The palms are given to the Glory of God and in joyful Thanksgiving for Liam and Catherine.
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 email@example.com.
9:00 Coffee Hour. There is no Coffee Hour this morning. Next week there is a gala coffee hour. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. There is no Coffee Hour this morning. 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 (email@example.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com), Frederick Ou (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kyle Pilares (email@example.com).
Holy Week, which begins today, and finds its fulfillment on Easter Day, April 16, is the most significant and hallowed time of the Church’s year. It is a spiritual journey in which we relive liturgically the events of the last week of Jesus’ life—those events which culminated in his Resurrection and our Salvation. Therefore, like the Mass, it is an anamnesis—a re-presenting—of those events. They are made present to us in the liturgies of Holy Week so that we may enter into them mystically and may be given deeper insights into their meaning. Christians have found over the centuries that when they give themselves up to the disciplined and complete observance of Holy Week they are changed. Their faith is confirmed; their joy is grounded in God’s sacrificial and saving love made real in Jesus.
I call all members and friends of this Parish to a diligent, disciplined, and prayerful observance of Holy Week in its entirety. Let there be no halftime Christians during these sacred days. Give yourself, devote yourself to this time and let God change you.
Copies of a guide to the Services of Holy Week, written by Father Warren, are to be found at the rear of the church and online. You may find these helpful and you worship during this most important and holiest of times.
Confessions will be heard after the Liturgies on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and may be made any time during the week by appointment with one of the clergy.
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. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. There is particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr Wood (email@example.com).
Maundy Thursday Foot Washing . . . As part of the Maundy Thursday Liturgy, the feet of twelve parishioners are washed by the clergy in imitation of Our Lord’s action at the Last Supper with his disciples. If you wish to be part of this very moving ceremony and have your feet washed, please sign up in Moseley Hall.
Could you not watch with me one hour? (Matthew 26:40) A Vigil of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Maundy Thursday following the Solemn Mass until midnight. If you would like to take part, please sign up for a particular period so that we have a person present at all times.
Child care will be provided for all evening services from Wednesday through Holy Saturday.
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.
“You Plus One”—Many people make an annual “pilgrimage” to the Advent for Holy Week—the holiest time of the year for Christians, and just about the best thing we do here in our parish. Why not do “You Plus One” this year—Grab some postcards from the tables in the rear of the church, and invite at least one friend to accompany you to the services of the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter). The cards have all the information about our Holy Week services, and you’re free to take as many as you think you can use to invite others to commit to join you!
Can you help the Advent Flower Guild? Preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without reinforcements from outside the Flower Guild. Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:
- Maundy Thursday, April 13, 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
- Holy Saturday, April 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Please try to arrive by 11:00 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful
- Saturday April 22, 10:00 am (Post-Easter cleanup)
You do not need to have any flower arranging skills—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, use a broom, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you like flowers but have never made an arrangement, this is a great chance to learn some basic techniques. Help is especially needed on Saturday, April 15.
Easter Day—Petting Zoo and Easter Egg Hunt—Following the 9:00 Mass: Everyone is invited to the Library after the 9:00 Mass on Easter Day for the annual Easter Petting Zoo (chicks, ducks, and bunnies—and, we hope, a goat!), and an Easter Egg Hunt follows for kids 8 and under! If you are able to contribute, please drop your donations of dyed real eggs or pre-stuffed plastic Easter eggs by Fr. Wood’s office any time before Easter Day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Even 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.
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
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 (email@example.com). 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:
- BostonServe Project at Christopher’s Haven (May 6)
- Walk for Hunger (May 7)
- 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.
Young Life Boston Leadership Training: Young Life is an international ministry that reaches out to high school and middle school students with the Gospel. The mission of Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ by providing them with caring adult role models, fun and life-giving ways to spend time and the basic information about the Christian faith. Young Life will be offering a Leadership Training course on Tuesday nights (7 – 9 pm) starting on April 4 and ending on May 16 at the Emmanuel Gospel Center (2 San Juan Street, Boston.)
Anyone interested in learning more about working with students through the ministry of Young Life in the city of Boston is invited to participate. For more information, please contact Bjorn Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.475.4324 or Fr Wood at email@example.com.
ODDS & ENDS
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 23, April 30, and May 7. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A form for gifts of flowers for memorials or thanksgivings for Easter can be found on the last page of the bulletin.
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.
A schedule of Holy Week services at the Advent can be found on the antepenultimate page of this Sunday’s service bulletins and online.
HOLY WEEK AT THE ADVENT
April 10-16, 2017
Monday, April 10
Monday in Holy Week
7:30 am: Low Mass
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Low Mass
Tuesday, April 11
Tuesday in Holy Week
7:30 am: Low Mass
12:15 pm: Low Mass
4:00 pm: Brass Rehearsal
5:30 pm: Community Supper
6:00 pm: Low Mass
Child care will be provided for all evening services from Wednesday through Saturday.
Wednesday, April 12
Wednesday in Holy Week
7:30 am: Low Mass
10:00 am: Bible Study
12:15 pm: Low Mass
6:00 pm: Low Mass
7:00 pm: Tenebrae
Confessions will be heard following the Liturgies of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in the confessionals at the rear of the Church
Thursday, April 13
6:30 pm: Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with Foot Washing, Solemn Procession of the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, Stripping of the Altars. Watch before the Sacrament until midnight.
Friday, April 14
12:00 pm: The Three Hours; preached by the Parish Clergy
6:30 pm: Liturgy of Good Friday with the Passion according to St John
Saturday, April 15
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
12:30 pm: Acolyte Rehearsal
6:30 pm: The Great Vigil, Holy Baptism, & the First Mass of Easter
Sunday, April 16
7:30 am: Easter Matins
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Petting Zoo & Easter Egg Hunt
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass