O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please, if you will, fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we can keep in touch.
All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are invited to the Altar to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you wish to receive a blessing, come to the Altar and cross your arms over your chest.
Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 AM and 11:15 AM Masses.
9:00 AM - Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office. The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.
11:15 AM - Infant and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.
If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them. Contact Emily Litman at 617-852-2661.
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Thelma Enkema, and in Thanksgiving for Christopher, Adrian, Morgan, Tom and Erin on their birthdays.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Maye Chan & Kris Ferrario and John Boyd. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-625-1857, or
if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. Ellie Dixon, Alfred Duhamel, and Annlinnea Terranova host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be David Lapin, David Taylor, Carolyn Walden and Michael Gnozzio. To view the schedule of available dates, please go to http://theadventboston.org/parilife/11coffee.htm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marcos and Daniel German-Domingues, John Covert or Fred Ou.
Organ Recital, Evensong, Supper & Talk THIS AFTERNOON at 4:30 PM. The Advent Choir will sing a service of Evensong featuring the Sarum Service of Herbert Howells. Following the service, Dr Philip Pfatteicher will gave an engaging talk about John Bunyan’s Christian allegory: The Pilgrim’s Progress. A light supper will be offered. Preceding the Evensong, at 4:30, organist Andrew Sheranian will play the Eighth Sonata of Josef Gabriel Rheinberger. All are invited to our last Evensong/Supper until the fall.
Our Holy Week preacher is a prolific writer. Copies of several of Dr Willimon’s books - Why Jesus?, Sinning Like a Christian, and Incarnation - are available in the Advent Bookstore.
Community Groups at the Advent: Interested in being part of a small group? TThese are the groups currently, or soon to be, meeting on a regular basis:
• Monday Night Bible Study: Zach Brooks will lead a bible study in the library on Mondays, 7 PM to 8:30. The study will include in-class reading and short lessons on scriptural interpretation. The class will be open to all ages, and to beginners through seasoned scripture scholars.
• The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. The group is currently reading Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World, Fr Warren’s recommended reading for Entr’acte this year. Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners. Please contact
• The Friends House Group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays from 7:30-9 at the Friends House (6 Chestnut Street). This group is studying the lectionary readings and the sermon from the Sunday preceding our meetings, and it’s also open to everyone. For info, contact
• New Kenmore Square Community Group will meet Monday, April 13! A new community group will meet for the first time at the home of Lynn Eustis (6 Keswick Street) on Monday, March 2 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. This group is especially (though certainly not exclusively) for people in their 30s/40s/50s. Be aware Lynn lives in a third-floor walkup, so there will be some stairs to climb. For more info, please .
• A Cambridge/Somerville group gathers on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the home of Maye Chan and Kris Ferrario (81R Mt. Vernon Street, Apt. 2, Somerville) to watch and discuss a video series by Stanley Hauerwas called “Sunday Asylum: Being the Church in Occupied Territory.” The group is open to everyone, and for more info contact Maye (917-385-3470), Kris (651-357-7476) or Andrew Reese (617-460-2979).
The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together. Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!
Walk for Hunger - May 3, 2015:
Dear family, friends, and loyal supporters,
On a cold and misty Sunday back in May of 2003 Sarah, Emilie, Jack and I, along with Fr. Warren took on the task of a 20-mile journey through Boston, Newton and Cambridge in support of Project Bread and the Walk for hunger.
This exciting and a bit uncomfortable Sunday journey proved to be the first of 11 walks the girls would participate in.
Through these last 11 years the girls have navigated their way through middle school and high school, and our team has grown each year, adding walkers from our littlest supporters still in strollers to those dedicated to feed us before we set out on our journey!
And we are going again this year! 2015 strong!
As in previous years our family will take on the role of "Team Captains" for our team Church of the Advent in Boston.
The Church of the Advent in Boston holds one of the longest running community dinners serving those in need in the city of Boston and is a recipient of the role Project Breads plays for those in need.
These 11 years have been for our family a wonderful opportunity to bond, help others, share a commitment and have fun!
But sadly, all good things need to come to an end, in September Sarah and Emilie will head to college and it seems only fair to pass the baton to another friend or family up to the task and enjoyment of "Team captain" for next year and possibly years to follow!
These 11 years have been very meaningful for our family and we thank you for your continued support.
We hope you will join us again this year as we close our 11th year! You can register online to join the team or to make an donation at http://www.projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger/ (our team is “Church of the Advent”). For more information, call Cassie Gurnon at 617-967-3678 or .
Thank you and Love to you all,
Jack, Cassie, Sarah and Emilie
Save the date! - Now and at the Hour of Our Death: Medical Decision-Making in the 21st Century - Saturday, May 9. The popular interactive seminar for “all sorts and conditions” (and ages) of people returns to Moseley Hall this spring; mark your calendars. More information will be provided as date draws closer; see Deacon Daphne with questions, for more information, or to reserve a slot.
MISSION & OUTREACH
Vincent Newborn Necessities - Successful Drive Concludes! Thanks to all who contributed to our collection of infant clothing and other necessities. The donations will be distributed by the Vincent Club, in conjunction with Mass General Hospital’s Chelsea clinic. Watch this space for information about our Spring Cleaning Drive!
Care & Prayer Team Launches:
Abandonment is the gravest sickness of the elderly, and also the greatest injustice they can suffer: those who have helped us grow must not be abandoned when they are in need of our help. - Pope Francis
The Advent has many faithful parishioners who are no longer able to attend services, or who have specific needs - spiritual, emotional, physical - that the parish can assist in meeting. Under the supervision of Deacon Noyes and Larry Civale, a licensed clinical social worker, the Advent’s Care & Prayer Team will reach out and minister to these members of our parish. We have identified specific geographic areas where we need one person in each area to be responsible for ensuring that those in need are recognized and that their needs are being tended to by members of the parish’s team. If you are interested in joining the team or would like more information, contact Larry Civale, 617-947-3261 or , or Deacon Noyes, 617-470-4578 or .
Mission Update: The Advent and Volunteers for Peace (VFP) are looking for people like you! Steven Cosnek, a member of the Advent Choir, is traveling to Haiti this April as a volunteer to impact the lives of 300 school children, and Advent parishioners are encouraged to participate in this mission. The school has asked for donations from the following list of supplies for kindergarten classrooms:
• Tempura Paints (the kind you mix with water to use)
• Colored paper
• Kids’ scissors
• Manipulatives to help kids learn letters/numbers
• Beads and string
• Puzzles (simple to easy)
• Pipe cleaners
• Sports equipment (jump ropes, Frisbees, badminton sets, etc.)
• Books, especially with pictures (those with animals are particularly popular)
• Toys and games for 3 to 5 year-olds
• any old luggage that can be used to transport collected items to Haiti
The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sunday, May 3, Sunday, May 24 (Pentecost), and June 4 (Corpus Christi) - which will also remain for Sunday, June 7. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or .
Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer.
You can find her between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 PM weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? .
This Week at the Advent
April 20-26, 2015
Monday, April 20 Patriots’ Day - Parish Office Closed