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PASTORAL CARE

Pastoral care includes all that we do to help one another grow deeper into the knowledge and love of God so that we continue to offer fruitful service for our whole lives. Much of what we do here at All Saints is pastoral care: the upkeep of our buildings and grounds; our worship; our formation programs; and the numerous ways we serve people beyond our parish.

In addition to all of this, these are some of our ministries that are specifically pastoral in nature.

PRAYER

There are many ways that All Saints Parish offers prayerful support.

Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words. (BCP 856) The Prayer Book notes seven kinds of prayer: adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition. Mostly prayer is simply opening ourselves to God’s presence in our lives and then responding to that presence in these ways. As Christians we use a variety of prayer practices that encompass all of these types. Here at All Saints, intercessory prayer requests are received and offered to God in the following ways.

Prayer lists

During the prayers of the people at each of our worship services, space is given for individuals to name people they are praying for either silently or aloud. We also have a parish prayer list. The names on that list can be added by using the form on this page and/or prayer cards available in the back of the church. All prayer requests come to the clergy and the Daughters of the King who keep individuals in prayer throughout the week. All prayer requests are considered confidential unless you specifically request otherwise. Names that have been requested to be public appear in the weekly e-news and the bulletin so that anyone in the parish may join in prayer for these individuals. Names remain on the prayer list for 30 days, unless otherwise specified.

All prayer requests are CONFIDENTIAL unless publication is explicitly requested by checking the box below. Only first names are used on the published prayer lists, except for names of the deceased. Please check any additional pastoral care requests below.

Healing Ministers

The lay people who serve as ministers of healing on Sunday mornings continue the ancient Christian practice of “prayers for healing with the laying on of hands.” The Rector trains and supervises the healing ministers and meets with them to deepen their understanding of healing and to pray for those on the parish prayer list. Prayer requests for healing at the Langdon Chapel are kept absolutely confidential. If you feel called to this ministry, please feel free to speak with the Rector.

Caring Ministry Team

The purpose of the Caring Ministry Team is to provide short-term care and support to parishioners who need a little extra help due to illness or other circumstances. Caring Team ministers  deliver meals, run errands, and provide transportation. Volunteers are put into a resource pool and called upon on an “as needed” basis. To volunteer, or to request support, contact Mary Urban Keary

Meeting with Clergy

The clergy welcome the opportunity to meet one-on-one with parishioners. If you would like to meet with Richard or Anoma, please contact them to set up a time.  Contact Richard by email or 617-738-1810. Anoma can be reached at 617-731-8120.

Homebound Visitation. If you, or a member of the parish whom you know, are homebound (long-term or short-term) and would like a visit or Communion, please contact Mary Urban Keary (617-277-5403) or The Rev. Anoma Abeyaratne. (Contact Anoma at 617-731-8120. Please leave a message.)

Hospital Visitation. If you, or someone you know from the parish, will be going into the hospital, and would like clergy to visit, please notify the office (617-738-1810) so that Richard and/or Anoma can arrange to visit.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

Several people in our parish are trained and licensed by the diocese to bring Communion to homebound individuals immediately following the services on Saturday or Sunday. Lay Eucharistic Visitors take the Sacraments to those who are unable to come to church for reasons of illness or infirmity. If you are unable to come to church, and would like the clergy and/or one of these Lay Eucharistic Visitors to bring you Communion, please let the office or one of the clergy know.

Pastoral Visitors

In addition to the above, a group of people trained as pastoral visitors can also make regular visits to people who are unable to come to church, or who desire a compassionate listener at times of great joy or pain. These individuals are trained and supervised by the clergy to offer a ministry of presence and connection. They are able to make visits in addition to any requested clergy visits. Training includes understanding confidentiality, safe church practices, listening skills, self and other awareness, and professionalism. If you feel called to a ministry of care and presence, please speak to Anoma or the Richard.

FELLOWSHIP

Faith and Food—20s AND 30s GROUP

The 20s and 30s group meets monthly on a Saturday evening for food and fellowship. We offer a safe space to explore our faith based on scripture, tradition, and reason. We welcome all seekers: those determining their spiritual identity (that’s most of us!), those intrigued by Christian fellowship, and those committed to their journey of faith. With our church’s location on Beacon Street in Brookline, we serve a range of young adults with ties to local colleges, universities, businesses, non-profits, and community groups. Our group explores ways to put our faith and values in action with others at All Saints. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Rebecca Sheppard.

KNITTING, CROCHETING & CONTEMPLATION

The Knitting Circle meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month for fellowship and contemplation. On the second Saturday we meet at noon, and the fourth Saturday, we meet at 10am in order to accommodate different schedules. Participants bring their current knitting/crocheting or other needlecraft projects. People of all faith experiences and all skill levels are welcome. Please join us! You can contact Sharon Siwiec or Janelle Mills for further information.

SAINTS ALIVE!

Saints Alive is the news bulletin of events, people and the community served by All Saints Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts. Browse the latest and previous issues.

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Summer 2017 Issue

Spring 2017 Issue

Winter 2016-2017 Issue

Fall 2016 Issue

Summer 2016 Issue

Spring 2016 Issue

Winter 2015 Issue

Fall 2015 Issue

For older issues of Saints Alive, visit the archive page

 

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The 22nd of July we had a very contemplative service with no music, but we did hear a wonderful homily from Harold Petersen. Thank you to Anoma for presiding and for the 12 twelve people who came to pray. ... See MoreSee Less

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Looks like Metropolitan Chorale has a great season lined up. Glad to be a part of it!

Metropolitan Chorale AuditionsAugust 24, 2017, 6:30pmAll Saints ParishAUGUST 24 & 29, 6:30–10pm
RSVP/More Info: metropolitanchorale@gmail.com

Each year, the Metropolitan Chorale welcomes new musicians to audition and join us for the road ahead. Our 2017–18 Season will feature three regular season programmes to be performed in Boston, and our select choir will go on a Holiday Tour with The Boston Pops in December, 2017!

Audition repertoire: any one song you would like to prepare—a pianist will be present if you require collaboration. You will also be asked to complete a brief sight-singing and aural perception portion of the audition.

Accessible via MBTA: Green Line (C) to Dean Road.
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The All Saints Women’s Book Group read the C.S. Lewis classic Mere Christianity this month. (C.S. Lewis is best known for his beloved children’s books such as The Chronicles of Narnia.) We wondered about Lewis’ contention that the only way to learn about God is through a faith community. He wrote, “God can only show Himself to …. [people] who are united together in a body, loving one another, helping one another, showing Him to one another.” Does anyone have any thoughts about that statement? ... See MoreSee Less

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The All Saints Women’s Book Group read the C.S. Lewis classic Mere Christianity this month. (C.S. Lewis is best known for his beloved children’s books such as The Chronicles of Narnia.) We wondered about Lewis’ contention that the only way to learn about God is through a faith community. He wrote, “God can only show Himself to …. [people] who are united together in a body, loving one another, helping one another, showing Him to one another.” Does anyone have any thoughts about that statement?

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I've always heard that one cannot be Christian alone...apparently Pope Francis agrees...http://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-francis-without-the-church-you-are-not-a-christian-119827/

It was an interesting conversation. Some of us felt that the 1952 book (taken from 1942-44 radio broadcasts) didn’t wear particularly well. He had a pretty male-only view of the world. Others found it inspiring. That said, even though I was more in the first camp, I always gain a new perspective on a book by discussing it in a group. Sort of analogous to Lewis’ view that Christianity manifests itself in community, not alone.

The B-Safe-MANNA Coalition in Action!
16 hearty parishioners from the B-Safe and MANNA Community Lunch ministries joined together on Saturday to cook the chicken needed for our respective programs this coming week. The skill and teamwork of the whole group made the morning whiz by. Folks learned about each other’s programs and new connections were made. Thanks to all for a great day.
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The B-Safe-MANNA Coalition in Action!
16 hearty parishioners from the B-Safe and MANNA Community Lunch ministries joined together on Saturday to cook the chicken needed for  our respective programs this coming week.  The skill and teamwork of the whole group made the morning whiz by.  Folks learned about each other’s programs and new connections were made.  Thanks to all for a great day.

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Does the church have any social events?

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Blessings abounded this evening. Mary gave a wonderful homily on the sowing of the seeds. Bruce, Jackie and Corey played terrific music. And the author of the postlude, Song of Ishmael, Leslie Precht was present with her husband Paul. Our potluck as well attended and Leslie, Jackie and Bruce sang the postlude again, while we read the words. What a gift. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us for a special guest at the service at 5:00 and following is the potluck supper at 6:00. ... See MoreSee Less

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This from Grace Cathedral San Francisco. We will miss this joyful warrior for Christ and women in the church.Dear friends in Christ: We are deeply saddened to report that our beloved Canon to the Ordinary, Stefani Schatz, succumbed to her cancer today. Through our tears, we also rejoice that she is now at peace and forever in God's loving care. We will be updating you as soon as possible with details of Stefani's San Francisco memorial service, which will be held at Grace Cathedral. In the meantime, please continue to hold her husband, Joe, and her mother, Iva, in your prayers.

"Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting."
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This from Grace Cathedral San Francisco.  We will miss this joyful warrior for Christ and women in the church.

May she Rest In Peace and rise in glory. Stefani served at All Saints and we join with those grieving and giving thanks for her life and ministry.Dear friends in Christ: We are deeply saddened to report that our beloved Canon to the Ordinary, Stefani Schatz, succumbed to her cancer today. Through our tears, we also rejoice that she is now at peace and forever in God's loving care. We will be updating you as soon as possible with details of Stefani's San Francisco memorial service, which will be held at Grace Cathedral. In the meantime, please continue to hold her husband, Joe, and her mother, Iva, in your prayers.

"Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting."
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May she Rest In Peace and rise in glory. Stefani served at All Saints and we join with those grieving and giving thanks for her life and ministry.

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I've been thinking a lot about Stefani since I heard the news. We were so blessed to have her as All Saints' director of religious ed from 2004-2006. She always had amazing energy and joy. Some people just have that spirit. Rest in peace, Stefani.

What a great shame. Rest In Peace Stefani. Xxx

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