Current Bulletin

Paulist Center Boston
Bulletin for June 17/18, 2017

The current bulletin as printed is available here in pdf.

$45,000+!!! Roman Holiday Grosses In TopAuctions!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our Roman Holiday co-chairs Yoojung Yang and Chad Chokel, amazing auctioneer Ben Markham, awesome chef Dave Coughlin, the more than 300 people of our community, and our corporate sponsors, who made this year’s auction a huge success! This truly is a community effort. There was a great mix of new and old-time members at this auction, and we want everyone who helped make it happen to know that we know the credit goes to all of you!  Putting on the Auction is a venture that takes about as long as building the Coliseum and involves almost as many volunteers. The event itself is like the last stretch of the Appian Way once the end is in sight! This endeavor has grown so much over the last several years that trying to name every person who has done something to help has become more and more difficult to do without inadvertently forgetting someone.This year’s efforts were even more Herculean (sorry, couldn’t find a Roman equivalent!) given the last minute postponement of the original date.  So, youth or adult, volunteer or staff, new or long-time member, be it brainstorm ideas, stuff envelopes, design beautiful posters, sell tickets, roll arancini, hang decorations, pick something up from the store or City Hall (twice this year!), assess the serving platter situation, donate an item, check people in or out, create centerpieces, figure out table seating, organize volunteers, serve dinner, create our themed bar libations, tabulate the results, clean up after the event, or any of a million other things, please know that you have made a significant contribution to our beloved Paulist Center, our own little connection to the Vatican right here in Boston. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!The auction is our major fundraiser of the year, contributing all of its net proceeds to our operating budget. Please contact Patty Simpson at, if you have new ideas or suggestions for next year.

Heartfelt Thanks from Mike Kurley
Dear Paulist Center Community, I am deeply appreciative for the special farewell party and the many gifts that I received from you. I am filled with gratitude for all the ways that you have blessed my life and for all the wonderful years of ministry together at the Center. I go forward with fond memories to cherish in the times of uncertainty ahead. I will hold the community and especially the liturgical and music ministries in prayer during this time of transition, and ask that you also remember me in your thoughts and prayers, as I seek clarity on the next chapter of life.

       Fondly, In Christ –Mike

Liturgy and Music Director Update
As we say good-bye to Mike Kurley, our former Liturgy and Music Director, we want you to know that we have received close to 25 applications for this most important ministry at the Paulist Center.  A search committee including Director, Staff, and representatives from Liturgical Ministries will now go through an interview process.  As much as we miss Mike, we are very hopeful that, before the end of the summer, someone with God-given liturgy and musical gifts will be with us to continue the Paulist Center’s legacy of beautiful and collaborative liturgies.  Please keep us in your prayers.  And thanks to all the Liturgical Ministers, especially musicians, who are stepping up to fill in some of the gaps during this transition period!

LGBTQ Meeting
The LGBTQ Group will be meeting Sunday, June 25th at 7:00pm in the 3rd floor Library. More details to follow!

Charismatic Prayer Group
Our group meets on Wednesday Nights, usually twice a month, always in the Holy Spirit Chapel, from 6-8pm.  We share time in worship, song and praise together, and discuss various scripture passages and topics that have powerfully moved us.  Our July meetings will be July 5th and 19th. Contact Nora Bolcon at 617-573-1664 with any questions.

Fr. Vinny McKiernan’s 60th Anniversary
Fr. Vinny McKiernan, who spent close to fifteen years of his priestly ministry here at the Paulist Center Community, will be celebrating his 60th Anniversary of ordination at the 10am Mass on Sunday, July 9th.  All are welcome!

LGBTQ Email List
If you’d like to join the private, confidential LGBTQ mailing list please email Deb Heimel at to be added. Your name and email will not be shared with anyone else, even within the list.

Young Adults Monthly Dinner
Young Adults (18-39yrs) please join us on Sunday, June 18thafter the 6pm Mass. Entrée will be provided, please bring a side/dessert/drink to share or suggested $5 donation to help cover costs.

Young Adults Hike
It’s finally summer! Let’s go on a hike!  We’ll hike together on Saturday, June 24th at 11:30am. We’ll be meeting at the Long Pond parking lot. This will be a half social and half reflective event. So come for fun and laughs and also ready for a contemplative encounter with God in nature. Bring a sack lunch to eat along the way! See you there!

Young Adults Coffee on the Common
Want a space to get to know more Catholic Young Adults and have some Conversations that matter?us on Sunday afternoon, June 25th at 4pm for coffee and conversation on the Boston Common. We’ll break into small groups and rotate every 30 minutes with different themed conversation starters then head to mass afterwards! Blankets and treats provided. Bring your own coffee or stop by one of the many shops surrounding the Common.Topic: Vocation and my Place in the World.

Young Adult Ministry Email List
Interested in getting more involved in Young Adult Ministry at the Paulist Center? Sign up to get our bi-weekly e-newsletter. To join, please email Katie at      

Pastoral Council Meeting Invite
The June 20th meeting of the Pastoral Council Meeting will begin at 6:30pm to provide an opportunity for interested community members to join us for a 60-minute open session. Please come with your ideas to further enhance the spirit of the Paulist Center Community.(The regular business of the committee will take place after the open meeting.)

Thank you!
Thank you to Bishop Robert Reid of the Archdiocese of Boston for joining us this weekend to confirm our youth.   May the Holy Spirit infuse these young people with courage, faith, and imagination!  And thanks to all those who prepared the young people for this important moment in their lives.

Fr. Francis Musasizi
Thank for your generosity to Fr. Francis Musasizi from the diocese of Jinja in Uganda last week.  Please keep him and all the people of Uganda in your prayers.

Thank you!
To all of the amazing teachers and leaders of the family religious education program! study and plan and show up every Sunday to teach the children of our community and we appreciate it very, very much.
    If others are interested in teaching or leading one of the children’s programs at the Center – Liturgy of the Word with Young People, religious education grades 1-6, Jr. High Youth Group or Sr. High Youth Group – please contact Susan Rutkowski at 617-948-2426 or for more information. Training is available. Classes begin in September.

Community coffee following the 10 am and 12 noon Masses is over for the year.  We invite you to join the Community Coffee Team to sustain this ministry in the fall.  See you in September!

Spiritual Direction Training Program
Are you increasingly interested in spiritual development? Do you find people talking with you about their lives? St Anthony Shrine is offering a training program in spiritual direction. Classes meet Saturdays eight times a year for two years. For more information contact Nancy Nichols Kearns 781-704-1010


Standing with Refugees and Immigrants
As the celebration of World Refugee Day on June 20th approaches, Catholic Charities is hosting Standing with Refugees, a two-part event to include a panel discussion and the opportunity to experience entering America through the lens of a refugee.  Saturday, June 17th, 10am-2pm, Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd., Boston.  Register online at

James Martin Lecture
Saint Cecilia Parish is pleased to present an evening with James Martin, SJ who will discuss his latest book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity. Come join us on  Monday, June 19th at 7:30pm.

Joan Chittister Lecture
Sister Joan invites all people who take seriously their role as Christians and citizens of their society to consider: What is a public intellectual and what are their responsibilities? Joan will give many examples and intersperse wisdom stories in offering an answer that demonstrates eight ways that we all can strengthen our society, our institutions, and our world. Join us Saturday, July 15th from 10-11:30am at Fontbonne Abbey in Milton, MA. To pre-register go to Cost is $40.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”Enliven and find more joy in your marriage by attendingWorldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME Weekends are June 10-11th, 2017 in Medway, MA and September 16-17th, 2017 in Medway, MA. For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O’Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit us at

Camp COASA –for Children of Alcoholism
Free week of camp open to children ages 8-16 living with the stress of alcohol and /or other substance use disorders at home or within the family. Breakfast and Lunch provided. July 24th-28th in South Boston. For more information contact Maureen McGlame at 617-272-5039 or


Dear Companions on the Journey,

Pope Francis prays:

God of love, show us our place in this world
As channels of your love
For all the creatures of this earth,
For not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
That they may avoid the sin of indifference,
That they may love the common good, advance the weak
And care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out,
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
Help us to protect all life,
To prepare for a better future,
For the coming of your Kingdom
Of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!

Laudato Si! Amen.”

What do you think? 

On another topic: When the planners of our Annual Auction met to reschedule, their first words were, “Let’s not shrink, let’s make it as big as ever!”  And, boy, did they!  Thanks to all who worked so effectively and tirelessly to make our Auction such a wonderful success. Speaking for all of us, “Thank you!”

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 6/18
YAM Monthly Dinner –Auditorium 7:00pm

Tues 6/20
Pastoral Council Open Meeting –6th fl rm 22 6:00pm

Wed 6/21
Supper Club –Auditorium 6:00pm

Sun   6/25
LGBTQ Gathering–3rd fl Library 7:00pm

Wed 6/28
Supper Club –Auditorium 6:00pm

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 $ 7,830 $ 392,536
Budget Amount $ 8,776 $ 440,487
Difference ($ 984) ($ 47,950)

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.

The weekend of June 18th we designate our gift to the Boston Mobilization, whose work continues to be developing the next generation of social justice leaders through trainings, community organizing campaign work, mentorship of young leaders and our transformational youth program.

The Weekend of June 25th  we designate our gift to Ignatian Spirituality Project, which offers men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addiction the opportunity to change their lives.  Ignatian spirituality and retreats are an effective resource in laying a foundation of hope.  These retreats can lead to long lasting transformation

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.