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An Easter Prayer

God, we praise you for your love in Christ.

Wondering, amazed, in Christ we see you:

The ruler of the universe, washing dirty feet;

The creator of heaven and earth, hungry, cold, and tired;

The savior and healer, wounded with the pain of the world,

The almighty Lord, found with the weak and vulnerable.

God, help us to be strong in the love and liberty of Christ

So that we can follow the same pattern of service

With the inner security, that frees us

From the drive to seek recognition;

With the confidence to give those whom we serve

The dignity of voicing their own needs;

With the patience that does not try to impose your will or our own,

But works and waits for your justice. (David Berry – adapted)

Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it. Amen.

Prayers are from the New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book, Catholic Book Publishing Co. New York 1999 (adapted)

St. John’s Church’s Spring Auction

Please join your neighbors and friends for Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres at St. John’s Church’s Spring Auction, 22 Devens Street in Charlestown

May 3, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm

$35 per person

Proceeds will benefit St. John’s Church, Harvest on the Vine, the Kennedy Center, Charlestown Lacrosse & Learning Center and Harvard Kent Scholarship Partnership

Good Shepherd Fundraiser

The Good Shepherd School invites you to a red carpet affair at its 5th Annual Fundraiser:  “Lights, Camera, Auction: A Night of Hollywood Glamour”

Friday, May 9 from 7-11PM at St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center, 46 Winthrop Street.

$60 per person in advance, $70 per person at the door

Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and drinks from the cash bar as you shop for exciting silent auction items. Bring your checkbook! Glamorous attire suggested!

Please make checks payable to Good Shepherd School (Night of Glamour in memo line) and deliver or send to: Good Shepherd School, 20 Winthrop Street, Charlestown MA  02129. Tickets can also be purchased online at (Checks preferred to avoid fees).

New organ recordings from St. Mary’s Church

A 3-manual, 37-stop pipe organ built by Woodberry & Harris in 1892

According to organ historian Barbara Owen, St. Mary’s Woodberry & Harris Opus 100 “is the largest and most significant 19th century organ remaining in original unaltered condition in greater Boston, and is among hardly more than a couple of dozen of similar size and importance of that era that survive in the entire country.”

In late 2014, the pipe organ will undergo an extensive restoration by Andover Organ Company to perform beautifully for the next century. Please take a moment to visit our organ music section and listen to some splendid recordings by parish Music Director and Organist Daniel Sauceda.

Family Festival

2014 Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Family Festival and Conference

Where: Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA

When: Saturday April 26, 2014

Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Admission is free

This event will feature keynote addresses for adults in three languages, a teen program, a children’s program, exhibits, food, games, cultural performances and more. Keynotes will be given by Leah Darrow, an International Catholic speaker and former contestant on America’s Next Top Model; Fr. Edward Riley, Chaplain for various family groups in Boston; Fr. Matthew Williams, Director of Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults.

In addition, there will be two dynamic priests from Brazil, Fr. Cleidimar Moreira and Fr. Nei Nelson, who will give keynotes in Portuguese. Lino and Annette Bonilla, a married couple that has a local music and evangelization ministry called “United in the Spirit,” will give the keynote in Spanish.

The festival this includes:

~Cultural Dance and Performance Gala.

~Speakers will be discussing the theme of the family.

~Mass and Flag procession of the nations.

~Children’s program.

~Outdoor food festival and barbeque.

~Outdoor children’s games.


For more information go to or email Fr. Michael Harrington or call 617-746-5794

Canonization of John XXII and John Paul II

The CatholicTV Network, in Partnership with Boston University, to Provide International Canonization Coverage

John XXII and John Paul II to be declared saints on April 27 in Rome

WATERTOWN, MA (April 10, 2014) The CatholicTV Network, in partnership with Boston University’s College of Communication (COM), will provide international coverage of the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II.

John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints on April 27, 2014, the day on which the Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy. Blessed John Paul II served as pope from 1978 to 2005 and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, 2011. Blessed John XXIII was pope from 1958 to 1963; Blessed John Paul II beatified him in 2000.

COM Boston University Broadcast Journalism seniors, Kirsten Johnson and Matt Younis, will be in Rome from April 24-27 reporting on the events for Boston University News Service (BUNews Service) and The CatholicTV Network.

COM faculty advisor R.D. Sahl will travel abroad with the BUNews Service and The CatholicTV Network as well.  Sahl joined BU after more than 40 years in broadcast journalism. He has covered stories at the Vatican for nearly 30 years including the elevation of two Boston Archbishops to the College of Cardinals, the Vatican response to the abuse crisis, John Paul II’s funeral, and the 2013 Conclave that elected Pope Francis.

The first partnership of its kind, this opportunity will give students a unique international reporting experience, and provide BUNews Service and CatholicTV with locally-focused content. Viewers will be able to keep up to date with the events in Rome through stories, interviews, and blog posts.

The CatholicTV Network will air international coverage on CatholicTV and BUNews Service coverage can be viewed at The CatholicTV Network president, Father Reed also holds a MS in Television Management from Boston University.

The CatholicTV Network:

Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI’s call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America’s Catholic Television Network.

Boston University College of Communication:

Established in 1947, the Boston University College of Communication prepares students for careers in Film, Television, Journalism, Mass Communication, Advertising, Public Relations and Media Analytics, and offers advanced studies in Communication Research, including the field of Emerging Media. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the college is among the largest of its kind in the country and offers a broad and deep curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and complemented by professional education.  The faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals. This year COM celebrates its 100 year legacy, commemorating the first classes in advertising and journalism taught at Boston University in 1914.

CCYG update for Monday, Apr. 21

There is no Monday meeting of the Charlestown Catholic Youth Group on April 21. Please come to their next meeting on April 28! This  group is for teens—grade 7-12 from our Parish and St. Francis de Sales Parish—looking to have fun, learn more about their faith, and make a difference in their community.

Special thanks from Harvest on Vine

Nearly 300 people attended Harvest on Vine Annual Fundraiser on April 10. This spectacular event raised approximately $20,000 for Charlestown’s emergency food pantry. Many thanks for your generous contributions, which enable Harvest on Vine to support hundreds of families in need. To learn more about this vital organization or to make a donation, please contact Social Ministry director Tom MacDonald at

Schools and Scholarships

American Student Assistance offers free information for colleges, careers, and financial aid. College planning centers are located in Boston, Chelsea, Chelsea, and Brockton. Call 1-877-332-4348 or visit

Application information on the Gallagher Scholarship will be released after Easter. Scholarships are awarded to students entering their first year of college. Students must be a member of St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish or St. Francis de Sales Parish and must provide the name of the school they will attend. Please look for updates in our Bulletin and web site!

The Good Shepherd School is accepting applications for the new year! Located in St. Mary’s Church at 20 Winthrop Street, GSS is an independent Catholic preschool for children aged 2.9 to 5 years old. The curriculum supports the social and emotional development of the students by fostering self-confidence and maturity. Please call (617) 242-8800 or visit

Nativity Preparatory School, a tuition-free Jesuit school for students from low-income families, is taking applications for 4th and 5th grade boys. The school provides a very rigorous program with a challenging curriculum, various sports, music (among other extracurricular activities), an extended day and an evening program with tutors who help the students to complete their homework in a safe and quiet environment. Nativity also has a mandatory summer program that runs during the month of July. For more information about how to apply, please call Orlando Emiliano at (857) 728-0031 x20 or visit

A consortium of affiliates from Partners HealthCare–MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, MGH Institute of Health Professions, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital–will offer $6,000 in scholarships to two high school students who live in Charlestown and plan to enroll in a program of study leading to a health career at the associate degree level or higher. Please visit here for a link to the application web site.

Palm Sunday

Our Palm Sunday began with our traditional gathering in the Training Field for a blessing of the palms, followed by a procession to Mass at St. Mary’s Church. Take a look at our Holy Week schedule here! (Photos courtesy Louise Potter)