Charlestown Catholic Community News

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St. Francis de Sales Mass Intentions

Saturday, March 2 at 4:00 pm + Joseph “Moe” Mahoney

Sunday, March 3 at 9:30 am 

Monday, March 4
Daily Mass at 8am in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel

Tuesday, March 5
Daily Mass at 8am in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel

Wednesday, March 6
Daily Mass at 8am in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel

Saturday March 9 at 4:00 pm + Comm. Bob Gillen & Bro. Francis Gillen, FM

Sunday March 10 at 9:30 am 

St. Mary St. Catherine of Siena Mass Intentions

Saturday, March 2 at 9:00 am

Saturday, March 2 at 4:00pm + Frank & Elizabeth Hennessy

Sunday, March 3 at 8:00 am

Sunday, March 3 at 11:00 am + Daniel Krystyn

Sunday, March 3 at 6:00 pm + Charles Farmer & Sarah Farmer-Williams

Monday, March 4 at 8:00 am

Tuesday, March 5 at 8:00 am

Wednesday, March 6 at 8:00 am + Paul Werner

Thursday, March 7 at 8:00 am

Friday, March 8  at 8:00 am

Saturday, March 9 at 9:00 am + James P. Collins, Sr. & James P Collins, Jr.

Saturday, March 9 at 4:00pm 

Sunday, March 10 at 8:00 am + Rachel Barberian & Margaret Costello

Sunday, March 10 at 11:00 am + John, Theresa & Donald Ring

Sunday, March 10 at 6:00 pm + Margaret & William Fitzpatrick


Dear Families,
This Lent, our community will participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a Catholic Relief Services program that invites us to encounter God and our global family through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Through CRS Rice Bowl, we will encounter communities in Uganda, El Salvador and Indonesia and learn how issues like hunger and climate change are impacting our sisters and brothers around the world. Together, we will reflect on our participation in the body of Christ and how the Eucharist—the Bread of Life—compels us to share bread for life with all members of our human family.
Alongside thousands of Catholic faith communities across the United States, our Lenten alms will make a difference in the lives of millions of people worldwide. Together as a Church, we can support people who seek to build a better future for themselves and their communities.
CRS Rice Bowl provides resources for daily reflection throughout the liturgical season. Consider these suggestions in your family’s Lenten plan:
– Use your CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar each day to guide your prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
– Visit to read weekly Stories of Hope and watch the accompanying videos.

Use the CRS Rice Bowl recipes from to prepare simple, meatless meals on the Fridays of Lent to eat in solidarity with our global family.
During this holy season, may your Lenten journey be a transformative and enriching experience as you put your faith into action for our sisters and brothers experiencing the greatest need.
CRS Rice Bowls will be collected at the end of Lent, so stay tuned to learn more. Thank you for participating in CRS Rice Bowl with your family.



The Playspace Program is looking for volunteers to play with children experiencing homelessness in Everett for just two hours each week.
Morning and evening opportunities
available Monday – Friday.

Questions ? Contact Megan Nally,
Volunteer Recruitment & Training Coordinator


Campaign Kick-Off, Wednesday, February 14, 2 pm at Planned
Parenthood. Candlelight Vigils Friday nights at 7 pm, February 16, 23,
March 1, 8, 15, and 22. Spanish Vigils Saturday mornings at 10:30
am, February 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, and 23. Family Vigils Sunday at 2
pm, February 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, and 24. Tuesday Rosary Vigils
at 2 pm, February 20, 27, March 5, 12, and 19. Concluding Celebration of Life, Sunday, March 24 at 2 pm
You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization to pray and fast for an end to abortion!
Through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach, 40 Days for Life has inspired 1,000,000+ volunteers!
With God’s help, here are the proven results in 26 coordinated campaigns:
• Over 24,211 babies saved from abortion • Over 256 abortion workers converted • Over 148 abortion centers closed
Here’s how to take part in 40 Days for Life in our community:
• Vigil location: Outside Planned Parenthood, 1055 Commonwealth Ave. Boston • Vigil hours: 7 am to 7 pm daily
• Local contact: Rita Russo, 781-762-4391 Learn more … get involved … and sign up for prayer times by visiting our campaign at the web address shown below!


Many have asked us how to contribute through online banking so that when they are not in the Parish, they can continue to make their offertory collection and second collection donations. This can be done easily by logging into your online banking account and entering St. Francis de Sales or St. Mary—St. Catherine as vendor/payee.

For St. Francis, please use 303 Bunker Hill Street for the address.

For St. Mary – St. Catherine, please use 46 Winthrop Street.

If you have any questions, please contact James Santosuosso at the Parish Office.
Thank you for your continued generosity.

St. Francis de Sales

There were no Baptisms at St. Francis de Sales last week

St. Mary. St. Catherine of Siena

Clergy Trust

Clergy Trust video featuring Fr. Ronan

The Charlestown Catholic Community will now be offering a new ministry …….
The Charlestown Catholic Community Arts and Environment Team
The Arts and Environment Team will be a group of parishioners who love to craft, clean, and beautify our parish Homes. Whatever your gift/talent we need your help with our many tasks through the year and not just Easter and Christmas! Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact John Volpe at
If Interested, please fill out the form which can be found at the front entrances of the church.
Again we need your help, so please come join the team.


A Note from John Anthony Volpe’s Desk at Tatte

Do you ever just have one of those days, when you feel like St. Mary after Christmas?!?! Feelings of exhaustion, sadness, guilt or even just not feeling enough? These feelings catch up
with us all at one point or another, and with so many ruminating thoughts of negativity it’s hard to see past our own Lenten Journeys. However, like Christ, we have our own resurrections on the horizon. Happiness, growth, and rebirth are just around the corner, that is Christ’s never ending gift to us. The promise of hope, peace and everlasting life. We cannot forget this in the midst of our troubles and woes!
Just the other day, I felt this way, so I decided to go to my office, no not the choir loft, but rather to Tatte to get some work done. It was my hope that maybe, just maybe, by working on some Christ driven projects, I would be able to resurrect some happy thoughts in order
to remember just how blessed I am, putting the kibosh on my negative thoughts.
As I glanced up from my pile of sheet music on my iPad, I happen to catch the eye of a women picking up her coffee heading over in my direction. Sadly, my first thought was, ugh I really can’t handle anything else right now. Why is she coming over? As she approached started to panic. “Did I leave a tag on my suit,” or even worse, “do I have toilet paper stuck to the sole of my shoe?” So I took a deep breath gulped and mustered up enough energy to smile in her direction. The woman paused in front of me and said, “God has a plan for you.” She then drove off, down Warren in a white Tesla. Was I on a rerun of an episode of Touched by an Angel? Was Della Reese going to appear with a warm white spotlight above her head?? I then took a deep breath, sighed and said to myself, “Thank You God, I needed that today!”
When getting immersed in our daily negativity we forget, God has a plan for us, just as he did for his son.
As we “look up, look ahead” let us remember God is always with us, accompanying us on our Lenten Journeys looking toward
our Easter.

“Be not afraid I go before you always, Come follow me, and I will give you rest.”
-R. J. Dufford

An Invitation!

Are you looking for an opportunity to grow spiritually and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ? We invite you to join us for a Cursillo weekend to experience the love of Jesus Christ on a personal level and bring his love and joy into your daily life. Give yourself an extraordinary gift this year. Where: St. Basil’s Salvatorian Center, Methuen.
For more information, contact Nancy


Sunday, September 24, 2023

Inauguration Mass with Bishop O’Connell at St. Mary Church Collation at Bishop Lawton Hall at St. Francis de Sales Church following the Mass


Staff wishing Fr. Sheridan Happy Birthday, February 2024

If you are planning a Wedding, Planning a Baptism, If you are interested in becoming
Catholic or have not yet received Confirmation, if you are homebound and would like to
receive the Sacraments, interested in the choir Religious Education, or becoming a volunteer in a ministry…
Contact us at the Parish office
at 617.242.4664 or email

St. Francis de Sales Building Fund

For All the deceased Priests and Sisters who have served Saint Francis De Sales Parish; For all the deceased members, benefactors and friends of the Parish; for all those enrolled in the Saint Francis de Sales Memorial Building Fund Society and for all the souls in purgatory,
we pray to the Lord


If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please come any Saturday between 3:15pm and 3:45pm to the church in either parish i.e. before the 4 pm Mass on Saturdays.


Be mindful of the poor among us by assisting the Saint Vincent de Paul Society by way of their collection boxes at the doors of the Church. The weekly offerings given to the Parish Conference of the Society are their main source of income in assisting the needy of the Parish.


It is always encouraging to see new faces at Mass. We warmly welcome all of you who are newcomers to Charlestown. We receive many requests for recommendations for individuals who are asked to be sponsors for Baptism and Confirmation. It is necessary, for us to know you in order for us to comply with these requests for letters of recommendations. It is important, too, that you are on the Parish Mailing List for Sacramental Records as an active practicing Catholic. We invite you to fill out the Registration Form.

Register as a parishioner.
Please indicate with which of our two parishes you wish to register.

    St. Francis de SalesSt. Mary St. Catherine of Siena