Lenten Invitation Service: Tonight, March 9, 4:45 PM

All are invited to welcome the season of Lent at this meditative service, featuring readings and prayers from a variety of sources. Traditional music, including Mozart's Requiem,serves as a touchstone of familiarity in the midst of these non-traditional texts. This service will begin at 5:00 PM, with a musical prelude beginning at 4:45 PM. 

Adult Education Series for Lent

What can you give up for Lent?  Carbon!  Each Sunday in Lent at 9:00, the Adult Education Forum will discuss entering into a Carbon Fast, our chosen fast for this Lent (and beyond!).  Come learn how our relationship with our environment is a theological mandate.  We will be using the workbook "Low Carbon Diet" as our guide.  They will be available at the first session.  The forums will be lead by the rector and Jim Batchelor.  Please join us!

Forum on Choosing a Bishop: Today, March 9, 11:30 AM

On Sunday, March 9, there will be a "Choosing a Bishop" forum held in the Lichtenberger Room after the 10:00 service. Did you know that we will be electing the next bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts on April 5? Did you know that we elected our bishops? Did you know we had bishops? Join us for a forum after church to discuss the role of bishop, learn how bishops are chosen in the Episcopal Church, and hear a bit about the candidates for Bishop of Massachusetts.   

Lenten House Church 2014

For the past several years members of St. Paul's have been meeting in parishioners' homes for five Friday evenings during Lent for Lenten House Church Gatherings. Approximately 10 to 25 people have gathered for an informal meal of soup, salad, bread, and beverages (provided by the attendees), followed by an informal discussion of an appropriate Lenten topic, reading, or a book. This year's Friday Lenten House Church Gatherings will be held on the following dates/places: March 14 (Mahony's, Roslindale), March 21 (Este-Smargiassi's Jamaica Plain) March 28 (O'Brien's/Sanches, Newton), April 4 (Ferguson's, Brookline), and April 11 (Mello/Daigneault, The Rectory).

St. Paul's has chosen to read the book "A Practical Christianity: Meditations for the Lenten Season" by The Reverend Jane Shaw, Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA for our 2014 Lenten House Church Gathering. The book is published by Morehouse Publishing, is written in 5 Chapters and contains a study guide. It can be purchased online at Amazon at and  Please note that you do not have to read the book to attend, nor do you have to attend every week!

Since Lenten House Church attendees enjoy socializing before and during the informal meal, we are scheduling a social time from 6:00 to 6:30pm, the meal from 6:30 to 7:30pm, and the book discussion from 7:30-8:30/9:00pm. These are Pot Luck events for which we are looking for a volunteer to coordinate the food for each Friday and you can help the person who coordinates the food tremendously by signing up to bring Soup, Salad, Bread, and Wine here. . 

St. Paul's is providing child care on each of the Fridays. If you have any questions, please call Ed Jacobson at 617-529-5390 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you at a House Church this Lenten Season!

Daily Meditations from the Charles River Deanery

The parishes of the Charles River Deanery (of which we are a part) have put together a daily meditation booklet for Lent.  St. Paul's parishioners Eli Laurencot, Tim Hintz, Brett Donham and seminarian Megan Holding have all submitted meditations.  The booklet can be accessed online:through the announcement on St. Paul’s webpage..

Adult Confirmation and Reception into the Episcopal Church

If you have never been confirmed and would like to be, or if you have been confirmed in another tradition and would like to be received into the Episcopal Church, please contact Jeff to discuss a group forming to prepare. The service of Confirmation & Reception will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Needham on Saturday, May 10, at 10:30 AM, with Bishop Tom Shaw presiding.

Taste of St. Paul's Fundraiser & Silent Auction: Saturday, May 17

Please join us for a fun evening of food, silent auction and camaraderie on May 17. We will have tables with food items to taste from many cultures, prepared by our own St. Paul's parishioners, and many food-related items to bid on! This event is one of St. Paul's major fundraising opportunities, so invite family and friends. Tickets to the event will go on sale in April.  We are now recruiting volunteers to be table captains, serve or donate food, help with setup and cleanup, and sell tickets. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Andrea Brue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Arlene Swan-Mahony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Taste of St. Paul’s Menu Specials of the Week:

Farmers’ Market – Share the bounty of your summer garden by offering some homemade jams, pickles, tomato sauces, a basket of fresh berries/fruit, or homemade bread that can be donated for the auction and delivered in the summer/fall.   Contact your table captain Cricket Lewis/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Italian Table – Mangia tutti! How aboutta donating pasta lessons, homemade lasagna made to order & delivered, a jar of your nonna’s family sauce, or volunteering as a chef for a group dinner party? Contact your table captain Andrea Brue/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Paul's Calendar for Lent 2014

Sunday, March 9  

5:00 PM: Lenten Invitation Service

Friday House Church: March 14, 21, and 28; April 4 and 11

6:00 PM: House Church (locations TBA)

Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday): April 13
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM: Holy Eucharist

Monday, April 14 & Tuesday, April 15  
7:00 PM (both nights): Way of the Cross Service

Wednesday, April 16
7:00 PM: Tenebrae Service

Maundy Thursday, April 17

7:00 PM: Dinner & Footwashing Service

Good Friday, April 18
4:00 PM: Children's Good Friday Service
7:00 PM: Good Friday Liturgy 

Holy Saturday, April 19
7:00 PM: Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Sunday, April 20 9:00 AM: Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM: Easter Egg Hunt
11:00 AM: Holy Eucharist 

Serving Us This Week


The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello

Assisting Clergy

The Rev. Gordon J. Schultz

Subdeacon and Preacher

Megan C. Holding

Director of Music

Andrew E. Clarkson


Kendall Gray


Kendall Gray


Cole Flewelling-Allen and Ali O'Brien


Jordan Fried


Maryann Kurkjian and Amanda March

Healing Prayers

Jean Moses and Steve Morrissey

Chalice Bearers

Bo Fauth and Jean Moses

Altar Guild (8:00)

Ann Colageo

Altar Guild (10:00)

Mary Beth Elder and Peter Dull


Sam Scott


Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, Bev Estes-Smargiassi, and Kate Kelley

Coffee Hour

Chris and Melissa Dulla and Amanda March

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Memorials, Prayers, and Celebrations

Birthdays: Ariana-Marie Mucha-Cyr Silver, Jasmine Maria Mucha-Cyr Silver, Nihar Brown, Douglas Williams and Siena Fried. 

Prayer List: Jennifer, William, Judith, Bishop Tom, Janet, Felina, David, Dixon, Nicole, Dottie, Betsy, John, Michael, Elaine, Rose, Katherine, Sarah, Antoinette, and those in the military: Casey and Lucas.    

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