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We still have a few more months of winter, so this is a reminder that when Boston Public Schools are closed, there is no morning Mass. Many thanks! Stay updated here on Facebook and at stmarystcatherine.org.

The Gospel of Mark, Part II

Fr. Jonas Christal

When: February 27, 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Where: Parish Center, 46 Winthrop Street

The shortest of the four gospels and considered to be the first gospel to be written according to most contemporary New Testament scholars, the Gospel of Mark still intrigues, instructs, and challenges his readers and hearers. Its fast-paced narrative conveys a vivid image of Jesus as the bearer of God’s kingdom and calls the readers to come to terms with Jesus’ true identity and mission. At the same time, Mark’s characterization of the disciples, Jesus’ opponents, and other minor figures proposes a rich and complex understanding of Christian discipleship.

In Part II we will participate in a group reading experience of the whole gospel. It hopes to enrich and deepen our reading of Mark and to present new insights into the ways in which we can incarnate its message in our personal life, in our Christian community, and in the world at large.

In the end, it is an invitation to hear and to engage anew “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mk 1:1).

Please register by February 24 by calling the Parish Center at 617-242-4664 or emailing Sr. Nancy Citro, SNDdeN at ncitro@stmarystcatherine.org.

Light refreshments will be served.

Fr. Jonas Christal is a Brazilian priest of the  Archdiocese of Campinas, Brazil. He is a priest in residence in our parish and often presides at liturgical celebrations here and for the Brazilian community at Holy Family Parish in Lowell. Fr. Jonas is writing his Doctoral Dissertation on “Renunciation of Possessions and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark” at Boston College.

Works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2016

“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13).

1. Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes because she is evangelized.

In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God and encouraging the initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”, I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful listening to God’s word, especially his prophetic word. The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand. For this reason, during the season of Lent I will send out Missionaries of Mercy as a concrete sign to everyone of God’s closeness and forgiveness.

Continue reading Works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee

Charlestown Infant & Toddler Fair

See the flier here for more information!

Pope Francis journeys to Mexico

Follow the journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Mexico on 12-18 February at ctv.va and vatican.va, and also look for coverage with CatholicTV.com!

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 Ldesroses@rcab.org.

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 smsocialservices@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

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 smhumanresources@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

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 smactivities@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

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!

Rosary on February on Saturday, February 6 at 9AM

Each first Saturday of the month, parishioners gather in the Parish Center before the Blessed Sacrament to pray for peace. Included in our time is also an opportunity to recite the rosary. Please plan to join us for this time of prayer. It is a longstanding tradition to dedicate the Saturdays of each month to Our Blessed Mother, and for people to gather together to pray the Rosary. In praying the Rosary, we reflect on the various mysteries of the life of Jesus and Mary. At each apparition, Mary has enjoined us to recite the Rosary, praying especially for peace; and she has made promises to and outlined benefits for those who do so.

Knowledge of how to recite the rosary and having a rosary are not required.