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1348 days ago

This place was great. They really answered my questions and showed me what Scientology really was. I like how I can just walk around and watch a few videos and see for myself what Scientology is all about. No high pressure or anything. They were polite and just answered my questions honestly. Thanks for letting me find out for myself what Scientology was all about.

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1386 days ago

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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1481 days ago

I go every week for the music. Its the best I've ever heard, and I tell everyone about it. Worth the trip from Westboro every Sunday afternoon.

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1550 days ago

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1603 days ago

Great place to worship with a welcoming environment.

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1605 days ago

bethel church of god 7th day is a bad church if you believe in God only through Jesus. Bethel is a church that really stinks. They confuse Jesus Christ with American beliefs. They never had a firm belief system that means alot in the world. They just had a Lord's supper. They claim to follow all the scriptures. But do so in a confused manner. I am doing research now. They break the Levitical laws and all of the Old Testament precepts.

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1622 days ago

I have fond memories. My mother and father went to St. Pat's School. Mom went on to the high school to become Prefect - only Girls' High the...

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1646 days ago

This is a church that is true to its' name! It provides a warm and encouraging environment. Pastor Culpepper is very approachable and truly...

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1687 days ago

Like some people, I find writing a review of a church kind of awkward. But, I've got to make a plug for this place... I came to St. Anthony's last year for Ash Wednesday. I work in the area, and just wanted to get mass over with and get my ashes and move on. I was stunned by the atmosphere, by the music, by the sermons, by the whole place. Right there in the middle of the financial district is this shrine with all kinds of beautiful stained glass and statues. But the real find was the music. I went to school in the south and have always had a soft-spot for gospel music. THis music wasn't gospel, but it was close. I started showing up for the weekend masses - a little out of the way (I live in Brookline) but not far off the T. Found out that every weekend, for 8 masses, they have incredible music. Sometimes the music is better than other times, but there's always something that keeps me coming back. I really enjoy the woman in charge, who plays the piano and sings. She reminds me of a blond Norah Jones, which is weird to think about in church. When she plays, it's like she dances. I actually heard a little girl talking about that with her grandparents a few weeks ago. Last Saturday she wasn't there, but the music was still okay. The guitar gets loud and the older singer is tough to take sometimes, but the idea was there. Anyway, I would recommend St. Anthony's to anyone looking for a church to call 'home' while in Boston. The priests/Friars are really accessible and welcoming and the whole place has a great feeling.

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1733 days ago

I drove by there the other day.  I was wondering if they made a typo in the sign?

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