Upcoming Events

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Food for Thought with Claudia Fox Tree

Thursday March 21, 6-8pm, Sacred Heart

Please join the adult programs committee as we host Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein), from the Massachusets Center for Native American Awareness. Claudia is a professional educator who will lead us in a discussion about Native American identity, culture, history, and common misperceptions rooted in stereotypes and historical inaccuracies. As usual, we will serve dinner followed by a presentation and table discussions. If you wold like childcare please contact Melissa Hawkins (nursery@follen.org) before March 18. Otherwise no RSVP is necessary. A contribution to defray the cost of food is appreciated but not required.

Here Comes the Auction!


Things to Know Before You Go To this Fun, Fabulous, Fund Raising Event

When is this event?

This year, the auction will be held in the Parish Hall on the second floor of the Sacred Heart Building on Saturday, March 23.  The silent auction and soup start promptly at 5:30pm and the  live auction begins around 6:15pm.

Who is invited?

Follenites and friends.  Please bring anyone you think would enjoy the evening. Help us by sending an RSVP.

Will there be food?

Yes!  A light supper of soup, bread, wine and dessert will be available.

Does it cost anything to get in?

No!  Attendance at the auction is free of charge.

What happens at the auction?  There will be both silent and live auction sessions, plus time to eat and mingle with friends.  Our dynamic auctioneers make the live auction bidding a lot of fun.

What types of items are in the auction?

You can check out a sneak peak of this year’s booklet to get an idea! Auction Book 2019 FINAL

Do I have to spend a lot of money?

No!  We have many items that range widely in value, with many items in the $50 – $200 range.  There is no obligation to buy anything.  Many people collaborate while bidding to reduce the price per person.  Plan ahead!

How do I pay?

With cash or check.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit cards.  Payment must be made on the night of the auction so bring your checkbook.

I won!  How do I collect my item?

When you check-out, you will receive the name and contact information of the donor of your item.  Winners are responsible for contacting the donors.  Items should be collected and services redeemed before the next auction.

Will there be childcare?

Yes!  Three Follen youth will supervise children. Mac and cheese will be served.  Parents are also welcome to serve their children at the soup and dessert buffet. While not required, it is helpful if you let us know if you will be using childcare.

Where does the money from the auction go?

The auction supports Follen’s annual operating budget.

How can I help?

Volunteer an item or service to be auctioned off, or help with set-up and clean-up, or bring food and drink.  Contact us at auction@follen.org with any donations or questions.

I can’t attend the auction but I still have an item or service I would like to donate?

You do not have to attend the auction to donate.  We will inform you afterwards who purchased your item and how much money it raised for Follen.

We hope to see YOU at the auction!

Jen Vandiver, Auction Chair

Follen Soup Suppers are Back

To help keep us connected during construction, a number of Follen families have agreed to start up the well-loved Soup Suppers for 2019.  Each will be on the last Thursday of the month.  Contact the host if you’d like to bring a soup in a crock pot.  Otherwise, show up with bread, dessert, or wine, or other beverage … or just show up if you’re running late! Soup suppers are good for all ages, and are kept to 6-8 pm because it’s a school/work night. Join your fellow Follenites for warm soup and conversation!

Find the addresses in our online directory (Breeze) or by emailing Marlene Stone at soupsuppers@follen.org.

Thursday, January 31st         Tammy Mulligan

Thursday, February 28th       Gordon Hardy & Alice Dunn

Thursday, March 28th            Steve & Nancy Sofen

Thursday, April 25th               Caroline& Chris Walters

Thursday, May 30th                Maggie & Jim Herzig

Thursday, June 27th               Wendy Slattebo

Music Service/ Urban Church Music Friendships


For our March 31 Music Service, all Follen choirs (Adult, Youth, Children’s) will be joined by the choir and director of the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy for a collaboration focused on songs about segregation, racial injustice, and the quest for freedom, with excerpts from a song cycle reflecting the story of Freddy Gray.

Our offering that day will be a “Share The Plate” for HGMAA’s important educational and community service. A “listening lunch” will follow (RSVP to musicdirector@follen.org) where we can welcome and get to know our guests.

Find out more about the Urban Church Music Friendships initiative.

If you are in the Youth or Children’s Choir, please read about our rehearsal schedule.

Game Night!

Do Not Pass Go! Proceed directly to Follen Game Night!
Sunday, April 14, 6-8:30 pm at the Waldorf Cafe

Here’s a Clue: Follen Game Night is Back! All ages are welcome to join in the fun and games!

Bring a favorite family board game to share. Boggle? Scrabble? Monopoly? Codenames? Catan? Apples to Apples? Chess? Pictionary? Mastermind?

We’ll provide the popcorn. You bring your favorite game/s, and a beverage or cookies. And April 14 is not a school night – the next day is Patriot’s Day.

There’s no Risk! Give it a Go! You won’t be Sorry you did. Who, What, Where? You … at Follen Game Night … at the Waldorf Café. See you

Brought to you by the Social Events Group

Parking, Access, and Safety During Construction

Update from COG (Construction Oversight Group)

Never fear, Follenites! Despite outward appearances, you will be able to get into the Sanctuary during construction!


All the regular lots will be available and we will set aside the Mass Ave. spaces in front of Follen for folks with limited mobility. You can park along the fence on the Waldorf drive, but there won’t be a sidewalk, so take care. Please don’t park on Barnes Place (behind Marshman) – we are keeping the contractors from parking there and ask that you don’t either, at any time. Our neighbors there already have a lot to put up with!
A note about Follen’s parking lot:  please do not park there on weekdays between the hours of 7 and 5.  At those times Waldorf teachers use the left side, and our contractors need the right side available on very short notice for staging equipment and materials.  Feel free to use the lot in the late afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Since parking will be limited at Follen, if you have ever thought about biking to church, this fall would be a great time to try!


The walkway up to the Sanctuary front entry will be compacted dirt, until paving can go in. It will be safe for walking and for walkers. While we have a temporary ramp up to the Marshman floor level, for access to the offices, meeting room and accessible bathroom, we will not be able to have a temporary ramp into the Sanctuary right away. We will have a charming Port-a-Potty to the left of the entry, and of course, there will be bathrooms in the Waldorf School, where we will be having Hospitality Hour!


Please do not go through the fencing and into the construction site…however tempting! It is an active site and we don’t want to slow down our contractors by asking to give tours. We COG folks all have to wear hardhats and close-toed shoes just to have our site meetings: there are too many dangerous conditions to allow tours yet


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Alice and Valerie

Join Our Choirs!

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm at the Sacred Heart Lower Level, with September 9 as our first Sunday singing. New members are still welcome!

Children’s Choir and Youth Choir

Children’s Choir (any and all grades 1-5) is on Mondays 4:00-4:45, starting Monday, September 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, both starting on Monday September 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

Choir Connection Time (LIMBO)
Note that this fall we’ll have a 30-minute Choir Connection Buffer 4:45-5:15, for which all choir kids are encouraged to be present. This is a time that we’ll bring together members of both choirs for such special activities as creating a choir covenant, working on solo and small group pieces, playing instruments, or just hanging out and playing games!

Come January, this connection time will be used for working on choruses for our operetta, Iolanthe, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to participate in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir.

Please get in touch with Director of Music Vivian Montgomery if you’re interested in joining any choirs or if you have questions – .

Looking forward to seeing you all soon for another big year of singing and playing!

Adult Choir Calendar 2018-19

Children’s and Youth Choir Calendar 2018-19

Need to Schedule a Meeting?

Follen has the use of meeting rooms at the Sacred Heart Parish Center Mondays through Thursdays and the Waldorf School on Sundays, in addition to one meeting room in the Marshman Center every day.


Meeting and event leaders should contact Sarah Garner, Church Administrator, to reserve space at Sacred Heart or Waldorf: sarah.garner@follen.org or 781-862-3805 ext 1005 (note new ext). Sarah will email instructions for access to each location after a reservation is on the calendar. Please be aware that space is limited and we have an obligation to follow each organization’s rules, so any groups who have an option to meet in someone’s home should try to do so.


Audio/visual equipment is not available at either Sacred Heart or Waldorf, and Sacred Heart will not have wifi. If you have A/V needs, Jimmy McFeeley might be able to take Follen’s portable equipment to your meeting location with sufficient advance notice.