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Upcoming collection for Retired Religious – Nov 18, 2018

The Nov. 18 collection is for Retired Religious Sisters. Now in its 23rd year, this collection provides needed financial support for religious communities who have served the Archdiocese of Boston as educators and health care and social service providers. Please give generously in recognition of the Sisters’ years of dedicated service. For more info, please contact Sister Marian Batho at (617) 746-5637 or sr_marian_batho@rcab.org.

As we all move towards a “paperless” society, a more efficient way to contribute weekly is to use online banking. By doing this, you can still contribute to your Parish when you are away. The Parish relies on your contributions every week. Just as you would pay your electric and phone bills, please add St. Mary – St. Catherine of Siena to the list. You can do this by logging in to your online banking and adding:

St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena as “payee”

Phone: 617-242-4664

Address: 46 Winthrop Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

If you have an envelope number, please enter that as the account number.
If you do not, then select “I do not have an account with this payee”.
Select recurring payment and fill out the necessary information for weekly or monthly contributions.

If there are any questions, please call the Parish office.

Catholic Appeal 2018

Though we are many, we are one Church.

Next week, Catholics across the Archdiocese will be invited to pledge their support to the ministries supported by the Catholic Appeal that directly benefit St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish. Thank you for your prayers and support for a successful 2018 Appeal.

What is the Catholic Appeal? The Catholic Appeal is the annual campaign that supports the 50 central ministries carrying out the mission of our Church in the Archdiocese of Boston.

What are the central ministries? Central ministries help to serve the needs of all 289 parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston. While enriching parish life, central ministries also strengthen families, educate and inspire future generations, and help advance Church leadership.

How much funding does the Catholic Appeal provide for the Archdiocese of Boston? The Appeal provides about half of the funding. Funding also is provided through fees, endowments, and major gifts. The budget for the Archdiocese is available at BostonCatholic.org under “Annual Report.”

Look for more info in next week’s Bulletin on Appeal Weekend, including a special video homily from Cardinal O’Malley during Mass.

Donate today!

Warm clothes

The Parish is accepting new or used hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens for adults and children in need. Donations will be sent to shelters in the immediate area. A drop-off bin is located in Church. Please stop by! Ace Hardware in the Bunker Hill Mall Shopping Center will also have a bin in the store. Many thanks for your generosity!

A force for good

Our Parish conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society has been a quiet force in Charlestown for decades. Vincentians respond to the poorest of the poor, regardless of religious affiliation, in a variety of ways. Please consider leaving a donation in one of the Society’s collection boxes in Church, and thank you for your support!

Breakfast foods for the Food Pantry

Harvest on Vine Emergency Food Pantry is in need of healthy, non-perishable breakfast items (i.e., cereals, oatmeal, toaster pastries, coffee) for its clients and client families. Donations can be delivered to the Church, Chapel, Good Shepherd School, or the Parish Center.

Warm clothes, warm hearts

Your donations will bring comfort to those who must endure the cold.

With winter finally here, the Parish will be accepting donations of new or used hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens for adults and children in need.

The donations will be distributed to shelters in the immediate area. A drop-off bin will be located at the rear of the Church. Please stop by to donate! Ace Hardware in the Bunker Hill Mall Shopping Center will also have a donation bin located inside the store.

Many thanks to parishioners for your customary generosity!

Our final push for the Grand Annual Campaign!

To date, parishioners have contributed $93,781.50 to this major effort to cover the maintenance and operational costs of our wonderful Parish. For those who have the means, the Parish is asking for a donation of $650. And for those who can do more, please do so as there are surely those whose gift will be a sacrifice at a lesser level. We believe these combined amounts will yield a balanced budget.

There are many ways to make a contribution if you have not yet done so! You can scan the QR code here for a Paypal donation link, or visit the Grand Annual section of stmarystcatherine.org to learn more. For all your help, we are humbled and deeply grateful! If you have any questions, please ask for James  in the Business Office at (617) 242-4664.

What is a CRS Rice Bowl?

“Lord, help us to be instruments of your peace.”

Catholic Relief Services is one of the busiest international relief agencies in the world. CRS relief workers can be found attending to Syrian refugees, earthquake victims in Nepal, and other hot spots where disasters, disease, and strife have brought suffering to many. A Rice Bowl is a time-honored tradition for Catholics  to live out the Lenten pillars of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting in solidarity with our poorest brothers and sisters. Seventy-five percent of CRS Rice Bowl donations help people overseas, and twenty-five percent goes to local poverty and hunger alleviation projects in our area.

Rice Bowls are available for families in Church and the Parish Center. You can find more prayer, educational, and family resources at crsricebowl.org and the CRS Rice Bowl app.

In support of retired Boston priests

This year’s Christmas collection for the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust has helped to care for the health and well-being of our priests. Our Parish contribution of $8,096.00 will have a significant impact on the quality of life programs we are able to provide for our priests in the new year.

If you did not have the opportunity to participate over Christmas and you wish to make a gift, please visit clergyfunds.org or simply text the word PRIEST to 56512 (Msg. & data rates may apply).

Donations can also be brought to Church or Chapel during Mass or our Parish Center during business hours.

Take a moment to watch some wonderful profile videos of our senior clergy, such as Boston Police chaplain Fr. Sean O’Connor, at clergyfunds.org.

Thank you for your prayers and generous support of our priests.

Upcoming collection for Catholic elementary schools

At Masses on the weekend of January 16 and 17, there will be a second collection for Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. The proceeds will go toward these schools to assist more families with demonstrated financial need and to help grow enrollment. Thank you for your generosity and belief in the gift of a Catholic education.

Going forward with the Grand Annual

Parishioners have been most generous in supporting the 2015 Grand Annual Collection! We have also seen a greater increase in Paypal and online banking contributions for this program. To learn more, read our article below!

Our Parish faces the usual costs of any small business plus the maintenance of very old and beautiful buildings. Each year, we ask parishioners for assistance to close our operating deficit with a contribution to the Grand Annual Collection. Your response over the years has always been generous and helps to meet our needs. Once again, we ask every family to do your best to respond.

To date, parishioners have contributed $83,418.50 to the Grand Annual. For those who have the means, the Parish is asking for a donation of $650. And for those who can do more, please do so as there are surely those whose gift will be a sacrifice at a lesser level. We believe these combined amounts will yield a balanced budget.

There are many ways to make contributions! A Paypal button is featured on our home page. Did you know you can also donate with online banking? In your personal banking portal, list St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish as a payee with our address (46 Winthrop Street, Charlestown, MA 02129) and phone number (617-242-4664). If you have questions, please call James at (617) 242-4664 or email jsantosuosso@stmarystcatherine.org. For all your help and active participation, we are humbled and deeply grateful!