Charlestown Catholic Collaborative

The Roman Catholic Parishes of Charlestown, Massachusetts: St. Mary - St. Catherine of Siena and St. Francis de Sales

The Parish Families of

St. Francis de Sales and St. Mary – St. Catherine of Siena

Below are the special information links this week

Please donate!

Fr. Britto’s page.

Sr. Nancy’s page.

From June 10 through Labor Day Weekday 8am Mass on Tuesday and Thursday is NOT being offered.

Regularly scheduled Mass times

From June 10 through Labor Day Weekday 8am Mass on Tuesday and Thursday is NOT being offered.

St. Francis de Sales Church,
313 Bunker Hill St.

St. Francis Rectory
617 242-0147

Led by the Holy Spirit, the Parish Family of Saint Francis de Sales seeks to know and celebrate Jesus through Mass, Prayer, Sacrament and Service.
Saint Francis de Sales Church is the oldest consecrated church in New England, the oldest in the city of Boston in continuous service, and the fourth oldest in America, built in 1859, on the top of Bunker Hill. Saint Francis is known affectionately as the Firefighter’s church – The statue of St. Florian, patron saint, is located in the bell yard next to the church.

St. Mary Church,
55 Warren St.

Parish Center and
Eucharistic Center
46 Winthrop Street
617 242-4664

Our Mission is to make active disciples of Jesus Christ by creating a welcoming community rich in spirituality and by moving people to share their God-given talents in the service of others and the care of creation.  We are an intentionally inclusive Roman Catholic parish that welcomes all those who make up our diverse community in a way that reflects God’s love. Nourished by the Gospel and the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, we strive to build a vibrant parish that strengthens our faith and elevates our worship.

This week the Sanctuary Lamp at St. Francis de Sales church is lit in remembrance of
Hunna Gillen.

The Sanctuary Lamp

To light a Sanctuary Lamp in memory of a loved one, please call the Parish Offices
at (617) 242-4664

The work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society continues in our parishes.
The Society helps a number of individuals and families in Charlestown.
Please remember the good work with a gift to the Poor boxes
at the back of the church. Thanks so much!


The Month of June is Dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus

For a long time, the Church has designated the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The designation of the solemn feast of the Sacred Heart is on the Friday following the feast of Corpus Christi. This year the Sacred Heart feast is celebrated on June 23. Biblically and spiritually we understand the heart to symbolize the center of one’s being, love, mercy, faithfulness, tenderness, compassion and other affective emotions. Below is a prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

All-loving Sacred Heart of Jesus, I pledge to you my whole heart. I see your heart personally on fire for love of me and all your creation. I want to rest in this source of your mercy and compassion and to experience the love of God. Call me into deeper friendship, Jesus. Help me to use your gifts in service of our brothers and sisters, to spread your message of goodwill to this world. I give myself entirely to you and I ask the Holy Spirit to make me more like you. I want to love the way you love. I offer you my heart. Please help me always to remain aware of how deeply your heart beats in concern for those who seek you by teaching me your way of love. With this grace I have all I need. Amen.


The celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is the center point of the life of any Catholic community. Our own Parish Mission Statement highlights the Eucharist as that which nourishes everything in our Parish. Always we are striving to celebrate Sunday Mass as best as possible and to do that, we need lots of help. In addition to maintaining our beautiful worship space, we need people to assist in the various ministries at Mass: greeters, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and altar servers. I invite you to ponder whether you can assist us in one of these ministries.
Sometimes when I speak with a parishioner about being a minister – a
natural reaction is:

“ME – I could never to that!”

We are inclined to think that serving in ministry is more for someone else and we are not worthy to do that. Well, no one IS worthy! However many are able to lend a hand and with preparation and support, carry out a much needed and important ministry at the Parish. Please read below and pray, wonder and talk with us – if you feel so called.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are adult Catholics in good standing who have a love for the Eucharist and wish to serve their fellow parishioners. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are ordinary Christians who model Christian living in faith and conduct in their ministry and in their daily lives. A formal training program for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is provided.

Ministers of the Word (Lectors)

Lectors are adult Catholics in good standing who have a love for the Word of God and wish to serve their fellow parishioners as a Minister of the Word. The Liturgy of the Word is an essential component of the Eucharistic Liturgy. The Ministry of Lector is to proclaim the Word of God in the assembly of the people. We offer a formal training program for Lectors and provide them with books that contain all the readings for the church year and may be studied at home.

Arimathea Society

Assist with Funeral Masses

Cana Society

Assist with Funeral Weddings and wedding rehearsals

Baptism Committee

Assist with Baptism Preparation and Baptisms

Greeters and Ushers

Greeters and ushers are a group of dedicated men and women of all ages. Greeters faithfully welcome our parishioners and visitors as they arrive for Mass. Ushers are responsible for taking up the collection during the liturgy.

For more information please contact Sr. Nancy: 617-242-4664 or