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Working on the margins

“Never tire of working for a more just world.” – Pope Francis

For decades, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has worked to defend human dignity and take poverty off the map. Local programs supported by CCHD have changed neighborhoods across the country. We need your help to continue to meet the needs of more than 46 million people who still struggle to overcome poverty.

In recent years, CCHD has backed grassroots initiatives to augment communities and address a range of environmental justice issues. Their efforts have tackled water and air pollution, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency, green jobs, and urban gardening. Such actions, claim the organization, are “making economic empowerment a reality for low-income families.”

CCHD’s primary source of support is a yearly collection held in parishes across the United States. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from our November 9 Human Development collection is retained to fight poverty in our own diocese. To learn more about CCHD operations, and to receive an email newsletter or read the CCHD blog, visit usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/.

Notice from Good Shepherd School

December 1, 2014 is the deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Visit gsscharlestown.org or call (617) 242-8800.

All Saints and All Souls

Prayer of Remembrance

By Bruce Prewer (adapted)

Living God, in whom there is no shadow or change, we thank you for the gift of life eternal, and for all those who, having served you well, now rest from their labors.

We thank you for all the saints remembered and forgotten, for those dear souls most precious to us. We bless you for their life and love, and rejoice for them.

God of Jesus and our God, mindful of all those souls who have gone on ahead of us, teach us, and each twenty-first century disciple of every race and place:

to follow Jesus’ example to the best of our ability,

to feed the poor in body or spirit,

to support and comfort the mourners and the repentant,

to encourage the meek and stand with them in crises,

to affirm those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

to cherish and learn from the merciful,

to be humbled by, and stand with, the peacemakers.

Help us to clearly recognize what it means to be called the children of God, and to know we are called to be your saints neither by our own inclination nor in our own strength but simply by the call and the healing holiness of Christ Jesus our Savior.  We ask this in his name. Amen!

Youth Movie Night

Please join us for a Youth Group movie night for ages 8 and up on Monday, November 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Church Hall (downstairs of the Church). Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be provided. If you would like to join us or you would like more info about our Youth Group, please contact Anne Krane at akrane@stmarystcatherine.org. We will see you there!

Young Adult Group

We are looking for Young Adults who are interested in helping out with the Thanksgiving Distribution for the Harvest on Vine emergency food pantry on November 25 at 4:30 p.m.

If you are interested in participating at this important annual event, please contact Anne Krane at akrane@stmarystcatherine.org or call (617) 242-4664.

Protecting God’s Children Training

All volunteers at the Parish must complete a CORI background check and go through Protecting God’s Children Training. We will be holding a training on November 8 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Parish Office. If you are currently a volunteer at St. Mary-St Catherine of Siena or you are planning on becoming a volunteer, please contact Anne Krane to sign up for this training. (akrane@stmarystcatherine.org)

Christmas Bazaar

Little Sisters of the Poor Annual Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 8, 9AM-4PM

Gift Items, Stocking Stuffers, Rafflemania, Games, Bakery including Irish Soda Bread and our famous Beef Stew!

186 Highland Ave. Somerville ? 617-776-4420

Mass of Remembrance

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them forever.

Sunday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church

All parishioners are invited to participate in our Mass of Remembrance on November 2 at 6PM. At this liturgy, the names of all persons for whom a Funeral Mass was celebrated in our Parish during the past year are included in the Litany of Remembrance and a candle is lighted for each one. We also remember and light a candle to represent all family, relatives, and friends of our Parish Community who have gone to God and for those who have no one to remember them. Light refreshments will be served.

So that we may plan appropriately, please call our Parish Office (617-242-4664) by October 27 with the appropriate number of persons who will attend.

Values at risk on Questions 3 and 4

The Massachusetts Catholic Conference, which serves as the public policy arm of the Church in the Commonwealth, is urging citizens to vote Yes on Ballot Questions 3 and 4 in November’s state election.

The archbishop of Boston, joined by the bishops of Fall River, Springfield, and Worcester, warn about the values threatened by the launch of three major casinos and nearly one million people working today without earned sick time.

A Yes vote on Question 3 would prohibit casinos, any gaming establishment with slot machines, and wagering on simulcast greyhound races in Massachusetts. While a law for expanded gambling was passed in 2011, bishops note that the state has since outpaced the nation in economic recovery, and casinos, once seen as money makers, are more trouble than they are worth. “As the Commonwealth has recovered, other Northeast states where gambling is legal have seen troubling trends in a decline in revenue in their local gambling venues,” said the MCC in a September release.

Projected closures in New Jersey and dropping revenue in Connecticut support this view. Massachusetts bishops also speak of the growing problem of predatory gaming, where venues earn revenue from gambling addicts and the poorest in the community.

A Yes vote on Question 4 would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions. “The social teaching of the Catholic Church has long been clear on the essential nature of work for the maintenance of the dignity of the human person,” bishops remarked in an Oct. 16 statement. “Today, those without sick time are oftentimes forced to choose between going to work sick or losing a day’s pay, in many cases threatening the loss of their job. Tragically, many are forced to send a sick child to school to save their income or their job. These are the same individuals who earn the least amount and struggle to provide the basic needs for themselves and their families.”

The bishops, who also endorsed a fair wage initiative in March, believe the mandate will keep workers, family, and workplaces healthy.

The Massachusetts Catholic Conference (MCC) is the public policy office of the Roman Catholic Church in Massachusetts, and assists the bishops of the Commonwealth’s four Catholic Dioceses by giving witness to spiritual values in public affairs. To learn more about these and other current issues, visit macatholic.org.

Would you like to see a sample of your ballot or find out where to vote? Visit wheredoivotema.com or sec.state.ma.us.

Why we register

Why are you registered as a parishioner? There are many reasons!

Registered parishioners have access to Parish news and programs, as well as important events and happenings in Charlestown. It is one of the criteria for a person to be a godparent for Baptism or a sponsor for Confirmation. It is also a requirement for the sacraments of Baptism and Marriage.

More importantly, it is to belong to a community of stewards who take active ownership of their Parish!

If you haven’t registered, are new to our Parish, or if you’d like to change your address or contact information, we invite you to make use of our Registration Form.

“I want a laity who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it. I want an intelligent, well instructed laity. I wish to enlarge your knowledge, to cultivate your reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth to truth, to learn things as they are.”

- Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman