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Texts from Roger Haight S.J. – Nov. 2010 Annual Retreat

Please enjoy these texts, from Roger Haight S.J., originally presented in November of 2010.

Just click the link to open the PDF document:

You may need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and view these files.



Christmas Eve Mass – Location Change, Please Read!

Dear Friends,
As I mentioned to those at Mass on Sunday, the venue of the Christmas Eve Mass has changed.
  • The new venue is: the chapel in the BC School of Theology and Ministry (9 Lake Street, Brighton).
  • The starting time is:  5:30 pm
Note:  The STM (School of Theology and Ministry) is on the Brighton campus, not the main BC campus.  It is a bit set back from the intersection of Lake Street and Comm Ave.  You can see the white tower on the building.
The best entrance is just at the top of Lake Street about 20 yards from Comm Ave.
You may park in the lot in front of the building.  Enter the main doors; the chapel is directly ahead.  The doors will be open by 4:30 pm.
– Randy
Click on this link to see the location:

How To: Downloading PDF Files from your browser to your device

Just a quick how-to to help folks download PDF files (like the Promising News 40th Edition) from your browser window to your device (Mac OS X or Windows).

Links to documents on the POP sites will open result in the document itself being opened and viewable in your web-browser.  When this happens it can be hard to understand how to save it to your device (PC or MAC).

In general the process is pretty simple but you need to know where to look.  When the document is open and visible in your browser, depending on your system, there is often a ‘Save’ icon that, when clicked, will pop-up a window that allows you to specify where you would like to save the file.

On the Windows platform this icon is often displayed in a toolbar near the top of the window ..

On the Mac OS X platform this icon is often displayed in a ‘pop-up’ menu bar located near the bottom of the document ..

Once that button is clicked you will be asked to specify where you would like to save this file.   Once saved you can open the folder where you saved the file and take further actions like emailing to all your close friends 😉

Hope this helps .. leave some feedback in the comments section below.

Promising News – 40th Anniversary Edition Available

Hot off the presses … the Promising News 40th Anniversary Edition

Special thanks to the creative & diligent POP editorial staff; Christina Tree, Bill Davis and Hank Teuwin for all their focused attention in pulling together this special edition of the Promising News commemorating the POP communities 40th Anniversary, features special stories and photos from members past and present.  Thanks in particular to Hank for devoting much time to expanding & polishing this final update to the newsletter!

Click to view: Promising News 40th Anniversary Special Edition!


Click to view ‘How To:‘ on downloading PDF files from the POP site.

Help us Celebrate our 40th by telling your story!

Remember the Promising News?

As part of our upcoming 40th Anniversary celebration, we are preparing a special edition ‘Promising News!’ and we want to fill it with stories from every member, past and present.  Our idea is to create a verbal and visual snapshot of the people who have made up the Community over our short 40 years.

Can you help by contributing a few paragraphs that tell your story?

If you would like to be included, please send us a short entry about who you are and a how POP has been a part of your life.  If you’ve got one, a photo would be nice (it can be old).

To contribute your story ..

Email your story to  -or-

Snail-mail your posting to:

Promising News Contributions c/o Davis
15 Whittier St., Cambridge, Ma. 02140

If you can’t make it to the party, contribute anyway, and we will mail you a copy!

Thanks from the community!

POP Celebrating 40 Years of Community!

As People of the Promise celebrate a 40th anniversary on April 21, 2012 we are well aware that we remain a vibrant community thanks to members past as well as present.

If you are within striking distance of Boston, we hope you can come.  Randy Sachs, S.J. will be our celebrant at a liturgy and current members will host the  following potluck.


The Faber Jesuit Community at Boston College
188 Foster St., Brighton 02135 … (click for a map)

Note: Parking is available at the complex and across the street on the former St. John Seminary grounds.


April 21, 2012 @ 5PM 

Click here to RSVP to John Moynihan (

Intentional Communities ‘Back to Roots’

Listen to POP Community members discussion the momentum behind Intentional Communities with Provoke Radio.


Click to hear Audio

Here’s the intro to the Audio Interview:

In the beginning was the “house church.” And it was good. For the first three centuries of the early church, Christians met in private homes – to celebrate faith, to share fellowship, and to break bread. They gathered as small, intimate communities sharing both spiritual and physical nourishment.

Two thousand years and 2 billion Christians later, the house church is all but gone, replaced by everything from tiny chapels to soaring cathedrals. And though the venue has changed, the purpose remains the same. Believers still gather to worship and break bread. Indeed, for 1 billion Catholic Christians, the Eucharist is the centerpiece of faith. Yet, what should be a sacramental moment of holy communion with God and each other has, for many, become a hollow ritual we all but sleepwalk through. Fellowship – table or otherwise – is often completely missing.

For the sleepwalkers, this is just fine. But many others, Catholics in particular, yearn for something more. They long for the spirit that filled the early house churches. Not satisfied to settle for what passes as a faith community today, many look elsewhere. Not so much outside the Church as outside the traditional parish setting. Forming their own small faith communities, they are sustained in ways that enrich and renew.

These groups are called “intentional communities” and chances are, there’s one near you. Listen in as our guests discuss the origins of their own intentional communities, why they joined one, how they’re different and what Vatican 2 had to do with any of it. It gives whole, new and invigorating meaning to “being church”.

Guests: William D’Antonio of Catholic University, member of the Washington DC based community called, Communitas and contributor to such books as: The Catholic Experience of Small Christian Communities; American Catholics Today and others. Kathleen Kautzer of Regis College in Boston and author of the soon to be published book, The Underground Church; Fr. Walter Cuenin and Sr. Marie LaBollita, pastoral leaders of a new intentional community at Brandeis University and John Moynihan, Rosemary Oliver, Mary Troy, Chris Tree and Steve Alcott of a 35 year old intentional community in the Boston area known as People of the Promise.