Weekly Bulletin


January 18/19, 2020 — 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Adult Education Committee Sponsored Panel

A Methodist bishop once said: One of the greatest tragedies for people with dementia is not that they forget; but it’s that they are forgotten.
How can we make sure this doesn’t happen? Come and learn from a panel led by Community member, Jennifer R. Gatchel, MD, Ph.D, who will address issues for families and care givers providing support for walking the journey of Alzheimer’s and DementiaNext Saturday, January 25th, 10am-12pm, 3rd Floor Library
Pre-registration suggested; please call the Front Desk at 617-742-4460.
A donation of $10 is gratefully accepted.

First Reconciliation

Congratulations to the following children who celebrated the Sacrament of First Reconciliation last Sunday:
Valentyna Brown
Massimo Centamore
Hannah Dicristofaro
Maile Doroquez
Andree Gold
Ayumi Hashimoto Martell
Jack O’Neill

Pray For Christian Unity

The Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins this Saturday, January 18th, and will be observed nightly at different Churches in the Boston area.  The Paulist Center Community, together with our neighbors at The Cathedral of St. Paul, the Church on the Hill, and other downtown Churches will gather here this Wednesday, January 22nd, 7pm, to demonstrate, and pray for, the unity of Jesus’ followers.  To be sure, we Christians don’t always agree – and that’s why we pray together for wisdom and courage.Please join us and bring your friends.

Annual Paulist Appeal

Next weekend, January 25th-26th, the Paulist Center will take part in the Annual Paulist Appeal where we will ask for your help in contributing to the longevity of the Paulist Fathers.
Paulist Father Charlie Donahue, C.S.P., will be preaching at all the Masses.
If you would like to give in advance, visit paulist.org/apa.  If you have questions, please call 202-269-2504 or contact development@paulist.org.  Thank you so much!

Auction 2020 Kick-off Meeting Jan. 29th

The annual Paulist Center Auction will be held on Saturday, April 25th.  Join co-chairs Sally and Peter Sliker and other community members on Wednesday, January 29th at 7pm in the 3rd Floor Library to kickoff auction season and help plan the theme for the auction!  If you have been looking for a new way to get involved at the Center, this is a good opportunity. All are welcome to join and give ideas to help make this year a success.  Questions or email suggestions/theme ideas, paulistcenterauction@gmail.com

Young Adult Ministry

Young Adult Happy Hour

Join other Catholic young adults for a happy hour and social at Christopher’s in Porter Square! Thursday, January 23rd, 7-9pm, 1920 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.   If you’re new, look for our community member Katie, who has volunteered to organize this happy hour. She will be wearing a red lanyard!

Young Adults Dinner And Discussion

Join us for our monthly community Dinner and Discussion! Bring a side, dessert, or drink to share, or $5 to help cover the cost of the meal. All young adults (18-39) are welcome! Sunday, January 26th , 7-8:30pm, Auditorium


Stewardship Information

Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $7,050 $ 175,191
Budget Amount $ 11,164 $212,116
Difference ($ 4,114) ($ 36,925)

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
This weekend we designate our gift to Boston Rescue Mission, an organization that creates a healing community where the poor are nourished, lives at risk are transformed, and homelessness is both prevented and ended.
We thank you for your support.


Weekly Schedule

Sun 1/19

RCIA/Break Open the Word – 6th Fl, Rm 22         12:30pm
RCIA catechesis – 6th Fl, Rm 22   1:15pm

Mon 1/20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Center Closed

Wed 1/22

Supper Club – Auditorium 6:00pm
Prayer For Christian Unity – Chapel7:00pm

Sat 1/25

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Workshop- 3rd Fl, Library 10:00am

Sun 1/26

FREP – Rms 2, 13, 16, 17, 22 11:15am
Jr. High – 2nd Fl, Seminar Rm 11:15am
Sr. High – Kitchen11:15am
Community Coffee – Auditorium11:15am
1st Communion: Meeting – 3rd Fl, Library 11:15am
RCIA/Break Open the Word – 6th Fl, Rm 22 12:30pm
RCIA catechesis – 6th Fl, Rm 22 1:15pm
Community Coffee – Auditorium1:15pm
Young Adults Dinner – Auditorium7:00pm


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 His 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.glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one,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, people from Malta were invited to choose the theme, and they settled on “They Showed us Unusual Kindness” (cf. Acts 28:2). The people from Malta chose this passage from Acts because:

[I]t showed Paul and the early disciples’ unusual kindness and hospitality through building a fire and welcoming them in, despite the rain and cold.This posture of hospitality and welcoming the stranger is a strong theme throughout the Biblical narrative.

In a world where deep differences often keep people divided, it’s as we adopt a posture of showing ‘unusual kindness’ to other Christians and people of all backgrounds that we become witnesses of God’s love to all people.

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/Swedenborgian brothers and sisters from the Church on the Hill, 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 is the time, as Jesus yearned so passionately on the night before he died.

When? 7pm, Wednesday, January 22nd (for about an hour).
Where? Here at the Paulist Center.

Join us for this annual moment of stretching beyond our local community and welcoming local Christians to our home!

What do you think?

And let us pray for one another,
Michael McGarry, C.S.P.


LGBTQ Ministry

The Paulist Center Community welcomes LGBTQ individuals and friends.  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, dheimel@yahoo.com, or Christopher Brunner, cpbrunner@gmail.com.
Fr. Mike, michael@paulistcenter.org, is also a resource.

Save the Date:  March 9th

Michael O’Loughlin of the dramatic podcast Plague: The Catholic Church and AIDS, will be with us on Monday, March 9th, 7pm. More info to come.

Boston Area Catholics Struggling to Stay Catholic Meetup

Our next meeting of this group will be 7-8:30pm on Thursday, January 30th in the 3rd Floor Library.  For information or to RSVP, please contact: Daria O’Connor, dariaoconnor@gmail.com

First Holy Communion

The first gathering will take place next Sunday, January 26th at 11:15am in the 3rd Floor Library.

If you would like to register your child for this Sacrament, please use the registration form in the Family Ministry Brochure, or contact Susan Rutkowski at susan@paulistcenter.org.

Adult Education Committee Sponsored Panel

A Methodist bishop once said: One of the greatest tragedies for people with dementia is not that they forget; but it’s that they are forgotten.

How can we make sure this doesn’t happen? Come and learn from a panel led by Community member, Jennifer R. Gatchel, MD, Ph.D, who will address issues for families and care givers providing support for walking the journey of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.    Saturday, January 25th, 10am-12pm,  3rd Floor Library
Pre-registration suggested; please call the Front Desk at 617-742-4460. A donation of $10 is gratefully accepted.

Young Adults Dinner And Discussion

Join us for our monthly community Dinner and Discussion! Whether you’re new to the Paulist Center Young Adult Group, or have been with us for years, our Dinner and Discussion is the best place to meet new young adults in our community  Bring a side, dessert, or drink to share, or $5 to help cover the cost of the meal.  All young adults (18-39) are welcome to attend!  Sunday, January 26th, 7-8:30 pm, Auditorium

Boston Area Catholics Struggling to Stay Catholic Meetup

Our next meeting of this group will be 7-8:30pm on Thursday, January 30th in the 3rd Floor Library.  For information or to RSVP, please contact:  Daria O’Connor, dariaoconnor@gmail.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.