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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 30 September 2012 “The Making of a Millstone” artist unknown Saint Cecilia P A R I S H
  • Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time30 September 2012

    The Making of a Millstoneartist unknown

    Saint CeciliaP A R I S H

  • Welcome to Saint Cecilia Parish, a Roman Catholic community that gathers day by day, week by week, to know and make known the grace of God. By means of this abundant grace, we enjoy a diverse and close-knit parish familyyoung, old, rich, poor, of various ethnic origins and differing backgrounds. From our extraordinary music program to a growing childrens faith formation program; from the various liturgical ministries to the many opportunities for social outreach that the parish provides, Saint Cecilia is a vibrant community of faith, centered on prayer and worship that tries to keep the Gospel close to heart and to live by Jesus teachings.

    Saint Cecilia Parish was established in 1888. At that time the Back Bay section of Boston along Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street was the residential section of the Yankee aristocracy. The maids (Irish working out girls) and coachmen who served these residents had long requested a church of their own. When Archbishop Williams granted their request and carved the parish from the territory of the Cathedral, they built a magnificent church out of their meager earnings.

    The church was dedicated on April 22, 1894. Its architecture is Romanesque, XII Century Norman. The main altar, notable for its massive simplicity, was carved from a single block of white Carrara marble. The painting in the center reredos is a reproduction of da Vincis The Last Supper, and the dome above is an array of 24K gold rosettes.

    For the sixtieth anniversary celebration in 1954, a massive renovation project was under-taken. During this renovation, a statue of Pope Saint Pius X (canonized that same year) was imported from Italy and placed on the right side of the sanctuary. Above the statue are paintings from Pius life. On the left side is a statue of Saint Patrick, principal patron of the Archdiocese of Boston, and above it are three scenes from his life.

    Fourteen circular and sixteen square panels adorn the nave and arches of the church. The square panels are decorated with the symbols of Our Lady taken from the Litany of Loreto and the circular ones with symbols taken from the lives of the apostles. The great window of the Assumptionframed by the two oak cases of the organwas installed in 1954 (the Marian Year) in spaces originally designed for windows but not until then used.

    The original organ of 24 stops was built in 1902 by the Hutchings-Votey Organ Company, Opus 1465, and was rebuilt in 1954 with 32 stops. In 1998, Timothy Smith and Theodore Gilbert began a massive reconstruction of the organ. The current Smith & Gilbert Organ of 4 manuals, 50 ranks, and 2,926 pipes was dedicated on the Feast of Saint Cecilia, November 22, 1999.

    Today we are experiencing something of an awakening within these old walls. We have just completed a major renovation, our numbers are increasing, and we continue to grow in our commitment to issues of peace, justice, and service to our neighbors, both near and far.

    Weve been right here on Belvidere Street, in the same building for over 120 years, but that does not mean that life here is stale, stagnant, or even predictable. We are proud to be entrusted with the legacy of Saint Cecilia Parish, where everything is the same, yet always changing; where we honor tradition while embracing the future; where Gods love makes all things new.


  • Ministers of the Liturgy

    Saturday | 5:00 p.m.Rev. Peter Grover, OMV, celebrantChris Orrell, lector

    Sunday | 8:00 a.m.Celebrant TBDJim Dougherty, lector

    Sunday | 9:30 a.m.Rev. John Unni, celebrant Moira Macdonald, Mary Kane, & Jim English, lectors

    Sunday | 11:15 a.m.Rev. John Unni, celebrantJoe Castellano, James Paradis, & Peter Meade, lectors

    Sunday | 6:00 p.m.Rev. John Unni, celebrantChristopher Loh & Maggie Mastricola, lectors

    todays readings

    Nehemiah 11:25-29James 5:1-6Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

    next sundays Readings

    Genesis 2:18-24Hebrews 2:9-11Mark 10:2-16

    special intention

    Sunday, September 30 | 11:15 a.m.Liz Pino, Memorial



    our community news

    blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the

    kingdom of heaven

    communion antiphon for the feast of saint francis of assisi

    october 4



    Prayers & Occasions

    Our SickPlease pray for all our sick and for those who are in need of our prayer, especially Josephine Parker, John Saulenas, K. Champoux, Patricia Hoggard, Jennifer Serpico, Christine St. Pierre, Harold Wil-liamson, Jessica Rivieccio, Earl Chilcote, Colonel Robert C. Tashjian, Kim Murray, Heather LoRe, Rudy Kikel, Herbert Simmons, Peggy Furey, Janice Mascia, Pamela DAmbra, Sue Lucas, Suki Cough-lin, Roberta Keenan, Bridget Spence, Annette Kulas, Sam Gowan, Rhea Richard, Pil-Yun Son, Mary Yanez, Larry Buckley, M. Frances Driscoll, Ed Langlais, Bob McLaughlin, Steven Whitkens, Diana Slaton, Leo Garcia, Joe Ford, Danny Cotter, Nata-lia Chilcote, Amy Sweetland, Jim Keyes, Michael Zawikowski, Cheryl Proctor, Patricia Macdonald, Elvera Dowsky, Frank Ackley, Fred Haslee, Lorraine Haslee, Robert Menson, Paul Flaherty, William Louttit, Lucie Kelly, Bro. Adam Zielonka, O.C.S.O., Amy Duarte, Karen & Rick, Phyllis Porras, Jim Linderman, Mark Amerault, Sr. Nuala Cotter, R.A., Kristen DeFranco Martinez, Michele Crowley Tip-pens, Sara Lima Santos, Joseph Driscoll, Pete Hut-tlinger, Anthony Simboli, Lisa Caputo, Edward Gill, Darlene McLendon, Jeanne Tibbs, Deidre Sullivan, Roosevelt Brown, Mary ODonnell, Ginny LAbbe, Steve Chamberlain, Matt Penchuk, Carrie Penchuk, Christy Cosgrove, Jacques Romberger, John Scaife, Maureen Sullivan, Alyce Haley, Joe Capizzi, David Walsh, Joe Huenke, Kaylin Marcotte, Avito Pacifici, Charlotte Egan, James Noone, Keith Plaster, Fred-erick Flather, David & Paula Fillion, Fred Maglero, Sarah Sweeney, Susan Shea, Bill Croke, Ettore Bergamaschi, Ryan Delaney, Manuela Almeida, Ilda Almeida, Joe Farrell, Ethan DAmato, Sophie Gagnon, Earl Meyers, Kathleen A. Meehan, Anne Frenette Handly, Jan Igras, Cheryl Sabin, Trish Mul-len, Thomas Corrigan, Fernando Luis Riganti, Frank DeMare, Carmela Franchi, Little Tommy Sullivan, Kathy K., Julie Zaino, & Ruth Frost.

    Guest Speaker at Sunday's LiturgiesToday we have the privilege of welcoming Peter Kimeu, the Technical Advisor for Partnership, Solidarity and Justice for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) East Africa. Peter grew up in Kenya during a food emergency similar to the one that strikes the Horn of Africa today. Over the summer, he visited the

    refugee camps which CRS works with in East Africa. Peter has been with CRS for over thirty years in nu-merous capacities including health and development services, emergencies, community participation, and capacity building. He is traveling throughout the United States to thank American Catholics for their support of CRS and will share with us how gifts to CRS make a difference in thousands of lives. Wedding BellsCongratulations to Thu Ly and Edison Wong who were married here yesterday afternoon. May they be blessed with a long and happy marriage.

    Saint Cecilia is Being Honored This WednesdaySaint Cecilia Parish has been selected as a winner of a Preservation Achievement Award from the Boston Preservation Alliance in the category of Rehabilita-tion/Restoration of a Religious Property. The Pres-ervation Achievement Awards will be presented this Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington Steet. A reception will follow the ceremony. Tickets for this event are $50.00. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.bostonpreserva-tion.org. Be sure to save this date and purchase a ticket to join in the celebration!

    Caitlin Keeton Reflects on Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, Foundress of the Sisters of ProvidenceCaitlin Keeton is a member of our community and principal of Saint Rose School in Chelsea. In honor of the birthday (Tuesday) and feast day (Wednesday) of the foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, Caitlin reflects on the life and legacy of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin on pages 12 and 13 of the bulletin. Pray this week for the Sisters of Providence, that the spirit of Mother Theodore will con-tinue to animate them as they perform works of love, mercy and justice in service among Gods people.

    Blessing of Animals TodayIn commemoration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4), we will bless animals today at the 9:30, 11:15, and 6:00 liturgies.

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    information about the start of children's faith formation

    Classes in our Faith Formation Program started last Sunday, September 23. If you have not yet registered or paid, please be sure to do so today. Registration Forms are available in the Parish Hall at the Faith Formation Resource Table.

    In order to register your child in our Faith Forma- tion Program, you must be a registered parish-ioner. There are registration forms at the Faith Formation Resource Table in the Parish Hall or you can register on-line by visiting www.stcecilia-boston.org/register.html. We also need a baptis-mal certificate from the church where your child was baptized. Simply call the church and ask them to either mail it to us or fax it to us at (617) 5361781. We are missing quite a number of baptismal certificates and would like them as soon as possible.

    Children should never go to the restroom alone. We are happy that you feel so safe here, but please remember that we are in a building that is wide open and has multiple entrances. For the safety of our children, please do not allow them to wander around unsupervised and please do not ever allow them to go to the restroom unaccom-panied by a parent.

    The children at the nine-thirty liturgy are invited to bring food for the poor up to the sanctuary in the offertory procession. Today we are collecting peanut butter. Next Sunday we hope you'll be able to bring some cans of tuna fish with you to Mass.

    We are in the process of training new altar serv- ers. All children who are in third grade or be-yond are invited to participate in this important ministry. If your child is interested in becoming an altar server, please e-mail Scott or watch the bulletin for the date and time of an upcoming training session.

    Our Sunday morning Catechists

    Carla DeSantis - Kindergarten Gina Wodarski - Kindergarten Ann Couture - Grade 1 Seamus Matlack - Grade 1 Anna DiMare - Grade 1 Mark Lippolt - Grade 2 Priscilla Vele - Grade 2 Maureen Deery - Grade 3 Moira Macdonald - Grade 3 Cathy Mason - Grade 4 Tracy Campion - Grades 5 & 6 Kristen Ellis - Grades 5 & 6 Allesandra Cionco - Grades 7 & 8 Robert Gregory - Grades 7 & 8

    faith formation classroom locations

    Kindergarten | Lounge Area at the rear of the Parish Pastoral Center

    Grade 1 | CL1 (Parish Pastoral Center)

    Grade 2 | CL4 (Parish Pastoral Center)

    Grade 3 | CL3 (Parish Pastoral Center)

    Grade 4 | CL5 (Parish Pastoral Center)

    Grades 5 & 6 | Conference Room (Parish Pastoral Center)

    Grades 7 & 8 | Rectory Dining Room (meet at door to Parish Offices at the rear of the Parish Hall)

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    safe environment: a program for child protection

    The Archdiocese of Boston has in place a vigorous program to protect children from harm and to edu-cate its ministers and faithful about the nature of abuse, with a goal of increasing knowledge, creat-ing a safe environment for children, and recognizing and reporting potentially dangerous situations. The full bound text of the policy, Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children as well as the smaller document, A Pocket Guide to the Policies and Pro-cedures for the Protection of Children are available in the narthex, at the Faith Formation Resource Table in the Parish Hall, in the parish office, and on our website. At Saint Cecilia we have a Child Abuse Protection (CAP) Team. The CAP Team is responsible for educating all parish clergy, employees, and vol-unteers in mandated reporting laws and for facilitat-ing the VIRTUS Protecting Gods Children training required of all clergy, employees, and volunteers who minister directly to or have potential for interaction with children and youth. The CAP Team members have been trained by the Archdiocese and are avail-able to provide consultation and support to anyone in the parish who may suspect, observe, or be the recipient of a disclosure of child abuse or neglect. Our CAP Team members are:

    Lois Flaherty, MD ([email protected])

    Maria Roche, NP ([email protected])

    Letitia Howland ([email protected])

    You should always feel free to contact any member of the CAP Team with any questions or concerns.

    the year of faith


    Wednesday, October 3 | 7:008:30 p.m.

    Presenter | Father Tom Carzon, OMV

    Location | Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine

    As Christians, we profess that Jesus Christ is Lord and savior of all. But how does our faith translate into the way we live our lives? And how do we share our faith with a world that often seems not to care? The Year of Faith marks fifty years since the start of the Sec-ond Vatican Council, which sought to bring the light of Christian faith into direct contact with the chang-ing world of today. Using some key themes from the Council, we will discover how the teaching of Vatican II continues to guide us along the journey of faith. In company with Mary, Mother of the Church and model of our faith, we draw close to her Son, and show more clearly the face of Christ, the Light of the World. Save the dates for future lectures: October 24, November 14, December 19.

    father peter's scripture class

    Father Peter Grover, OMV leads a dynamic lecture exploring history, culture, geography, architecture, and language of the Holy Land to increase our un-derstanding of Sacred Scripture. Come and discover the spiritual meaning of the stories in the Bible and the brilliance of Jesus. The lecture is guided by color computer slideshows and whiteboard diagrams in a relaxed, classroom-like setting. It's not necessary to attend every class but you will learn something at every class. Attend as often as you can.

    Wednesday, October 10 7:30-8:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, November 7 7:30-8:30 p.m.

    Wednesday December 5 7:30-8:30 p.m.

    LocationThe upper room/meeting hall at Saint Clement Eu-charistic Shrine. Enter through the main entrance of the church and walk up the right aisle to the front of the church. Go through the doors on the right and up the stairs into the upper room. Bring a friend!

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    wanted: volunteer pie salespeople

    As part of our on-going relationship with Community Servings, we are looking for parishioners willing to assist with their annual Pie in the Sky fundraiser. This year is the 20th Annversary of Pie in the Sky! Every Thanksgiving pie sold for $25 feeds a Community Servings client suffering with a life-threatening ill-ness for one week. The delicious piesapple, pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potatoare baked by some of the best local restaurant chefs and caterers and are the perfect dessert for your Thanksgiving table. If you are willing to help sell pies at Saint Cecilia litur-gies as well as to your friends and colleagues, please contact Mark Lippolt at [email protected]

    we need more greeters

    We are looking for parishioners to help greet people as they arrive for Mass. In addition to greeting peo-ple, greeters hand-out music programs and bulletins. We need people for all liturgies. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry for the nine-thirty liturgy, please contact Maureen Deery (978-273-1921 [email protected]); if you are interested in greeting at any other liturgy, please contact Scott MacDonald ([email protected]).

    new choir members wanted

    We are looking for new choir members to sing with us. If you have a musical talent to share with the community, we would love to have you join us. Please stop by the choir loft and speak to Richard Clark after Mass, call him at (617) 536-4548, or e-mail him at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you!

    physician-assisted suicide workshops

    The Archdiocese of Boston is offering a series of workshops on physician-assisted suicide. These work-shops are part of a strategic campaign to educate practicing Catholics on the dangers of assisted suicide and the flaws in Ballot Question 2. Doctors, lawyers and ethicists will discuss the bill.

    Tuesday, Oct. 2, St. John the Evangelist, N. Chelmsford, 7-9 p.m.

    Wednesday, Oct. 3, St. Raphael, Medford, 7-9 p.m.

    Wednesday, Oct. 10, Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, Braintree, 1-3 p.m.

    Wednesday, Oct. 10, St. Bernadette, Randolph, 7-9 p.m.

    Thursday, Oct. 11, All Saints, Haverhill, 7-9 p.m.

    Monday, Oct. 15, St. Patrick, Natick, 7-9 p.m.

    Thursday, Oct. 18, St. Columbkille, Brighton, 7-9 p.m.

    Monday, Oct. 22, St. Mary, Lynn, 7-9 p.m.

    Wednesday, Oct. 24, St. Peter, Plymouth, 7-9 p.m.

    To register, contact Ann Cussen at: [email protected] or by phone: 617-779-3644. If you e-mail, please be sure to include your name; phone number; e-mail address; workshop date; and specify that you are from Saint Cecilia Parish, Boston.

    mum's the word!

    'tis the season! We will be transitioning our front garden from riotous summer blooms to fall's favorite flowersmums. We are in need of a few, hardy help-ers TODAY, Sunday, September 30, after the eleven-fifteen liturgy, to pull up the old garden and plant the mums. Please contact Susan at [email protected] if you can help or just show-up. Rain date is next Sunday.



    podcastparish choir on sirius satellite radio!


    Last Monday, Saint Cecilia Music Director Richard J. Clark was interviewed by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Direc-tor of Music for Saint Patricks Cathedral in New York City. This interview took place on the program Sounds from the Spires on SIRIUS XM 129 Radio, The Catholic Channel. The interview provides a great deal of back-ground and insight into Richards compositions as well as his passion for sacred music which has developed and matured during his twenty-three years at Saint Cecilia Parish. The Saint Cecilia Choir was featured on air, performing some of Richards compositions. You can hear the interview in its entirety on www.rjcceciliamusic.com.

    4th annual archdiocesan justice convocation


    Saturday, October 27 | 8:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.

    Location | Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree

    Join parishes from around the Archdiocese of Boston to learn more about Catholic Social Teaching and to celebrate the work for justice already going on, and find out concrete ways to connect faith with action in the service of justice. The theme this year is Celebrating the Social Justice Dimensions of Vatican II in light of the Holy Father's planned launch of the Year of Faith on October 11, 2012 and the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council. The Convocation will be one half day, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, please call or e-mail the Office of Worship and Spiritual Life (617-779-3640 or [email protected]). For a list of speakers and breakout sessions, visit www.boston-catholic.org/Offices-And-Services/Office-Detail.aspx?id=24572&pid=1400.

    benefit concerts for the saint cecilia smith & gilbert organ

    Friday, 19 October | 7:00 p.m. Brandon Santini, organCo-sponsored by the Archives Society of Sacred Heart Church in WeymouthSuggested Donation: $20; $10 for students and seniors; $35 for families. Friday, November 2, All Souls Day | 8:00 p.m.Richard Kelley, Trumpet; Richard J. Clark, Organ;Kara Gretschel Clark, ClarinetFeaturing the World Premiere of Richard J. ClarksRequiem pour une amricaine ParisSuggested Donation: $20; $10 for students and seniors; $35 for families

    Our grand pipe organ, which has provided wonderful support to the worship and praise of God for genera-tions of Saint Cecilia parishioners, is in need of a new consolethe keyboards and pedalboard that control the 3,000 pipes. Built in 1929, the organ console in the choir loft is no longer reliable and we are fac-ing the end of its useful life. In lieu of contracting a brand new console, which would cost well over $200,000, we are hoping to raise approximately $12,000 to retrofit and install a used, but technologi-cally up-to-date console. This is clearly a far more fiscally prudent plan to pursue, and will still meet the demands of a very robust music program. Whether you can afford $1 or $1,000 we still need your help! Any donors of $500 or more will be honored with the donor's name or memorial on a plaque on the organ. If you have any questions about the organ or the console, please feel free to talk to Music Director, Richard Clark in the choir loft after Mass, or e-mail him at [email protected] Please enjoy the concerts whether you can afford the suggested dona-tion or not. Everyone is welcome!

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    saint cecilia concert series

    Thursday, 11 October | 8:00 p.m. Blue Heron Scott Metcalfe, Music DirectorNicholas Ludford: Missa Inclina cor meum (North American premiere)For information and advanced tickets: www.blueheronchoir.orgTickets: $40 & $25

    Friday, 19 October | 7:00 p.m. Brandon Santini, organ www.brandonsantini.orgBenefit Concert for the 1999 Smith & Gilbert OrganSponsored by the Sacred Heart Archives Society, Sacred Heart Church, WeymouthSuggested Donation: $20; $10 for students and seniors; $35 for families

    Tuesday, 23 October | 8:00 p.m. The Seraphim SingersBach, Mendelssohn, and Beyond: Music from the Germanic TraditionJennifer Lester, Music Director Suggested Donation: $20; $15 for students & seniors

    Friday, 2 November, All Souls Day | 8:00 p.m. Benefit Concert for the 1999 Smith & Gilbert OrganRichard Kelley, Trumpet; Richard J. Clark, Organ;Kara Gretschel Clark, ClarinetFeaturing the World Premiere of Richard J. ClarksRequiem pour une amricaine ParisSuggested Donation: $20; $10 for students and seniors; $35 for families

    Friday, 16 November | 7:00 p.m. Saint Cecilia Day CelebrationRichard J. Clark, Music DirectorBenefit Concert for the 1999 Smith & Gilbert OrganTickets: $20; $10 for students and seniors; $40 for families

    Tuesday, 11 December | 7:00 p.m. The Copley Singers Christmas ConcertBrian Jones, DirectorEmeritus Director of Music at Trinity Church, Copley Squarewww.copleysingers.orgTickets at the Door: $20; $10 for students and seniors; children are free

    save the date!


    Friday, October 26 | 7:00 p.m.

    Presenter | Gregory Boyle, SJ

    Location | Saint Cecilia Parish Pastoral Center

    We are excited to announce that Father Greg Boyle will be with us on October 26 to share his reflections on community and the sacredness of life through the lens of Igna-tian spirituality, drawn from more than 20 years of work with formerly gang-involved and re-

    cently incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles.

    A member of the Society of Jesus, Father Greg has taught at Loyola High School in Los Angeles; was chaplain in the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and at Folsom Prison, and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He was ap-pointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986 where he served through 1992. Father Greg is founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, which is now the largest gang intervention, re-hab, and re-entry program in the United States.

    Father Greg is the author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His debut book has been honored by SCIBA (Southern California Indie Booksellers Association), Pen USA, Publishers Weekly, and Goodreads Choice Awards. He has received nu-merous honorary degrees, awards and recognitions including the Civic Medal of Honor, the California Peace Prize, Humanitarian of the Year from Bon Ap-petit Magazine, and in 2011 was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. He has served on the State Commission for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The National Youth Gang Center Board and the Attorney Generals Defending Childhood Task Force.



    Make a difference by bringing some food with you to Mass

    You can help alleviate some hunger in our city by committing to bringing to Mass each Sunday some of the following items: peanut butter, tuna fish, canned chicken breast, Cheerios or corn flakes, white flour spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and tomato sauce. Our friends at Catholic Charities in Dorchester will be greatful for your support. Lets all pitch in and live out the gospel call to give food to the hungry.

    save the date!


    Our friends at The Women's Lunch Place will be hold-ing their Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, October 26th. The Spaghetti Dinner is The Women's Lunch Place's signature fall event. The event is dedicated to raising critical funds that support the daily operations of the organization. Last year more than $300,000 was raised to support the WLP's meals and advocacy programs. Tickets for the event, which takes place at the Copley Fairmont Hotel, are $250 each. If you're interested in joining the Saint Cecilia table at this event, please contact Mark Lippolt at [email protected]

    evening prayer in October

    We will pray Vespers twice during the month of October, both times at six-thirty.

    October 18 | Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist

    October 25 | Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II

    Sculpture in the park


    Boston artist and Saint Cecilia community member James Paradis, along with a colleague, are exhibit-ing some of James' art as part of "Sculpture in the Park" at the South End's Franklin Square Park. The art on exhibit serves to engage the public in considering the relationship between art and the environment. This exhibit will run until the end of today, Sunday, September 30. Franklin Square Park is located on Washington Street in the South End.

    James has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Mass College of Art. His first major solo show in 2003 was at the French Library and Cultural Center of Boston. He has shown at the Copley Society of Boston, Granite Shore Gallery and the Court Yard Gallery. He has exhibited in Auvillar, France where he was invited as a guest artist of the Centre dExchange Cultural dAuvillar in 2002 and 2003. In 2005 he was in a two man show at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Also in 2005 he was juried into the 10th Annual Na-tional Invitation Exhibit at Saint John's University in Jamaica, New York as well as selected to be part of the National Prize Show of the Cambridge Art Associa-tion. Reviews of his work have appeared in Art New England, Art Scope and The Boston Globe.



    Monday, October 1 | 4:30 p.m.

    Presenter | The Most Rev. Harry J. Flynn

    Location | Gasson Hall, Room 100, Chestnut Hill Campus

    As part of The Church in the 21st Century Centers Episcopal Visitor Program, the Most Rev. Harry J. Flynn, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, shares his reflections on hand-ing on the faith in the 21st century, drawn from more than 20 years of experience as a bishop. To register, e-mail [email protected]



    young adults at st. c's

    Koinonia is Saint Cecilia's ministry to parishioners in their twenties and thirties. The group meets periodi-cally throughout the year for social events, spiritual fellowship, and service events. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please e-mail Kevin Daly at [email protected] and/or join us for our Wednesday Evening Trivia Night, held on Wednesdays at seven-thirty at McGreevy's, 911 Boylston Street.

    bowling fundraiser

    Koinonia, the 20s & 30s Saint Cecilia group, is host-ing an evening of bowling to help fund their upcom-ing mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The trip will send medical and construction teams to remote villages on the outskirts of La Romana. These vil-lages are located miles from access to health care, education, running water, and electricity and are in desperate need of our help. For the next three Sun-days, Koinonia members will be available following the eleven-fifteen and six o'clock liturgies to answer questions, sign you up for the fundraiser, or accept donations. WHEN? | Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.

    WHERE? | Kings Bowl, 50 Dalton Street, Boston


    AGE | 21+

    Checks may be made out to Good Samaritan Mission Council. If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected] We hope to see you there!

    jackson school open house

    Jackson School, a Catholic elementary school (K-6), will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 17 from 9:0011:00 a.m. at 200 Jackson Road, Newton. All prospective families with children entering grades K-6 are invited to attend. The Jack-son School sixth graders will lead tours of the entire school and current parents, faculty, and staff will be on hand to informally answer any questions. Light re-freshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Tim Alberts at 617-202-9772 or e-mail [email protected] Jackson School is part of Jackson-Walnut Park Schools in Newton, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston. Together with Walnut Park Montessori School, Jackson School provides children with a values-based education that fosters personal and academic excellence in an environment that al-lows students to reach their full potential. To find out more, visit www.jwpschools.org.

    getting to know you

    Our ability to build community is helped by having an uptodate database of registered parishioners. If this is one of your first times worshipping with us, welcome! If you have been participating in liturgies here for a few monthsor even a few yearsand have never registered, please consider doing so. It takes just a few moments to fill out a parish registration form. Once you complete your form, simply drop it in the collection basket, hand it to any staff person, or mail it to the parish office. Registration forms can be found on a table in the narthex. You can also register online at www.stceciliaboston.org/register.html. Thank you for being an active member of our com-munity!

    Done Time?

    Men and women who have been incarcerated are invited to join this group which is designed to provide participants with a sense of welcome and support. The meetings are held on Monday evenings from six to eight o'clock in the Parish Pastoral Center. We be-gin with a group session followed by a simple meal.

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    I love the Saints. I believe that each has something powerful to teach us about what it means to live in a way that reveals Gods presence. Some of the Saints are people I admire from a distance but strug-gle to relate to on a per-sonal level. Other Saints are so real that their hu-manity draws me near, and makes me want to be close to them. St. Mother Theo-dore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, is one of these Saints in my life.

    I didnt know much about St. Mother Theodore until I was introduced to her in 2010, when I joined the community that is St. Rose School as its new principal. I had the honor of working with four Sisters of Providence; two as full-time teachers and two as dedicated volunteers. These amazing women gave me a gift that will be with me forever: they helped me to understand their foundress and how to relate her work to my vocation as an educator. As I read more about St. Mother Theodore, I came to value her not only as a fel-low educator and leader, but also as a mentor. St. Moth-er Theodores strength and unwavering commitment to her vocation inspire me. She is someone I turn to when I struggle with the challenges of being a school leader, because I know she was once in similar shoes. She has taught me the power of intercessory prayer. I frequently ask her to pray for me, so that I might be able to handle difficult situations with the same grace she showed dur-ing her lifetime.

    Mother Theodore faced grueling challenges throughout her life: her father was murdered when she was young; she was asked to leave her homeland and start over

    halfway around the world; Church leaders treated her unjustly; and she faced grave illness. At one of her darkest times, she wrote in her journal, When one has nothing more to lose, the heart is inaccessible to fear. She was a real woman who faced real challenges and experienced real emo-tions. In spite of all the challenges she faced in her life, nothing could keep her from living her vocation.

    When she first entered the Sisters of Providence in France, St. Mother

    Theodore vowed to devote herself to the service of the poor, either for the instruction of youth or for the care of the sick. Although at times she did care for the sick, the greater part of her ministry was devoted to education. She loved teaching and won an award for the excellence she brought to her classroom in France. This passion for teaching, and particularly serving the poor through education, is part of what draws me close to Mother Theodore. I loved the years I spent in the class-room and I am so proud of the young adults my former students have become. For Mother Theodore, educating children was a means of pursuing justice. This perspec-tive drives me to continue this work even on days when it seems to be an uphill battle.

    In 1840, fifteen years after professing her vows, Sister St. Theodore (as she was known at the time) was asked to leave France on a mission to educate children in faith in Indiana. She wrestled with the call, and it took her some time to discern such a drastic move because she doubted her ability to do what God asked of her. Finally, she remembered a line in the Rule of the Congregation

    A Life Filled with LessonsLearning from Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

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    that said that sisters would go to whatever part of the world obedience called them. And so she went. Although I havent made any vows of obedience, I certainly am familiar with the call to move far away from home. I spent my whole life in North Carolina before moving to Boston in 2006 to teach in Boston Colleges Urban Catholic Teacher Corps. At that time, and again when I started at St. Rose, self-doubt was one of my strongest emotions, mixed in with great excitement and fear. The belief and dependence upon Divine Providence exhib-ited by Mother Theodore and her Sisters has been an ongoing reminder for me in the past few years to trust in Gods plan, even when my natural inclination is to try to control everything myself.

    A year after beginning her new life in Indiana, Mother Theodore and the other Sisters under her leadership founded a school for girlsthe first of many Catholic schools they would open and serve, both in Indiana and around the United States. They opened schools where there were no schools, and they educated children who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to learn in a formal setting. Because they were Catholic schools, students not only learned about literature, math, history and science, but also about Gods love and what it meant for them. Long before educational experts lauded teaching the whole child, Mother Theodore and the Sisters of Providence were doing it. They strongly believed in teaching by example and that in order to teach children, you first had to love them. Mother Theodore once advised, Above all, be patient. Love all in God and for God, and all will be well. These words convey the wisdom and grace with which she approached everything she did, and have brought consolation to me when anxiety about the future has consumed my thoughts.

    In todays Gospel, Mark shares with us Jesus firm reminder of the power of influence. Mother Theodore understood this well. She once said to her fellow Sis-ters, Be sweet and kind with the little [ones]. You can do them much good or much harm. These children will never forget what they have seen you do. This remind-er isnt just for teachers; it is a great reminder to all of us as a global society. Our children are watching us and their words and actions arise from the examples we set for them. What are we doing to help them become the people God intends, to inspire them to contribute to our constantly changing world in a meaningful and substan-tial way?

    As we celebrate St. Mother Theodores birthday on Tuesday and her feast on Wednesday, her spirit feels especially close. Her life challenges us to question our own lives and inspires us to live them in ways that reveals Gods presence. Saint Mother Theodores words and legacy offer us comfort in moments of doubt and uncertainty as they remind us: Have confidence in the Providence that so far has never failed us. The way is not yet clear. Grope along slowly. Do not press matters; be patient, be trustful.

    Caitlin Keeton is the principal of Saint Rose School in Chelsea, where the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana have been teaching since 1889, inspired by the legacy of St. Mother Theodore and her devotion to Divine Provi-dence. If you are interested in reading more about St. Mother Theodore, St. Mother Theodore Guerin: Woman of Providence by Sisters Diane Ris and Joseph Eleanor Ryan is a good place to start. More information can also be found on the Sisters of Providence website: http://spsmw.org.

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    Parish RESOURCESParish Office & Mailing Address18 Belvidere Street, Boston, MA 02115Hours | MondayFriday, 9:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.Phone | 617 536 4548Fax | 617 536 1781E-mail | [email protected] | www.stceciliaboston.org

    Parish StaffRev. John J. Unni, Pastor, [email protected] Donohoe, Pastoral Associate for Administration, [email protected] J. MacDonald, Director of Faith Formation and Leadership Development, [email protected] J. Clark, Director of Music andOrganist, [email protected] Sullivan, Administrative Assistant to the Pastor, [email protected] Fiorente, Office Administrative Assistant

    Assisting ClergyRev. Thomas Gariepy, CSCRev. Peter Grover, OMVRev. James Shaughnessy, SJRev. George Winchester, SJ

    Schedule for LiturgyWednesdays During Lent | 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday | 8:00 a.m.Lords Day | Sat 5:00 p.m.; Sun 8:00, 9:30, 11:15, & 6:00 p.m.Holy Days | 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

    ReconciliationBy appointment at any time and Wednesday evenings from 6:308:00 during Lent.

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the communal process through which non-baptized men and women become members of the Catholic Church. It is also suitable for those baptized in different faith traditions who are interested in becoming Catholic, or, for those who were baptized Catholic, but have yet to receive the sacraments of eucharist and confirmation. For more information, please contact Mark Donohoe.

    Baptism for InfantsInfant baptism is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. For more information, please contact Mark Donohoe.

    Faith Formation for ChildrenTo register your child for our Faith Formation Program, please contact Scott MacDonald in the parish office.

    MarriageCouples who wish to prepare for marriage should contact Mark Donohoe in the parish office at least six months in advance.

    Care of the SickTo arrange for the Sacrament of the Sick, for Holy Communion to be brought to those unable to attend the Sunday celebration, or for Viaticum for the Dying (Holy Communion for those in danger of death), please contact the parish office. It is always possible to anoint the sick during regularly scheduled liturgies.

    Order of Christian FuneralsThe parish is prepared to celebrate the Vigil (wake) in the church. Please contact the parish office for more information.

    Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) TeamThe CAP Team is responsible for training all parish staff and volunteers in mandated reporting laws and the Protecting Gods Children program (VIRTUS). They also provide consultation and support to anyone in the parish who has concerns about reporting child abuse and neglect. Please contact Lois Flaherty ([email protected]), Maria Roche ([email protected]) or Letitia Howland ([email protected]) if you have any questions or concerns.The Archdiocese of Boston has in place a vigorous program to protect children from harm and to educate its ministers and faithful about the nature of abuse, with a goal of increasing knowledge, creating a safe environment for children, and recognizing and reporting potentially dangerous situations. The full text of the policy is also available in the narthex and parish office, as well as on our website.

    For Those with Celiac DiseaseIf you have celiac disease, please let us know. We have a supply of low-gluten altar bread available for those who cannot tolerate gluten.

    Hearing Assistance in ChurchThe church is equipped with an FM listening device. Small receivers are available for anyone who may have trouble hearing the sound system. Simply request a receiver from any one of our greeters before Mass.

    Access for the DisabledThe church is accessible by elevator.

    ParkingReduced-rate parking (maximum of three hours) is available Sundays at the Prudential Center parking garage, LAZ Parking (53 Belvidere Street), and at the Hilton Boston Back Bay. Please bring your parking ticket to church for validation before returning to the garage.

    Joining Our CommunityWere happy that youre with us! Our community offers a warm, spiritual home for a diverse group of Catholics. We come from many neighborhoods in and around Boston but also have parishioners from as far afield as Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marlborough, and Stow. Please introduce yourself to a staff member, drop in for coffee on Sun-day, or fill out a new parishioner form in the narthex. No matter what what your background, please know that you are always welcome at Saint Cecilia.