Over the past few months whenever I get into a conversation with someone, whether it’s a friend, family member, or someone I do not really know well, it doesn’t take long before the topic of Pope Francis comes up. I am not usually the one who introduces the discussion. More often than not, the other person wants to speak about Pope Francis, and maybe hear my thoughts as well.
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Cool it, can it, and trash it—that’s the call from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission in a recent mailing to citizens about the disposal of fats, oils, and grease. (Abbreviated by the City as “F.O.G.”
These substances are typical byproducts in cooking, but dumping the stuff down the drain can lead to sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in residential plumbing or public sewers.
The BWSC advises residents to never pour grease down a sink, toilet, or garbage disposal. Grease and oil can be poured into a covered disposable container and put in the trash. Remaining fats, oils, and grease can be soaked up with paper towels. Baskets or strainers in sink drains can catch food scraps and other solids from entering the pipes.
The BWSC is also offering a free reusable grease can lid to Boston residents: for more information, call (617) 989-7000 or visit bwsc.org.
The next title discussed at the Club will be Wrestling with Our Inner Angels by Nancy Kehoe. The group will meet for the discussion on Thursday, January 2 at 7pm in the Parish Center.
We are still looking for performers to be in our Christmas play. The play will be held on December 22.
Please contact Anne Krane at 617-242-4664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We still have some space available on our Young Adult Advent retreat! Advent is a season in which we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. It is a season of light, hope, and waiting. Please join us for a short retreat where we will have the opportunity to meet, pray and reflect together about this special season and what it means for our lives. All young adults are invited to attend. Lunch, Dinner and Mass will be provided.
Date: Saturday, December 14
Location: Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community, 188 Foster St., Brighton 02135
To register or for more info, contact Anne Krane at 617-242-4664 or email@example.com
Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Church
A time to reflect and set your course for the New Year! The Advent Season is an appropriate moment to reflect on your life in a Sacramental way, and to engage in special moments of prayer. As we look forward to Advent and Christmas time, take some time to slow down and ponder, as Mary did, on God’s unconditional loving presence within you. At the conclusion of the Service, if you choose, you can receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation privately with a priest. We hope you will join us for this extraordinary time of prayer.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops now offers daily suggestions for prayer, reflection and action during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The content is presented in a clickable calendar format, with each click opening “doors” to a page of suggestions and links for that date. The USCCB resources are posted in the Advent and Christmas sections of usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-resources.
You will also find audio retreats in English and Spanish for the four Sundays of Advent and the three Sundays of the Christmas season, which concludes on January 12, 2014, with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The audio retreats, produced by Franciscan Media and made possible by funds from the Catholic Communication Campaign, feature music and a Scripture reflection from a different bishop each week.
Daily readings can be found at usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-resources/advent/index.cfm.
Preparing our hearts and asking for grace
We prepare this week by stepping up the longing. We move through this week by naming deeper and more specific desires. Each morning this week, if even for that brief moment at the side of our beds, we want to light a second inner candle. We want to let it represent “a bit more hope.” Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say, “Lord, I place my trust in you.”
Each day this week, as we encounter times that are rushed, even crazy, we can take that deep breath and make that profound prayer. Each time we face some darkness, some experience of “parched land” or desert, some place where we feel “defeated” or “trapped,” we hear the words, “Our God will come to save us!”
The grace we desire for this week is to be able to hear the promise and to invite our God to come into those real places of our lives that dearly need God’s coming. We want to be able to say: “Lord, I place my trust in your promise. Please, Lord, rouse your power and come into this place in my life, this relationship, into this deep self-defeating pattern. Please come here and save me.”
Each night this week we can look back over the day and give thanks for the moments of deep breath that opened a space for more trust and confidence in God’s fidelity to us. No matter how difficult the challenges we are facing – from the growing realization of our personal sinfulness, to any experience of emptiness or powerlessness, even in the face of death itself – we can give thanks for the two candles that faithfully push back the darkness. And, we can give thanks for the graces given us to believe that “Our God will come to save us” because we were given the courageous faith to desire and ask boldly.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people.
We await your coming. Come, O Lord.
From the Online Ministries of Creighton University
Parishioners may submit Christmas Flower Offerings up until December 16 for submission in our annual Christmas Bulletin. This year, the names of friends and loved ones will be printed in the December 22 issue of our regular Bulletin. Please bring your Christmas Flowers envelopes to Church or the Parish Center.
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Each year, the Parish offers Christmas assistance to some of the largest shelters and community programs in Boston. The gifts placed under the Giving Trees by parishioners are basic items that can help hundreds of men, women and children every day: warm winter hats and gloves, bathrobes, socks, Charlie Cards, gift cards, toiletry kits, and more.
Gift tags hang from the branches of the trees in back of Church, and each tag is marked with an item for one of these facilities. Recipients of the Giving Tree program include the New England Homeless Shelter for Veterans, St. Mary Center for Women and Children in Dorchester, and Charlestown Recovery House.
We ask that you wrap your gift and place the tag on the outside of the package so that we can deliver the package to the appropriate program. If possible, please place gift cards in a gift bag to prevent them from getting lost. Please note that some gifts, due to the requirements of the recipient program, may not need to be wrapped. These gifts will be identified, along with a requested deadline for gifts, on certain tags. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jeff Proctor at (617) 242-4664 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We wish you a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
St. Mary’s Women and Children: stmaryscenterma.org
New England Homeless Shelter for Veterans: www.nechv.org
Charlestown Recovery House: charlestownrecoveryhouse.org