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.


9:00 Coffee HourMary & Paul Roberts and Maggie Dunbar host the coffee hour this morning.  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. Meg Mill hosts the coffee hour this morning.  The host next week is Lynn Eustis. 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).

St Michael’s Conference for Young People completed its 57th session at the beginning of the month. A week-long Anglo-Catholic conference for High School and College students, its one-hundred members and thirty-some staff participate in classes, discussions, sports, recreational activities, (just plain fun!) and attend a High Mass and a Solemn Evensong each day. Mark Dwyer has been on the faculty for 25 years, and there are several alumni from the Advent! http://www.saintmichaelsconference.com/

Musical Notes: We welcome Katelyn Emerson, our new Associate Organist and Choirmaster!  Katelyn begins her duties officially on September 1, but is with us for the next few Sundays as a “Prelude” as she becomes acclimated to her new duties and surroundings.  Katelyn is a graduate of Oberlin, where she double majored in Music and French.  She is the recent first prize winner in the American Guild of Organists National Competition.  She is also familiar to many of us as our Oberlin Sacred Music Intern.

Ross Wood’s final Sunday will be August 28. As a “Postlude” we will have a gala celebration and farewell on Thursday, September 29, Michaelmas, following the 6:30 pm Solemn Mass. We will also celebrate Associate Organist Pro Tem Jonathan Ortloff at this time. Mark your calendars as we honor Ross’s 15 years of remarkable service to the parish!

Attention singers! The regular choir season will begin shortly, and the Advent is always looking for good avocational singers for our Parish Choir. This ensemble provides music for the 9:00 Sung Mass on a regular basis and for an occasional Choral Evensong service during the academic year. There is a regular Sunday warm-up rehearsal an hour before the Mass, plus three week night full choir rehearsals spread over the academic year. If you wish to join us to sing masterworks of the Renaissance and Anglican traditions, please contact Mark Dwyer or Katelyn Emerson after Mass, or email Mark Dwyer at dwyer@theadventboston.org for an informal audition. A love of choral music, a pleasant voice, some music-reading skills and the ability to make a regular commitment are the requirements.

Thank you for being the Advent in Mission!  My deepest thanks to all the volunteers for the Advent’s B-SAFE week this summer.  In particular, I’m grateful for all that Barbara Boles and Terry Jacobi did to order and prepare all the food, and for all the folks who generously gave of their time to set tables, prep meals, schlep hotdogs and ice cream treats to the Common, read to kids, and otherwise love the children at the B-SAFE site in Dorchester.  As one of your priests, I can tell you it’s a great blessing to be part of your parish family.

Thanks, as well, to everyone who showed up at our Parish Work Days in August.  We were able to tackle some much needed tasks around the church, and we couldn’t have done it without hard-working volunteers who gave of their time on a Saturday.

If you want to be involved in projects like this, or you have ideas about other ways the Advent family might get more involved in serving our city, please let me know—and join us at a Mission & Outreach Team meeting any time this fall!  Again, thank you all! — Fr. Wood


Bible Study Continues – Wednesdays at 10 a.m. – Parish Library // Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish? Join us in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. We are currently studying the Gospel of John.


Blessing of the Backpacks—September 11 at 9:00 am Mass. Church School at the Advent kicks off September 11! We start by Commissioning the Church School Teachers as a parish family at the 9 o’clock Mass, which is also the service for the seventh annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Students of all ages—from pre-school to grad school—come forward with their backpacks during the 9 o’clock Mass to be blessed by a priest. Don’t worry if you’re not old enough for a backpack yet—just bring a lunchbox, a pencil box, something you’ll carry to school with you every day. Parents are encouraged to bring their children so they may experience the support of the parish as they begin a new school year. After Mass, register for Church School downstairs in Moseley Hall. Why not join us and invite a family that doesn’t yet have a church home? Come out for refreshments, to meet the Church School staff, get a blessing for your backpack, and celebrate as a parish the beginning of another great school year!

Confirmation Classes Begin This Fall: The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation services will be next spring, but we are planning classes for Wednesday nights beginning in November. Adults and teens who are interested should email frwood@theadventboston.org for more information. All are welcome to attend, even as a refresher course on Christian basics!


Meals Needed for the Rutledge Family // Aug. 22 – Sept. 6

Baby John Reynolds Rutledge was born to Lea and Adam on August 17 at 4.33 pm, entering the world at a healthy 7 pounds, 6.7 ounces, and 20 inches long! The family is doing well, and our parish is helping them out by providing meals from Aug. 22 – Sept. 6. If you can provide the Rutledges a meal (they live on Myrtle Street on Beacon Hill), go to https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/625294/ to sign up and select a date on the Advent Meal Rota website. Then contact Adam at 617.838.4675 to schedule a delivery. If it’s hard to deliver a meal yourself, consider leaving food for them at the church to be picked up/delivered. Welcome to the world,  John!


The Parish Flower Guild is taking a break during August, but there are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings for Sundays, September 18 and 25. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email flowers.advent@gmail.com).

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.

August 22-28, 2016

Monday, August 22

Tuesday, August 23
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 24
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, August 25
Louis IX of France

Friday, August 26

Saturday, August 27
Thomas Gallaudet & Henry W. Syle
8:00 pm: AA Meeting

Sunday, August 28
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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