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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.

We are one Church

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 2016 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.

Collection for the Church in Latin America

In Peru, the 14 villages of Chazuta, in Moyobamba, are all located away from the city center, with the most remote only accessible by boat. The faithful in these communities do not have access to catechetical formation, and members often feel separated from the life of the Church. Through a grant from the Collection for the Church in Latin America, the religious congregation of the Missionaries of Jesus provided faith formation, spiritual retreats, and workshops to nearly 250 people. Upon completion, participants were better equipped to help others deepen their faith and answer questions. The program also renewed their sense of commitment to their parishes and created stronger bonds within their families. Through this program, members of the Chazuta villages felt the love and support of the universal Church. Please support programs like these in this collection.

For more info, please visit usccb.org/latin-america.

Restore the Church and build the future

On Ash Wednesday, February 10, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe (CCEE). This collection supports Catholic organizations that provide affordable shelter and training for seminarians in a region that still struggles from the effects of Soviet rule. By providing pastoral care, catechesis, and funding for building renovations, your donations help restore the Church and build the future in the region. Please give generously to the collection next week. Visit usccb.org/ccee.

How the CCEE works for the people

In Armenia, the recovery from a devastating earthquake in the late 1980s and the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s has been difficult and slow. Many children in Armenia live on the street because of poor family situations or the need to earn their own money. The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception have used a grant from CCEE to fund a summer camp for 850 children ages 8 to 15.

The camp is provided for children who are orphans, live in extreme poverty, or live in poor isolated villages. At camp, the children receive much-needed rest along with physical and spiritual support, all in a nurturing environment. Local and international volunteers help create an atmosphere of safety and trust while guiding and mentoring the children. Some of the camp activities include attending catechetical classes, going hiking and on field trips, and participating in sports and acting in theatrical presentations. While at camp, the children can experience the encouraging love and support of God and others.

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.

Jan. 30-31 collection for the Church in Latin America

In Peru, the 14 villages of Chazuta, in Moyobamba, are all located away from the city center, with the most remote only accessible by boat. The faithful in these communities do not have access to catechetical formation, and members often feel separated from the life of the Church. Through a grant from the Collection for the Church in Latin America, the religious congregation of the Missionaries of Jesus provided faith formation, spiritual retreats, and workshops to nearly 250 people. Upon completion, participants were better equipped to help others deepen their faith and answer questions. The program also renewed their sense of commitment to their parishes and created stronger bonds within their families. Through this program, members of the Chazuta villages felt the love and support of the universal Church. Please support programs like these in this collection.

For more info, please visit usccb.org/latin-america.

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.

Fuel Collection

For any resident in New England, heating costs can be a considerable expense. The same is true for the Parish. Steps have been taken to increase efficiency of our buildings, including switching the Parish Center from oil to natural gas. But costs remain high. Our Fuel Collection will be held on the weekend of January 2-3. Thank you for your kindness and generosity with this important program!