Weekly Newsletter

This Sunday at St. Paul's: March 18, 2018

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

8:00 am             Contemplative Service of Holy Communion (Chapel)

9:00 am             Adult Formation: Making Room in our Communities (Great Hall)

                         Nursery/Childcare: (Lichtenberger Room)
                         Church School:  (Brookline Teen Center)

                         Confirmation Class (Chapel)

                         Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

10:00 am           Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary)                    

11:15 am           Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am           Ministry Leaders Holy Week Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)          

Church School continues at the Brookline Teen Center: 

  • Church School Snack will occur at the beginning of the 9am hour at the Brookline Teen Center instead of at the end.
  • Children should be dropped off at the center (click here for directions). Parking is not allowed; Maggie or another volunteer will be outside to help greet children.
  • All children will walk back together at the end of the 9am hour and should be back at St. Paul's by 9:55am.

Adult Formation:

Making Room in our Communities - Radical Hospitality and Almsgiving

Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." How do our financial holdings figure into our spiritual lives? Do our assumptions about and ways of dealing with money create barriers within Christian community? What does it mean to make room for all regardless of their economic resources?

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, March 19:          7:00 am:   Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, March 20:         7:30 pm:    Scripture Group (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, March 21:    7:00 pm:   Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

Friday, March 23:             6:30 pm:   Lenten House Church at the Rectory                     



Easter Flowers: Names of Remembrance are due in the Parish Office by Noontime on Monday, March 26

On Easter Sunday and during the Easter season, our altar and windows are adorned with spring flowers. For those wishing to offer memorials or thanksgivings with Easter flowers, please email Jill in the parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than noontime on Monday, March 26 with the names of people to be remembered. Offering forms will also be handed out on Sunday morning for you to fill out and drop in the collection plate.The suggested contribution for each donor is $25.00; please make checks payable to St. Paul's Church with a notation for "Easter Flowers."                

Scripture Group: Rescheduled to March 20

The Scripture Group will meet on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30pm in the Lichtenberger room.   

Kindness Campaign


     When we seek to bring out the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

                                                                                ~  William Arthur Ward 

Lent at St. Paul's

 Adult Formation during Lent  

Making Room for Grace - Lenten Practices of Fasting and Repentance

This series will explore the ancient Christian discipline of fasting and how it might deepen our journey during Lent and beyond. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food - it has to do with practices of self-emptying so that we can make room for God's transforming grace in our lives.

March 25        

Join us for the blessing of the palms @ 9am, which will be held at St. Mark's Park at Park & Marion Street in Coolidge Corner in a joint celebration with the other two Episcopal churches in Brookline: All Saints Parish and Church of Our Saviour.

"CHANGE-ing Hunger" Basket

Continuing our tradition of raising money during Lent through the collection of loose change each week, this year we will be raising money to feed the children of Mil Milagros, a program St. Paul's helps to support in Guatemala. It costs $0.56 to provide one child with a hot nourishing meal and a piece of fresh fruit. 

If you would like to involve children in this project during Lent, giving them a tangible sense of providing a meal for each $0.56 they raise could be very powerful. $0.56 for each day in Lent would be a total of $22.40. Individuals and families might set goals for themselves and put change in a jar each night before dinner. Please bring your collected change forward during the offertory every Sunday in Lent. Mil Milagros means "A Thousand Miracles." Might St. Paul's provide a thousand meals this Lent?                                        

Mil Milagros   


Lenten House Church: March 23 

Lenten House Church is a wonderful way to get to know each other in a more informal and prayerful setting. This year we will be reflecting on the symbol of the cross, guided by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' book, The Sign and the Sacrifice - The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection.

Please join us for the fifth gathering, on Friday, March 23, at 6:30 pm at the Rectory (adjacent to the church), 130 Aspinwall Avenue, Brookline. We'll begin with prayer and a simple meal; our conversation will focus on Chapter 5 and the Epilogue. You are also invited to bring with you some crosses (or pictures of crosses) that are meaningful to you in some way. 

Contact Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

St. Paul's Vestry 2018

The Vestry is the representative body of the parish. Each year at the annual meeting in January we elect new officers and representatives to fill open positions. You can find a lot more information about the vestry on our church website, www.stpaulsbrookline.org. Please speak to any member of the vestry if you have questions, concerns, or ideas about life at St. Paul's.

Current Vestry Officers and Members:

Leah Rugen, Senior Warden

Julie House, Junior Warden

Steve Morrissey, Treasurer

Steve Kelley, Assistant Treasurer

John Ferguson, Assistant Treasurer

Tim Hintz, Clerk

Jeannie Baca

Melissa Dulla

Brett Foster

Nate Gaede

Barbie Maniscalco

Ayanna McPhail

Judy Rice

Mike Scheffler

Sharlene Wing

Jeff to Preach at Cathedral of St. Paul: March 22

As part of the Cathedral of St. Paul's Lenten Preaching Series, "From Fear to Hope,"  Jeff will be the guest preacher on Thursday, March 22 at noon. Lunch is served after a brief service and sermon, and all are welcome and invited to attend. For more information, please click here.

Boston "March For Our Lives": March 24

If you are interested in participating in the Boston "March For Our Lives" event on March 24, you are invited to join with other Episcopalians by meeting at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, +MA+02111/@42.355747,-71.0644625,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!1m2!2m1!1s138+Tremont+St!3m4!1s0x89e3709cda8a30ab:0x7a75e39c2edce7f5!8m2!3d42.355747!4d-71.0622738">138 Tremont St. in Boston by 11:30 am. For more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith  (617-482- 4826, ext. 215 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

St. Paul's Spring Cabaret: Save the Date of May 19, 2018

We are looking for volunteers to be involved in a number of different committees including Entertainment, Silent Auction, Food, PR, Sound, Decorations, Set-Up & Clean-Up. We are also looking for volunteers to host our very popular themed dinners, where "seats at the table" are purchased during Cabaret Night.

More to follow on the event. Please reach out to the co-chairs, Andrea Brue @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Arlene Swan-Mahony @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Calendar for Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week

All services at St. Paul's, except where noted

  The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25 at 8 and 10 am

                                               Blessing of the Palms at 9 am, St. Mark's Park

                                               at Park & Marion Street in Coolidge Corner


  The Way of the Cross:  Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Church of Our Saviour

  Taize Service:  Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm


  Women of the Passion: Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm, All Saints Church

  Maundy Thursday:  March 29, Agape meal at 6:30 pm, Service at 7 pm

  Good Friday:  March 30, Stations of the Cross at 11:30 am

                                        Good Friday Liturgy at 12 pm

                                        Children's Good Friday Service at 4 pm

                                        Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm

                                        Good Friday Liturgy at 7 pm

Easter Services

  The Great Vigil of Easter:  Saturday, March 31 at 7 pm

  Sunday of the Resurrection:  April 1, Sunrise Service at 6 am, Larz Anderson Park

                                                9 and 11 am, St. Paul's Church

Godspell Service: Sunday, April 8


On Sunday, April 8, the Sunday after Easter, we will be celebrating our 4th Annual Godspell Mass! Get ready to ROCK and SING, and maybe even DANCE (or at least see some dancing)!If you would like to participate as part of the chorus, there will be a rehearsal on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. You do not need to be able to read music to sing in the chorus; much of the music is easy to learn and it should be lots of fun!  If you have questions, please contact our Music Director, Andy Clarkson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Serving us this week

Presider   The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Preacher  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak  
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray
Server Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Ripley Foster
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Elior Zaremba
Lectors Clara Batchelor and Lisa Braider
Prayers of the People  Lauren Lukason
Chalice Bearers    Bo Fauth and E. Lorraine Baugh 
Healing Prayers  Julie House and John Ferguson
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian       

10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder and Elisabeth Choi  

Offering Counters Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz
Greeters  Brett Foster, Barbie Maniscalco, and Melissa Dulla
Ushers  Sam Scott, Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host   The Brue-Fried Family
Sunday School Snack  The Brue-Fried Family

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations and Prayers 


We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Elisabeth Choi, Ryan Rubino, Jean Elder, Sarah Barbrow, and Ann Colageo. 


Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Deborah F., Kitty C., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., William C., Jack E., Faye M., Sam K., Susan P., Bill, Linda C., Steve K., Roger H. Sr., J. Kuenzel & Family, Anne C., and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings 

Please click here to access the readings:

  • Jeremiah 31:31-34
  • Hebrews 5:5-10
  • John 12:20-33
  • Psalm 51:1-13 (The St. Helena Psalter)


Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God,
you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

Abundant Blessings,

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline

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