This Week at the Advent, October 27-November 2, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

Child care is offered during the 9 am and 11:15 am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.

Welcome cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we can keep in touch.

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Charles Muller DeFerrier.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Betsy Ridge Madsen and Nola Sheffer host today. Next weeks hosts are Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson, and Megan & Michael Zadig. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email,, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Karen Chaney, Ellie Dixon, and Susan Fugliese. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, Roxy Hanson ( or Betsy James (

Today’s Entr’acte, following the 9:00 Mass in the library: “Who Are We? What Are We Called? What Does It Matter?” Led by Fr Welch, this single-week session will explore what it means for the Advent to identity as Anglo-Catholic while being a part of the Episcopal Church.


The Advent 20s & 30s will be making a visit to Symphony Hall this Friday, Nov. 1, for a program of orchestral pieces presented as a part of Leipzig Week in Boston. Including works by Strauss, Haydn and Scriabin, the concert is at 6:00 pm and the group will return to the Advent for refreshments. For more information—including purchasing tickets—and to RSVP, contact Kyriell Paleologue (

Advent Coat Drive — Donations needed for One Warm Coat!

As in previous years, the Advent is holding a coat drive to help keep those in need warm this winter. This year, all collected coats will be donated to Boston Health Care for the Homeless. The drive will end on Friday, November 29. You can help by:

  • Donating Coats: Bring clean, functional coats (no broken zippers, ripped pockets, etc.) that will help keep people warm during the winter (think ski jackets, not dress-up jackets) to 30 Brimmer Street, Sundays 8 am-1 pm; Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. The collection bin is located in the library. Coats for children, women, and men all accepted.
  • Donating Dollars: Make checks payable to the Church of the Advent, but put “One Warm Coat” in the memo line and either drop in the collection plate or mail to One Warm Coat Drive, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston MA 02108.

If you have questions or would like to help out, please contact Chris Doty ( or Harmony Witte (


This year’s All Souls Solemn Requiem will be sung on Saturday, November 9, at 11:00 am in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Guild of All Souls, which the Advent is hosting this year.

Advent 175 Entr’acte Series: November 10-24. In honor of Advent 175, three upcoming Entr’acte sessions will focus on various aspects of the parish’s history. On November 10, David Russo will will profile John Sturgis, the architect of the Advent. On November 17, longtime parishioners Melissa Fox and Hal Langell will share little-known stories from earlier days in a conversation facilitated by Will Joyner. The series concludes with Tom Sopko and Deacon Noyes, who will present an up-close look at some of the Advent’s liturgical accoutrements, and detail some of the history behind them.

Anglo-Catholic Roots III: “Oxford Comes to Boston: 175 Years of Anglo-Catholicism in America” will take place December 5-6, 2019 at the Advent. Find more information and register here


Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, November 3. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.

Discount parking vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne or Nola Sheffer. You can find them 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? email:


Little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

In 1936, parish historian Ann Maria Mitchell mounted an exhibition of “Adventiana” that attracted hundreds of viewers over three days. Among the visitors were members of the Diocesan Library Committee, who remarked to Ann Maria that they “had not seen in the Diocese a church which had so many beautiful things, nor one where they were so sadly neglected.” Unfortunately this tradition of neglect continued for decades. The Advent 175 Conservation Fund was instituted to remediate and restore some of our most precious books, documents, artwork, and artifacts. The recent restorations of the cross and reredos in the All Saints chapel are “outward and visible signs” of some of what can be accomplished.

Less visible, but equally important, is the parish’s original Register, which covers the years 1844 to 1888. The oversize volume, found in very poor condition, contains nearly half a century’s worth of hand-written information — a list of communicants (941 of them), and details about baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials in the parish’s early years. Thanks to generous gifts from individual members of the Vestry, the book is in the hands of Louise Baptiste, a professional paper conservator, for restoration. She expects to have the work completed by the end of October. These images show Louise at work.

October 28-November 2, 2019

Monday, October 28
Saints Simon & Jude

Tuesday, October 29
James Hannington & Companions
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Wednesday, October 30
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, October 31
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 1
All Saints Day
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, November 2
All Souls Day

10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, November 3
Sunday in the Octave of All Saints
Daylight Saving Time Ends (set clocks BACK one hour)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass