Welcome to the Harvard Catholic Center!

29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-6031
Phone 617-491-8400     Fax 617-354-7092     Email info@harvardcatholic.org





It is hard to stereotype the people in any Harvard crowd and that is certainly true at the Harvard Catholic Center.  Some students come by for Sunday Eucharist, while others get absorbed with projects and friendships that last for years.  Still, all are bound by a common faith in Christ.  For Catholic students, Harvard is as much a pilgrimage of the heart and soul as it is a challenge for strong minds.

Over the years, thousands of women and men have brought a rich tradition of Catholic life to the University.  As a ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston and St. Paul Parish in Harvard Square, the Center keeps this tradition alive and flourishing on campus.  This is reflected in the Center's mission statement:

The Harvard Catholic Center invites students, faculty, alumni and the greater university community to grow into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ through the Roman Catholic tradition of worship, inquiry, prayer and service to develop informed and compassionate individuals who use their intellectual and spiritual gifts for the benefit of the Church and the World.


Fr. George Salzmann with graduate students and young professionals at their spring retreat at Glastonbury Abbey. Held over Divine Mercy Sunday weekend, the retreat's theme was on mercy and spiritual friendship. Activities included attending Mass with the Benedictine monks and joining them for the Divine Office, student-led talks, small group discussions, Adoration, Confession, and socials.



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Harvard Catholic Center Publications



Please help us remain a beacon of Christ by contribributing to our annual goal of $600,000 for this fiscal year. From now until June 30, all new or increased gifts to the Harvard Catholic Center will be matched, up to $30K, by a Harvard alum, Class of '83.  We call it the...

'30 By 30'

Matching Gift Challenge!


Thank you for your prayerful consideration! And our sincere gratitude to our generous Harvard alum and his spouse.

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Annual Report 2015

Latin Oratory at 2015 Commencement

Mass of the Holy Spirit Gallery

Harvard Catholic Magazine - Summer 2015

Student Lounge Renewal Project
"Let us rise up and build." - Nehemiah 2:17-18



STUDENT MASS SCHEDULE

UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY MASS
On hiatus until the Fall '16 semester

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL (HBS):
On hiatus until the Fall '16 semester

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL (HLS):
On hiatus until the Fall '16 semester





ST. PAUL PARISH MASS SCHEDULE

Daily Mass:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM & 12:10 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM

Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM

Sunday Mass: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: First Friday after the 8:00AM Mass until noon

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
~ or by appointment.

Click to visit St. Paul Parish website for more details.

HARVARD CATHOLIC CENTER - SPRING/SUMMER 2016 NEWS & EVENTS


"For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts." - Malachi 2:7

Father Mark Murphy, Undergraduate Chaplain, and Andrew Solkshinitz, St. John Seminarian celebrated Mass before countless CatholicTV viewers  on Friday, June 10 at the chapel of CatholicTV studios in Watertown, MA.  Please consider sharing throughout our community and with your networks. Thank you.




Congratulations and blessings to all newly minted St. Paul's Choir School Alumni, Class of 2016, from the chaplains, staff, and volunteers at the Harvard Catholic Center and St. Paul's Parish.

Congratulations and blessings to all newly minted Harvard Catholic Alumni, Class of 2016, from the chaplains, staff, and volunteers at the Harvard Catholic Center, St. Paul's Parish, and the St. Paul's Choir School!


BACCALAUREATE MASS 2016

Many thanks to all of the graduates, their families and friends, faculty, staff, parishioners, and our chaplains, Father Mark Murphy and Father George Salzmann who attended this special Mass and reception.
Peace and blessings!








THEOLOGY BY THE PINT

The Harvard Catholic Center's 'Theology by the Pint' series welcomed Fr. Bill Murphy in February for a talk entitled  Finding the Mercy of God in Everyday Life at Harvard: A Conversation. Fr. Murphy is the spiritual director of Saint Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass, and the past undergrad chaplain at Harvard.








"RITE OF ELECTION" AT THE CATHEDRAL

Four catechumens from the Harvard Catholic Center/St. Paul Parish and nine candidates for full initiation in the Church attended the "Rite of Election recently at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Catechumens are those who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. Candidates are those who have been baptized in a Christian church already, and will be confirmed in the Catholic faith at the Vigil on March 26th at St. Paul Church. Many of the catechumens and candidates are Harvard students from just about every graduate school: the business school, law school, Kennedy school and the school of education. Click the following for more information on the "Rite of Election from the Archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot: http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?ID=175846






COR AD COR LOQUITUR

Graduate students and young professionals are invited to join this discussion group over food and wine on how best to live out our Catholic faith in the world. Contact mariadevlin@fas.harvard.edu

 This series will resume in the fall of 2016.

 



SUNDAY BRUNCH

********* THIS EVENT IS ON HIATUS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES **********

EVERY SUNDAY AT 10:30 AM (after 9:30 AM Mass)
St. Paul Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street


Join the GSAS CSA for brunch every Sunday following the 9:30 AM Mass. Gather and meet in the vestibule after Mass and head over to Zoe's together.

 



VERBUM DEI: WEEKLY PRAYER & SCRIPTURE GROUP

EVERY SUNDAY at 12:30 PM (after 11:00 AM Mass)
Harvard Catholic Center, Rm 204 (Enter at 20 Arrow Street or at 29 Mount Auburn Street)


Grad students and young professionals gather each Sunday as a small church community to read and reflect on the Sunday readings and to share and pray about finding God in everyday life. E-mail: alex.angstrom@gmail.com.

 



DAYS AWAY!

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016 - A Day at the Beach! at Devereux Beach, Marblehead, MA
We will be going to Devereux Beach in Marblehead on Saturday, June 18; meeting at the St. Paul patio/parking area at 10:30 a.m., and driving to the North Shore from there. It is a 45-60 minute drive each way, so the plan is to be there from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., and arrive back at St. Paul's/Cambridge area around 3:30 p.m. There will be restaurants, ice cream, $5-10 parking, and bathrooms near the beach.

Please RSVP here and use the "Comments" section of the survey if:

  • you want to come, but can' stay long and I'll see if any other drivers/passengers want to do the same thing. We are headed up relatively early so we can secure parking.

  • you live near/on the Blue Line,  there is an MBTA bus from Wonderland that also goes up to Marblehead. Let me know if you want to come but want to meet us there on your own.

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016 - Evening Away at Fenway Park!
This event is ** SOLD OUT**.  Thanks to all who signed up to enjoy 'Catholic Night' at Fenway Park and to cheer on the Boston Red Sox as they face the San Francisco Giants.  Go Sox!


SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016 - A Day or Evening 'Nearby'! at Theatre@First, Somerville, MA

Our very own Film Night host, Aaron Caballero, is performing in Theatre@First's production of "Spanish Tragedy" by Thomas Kyd. We are working on the logistics so watch this space to support local community theatre AND a budding acting career.

Email Alex Angstrom to get on the list: alex.angstrom@gmail.com.



GRAD STUDENTS, POST DOCS & YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DINNER

Dates for Summer/Early Fall 2016:

THURSDAY, June 16, DiGiovanni Hall

THURSDAY, July 21, Student Lounge

THURSDAY, August 25, Student Lounge

THURSDAY, September 22, Student Lounge


Gather at 7:00 p.m - Dinner at 7:30 p.m.

29 Mount Auburn Street
No need to RSVP - just bring $5 and yourself and enjoy a pasta dinner!

 



HCC FILM NIGHT

LAST FRIDAY of the MONTH: May, June, July, and August
7:00 PM in the Student Lounge

Dates for Summer 2016:

May 27  - Babette's Feast (1987, Denmark; Pope Francis' favorite film)

June 24 - El Bano del Papa (2007, Uruguay)

July 29 - The Bicycle Thief (1948, Italy)

August 25 - A Man For All Seasons (1966, UK)


HCC Film Night will be held at 7 pm on the last Friday of every month in the newly renovated Student Lounge.
Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Contact: hccfilmnight@gmail.com
 



LUMEN VERITATIS

TBD
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
HCC, Room 202 (enter at 20 Arrow Street or 29 Mount Auburn Street)


Graduate students and young professionals are invited to join the theological discussion group, Lumen Veritatis. We engage in a close reading and discussion of texts by outstanding Catholic teachers, such as Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Ratzinger, Blessed John Henry Newman, and Josef Pieper. For more information and to receive the text for the first meeting, please email: jason.c.lalonde@gmail.com.
Future dates: TBD

 This series will resume in the fall of 2016.




EX LIBRIS: The Lives and Writings of the Saints

SECOND WEDNESDAY of the MONTH: JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
HCC, Multimedia Room (enter at 20 Arrow Street or 29 Mount Auburn Street)

Dates for Summer/Early Fall 2016:

June 8  -  Excerpt of  Story of a Soul:The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

July 13 -  TBA

August 10 -  TBA

September 14 - TBA

Join us for an informal discussion of works about and/or by the saints. You are warmly welcome even if you aren't able to read the excerpts ahead of time. Future readings may include portions of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, Come Be My Light by Bl. Mother Teresa, and Salvifici Doloris by Pope St. John Paul II.

For information, email Elizabeth Choe: elizabeth.y.choe@gmail.com 
 


MARRIAGE PREP/PRE CANA PROGRAM

Engaged? Register now! The next Pre Cana class is on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016. For info and to register, e-mail Nancy Nicolaou at nnicol@stpaulparish.org. For marriage paperwork, contact Fr. George Salzmann at gsalzmann@gmail.com or (617) 491-8400 ext. 326.


                                          


YOUNG COUPLES & NEW FAMILIES

*** AFTER JUNE 17, THIS EVENT IS ON HIATUS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES ***

TBD at 6:30 PM
Location: TBD, 29 Mount Auburn Street


Engaged? Married? New Family? Come join us for a potluck dinner! Join the e-mail list: StPaulYoungCouples@googlegroups.com
Future dates: TBD



INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?

Anyone seeking to become Catholic, please contact Fr. George Salzmann, gsalzmann@gmail.com or call 617.491.8400.

 



ADULT CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

For info contact Fr. Salzmann at gsalzmann@gmail.com. To register, contact Patty Lee at pattyCL@hotmail.com

 



TOTUS TUESDAY AND SUPER TUESDAY

St. Paul's Church at 8:00 PM

Join us on Tuesdays during the academic year from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM for Totus Tuesday in St. Paul's Church. During holy hour there is Eucharistic adoration, benediction, confession, meditation and music. Following the holy hour is Super Tuesday at 9:00 PM. Join us in the student lounge at the Catholic Center for snacks and conversation.

This series will resume in the fall of 2016.


BLESSING OF DORM ROOMS

Would you like to have your dorm room blessed by one of the priest chaplains? Contact Fr. Mark Murphy, Undergraduate chaplain at: harvardpriest@gmail.com or at (617) 491-8400, ext. 341.

 


 
 

Undergraduates

Graduate Students and Young Professionals

 

Alumni

 

Staff

CSA Class of 2011

The undergraduate group is known on campus as the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association, more familiarly as the CSA.  Picnics, prayer, discussions, spaghetti suppers and late night study breaks - the CSA combines spiritual and intellectual seriousness with the warmth of community, good fun, and service to people in need in the Harvard Square community and beyond.

The CSA provides a wealth of opportunities to undergraduates: retreats, communal prayer and small groups; discussions of contemporary religious and moral issues; and special liturgical events through the year.  Students volunteer in soup kitchens, schools, shelters for the homeless and tutoring programs for inner city youth.  Within St. Paul Parish, they teach CCD and serve as liturgical ministers.
There are many ways for the students at Harvard's various graduate and professional schools to become involved in Catholic life in Harvard Square.  Many offer weekly discussion groups or Bible studies, and the Law and Business Schools even offer Mass on their respective campuses.

Area young professionals are invited to participate in the programming offered at the Center as well.  Some of the most popular events that bring together graduate students and young professionals include monthly Thursday dinners and the Theology on Tap ministry.  There is even a group geared towards newlyweds and new parents called Young Couples and New Families: A Work in Progress.

CLSA Pro-Life Breakfast Photo
DC Event in April

We love the opportunity to meet our alumni and alumnae and encourage you to stop by for a visit whenever you find yourself in Harvard Square.

We also hope you will consider joining us at one of our regular liturgies, celebrated next door to the Harvard Catholic Center in St. Paul's Church.  Our summer Mass schedule is below:

Saturday at 5pm
Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am & 11:00am
Daily at 8:00am & 12:10pm

We host special events for our alums throughout the year, both here at the Center and around the country.  For information about past and upcoming HCC alumni events, please visit the link below.
A staff of chaplains and administrators provides year-to-year continuity and support to the programming that takes place at the Harvard Catholic Center.

The Center is currently headed up by Senior Chaplain Fr. William Kelly,  Graduate Chaplain Fr. George Salzmann, and Undergraduate Chaplain Fr. Mark Murphy. The chaplains are available for counseling and spiritual direction. Appointments help, but you are always welcome to stop in! To learn more about these dedicated individuals, please visit the link below.
 

Doug Zack, Director of Advancement and Carol Sardo, Advancement Associate round out the Harvard Catholic Center staff.


l-r:  Fr.Kelly, S.Spielberg, Fr.Murphy
2016 Commencement Spielberg

 Visit the Site for the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association  




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How Can I Help?

Help us meet our

 '30 By 30'
Matching Gift Challenge!

Now through June 30, 2016 your new or increased gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $30,000 through the generous support of a Harvard Catholic alum, Class of 1983.
The Center is located at 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The Center is open daily as well as on many evenings and weekends during the academic year when students are hosting events.  If you are coming by to visit during regular business hours Monday-Friday, please ring the bell at the 29 Mount Auburn Street entrance.  Use the interactive map at right for detailed directions. The Harvard Catholic Center receives no financial support from the University.  It is funded entirely through the generosity of students, their parents, interested alumni/ae, and friends.  Please consider making a donation today.



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