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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

Jesus in Boston

All Young Adults and College Students are invited to join us on Friday, October 30 @ 7:30pm for our monthly “Jesus in Boston” event. This month, we will be at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square. It’s a great way to meet new people and strengthen your interior life through the sacraments and fellowship with other Catholic young adults. For more information please email Mike Drahos at MDrahos@rcab.org.

“Witness to Life” Pilgrimage to D.C

January 22, 2016: This January, young people from the Archdiocese of Boston will depart to join hundreds of thousands of their peers in Washington, DC, at the 43rd annual March for Life.

This powerful event began as a small demonstration on anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision. Today, the March for Life is the largest pro-life event in the world and is a great opportunity to witness to the dignity of all human life, especially the most vulnerable in our society-the unborn.

We are happy to once again invite you to join Cardinal Sean O’Malley and the Archdiocese of Boston on this life changing pilgrimage to rise up and witness to life in 2016! We have four distinct tracks to best serve all those interested, including a middle school, high school, young adult, and family track.

Please visit bostoncatholic.org/witnesstolife or contact us at WitnesstoLife@rcab.org; 617-746-5766 for more information.

Comedy night at Knights

Scheduled for Oct. 25 by the Knights of Columbus, 545 Medford St., hosted by comedian Tony V and featuring Steve Sweeney and Improv Asylum. Doors open at 6PM, show at 7PM. Raffles 50/50, food, cash bar. $15/pp or $150 for table of ten. Benefit for Brother Francis Gillen, Brothers of Mercy Saint John of God. Donations can be made to Brothers of Mercy Saint John of God. For more info, call (617) 242-3746, (781) 659-2122, or (617) 242-2221.

The waters of healing

“I experienced a refreshment of soul I had never thought possible. I only wish I had not allowed so many years to pass before reaching out for help.”

Retreat Dates: Saturday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 14, 9:00AM–5:00 PM

Project Rachel is a confidential Catholic outreach ministry offering hope and healing to women and men hurting from past abortions. Project Rachel is named after the Old Testament figure Rachel, who weeps inconsolably for her children “who are no more” until God came to her, offering hope for her future. (Jeremiah 31:15-17)

Location is confidential. Requested donation of $10 to cover lunch cost. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 10 participants.

For info, please call (508) 651-3100 or email help@projectrachelboston.com.

Charlestown fun next Sunday!

Blessing of the Animals

At Thompson Square: Gathering at 9:15 a.m., Blessing at 9:30 a.m.

Next Sunday, we celebrate a Charlestown practice that has become very popular among young and old. Rain or shine, pets of all shapes and types, along with toy pets and pictures, will be brought to Thompson Square for this very special gathering. Joyful noises will reverberate among us all. We call on God to see the beauty of our pets and to hear our prayer of gratitude for them, blessing them with good health, long lives and ongoing vigor on this day and for years to come.

Parish Annual Block Party

At Saint Mary Church: After 10:30 a.m. Family Mass

For many, October heralds in the dawning of new beginnings, such as a new school year or a return to a Fall work schedule. Here in the Parish, we are excited to welcome this new season by offering various events to strengthen our faith and our bonds as a community. Following the 10:30 a.m. Family Mass on October 4, we will gather in Mary’s Peace Garden on Soley Street for a brief prayer for peace and to celebrate as a community. Good food and drinks will be served—and we invite families to bring along a dessert! There will also be music and balloon making for children. We’ll meet you on Soley Street!

Parish Reflection Groups

Fill out the Parish Reflection Groups form and return it to the Parish today!

A guide to Christian living

This Fall, explore Christian living as guided by the Ten Commandments. Participants will strengthen their understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and grow in confidence to share with others; read and reflect on Scripture and share faith.

We invite each of you and anyone you would like to bring along, to consider stepping outside of your regular routine during this year and spend some time unfolding and dwelling within the mystery of the Sacred One. Explore the tenets of our Catholic faith. Strengthen bonds with members of our parish community, some of whom you may know, others whom you will meet.

Groups meet at the Parish Center. The sessions last for 90 minutes. If your schedule does not allow you to attend all of the sessions, attend the ones that you can. If you’re unsure, try one session and see if it’s a good fit. Many have felt hesitant to join but took the risk and were glad they did. Give it a try—we look forward to welcoming you! For more info, contact Sr. Nancy at (617) 242-4664 or ncitro@stmarystcatherine.org.

Honors for St. James missionaries

On Sun., Oct. 4, The Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle will honor this year’s recipients of the Cardinal Cushing Medal: Rev. Vincent Daily, Dr. Courtland Harlow, Jr. (posthumous), and Mr. Robert Scannell, Jr. at Cadigan Hall, Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd. Boston 02125. Reception 5PM, Medal Presentation 6:15PM, dessert and coffee 7:15PM. The Celebration helps subsidize the work of priests who work amongst the poorest of the poor in Peru and Ecuador.  Tickets may be obtained online by Sept. 25. Please also consider sponsorship or a message in the Tribute Book. Register and donate at socstjames.com/awards2015.

National Recovery Month

Please join us on Sunday, September 27 at 6PM as we celebrate Mass for those who are struggling with addiction, those in recovery, and their loved ones. Mass will conclude with an opportunity to inscribe in the Parish Book of Intentions the names of those for whom we want to pray in an ongoing way. Those named are prayed for at every Mass throughout the year.

Other important events in your neighborhood:

Charlestown Against Drugs (CHAD) is holding its 7th Annual Candlelight Vigil at Hayes Square on Saturday, September 26 at 6:30PM. If you would like to submit a photo of a loved one, please email the photo to Shannon Lundin at SMLUNDIN@mgh.harvard.edu.

Christian Recovery Meditation Group: October 4, 7-8PM, Parish Center

Our Parish is initiating a weekly Christian Recovery Meditation Group for adults in recovery and their loved ones beginning October 4 from 7-8PM. In a welcoming and respectful atmosphere, we will reflect on a type of sacred reading: scripture, Big Book, story, poem, 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.

The Storms of Grief: How Does One Survive?

Begins October 20 ~ Open to the Community ~ No fee to Participate

Come for SUPPORT, EMPATHY and UNDERSTANDING.

When a life ends, those living are left to grieve their loss. This is often a painful process; it is hard to bear. Your grief is as individual as your life. Evidence shows coming to be with a group can facilitate the process of healing. Sponsored by BEACON HOSPICE, at The Schrafft’s Center, 529 Main Street, Ste. 101, Charlestown.

Free Parking: Stop at Guard Gate and request a Visitor Pass

6 Tuesdays ~ October 20 through November 24 ~ 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Pre-Registration required: call Nancy Duffy at 617-242-8370