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.

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.

There is no Church School today. Church School will resume on April 28.

Easter Egg Hunt – New and Improved! The Easter Egg Hunt will begin approximately 5-10 minutes after the 9:00 Mass dismisses. Please meet Meg Nelson at the doors to the courtyard in Moseley Hall. Children 5 and under will hunt for eggs in the courtyard with their parents. Children ages 6–11 will hunt in the garden on Brimmer/Mt. Vernon Streets—also with parent supervision. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Rather than place candy/toys in the eggs we are providing each child with a gift bag. Once your child finds 8-12 eggs, please bring their basket back to Moseley Hall and return the eggs for a gift bag. Please let Meg know if you have any questions or concerns.

Note that the Petting Zoo will take place in the fall.

Preaching today is The Rev’d Andrew C. Mead, retired Rector of St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, and the XIV Rector of the Church of the Advent.

There is a gala Coffee Hour this morning. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. There is a potluck Coffee Hour this morning. We are always 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, April 22, for Easter Monday.

Parish Flower Guild post-Easter cleanup will be Saturday April 27, starting at 10:30 am. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

This Saturday, April 27, the Middle School and High School students will attend the Presiding Bishop’s Jamboree from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Cathedral. We will meet at 12:30 pm that Saturday and walk to the Cathedral together.

The Entr’acte series of adult courses resumes next Sunday, April 28. Rick Stone will lead the series on “The Parables of Mark.” This will be a look at Mark’s parables and their meaning in Jesus’ time as well as our own. The series will begin in the library immediately after the 9:00 Mass.


The Walk for Hunger is on Sunday May 5! Please consider joining us on this epic 20-mile walk. But if you cannot, please show your support with a donation! Our goal is to raise $10K that will go to support Project Bread. Their financial support to The Church of the Advent’s Community Dinners is critical to the success of those Tuesday dinners. Go to the Advent website (www.theadventboston.org) for a Walk for Hunger web link to join our team and/or donate. And please reach out to us in person over the next weeks, too. We are excited to be team captains again – and know it will be a fun and rewarding day!

— The Briggs Kiernan Family, (Bruce + Suzi; Ellie + Emma)

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR TODDLERS TO TEENAGERS: We ask that parents please take note and mark in their calendars the following events, which will strengthen and enhance our ministry to our young people:

  • Also at the Cathedral, the parishioners who are prepared for Confirmation (see below) will be confirmed by Bishop Gates on Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 am.
  • In honor of Saint Francis, on Sunday, October 6, the children will be able to enjoy a petting zoo that morning and bring their animal friends to the church that afternoon for our Blessing of Pets.

THEOLOGY ON TAP returns on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 pm in the Lower Bar at MAST Restaurant and Drinkery, 45 Province Street, Boston. Tyler VanderWeele will speak on “Religious Communities and Human Flourishing.” Dr VanderWeele is director of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard, which among other things studies how religious communities affect health, happiness, meaning and purpose, and close social relationships. Theology on Tap is preceded by Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm at the Advent. For more information, contact Fr Hanson.

Adult Confirmation Class. It is expected that all adult members of this Church, after appropriate instruction, will have made a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and will have been confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church or by a Bishop of a Church in full communion with this Church. In keeping with the National Canons of The Episcopal Church, we are offering Confirmation Classes beginning after Easter. Classes have been scheduled for any adults (16 years and older) who are desirous of Confirmation or Reception into The Episcopal Church. The classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings May 1-June 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.

SAINT MICHAEL’S CONFERENCE: A Conference in the Anglican Tradition for Young Adults of All Christian Communions.

By the end of the week, I was sad to be leaving all the new friends I had made at the Conference. I couldn’t believe that the week had gone by so fast. I had learned so many new things at the Conference that I knew would be valuable life lessons, but most of all I had learned to never judge something without knowing what it is like. This is what Harriet Lewis-Bowen told us about her time spent last summer at Saint Michael’s Conference. This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending.


This is the final report for Stewardship 2019. 

So far we have received 207 pledges, totaling $569,152. 38 have increased their pledges by 20% or more, and there are 32 new pledges. The Stewardship Committee thank all who have pledged.

If you have not yet pledged, it is never too late. There are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church. And you can pledge on line by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.

From the Advent Archives —

An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

At right is an undated Eastertide photo of the Sacrament House or aumbry by Arthur Haskell (1890-1968), one of the major architectural photographers in New England. The Sacrament House was given by Mrs. and Mrs. Walter Gaskill in 1933, in memory of “their little daughter Ruth.” The rector, The Rev’d Julian D. Hamlin, noted, “You will all be happy, I know, to realize that the Centenary [of the Oxford Movement] is being marked in this Parish by the addition of this beautiful Memorial to the Church.

April 22-28, 2019

Monday, April 22
Monday in Easter Week – Parish Office Closed

Tuesday, April 23
Tuesday in Easter Week
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, April 24
Wednesday in Easter Week
10:00 am: Bible Study
1:00 pm: Service of Committal for Blenda Jeffry
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, April 25
Thursday in Easter Week

Friday, April 26
Friday in Easter Week
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, April 27
Saturday in Easter Week
10:30 am: Flower Guild Clean-up
12:30 noon: Youth Gathering for Presiding Bishop’s Visit

Sunday, April 28
The Second Sunday of Easter
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

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