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The faith life of this community must continue to blossom, and that means it needs leadership and nourishment. Young couples and families need support, children and teens need formation, young adults need to feel welcomed and nourished as well as challenged, mature, retired and senior members of the Parish deserve support and ongoing enrichment. And all of us need Sunday liturgies celebrated well with quality preaching and superb music.

All of this and more is a big job and while I love being Pastor here, I cannot do all of this alone. Our wishes can only be accomplished with a wonderful staff, dedicated, capable and enthusiastic, working in good facilities with adequate resources. We have that and work at maintaining and expanding whatever we need.

For this reason I ask for your generous support for our Grand Annual Collection. Last year, Parishioners contributed $105,232 allowing us to end the year with no deficit. Last year I asked each household to consider a one-time generous gift and offered $700 as a guideline. Just as some families could do more I am hoping each will for certainly $700 for others families is not possible.

Thank you for your continued generosity, and support of our wonderful Parish.

Be assured of my ongoing prayers for you and yours,

In Christ,

Rev. James J. Ronan


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  • Baptized Catholic but have not received First Communion or Confirmation?
  •  Interested in finding out more about the Catholic Faith and possibly wanting to become Catholic?  This program is for you!
  • Classes available. For more information please contact the Parish Center, 46 Winthrop Street 617 242-4664 or email Sr. Nancy at



Adult Confirmation Classes available at the Parish Center, 46 Winthrop Street, Charlestown.

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For more information on these programs, please contact Sr. Nancy:, or call 617-242-4664


Harvest on Vine

The Harvest on the Vine Food Pantry is dedicated to helping all needy members of our community regardless of religious affiliation.

This Lenten Season is a time when we give thanks to God for all the gifts we have received as well as to those who have been a blessing in our lives. And so during this Season, we want to take the time to express our profound sense of gratitude to you, our Parishioners, for the many ways in which you “dig deep” to support our Parish and all of its ministries, in particular, our Parish Emergency Food Pantry, HARVEST ON VINE.

This year, those in need will sign up to receive an Easter Ham.

There are a number of ways in which you can offer support:

• If you choose, please donate boxes of macaroni and cheese, and canned vegetables to go along with the Ham. Please return the groceries to our Church on the weekend of March 24 – 25. If this is not possible, you can bring the bags to our Parish Center, 46 Winthrop Street.

• For a donation of $35, you can provide an Easter ham for a family in need. The dinner includes a ham and sides. Not only does it provide a great meal, but also a holiday where having enough to eat is actually not a cause for worry and anxiety.

• You can give out food on distribution day (see below). Roughly 15 volunteers participate in the distribution.

We are grateful also to the number of Charlestown organizations who continue to join us in this effort. If you want more information, please call the Parish Office at 617-242-4664 or email

Financial contributions made payable to HARVEST ON VINE can be placed in the collection baskets at Mass, mailed to 46 Winthrop Street, Charlestown, MA 02129, or via the PAYPAL button below.

Distribution: Tuesday, March 27, at 1:00 PM. If you’d like to help set up, please arrive at noon.</>

Sign-ups to receive food assitance: Monday, 03/19 through Friday, 03/23. 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Rectory basement, 49 Vine Street.

In the Gospel of Matthew (25:35-40), Jesus speaks of the importance of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting those in prison and more. Our emergency food pantry is one way in which we strive to respond to this call, and you have been so faithful in doing so. Thank you for participating in this important ministry.

This Easter, please consider making a donation to Harvest on Vine Food Pantry to support a family in need.


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Welcome to St. Mary–St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Charlestown, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

To visitors of our Parish, to those who have recently moved into the area and to those comfortable and nourished here–Welcome to All. And, regardless of your status in the Church, your marital state, your ethnicity, your prior religious experience, your personal history, background or sexual orientation, please know that you are accepted and respected at Saint Mary–Saint Catherine of Siena Parish.

Our Mission

Saint Mary-Saint Catherine of Siena is an urban, Roman Catholic Parish formed in 2006 from two historic Charlestown parishes. We are an intentionally inclusive community welcoming all of the many people who make up our diverse neighborhood. Because our lives are nourished by the Eucharist, we strive to build a vibrant Parish that develops and strengthens our faith and worship. With a goal of being community-oriented in the Spirit of the Gospel, we are involved in the local and global issues of our times. We are therefore dedicated to service, action, and compassion.

Please introduce yourself to the priest and register as a member of our Parish. Please use this website to keep yourself and your family informed of events and liturgical services at the Parish. We hope you will find the rich resource of this vibrant Parish, and our website, useful to help educate, inform and inspire your growth in knowledge and the practice of your Catholic faith.

Church Relighting Project
The Church Relighting Project is complete. A big Thank You to all parishioners who added this appeal to their support of St. Mary’s parish. The Easter photo below shows the results in St. Mary’s Church in all its brilliance. We can look forward to brighter times ahead in the church and look forward to seeing you all better in the days ahead. These special energy efficient lightbulbs will also lighten the burden on our electric bill for the forseeable future.

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