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 megwnelson@gmail.com.

9:00 Coffee Hour. 9:00 Coffee Hour.  Betsy Ridge Madsen and Will Joyner & Linda Jones host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Barbara Boles. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed. 

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Persis Dhas, Mark Davidson, Kara Rodgers and Philip Marshall host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the host will be Kyle Pilares. 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 (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).  


Monday, April 16, is Patriots’ Day and the Parish Office will be closed. The regular schedule will be observed: Morning Prayer at 9:00 am; Low Mass at 12:15 pm; Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm.

Theology on Tap Returns this Tuesday, April 17!

Historian and memoirist Carlos M. N. Eire opens the 2018 season of Theology on Tap with reflections on: “Transforming the Supernatural in the Reformation”.

One of the most significant changes brought about by the Protestant Reformation was a redefinition of the relation between the natural and supernatural realms, which amounted to a redefinition of religion itself. How did this redefinition shape the various churches created in this era? How did it affect the Church of England? How does it affect us today?

Prof. Eire is the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University and the author of numerous books, including most recently the magisterial Reformations: The Early Modern World, which won the R. R. Hawkins Prize for Best Book of the Year from the American Publishers Association, as well as the award for Best Book in the Humanities. He is also the author of the best-selling memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, which won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Join us at 7 pm on April 17 at: Carrie Nation Cocktail Club, The Beacon Room, 11 Beacon Street, near the State House.

Parishioners wishing to eat dinner first are strongly encouraged to arrive early and please inform the club that you are part of the Church of the Advent party for the evening.


Organ Recital, Evensong, and Supper-Lecture! Next Sunday, April 22, at 4:30 pm, our own Ross Wood will play the complete Symphonie Romane of Charles-Marie Widor on the Advent organ. Ross has just played this magnificent work based on Easter chants in recital at Notre-Dame in Paris, so we are surely in for a treat. At 5:00 pm, Evensong & Benediction will be sung by the Advent Choir, featuring motets of Lassus and the joyful Evening Service in D by American composer Leo Sowerby. A light supper with libation follows, and familiar friend of the parish, the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, will give a brief and engaging talk on the nature of Anglicanism. Many of us recall Canon Alistair’s canny and informative Sunday evening commentary which took place last fall, concerning the situation in the Middle East. 

Evensong is a perfect way to cap off Sunday, the service is slightly less than an hour, and dinner is usually completed in the same amount of time. Please join us for all or just part of the final and very rich Sunday evening offering of the season.

First Communion Class – First Communions will be on the Feast of Pentecost, May 20, this year. Classes to prepare young people in the parish to make their First Communion will be Saturday, May 12, from 11:00 am to 11:45 am in the Rectory, and Saturday, May 19, from 11:00 am to 11:30 am in the Church. At least one parents should plan to attend the class alongside the child. 

For parents considering whether their child is ready for this step in faith development, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:  Your child must wish on their own to begin receiving Communion.  You must agree that this is appropriate, and you should feel that on some level your child understands the meaning of Holy Communion. We’re not talking Thomas Aquinas here; rather that your child, through emotion or intuition or what has been learned in the Church School, has a grasp of the meaning of the mystery of the Sacrament of the Altar.  If you or your child have any questions, please speak to the any of the clergy, who will be very happy to explain.  If you wish your child to be part of the classes, speak to Father Warren. To sign up for the class, RSVP to rector@theadventboston.org


Glorious Easter is still in our minds and Spring is almost here, which means that the Annual Project Bread Walk for Hunger is beckoning!!  

Please consider joining Fr. Warren and many fellow Advent Parishioners on Sunday, May 6th. This will be the 50th Walk for Hunger and at least the 35th Church of the Advent participation in the Walk, and most importantly, Fr. Warren’s last Walk! He has been part of this great tradition, bravely walking many miles, over these last 25 years, so, if you haven’t considered this before, please do this year!

For those interested in joining for the 5k run that starts at 7 am, please consider this too! Mark Aparece (mark.aparece@gmail.com) will be a contact for this. 

Project Bread’s financial grant supports The Church of the Advent’s Tuesday Community Dinner, which is a vital part of the Advent’s community outreach program.

Please consider joining us by registering as a walker or by supporting Team Advent with a donation. Our fundraising goal is $10,000.

Team Advent’s 2018 Walk for Hunger webpage

Contact Suzi Briggs : 617-905-4871 or Suzi.Briggs@gmail.com if you want to be a Walker and need help with registering.

Many thanks for your consideration and generosity on behalf of Fr. Warren and Team Advent.

The Briggs Kiernan Family,

     Bruce + Suzi

     Ellie + Emma

Team Captains 2018


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:  nsheffer@newview.org

The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for  flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays, April 22 and 29; Thursday, May 10 (Ascension Day) – the flowers will remain for Sunday, May 13; and Thursday, May 31 (Corpus Christi) – the flowers will remain for Sunday, June 3.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com).

Softball, Anyone? In this season of celebrating the Resurrection, we want to see if we can breathe new life into the Advent’s softball team. Are there two persons willing to manage and coach our softball team? If you’re being called to this good work, please see Father James. The church softball league is holding its first meeting Monday, April 23, at a time and place to be announced. If we have two persons step forward to lead the team and some parishioners willing to play on the team, then we can take the field this spring and summer. Father James’ email address is frjames@theadventboston.org and his phone number is 617-523-2377 x 132.

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:  nsheffer@newview.org

April 16-22, 2018

Monday, April 16
Patriots Day (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, April 17
5:30 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap

Wednesday, April 18
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, April 19
Alphege of Canterbury
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, April 20

Saturday, April 21
Anselm of Canterbury
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, April 22
Fourthay of Easter
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; Lecture

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