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  • Third Sunday of Advent

    Gaudete! 13 December 2015

    Pink Angel of The Annunciation (detail) Sano di Pietro (1406-1481)

    Saint Cecilia

    P A R I S H

  • Meet Fr. Vin − The Gift of Family As the pastor of three parishes in Dorchester and Mattapan, Fr. Vin’s responsibilities are extraordinary. While his daily work is a source of great joy, it’s the love and devotion of a special sister named Connie that restores his spirit.

    When Fr. Vin’s parents passed away, he and his sister Eileen became the sole guardians of their disabled sister. For Fr. Vin, being a brother and a priest for Connie is an immense blessing. The unconditional love that he receives from Connie—especially at the end of a busy day— continues to fill his heart with gratitude.

    Fr. Vin selflessly dedicates his life in service to others. This Christmas, show your gratitude with a gift that cares for Fr. Vin and the health and well-being of all the priests who faithfully serve our Archdiocese of Boston.

    Text the word PRIEST to 56512 or make a gift through your parish collection at Christmas Mass.

    Thank you for your generous support of the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust.

    “A priest, whoever he may be, is always another Christ.”

    -Saint Josemaría Escrivá

    To submit your special intentions to be remembered by our senior priests during the celebration of Holy Mass at Regina Cleri each week, please visit

    To watch a short video on Fr. Vin and Connie, visit

    Clergy Health and Retirement Trust Caring for the Well-Being of our Boston Priests

  • Ministers of the Liturgy

    Saturday | 5:00 p.m. Rev. Peter Grover, OMV, celebrant Laura Andromalos, lector

    Sunday | 8:00 a.m. Rev. George Winchester, SJ, celebrant Jim Dougherty, lector

    Sunday | 9:30 a.m. Rev. John Unni, celebrant Will Kelly, Tim Pratt, & Rosaria Salerno, lectors Sunday | 11:15 a.m. Rev. John Unni, celebrant Zachary Boutin, Erin Young, & Cole Young, lectors Sunday | 6:00 p.m. Rev. John Unni, celebrant Geraldine Creaner, Cathy Anderson, lectors

    today’s readings Zephaniah 3:14-18a Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:10-18

    next sunday’s Readings Micah 5:1-4a Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45

    Special intentions

    Saturday, December 12 | 5:00 p.m. Bridget Coyne Sylvester Roach, 75th Anniversary

    Sunday, December 13 | 9:30 a.m. Richard Smith, Memorial

    Sunday, December 13 | 9:30 a.m. Nadia Kiley, Memorial

    Sunday, December 13 | 9:30 a.m. Joseph Turner, Memorial



    our community news

    FOOD DONATIONS FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES This week's featured donation item is:


    Next week's featured donation item is: CANNED CHICKEN!

    Donations of pasta, sauce, cereal, tuna, & other canned food are always also accepted. Please leave food donations in the narthex baskets.



    Prayers & Occasions Our Deceased Ron Cieciuch died on November 25. Pray for the repose of his soul as well as for the consolation of Mary Ann and their family. Robert Richards died on November 25. Pray for the eternal repose of his soul as well as for the consolation of his family. Fred Bachofner Jr. died on December 7. Pray for the eternal repose of his soul as well as for the consolation of Fred and his family. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

    Our Sick Please pray for all our sick and for those who are in need of our prayer, especially Rudy Kikel, Annette Kulas, Lisa Caputo, Anthony Simboli, Anne Frenette Handly, Roséa Aubrey, Robert Lupis, Owen Kyes, Mildred McLaughlin, Brenna Smith, Pilar Estrada, Michalina Maniscalco, Michael Patrick Kelly, Mark Anderson, Bill Downing, Nimet Yousif, Judy Gallo, Skyler Stevenson, Rob Morrissey, Roberta McMann, Silvana Franco, Silvia Basagni, Brian Donnelly, Karen Thoresen, Theresa Wier, Bill Ahern, Lisa Anzalone, Lena Bryant, Mary Silva, Kenny Borum, Kevin, Joseph Pierre, George Driscoll, Quinn Amsler, Rose Rizzo, Bill Pennington, Jillian Scalfani, Lisa Cox, Mary Curley, Bryan Thomas, Linda Jenkins, Belle Marie Cosgrove, Annie McGovern, Rachel Fitzgerald, Joanne DeMare, Bob Carroll, Ilene Katz, Meghan, Thomas Pettier, John Morris, Roques Linares, Eric Wirtz, Joseph Montoya, Clive Cosham, Mark Edward McHugh, Eugenia Valente, and Edward Pacana.

    Welcome to Saint Cecilia! We are pleased to welcome the following new members of our parish who have recently registered: Sarah Costello of Boston, Elizabeth Warwick of Boston, Robin Roccapriore of Boston, Natalie McManus of Charlestown, the Santos family of Boston, and Mary McShane of Brookline. If you have not previously registered with the parish, there are forms in the narthex for this purpose or you can register online at

    Evening Prayer We will pray Evening Prayer this Monday, December 14 for the Memorial of Saint John of the Cross at six-thirty. All are welcome to attend!

    Last 6:00 pm Evening Mass of 2015 This Sunday is the last six o'clock Sunday liturgy before Christmas. The six o'clock liturgy will resume on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (January 3).

    Happy Birthday, Papa Francesco! Pope Francis will celebrate his 79th birthday this Thursday, December 17. Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father and ask God to continue to bless him with good health and length of days.

    For Our Students Pray that all of our students may successfully complete the semester and have safe travels as they head home to celebrate Christmas with family and friends.

    RCIA—Rite of Acceptance Into The Order of Catechumens Today At this morning’s eleven-fifteen liturgy, we celebrate the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. This ritual acknowledges the next part of the catechumens’ spiritual journey with us.

    For the unbaptized, the Rite of Acceptance indicates a stage of growth on their journey of faith. They now enter the Order of Catechumens (from the Greek, meaning “one in whom word echoes”) and continue their preparation for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. The Rite points to their ongoing experience of conversion, and is an invitation to all of us to be consciously growing in faith.

    Please keep these new members of our community in your prayer. Greet them and help them feel at home here.

    christmas liturgies Christmas Eve I 4:00 & 6:30 p.m.

    Christmas Day I 9:30 a.m. New Year's Day I 10:00 a.m.

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    This week's prayer for your advent wreath THIRD WEEK Light two of the violet candles and the rose candle. During the rest of the week, these candles are relit at the evening meal or whenever you choose to do so.

    Jesus, we gather here as a family to dedicate our lives to you, as John the Baptist did. Help us to know, love, and serve you. As we light this candle, we remember that you bring the light of joy into our lives. May your Word be always in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.


    advent giving tree gifts due today Hundreds of gift tags have been hung from the Advent Giving Tree! Your generosity will truly make a difference in the lives of so many people this Christmas. Gifts for the Advent Giving Tree are due back today by 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ann Faldetta at [email protected]

    Copley Singers Christmas Concert - Thanks! Thank you to all of the parishioners who contributed to the reception held after this year’s concert. Many thanks to the many parishioners who prepared food and helped with the set-up and clean-up.


    Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.

    Dominus enim prope est.

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!

    The Lord is near.

    We are now midway through Advent and today is a day of rejoicing, traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday” (gow–DAY–tay). “Gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice” and antiphon for the Third Sunday of Advent. Before we started singing hymns in English, the Introit was normally chanted in Latin as the priest approached the altar. It helped to set the mood and theme of the Mass of the day. The Introit for the Third Sunday of Advent comes from Philippians 4, Paul’s warm and loving letter to the community at Philippi. The optional use of rose–colored vestments underscores the joyful character of today’s liturgy.

    Gaudete Sunday dates back to the Middle Ages, when the season of Advent bore a peniten- tial character similar to that of Lent. At that time, Advent was a forty–day period of fasting and penance in preparation for Christmas. It commenced on the day after Saint Martin’s Day (November 12) and was thus often referred to as “St. Martin’s Lent.” In the midst of a dark and serious Advent, Gaudete Sunday helped to brighten the mood. In the ninth century, Ad- vent was reduced to four weeks and its aus- tere character gave way to a new understand- ing of Advent as a time of longing, hoping, and waiting for the Lord.

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    CHRISTMAS FLOWERS You are invited to remember your loved ones by donating towards the Christmas flowers that will grace our sanctuary. In the back of the church you'll find envelopes that you can use for this purpose. Please drop the envelope in the collection basket or hand it to any staff person. The names