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 Justin William Russell Duval.

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.


9:00 Coffee Hour. Will Joyner & Linda Jones and Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Cassie & Jack Gurnon and Judy Bell & Francesco Piscitelli.  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. The host this morning is Karen Chaney.  There are no hosts signed up for next week’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 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).

The Walk for Hunger is Today!  and Team Advent thanks all those who have supported the walkers, both financially and in spirit.  Some of them are off to walk all 20 miles, so please keep them in your prayers today!  Donations are still appreciated, so go to www.projectbread.org/walk to “Donate to a Participant” and search for “Church of the Advent.”


“Procession-Tide” Beginneth!
This coming Thursday, May 5, is the Feast of the Ascension
.  A Procession & Solemn Mass will be sung at 6:30 pm, followed by a festive reception.  If you enjoyed the brass and timpani ensemble who played on Easter Day, you can enjoy them again as they will back to add a special festive note to the Ascension Day Mass!  The preacher will be the Rev’d John R. Clarke, Rector of St Paul’s Church, Malden.


Theology on Tap returns for the season finale on Tuesday, May 10, at the Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston!  We close out the year with a visit from an old friend, Bethany Farrell Rivello, and her presentation on sacred art:  The Beautiful, the Strange, and the Huh?  Sacred Art in Sixteenth-Century Italy.  Art enthusiasts often perceive sixteenth-century Italian art as the apex of the Christian image.  But while Michelangelo frescoed the magnificent Sistine ceiling and Raphael painted his beautiful Madonnas, artists also created some of the strangest altarpieces and sacred images in the history of art.  This Theology on Tap explores the beautiful as well as the downright bizarre religious art of the sixteenth century.  We’ll explore how artists formed a material culture on the Italian peninsula expressing religious thought during a tumultuous season of Christian history.

Bethany Farrell Rivello is working on her PhD at Temple University.  She studies cinquecento Italian Renaissance art, centering her dissertation on the painter Bronzino and the bureaucracy and transnational exchange of Duke Cosimo I’s court.  Since beginning graduate studies in 2011, she has received the Gretchen Worden Memorial Travel Stipend given by the Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley and funded by the Franklin Institute, a departmental Eakins Fund Travel Scholarship, and the Tyler School of Art Dean’s Art History Doctoral Research Grant, as well as presenting her master’s thesis research at the Renaissance Society of America and participating in a Getty-funded institute on digital art history.  She recently was awarded the Temple University Graduate School Summer Research Grant for 2016.  Bethany was also an Advent parishioner for several years during her time in Boston, and we’re delighted to have her back.  Come out to the Rattlesnake Bar and bring a friend (or 4) to welcome Bethany back to Boston on May 10 at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday Bible Classes will resume in the Library on May 11 at 10:00 am.

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.

More Procession-Tide!  We celebrate the Feast of Pentecost (Whitsunday) on May 15.  The music for the Solemn Procession & Mass at 11:15 will be the Coronation Mass in C Major, K.317, of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The orchestral mass is made possible by the generous bequest of Frances Nielsen.

This year the Feast of Corpus Christi falls on Thursday, May 26.  Here at the Advent it will be celebrated at 6:30 pm with a Solemn Mass, Procession, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a festive reception.  The preacher will be the Rev’d Dr Roger Ferlo, President of the Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, who was a colleague of Father Warren in New York, and who taught Father Wood at Virginia Seminary.  Our bishop, the Rt Rev’d Allan Gates, will preside at the Mass.

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.


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.


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!


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.


May 2-8, 2016

Monday, May 2
Athanasius of Alexandria
1:00 pm: Organ Practice
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, May 3
5:30 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Brass Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 4
Monnica of Hippo
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:30 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, May 5
The Feast of the Ascension
6:30 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass; Reception

Friday, May 6
11:00 am: Holy Hour
5:30 pm: Family Group

Saturday, May 7
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm: AA Meeting

Sunday, May 8
The Seventh Sunday of Easter (Rogation Sunday)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass & Procession
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass & Procession

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