If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please, if you will, fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we 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 – Infant 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 at 617-480-3017 or by email.
The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman McGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post.
Healing services will be held after all Masses in the Lady Chapel.
11:15 Coffee Hour. John Ross Campbell and others host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Charles Dale, Philip LeQuesne and George McCormick. We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. Please contact the Coffee Team to volunteer. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (firstname.lastname@example.org or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (email@example.com).
Church School: The Advent’s Church School program is a busy and exciting environment for Christian formation for the youngest members of our parish family. Nobody is too young—we even have a class for infants and their parents!—and class offerings run all the way through high school age. Classes happen every week after the 9:00 Mass. After your child goes forward to receive communion or a blessing, all children aged 3 and up head up to class on the 3rd floor of the parish house. Children meet at the doorway to the hall leading upstairs, and they go up to their classrooms as a group. Infants and toddlers (up to age 3) go with their parents to “Beulah Land” in the All Purpose Room just off the Parish Office. Children ages 3 – 6 go up to the 3rd floor and ages 6 – 9 go to the 4th floor for Godly Play, where they’re led in song, story and play as they learn to speak the vocabulary of our church’s rich heritage. Junior High students meet in Moseley Hall to help set up coffee hour, then head up to the Frisby room for class, and High School students meet with Fr Wood. For more information or to sign your child up, contact our Church School Coordinator Sarah Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-480-3017.
ENTR’ACTE resumes this morning. Adam Rutledge will talk about John Henry Cardinal Newman, one of the most important, fascinating and puzzling of the persons involved in the Catholic revival. That’s at 10:20 am in the Library immediately after the 9:00 am Mass. Please try not be late.
Community Dinner. This year, instead of sweaters, 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.
Help Make Beacon Hill Beautiful—this afternoon from 2 to 5 pm—Hanging of the Greens: Every December our neighbors on Beacon Hill volunteer to decorate over 1,000 gas lamps that adorn our streets. Join other Advent parishioners this afternoon to hang garlands and bows on the lamps on our street from 2 to 5 pm. No experience necessary—just dress warm and be ready to work outside! For more info or to volunteer, contact email@example.com. Seek the good of the city where I have sent you . . . . (Jeremiah 29.7)
Gift Opportunities: Several weeks ago I preached a sermon on gifts—how everything we enjoy at the Advent is a gift to us individually and corporately from someone else. Often, from someone who lived some time ago, and yet their gift is a benefit to members of the Parish today. Examples: the Great Rood which rules over the interior of the church, our magnificent organ, the sacred vessels and vestments, the stunning renovation of gilding, of paintings in the Sanctuary, and of the Library.
At the Property Committee last month we discussed possible gifts to the Parish community. Here are three which the Property Committee and I propose. Vance Hosford, chairman of the committee and I will be happy to discuss these with anyone who is interested.
1) The renovation of the West Doors. These are formidable doors, indeed, and one might also well say that they are works of art. Over the years the weather has treated them badly, and last winter was particularly hard on them. The wonderful hinges on the exterior are badly rusted. The wood very much needs treatment and restoration. We do not yet have an up-to-date estimate for this work, but will publish it as soon as we do.
2) Decorating the Frisby Room upstairs in the Parish House. This room is used for quite a few meeting and classes. It’s a bit of a catch-all right now, but with a few changes could become an attractive and much more comfortable space. The sofa, which is an old piece and, I’m told, a good one, badly needs repair and upholstering. Matching end tables for the sofa would provide balance, and lamps to go on them would provide much needed light. Panel curtains on the windows would dress up the dark wood walls, which are a bit gloomy.
Some painting is needed, but we hope to enlist volunteers to do this. This project should cost between five and six thousand dollars.
3) A new High Mass Set and Frontal for Advent. This is something we need badly. A minor emergency, one might say. The week before last, our Sacristan showed me that the Advent frontal is deteriorating from the inside, and that the top panel is connected to the frontal itself by torn and rotting cloth. It is quite beyond repairing.
The High Mass vestments, which in fact do not match the present frontal, have been repaired so many times that we are not going to be able to do this much longer. Clearly, we need a new set of vestments to go with a new frontal.
And . . . we are, after all, the Church OF the Advent. We ought to have a High Mass Set and frontal which befits our title and our tradition.
This past Advent Sunday two donors made generous donations, and there has been the promise of other gifts to the project. At present the cost is uncertain. We will have a better idea when there have been enough donations to know that we have ample money to begin the project and have a specific design created for the set and frontal. —Father Warren
The SSJE Retreat at Emery House isn’t until March 4 – 6, 2016 (see below), but the deadline for the non-refundable deposit of $135 is Today!
Theology on Tap—Join us for a special night this week—Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm at the Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston.
ISIS rises. Syria: 12 million displaced persons. In America, Facebook pages erupt. What is an appropriate response from the church? In today’s worldwide refugee crisis – in which 4.1 million Syrians are displaced by civil war and the rise of ISIS—Heather Salfrank Joseph joins us to provide some historical context and suggestions about response strategies and durable solutions, including third country resettlement. In the current political climate, and with efforts to restrict the resettlement of Syrians, Iraqis, and Muslims in the U.S., what is our role in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called “the world’s worst refugee crisis since WWII”?
Heather Salfrank Joseph (BA, International Studies, University of Washington) has worked with refugees and immigrants since she first started teaching English to Mexican migrant workers’ children in Georgia in 1998. Since then she’s worked with refugees and immigrants in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan), New York City and Europe.
Join us (and bring a friend!) at the Rattlesnake on Boylston to give Heather a huge Theology on Tap welcome on December 8 at 7 pm.
Advent Quiet Day – This Saturday, December 12, 9 AM to 2 PM
Take half a day away from the business of the season to slow down, listen for God’s voice, and reflect on Advent. Fr Wood will offer some reflections throughout the day, but the main attraction is the silence. There’s no charge for the event (includes a light lunch), and you may register by contacting Fr Wood by email or at 617.697.8528.
On Wednesday, December 16, at 6:00 pm, the choir of St Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, returns to the Advent to present a Service of Lessons and Carols. Advent parishioners are cordially invited. The regular services of Evening Prayer and the Healing Mass are cancelled.
Gingerbread House Building—Sunday December 20 after the Christmas Pageant—Moseley Hall! All are welcome, and the event is free! For info, contact Renee Wood at 617.763.5563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each 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.
SSJE Retreat at Emery House on March 4 – 6, 2016: The Advent is sponsoring a retreat during Lent at Emery House (http://ssje.org/emery.html), the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) house in West Newbury, Massachusetts. One of the brothers will direct the retreat, which runs Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6. The suggested rate is $135/night for two nights, and a non-refundable deposit of $135 is due by Sunday, December 6 (that’s today!), to reserve a spot. For more information, contact Fr. Wood.
MISSION & OUTREACH
Meals Needed for the VanderWeeles—4 to 20 December: Baby Jonathan Thomas Robert VanderWeele was born to Lisa and Tyler on November 17 at 6:05 pm, entering the world at 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and 20 inches long! The whole family is doing well, and our parish family is helping them out by providing meals from 4 to 20 December. If you can provide the VanderWeeles a meal (they live on Ellery Square in Cambridge), go to https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/625294/ to sign up and select a date on the Advent Meal Rota website. Then contact Lisa at 617.818.0813 or email@example.com to schedule a delivery. If you find it difficult to deliver a meal yourself, consider leaving food for them at the church to be picked up/delivered.
As of this past Thursday, we have 145 pledges, pledging a total of $370,797. 59 have increased their pledges by 13%, and there are 14 new pledges. Thanks be to God! We have still to hear from 83 parishioners who pledged a total of $157,841 last year. Last year at this time we had received 152 pledges for a total of $403,605.
The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far. If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.
If you did not receive the 2016 stewardship packet in the mail, there are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church. And you can pledge on line by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.
ODDS & ENDS
The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 24, 2016. Contributions to the 2015 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. All heads of committees or groups are expected to write a report. Electronic submission is preferred.
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 24, 2016. 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, Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Kara Rodgers, 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.
At the Advent Book Store! Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2016 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.
A schedule of Christmas services can be found on the antepenultimate page of today’s bulletin. You can also find a form for donations of Christmas flower memorials or thanksgivings.
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; you don’t have to come for the entire session; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated. Floral design skills are not required—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you!
- Sunday December 20 After the 11:15 Coffee Hour (around 1:00) we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of the storage and up into the Church. Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help, but if you can stay one hour to help put up all the candles and assemble the crèche enclosure that would be even better!
- Tuesday, December 22 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
- Wednesday, December 23 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
- Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), 10:00 am to 3:00 You don’t have to come for the entire day, any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 7 – December 13
Monday, December 7
Ambrose of Milan
9:00 am Organ Practice
5:15 pm Girl Scouts
7:00 pm Brimmer Street Garage Meeting
Tuesday, December 8
5:30 pm Community Supper
7:00 pm Theology on Tap
Wednesday, December 9
Thursday, December 10
1:00 pm Organ Practice
Friday, December 11
Saturday, December 12
10:00 am Advent Choir Rehearsal
4:30 pm Prayer & Care Group Meeting