As much as we are a community bound together by our common worship, so too are we a community that strives to answer our Lord's calling to love and serve God through service to others.
When a group of Bostonians came together to form the Advent back in 1844, they created in her charter a clear objective: "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 unnecessary expense and all ungracious circumstances." That objective remains core to who we are as a parish.
Please read on to learn more about both our standing ministries and current service opportunities.
Prayer and Care
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 members of the parish can assist in meeting. The Advent’s Prayer & Care Team members serve as living connections to the parish. Since its inception in early 2014, the Prayer & Care team has provided post-operative support, accompanied a parishioner to a family reunion, provided transportation to medical appointments, and rides to those needing assistance to get to church, as well as friendly visits.
As we complete our first year of service, we look forward to a growing ministry serving God and each other.
Now and at the Hour of Our Death — Medical Decision-Making in the 21st Century
Designed for people of any age, in any state of health, this interactive seminar provides knowledge and resources to help in navigating today’s complex healthcare system and prepare for the future. [Learn More]
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:15-17)
The Tuesday Night Supper Program
Each Tuesday evening for more than thirty years, a nourishing meal has been served by members of the Advent and friends to needy people. Often their need is as much for companionship as it is for something to eat, and so a friendly and safe environment is provided for our guests.
Volunteers for this important ministry of the Advent are always welcome to help with set up, serving and cleanup. If you can help please speak to Barbara Boles or one of the clergy.