The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Olan and Helen Sheffer.

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 kitchen hosts the Coffee Hour this morning.  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. 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 (

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 to “Donate to a Participant” and search for “Church of the Advent.”

We congratulate those who were confirmed on April 29:

Thiago de Carvalho Rêgo
Robert Scholten
Jonathan Hart Ortloff
Harriet Evelyn Siân Lewis-Bowen
Reid Fischer Corliss


Theology on Tap continues this Tuesday, May 9, with the next installment of our series After Christendom – now at a new location in Boston’s Back Bay! Our fourth speaker in this series is Peter Beinart, contributing editor at The Atlantic and associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. Peter will be developing his recent reflections on how the culture war is being replaced by an even more toxic state of affairs in post-Christian America. As he has recently written, “For years, political commentators dreamed that the culture war over religious morality that began in the 1960s and 70s would fade. It has. And the more secular, more ferociously national and racial culture war that has followed is worse.”

Join us at 7 pm on May 9 at a new location – Clery’s Pub, 113 Dartmouth Street, near the Back Bay Station. This is a new location for our meeting, as the Rattlesnake Bar is, sadly, no more.

There will be a Family Small Group meeting this Friday, May 12, at 6:30 pm. We are going to have a Children vs. Adult Scavenger Hunt. Each group will have different things to look for and the goal of the evening will be to learn about some of the great secrets about our parish! Please RSVP to Fr. Wood (

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.


Compline at the Advent – Next Sunday, May 14, 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 Church monasticism, please contact Fr. Hanson ( or Fr. Wood (

Saturday, May 20 – Parish Workday. Interested? Please contact Fr. Wood or Deacon Noyes.

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.


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 8-14, 2017

Monday, May 8
Julian of Norwich
6:00 pm: Girl Scout Leaders

Tuesday, May 9
Gregory Nazianzus
5:30 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap

Wednesday, May 10
8:30 am: Advent School Share Event
10:00 am: Bible Study
12:00 pm: Advent School Committee
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, May 11
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 12
6:30 pm: Family Group

Saturday, May 13
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 14
The Fifth Sunday of Easter (Mothers Day)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

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