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An Ecuador experience with Rostro de Cristo

Young Catholics in Boston are invited to join Rostro de Cristo for an Immersion Retreat on the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador from November 23?29.

Rostro de Cristo is a Catholic Volunteer and Retreat program working on the margins of Ecuador’s largest city. (Our U.S. office is at the RCAB Pastoral Center in Braintree.) Our retreat offers you an opportunity to live the Gospel, deepen your understanding of the global Church, and make a difference by committing to service, faith and social justice. Live, work and pray in community; walk the dusty streets of Guayaquil with our volunteers; meet our neighbors and hear their inspiring stories; worship at the local Catholic parish; visit ministry projects serving those in need, and encounter Christ among the poor.

The cost is $1000 plus airfare (financial aid up to $400 is available for those who are unable to pay the full amount). The retreat opportunity is limited to adults who are able participate in 2?3 preparation meetings in Boston and who would continue to meet upon return.

Want more information? Come to an RDC gathering in the Church hall after this Sunday’s 6PM Mass. Take a look at rostrodecristo.org or send an email to evan@rostrodecristo.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

What you should know about hospice care

Every October, the Church in the United States observes “Respect Life” month as an expression of our commitment to the value of every human life from its beginning stages in the womb to the end of earthly life. This year’s theme is “Each of us is a MASTERPIECE of God’s creation.” The Secretariat for New Evangelization and the Pro Life Office have chosen four topics, one for each week in October, to help inform us about these critically important issues. The topics are: adoption, palliative care, health care proxies, and hospice care. The following is information on hospice care.

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A report from the Parish Finance Council

Every Catholic parish supports itself and thrives to the extent that members of the parish community are involved in the life and support of the parish. Our Parish is no different. There are many who are part of our Parish, actively involved and supportive. At the same time there are many who are part of the Parish and who are not yet involved and supportive. The more persons, newly arriving and/or newly connecting with the Parish, who register and support the life of the Parish, the stronger and more dynamic the community can become.

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Funeral arrangements for Bishop Boles

The following are the funeral arrangements for Most Reverend John P. Boles, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Boston, who passed to the Lord on October 9.

Lying in State:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 2-4pm at Regina Cleri, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, MA

Wednesday, October 15, 2014  from 4-7pm  at St. Paul Church, Cambridge,  29 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA

Mass of Christian Burial:

St. Paul, Cambridge Thursday, October 16, 2014  at 11am

May he rest in peace.

Condolences

Clergy Health and Retirement Trust
c/o Regina Cleri
60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way
Boston,  MA 02114

A quiet force for good

For more than a century, St. Vincent de Paul Society has served the greatest in need.

A young mother and her three children recently moved into the housing development on Bunker Hill Street. Her four year-old was shocked by the change of scenery. Their new apartment had two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. Their last home was a shelter. They were happy to find a home but faced a serious problem: they didn’t own a single piece of furniture, not even a mattress, and lacked the money to buy any. This is one of the many scenarios that the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a quiet force for good in our community for 138 years, addresses in their work among the poor.

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Fall Soup Drive for Harvest on Vine

Harvest on Vine Emergency Food Pantry has launched a Fall canned soup drive for its Charlestown clients. This year, and certainly in colder weather, we come together to assist the greatest in need.

Please bring any canned soup items to the Parish Center at 46 Winthrop Street during business hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or in back of St. Mary’s Church on 55 Warren Street.

Blessings to you and your family during this wonderful season!

Next Book Club covers Rolheiser’s “Sacred Fire”

Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.

The next Parish Book Club meeting will discuss Sacred Fire: Vision For A Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Oblate Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. All are welcomed to enjoy a good read, meet your parishioners and participate in the book group’s lively discussion.

Writing for National Catholic Reporter, Dana Greene summarized Sacred Fire as “prompting reflection on mature discipleship and how to keep the sacred fire fueled in the decades of adult life … Rolheiser’s defining premise is that discipleship, like life itself, has stages, each with its own challenges and opportunities.” Sacred Fire “carries discipleship into a second adult stage.” The work presents “’mature discipleship,’ the struggle to give one’s life away in generative activity.” The seven deadly sins are alluring but are reinterpreted for contemporary situations. “Fr. Rolheiser re-envisions the Ten Commandants for the long haul of life” while “the final stage of maturity is characterized generativity and discipleship which blesses and gives new life.”

Why you should have a health proxy

Every October, the Church across the United States observes “Respect Life” month as an expression of our commitment to the value of every human life from its beginning stages in the womb to the end of earthly life. This year’s theme is “Each of us is a Masterpiece of God’s creation.” The Secretariat for New Evangelization and the Pro Life Office have chosen four topics, one for each week in October, to help inform us about these critically important issues. The topics are  adoption, palliative care, health care proxies, and hospice care. Below is information on palliative care.

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Come to the Waters of Healing

Come to the Waters of Healing: Fall 2014 retreat dates from Project Rachel

Project Rachel offers one-day retreats for hope and healing after abortion. Their program is designed to help women hurting from past abortions experience the personal love of Christ and find hope for healing. It will offer a loving and confidential environment to hear stories of post-abortion healing, share Scriptural encounters with Christ’s healing love,  spend quiet time in prayer before God, and receive Confession and the great gift of Christ in the Eucharist. Fall dates are Sat., October 18 and Sat., November 15 from 9:00AM–5:00 PM. Location is confidential. Requested donation of $10 to cover lunch cost. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 10 participants. For more info, call (508) 651-3100 or e-mail help@projectrachelboston.com.

Vocation gatherings in Newton

Samuel Circle: gathering and Q&A on October 28 from 7-9PM

The Samuel Circle is a discernment group for single men considering religious life. Join them for pizza, Lectio Divina, and Sharing-Q&A and Fellowship. (Our Lady Help of Christians, 573 Washington St., Newton 02458) For more info, contact Fr. Rocco Puopolo at 508-429-2144.

Fiat! Fall kickoff meeting on October 29 from 7-9PM

Fiat! is a discernment group for single women considering a vocation to religious life. Come meet sisters from around the Archdiocese  and learn more about the special vocation of consecrated virgins. (Our Lady Help of Christians, 573 Washington St., Newton 02458) For more info, please contact Sr. Marian Batho at 617-746-5637 or sr_marian_batho@rcab.org.