Healing services will be held after all Masses in the Lady Chapel.

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 megwnelson@gmail.com.


9:00 Coffee Hour.  Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Ray Porter and Barbara Boles. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. The Coffee Hour next week will be hosted by Dustin Henderson and Nicholas Dials. 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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).

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 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 year. If you wish to join us to sing masterworks of the Renaissance and Anglican traditions, please contact Katelyn Emerson (emerson@theadventboston.org) or Mark Dwyer (dwyer@theadventboston.org) by email or in person after Mass. A love of choral music, a pleasant voice, some music-reading skills and the ability to make a regular commitment are the requirements.

Advent “Neighborhood Groups”: 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’re expanding to other neighborhoods in the greater Boston area.

  • 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 inquiring for the first time, please be part of this aspect of community life at the Advent. If you are interested, stop in the Library after Mass today and speak to Fr. Sammy.


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, September 4, for Labor Day. The holiday schedule will be observed – Morning Prayer at 8:30 am; Low Mass at 9:00 am; Evening Prayer is cancelled.

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

Wednesday Evening Book Group: In anticipation of the conference and meeting being held in November focusing on Anglo-Catholicism, 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 will begin discussions of this book starting Wednesday, September 13, after the healing mass. For more information, please see Alfred Duhamel or email Robb Scholten (robb.scholten@gmail.com).


Blessing of the Backpacks Next Sunday – September 10 at 9:00 AM Mass. Church School at the Advent kicks off September 10! We start by Commissioning the Church School Teachers and Caregivers as a parish family at the 9 o’clock Mass, which is also the service for the eighth 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!

Compline at the Advent – Next Sunday, September 10, 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.

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 (frhanson@theadventboston.org).

Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


The Advent in Mission: “This Space Available” – Noticed the empty Serving Our City bulletin board downstairs? We’ve designated it “This Space Available” because we want your ideas about how you would like to see your parish use its resources to serve Boston, the region, and the world. Have an idea for a mission project? Contact Eric Fialho, our Pastoral Assistant for Mission, at efialho@eds.edu. Want to be part of a small group of parishioners who shape our vision for mission? Come be part of our Mission & Outreach Team – our first meeting of the fall is on October 8 following the 11:15 Mass.

Drivers Needed: Rides to Mass – Some of our parishioners need assistance getting to and from Sunday Mass. If you have a car, and are willing to occasionally pick up or drop home a parishioner, please email Fr Wood (frwood@theadventboston.org).

Advent Community Supper:  we have a book table, which our guests really enjoy, but some of the past suppliers have dried up.  If you have paperback books or magazines you’d like to contribute, that would be a big help!  Most of our guests are men, and prefer things like Time, and suspense/mysteries, but all contributions gladly received.  And, if you’ve thought about trying out volunteering, summer is a good time, as we lose our MIT students and regulars to vacation time. Contact Barbara Boles, bbolesster@gmail.com.

Back to School Mission Opportunity:  Our parish is collecting school supplies to be given as care packages to students at the Epiphany School in Dorchester.  Supplies needed include:

  • Pencils (Regular and Pencils with fun designs are often used for rewards)
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Markers
  • Colorful Sharpie Markers (fine tip)
  • Glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Dry erase markers (NOT BLACK)
  • Dry erase marker erasers
  • Printing paper
  • Notebooks, Binders and Folders
  • College ruled loose leaf paper
  • Pens (blue or black)
  • Bookbags

The supplies will be blessed at the annual Blessing of the Backpacks at the 9:00 Mass on September 10, then delivered to Epiphany School students to start the academic year off right! Please join this project to serve kids in our city in the name of God and of the Advent.  More details?  Contact Eric Fialho (efialho@eds.edu).


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: nsheffer@newview.org.

September 4-10, 2017

Monday, September 4
Paul Jones   Labor Day (Parish Office Closed)
8:30 am: Morning Prayer
9:00 am: Low Mass

Tuesday, September 5
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, September 6
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, September 7
4:00 pm: Advent School Event

Friday, September 8
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saturday, September 9
Constance & Companions
3:00 pm: Memorial Service

Sunday, September 10
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass; Commissioning of Church School Teachers & Caregivers; Blessing of Backpacks
10:15 am: Church School Registration
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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