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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings take place on Monday nights in the lower Church starting at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.

Caring for the Soul

We support and encourage those whose lives have been affected by mental illness by drawing upon prayer and spirituality as positive resources in our lives and the lives of those we love, and working to make our religious communities places of compassion, healing and acceptance. We welcome all those who have family members, friends or loved ones affected by mental illness, those who are living with mental illness themselves, as well as professionals in the field. Dr. Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ who is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and author of Wrestling with Our Inner Angels leads our group. We meet the first Monday of every month, from 5:30 to 7pm in Room 202 of St. Paul parish building.

Contact:
Laura Garcia, garciald@bc.edu, 617-251-4483
Carol Menkiti,  bosejo222@yahoo.com, 617-666-2855
Theresa Poirier, tma.poir62@gmail.com, 603-532-8643

Community Advent and Lenten Meals

Every Wednesday during Advent and Lent after the 12:10 Mass, we prepare and serve home-cooked meals for our homeless and others in the community, including parishioners who are welcome to join our guests. Volunteers are needed to prepare food at home (main dishes and vegetables) and bring juices, fresh fruits, desserts and sandwiches. A video is shown following the meal for those who wish to stay. We need volunteers to help prepare, set up, serve, and clean up.

Contact:
Mercedes Evans, msevans208@hotmail.com, 617-492-7047
Carol Menkiti, bosejo222@yahoo.com, 617-666-2855

English as a Second Language (ESL) / Inglés Como Segundo Idioma

Who: Non-native English speakers
Quien: Cualquier persona que quiera mejorar su Inglés

What: Free English language practice and improvement, together in a comfortable setting.
Que: Practicar y mejorar el Inglés gratis con un grupo, juntos en un espacio comodo y traquilo.

When: Every Saturday morning from 10–11:30am
Cuando: Cada Sabado de 10–11:30 de la mañana

Student and volunteer teacher spots are available.
Hay espacios abiertos para estudiantes y voluntarios.

Please Contact / Por favor contacte:
Mike Bliss, Michael.G.Bliss@gmail.com, (914) 262-0549

Food Pantry

St. Paul Parish has run a food pantry every Saturday for several years. During the COVID-19 crisis, volunteers are distributing prepacked bags of fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, desserts, and nonperishable items. Anyone is welcome to come and pick up a bag between 10:00 and 12:00 on Saturdays in the courtyard outside the church. Bags are free and you do not need to be a Cambridge resident or show ID. Since the pandemic began, new partnerships with two food rescue organizations, Food for Free and Food Link, have allowed us to remain open even when other food pantries closed temporarily.

The pantry relies on the generosity of parishioners and neighbors to keep the shelves stocked. Priority items include cereal, oatmeal, crackers, peanut butter, tuna, dry or canned beans, plain rice, pasta, coffee, shelf stable milk (quarts size containers), pasta sauce, and soup. Clean dry paper or plastic grocery bags are also welcome. Donations may be left in the church vestibule when the church is open for Sunday or weekday masses.

We regret that we are unable to accept new volunteers at this time. If you are looking for opportunities to help, the Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse maintains an updated list of organizations seeking volunteers.

If you are interested in making a contribution, or would like more information about the pantry, please contact Tara Lauriat at tll7997@yahoo.com.

Harvard Catholic Center

The Harvard Catholic Center invites students, faculty, alumni and the greater university community to grow into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ through the Roman Catholic tradition of worship, inquiry, prayer, and service to develop informed and compassionate individuals who use their intellectual and spiritual gifts for the benefit of the Church and the World.

Visit https://www.harvardcatholic.org to learn more about our vibrant community and upcoming events.

Liturgical Ministries (Extraordinary Ministers, Greeters/Ushers, and Lectors)

If you are interested in serving, please contact Deacon Tim O’Donnell, Director of Parish Ministries or Nancy Nicolaou.

Pastoral Care to the Sick and Homebound

St. Paul Parish extends its ministry to those who are sick and homebound. There are three ways your help is needed. First, please consider volunteering to telephone or visit those who are missing the fellowship of our church community. Second, if you, or anyone you know, is in need of a visit, please contact us. Third, please include this important ministry in your prayers.

Contact: Carolyn O’Hara, StPaulsCaring@gmail.com, (617) 491-8400, ext. 342

Prayer Groups

Badaliya Prayer Group

Due to the continued Covid restrictions, St. Pauls Badaliya USA and Peace Islands faith sharing gatherings will meet from 3 pm to 4:30 pm remotely on the third Sunday of every month beginning September 20th.

Please join our Interfaith prayer for peace with justice throughout the world, especially in the Holy Land and for safety and health in every family and community during this pandemic and beyond. Call 781 395-4391, to leave a message with your contact information if you would like to receive the Zoom link each month.All are welcome!

The Badaliya was founded in 1934 in Cairo, Egypt by Louis Massignon to encourage interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Christians. The Badaliya USA was recreated in 2002 in response to the tragic events of 9/11. The Peace Islands Institute joined with St. Paul’s in 2006 in establishing an Interfaith sharing group at St. Paul’s Parish. By “crossing over” to the ‘other’ and sharing our faith experiences, we enhance our understanding of our own faith while also learning about our neighbor’s faith traditions.

Contact: Dorothy C. Buck, dorothy@dcbuck.com, (781) 395-4391
http://www.dcbuck.com/Badaliya/index.html

Centering Prayer Group
All are welcome to join us Thursday evenings in practicing Fr. Thomas Keating’s method of “Centering Prayer.” Prayer meetings include readings – sometimes Lectio Divina – or videos followed by discussion and concluding with Centering Prayer.

Contact: Janice Chang or Susan Dougherty, stpaulcentering@gmail.com

Monday Prayer Group
Immediately after the Monday 12:10 PM Mass, we meet to re-read and meditate on the scripture passages from that day’s Mass. After a time of meditation, we share our understanding of the passages. We are enriched by each person’s insights and often share ways in which we have experienced grace in our lives.

Contact: Mary Alice Stanton, mastanton3@verizon.net

Sister Parish

Through the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, St. Paul’s Parish established a relationship with Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish in Beit Sahour, Palestine, in order to spiritually and emotionally support our Christian brothers and sisters, the “living stones” who live in the Holy Land. The HCEF has many innovated programs designed to encourage Christians to continue to witness to our Christian faith in the land where Jesus lived, died and rose again, and supports families and children’s education through the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem.

Contact: Dorothy C. Buck, dorothy@dcbuck.com, (781) 395-4391

Young Couples and New Families

This group of newly engaged/married couples and new parents enjoys fellowship a potluck breakfast after Mass once a month and other faith-formation events. Sometimes there are discussion topics, and we are always open to new ideas for fellowship.

For more information, contact HarvardCatholicYCNF@gmail.com or join our email list.