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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)

The choice to go to Jerusalem

I was sitting on the shuttle bus from MGH back to the parish this morning when a truck stopped to make a delivery in front of us. The bus driver waited patiently. We got to the intersection at the end of Staniford Street at the light, and a taxi cut off the bus. Further up the road, the same taxi stopped in the middle of the road—the bus could not get by. As the driver took a corner, there was a car backing down the one way street … and so went the trip back to the Navy Yard. Frustration, exasperation and disappointments, big and little, are a part of life as we all know firsthand. Some of us deal with this better than others.

Doubtless, Jesus knew more about this than we could ever imagine. From time to time, He expressed His anger and disappointments. And yet, He carried on exhorting, healing, and teaching us about the Good News. The response of the leadership of His day was righteousness and envy to the point of rage, and the plot to eliminate Jesus emerged as their solution.

On this Palm Sunday weekend, the fever pitch of the story is related graphically as the Passion is proclaimed. In the midst of this we find Jesus. Fully aware of what is happening and what is going to happen, he goes forward. His friends urge Him to avoid Jerusalem, certain of the dangers there. But Jesus faithfully goes forward, and courageously makes the choice to go to Jerusalem. As we know, He gives Himself over willingly to the forces of darkness.

Why did Jesus go to Jerusalem? Why would anyone embrace such a destiny? This seems to me to be the enduring question especially as we enter Holy Week. Personally, I am sorry to say, I am not shocked at the sinfulness of the plotters and murderers for that seems all too evident in our world. But I am amazed that the Son of God would choose to accept this horrible fate. And as I ponder the question, does it not mean that there is a power so deep in this Man/God that it transcends even the will to live? St. Paul writes eloquently of this: “Though He was in the form of God … He emptied Himself becoming obedient to the point of death. . . .”

Friends, this is the week when we must embrace the stark reality that our God’s love for us knows no bounds. He died to save us and show us how to live in this world with meaning and hope. The message is ancient and ever new. May each of us be renewed in our zeal for this truth as we walk to Jerusalem this week and await the dawn on Easter Sunday.

Fr. Ronan

Catholic Appeal update

St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena has raised $39,626 toward our 2014 Catholic Appeal goal of $57,655. Thank you to all who have helped make our campaign a success to date!

If you have yet to give, we need your help. Please give today to help us reach our goal. Gifts can be made online at or by completing a pledge form available in the back of the Church. On behalf of Cardinal Seán O’Malley and all who will benefit from your generosity, thank you for your support.

Young Adults

The Young Adult Group had a wonderful time on our Lent retreat. Thank you for all who prayed for us, and for everyone that participated in the service, reflections, and time together!