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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!

Care for senior priests

Priests from Regina Cleri

The Clergy Benefit Trust was established by the Archbishop of Boston to provide a continuum of care for the well-being of all diocesan priests in good standing. In making a gift to the Trust, we give back to those who enable us to live our Catholic faith, and keep the promises made to care for those who have given up their lives out of love for us. Your gift helps priests with medical and dental care, housing allowances, respite care for those recovering from surgery or illness, maintenance of Regina Cleri in Boston; and many other programs. The Clergy Benefit Trust is our only collection at Christmas Masses. Please prayerfully consider a gift for our senior priests.

You can use an envelope, mail a donation to our Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St., or make a contribution at clergyfunds.org.

Caring for our senior priests

The Clergy Health and Retirement Trust was established by the Archbishop of Boston to provide a continuum of care for the health and well-being of all diocesan priests in good standing. In making a gift to the Trust, we give back to those priests who enable us to live our Catholic faith, and keep the promises made to care for those who have given up their lives out of love for us.

Your gift helps priests through these services:

  • Medical and dental care for all priests
  • Support and care from a staff nurse
  • Stipends and housing allowances for senior priests
  • Respite care for priests recovering from surgery or illness
  • Support and maintenance of Regina Cleri residence center in Boston
  • Stipends for priests on disability or health leave
  • Retreat allowances for senior priests

The Clergy Benefit Trust will be our only collection at Mass this Christmas. Please prayerfully consider a gift for our senior priests. To make a donation, you can use collection envelopes on Dec. 25, mail a donation to our Parish Center on 46 Winthrop Street, or make an online contribution at clergyfunds.org.

Giving Trees for Boston shelters

Each year, we offer Christmas aid to some of the largest shelters and community programs in Boston. Gifts placed under our Giving Trees by parishioners are items that can help hundreds of men, women, and children. The tags you see on the branches are marked with an item for one of these organizations. Recipients include New England Homeless Shelter for Veterans, St. Mary Center for Women and Children, Charlestown Recovery House, and Sisters of St. Joseph Prison Ministry.

Please note that gifts should be unwrapped or placed in gift bags. Please attach the tag to the outside of the package so that we can deliver your gift to the appropriate program.

Due to security regulations, gifts for Sisters of St. Joseph Prison Ministry must be monetary donations: these enable the Chaplain to buy needed items such as combs, shampoo, soap, deodorant, calendars, lotion, tooth paste, stationary, and pens and have them inspected. Once the items are approved by security, the items will be assembled in gift bags within the prison by Chaplaincy Volunteers.

Please bring your gifts to Church or the Parish Center by Monday, December 21 so that Parish volunteers can deliver them to city shelters and centers. Many thanks for your kindness!

Retired Religious Sisters

For those who serve and have served.

This weekend’s second collection at all Masses helps provide needed financial assistance for the Sisters who have served in the Archdiocese as educators, healers, and social service providers. Your contribution does make a difference!

By 2025, it is projected that religious past age 70 will outnumber those under age 70 by four to one … You can make a difference in the life of an elderly religious.” -National Religious Retirement Office

Campaign for Human Development

On the weekend of Nov. 8, a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will help to uphold the dignity of human life by breaking the cycle of poverty across the United States through grants to local community groups who create jobs, improve education, and strengthen neighborhoods. A quarter of the CCHD collection remains with the Archdiocese of Boston to fund local anti-poverty projects. Three-quarters of the collection support national grant and education programs. (Learn more at USCCB.org.)

Upcoming collection for Retired Religious

The Nov. 22 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.

News from the Vine

The food pantry location in the Annex.

Harvest on Vine Emergency Food Pantry

An invitation for new volunteers. On Saturday, November 21 from 9:00–10:30 a.m., Harvest on Vine invites you to a no-pressure, informational meeting. The meeting will be held in the Social Ministry Office in the basement of the Parish Rectory on 49 Vine Street. We will discuss the mission of Harvest on Vine and talk about volunteer opportunities. Coffee will be served.

Donate a holiday dinner! For a donation of just $35, you can provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings for a family in need. The dinner includes meat, rolls, carrots, cider, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and pie. Your donation also provides a holiday free from worry about not having enough to eat. Some people paid for one family, while others were able to pay for two or more. Anything you can do is appreciated!

Great turnout at the Bistro. Gratitude to all that joined in the fun, and to John Moore and the staff of the Navy Yard Bistro for hosting our annual Harvest on Vine Fall Fundraiser last week! Approximately sixty generous guests enjoyed a fine meal and wine selection. Did you miss this event or couldn’t get a ticket? Our  HoV Annual Fundraiser, a big event in Charlestown, is coming up in April 2006. Please look for updates in our Bulletin and stmarystcatherine.org.

For info or to make a contribution, contact Tom MacDonald at (617) 990-7314 or tmacdonald@stmarystcatherine.org

The Grand Annual Collection

Building a home for all to live in faith

Our special Parish faces the usual costs of any small business plus the maintenance of very old and beautiful buildings. From the annual Parish Finance Council report published recently in our Bulletin, parishioners know that our income does not usually meet our expenses.

Each year at this time, Fr. Ronan writes to parishioners to explain our finances and ask 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.

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 for you to make contributions!

  • A Paypal button is now featured on the main page of stmarystcatherine.org.
  • Grand Annual envelopes included in last week’s mailing are also available in the Church or Parish Center.
  • Did you know you can donate through your online banking portal? You can 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).

Did you miss the Finance Report in our October 25 Bulletin? Get a copy at here. For inquiries about the Grand Annual, please contact James Santosuosso, Business Manager, at jsantosuosso@stmarystcatherine.org or (617) 242-4664. For all of your support and active participation in our Parish community, we are humbled and deeply grateful!

“How often we forget to dedicate ourselves to that which truly matters! We forget that we are children of God.”

– Pope Francis