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Religious Education for the Deaf

Classes are now forming for religious education for the Deaf youth from First Communion through Confirmation. Classes are offered at Sacred Heart Parish in Newton. If you wish for your Deaf child to be enrolled in a program in your area, please contact the Office of the Deaf Apostolate so that arrangements can be made. Registration ends Aug. 29. Classes begin Sept. 21. Register at

A Concert of Sacred Music at the Parish!

Sung by The Choristers of Saint Paul’s, featuring Mr. John Robinson as director and Dr. Jonathan Wessler as organist

Sunday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m.

Saint Mary’s Church on 55 Warren Street

The Choristers are the flagship choral ensemble of St. Paul’s Choir School. They sing the highest part in the Choir of St. Paul’s and have a very busy concert and travel schedule. Boys are Choristers from the first day of the sixth grade until their voices begins to change, at which time they join the Schola Cantorum. This rare combination of emotional, intellectual, and vocal maturity allows this group to perform more challenging repertoire, accept public and private engagements, make recordings, and serve as the public face of music-making at St. Paul Church both at home and afield. The Choristers sing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays (Vespers), Thursdays and Sundays.

Confirmation I for 9th graders

Parents and Guardians: If your son or daughter is in the 9th grade, they are eligible to begin preparation for the        Sacrament of Confirmation. A two-year program is offered for all public and parochial high school students from St. Francis de Sales and St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena parishes. Parents are invited to download a Confirmation I form and get more info here. The forms are due at St. Francis de Sales Rectory on 303 Bunker Hill Street no later than Sunday, September 7.

Sign up your child for Religious Education today!

Enrollment has already begun and classes start on September 21! Registration forms for the 2014-2015 year are available online, in the back of the Church, or at the Parish Center!

Religious education gives students the information and the tools that they need to realize and respond to God’s love for them. Our program at St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena guides students into a closer relationship with God and our Catholic community by preparing them for the Sacraments of Penance, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.

We want to teach the children of this worshiping community to come to know God, learn to love God, and to live a life in response to God’s love!

Parents’ participation in all aspects of our program is essential to its purpose and success. Children learn best by example. We ask that you accord your children’s religious classes the importance they deserve. By working together, parish and family, our faith will fill the hearts of our children!

Volunteers needed: Helping hands make this work!

Have you been looking for a way to get more involved in our Parish community? We are still looking for volunteers for our RelEd program!

It takes many hands to make this program all that it can be, so please contact Anne Krane at or (617) 242-4664 for more information.

Prayer Service for Peace with Rosary

The infant Jesus giving Rosary beads to St. Dominic and Mary giving Rosary beads to St. Catherine of Siena.

Prayer Service for Peace with the Recitation of the Holy Rosary

Saturday, September 6 at 9:00 a.m.

Each first Saturday of the month, a group of parishioners gather in the Parish Center before the Blessed Sacrament to pray for peace.

It is a time to pray for the needs of our own hearts, the needs of those we know—friend or foe—and the needs of our broken world, especially now given the many crises that are occurring presently, especially in the Middle East.

Included in our time of prayer is also an opportunity to recite the rosary for peace, as our Blessed Mother Mary enjoined us to do. Knowledge of how to recite the rosary and having a rosary are not required.

Please be a part of this important ministry of prayer by joining us the first Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop Street.

ISIS brings new horrors to Iraq

“Prayer cover needed!”

Fervent, ongoing prayers needed for Christians and other religious minorities

The Congregational Leadership Team of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur has asked us to spread the word that prayers for everyone in the path of ISIS are urgently needed.  A message from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International and who is on the ground in Iraq is as follows:

“We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!”

Other news reports have verified the decapitating of children and go on to say that their heads were placed on stakes and planted in a local park in Mosul for all to see.

Please pray fervently and ask others to pray for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians and other minority religions across this region. Pray also for a change of heart in members of ISIS so that all may live with dignity and freedom.

Make your voice heard by contacting President Obama’s office as well as those of Senators Markey and Warren, and Representative Capuano and ask that they do all they can to end this genocide.  Ask also that they use their power to rally the support of world nations in this endeavor.

President Obama: Comments 202-456-1111, Switchboard 202-456-1414

Senator Markey: 202-224-2742

Senator Warren: 202-224-4543

Representative Capuano: 202-225-5111

Please pray this prayer for those who are being persecuted for their faith in Iraq, Syria and other countries in the Middle East. ?

Lord, the plight of their country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening. Therefore, we ask you, Lord, to spare their lives, and to grant them patience and courage to continue their witness of Christian values with trust and hope. We pray also for those of other minority religions who are being persecuted.

Lord, peace is the foundation of life; grant them all the peace and stability that will enable them to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy. Glory be to you forever. Amen.

Comments from Raphael Louis Sako I, President of the  Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Iraq

“Despite the fact that we are living an organized campaign of elimination from Iraq, the world conscience is not fully awake to  the gravity of the situation. Now, the second phase of the calamity has already begun, which is  the migration of these families to the different parts of the world, thus dissolving the history, heritage, and identity of these people into void.”

33rd Annual Lawn Party to benefit seminarians

Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston is hosting its 33rd Annual Lawn Party on Wed., Sept. 17, at 6PM. This premiere fundraising event is hosted by His Eminence, Seán Cardinal O’Malley. The evening will include a reception and dinner with music. Located on Route 30 in Weston, the seminary prepares second career candidates, men over the age of 30, for priesthood.  Proceeds from the Lawn Party help to keep tuition costs affordable.  For ticket information, please call the Development Office at 781-899-5500, or visit You can make a difference and encourage the vocations of these men through your support of the Lawn Party.

Come to the waters of healing

Fall dates: Saturday, September 20, Saturday, October 18, Saturday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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 encounters with 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-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

A new look for CCYG

Charlestown Catholic Youth Group is for teenagers (grades 7-12) from both Charlestown parishes looking to have fun, learn more about their faith, and make a difference in their community!

Take a look at CCYG’s remodeled web site and learn more at

Did you know?

Candles are an important symbol in the Church. They remind us that Jesus is the light of the world! Also, the symbolism of prayer has been connected with candles; the burning flame of the candle represents the prayer that rises to God. But did you know that there are rules about the candles on the altar?

At the beginning of the 20th century, lighted candles of the correct composition (at least 51% beeswax) were considered so essential that, if before the consecration they happened to go out and could not be relit within fifteen minutes, the celebration of Mass had to be abandoned, and some writers maintained that even if the candles could be relit within that time, Mass should in any case be begun again from the start!

Today, the rules about candles are not as strict, but candles for liturgical use should be made of a material that provides a living flame without being smoky or noxious. To safeguard authenticity and tradition, electric lights as a substitute for candles are not permitted.