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December concert schedule

The Parish welcomes you to enjoy two  concerts at Saint Mary Church next month! The first on Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m. features the  Charlestown Community Choir, a splendid group of our own parish concert choir members. The second on Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m. welcomes the Copley Singers back to Church for Christmas fun! Details to follow—save  the dates and we’ll see you soon!

Pound a drum!

We need a percussionist to make some noise at our 10:30 Family Mass! Experience with Latin percussion is helpful but not required. Are you interested in joining our musical ensemble? Please send an email to Daniel Sauceda at dsauceda@stmarystcatherine.org.

Raise your voice!

Are you looking for a fun activity this season? We want to continue growing our wonderful choirs and you can be a part of the strong musical tradition of our historic Parish! No experience necessary! Don’t sing but play an instrument? We want you, too! Whether you would like to sing or play, or for more information about our program, please contact Daniel Sauceda at dsauceda@stmarystcatherine.org or (626) 277-5157.

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Be a part of a Choir this Fall!

We’re looking to continue growing our wonderful choirs and you can be a part of the strong musical tradition of our historic Parish! This Fall, come join one of our wonderful choirs. No experience necessary! Don’t sing but play an instrument? We want you, too! Whether you would like to sing or play, or for more info about our program, contact Daniel Sauceda at dsauceda@stmarystcatherine.org or (626) 277-5157.

Counters needed at Business Office

Can you spare an hour on a Monday to help our Business Office? Counters fulfill an important function of parish finance. Each week, they organize and count the offertory and special collections gathered at Mass. Counters are scheduled in pairs and meet from 9:00-10:00 a.m., usually once a month. If interested, please call (617) 242-4664!

All volunteers are asked to register as active parishioners, sign a code of conduct form, and complete a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) form.

Are you looking for a Parish activity this summer?

Join Cub Scout Pack 26!

Meetings for Cub Scout Pack 26 are held on a weekly basis in the Parish Center, and include sports, crafts, and educational activities. Pack 26 is supported by representatives from the Minuteman Council and parent volunteers and coordinated by Dr. Michael Velsmid. If you have a son aged six through ten, please contact Mike at velsmid@aol.com to learn how your son can have fun and learn with Pack 26 and enjoy the benefits of Cub Scouting! Join us for one of our weekly meetings on Thursdays nights at 7PM at 46 Winthrop Street.

Summer reading with the Book Group

The Parish Book Group will take a summer break and resume its monthly discussion meeting schedule on  Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. Their summer selection is Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue. Publisher Progressive Christianity describes Anam Cara as a source of “profound insights on the universal themes of friendship, solitude, love, and death … the Irish term anam cara (lit. “soul-friend”) originates in Irish monasticism, where it was applied to a monk’s spiritual advisor.” The Book Group invites all parishioners and visitors to enjoy this alternate “beach read” this summer and come back in October to share your reflections at their next gathering!

Assist the Finance Office as a Counter

Can you spare an hour on a Monday to help our business office? Counters fulfill an important function of Parish finance by  organizing and counting the offertory and special collections gathered at Mass. Each counters is scheduled in pairs and meet from 9:00-10:00 a.m., usually once a month. If you are interested, please call James or Jeff at (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)

Encounter Christ among the poor

Retreat in Ecuador with Rostro de Cristo

November 23-29

Rostro invites people from the U.S. to grow in their faith through their retreat program every year. For a week, retreat participants will have the opportunity to live, serve, and be invited into relationships with our Ecuadorian neighbors.

Retreatants serve with RDC volunteers in two communities, experiencing a reality far different from their own. In the evenings, retreatants prayerfully reflect together on their experiences, seeking to understand how they have encountered the face of Christ that day and how Christ is calling them to compassionately serve others and work for justice. As a retreat participant, you are invited to live in an intentional faith-based community during your time in Ecuador. You will pray, reflect, and celebrate Mass with others who are sharing in your retreat experience.

For more information about this wonderful opportunity, please send an e-mail to RDC Director Evan Cuthbert at evan@rostrodecristo.org.

RDC at a glance

There are currently 15 RDC volunteers in Mount Sinai and Arbolito, two barrios (neighborhoods) outside Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city.

These rapidly growing communities contain migrants from rural areas who come in search of jobs, education, and health care. These barrios are also stricken with chronic poverty, along with a lack of potable water, proper sanitation, electricity, and schools.

Volunteers serve as catechists and youth ministers. They also work with a local partner 20-25 hours a week to serve neighbors in these communities.

Retreatants work with RDC volunteers for a period of 6-8 days.

“To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly  concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, the face of Jesus.” – Pope Francis

Are you ready to make a difference?

St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish is looking for tutors for second-graders at the Harvard-Kent School. The time commitment is reasonable: one hour, one day a week, at lunchtime, 12:30 to 1:25p.m.

An initial meeting for those interested will be held at the Harvard-Kent School on Wednesday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m. Please bring a photo ID for registration. The tutoring itself will begin the first week of October.

Harvard-Kent educates the largest number of students living in public housing in the state. The students thrive on healthy adult relationships; not only can tutoring help the children with their lessons, it can provide a positive role model for them as well.

If you are interested in helping out as a tutor, please call Tom MacDonald in the Social Ministry Office at 617-337-3545 or send an email to tmacdonald@stmarystcatherine.org.

Volunteers are needed!

Are you interested in doing something more with your faith than just coming to Mass on Sunday? If so, you should consider signing up to help with our Religious Education program!

We are looking for fun, dynamic volunteers for grades K-8 and Confirmation to guide and motivate the youth of our community towards a more full and fun relationship with their faith. Fourteen teaching volunteers are on board for the new year, but we still need lots of help for different aspects of the program. Please consider signing up! If you are nervous to sign up on your own, sign up with a friend! Getting involved with the RelEd program is a great, fun way to build community while giving back to God, and the youth in our Parish.

The first informational meeting for volunteers is Thursday, September 5 from 6:30-8PM. Dinner will be provided! If you have any questions, please contact Anne Krane at akrane@stmarystcatherine.org.

Volunteer today!

Counters

Can you spare an hour on a Monday to help our business office? Counters fulfill an important function of parish finance. Each week, they organize and count the offertory and special collections gathered at Mass. Counters are scheduled in pairs and meet from 9:00-10:00 a.m., usually once or twice a month. If interested, please call Jeff at (617) 242-4664!

Choir Groups

The 10:30 a.m. Family Choir and 6:00 p.m Contemporary Choir are still looking for vocalists and instrumentalists. If you have an interest in music and want to be a part of one of our successful choir groups, please contact Daniel Sauceda, Music Director/Organist, at dsauceda@stmarystcatherine.org or (617) 242-4664.

Can you spare an hour a month?

Can you spare an hour a month for one of these important volunteer groups?

Counters help the business office by processing offertory after Mass weekends. Volunteers work in pairs on a Monday morning from 9-10 a.m. in the Parish Center.

The Cleaning Group takes care of polishing all the marble and wooden fixtures in St. Mary’s Church.

If interested, call Jeff at (617) 242-4664.

Get involved and immerse yourself

St. Mary-St. Catherine parishioners are invited to join in a trip to Educador from November 18-23 working with the volunteers of Rostro de Cristo. It’s a great opportunity for young people from our parish to visit, work and pray in conjunction with the volunteers and members of the local community of Guayaquil. This retreat provides an opportunity to live out the Gospel, deepen our understanding of the reality of a developing country and to make a difference by committing to service, faith and social justice. We hope that you’ll join us! For more info, contact Ros Kane at roskane@comcast.net or Chris Callanan at ccallanan@smcattorneys.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!