The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Ellen Leighton.

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 HourDarcy Montaldi & Tony Pulsone and Barbara Boles host the Coffee Hour this morning. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Jason Grant, David Lapin and Alfred Duhamel host the Coffee Hour this morning.  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 Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues ( or, Frederick Ou (, or or Kyle Pilares (

Blessing of the Backpacks—Today at the 9:00 am Mass.  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.

Also today:  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!

Vance Hosford, our beloved brother in Christ, our good friend, and longtime member of the Advent, died this past Tuesday morning peacefully and with many friends surrounding him.  I am happy to say to you that I was able to bring him the Blessed Sacrament and administer to him the Last Rites of the Church.

A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul in Christ at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 8.

May his soul and the souls of all the Faithful Departed,
By the mercy of God,
Rest in Peace.  Amen.

Father Warren

Musical Notes: 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 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.



Pray the Rosary—Fridays at 11:30 am in the Lady Chapel:  The word “rosary” is from the Latin rosarium, meaning “crown of roses,” the rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The term conjures images of the old woman fingering her beads, the oversized Rosary hanging from the waist of the wimpled nun, even the decoration cheekily hanging from a rearview mirror.  While the Rosary is a particularly Roman Catholic devotional practice, it also has a long history of use in Anglo Catholic parishes by people interested in enriching their individual prayer lives.  Curious?  Join a small group of Advent parishioners who pray the Rosary every Friday at 11:30 am in the Lady Chapel before the midday Mass.  All are welcome—no experience necessary!


Advent 101—A class for newcomers—Starts September 18 in the Frisby Room between the Masses // New to the Advent?  On four consecutive Sundays beginning September 18, Advent 101 meets in the Frisby Room 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.  For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Alister Lewis-Bowen ( or Abigail Lewis-Bowen (

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 for more information. All are welcome to attend, even as a refresher course on Christian basics!

Small Groups at the Advent.  The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group to form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together.  Existing groups  meet near the church, but we’d like to expand to other areas of the city.

  • Are you part of an existing group?
  • Would you like to join a group?
  • Would you be interested in hosting a group?

Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’re exploring small groups for the first time, come be part of this aspect of community life at the Advent.  For more information, contact Fr. Sammy (617.697.8528,

God didn’t make us to be alone; he made us for community.
Get closer to God by drawing closer to each other. 


There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings for Sunday, September 25. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email

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:

A reminder that the deadline for these announcements is Noon on Wednesdays. 

September 12-18, 2016

Monday, September 12
John Henry Hobart
5:30 pm: Beacon Hill Seminars Reception
7:00 pm: Girl Scout Leaders

Tuesday, September 13
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 14
Holy Cross Day
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass

Thursday, September 15
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, September 16
Ninian of Galloway

Saturday, September 17
Hildegard of Bingen

Sunday, September 18
The Solemnity of the Holy Cross
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass; Blessing of Backpacks
10:15 am: Church School / Advent 101
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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