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A prophetic, Franciscan, Catholic community welcoming all people through prayer and outreach.

We extend a special welcome to everyone visiting the Shrine for the first time.

Saturday, January 12 – Friday, January 18, 2019

Telephone: 617-542-6440
Prayer Request Line: 617-553-4100
The Good Word: 617-542-0502
Text-to-Give text “DONATE” to: 617-712-2233
January 13, 2019
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Greetings of peace. Recently we implemented a new Mass and Confession
schedule. For many of you, this change required an adjustment of your
routine. We appreciate your accommodation to our needs. As part of those
changes, we added a 7:00 Mass on Sunday night, in hope of expanding the
number of young adults who attend the Shrine. That effort was largely successful
as such a group did attend last week. Please help us spread the word about this
new Mass in the schedule, especially among young people. It is challenging to
find creative ways to encourage others to participate in church, but is an integral
part of the call to spread the Gospel.

Fr. Thomas Conway, OFM
Executive Director

NOTICE: Shrine Closed for MLK Jr. Day
Monday, January 21, 2019

The Shrine will be completely closed on MLK Jr. Day, Monday, January 21.
Mass and confessions will not be held.

The Shrine will be open regular hours on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
St. Anthony Shrine
Comparative Statement of Income and Expenses
Partial years, FY 2018 and FY 2019, comparative

July 1 July 1 Year-
2017 to 2018 to to-year Percent
January 7 January 7 Increase Increase
2018 2019 (Decrease) (Decrease)
Collections 619,000 578,000 -41,000 -7
Second Collections 96,000 74,000 -22,000 -23
Fundraising Income 2,265,000 2,022,000 -243,000 -11
Program Income 43,000 38,000 -5,000 -12
Wills & Bequests Income 86,000 84,000 -2,000 -2
Other Income 16,000 32,000 16,000 100
Interest Earned 22,000 12,000 -10,000 -45
Total Income 3,147,000 2,840,000 -307,000 -10

HNP-Support & Other Expenses 65,000 64,000 -1,000 -2
Collections Disbursed 17,000 0 -17,000
Friary 233,000 178,000 -55,000 -24
Development Expenses 473,000 452,000 -21,000 -4
Facilities Expenses 295,000 259,000 -36,000 -12
General & Administrative 213,000 215,000 2,000 1
Professional Expenses 81,000 244,000 163,000 201
Direct Program Expenses 267,000 162,000 -105,000 -39
Salaries & Related Expenses 1,042,000 946,000 -96,000 -9
Depreciation & Amortization Exp 179,000 159,000 -20,000 -11
Total Expense 2,865,000 2,679,000 -186,000 -6

Excess (Shortage) of
Revenues over Expenses 282,000 161,000 -121,000

Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.
We use accrual basis accounting.
The figures above are unaudited. We have a June 30 fiscal year-end.
Please contact Fr. Tom Conway, OFM, with question or comments.
thoughts on Isiah 42

Prepare the way in your heart! This weekend we’ll hear these words from the prophet

A voice cries out: In the desert
prepare the way of the LORD! Make
straight in the wasteland a highway
for our God!

Don’t we all have wastelands in our lives? They're not hard to find, from time routinely spent
worrying about future scenarios or conflicts, to sleepless nights, to New Years resolutions
already broken and out-of-reach. For today, let’s focus on the word prepare. What grace it is
that the prophet didn’t write fix yourself, or improve on your own. God’s offering is better than we
could imagine. We need simply to prepare; to make some space.

We all have places, habits, and space in our lives where we could begin to prepare for the
Lord’s work. It could be making time to journal about our repeated worrying, to meditating with
the TV off before bedtime, or getting to the gym on that day when it feel impossible. Anywhere
we can create space - a gap between our unconscious habits and new awareness - God will
come and do work we can’t imagine. He’s got spiritual bulldozers, emotional cranes, and
addiction wrecking balls.

Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill shall be
made low; the rugged land shall
be made a plain, the rough
country, a broad valley.

Is there anything better to hear than that something “will be done?” The prophet didn’t say, “you
do it.” Again, we’re the space-makers, the time-makers, the quiet reflectors. It’s a pretty easy job
He gave us. God will do the heavy lifting if we prepare and invite Him. At the same time, we must
be ready to let go of the importance of our mountains - often our source of validity as people. All
wealth, beauty and power will surely fade. God is calling us to redefine our priorities - to become
more useful to Him. St. Francis asked that God’s love would, “absorb [his] soul from all that is
under heaven.” I love that image - to be in the world but not attached to the things of this world.

Then the glory of the LORD shall
be revealed,

God’s “work-sites” always attract attention. It is in our very nature to be curious and drawn to
people who are becoming more free, more vibrant, and less encumbered by fear, dread and
worry. Often these people have surprisingly little to say about how they are achieving their
results. Why? All they did was make the space, the time, the possibility. God brings on the
miracle of transformation in often unseen ways.

and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
WORK-SITE CAUTION: Remember how well Jesus’s message went over with the
establishment? Well, here’s the word again: be prepared! Not everyone will celebrate God’s
transformation of your life. For many, your change will be seen as an affront to their own comfort
zone. Often it can even be those closest to us who have the hardest time seeing fear replaced by
God’s vibrancy. You may need to be the “prophet who is not recognized in your own town.” But
remember that Jesus didn’t stay put, trying to convince his hometown crowd. Like Him, let’s
move forward with our miracles and allow our community to adjust around us. As with Jesus’ own
story some will stay, some will go, and key characters will emerge out of nowhere.

Go up on to a high
mountain, Zion,
herald of glad tidings;
cry out at the top of
your voice,
Jerusalem, herald of
good news! Fear not
to cry out and say to
the cities of Judah:
Here is your God!

Who writes books that change others’ lives? Who can inspire with real-life example? Who can
liberate others with their very presence? The former captive - the person who made that space,
and allowed God’s transformation. Subway’s famous “Jared” wouldn’t have been as effective
had we not seen him in his valley- a struggle with weight and diet.

I love how the prophet doesn’t say, “mention it if people ask,” or, “yeah, sure...tell folks if you
want to...whatev.” NO. Find your high mountain, be of glad tidings, and cry out at the top of your
voice about your newfound liberty! That is our calling when we become more free of things like
obesity, drug or screen addiction, negative thinking, poor church attendance, racism, or any
other former valley. God will do miraculous work and He counts on our referrals! Isn’t this fun?
Don’t we get the greatest end of the deal here? It’s too amazing to put into words.

Here comes with power
the Lord GOD, who
rules by a strong arm;
here is his reward with
him, his recompense
before him. Like a
shepherd he feeds his
flock; in his arms he
gathers the lambs,
carrying them in his
bosom, and leading the
ewes with care.

As we head through these weeks of Ordinary time toward Lent, this theme will pervade our music
choices. It seems like the prophet Isaiah is laying out the 2019 manual for miraculous
transformation. It is a cycle toward freedom and usefulness-to-God that can be seen in every
Shrine ministry. May we encounter these words anew and for today, and not allow them to
become museum pieces meant for a past people. Truly God’s word is alive and this prophecy as
fresh as the day it was delivered. Prepare the way - make some space - invite the miracle!
Seniors at Arch Street
The Senior Program will be meeting on the
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month during
the winter season.
Wednesday, January 16
10am: Mass with Anointing of the Sick
10:30am: Refreshments
11am: Exercise by
Patti D’Angelo,
Certified Personal Trainer
12pm: Lunch
The Second Collection 1/12-1/13
will be for the Lazarus Ministry at St. Anthony
Shrine. The Lazarus Ministry provides proper and
dignified funerals and burials for the abandoned
street homeless with no next of kin. For more
information on this ministry, please visit our website.

The LGBTQ Spirituality Ministry Healing Service Time Change
Starting Sunday, January 13, 2019
We will meet on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Please note that the Healing Service will
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm in the Second Floor
start at 1:00pm after the 12:00pm Mass
Classroom. Bring some ideas of what you would
like to see the Ministry involved in from January- in the second floor church, effective
June [PrideFest]. Look forward to seeing you Sunday January 13.
soon. Contact Fr. Joe with any questions at
Announcing a new Bereavement
Rome and Assisi Pilgrimage
October 1-15, 2019 If you are dealing with the death of a
loved one, grief can be a very lonely and
Draw closer to St. Francis by visiting the holy places where he lived his isolating experience. Working out your
life and started the Franciscan Order. $3400 double occupancy, $3600 grief can be easier if you have others to
single occupancy, this price includes flights, ground transportation, lean on.
tours, accommodations, and most meals.
The Shrine is now accepting registration
On this pilgrimage you will also have a for its Spring Bereavement Group.
unique opportunity to experience the The group will begin on
beauty and grandeur of the ancient city
of Rome and explore the Vatican and
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
other holy places revered by Christians and run for 8 consecutive weeks
the world over. For more information (6pm - 7:30pm).
or to sign up, please contact Bro. Paul
O'Keeffe, OFM at St. Anthony Shrine For more details or to register please call
counseling service, 617-542-6440 ext. the Shrine today at
103 or by email at 617-542-6440 ext. 251. Ask for Han Bertrand.
Emmaus Ministry for
Grieving Parents

Serving the spiritual needs

Faith and Justice in Society:
of grieving parents whose
children of any age died by
any cause

Lenten One Day Retreat
Jewish, Christian & Muslim March 23
Perspectives JOIN US!
9:00am - 7:00pm
Register before March 15
The major religious traditions find it imperative
to work for social justice. Learn each religion’s
(limited space available)
perspective on social justice from prominent Tuesday, call (617) 542-8057 or
Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders January 15, 2019 visit
and deepen your awarenests of our shared religious 6:15PM — 8:00 PM
and social heritage.
Panelists include Barry Schrage, Brandeis University
Marriott Courtyard Para atender las
Professor of the Practice in the Hornstein Jewish Boston Downtown necesidades espirituales de
Professional Leadership Program, June R. Davis 275 Tremont Street padres y madres en duelo
Cooper, Old South Church Theologian and Executive Boston MA
Director of City Mission, and Imam Taha Hassane, (near the Boylston St./Green Line
Director of the Islamic Center of San Diego. Rev. J. Retiro Espiritual
and New England Medical
Bryan Hehir, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Center/Orange Line T Stations)
De Un Día
and Secretary for Health and Social Services for the Para Padres En Duelo
Archdiocese of Boston, will moderate the discussion. 26 de enero de 2018
We look forward to having you with us for what
St. Anthony Shrine
promises to be an enriching program. Space is limited.
Please register at Llame al 617-542-8057
or by phone, (857) 990-3670, for admission to the meeting. O ir

We are grateful for your financial support ofEvening of Prayer: “Surrender to the Seasons”
New 7pm Mass our program.
Please donate at or by mail to:
AEvery Sunday
Faith That Does Justice, 300 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02115.
2nd Floor Church Sunday, January 27 2018
While St. Anthony Shrine is in the process 4:00 - 5:30 PM
of redesigning its young adult ministry, the Sisters of St. Joseph Chapel
friars understand how busy being a young 637 Cambridge Street, Brighton, MA.
adult in the city is, which is why they have
added a Sunday evening 7pm Mass! With St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries, supported by The Sisters of St.
relevant homilies and The Arch Street Joseph of Boston, invite you to an Evening of
Band providing music, we want you to be Prayer: “Surrender to the Seasons.” Presenters Joan Duffy,
there! We invite all, but especially adults
CSJ and Kathleen Short, CSJ will give attention to the deep
aged 20-39, to help shape this Mass into
something that connects and enriches connection between the seasons of nature and those of the
young adults in Boston. Hope to see you human heart. Each season has its own spiritual gifts but
there! More information to come on the together we will reflect on the invitation of winter to embrace
young adults ministry at the Shrine- stay Sabbath Time. Suggested donation is $25. Register
tuned for information in the bulletin and at: or call 781-227-4730.
on the Shrine’s social media platforms.
3 Wednesday of every month: Anointing Mass 10AM

2 Floor Church
1st Floor Church
Saturday Mass: 12PM
Saturday Vigil: 4PM , 5:30PM Saturday: 10AM - 4PM
Sunday Mass: 6AM, 7:30AM, 9AM , 10:30AM , Sunday: 1:30PM - 3PM
12PM , 4PM , 5:30PM , 7PM Weekday: 10:30AM - 1:30PM, 4PM - 5:30PM
Weekday Mass: 6AM, 7AM, 11:45AM, 12:30PM, 5:15PM

Additional 12PM Mass in Spanish in the 1st Floor Church *Please note: Additional Wednesday Confession: 6:30AM - 8AM
3rd Wednesday of every month: Anointing Mass 10AM

Liturgical Ministers Needed
If you are interested in becoming a liturgical minster, please e-mail Fred Brown at
1st Floor Church

Monday Thursday
Sunday: 1:30PM - 3PM
OA Meeting (Open), Auditorium Classroom 12:15pm St. Augustine Group (S.L.A.A.) (Closed) 12:00pm
Weekday: 10:30AM - 1:30PM, 4PM - 5:30PM 5:45 pm Rosary
A.A. 12 Step/12 Traditions Meeting (Closed) Prayer Group, 1 Floor Chapel
Men’s Spirituality Group (2 and 4 Thurs) nd th
Tuesday Lectura y reflexión del evangelio 5:30pm
A.A. Discussion Meeting (Open), Auditorium Foyer 12:00pm A.A Big Book Meeting (Closed) 5:45pm
Charismatic Prayer, Mezzanine Group Room 12:00pm
*Please note: Additional Wednesday Confession: 6:30AM - 8AM
Wednesday S.A.12 Step Meeting (Open), Auditorium Foyer 7:00am
Remembrance Day for Deceased (3rd Wed.) All Masses O.A. Meeting (Open), Auditorium Classroom 12:15pm
Anointing of the Sick - Mass (3rd Wed.) 10:00pm
S.A. Meeting (Open), Auditorium Foyer 7:00am Saturday
Seniors Program, Auditorium 10:30am Secular Franciscans Formation (2nd Sat.) 10:30am
Women’s Spiritual Refl. Group (2nd & 4th Wed) 12:30pm Centering Prayer Group (1st & 4th Sat.) 12:00pm
Grupo Hispano de Oracion 4:00 pm Vietnamese Secular Franciscans (2nd Sat.) 1:00pm
LGBTQ Spirituality (3rd Wed) 5:30 pm Secular Franciscans Fraternity Meeting (2nd Sat.) 1:00pm
A.A. Discussion Meeting (Open), Auditorium Foyer 5:45pm
Emmaus Ministry Prayer/Discussion (1st Sun.) 11:30 am
Healing Service (2nd Sun.) 1:00pm
Latino Ministry Social, Auditorium 1:00pm
Rosary, Vespers, Benediction 2:55pm
Hispanic Secular Franciscans (1st Sun.) 3:00pm

100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: 617-542-6440 Prayer Request Line: 617-553-4100 The Good Word: 617-542-0502 Text GIVE to: 617-712-2233