Current Bulletin

Paulist Center Boston
Bulletin for April 1/2, 2017

The current bulletin as printed is available here in pdf.

ComeRoman Holiday: An Adventure in the Eternal City, the 37th Annual Paulist Center Auction!!!
Saturday, April 29th at 6:15pm. Auctioneer: Our very own Ben Markham. One way or another, you should be doing something with the auction, our largest fun and fund raiser! Buy your tickets, make your donations, volunteer your time, organize your friends to get a table of 8 and to bid on group items such as dinners and vacation homes! Get a flier in the vestibule racks or access it online at to donate goods, services, time, or to become a sponsor.
Donations are due by Sunday, April 9th. Admission and raffle tickets (Grand prize is two round trip economy airline tickets up to 80,000 miles on American!) are on saleweekend after the masses, at our front desk during the week, or online using the online donation link from our website just give us your name, address, phone, email, the names of those for whom you are buying tickets or with whom you have made arrangements to share a table how many bidding paddles you want (one per person or per couple) and any food/allergy restrictions in the field provided.
         Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the week of or at the door and include a delicious dinner served family style. There is a cash bar and a dessert auction to supplement the meal.Please buy your tickets asap.It is a HUGE helpthe committee! more information, email our 2017 co-chairs Yoojung Yang and Chad Chokel at or call Patty Simpson at  617-948-2428.

Celebrate the Holy Triduum at the Paulist Center

   Holy Tuesday, April 11
 Taizé Prayer Service 7:00pm
Prepare for the Triduum in reflective prayer

      Holy Thursday, April 13
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:15pm

Good Friday, April 14
7 Last Words of Christ
Ecumenical Service 12:05pm
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
with Adoration of the Cross & Communion 3:00pm
Stations of the Cross 7:00pm

Holy Saturday, April 15
Easter Vigil Celebration
Light, Word, Christian Initiation & Eucharist 8:00pm

Easter Sunday, April 16
Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection
8:00am; 10:00am (Family)
12:00pm; 6:00pm (Quiet)

Bring BELLS to ring during the Gloria at the Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday liturgies as an expression of our paschal joy!


The New Jim Crow Book Discussion
Please join us this Sunday, April 2nd from 11:20am—12noon in the 3rd floor library. This event is sponsored by the St. Dismas Committee. All are welcome!

Prayer of Heart and Body
Meditation and yoga in a Christian context to help bring you more fully alive this Lent.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.  Two Mondays, April 3rd & 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.

Instruments of Peace: Being Called to Action
During our second meeting, on Sunday, April 9th, following the 10:am Mass in the auditorium, we will learn strategies on contacting your elected officials, and will share resources and upcoming events. Time will include breakouts by the identified Interest Groups (Immigration, Environment, Free Press, Healthcare, Electoral Politics, and “isms”). New attendees will have the opportunity to identify what issues to focus your energy and talents on. All are welcome. Please email community member Deborah Gregson, for questions. See also, the Paulist Center’s Facebook event to RSVP.

Paulist Center Walk for Hunger Team is Forming
We hope that you and your family will join other Paulist Center members and Supper Club volunteers on May 7th for the Walk for Hunger. There are different ways to participate: a 5K run, a 20 mile walk (free shuttles back to Boston Common throughout the course), a kid-friendly 6 mile walk, or by donating to our team. Are you interested in joining or supporting this community? Register for or donate to “The Paulist Center: Home of Wednesday Night Supper Club” team at   The run starts at 7am, group photos and prayer at 8:15am. Hope to see you there!

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

Isaac Hecker Movie Showing –Save the Date
On Tuesday May 9th, Tom Gibbons, CSP will show his film Isaac Hecker and the Journey of Catholic America. Details to follow.

Please join us for Community Coffee in the Auditorium this Sunday after the 10am and Noon Masses.

Fair Trade Items for Sale
Join us after the 10am and 12noon masses for fair trade crafts and Easter basket ingredients. We are featuring  limited edition seaglass crosses made by a local artist. All your purchases benefit farmers and artisans in developing countries and Hacienda Vieja, our Sister Community in El Salvador. Happy Easter!

It Only Makes Cents!
The Jr. High Youth Group is again asking for your spare change this Lent for their “It Only Makes Cents!” campaign to help those struggling to pay their heat bills this winter. At the exits to the chapel there are bags for you to take home and gather up your coins. Please return your filled bags any Sunday in Lent.

Pastoral Council Opening
The Pastoral Council has been informed that David Grebe, one of its members who was elected this past June to a 2 year term on the Council, is relocating with his wife, Ashley, to Chicago.wish David and Ashley the very best in their new home.are also looking for a candidate to fill out David’s remaining year on the council.anyone is interested, they can call or email John Domino at or 612-850-6576.

Lenten Stations of the Cross
This Lent, we are highlighting the Stations of the Cross in our chapel.These 14 stations mark central moments in the Passion— from Jesus being sentenced to death to his burial in the tomb.
We have posted Biblical passages or other relevant materials for your reflection beneath each station and urge you to pray the Stations of the Cross during this Lent on your own or in a communal service each Friday of Lent at 5:15pm.

Daily Reflections for Lent
Sacred Space booklets by the Irish Jesuits are available in the chapel lobby. A suggested donation of $2.00 placed in the brown envelopes helps to defray costs. These should be placed into the collection baskets. Thank you.

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.

Easter Flower Donations
Help us to decorate the chapel with a lily or other Easter flower in honor of a family memberfriend, living or deceased. Suggested donation is $10. You may contribute at the reception desk or by using the envelopes marked Flower Donations in the pews and racks. We are very grateful for all donations.


Help The Paulist Center Get FREE Advertising In The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe has announced the return of its GRANT ad program.  Subscribers can select the non-profit group they believe most deserves free advertising space in the paper.  Forms were mailed in February.  When you receive your form, please apply it to the Paulist Center.  If you are a Globe subscriber and you have not received a GRANT form in the mail, you may fill out an online form by going to

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


Lecture: Living Simply
Join us at St. Susanna Parish, Dedham April 3rd for a lecture by Joel Boutin. This presentation will run from 7-9pm at the Parish Hall, 262 Needham Street, Dedham. There is no pre-registration requirement. Event is free.

Remembering Hope:A Prayer for Those Who Lost Their Lives on the Journey of Migration

“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” —Deuteronomy:19

This Holy Week, the Community of Sant’Egidio desires to hold close in prayer the people on the move in our world today. In particular, we remember our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on the journey of migration. We also want to honor those who did not find the hope and welcome they sought, and to work to build a culture of encounter in our city today.are invited to this prayer of remembrance.Wednesday, April 12th, at 7pmthe Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1545 Tremont St, Boston.For more information, visitwww.santegidio.orgcontact Tibrine da Fonsecaat 617-304-7701.



Dear Companions on the Journey,

Brutally vivid, even antagonistic, Catholic-convert, poet, and memoirist Mary Karr provides Passion Sunday reflections.  Read it slowly.  She calls this “Descending Theology: The Resurrection”:

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,

cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—

till the hung flesh was empty.

Lonely in that void even for pain,

he missed his splintered feet,

the human stare buried in his face.

He ached for two hands made of meat

he could reach to the end of.

In the corpse’s core, the stone fist

of his heart began to bang

on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled

back into that battered shape. Now

it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water

shatters at birth, rivering every way.

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 4/2
LWYP-3rd Fl. Library & 2nd Fl. Seminar Rm. 10:00am
FREP-6th Fl, Rms. 13, 16, 17, 22; 2nd flr, Rm 2  11:15am
Book Discussion—3rd Fl. Library 11:15am
Sr. High Youth Group—Auditorium 11:15am

Mon 4/3
Prayer of Heart and Body—Auditorium 5:30pm

Tues 4/4
Taizé Prayer—Chapel 7:00pm

Wed 4/5
Supper Club—Auditorium     6:00pm

Fri 4/7
Stations of the Cross—Chapel 5:15pm

Sun   4/9
LWYP-3rd Fl. Library & 2nd Fl. Seminar Rm. 10:00am
FREP-6th Fl, Rms. 13, 16, 17, 22; 2nd flr, Rm 2  11:15am
Instruments of Peace –Auditorium11:15am

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 $ 8,046 $ 286,018
Budget Amount $ 11,509 $ 325,007
Difference ($ 3,463) ($ 41,988)

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 Haley House which utilizes food and the power of community to break down barriers between people, transfer new skills, and revitalize neighborhoods.

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.