Liturgical Ministries & Outreach
Come and Serve!
We are always seeking lectors, altar servers (both youth and adults), extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and ushers to help make our Sunday liturgies reverent, well-ordered and inviting. Please contact Judy Beatrice or Deacon Tim O'Donnell. We will provide training on an individual basis for new volunteers or a "refresher" for others who are experienced.
Badaliya Prayer Group
Please join our interfaith prayer for peace with justice throughout the world, especially in the Holy Land. We meet on the third Sunday of every Month in the Chapel of the Women Doctors. *Currently being held virtually; to receive a Zoom link, leave a message with your contact information at 781-395-4391. 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Couple & 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.
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 Mary's Room.
Community Advent and Lenten Lunches
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.
Volunteers are also need to help prepare, set up, serve and clean.
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 cómodo y tranquilo.
When: Every Saturday morning from 10–11:30am
Cuando: Cada Sábado 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
St. Paul's Parish extends its ministry to those who are sick and homebound. Volunteers make phone calls and visits to those who are missing the fellowship of our parish community. To volunteer or if you, or anyone you know, is in need of a visit, please contact: Carolyn O’Hara, (617) 491-8400, ext. 342
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 innovative 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, email@example.com, (781) 395-4391