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11/13/09Provided by Citysearch
This place is THE SPOT for young Catholics in Boston!
Tucked neatly around the corner from Fenway, (Hynes Conv Ctr. T Stop) St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine is run by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious order that sees as its mission ""a rebirth of spirituality in our world"" you will find a vibrant community of mostly 20 and 30 somethings with masses at 11 am and, appropriately for the age group it tends to cater to, an 8 pm Sunday night mass. Both masses are almost entirely full on any given Sunday.
I've never been to a parish where, as the readings are done and (if you follow along in the booklets) there is a collective turning of the page in the congregation. That's how unified, focused and thoughtful this community of people from different backgrounds is.
The music is solid, incorporating strong arrangements with some latin, employing some of the best talent from the sorrounding music schools in the neighborhood such as Berkeley and New England Conservatory. The church itself is beautiful Gothic style with gorgeous stain glass, wonderfully carved, 3D relief Stations of the Cross, wide pews and ornate statues of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph in the back and front of the church with available prayer candles. After mass, by unspoken tradition, many people remain in their seats to pray and one gets the impression that it's borne of genuine want to do so, not out of any kind of obligation or superior piety. A noisey dash from the church you won't find here. Once outside after mass, you find many smiling, friendly and spiritually nourished people---and some very cool cats, I have to say.
Confession lines before mass line the back of the church. In fact, recently, they have had to add a second priest in the front room to meet the demand for people waiting for confession.
Fr. Peter Grover is a funny, passionate, unpretentious and outstanding homilist, which you can hear podcast on the shrine website. He used to be a carpenter and is an avid fisherman who loves to incorporate it into his homilies. That's right, you read that right: his name is Peter (the first Pope), he used to be carpenter (Jesus' trade), loves to fish (""fisher of men"") and he's a priest. Hardly seems like a coincidence...
The activities offered are broad and varied. At the center of that is Young Adult group that meets weekly to read and discuss the upcoming Sundays readings on Monday nights at 7. Brillaint, nuanced things are uttered by smart, charitable, modern young adults. Invariably, given that it's an urban parish and all the things that a city setting presents, you have some people who are a little ""different.""
Other activities include: Saturday mornings at a soup kitchen, rosary on Monday nights, Theology of the Body seminars, a 30s and 40s group, softball teams, women's prayer group, a film society, St. Therese [of Liseux] prayer for Vocations group, Governed by Faith a reading group that examines public policy according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, group retreats, personal recollection (individual retreats) and Ignatian spirituality by well known spiritual author and resident priest, Fr. Tim Gallagher.
On August 15, 2009, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, St. Clement's celebrated mass with Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, re-opening it as a place of perpetual adoration as it had been by Franciscan Missionary nuns decades earlier. For the City of Boston, it marked the first perpetual adoration in the city since 1969. 24/7, 365 a year, people of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities and even other faiths, come to spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, bringing hopes and prayers for the poor, peace in the world, the unborn, social justice, vocations to marriage and religious life and all the spirtual breath that animates the Catholic contemplative imagination.
There is sometheing for everyone here and things are done with a lot of energy, competetence, service and love.
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