Current Bulletin

Paulist Center Boston
Bulletin for February 25/26, 2017

The current bulletin as printed is available here in pdf.

Day of Recollection: What Will Bring Me More Fully to Life This Lent?
In the movement from winter’s darkness to spring’s increasing vitality, the season of Lent invites us to move out of our own personal lethargy to new life, to move from ashes to the paschal feast of Easter.We will unpack the spirituality of Lent and take alookat some practices–new and old–with an eye toward how they might bring us more fully to life this Lent.Join Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, from9:45am-3pm on Saturday, March 4th.Please pre-register by March 1st  by calling 617-742-4460.Donation: $25. ($12 for Students).

Prayer of Heart and Body
Meditation and yoga in a Christian context to help bring you more fully alive this Lent.Each session culminates in movement to music, engaging with a variety of postures that give bodily expression to song-prayers, followed by a period of quiet sitting in centering prayer. Instructor: Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, certified yoga instructor and author of numerous books on spirituality; see Six Mondays, March 6th-April 10th, and one Tuesday, April 18th, 5:30-7:15pm in the auditorium. $12 per session ($6 for students). Registration forms available in rack in the back of chapel or at reception office at 617-742-4460.

Taizé Prayer for Lent
All are welcome to join us for Taizé Prayer for Lent on Tuesdays at 7pm beginning March 7th – a time of repetitive chants, scripture, prayer, intercessions and meditative silence around the cross.

Family Lenten Social
All families of the Paulist center! Please join us for family friendly fun after the 10am mass on Sunday, March 5th in the auditorium. We will socialize, learn about Lent and work on a great project. Families from one to twenty welcome!

Save the Date: April 29th toa Roman Holiday: An Adventure in the Eternal City!
The Paulist Center Auction, our largest annual fun and fund raiser, is coming soon!  The theme for our 37th goods and services auction and dinner is Roman Holiday: An Adventure in the Eternal City! Bulletin insert for donation and volunteer information available now in hardcopy and at you wish to be involved as a volunteer, especially in the kitchen or serving/cleaning up the meal the day/night of, please contact or call Patty Simpson at 617-948-2428.

Traditional Catholic Lenten Practices
Abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. Fasting to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.“Fasting” consists of two smaller meals and one full meal for the day, with no solid foods between meals. Fasting is encouraged on Holy Saturday.

There is NO Community Coffee after the 10am and 12pm masses this weekend due to Winter Break.

Young Adult Spirituality Panel
Come join us for a thoughtful evening of learning and discussing what Catholic Spirituality looks like in other cultures. Sunday, February 26th at 7pm. Dinner will be provided.

LGBTQ Gathering
The LGBTQ group will be going out after Taizé prayer on Tuesday, March 7th. Come begin Lent by experiencing the Taizé service at 7:00pm and then we will gather in the elevator lobby and enjoy some socializing at a nearby restaurant. For questions, contact Deb Heimel at

Pizza and a Documentary
The St. Dismas Committee is hosting a showing of the documentary “13th” on Sunday, March 12th at 7:15pm in the 3rd floor library. In this thought-provoking documentary, and academy award nominee for best documentary feature, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. Prison boom.  To determine the amount of pizza, rsvp by Friday, March 10th at noon to

Becoming Instruments of Peace: Moving from Prayer to Action
In follow-up to the January 21st Pre-Women’s March prayer service, you are invited to join other Center members to reflect on how you are being called to action andto help you identify what issues to focus your energy and talents. Please bring local and national resources share.
This session is timed to allow parents with children in Religious Education to attend; all are welcome.  March 12th, 11:15-12:15pm, in the auditorium. If you have questions and to RSVP please email community member Deborah Gregson,  Also see the Paulist Center’s Facebook event to RSVP.

Summer Paulist Pilgrimage 2017
Join Frs. Eric Andrews, President of the Paulists, Thomas A. Kane, and John Ardis for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise the Baltic for 12 days on the Vision of the Seas. Experience the beauty, culture and spirituality of St. Petersburg, visiting Amsterdam, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen along the way. The highlight will be a private two day tour of St. Petersburg, exploring Peterhof, the Grand Palace, the Hermitage, Catherine’s Palace, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress with a local lunch each day. Russian visas are included in this all-inclusive special pilgrimage journey. For itinerary and registration, visit

Care of our Common Home Group
The December 14th issue of the Boston Metro indicated that Boston, our home, is at “serious risk” from climate change. The Boston Globe (1/27/17) also reported New England may face rapid climate shift. These articles are on the bulletin board for your review.

No Religious Education Classes
On Sunday, Feb. 19th & 26th due to winter break.  That includes LYWP, grades 1-6, teen youth programs and sacramental preparation classes. Classes resume Sunday, March 5th.

Please Pray For…

Ralph Papile, brother of community member Lucia Papile, who passed away this week; and for Avo Cherian, community member here in the late 1980s, who passed away last week.

Please Welcome our new members …
Kelly Sullivan & Ciaran Lawlor from Boston;
and Brittany Whitmore, also from Boston.


Deepening Catholic Citizenship Today
Free Public Lecture Thursday, March 9th, 5:30-7:15pm. Boston College -Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus. In the wake of the 2016 campaign season and election, a number of concerns have surfaced regarding the dual identify of Catholics as committed believers and citizens.This presentation addresses how Catholics today may draw from the Church’s tradition of reflection on public affairs in ways that honor Catholic moral teachings and foster agency.To help articulate the Catholic voice, Fr. Clifford will speak on the biblical tradition of the Old Testament prophets, and Fr. Massaro will present elements of Catholic Social Teaching that provide a framework for critically engaging key issues through our unique perspective as citizens.

Connecting with Unhoused People in Boston
The Faith & Justice Network is partnering with Common Cathedral to offer a workshop discussing generosity and connection with unhoused people in Boston. Together we will consider our call to engage as people of faith. Join Amanda Grant-Rose from Common Cathedral and several members of the Common Cathedral community for short presentations, small group discussions, and action steps. Saturday, February 25th, 9:30-12:30am at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, Boston.

Aging in Grace Retreat
The Women’s Table of the Sisters of St. Joseph is sponsoring a day-long retreat designed for women 35-85+ years. Aging in Grace will consider aging as a gift. We will deepen our knowledge and acceptance of self and God or a Higher Power in a reflective and freeing way. If you are in transition, mid-life, facing retirement or just desirous of growth, this retreat is for you! Saturday, March 25th from 9:30-3:30pm, with the option to stay overnight on Friday, March 24th. Mount Carmel Villa, Nahant, MA. Cost is $25 for the day; $40 if you choose to stay overnight.
To register, please contact Mary Rita Weschler at: 617-7462056 or



Dear Companions on the Journey,

ent is coming, and, as always, we hear the Gospel passage of the “Lenten Big Three”: Prayer, Almsgiving (i.e., giving money to the poor), and Fasting. Some random thoughts gathered from many sources:

1) When some speak about the first one – prayer – I hear repeatedly, “I should pray more.”  While that may well be, Anne Marie Scobey, in a recent issue of U.S. Catholic, suggested becoming a more prayerful person might be a better alternative.  How to do this?  She was as specific as she was practical: a) Go to Church every Sunday, remembering that your going to be with the gathering of Jesus’ followers is less about nourishing you and more about allowing your invaluable-self nourishing the community; b) Join a Prayer Group; c) Pray with your children and/or your spouse; d) Find a prayer app or website. Suggestions: “Insight Timer” (iTunes Store); “Daily Jolts”;

2) How about a crucifix in your apartment, as a reminder of His love for you?

3) Unplug your smartphone on your commute and listen to the silence, then listen through it. Find a book of daily reflections (e.g., Magnificat, or Edward Hays’ A Book of Wonders;);

4) One evening a week volunteering;

5) Fasting from insensitive, cruel comments about others also, no gossiping or going down the Twitter rabbit hole;

6) Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl app (

7) End the day with a “Gratitude Review”: for what am I grateful for this evening?

What do you think?

And let us pray for/with one another.
The Paulist Center


The 2nd Floor Play Room Available At All Masses
The playroom is available for parents to use while accompanying their children if they find that helpful to them or their child during any Mass.

Playroom is Wired
The second floor playroom, with a connecting door to the balcony, now has a speaker so that you can listen to the liturgy while watching your child. If it’s not on, just reach up and push the power button and adjust the volume.

Emergency Food Pantry
Our food pantry is low on ramen noodles, jelly, tuna, stews, condiments (especially mayo), tea & coffee, cereal and rice. Please consider dropping off these items in the baskets located in the Mary Alcove in the chapel.  Thank you!

Daily Scripture Readings are available free at

Give Us This Day is a monthly publication from Liturgical Press created to help sustain your personal prayer practices with daily prayer for Morning and Evening. For every subscription established, the Paulist Center earns $5.00 in credit toward purchases from Liturgical Press! To earn that credit for Paulist Center, please use the promotion code TDBR5125 when you subscribe online at or call toll-free 888-259-8470.

Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction is available at the Center, from Sister Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ and Christopher O’Rourke, both trained spiritual directors, for anyone who wishes to deepen their Spiritual Life. Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for one to reflect and share his or her life and prayer experience and be guided in one’s search for God. Sister Kathleen can be reached at 617-755-9729. Christopher can be reached at 617-817-3977. A donation of $10-$25 is suggested.

Pastoral Care for the Sick
When you or someone you know is sick and unable to join us at Liturgy, we have trained Pastoral Care Ministers who can bring the Eucharist to you. Please contact Trudy Macdonald, Pastoral Care Coordinator, at 781-665-0975 or to arrange for a visit.

Respond to Any Homily
One of the objectives of our Five Year Pastoral Plan that we are currently focusing on is encourage thought-provoking, challenging preaching. To help us implement this objective we invite any member of the Paulist Center Community to give comments and commendations to any Paulist Center preacher. If you wish to respond to a preacher simply send an e-mail to the Center’s general e-mail address: and we will see your message is forwarded to the right preacher.

Prayer Offering
A member of the Paulist Center Community is offering to pray for the needs of other members. Please contact Fr. Rick Walsh at with your requests and he will forward them to the person of prayer.

Welcome to the Paulist Center
If you are new to the Paulist Center or have been coming for a while and would like to be more involved you can register as a member. There is an initial contact form “Welcome. Be at Home” in the racks by the entrances and a similar link on line.  We are glad you are here.

Weekly Schedule

Sun 2/26
Winter Break –No FREP Classes
YAM Spirituality Panel –Library7:00pm

Wed 3/1
Supper Club—Auditorium     6:00pm
Ash Wednesday Word Service –Chapel 7:00pm

Sat 3/4
Day of Recollection –2nd fl Classroom 9:45am

Sun   3/5
Family Lenten Social –Auditorium 11:15am

Add the Paulist Center to Your Automatic Bill Pay!
Automatic recurring donations to the Center are a huge help to us in our ministry. There are a variety of ways to arrange for this. Add the Paulist Center to your automatic bill pay option through your bank or go to “Give to the Paulist Center” on our website and select the option for setting up recurring donations through our service provider. Thank you for your generosity to our ministry.

Community Gift
Any community member interested in nominating an organization to be the recipient of one of our Community Gifts (5% of weekend collections), please send a note to Don Lein, our Administrative Assistant, with the name and address of the organization, its purpose, and the reason you would like to have them receive one of our gifts. If there is a particular time of year that would be especially appropriate for the awarding of the gift, please also include that information in the request. Contact Don at 617.498.2427 or email at

Stock Gifts to the Center
If you wish to make a year-end stock gift to the Center contact Patty Simpson at 617-948-2428 to confirm our account information. The process is simple and the benefits to the Center are greatly appreciated.

E-Service Direct Deposit
The forms to arrange to have direct deposit contributions to the Center are available in the racks, and  here on this website.

Matching Gifts
In the past few years, due to some changes in the wording of the law, many companies have been able to include churches in their matching gift programs as long as they are qualified 501(c)3 organizations, which the Paulist Center is. If your company offers a matching gift program, please check to see if you can have your donations to the Center matched. If you have any questions, please call Patty Simpson at 617-948-2428. We appreciate all donations. Thanks!

Mass Cards
Please stop by the reception area during the week or call the receptionist at 617-742-4460 if you would like to arrange to purchase a mass card in memory of someone who has died, in honor of a special occasion,, or for the special intentions of yourself or a loved one.

Set up Your Own On-line Giving!
Vanco Services has made available to us the ability for you to set up your own online giving using bank accounts or credit cards. Please go to and click on “Give to the Paulist Center.” You may also fill out a paper form and send it to Patty Simpson if you prefer. Please call Patty at 617-948-2428 or email her at with any questions. Automatic recurring donations to the Center are a huge help to us in our ministry. Thank you for your generosity.

Stewardship Information
Last Week Fiscal YTD
Weekend Collection $ 11,998 $ 240,056
Budget Amount $ 11,509 $ 273,339
Difference $ 489 ($ 33,283)

As always, we remind you that it is only the generosity of your resources that makes the activities of the Paulist Center possible and weekend collections are the “bread and butter” of our operating budget.  If you wish to make an offering, please make checks payable to the Paulist Center and mail to 5 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108, or even better, sign up to give electronically through our website!  We thank you for your generosity

5% Community Gift:

We give 5% of our total fiscal year weekend collections to various organizations.

This weekend we designate our gift to the Project HOPE.  Project Hope works in partnership with Boston families so they may move up and out of poverty.  provides low-income women with children access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services; fosters their personal transformation; and works for broader systems change.

The Paulist Fathers are so very grateful for your support of them and their ministry.

Parking at the Paulist Center

One Beacon St Garage — $12.00

Validated parking available at One Beacon Street garage (turn LEFT at bottom of garage ramp) all weekend and after 4pm weekdays for $12.00. Validate your own ticket with stamp on shelf in chapel vestibule during masses or in reception office during weekday evenings.

Boston Common Garage — $10.00

Purchase single tickets in the reception office weekday evenings or purchase a 20 ticket booklet at the garage office. Valid after 4 PM weekdays and all weekend as long as you exit before 8 AM the next day.