Third Sunday of Advent Gaudete! 13 December 2015 Pink Angel of The Annunciation (detail) Sano di Pietro (1406-1481) Saint Cecilia P A R I S H
Third Sunday of Advent
Gaudete!13 December 2015
Pink Angel of The Annunciation (detail)Sano di Pietro (1406-1481)
P A R I S H
Meet Fr. Vin −The Gift of Family As the pastor of three parishes in Dorchester and Mattapan, Fr. Vin’s responsibilities are extraordinary. While his daily work is a source of great joy, it’s the love and devotion of a special sister named Connie that restores his spirit.
When Fr. Vin’s parents passed away, he and his sister Eileen became the sole guardians of their disabled sister. For Fr. Vin, being a brother and a priest for Connie is an immense blessing. The unconditional love that he receives from Connie—especially at the end of a busy day— continues to fill his heart with gratitude.
Fr. Vin selflessly dedicates his life in service to others. This Christmas, show your gratitude with a gift that cares for Fr. Vin and the health and well-being of all the priests who faithfully serve our Archdiocese of Boston.
Text the word PRIEST to 56512 or make a gift through your parish collection at Christmas Mass.
Thank you for your generous support of the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust.
“A priest, whoever he may be, is always another Christ.”
-Saint Josemaría Escrivá
To submit your special intentions to be remembered by our senior priests during the celebration of Holy Mass at Regina Cleri each week, please visit clergyfunds.org/intentions.
To watch a short video on Fr. Vin and Connie,visit clergyfunds.org.
Clergy Health and Retirement Trust Caring for the Well-Being of our Boston Priests
Ministers of the Liturgy
Saturday | 5:00 p.m.Rev. Peter Grover, OMV, celebrantLaura Andromalos, lector
Sunday | 8:00 a.m.Rev. George Winchester, SJ, celebrantJim Dougherty, lector
Sunday | 9:30 a.m.Rev. John Unni, celebrantWill Kelly, Tim Pratt, & Rosaria Salerno, lectors Sunday | 11:15 a.m. Rev. John Unni, celebrantZachary Boutin, Erin Young, & Cole Young, lectors Sunday | 6:00 p.m.Rev. John Unni, celebrantGeraldine Creaner, Cathy Anderson, lectors
today’s readingsZephaniah 3:14-18aPhilippians 4:4-7Luke 3:10-18
next sunday’s ReadingsMicah 5:1-4aHebrews 10:5-10Luke 1:39-45
Saturday, December 12 | 5:00 p.m. Bridget Coyne Sylvester Roach, 75th Anniversary
Sunday, December 13 | 9:30 a.m. Richard Smith, Memorial
Sunday, December 13 | 9:30 a.m. Nadia Kiley, Memorial
Sunday, December 13 | 9:30 a.m. Joseph Turner, Memorial
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FOOD DONATIONS FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIESThis week's featured donation item is:
MACARONI & CHEESE!
Next week's featured donation item is:CANNED CHICKEN!
Donations of pasta, sauce, cereal, tuna, & other canned food are always also accepted. Please leave food donations in the narthex baskets.
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Prayers & Occasions Our DeceasedRon Cieciuch died on November 25. Pray for the repose of his soul as well as for the consolation of Mary Ann and their family. Robert Richards died on November 25. Pray for the eternal repose of his soul as well as for the consolation of his family. Fred Bachofner Jr. died on December 7. Pray for the eternal repose of his soul as well as for the consolation of Fred and his family. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Our SickPlease pray for all our sick and for those who are in need of our prayer, especially Rudy Kikel, Annette Kulas, Lisa Caputo, Anthony Simboli, Anne Frenette Handly, Roséa Aubrey, Robert Lupis, Owen Kyes, Mildred McLaughlin, Brenna Smith, Pilar Estrada, Michalina Maniscalco, Michael Patrick Kelly, Mark Anderson, Bill Downing, Nimet Yousif, Judy Gallo, Skyler Stevenson, Rob Morrissey, Roberta McMann, Silvana Franco, Silvia Basagni, Brian Donnelly, Karen Thoresen, Theresa Wier, Bill Ahern, Lisa Anzalone, Lena Bryant, Mary Silva, Kenny Borum, Kevin, Joseph Pierre, George Driscoll, Quinn Amsler, Rose Rizzo, Bill Pennington, Jillian Scalfani, Lisa Cox, Mary Curley, Bryan Thomas, Linda Jenkins, Belle Marie Cosgrove, Annie McGovern, Rachel Fitzgerald, Joanne DeMare, Bob Carroll, Ilene Katz, Meghan, Thomas Pettier, John Morris, Roques Linares, Eric Wirtz, Joseph Montoya, Clive Cosham, Mark Edward McHugh, Eugenia Valente, and Edward Pacana.
Welcome to Saint Cecilia! We are pleased to welcome the following new members of our parish who have recently registered: Sarah Costello of Boston, Elizabeth Warwick of Boston, Robin Roccapriore of Boston, Natalie McManus of Charlestown, the Santos family of Boston, and Mary McShane of Brookline. If you have not previously registered with the parish, there are forms in the narthex for this purpose or you can register online at www.stceciliaboston.org.
Evening PrayerWe will pray Evening Prayer this Monday, December 14 for the Memorial of Saint John of the Cross at six-thirty. All are welcome to attend!
Last 6:00 pm Evening Mass of 2015This Sunday is the last six o'clock Sunday liturgy before Christmas. The six o'clock liturgy will resume on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (January 3).
Happy Birthday, Papa Francesco!Pope Francis will celebrate his 79th birthday thisThursday, December 17. Pray for the intentions of theHoly Father and ask God to continue to bless him withgood health and length of days.
For Our StudentsPray that all of our students may successfully completethe semester and have safe travels as they head hometo celebrate Christmas with family and friends.
RCIA—Rite of Acceptance Into The Order of Catechumens TodayAt this morning’s eleven-fifteen liturgy, we celebrate the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. This ritual acknowledges the next part of the catechumens’ spiritual journey with us.
For the unbaptized, the Rite of Acceptance indicatesa stage of growth on their journey of faith. They nowenter the Order of Catechumens (from the Greek,meaning “one in whom word echoes”) and continuetheir preparation for the Easter sacraments of baptism,confirmation, and Eucharist. The Rite points to theirongoing experience of conversion, and is an invitationto all of us to be consciously growing in faith.
Please keep these new members of our communityin your prayer. Greet them and help them feel athome here.
christmas liturgiesChristmas Eve I 4:00 & 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Day I 9:30 a.m.New Year's Day I 10:00 a.m.
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This week's prayer for your advent wreathTHIRD WEEKLight two of the violet candles and the rose candle.During the rest of the week, these candles are relitat the evening meal or whenever you choose to do so.
Jesus, we gather here as a family to dedicateour lives to you, as John the Baptist did. Help us to know, love, and serve you. As we light this candle, we remember that you bring the light of joy into our lives. May your Word be always in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.
advent giving tree gifts due todayHundreds of gift tags have been hung from the AdventGiving Tree! Your generosity will truly make a differencein the lives of so many people this Christmas. Gifts forthe Advent Giving Tree are due back today by 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ann Faldetta at [email protected]
Copley Singers Christmas Concert - Thanks!Thank you to all of the parishioners who contributed to the reception held after this year’s concert. Many thanks to the many parishioners who prepared food and helped with the set-up and clean-up.
Gaudete in Domino semper:iterum dico, gaudete.
Dominus enim prope est.
Rejoice in the Lord always;again I say, rejoice!
The Lord is near.
We are now midway through Advent and today isa day of rejoicing, traditionally called “GaudeteSunday” (gow–DAY–tay). “Gaudete” is Latin for“rejoice” and antiphon for the Third Sunday ofAdvent. Before we started singing hymns inEnglish, the Introit was normally chanted in Latinas the priest approached the altar. It helped to set the mood and theme of the Mass of the day. The Introit for the Third Sunday of Advent comes from Philippians 4, Paul’s warm and loving letter to the community at Philippi. The optional use of rose–colored vestments underscores the joyful character of today’s liturgy.
Gaudete Sunday dates back to the Middle Ages,when the season of Advent bore a peniten-tial character similar to that of Lent. At that time, Advent was a forty–day period of fasting and penance in preparation for Christmas. It commenced on the day after Saint Martin’s Day (November 12) and was thus often referred to as “St. Martin’s Lent.” In the midst of a dark and serious Advent, Gaudete Sunday helped to brighten the mood. In the ninth century, Ad-vent was reduced to four weeks and its aus-tere character gave way to a new understand-ing of Advent as a time of longing, hoping, andwaiting for the Lord.
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CHRISTMAS FLOWERSYou are invited to remember your loved ones by donating towards the Christmas flowers that will grace our sanctuary. In the back of the church you'll find envelopes that you can use for this purpose. Please drop the envelope in the collection basket or hand it to any staff person. The names of those remembered will be published in the Christmas bulletin. Please be sure to PRINT clearly.
Christmas Eve Choir InvitationWe asking for a one-time commitment of parishioners to sing in the choir for the Christmas Eve Liturgies at 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Rehearsals for Christmas Eve will be:
Thursday, December 17 @ 7:00 p.m.Tuesday, December 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve, December 24 @ 2:30 p.m.
Please stop by and see Richard Clark after Mass, or email him at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you!
pINE STREET INN ITEMS FOR SALEThis Sunday, and until Christmas, we will once again be selling Christmas cards to support the Pine Street Inn, where Father John and several parishioners serve on the Board of Directors. This is a wonderful way of supporting Pine Street Inn's mission of finding permanent solutions to homelessness while sharing some wonderful Boston–themed Christmas cards with family and friends. The cards are priced at $18 for a pack of 10. We will also be selling cutting boards made by people partici-pating in Pine Street's job training and social enterprise program, "Boston Handyworks." Representatives of Pine Street's Boston Handyworks program will be at our morning liturgies.
OUR PARISH’S RESPONSE TO HUNGER AND FOOD INSECURITYThe website for the non-profit Feeding America reports:
• 48.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children.• 14 percent of households (17.4 million households) were food insecure.• 6 percent of households (6.9 million households) experienced very low food security.• Households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 19 percent compared to 12 percent.• Households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (19%), especially households with children headed by single women (35%) or single men (22%), Black non-Hispanic households (26%) and Hispanic households (22%).• In 2013, 5.4 million seniors (over age 60), or 9 percent of all seniors were food insecure.
We want to express our thanks to the many parishioners who bring food to the narthex each week for the Catholic Charities’ food pantry in Dorchester. Demand for food has skyrocketed at all Catholic Charities’ food pantries in the past four years and the Dorchester facility is no exception. While the pantry will accept any shelf-stable food items, the preferred donations are: Cheerios or corn flakes, white flour pasta, tomato sauce, canned tuna fish, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and canned chicken breast. Our parish also has an extremely dedicated corps of volunteer drivers who deliver our donations and surplus food early every Saturday and Sunday morning to Catholic Charities or the Pine Street Inn.
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Commonweal Readers Discussion GroupThe movie, Spotlight, will be discussed at this month’s Commonweal Readers Group. The second part of the meeting will be a brief sharing by participants of favorite topics covered in recent issues. The meeting will take place today, December 13, at 1:00 p.m. in Classroom 4. If you are interested in the Commonweal Readers Group, please contact Judy Castaldi at [email protected]
Christmas in Prison: Help neededBridgewater State Hospital is a psychiatric prison hospital where 325 men with very serious mental illnesses live, some for a short period of evaluation and some for a lifetime. Though it is a hospital, it is also very much a prison complete with barbed wire, correction officers, and prison food. It can be one of the saddest and dreariest places on earth during the holiday season. You can help to change that. The Catholic chaplain, Peg Newman, a parishioner here at Saint Cecilia, is collecting the following items to give to the men at Christmas:
* Pads of Lined Paper (8.5 x 11; NO WIRE)* Long Envelopes* Stick Deodorant* Shampoo
Any of these items will be very much appreciated. A bag with these items will be the only gift these men will receive. They will put the items to good use, but more important, they will know that they are being thought of and cared about. Your gift will be an expression of God's love. There is a bin in the back of the church where these items can be dropped off. Please contact Peg with any questions or if you would like to make a cash donation (617 943-6511; [email protected]).
"In truth I tell you in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40
piLGRIMAGE ON THE CAMINO de sANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA pil·grim·age,verb: the journey to a distant sacred goal
A pilgrimage is a journey both outwards to hallowedplaces and inwards to spiritual growth. Join Nancy NeeHanifin for a series of presentations on the Camino deSantiago de Compostela. In 2010 she walked the 500miles across Spain to the tomb of Saint James. On herreturn she founded the Boston Chapter of the AmericanPilgrims on the Camino, mentoring aspiring pilgrims from across New England. She also walked to Santiago in 2014 and 2015. The meeting will cover the history of the Camino, traditions and practical planning for a possible facilitated pilgrimage in spring or fall of 2016. The Camino can be seen as an extended moving retreat, offering tremendous opportunities for meditative walking, reflection and introspection. A pilgrimage journey is the most graphic reminder we can have that our life as a whole is a pilgrimage. Each of us is on a journey with God, and a journey to God. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The topic of this meeting will be "Camino Primitivo" For those who have already walked the Camino Frances and are anxious to try another route. The Primitivo starts in Oviedo, the capital of ancient Asturias. It is known as "The OriginalWay" to Santiago, because it is from Oviedo that King Alfonso II left to verify the discovery of the remains of St James. Nancy walked this most ancient route this past September. For more details and to rsvp, please e-mail Nancy at [email protected]
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What is the Year of Mercy?
Seeing the great need for mercy and healing in the world, Pope Francis called for the Year of Mercy—a special period, also known as a Holy Year or Jubilee Year, for the Catholic Church. It is a time for the Church across the world to take approximately a year to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way. Pope Francis has asked us as individuals and as a Church “to be a witness of mercy” by reflecting on and practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. This Holy Year of Mercy began on 8 December to commemorate both the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways, bringing God’s mercy to everyone. The Year will conclude on 20 November 2016. To read more, visit the Vatican’s official website for the Year of Mercy.
What is a Jubilee Year?
A Jubliee Year is when the Catholic Church across the world takes approximately a year to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way. Catholics are encouraged to join together in prayer, go to confession, and share the gift of Catholicism with others. The purpose of a Jubilee Year is to help people grow spiritually, strengthen their faith, encourage works of service, and to promote unity within the Catholic Church and society in general. The last Jubilee Year was in 2000, called for by Pope Saint John Paul II.
The Motto The motto of the Year of Mercy, "Merciful Like the Father," serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to be people of love and forgiveness without measure. The image, created by Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik, shows one of Jesus' eyes merged with the man's to show how "Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ."
Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Holy Year of Mercy
In a specially written prayer for the Year of Mercy, the Holy Father entreats the Lord to make the Jubilee of Mercy a year of grace so that the Church, “with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind." The text of the prayer follows:
Lord Jesus Christ,you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.Show us your face and we will be saved.Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew frombeing enslaved by money;the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happinessonly in created things;made Peter weep after his betrayal,and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, thewords that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:"If you knew the gift of God!"You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weaknessin order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:let everyone who approaches them feel sought after,loved, and forgiven by God.Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us withits anointing,so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of gracefrom the Lord,and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bringgood news to the poor,proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,you who live and reign with the Father and the HolySpirit for ever and ever.Amen.
AH, MERCY. THIS IS THE NAME OF GOD.- Pope Francis
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46TH Annual MLK, jr.memorial breakfastMonday, January 18, 2016 I 8:00 a.m.Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
The 46th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. MemorialBreakfast to commemorate the noble legacy of theRev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday,January 18, 2016 at eight o'clock. This event features delicious food, live music and a diverse gathering of over 1,000 people, including business, civic, and religious leaders from across Massachusetts. This year's event will feature a dynamic keynote address from the Dr. Ruth Simmons, 18th President of Brown University, who will be awarded the True Compass Award. We need to reserve tables for this breakfast prior to December 31. Tickets are $50 each. If you would like to join us and sit at one of the Saint Cecilia tables, please call the parish office or e–mail Caroline Gélinas at [email protected] If you've attended this breakfast before, you know what a moving and hope–filled way this is to commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
GRIEF HAS ITS SEASONSBegins Tuesday, January 5, 2016 I 10:00-11:30 a.m.The Schrafft’s Center, 529 Main St.-Ste.101, Charlestown
Come explore ways to cope and heal after loss. Eight Tuesdays ~ January 5, 2016 through February 23, 2016.Sponsored by Beacon Hospice. Free Parking: Stop at Guard Gate and request a Visitor Pass. Pre-Registration required: call Nancy Duffy at 617-242-8370.
FLOWERSIf you would like to contribute flowers in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving to God, all you need to do is contact Scott MacDonald at [email protected] in advance of the weekend. Flowers can be donated for our sanctuary or for the gifts table at the rear of the church.
Advent Giving Tree ---- GIFT RETURN INSTRUCTIONS Reminder – gifts are due back TODAY by 7:00 pm.
All gifts should be wrapped EXCEPT for Project Hope. The gifts tags should be securely attached to the package.
Gifts received after TODAY (Dec. 13th) may not be delivered in time for Christmas. Lost the tag? Can’t find the gift on the tag? Other questions?
Contact Ann at [email protected]
TWEETS FROM THE POPEChristians and Muslims are brothers and
sisters, and we must act as such.
The time has come for new messengers of Christ, ever more generous,
more joyful and more holy
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It’s easy to think that ISIS is some sort of evil, medieval cancer that somehow has resurfaced in the modern world. The rest of us are pursuing happiness, and here comes this fundamentalist anachronism, spreading death.
But in his book Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, the brilliant Rabbi Jonathan Sacks argues that ISIS is in fact typical of what we will see in the decades ahead.
The 21st century will not be a century of secularism, he writes. It will be an age of desecularization and religious conflicts.
Part of this is simply demographic. Religious communities produce lots of babies and swell their ranks, while secular communities do not. The researcher Michael Blume looked back as far as ancient India and Greece and concluded that every nonreligious population in history has experienced demographic decline.
Humans also are meaning-seeking animals. We live, as Sacks writes, in a century that “has left us with a maximum of choice and a minimum of meaning.” The secular substitutes for religion — nationalism, racism and political ideology — have all led to disaster. So many flock to religion, sometimes — especially within Islam — to extremist forms.
This is already leading to religious violence. In November 2014, just to take one month, there were 664 jihadist attacks in 14 countries, killing a total of 5,042 people. Since 1984, an estimated 1.5 million Christians have been killed by Islamist militias in Sudan.
Sacks emphasizes that it is not religion itself that causes violence. In their book Encyclopedia of Wars, Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod surveyed 1,800 conflicts and found that less than 10 percent had any religious component at all.
Rather, religion fosters groupishness, and the downside of groupishness is conflict with people outside the group. Religion can lead to thick moral
communities, but in extreme forms it can also lead to what Sacks calls pathological dualism, a mentality that divides the world between those who are unimpeach-ably good and those who are irredeemably bad.
The pathological dualist can’t reconcile his humiliated place in the world with his own moral superiority. He embraces a politicized religion — restoring the caliphate — and seeks to destroy those outside his group by apocalyptic force. This leads to acts of what Sacks calls altruistic evil, or acts of terror in which the self-sacrifice involved somehow is thought to confer the right to be merciless and unfathomably cruel.
That’s what we saw in Paris last week. Sacks correctly argues that we need military weapons to win the war against fanatics like ISIS, but we need ideas to establish a lasting peace. Secular thought or moral relativism are unlikely to offer any effective rebuttal. Among religious people, mental shifts will be found by reinterpreting the holy texts themselves. There has to be a Theology of the Other: a complex biblical understanding of how to see God’s face in strangers. That’s what Sacks sets out to do.
The great religions are based on love, and they satisfy the human need for community. But love is problematic. Love is preferential and particular. Love excludes and can create rivalries. Love of one scripture can make it hard to enter sympathetically into the minds of those who embrace another.
The Bible is filled with sibling rivalries: Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers. The Bible crystallizes the truth that people sometimes find themselves competing for parental love and even competing for God’s love.
Read simplistically, the Bible’s sibling rivalries seem merely like stories of victory or defeat — Isaac over Ishmael. But all three Abrahamic religions have sophisticated, multilayered interpretive traditions that undercut fundamentalist readings.
Finding Peace Within the Holy Texts
By DAVID BROOKS
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Alongside the ethic of love there is a command to embrace an ethic of justice. Love is particular, but justice is universal. Love is passionate, justice is dispassionate.
Justice demands respect of the other. It plays on the collective memory of people who are in covenantal communities: Your people, too, were once vulnerable strangers in a strange land. The command is not just to be empathetic toward strangers, which is fragile. The command is to pursue sanctification, which involves struggle and sometimes conquering your selfish instincts. Moreover, God frequently appears where he is least expected — in the voice of the stranger — reminding us that God transcends the particulars of our attachments.
The reconciliation between love and justice is not simple, but for believers the texts, read properly, point the way. Sacks’s great contribution is to point out that the answer to religious violence is probably going to be found within religion itself, among those who understand that religion gains influence when it renounces power.
It may seem strange that in this century of technology, peace will be found within these ancient texts. But as Sacks points out, Abraham had no empire, no miracles and no army — just a different example of how to believe, think and live.
David Brooks is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. He is currently a commentator on PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Meet the Press. He is the author of multiple books, teaches at Yale University, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A version of this op-ed appears in print on November 17, 2015, on page A23 of the New York Times with the headline: Peace Within the Texts.
Advent Soul CleansingTuesday, December 15 I 7:00-9:00 p.m.
We had rave reviews from this event last month, so we’re bringing it back quickly by demand. We will pray the Rosary, and the sacrament of confession will be available with Fr. Ryan Duns throughout. We’ll sing a few songs and have time to reflect on readings and meditations. Community Servings Friday, December 18 I 5:00-7:00 p.m. 10 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain
Help pack up meals that are given to the homebound with an acute life-threatening illness in the Boston area. They serve over 9,600 meals each week and rely on volunteers to make that happen.
Volunteer with My Brother’s Keeper Saturday, December 19 I 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Black Friday Mob got you down? Come join us as we wrap (or deliver!) Christmas gifts for families in need. It will be a refreshing experience and great chance to give back for Jesus’ birthday. We will travel from St. C.’s to My Brother’s Keeper in Easton. Drivers needed and 15 volunteer spots available. Please email [email protected] for more details and to RSVP.
Holy Hour Happy Hour Sunday, December 20Taize Prayer - 6:00 p.m. I Happy Hour – 7:15 p.m.
We’re pumped to be able to participate in Taize prayer this month as there’s no 6:00 p.m. Mass that day. Then we’ll head to test out a new spot for happy hour – at the Back Bay Social Club (867 Boylston St.). Dressy Christmas attire encouraged.
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Prison and After Needs HelpEvery Monday night for the past three and a half years, a dedicated group of parishioners has been providing a support group and dinner from 6:00 until 8:00 for the men who are returning to the community after serving time in prison. In order to sustain this wonderful ministry, the group needs two kinds of help:
Financial - The dinner program is funded solely by contributions from parishioners. Each dinner costs approximately $300. Contributions of any amount are appreciated and can be given to Mark or Scott any Sunday or mailed to the parish office. Checks should be made out to Saint Cecilia Parish with Prison and After written in the memo line.
Hands On - We have a team of wonderful parishioners who gather every Monday evening from 5:30-9:00. We are looking for an additional two or three parishioners to join our group. Also, we are always delighted when a group, a family or an individual volunteers to cook a meal for the group. If you are interested in joining our group or making a meal, please email Peg Newman at [email protected]
are you friendly & smiley? Are you a warm and friendly person who loves to meet fellow parishioners with a smile? If so, we would love to have you join the Greeters! We are always searching for more parishioners to help with this ministry. Greeters are needed for all of the liturgies, but especially for the Sunday 6:00 p.m. liturgy. One can specify Mass frequency or any other availability concerns, all of which can be accommodated. If interested in helping out, please contact Christina Searby at [email protected]
DONE TIME?Men who have been incarcerated are invited to join the Prison & After group which is designed to provide participants with a sense of welcome and support. The meetings are held on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. We will begin with a group session followed by a simple meal. For info, contact Peg Newman at [email protected]
Making the House Ready for the Lord
Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed butstill nothing is as shining as it should befor you. Under the sink, for example, is anuproar of miceit is the season of theirmany children. What shall I do? And under
the eavesand through the walls the squirrelshave gnawed their ragged entrancesbut it is
the season when they need shelter, so what shall I do? Andthe raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens
the cupboardwhile the dog snores, the cat hugs the pillow;what shall I do? Beautiful is the new snow fallingin the yard and the fox who is staring boldlyup the path, to the door. And still I believe
you willcome, Lord: you will, when I speak to the fox,the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering
sea-goose, knowthat really I am speaking to you whenever I say,as I do all morning and afternoon:
Come in, Come in.
- Mary Oliver
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Parish RESOURCESParish Office & Mailing Address18 Belvidere Street, Boston, MA 02115Hours | Monday–Friday, 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, PastorMark Donohoe, Pastoral Associate for Administration, [email protected] J. MacDonald, Director of Faith Formation and Leadership Development, [email protected] Bruno, Coordinator of Pastoral Outreach, [email protected] J. Clark, Director of Music and Organist, [email protected] Gélinas, Executive Assistant,[email protected] Sullivan, Special Projects Manager,[email protected]
Assisting ClergyRev. Arthur M. CalterRev. Ryan Duns, SJRev. Thomas Gariepy, CSCRev. Peter Grover, OMVRev. James Shaughnessy, SJRev. George Winchester, SJ
Schedule for LiturgyWednesday, Thursday, & Friday | 8:00 a.m.Lord’s Day | Sat 5:00 p.m.; Sun 8:00, 9:30, 11:15 a.m., 6:00 p.m.Holy Days | 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Liturgy of the HoursEvening Prayer and Morning Prayer, as announced. Please check the bulletin for dates and times.
ReconciliationAvailable at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine (617-266-5999 x221), St. Francis Chapel in the Prudential Center (617-437-7117), and St. Anthony Shrine (617-542-6440). Please call for scheduled times.
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 Scott MacDonald.
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.
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 God’s 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]), Letitia Howland ([email protected]), or Erin Young ([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.
Sunday ParkingReduced-rate parking is available on Sundays at the Prudential Center south side garage (Huntington entrance only, $14 up to 4 hrs, $20 up to 5 hrs) and at the Hilton Boston Back Bay ($5). Be sure to have a greeter validate your parking ticket before returning to your car.
Saint Cecilia Rainbow MinistrySaint Cecilia Rainbow Ministry is a GLBTQ community at Saint Cecilia. For more information, contact [email protected]
Joining Our CommunityWe’re happy that you’re 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 Marlborough, Newburyport, and Stow. Please introduce yourself to a staff member, drop in for coffee on Sunday, or fill out a new parishioner form in the gathering space.