The flowers at the High Altar and in the Lady Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Barbara (Barrie) Meyers.

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. The hosts this morning are John Boyd, Will Joyner & Linda Jones.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues, Brian Sirman and Thiago Rêgo host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  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  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, or Kyle Pilares (

Entr’acte—this morning, 10:15 in the Library—Advent’s seminarian, Eric Fialho, will lead an Entr’acte and discuss the Thirty-Nine Articles. Often looked at with both great interest and great consternation, these early tenets of Anglican belief are curious to some and alarming to others! Come hear about their history and their debated contents. You’re invited to read through the Articles ahead of time from the “Historical Documents” section in the back of the Book of Common Prayer.

Our New Old Fence!  This past Thursday, the good folks from DeAngelis Ironworks installed the section of our wrought-iron fence they had taken away last fall to repair and refurbish.  The results are quite amazing.  The section is located on Mount Vernon Street at the southwest corner next to Brimmer Street.  Take a look today, and imagine what the entire fence could look like!

Our own Mark Dwyer gives a recital at Harvard Memorial Church this afternoon at 4:00 pm.  Mark will be playing music of Bach, Buxtehude, Handel and Dumage.  All are invited. 


Theology on Tap returns this Tuesday, May 2, at Clery’s.  Our survey of “After Christendom” continues with R. R. Reno, editor of First Things magazine.  Reno was a longtime professor of theology at Creighton University, and he is the author of numerous books, including most recently Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society.  In his new book, Professor Reno argues that America needs a renewal of Christian ideals “ideals that encourage self-sacrifice, responsibility, and solidarity.”  Drawing on T. S. Eliot’s 1940 essay  “The Idea of a Christian Society,”  Reno shows how Christianity encourages “an abiding ambition for higher things” and a  “moral vision” that can strengthen communities and transform America into a truly great nation.  Join us at 7 pm on May 2 at Clery’s Pub, 113 Dartmouth Street, near the Back Bay Station.

Bible Study Continues—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish?  Join us in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am.  This week we continue our study of the Book of Revelation. 


The Walk for Hunger is Next Sunday!!  Please join us on Sunday May 7.  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  (Click the purple “Join Team” 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 or visit the Advent website,  More details to follow on the Advent website and if you email Suzi Briggs:

There will be a Mass and breakfast for the Advent walkers at 7:00 am next Sunday morning. 

Advent's 2016 Walk for Hunger Team

First Communion Class—The next classes to prepare young people in the parish to make their First Communion will be Saturdays, May 20 and June 3, 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, June 4, 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.orgEven if you have already expressed interest to Fr Wood, please confirm with him so you will be on the list to receive information when it goes out in the coming weeks.


Join us this Saturday, May 6, as we participate in BostonServe, UniteBoston’s response to a worldwide effort for churches to serve their neighborhoods together on one day.

The Church of the Advent needs 8 to 10 volunteers from 10 am to Noon as we help Christopher’s Haven with some cleaning and light maintenance.  Located just behind Mass General Hospital, Christopher’s Haven offers low-cost apartments for families of children being treated for cancer in the Boston area.  Please contact Fr. Sammy ( or Renee Wood at to sign up.

Help us to strengthen the bridges between church and city, deepen our relational connections, and make visible Christ’s love for our neighborhood!

Is your money a discipleship issue?  Are you curious about what the Bible has to say about wealth?  Maybe you’re uneasy with American consumer culture and its emphasis on immediate gratification, tolerance of vast inequalities, and promotion of anxiety.  What if there was an alternate vision of real prosperity?  If you’d be interested in a conversation about how to live more simply, gratefully, justly, and generously, contact Fr Wood (  And watch the Mission Corner in the months to come for details about a parish conversation on financial discipleship.

Upcoming Mission Opportunities with the Advent:

  • Parish Work Day (May 20)
  • B-SAFE (July 31-August 3)
  • Common Cathedral (August 20)

Help the Advent love our city to life—Watch this space for details about how you can get involved with these and other projects.


Softball this Summer—Interested in playing softball this summer with the Advent Swingers?  We’re looking for someone to manage the team, so please contact Fr Wood ( if you’re interested.

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 May 21 (Rogation Sunday), June 11 (Trinity Sunday) and June 15 to 18 (Corpus Christi and the following Sunday).   If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or email

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:

May 1-7, 2017

Monday, May 1
SS Philip & James, Apostles
5:30 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, May 2
Athanasius of Alexandria
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, May 3
8:30 am: Advent School Committee
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, May 4
Monnica of Hippo
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 5
11:00 am: Holy Hour
6:00 pm: Advent Awake!

Saturday, May 6
9:00 am: Advent Awake

Sunday, May 7
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Walk for Hunger
7:00 am: 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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