This Week at the Advent

  September 10-16, 2017


In This Issue
Blessing of the Backpacks
Supplies for Epiphany School Students
Compline this Sunday
Hurricane Harvey Relief
Drivers Needed
Coming this Fall: Special "Mini-Conference"
Blessing of the Backpacks
Blessing of the Backpacks - This Sunday, 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. 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 ( ).
Compline this Sunday
This Sunday evening at 8 pm, join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by  Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.

There will be special music at the Compline service this evening and a reception will follow. 

There is a particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr. Hanson ( or Fr. Wood ( ).

Hurricane Harvey Relief
Episcopal Relief & Development urges prayers for communities along the US Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund and visit the organization's website for more information about relief and recovery efforts. 

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. 

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

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Church of the Advent
Sunday's Collect
Grant us, O Lord, we pray thee, to trust in thee with all our heart; seeing that, as thou dost alway resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so thou dost not forsake those who make their boast of thy mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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