An Invitation from St. Paul’s Parish in Cambridge

An Invitation from St. Paul’s Parish in Cambridge

The Committee on Spiritual & Public Concerns and the Social Justice Committee of St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square invite you to join us for two timely lectures with Fr. J. Bryan Hehir
Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 PM: The Catholic Social Tradition: Sources, Structure and Specific Issues
Sunday, October 31 at 3:00 PM: Racial Justice: The Challenge for the Church and the Nation

At St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square or Virtually on Zoom

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Have you been worshiping with us, but never officially taken the step to become Catholic?
Have you been away from the Church, and have now returned, but want to know more?
Have you been a Catholic all your life, but never celebrated all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)?
Have you joined us from a different background and would like to find out more about the Catholic Church?

If you (or someone you know) answers YES to any of these questions, you are invited to find out more through process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)…

Synod 2021-2023 “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”

Synod 2021-2023 <i>“For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”</i>

Pope Francis has called for a synod in the church. The theme of this upcoming Synod is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.”  The solemn opening of the Synod will take place in Rome on October 9-10, and in the particular Churches (the diocesan phase) on October 17. It will conclude in the Vatican on October 2023 with the assembly of bishops from around the world. The diocesan phase, which runs until April, will focus on listening to and consulting the people of God.

You can learn more about this inspiring two-year process our Church is engaged in on the Synod page on our website…

Your Time and Talent are Needed!

Your Time and Talent are Needed!

Do you feel a desire to be trained as a Eucharistic Minister? 
Do you feel a prompting to proclaim the Word of God as a Lector at Mass? 
Are you called to comfort the grieving by serving at the Altar for funeral Masses?
Do you want to steward financial offerings by gathering the collection? 
Have you been waiting for a specific call to serve?


THIS IS THAT CALL!

Walking with Purpose Bible Study for Women: Reclaiming Friendship

Walking with Purpose Bible Study for Women: Reclaiming Friendship

God never intended us to walk our paths alone – and yet, this is how many of us find ourselves today.  Whether it be due to the isolation of the ongoing pandemic or the stress of everyday obligations, we, as women, often put our needs last.  But the spiritual need is one that cannot be ignored, and neither is the need for human connection…

Let’s fill our hearts with community and our minds with God’s Word as we embark on a shared journey of discovery and growth that will lead us closer to each other and closer to God.  We encourage all women of all ages to join our Walking With Purpose Bible Study entitled Reclaiming Friendship.  No previous Bible Study experience is required…

“Examining Our Public Commitment to Faith in Action” – A Workshop with Rev. J. Bryan Hehir on September 30

“Examining Our Public Commitment to Faith in Action” – A Workshop with Rev. J. Bryan Hehir on September 30

The social unrest and racial reckoning of the past year have inspired many to consider how faith ought to be lived in a public arena in the Covid era. As social distancing requirements ease, we have an opportunity to examine how we publicly practice our faith to stand in solidarity with those whom society marginalizes.

Join A Faith That Does Justice and Rev. J. Bryan Hehir for a Workshop to examine your public commitment to your faith. In-Person: Saint Cecilia Parish Hall 18 Belvidere Street, Boston Virtually: Zoom

TONIGHT at 7:00pm! Virtual Prayer Service and Gathering on the Feast of St. Phoebe – REGISTER NOW!

TONIGHT at 7:00pm! Virtual Prayer Service and Gathering on the Feast of St. Phoebe – REGISTER NOW!

Discerning Deacons invites Catholics to gather virtually to pray for the intercession of St. Phoebe, listen to powerful testimonies from Catholic women engaged in diaconal ministry, and express our collective hope that the Church would “receive them in the Lord,” just as St. Paul asked the Church in Rome to receive Phoebe the diakonos in Romans 16:1-2.

Click here to register for the Zoom liturgy.

Background

The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) renewed the ministry of the diaconate in the Catholic Church — restoring it as a permanent state of life, opening it to married men, and teaching that deacons are ordained to serve in liturgy, word and charity to the people of God. At the Council itself, and in the decades that followed, a question has consistently emerged among popes and bishops and many others: Might the restoration and renewal of this ministry also involve giving official recognition to the diaconal ministry exercised by women?

From Discerning Deacons: “Called to Serve: Two Women’s Witness”

From Discerning Deacons: “Called to Serve: Two Women’s Witness”

Discerning Deacons, a group whose mission is to engage Catholics in the active discernment of our Church about women and the diaconate, has released a short introduction to two women seeking ordination to the diaconate in the Boston region: Philomėne Pèan and our own Kelly Meraw. Both Philomėne and Kelly are working in full time positions to serve members of their communities and churches, and feel a longing to be ordained as deacons. This would, they say, be a faithful restoration of ancient orders for women to the diaconate, a respected role women held for centuries before it fell out of practice.

This fall, Pope Francis invites the Church around the world to go on a journey of renewal by becoming a more listening, participatory, and inclusive Church. Discerning Deacons hopes stories like Kelly and Philomėne can have space to be heard within this inspiring process.  They seek to acknowledge these women’s work and dreams, and to hopefully reimagine how their gifts can be received within the Church… Please take a few minutes to watch this inspiring introduction to two extraordinary women of faith – 

Fall Book Study: “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church” by Fr. Bryan Massingale

Fall Book Study: “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church” by Fr. Bryan Massingale

Join us for a six week discussion of Fr. Bryan Massingale’s Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. In the author’s words, “We all are wounded by the sin of racism… How can we struggle together against an evil that harms us all?” Racial Justice and the Catholic Church examines the presence of racism in America from its early history through the Civil Rights Movement and the election of Barack Obama. It also explores how Catholic social teaching has been used–and not used–to promote reconciliation and justice.

Sessions will run Wednesday, September 29th through Wednesday, November 3rd from 7-8:15pm and will be co-facilitated by Mary Lemire-Campion (Collaborative Coordinator of Pastoral Care), and Michelle Sterk Barrett (parishioner and Director of the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World at the College of the Holy Cross).  We hope to hold all sessions in person at St. Paul Parish Hall, but will shift to an online format as needed…