This Week’s Announcements, September 24-30, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Joseph Hudak.   

If you are visiting or new  to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home.  Please fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we will have a record of your visit here and 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—Infants 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 Meg Nelson 856-217-0847 or


Note:  this morning’s coffee hours are in the Library.

9:00 Coffee Hour. Robb Scholten and Angie Corbet host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson and Jack & Cassie Gurnon.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Maria Denslow and Ellie Dixon host the Coffee Hour this morning.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  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 ( or Kyle Pilares (

Attention singers! The Advent is always looking for good avocational singers for our Parish Choir. This ensemble provides music for the 9:00 Sung Mass on a regular basis during the academic year. There is a regular Sunday warm-up rehearsal an hour before the Mass, plus three week-night full choir rehearsals spread over the year. If you wish to join us to sing masterworks of the Renaissance and Anglican traditions, please contact Katelyn Emerson ( or Mark Dwyer ( by email or in person after Mass. A love of choral music, a pleasant voice, some music-reading skills and the ability to make a regular commitment are the requirements.

The annual Beacon Hill Block Party, sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association, is today.  Do come and enjoy the festivities, which include the popular beer garden in the Advent garden.

Neighborhood Groups Start in October!  Old and new small groups are starting in October in neighborhoods across Greater Boston.  

  • Green Line Group—Home of Jeff and Roxy Hanson—311 Tappan Street in Brookline—Date TBA
  • Beacon Hill Group—Home of Sammy and Renee Wood—43 South Russell Street in Boston—Wednesday, October 4
  • Metro-West Group—Home of Liz Hunter—492 Lincoln Road in Walpole—Sunday, October 8
  • North Shore Group—Location and time in Salem—TBA
  • The Advent Book Group and a new Luther Reading Group also start in October.

Which of these fits your schedule and lifestyle?  If none does, why not consider hosting or facilitating a group in your own neighborhood?  For more information, speak to one of the hosts listed above or contact Fr Sammy  ( 


Michaelmas This Friday!!!!   We will celebrate The Feast of St Michael & All Angels (Michaelmas) on Friday, September 29, with a Procession & Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm.  The Advent Choir will sing the Truro Eucharist of David Briggs and anthems by del Monte and Handl.  A reception will follow the Mass. 

Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans.

Wednesday Evening Book Group: In anticipation of the conference and meeting being held in November focusing on Anglo-Catholicism, the Advent Book Group invites you to join us this fall in reading The Sacramental Church: The Story of Anglo-Catholicism, by John F. Nash, founder of The Esoteric Quarterly. We began discussions of this book on Wednesday, September 13. For more information, please see Alfred Duhamel or email Robb Scholten (


Mission Sunday:  October 1 will be a Sunday devoted to Mission here at The Church of the Advent.  Eric Fialho, our former seminarian, is returning this year as Pastoral Assistant and focusing part of his ministry on mission and outreach. Eric will lead the first Entr’acte of the season on October 1:  “Anglo-Catholicism and Mission:  Its History and our Roots”.

Mission has always been a part of the life of the Advent.  In fact, mission was a part of its founding:  “To secure to a portion of the city of Boston the ministrations of the Holy Catholic Church: and more especially to secure the same to the poor and needy in a manner free from ungracious circumstances.”  Accordingly, it was a “free” church (no pew rents) and everyone without distinction—high and low, rich and poor, of any nationality and race—was encouraged to attend and become a part of the Parish family.  Among mission projects in the past, have been a role in the founding of the Floating Hospital for Children in 1884, now part of the Tufts Medical Center, and the work of the Sisters of St Margaret among the poor and disenfranchised of the former West End.

Today, the Advent houses and supports the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner for the homeless and needy, which has been a part of our life for over thirty-eight years.  Last year, though the Diocese and by direct contribution the Advent devoted over $85,000 of its budget to mission.

On Sunday, October 1, there will be envelopes in the pews marked “For Mission.”  Parishioners are encouraged to give towards projects which are coming up.  One of these will be a trip to provide assistance in Houston, just as we took post-Katrina to Mississippi several years ago.  Please be generous.

Blessing of Animals – next Sunday, October 1.  There will be a blessing of the animals at 3pm that afternoon in the chancel. Questions? See Deacon Daphne or Fr. Wood.

The Church of the Advent’s Theology on Tap returns Tuesday, October 3, with the Rev’d Mrs Fleming Rutledge–now at our new location!  Fleming Rutledge inaugurates the 2017 season of Theology on Tap with a highly appropriate topic:  The Once and Future Season: Advent:  Why is the Advent season so uniquely important, yet so misunderstood?  Mrs Rutledge will talk about the cultural conflict between the “holiday season” and the unique themes of Advent.  It is our delight to welcome Mrs Rutledge to speak on this subject, which is timely and fitting for our parish, named as it is for this imminent and significant season in the church calendar.

One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, Mrs Rutledge has a book on Advent coming out next year.  She is the author of many other important books, including The Crucifixion:  Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ; Not Ashamed of the Gospel:  Sermons from Paul’s Letter to the Romans; And God Spoke to Abraham:  Preaching from the Old Testament; and The Battle for Middle-Earth:  Tolkien’s Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings.

Join us at 7 pm on October 3 at our new location:  Carrie Nation Cocktail Club
The Beacon Room—11 Beacon Street, near the State House

Evening Prayer will be said at the Church at 5:30 pm.  All are welcome to say the daily office together and then process from the parish church to Carrie Nation.

Reformation at 500—Luther Reading Group Begins in October—Five hundred years ago this Halloween, an intense, scholarly Augustinian friar named Martin Luther posted a series of theses about the sale of indulgences on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  Within a few years, the world in which he had come of age was utterly transformed. Ever wanted to know what was going on in his mind, one of the great minds of the universal Church?  For several years before this momentous event, Dr Luther diligently walked into his classroom at six o’clock in the morning to lecture on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and we can now read along with him as he grappled with the foundations of the Catholic faith.  To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a group gathers every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7 pm in Fr. Wood’s office (second floor of the Parish House) to learn about Luther’s world and to study the Bible as he and his students did by reading and discussing his Lectures on Romans, one of the treasures of Christian thought.  For information, contact Ben Crowe ( or Fr Wood (

Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (

Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


Discount 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:

September 25-October 1, 2017

Monday, September 25
Sergius of Moscow

Tuesday, September 26
Lancelot Andrewes
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 27
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, September 28
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 29
St Michael & All Angels (Michaelmas)
6:30pm: Procession & Solemn Mass; Reception

Saturday, September 30

Sunday, October 1
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
3:00 pm: Blessing of the Animals