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.
Saturday, December 15—Christmas Pageant Rehearsal–at 9 am. We will gather in Moseley Hall to sort out costumes and we will rehearse in the Sanctuary. (Please let Meg Nelson know ASAP if you are able to help with getting the costumes sorted and ready to go for Saturday morning—you may contact Meg at email@example.com.)
If you are interested in having your child participate in the Pageant, please email Meg Nelson for more information.
Sunday, December 16—Christmas Pageant—during the 9 am Mass.
Evening services (December 24 and December 31)—as a reminder, we always have childcare available for these evening services. The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Maggie Dunbar and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be Judy Bell & Franceso Piscitelli and Cassie & Jack Gurnon. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, email@example.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. Philip & Anh Sawyer, Theo Theoharis and Corey Rouse host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Karen Harrington, Ellie Dixon and Frederick Ou. 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 Frederick Ou (firstname.lastname@example.org), Roxy Hanson (email@example.com) or Kyle Pilares (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Betsy James (email@example.com).
Entr’acte: This Sunday Fr Warren will conclude Entr’acte for the year with the third part of an examination of the various sects within what is called Christianity: what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity. That’s after the 9:00 Mass in the Library.
It’s that time again! As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin’ Donuts as their Christmas gift from the Advent. This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter. If you wish to make a donation—and we hope you do—send it in marked “Donuts.”
A Note to parents: Those administering Communion are not always aware of the children who receive Holy Communion and those who do not yet receive. So, small children who wish to receive Holy Communion should be instructed by their parents to extend their hands, palms side up, so that the person administering Communion will be aware that they wish to receive.
Compline at the Advent—this evening at 8 pm—join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. Members of the Advent Choir will sing chant and contemplative music. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.
The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am. We are currently studying the epistles First and Second Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.
New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John: Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Continuing this Wednesday, December 12, an in-depth five-week course will be offered starting at 7:00 pm in the Library. Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will again lead a thought-provoking Bible Study. All attendees will receive scripture journals. Each session will last roughly 90 minutes and cover various histories, key themes, and enduring theologies as expressed in the shortest Epistles of the New Testament. For more information please contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hold this date. Theology on Tap returns on Monday, December 17, at 7:00 pm at the MAST Restaurant and Drinkery, the Lower Bar, 45 Province Street,Boston. Visual Artist Stephanie Cardon will be speaking to us about her public artwork titled Unless, a dramatic floor-to-ceiling installation at the entrance to the landmark Prudential Center.
Every year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve. This year these donations will be given to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy. They are especially in need of infant clothing and small stuffed animals to include in the more than 400 layettes that volunteer ladies involved in the organization assemble each year.
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
The Coat Drive Concludes!!—We have wrapped up our drive and are happy to report donations of 70 coats, jackets, fleeces, and vests to Children’s Services of Roxbury, offering programs and services in early education and care; behavioral health; youth and families; and housing and stabilization to residents of Roxbury, Tewksbury, Worcester, and Northampton. Thanks to all who made donations of coats or dollars to our One Warm Coat drive.—Deacon Daphne.
ODDS & ENDS
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: email@example.com.
At the Advent Book Store! Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2019 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.
Some months ago, Advent Parishioner Brian Sirman published a remarkable study of the recent history of our city, Concrete Changes: Architecture, Politics, and the Design of the Boston City Hall. He argues that this still controversial building was part of a deliberate and successful plan to change Boston, to turn it away from being a sleepy, provincial capital run by old Yankee families and corrupt politicians into an international and influential city. This fascinating book would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone interested in understanding how Boston, as we know it today, came to be. Copies are available in the Book Store.
Vestry Nominations. Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019. It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry. A Nominating Committee, consisting of John Higgins, John Boyd, Maria Denslow, Kara Rodgers, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate. Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.
The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 27, 2019. Contributions to the 2018 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 4, 2019. All heads of committees or groups are expected to submit a report.
The parish Flower Guild needs your help! Decorating the church for Christmas is a lot of work, and the Flower Guild can’t do it alone. We need volunteers on the following days; floral design skills are not required—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you can spare an hour or two but not come for the entire block, that’s perfectly OK.
- Sunday December 16, around 1:00 pm. After the 11:15 coffee hour we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of storage and up into the church. Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help.
- Saturday December 22, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Sunday December 23, 1:30 to 5:00 pm. After the 11:15 Mass we will have a light lunch and then put up all the greens and candles.
Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:
Our Stewardship Campaign 2019 with this year’s theme “Plus 10%” reached a key milestone date last Sunday as we celebrated the First Sunday of Advent. This special occasion marked the beginning of the Advent Season and served as a key date for Advent parishioners to make their pledges for 2019.
The 2019 campaign is off to an excellent start thanks to everyone who has already pledged. We are hopeful to receive the remaining pledge submittals in order to maintain the momentum thru this Advent Season. Please remember that 2019 is a transition year with the well-deserved retirement of our beloved Rector Father Warren. The Wardens and Vestry will use your pledge commitments for several important upcoming functions to include 2019 Parish budget planning and as an important element in our Parish profile to be utilized by the Search committee for the new Rector.
As Tom Brown mentioned in his Senior Warden’s letter on Stewardship, this year’s “Plus 10%”campaign is an opportunity for the Advent community to come together with a strong commitment that clearly demonstrates that the Advent is a vibrant and special place of worship sacred to us all.
Please be reminded to get your pledge in either by mail, on-line or simply by dropping in Sunday’s offering basket. Our campaign will continue thru the Advent Season and the earlier we receive your pledge commitments the better able we are to assist the Vestry with their important planning for 2019.
Thank you for your support.
We are yours in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Francesco Piscitelli & Thatcher Gearhart
Stewardship Campaign 2019, Co-Chairmen
As of this past Friday we have received 165 pledges, pledging a total of $495,249. 75 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 22 new pledges. We have still to hear from 64 parishioners who pledged a total of $94,010 last year.
The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far. If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 10-16, 2018
Monday, December 10
10:00 am: Advent School Rehearsal
4:00 pm: Beacon Hill Village Party
Tuesday, December 11
2:00 pm: Requiem (Dodie McGrath)
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, December 12
8:30 am: Advent School Parents’ Meeting
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:00 pm: Bible Study
Thursday, December 13
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 14
John of the Cross
10:00 am: Advent School Concert
11:30 am: Rosary
Saturday, December 15
9:00 am: Pageant Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, December 16
The Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Pageant & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
1:15 pm: Flower Guild Setup