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 Community Dinner 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.
The Annual Walk for Hunger (see below) helps support the Tuesday Night Community Dinner Program.
Advent parishioners have supported our Tuesday Community Dinners every year for over 30 years. You will remember that last year, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the annual Walk for Hunger went “virtual”, with parishioners walking anywhere from 1 to all 20 miles in their own neighborhoods all across the eastern half of the state.
We will be doing this virtual walk again this year, and you can donate to support the Walk here:
(Select “Walk for Hunger” from the dropdown list under “Fund”.)
Our goal is to raise a much-needed $7K for our Community Dinner Fund.
If you would like to participate in the virtual walk, it’s easy! Please join our Team – register here: http://support.projectbread.org/goto/advent
Anyone who would like can join us on Sunday, May 2, at 9am to do the “Advent Mile”, or a 5K – 10K walk, or the full 20-mile Walk for Hunger with our family. We will walk the traditional route. We will leave Advent’s steps at 9am on Brimmer St. after a blessing by Fr. Anderson. Please reach out to us to plan!
Those who cannot join us in Boston, please think of joining us as a virtual walker on May 2, and share photos and video clips of your walk with us!
Here is a video of images from last year’s walk:
Many thanks for all your support!
Suzi + Bruce, Ellie + Emma
Advent’s Virtual Community Dinner Walk 5/2/2021 Team Leaders
One Warm Coat is a nationwide organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for people in need by providing outerwear so that the recipients have adequate protection from cold weather.
For several years, the Church of the Advent has run an autumn drive to benefit local affiliates of One Warm Coat. For 2016, our coat drive will run from October 2 to November 27 (Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication). Please take a look in your closet for that rarely worn or outgrown coat. Donate clean, wearable coats to our coat drive to benefit Friends of the Children, Boston. Tax receipts are available. Questions? See Deacon Daphne, or visit One Warm Coat’s website.
Christopher’s Haven is a Boston organization that provides housing and services to the families of pediatric-cancer patients who have traveled to Boston to seek medical treatment. The Advent has had a long-running relationship with Christopher’s Haven, supporting it both spiritually and materially, and even providing sweat equity for the apartments near Massachusetts General Hospital.
For more information about Christopher’s Haven, visit their website.
Please join us tomorrow night for our weekly Wednesday Healing Mass at 6.00 p.m. in the Lady Chapel. We will pray a special Litany for all victims of gun violence, especially for those in Orlando.
Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.
Read Bishop Gates’ letter to the Diocese: http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/hard-work-be-done-letter-bishop-gates-following-orlando-shootings
Spring is here and the Walk for Hunger is beckoning!! Please join us on Sunday, May 7th. The Advent has been participating in the Walk for over 30 years!
This year, Team Advent’s goal is $10,000. Please help us reach our fundraising goal by joining our group as a walker and by donating to Team Advent. See the links below.
Project Bread financial grant supports The Church of the Advent’s Tuesday Community Dinners which is a vital part of the Advent’s community outreach program.
Register to walk or volunteer yourself at www.projectbread.org. (Hit the purple button on the right-hand side of the page and add yourself as a no fee “walker”.)
Join our team and donate by clicking on links on our Team Advent webpage.
Photos from the 2017 Walk for Hunger:
Boston Print for Sale to Support the Advent in Mission—Our friends at Old Try (www.theoldtry.com) have created a limited edition vintage letterpress print now on sale in our bookstall to support the Advent in Mission. The beautiful print reads “In Boston as it is in Heaven” (a prayer we pray implicitly every time we say the Our Father), and depicts the skyline as it appears in our city seal. The limited edition prints are $39 and supplies are limited—so buy one (or three!) soon as a prayer for our city and to raise funds for missions at the Advent.
Join us tonight for a very special Theology on Tap!
Syria: 12 million displaced persons.
In America, Facebook pages erupt.
What is an appropriate response from the church?
In today’s worldwide refugee crisis — in which 4.1 million Syrians are displaced by civil war and the rise of ISIS — Heather Salfrank Joseph joins us to provide some historical context and suggestions about response strategies and durable solutions, including third country resettlement. In the current political climate, and with efforts to restrict the resettlement of Syrians, Iraqis, and Muslims in the U.S., what is our role in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called “the world’s worst refugee crisis since WWII”?
Heather Salfrank Joseph (B.A., International Studies, Univ. of Washington) has worked with refugees and immigrants since she first started teaching English to Mexican migrant workers’ children in the Democratic Republic of Georgia in 1998. Since then, she’s worked with refugees and immigrants in Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan), and New York, NY. Heather worked with the International Organization for Migration in Vienna, Austria and Almaty, Kazakhstan, and managed a refugee and migrant rights’ project in Central Asia in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Danish Refugee Council, conducting research on internally displaced persons in the region. After moving back to the States, Heather worked with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, one of nine national agencies that resettle refugees in the U.S. in collaboration with the Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement under the Health and Human Services Department. In 2011, she moved to Brooklyn, NY to take a job with Episcopal Migration Ministries, another national refugee resettlement service provider.
Join us (and bring a friend!) @ the Rattlesnake on Boylston to give Heather a huge Theology on Tap welcome on December 8 @ 7p!
Follow @adventboston for more info.
On Sunday, October 4, we celebrated the feast of St. Francis and had a lot of fun at the Blessing of the Animals (check out some pictures in the Photo Gallery!). At that service, we gathered donations for Angell Memorial Hospital, but there is still time for you to make a contribute.
Angell helps the more than 5,000 animals annually and donations of pet food, kitty littler, old towels and blankets are always appreciated. Please have a look at their wish list for more information.
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
Honor our baptismal covenant by joining the Missions & Outreach Committee in supporting the millions of men, women, and children displaced by violence and conflict in Syria and other crisis areas. Through the International Rescue Committee, with your help, tens of thousands of people can journey “from harm to home.”
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.