The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the birthday of Father Philip Pfatteicher and the 25th birthday of Thomas Joseph McDermott IV.

The flowers in the Lady Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Evelyn Brown. 

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. Francesco Piscitelli & Judy Bell and Cassie & Jack Gurnon host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Rachel Johnson & Rob Braman and Megan & Mike Zadig. 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. Ellie Dixon, Gabriel Ellsworth, David Fisher, and Xander Mojarrab host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week’s Coffee Hour will be hosted by grateful members of the Advent in celebration of Fr Wood’s eight blessed years of service here.   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 (

Coffee Hours following the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses next Sunday, November 5, will celebrate the Woods before they leave us for Nashville, Tennessee.  Everyone in the Advent family loves then dearly, grieves to see them go and wishes them every blessing and joy in their new life.  Please make a special effort to be here then to say good bye and god speed. 

Because of the celebration there will be no Entr’acte next Sunday. 

A Rogues’ Gallery of all the Rectors of the Church of the Advent since its inception in 1844 has just come to fruition in the Parish House Lobby.  This project has—believe it or not—taken five years to complete.  Fr Warren did the research and gathered the pictures and photographs.  Cassie Gurnon supervised the framing, which was done by Dave Poutré on Charles Street.  She and Jack hung the pictures.  Many, many thanks to all of those involved. 

So, come over to the Parish House and take a look at the Rogues.  There are sixteen.  They come in all shapes and sizes and, if they could speak, would have many interesting tales to tell.

Entr’acte—The Wisdom of Work—Parish Library at 10:20 am today: Work holds an important place in our lives and seems to only become more and more absorbing.  What does our philosophical and theological heritage have to say about work and its meaning?  Beginning with the ancient Greeks, moving through the middle ages, and ending with contemporary perspectives from philosophers and theologians, we will consider how work has been reflected upon, what sorts of work have been considered valuable (or not), and how we as Christians might consider our work in relationship to our faith.  This last question is especially important when we recognize that in the Judeo-Christian tradition rest from work seems just as prized as work itself, if not more so.  As our lives get busier and busier and more occupied with work, why and how should we make space for rest from labor?  The series will be followed in November with a look at Sabbath, rest and its value for Christian life.    

Advent 101—A Class for Newcomers—Today in Fr Wood’s office between the Masses—New to the Advent?  This morning Advent 101 meets in Fr Wood’s office between the 9:00 and 11:15 masses (around 10:15).  The class is designed to orient you to life at the Advent, introduce you to other newcomers and parishioners, and teach some basics about  our history, worship and ministries. 


Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday at 2:00 am; don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night!

Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans. 

All Souls Day will be observed this Thursday, November 2, with a Requiem Mass at 12:15 pm and a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.  They must be in the Parish Office no later than noon Wednesday, November 1.

Neighborhood Groups: Old and new small groups have started in neighborhoods across Greater Boston.  

  • Green Line Group—Home of Jeff and Roxy Hanson—311 Tappan Street in Brookline—every other Thursday
  • Beacon Hill Group—Home of Sally & David Fisher—33 Branch Street (
  • Metro-West Group—Forming in November—contact Liz Hunter if you are interested (  
  • North Shore Group—at the home of Robb Scholten—41 Washington Square, Salem (
  • The Advent Book Group—The Advent Book Group invites you to join us this fall in reading The Sacramental Church: The Story of Anglo-Catholicism by John F. Nash, founder of the Esoteric Quarterly.  We meet Wednesdays just after the healing Mass, alternating with Fr Wood’s Beacon Hill Group.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 25.  To learn where we are in the book, please see Alfred Duhamel or email Robb Scholten (
  • Red Line Group—at the home of Dustin Henderson & Nick Dials—223 Concord Turnpike, Apt 348 (
  • Luther Reading Group—Parish Office 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Which of these fits your schedule and lifestyle?  If none does, why not consider hosting or facilitating a group in your own neighborhood?  For more information, speak to one of the hosts listed above. 


Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (, or to register, go to  Please register by November 8

Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots—Conference Banquet—Parishioners interested in the upcoming conference should know that a banquet is planned to conclude the event at the historic Club of Odd Volumes.  The banquet is to be held at 8 pm on Thursday, November 16, immediately following Solemn Mass at the parish.  The Club of Odd Volumes is located at 77 Mount Vernon Street. 

Given the unique nature of the venue, which is a private club dating from 1887, certain inflexible rules must be observed:

  • First, dress is coat and tie for gentlemen and equivalent apparel for ladies. No jeans or sneakers. 
  • Second, cell phones and photography are strictly prohibited. No cell phones will be allowed in the club for any reason.

The cost is $75 and must be paid in advance, before November 8.   Please sign up for the banquet at the same website for conference registration at:  Even if you are unable to attend the conference itself, please come along to the Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm on November 16  (The Very Rev’d Professor Andrew McGowan, Dean and President of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, will be our preacher) and join the conference speakers, the parish clergy, and conference participants afterward for a sumptuous dinner at 8 pm at the Club of Odd Volumes.  Please speak to Fr. Hanson if you have any questions.   

On Sunday, November 19, at 5 pm, there will be a special Evensong and Benediction.  At a light supper to follow, long-time friend of the Advent Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will speak to us about his experiences and perceptions regarding Muslim/Christian Relations in the Middle East, as well as his perceptions of the same in the West.  Don’t miss this timely and important discussion.  


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 28, 2018.  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, Kara Rodgers, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, 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.  

The official Church of the Advent Staff Tee Shirt was inaugurated last Holy Week.  The design emphasizes the real, flesh and blood, and, if you will, space and time reality of the Incarnation.  Something which happened and is still happening.  It was borrowed from a Swedish journal of theology and is a human heart surrounded by the words of John 1:14—And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us—in the original Greek.  Since then, there have been requests for similar tee shirts from as far abroad as Christ Church, Hamilton!  We have, therefore, decided to abandon our unfair restriction to Staff members and offer these tee shirts to anyone who wishes one.  They come white and gray and in all sizes.  The price will be decided by the number of tee shirts ordered, but should be around $20.

The design and a specimen are posted downstairs.  If you would like one, email giving the size and color.

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:

October 30 – November 5, 2017

Monday, October 30
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts 

Tuesday, October 31
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 1
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 2
All Souls Day
12:15 pm: Requiem Mass
6:30 pm: Solemn Requiem Mass

Friday, November 3
Richard Hooker
11:00 am: Holy Hour

Saturday, November 4
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild (to 1:00 pm)
1:00 pm: Barbara Pym Tea

Sunday, October 5
Sunday in the Octave of All Saints
2:00 am: Daylight Saving Time Ends
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

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