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Anthony Shrine
& Ministry Center
100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: 617-542-6440 Prayer Request Line: 617-553-4100 The Good Word: 617-542-0502


Saturday, December 19th Thursday, December 24th

Welcome to our St. Anthony Shrine Community. All are welcome here. No one is excluded. Please take this bulletin
home with you as well as the many brochures in our lobby that advertise the programs and services of the Shrine.
Information is also available on our website:
Thank you for being with us today.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 20, 2015
Greetings of peace!
Last week I preached about the experience of new things in our lives. Advent is a liturgical season, which
causes us to reflect on the wonder of God coming into the world as a human being, as a baby! It is not exactly
what the world expected at that time, and in many ways, were not still spiritually prepared.

One of the ways that we can cultivate our spiritual life is to try new things. We can try new kinds of prayer, try
to get to k now holy people better, read new spiritual books or change our routine of prayer.

St. Anthony has a rich tradition to cherish and protect, but its good for institutions to try new things as well.
Below are some of our new initiatives.

The Shrine has a new partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless. We are going to run a medical
clinic for homeless women every Tuesday morning at the Shrine. Numbers will be small at first and we will
evaluate as we go. The Shrine was picked as a site for this womens clinic because we are known in the city as a
safe, welcoming community. This new clinic is scheduled to begin in early February.

The Womens Lunch Place (WLP), is located on Newbury Street in Boston. It is a safe, welcoming day community
for all self-identified women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. The Shrine has partnered with
WLP and Dignity U Wear to provide needy Boston women with brand new clothes. We are thrilled to have this
new partnership with The Womens Lunch Place. (See Matthew 25:31-46.)

We recently began a regular weekday 5:15pm Mass at the Shrine. Please help us to spread the word on this.
We hope people find this to be a convenient time to attend.

As we near year-end, please consider a gift to St. Anthony Shrine. Our unique Lazarus program, a program
which provides dignified funerals for the homeless, and our Franciscan Food Center always have significant
expenses. The Shrines annual budget is more than $3.5 m illion, so we need to raise, on average, about $10,000
every day of the year. If you have any questions about giving to the Shrine, please contact me at or 617-426-0623.

Have a joyful fourth week of Advent!

Fr. Thomas Conway, OFM

Executive Director

Loving Mercy: Pope Francis Year of Prayer for Mercy

We invite you to a series of special prayer services here at the Shrine on

Fridays in the 1 st floor church from 12:10pm to 12:25pm.

A 14-week program presented by:

Fr. Eric Carpine, Br. Tony LoGalbo, Br. Chris Coccia, and Br. John Aherne.

Discover the richness of God's mercy through the Corporal and Spiritual works
of mercy. This prayer service is for you, please feel free to attend.
Please see the full schedule b elow and save the dates!

Friday, December 11: ALL

Friday, December 18: Br. Tony
Friday, January 8: Br. Chris
Friday, January 15: Br. John
Friday, January 22: Fr. Eric
Friday, January 29: Br. Tony
Friday, February 5: Br. Chris

No services during
Lent through Easter February
10 March 27, 2016.

Friday, April 1: Br. John

Friday, April 8: Fr. Eric
Friday, April 15: Br. Tony
Friday, April 22: Br. Chris
Friday, April 29: Br. John
Friday, May 6: Fr. Eric
Friday, May 13: Br. Tony

Come to the Stable

A Meditation on the Christmas Crche

Saturday, December 19th

with Br. Tony LoGalbo, OFM

Time: 11:00 am
Location: 1st Floor Church

Christmas Concert
with The Arch Street Band!

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Enter Into Anticipation with the Friars of St. Anthony

Shrine, as we celebrate and sing together from 6:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Church. Light refreshments will
be served after the concert. Please join us! There is no cost
to attend this concert. It is our gift to you!


Christmas Eve Vigil Masses: Thursday, December 24

4:00 PM, 4:15 PM (1st Floor Church), 5:30 PM, and 10:00 PM

Christmas Day Masses: Friday, December 25

6:00 AM, 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:30 PM

Music Masses with The Arch Street Band.

Christmas CDs of The Arch Street Band: Songs of Expectation & Celebration are on sale now ($15). These
make a perfect stocking stuffer. Also available: Our Christmas Novena of Masses cards ($10).

These items can be purchased online or at the Front Desk or by calling 617-542-6440 x 250. Mass Cards
and CDs also can be mailed to you.

5:15 p.m. Weekday Mass

The Shrine has Mass at 5:15pm Monday through Friday. The Wednesday 5:15pm continues in Spanish as usual.

St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center


Mass and Confession schedules can be found online at and on cards in the first floor lobby.

A.A. 12 Step Meeting/12 Traditions Meeting (closed) 5:45 p.m.

Seniors Craft Group 10:30 a.m.
A.A. Discussion Meeting (Open Meeting) Noon

Remembrance Day for Deceased (3rd Wed.) All Masses
Anointing of the Sick - Mass (2nd Wed.) 11:45 a.m.
Womens Spiritual Refl. Group (2nd & 4th Wed) 12:30 p.m.
Grupo Hispano de Oracion 4:00 p.m.
Mass in Spanish 5:15 p.m.
A.A. Discussion Meeting (Closed Meeting) 5:45 p.m.
Bread on The Common (2nd & 4th Wed.) 5:45 p.m.

S.L.A.A M eeting Noon
Rosary Prayer Group 12:30 p.m.
Mens Spirituality Group (2nd and 4th Thurs.*) 5:00 p.m.
*Please note: I n December the Mens Spirituality will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.

A.A Big Book Meeting 5:45 p.m.

Secular Franciscans Formation (2nd Sat.) 10:30 a.m.
Centering Prayer Group (1st & 4th Sat.) Noon
Vietnamese Secular Franciscans (2nd Sat.) 1:00 p.m.
Secular Franciscans Fraternity Meeting (2nd Sat.) 1:00 p.m.

Emmaus Ministry Prayer/Discussion (1st Sun.) 11:00 a.m.
Healing Service (2nd Sun.) 1:30 p.m.
Hispanic Secular Franciscans (1st Sun.) 3:00 p.m.

Are you feeling the call to be a

Eucharistic Minister?
Do you feel called by the Spirit to
proclaim the Word of God?

Here at St. Anthony Shrine, after Easter, we expect to

begin training new lay ministers as Lectors or
Eucharistic Ministers. In particular, we have a need for
Eucharistic Ministers at the following Masses: Monday
5:15PM, Saturday 4PM, and Sunday at 6, 7:30 and 9 AM
and 5:30PM. Especially if you could serve at those times,
wed love to hear from you.
Send an email to: Fred Brown at

Tonys Travelers FOXWOODS Casino Trip!

Sunday, January 31, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Price: $20 per person
Includes roundtrip bus to/from the Shrine;
plus $10 meal voucher and $10 credit for bets.
Limited seats available get your registration in early!
For more information please see the flier in lobby for details.
Contact Fr. Barry Langley, OFM at: 617-542-6440 ext. 241


Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Sundays, from 11am 12

noon in the 2nd floor classroom. Next session on
December 27th.

Second Collection December 26 & 27

The 2nd collection on December 26 & 27 will go to support the

Shrines Building Maintenance and Repair.

3rd Sunday Social: December 20th from 10:45am -

12:30pm in the 2nd floor classroom. Connect w ith
other young adults over coffee, bagels, and donuts.

Christmas Caroling at Marion Manor Nursing

Home: Sunday, December 20th from 2:30pm
3:30pm. Contact Br. John Aherne, OFM to sign up at:

December Calendar

Emmaus Ministry
Upcoming Spiritual Retreats at St. Anthony Shrine

One-day Retreat
Saturday, February 13

One-hour Brown Bag Retreats (12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 23: How did I go on after this tragedy?
Monday, March 14: Where is my child?

For more information:


10:00 am Mass
10:30 am Light exercise/stretching
11:00 am Activity or Presentation
12:00 Noon Lunch

Dec 23rd Christmas Carol Sing Along

Dec 30th New Years Traditions & Resolutions

Only a Few Remain Available!

MEMORIAL CANDLES Honor your deceased
Loved One with this wonderful, loving tribute.
Your beautiful white beeswax candle at the
Shrine will burn brightly, steadfastly, and
continuously 24/7 for an entire year. For more
information, see the Front Desk or call Diane at