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Last updated:  1-24-2006


For those who have died recently:  Luis Sierra, Dolores Keenan, Rev. George W. Nolan, S.J., Edward T. Jamros, Genevieve "Jane" (Babinski) Dziejma, Donald DeMarco, Fr. David Donovan, S.J., Barbara Caimano, Sam Nahaczewski, Mary Braudis, Thomas Norton, Larry Galehouse, Margaret Richey, Bro. Austin “Gus” Burns, S.J., Fr. Clement Pelletier S.J.

For the sick:  Billy Stamaris, Joe Schiavi, Nikki Autilio, Eunice Roddy, Henry Dias, Demetrios Dromboulis, Margaret Glynn, Maizie Marchesi, Stephanie Brown, Mike Sansivero, Tom Kelly, Kenneth Toothaker, Amy Martin, Sean Quill, Catherine Martin, Yolanda Ferolito, Elick Feinberg, Jan Evans — and all who have requested prayers.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 8     10 a.m.     Edward J. Shoehan Jr. by Joe O’Keefe


Opportunities for faith development: 

Women’s Spirituality Group: Wednesday, January 18, 2006, at 6pm (use the ramp entrance), all women are invited to a planning meeting for this new group facilitated by Peg Newman and Mary Ann Hinsdale.  The format for this meeting will be an informal, COLD potluck (i.e. salads, breads, take-out, something easy and quick) and a discussion.  So bring something to share as well as some ideas about what would enrich your spiritual/prayer life.  If you cannot make the meeting but are interested in the group or have questions, please contact Peg Newman at 617-268-1755.


As a follow-up to the James Alison weekend (Feb. 3-4), all are invited to three discussions of similar topics using a brand new book published in the U.K. called Opening Up: Speaking Out in the Church. This book includes chapters by authors well-known to the JUC community including Jon Fuller, Jim Keenan, and J.A. Loftus, in addition to Alison himself and many others.  We will meet from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Sundays in February (Feb. 12, 19, 26)


The Novena of Grace (March 4-12, 2006): This Novena is a very old and historically very powerful period of prayer in honor of St. Francis Xavier.  It was historically a major and significant event in the life of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.  We will offer the old and traditional Novena prayers at all liturgies during this nine-day period.


As part of this celebration, on March 4, 2006, “For the Greater Glory of God,” a dance/theater performance inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola will be presented with musicians from the JUC, The College of the Holy Cross, and St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill; they will be joined by members of the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble.  This program has been presented at Jesuit Colleges and Universities throughout the United States and Canada.  The performance is at 7:30pm.


Lenten Conversations: On four Sundays in Lent (March 12, 19, 26, and April 2) all are invited to a conversation/sharing on: “Who do you say that I am?  Conversations about the person of Jesus.”  We will use Anselm Gruen’s Images of Jesus in which he offers 50 different images of Jesus from the scriptures.  The conversations will be facilitated by Fr. Bob VerEecke, S.J. and Fr. J.A. Loftus, S.J.  These will be held from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pmat the JUC (place to be announced).


Lenten Day of Prayer: On Saturday, March 11, 2006, Fr. Bob VerEecke will offer a day of refection from 9:30 am to 3:30pmon the topic of Ignatian prayer.  The day will offer participants an opportunity to “pray with Ignatius of Loyola” using scripture and imagination.  The day will finish with a simple prayer service incorporating themes from the Novena of Grace.


Lenten Retreat at Eastern Point: This annual retreat with the parishioners of St. Ignatius of Loyola community is another opportunity to enter more deeply into the mystery of God’s love for us.  March 24-26, 2006 Up to 10 spaces have been reserved for JUC community members.  (Contact Jerry Sloan if interested at x.200 or sloan@jucboston.org)


If you are interested in any of the discussion or prayer groups, please let one of the staff know well before the date so that we can plan appropriately for space and hospitality.  Alternatively, drop Jerry Sloan a line (sloan@jucboston.org) or phone him(536-8440 x.200) to express your interest. 


Thank you for your support in all its forms!

Christmas Collection:  $4512.00

New Year’s Collection:  $2213.00


Announcements for the bulletin/website should be submitted by the previous Tuesday to Jerry via sloan@jucboston.org






Mark your calendars!  Upcoming events at the JUC:

February 3-4:  A Weekend with James Alison (click here for more information)

February 12:  NO 8 A.M. SUNDAY MASS

February 12:  Alison follow-up discussion, 12:30-1:30

February 19:  Alison follow-up discussion, 12:30-1:30

February 26:  Alison follow-up discussion, 12:30-1:30

March 4-12:  The Novena of Grace

March 4:  "For the Greater Glory of God," 7:30 p.m. 

March 11:  Lenten Day of Prayer, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

March 12:  Lenten Conversations, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

March 19:  Lenten Conversations, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

March 24-26:  Retreat at Eastern Point

March 26:  Lenten Conversations, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

April 2:  Lenten Conversations, 12:30-1:30 p.m.