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.


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Emmett Alexander Cleveland.


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 Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or sarahwconnor@gmail.com.


TODAY


9:00 Coffee Hour. Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis and Nathan Cleveland host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Will Joyner & Linda Jones and Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen.  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 are no hosts for the Coffee Hour this week.  Next Week the Coffee Hour is hosted by Karen Chaney and others.  We are 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 Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


COMING UP


Mark your calendars for next Sunday, May 1—the Walk for Hunger to support Project Bread—After a fabulous 10 years of Walking for Hunger, Sarah & Emilie Gurnon and the Gurnon Family have passed on the Team Advent baton to Ellie & Emma and the Briggs/Kiernan Family.  We hope many Advent families and parishioners will join us and support this great annual event.  This year, Team Advent’s goal is $10,000.  Please help us reach our fundraising goal by joining our team as a walker and by donating to Team Advent.  See the links below.  Project Bread’s financial grant supports The Church of the Advent’s Tuesday Community Dinners, which is a vital part of the Advent’s community outreach program.

Please go to www.projectbread.org/register for more information and to join Team Advent.

See the church’s website for more information, or email Suzi Briggs: suzi.briggs@gmail.com.


First Communion Class—The next class to prepare young people in the parish to make their First Communion will be Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 am to noon in the Rectory.  At least one parent should plan to attend the class alongside the child.  First Communions will be on Pentecost, May 15, this year.

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 his/her 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 clergy, who will be very happy to explain.  To sign up for the class, RSVP to frwood@theadventboston.org.


The Advent will host the Diocesan Acolyte Festival on Saturday, May 21, at 9:30 am—Calling all acolytes!  Servers of all ages and levels of experience are invited to participate in this year’s diocesan acolyte festival.  Activities include hands-on training, a shared meal, and a festive Eucharist with acolytes and worship leaders from across the diocese.  Questions?  Contact Deacon Noyes, dbnoyes@gmail.com.  Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Volunteers Needed to help serve dinner at The Epiphany School, May 4.  The Church of the Advent is one of many parishes who have offered to serve dinner at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, and our date is soon approaching.  Can you help?

The Epiphany School is a tuition-free Episcopal middle school for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods.  For more information visit the website:  epiphanyschool.com.  The dinner preparation process includes cooking, serving and cleaning up after roughly 110 students, graduates, and staff.  New dinner volunteers arrive by 3:15 pm (for an orientation) and finish up around 6:30 pm.  We typically have 4 to 7 volunteers—it just really depends on how handy people are in the kitchen.  Chef Sue will leave clear instructions and a recipe along with all of the ingredients.  Students will be available to help with the cleanup process.

If you would like to join the group, please contact Sammy Wood or Betsy Ridge Madsen (betsy.madsen@gmail.com).


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.

InBoston


Volunteers needed for Advent Week at B-SAFE in Dorchester—Our parish would like to host a field trip and provide lunch for the kids and staff at the B-SAFE  (Bishops’ Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment) Program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester on August 1 – 4.  We need someone to coordinate this project, as well as a big team of volunteers—Can you help?  To volunteer to work on this project or help coordinate it, please contact Fr Wood (cubswn@gmail.com or 617.697.8528).  Time is already short, so if you’re able to help out, please be in touch as soon as you can!


ODDS & ENDS


Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer.  You can find her 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.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT

April 25-May 1, 2016

Monday, April 25
St Mark the Evangelist

Tuesday, April 26

5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, April 27

6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, April 28

10:00 am: Play Group
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, April 29

10:00 am: Play Group
Late Night: Advent Awake

Saturday, April 30

Advent Awake
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm: AA Meeting

Sunday, May 1
The Sixth Sunday of Easter

7:00 am: Low Mass & Breakfast for Walkers
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass 
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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