm. 11:15am
Sr. High Group – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am
A Plastic Ocean documentary – Auditorium 11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium1:15pm

Director’s Reflection

Dear Companions on the Journey,

I cannot recommend our own Peter McLoughlin’s daily series in the National Catholic Reporter too much.  This recent offering brought me back to my early college years when everyone was reading e.e. cummings:

Christianity does not confine itself to
the reign of God in the soul;
it seeks to establish
the reign of God upon the earth.
~ Fr. Isaac Hecker,of the Paulist Fathers

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
~ e.e. cummings

How would you rate yourself on these R’s —
refuse, reduce, reuse/repair, replace/rebuy, recycle?
Refuse, make the choice not to generate waste in the first place
Reduce, makedecisions that decrease the amount of waste produced
Reuse/repair, expand the shelf-lives of products; join the growing movement to RE-USE
Replace, next time consider the recycled and green option
Recycle, reclaim the raw materials
(Note that recycling is LAST on the list; it is critically important but isn’t as effective as preventing waste in the first place.)

What do you think of this column, shamelessly stolen from Peter McLoughlin?

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

LGBTQ Ministry

The Paulist Center Community welcomes LGBTQ individuals and allies.
Our LGBTQ Ministry hosts occasional events or social gatherings.
In addition to bulletin announcements, information is shared via a confidential email listserv. If you’d like to be added to this email list, contact Deb Heimel at dheimel@yahoo.com.
If you’d like to talk to a Center member for more information on the group, please contact: Deb or Christopher Brunner, cpbrunner@gmail.com  Fr. Mike, michael@paulistcenter.org, is also a resource.

Welcome To The Paulist Center

The Paulist Center warmly welcomes new members:
John Infranca & Erin Braatz, and Leonardo Infranca ~ from Boston

Young Adults Dinner And Discussion

Join us for our annual community kick off! Whether you’re new to the Paulist Center or have been with us for years, our September Dinner and Discussion is a great place to meet other young adults!
Come downstairs after the 6pm Mass on Sunday, September 22nd, for good food and even better company. If you aren’t sure how to find us, just follow the crowd!
Please bring $5 to help cover the cost of the meal or a dessert to share!
All young adults (18-39) are welcome to attend!

Family Retreat, October 12-14 – Register Now!

The annual Family Retreat will be held over Columbus Day Weekend, October 12th-14th, at the Craigville Retreat Center in Centerville on Cape Cod.
The theme of this year’s retreat is the 23rd Psalm in the 21st Century.
All families and all types of families are welcome to participate in this weekend of reflection, sharing, and spiritual growth.   For more information, including pricing and how to register, please go to:
Deadline to register is Sunday, September 29th, but earlier registrations help us plan better. We hope you will join us!

Project Rachel

“Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.” – Pope Francis.
Project Rachel is the post-abortion ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston, which offers hope and healing for women suffering from the pain of a past abortion. Project Rachel offers confidential support, retreats and referrals for Sacramental Reconciliation (Confession). Fall 2019 retreat dates will be September 28th, October 19th, and November 16th.
For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508-651-3100 or help@projectrachelboston.com.

Eucharistic Bread Bakers Needed!

Over the past year, we’ve lost 3 bread bakers due to attrition, and we’d like to replenish our ranks.This might be a great opportunity for you to get (more) involved in a small way at Paulist Center. It would only involve making about a dozen loaves every 4 months.
We have molds to score the bread and easy-to-follow instructions how to prepare the dough and package the final product.All you need is to dedicate about an hour each time you’re scheduled to make it. You can also use it as a meditative opportunity.
If you’re interested in at least giving it a try, please see Peter Ghiloni or email Jay Sampson at jsamphome@aol.com.
You won’t be without help getting up to speed.

Season Of Creation

Since the 1990s, Christians have celebrated September 1st through October 4th (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) as the Season of Creation, inviting people to pray and care for God’s creation.  Pope Francis’ 2015 Letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home invites us “to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”  During the month of September, the Paulist Center will focus attention on Creation, inviting us to pray, act and advocate for God’s creation. Watch for themes, photos, and activities, and share what you are doing to care for our common home (email: careofourcommonhome@gmail.com)

Season Of Creation Daily

The Common Home ministry invites you to receive an email, free of charge, each morning from September 1st through October 4th. 3-minutes a day to reflect on images and quotes, and to act with care for our common home. Subscribe at: www.seasonofcreationdaily.org or email seasonofcreationdaily@gmail.com  – a daily reflection delivered by National Catholic Reporter.

The Laudato Si’ Pledge

In the short video before Mass, Cardinal Tagle of the Philippines talks about “The Laudato Si’ Pledge” to:
Pray for and with creation,
Live more simply, and
Advocate for protecting our common home.
Learn more and sign the pledge at www.LiveLaudatoSi.org

Season Of Creation Events

Next Sunday, September 29th, at 11:15am, the Care for Our Common Home Ministry will be showing the award winning documentary, A Plastic Ocean.  Come join us in the Auditorium for coffee and learn what’s happening to our oceans and what you can do about it.

Celebrating the Agape Story: 30 Years of St. Francis Day Saturday, October 5th, 10am – 4:30pm. A day ofcommunity committed to nonviolence, contemplation, and sustainable living … music, reflections, workshops, conversation, and more! The day will featureCommunity co-founders& Suzanne Shanley andof Agape. 2062 Greenwich Rd. Hardwick, MA. Write careofourcommonhome@gmail.com if you would like to carpool to the event from the Boston area.

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.