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The Parish has recently convened a new committee – Announcing the Welcoming Committee.

Welcome Committee Charter

As Christ welcomes all of us with open arms, the Parish embraces everyone we encounter with a warmth and enthusiasm that reflects His love.  The Committee strives to strengthen our Christian community by engaging visitors, new members and existing parishioners alike, transforming them from strangers into friends and inspiring them to use their gifts from God.  To this objective, the Committee will:

  • Greet everyone who enters the church doors in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Foster an inclusive, vibrant and active faith community. 
  • Invite new members into the parish. Encourage registration and active participation in parish life.  Serve as a resource for questions about the Parish and community.
  • Organize social activities for new and existing members of the Parish. Work to strengthen relationships among Parishioners.
  • Help Parishioners respond to God’s call to share our gifts in building up the Christian community. Act as a liaison to other ministry groups.
  • Listen to the needs, concerns and hopes of those in the community. Work with other ministry groups to develop new and innovative outreach activities.



Sunday May 20, 2018 @ 10:30 AM Family Mass

As is our custom, on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the 10:30 a.m. Family Mass, we will select names of persons who have been nominated and have accepted nomination to be members of our Parish Pastoral Council. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, six (6) names will be selected by lot. The nomination process begins this weekend, April 22 – May 13. Only registered parishioners may nominate or be nominated.

Nominees must also participate in the sacramental life of the Church and be 18 years of age or older. PPC members must serve a full term of three (3) years and attend monthly meetings from September to June. As a consultative body, the Parish Pastoral Council is responsible to the pastor, assisting and supporting him in his leadership role. It recognizes the varied gifts of the parish members and invites them to an active leadership role in the parish.

The Council should be an important means by which the pastor will hear the voice of the parish. In deliberations and consultation with the pastor, the council helps to unite the pastor and parishioners. Together they discern the pastoral needs of the parish and ways in which those needs can be addressed.

Once the nominations are in, the nominees will be contacted to see if they accept the nomination. If they do, their names will go into a “pot” for selection on Pentecost Sunday. Regardless of how many times people are nominated, their names are placed into the pot only once.

Please prayerfully consider possible candidates for the Council and submit their names no later than Sunday May 13, to give us adequate time to contact the nominees prior to selection on Pentecost Sunday.

You may nominate by filling out the 2018 Parish Council Nomination Form (in the bulletin and a version can be found at and dropping it off at the Parish Office.

We thank departing members of the Council for their insight on serious issues and dedication to Parish initiatives. Our community is not complete without the guidance and support of such wonderful people.

Current PPC members are Shawn Burke (Vice-Chair), David Bobick, Anne Glines, Renee Kessler, Dianne Ludy, Erin Maloney, Cynthia Markey, Mary McCarthy, Anthony McGuinness, Lorrie Morton, Deborah O’Shea, David Reed, Ryan Walsh, Rev. James Ronan and Sr. Nancy Citro.



Love Your Block Spring Cleanup

Saturday, May 19, 2018  @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Hayes Square/Harvard Kent Area

All tools provided for sweeping, raking as well as trash bags for litter

Refreshments also served including water.

Please call Parish Office at 617-242-4664 if you are interested in participating.



MIT Women’s Chorale Concert

Saturday, May 5,  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


The MIT Women’s Chorale will perform the Second Mass in A flat (1905) by Charles-René, under the direction of Kevin Galiè, accompanied by   Erica Johnson.  This lovely piece had been neglected for nearly a century before its US premier and recording by the Chorale in  2012.  The concert will also include works by Fauré, Franck, Boisdeffre, and Chesnokov, as well as  a new composition by Mr. Galiè, who will play organ solos by Gabriel Pierné.

This program will showcase St. Mary’s fine acoustics and  pipe organ  (3- manual  Woodbury & Harris organ, 1892).

A reception will follow the concert.

Parking suggestions will be posted on our website.

All are welcome to attend.



Taste of Charlestown  presented by Good Shepherd School

Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Parish Hall

46 Winthrop Street

Food, Cash Bar, Silent Auction, & more featuring Charlestown’s top restaurants:  Navy Yard Bistro; Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen;  Monument Restaurant & Tavern; Brewer’s Fork.   $75 for regular admission and $250 VIP Package for 2.   Visit GSSCHARLESTOWN.ORG for info & tickets.


Harvest On Vine Fundraiser:   Thursday, April 19 at 6:30

The annual St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish Emergency Food Pantry, Harvest on Vine, spring fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 545 Medford Street, Charlestown. The night includes a catered meal, entertainment, music, auction items, raffle prizes, cash bar. Table of ten, $500 Individual seats, $50 Please contact Tom at 617-990-7314