This Week at the Advent

  August 27-September 2, 2017


In This Issue
Blessing of the Backpacks
Supplies for Epiphany School Students
Drivers Needed
Coming this Fall: Special "Mini-Conference"
Pilgrimage to Greece in 2018
Back to School: Blessing of the Backpacks
Blessing of the Backpacks - September 10 at 9:00 AM Mass. Church School at the Advent kicks off September 10!  We start by  Commissioning the Church School Teachers and Caregivers  as a parish family at the 9 o'clock Mass, which is also the service for the  eighth annual Blessing of the Backpacks . Students of all ages - from pre-school to grad school - come forward with their backpacks during the 9 o'clock Mass to be blessed by a priest. Don't worry if you're not old enough for a backpack yet - just bring a lunchbox, a pencil box, something you'll carry to school with you every day. Parents are encouraged to bring their children so they may experience the support of the parish as they begin a new school year. 

After Mass,  register for Church School downstairs in Moseley Hall . Why not join us and invite a family that doesn't yet have a church home? Come out for refreshments, to meet the Church School staff, get a blessing for your backpack, and celebrate as a parish the beginning of another great school year!
Supplies for Epiphany School Students
Back to School Mission Opportunity:   Our parish is collecting school supplies to be given as care packages to students at the Epiphany School in Dorchester. The supplies will be blessed at the annual Blessing of the Backpacks at the 9:00 Mass on September 10, then delivered to Epiphany School students to start the academic year off right! Please join this project to serve kids in our city in the name of God and of the Advent. Supplies needed include:
  • Pencils (Regular and Pencils with fun designs are often used for rewards)
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Markers
  • Colorful Sharpie Markers (fine tip)
  • Glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Dry erase markers (NOT BLACK)
  • Dry erase marker erasers
  • Printing paper
  • Notebooks, Binders and Folders
  • College ruled loose leaf paper
  • Pens (blue or black)
  • Bookbags
For more details, contact Eric Fialho ( ).
Drivers Needed: Rides to Mass

Some of our parishioners need assistance getting to and from Sunday Mass. If you have a car, and are willing to occasionally pick up or drop home a parishioner, please email Fr Wood ( ).
Coming This Fall: Special "Mini-Conference"
Mark your calendars now for a special event in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: "Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots", November 15-16, 2017.

What  is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. 

And Looking Ahead: Pilgrimage to Greece
In April 2018: A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together. A group has also been to Turkey. We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018. Among the places we will visit will be: Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, will be available next Sunday.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 - 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one's own, is all inclusive. If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.

This email highlights just a few of the items in this week's announcements. For much more, go to

Parish Office
Church of the Advent
Sunday's Collect
Grant, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

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