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Return of the Gallagher Lecture

Publisher Robert Ellsberg discusses the amazing life of Dorothy Day on April 3

The Gallagher Lecture returns to St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish on April 3 with “Dorothy Day: A Saint for Our Time”, presented by Orbis Books publisher Robert Ellsberg.

Praised by Pope Francis in his 2015 speech to Congress, Dorothy Day was among the most accomplished social activists and publishers of our time. Day was also referred to by Pope Benedict XVI as a model of conversion, for her lifelong mission to protect the disenfranchised ran parallel with her exploration of the Catholic faith.

Robert Ellsberg worked with Day during the last five years of her life. He served for two years as managing editor of The Catholic Worker newspaper?founded by Day in the 1930s?and is active in promoting Day’s cause for canonization.

The Gallagher Lecture series, named in honor of beloved priest and Charlestown native Henry Gallagher, has brought outstanding presenters to the Parish, including John Allen, Sr. Helen Prejean, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

Parishioners are invited to save the date for this wonderful event on April 3 at 3:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church on 55 Warren. Admission is free. Contributions to Harvest on Vine Emergency Food Pantry are welcome.

Learn more about the life and accomplishments of Dorothy Day at

Charlestown Infant & Toddler Fair

See the flier here for more information!

Celebrate Black History Month

Come join St. Katharine Drexel Parish and the RCAB Office for Black Catholic Ministries on Sunday, February 7 as we celebrate Black History Month. The celebration will begin with Holy Mass at 11:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. It will take place at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 517 Blue Hill Avenue, Grove Hall, Ma.  For more information, please contact Lorna DesRoses at

News from Little Sisters of the Poor

Residential applications, job openings, and volunteer opportunities

Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Avenue in Somerville, is accepting applications for their Rest Home for potential residents with limited assets. Contact Mary Segalla at 617-776-4420, extension 317, or please send an email to

LSOP is also looking for CNAs for all shifts, part-time and full-time. Please call 617-776-4420, extension 318, or send an email to

Also wanted: musical talent willing to volunteer a bit of their time and talent. If interested, please contact Gina at 617-776-4420, extension 306, or

One-day retreats for hope and healing

During the Year of Mercy, Project Rachel extends a special invitation to women suffering from the pain of abortion to experience God’s Mercy at a one-day retreat for hope and healing. Retreats will held at confidential locations on Saturday February 20, March 19 and June 4.

Referrals for sacramental reconciliation to specially trained priests are also available throughout the year. For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or

Come and Experience God’s Loving Mercy

One Day Retreat for Hope & Healing After Abortion Winter/Spring Dates:

Saturday, February 20, 2016-Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

9:00AM-5:00 PM

This  one-day  retreat  is designed  to  help women  hurting  from  past  abortions experience the personal love of Christ and find hope for healing. It will offer a loving and confidential environment to:

  • hear stories of post abortion healing
  • share Scriptural stories of Christ’s healing love
  • spend quiet time in prayer before God
  • receive Sacramental Reconciliation (Confession) and the great gift of Christ in the Eucharist

Sponsored by the Project Rachel Ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston. Location is confidential. Requested donation of $10 to cover lunch cost. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 10 participants. For more information, contact Project Rachel at (508) 651-3100 or e-mail

MLK Day events

Holiday Mass is celebrated in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel in Charlestown at 9:00AM.

The Office for Black Catholics will hold its annual MLK Day Prayer Breakfast at Saint Katharine Drexel Parish beginning at 9:00AM.

The South Boston-Seaport Catholic Collaborative will celebrate a special Mass for Peace at Saint Peter Parish, South Boston at 12:00PM.

Not to be missed: substance abuse documentary

Save the date for “If Only” documentary

Monday, January 11 AT 5:30 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 545 Medford Street

The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery and St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish have organized an event that is being co-sponsored by all of the Churches in Charlestown and many Charlestown Agencies.

The evening will address the substance abuse epidemic in our community. A light supper will be served at 5:30. At 6PM we will show a brief documentary by James Wahlberg and Michael Yebba (who plan to be in attendance) entitled, If Only, followed by a panel of professionals who will present their perspective on this disease that is killing our young and older members of our community. There will also be time for questions and answers. Please do your best to participate in this evening.

If you think this doesn’t affect you, then it is especially important for you to attend.

A guided-prayer experience

MEETING CHRIST IN PRAYER can bring people to a new level of discipleship and a renewed sense of Christian mission. Meeting Christ in Prayer is an eight-week guided prayer experience based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. It calls for a commitment of eight weeks of daily prayer and eight weekly meetings of faith sharing. The Office of Spiritual Life is offering this program at the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive in Braintree on Tuesday morning, February 16 through April 5 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. For further information and to register, contact Sister Anne D’Arcy at 617-779- 3648 or

Christian Recovery Meditation Group-New Time!

At St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish on 46 Winthrop Street, every Sunday evening from 7:15 – 8:15 PM

If you want to enhance your Step 11, you may want to try this out. Friends and family members also impacted by alcoholism and drug addiction are welcome. In a serene, and respectful atmosphere, we reflect on how a type of sacred reading—scripture, Big Book, story, poem—applies to our lives and then engage in a period of meditation, where we open our hearts for Divine healing. For more information, please contact Sr. Nancy Citro, SNDdeN at 617-242-4664 or

“Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us.”

“We know that God watches over us.”

– 12 and 12 (Page 105)

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

For info or to make a contribution, contact Tom MacDonald at (617) 990-7314 or