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Children’s Programs
We need you!
We are all called by our baptismal promises to share the precious gift our Catholic faith
with the children in our families, parishes, Collaborative and world.
Our Lord expects nothing less- we can do this well.
We need your faith, hope, patience and love for our Faith Formation Program!
We need a coordinator for grades K-4 and teachers.
Can you help us, starting in October? If you can, please see Fr. John!

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 please see the relevant bullet below or 
Contact us at the Parish office
at 617.242.4664 or email

St. Francis de Sales Mass Intentions

Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 pm 

Sunday, July 21 at 9:30am 

Monday, July 22
Mass at 8 am in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel

Tuesday, July 23

Wednesday, July 24
Daily Mass at 8am in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel

Thursday, July 25 

Friday, July 26
Daily Mass at 8am in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel

Saturday July 27 at 4:00 pm 

Sunday July 28 at 9:30 am 

St. Mary St. Catherine of Siena Mass Intentions

Saturday, July 20 at 9:00 am

Saturday, July 20 at 4:00pm + Eugene & Dorothy Sullivan

Sunday, July 21 at 8:00 am 

Sunday, July 21 at 11:00 am + Edgar de la Riva

Sunday, July 21 at 6:00 pm Mass in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel 

Monday, July 22
Mass at 8am in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel 

Tuesday, July 23 – No Mass

Wednesday, July 24
Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Chapel at 8:00 am + Robbie Brady

Thursday, July 25 – 

Friday, July 26
Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Chapel at 8:00 am 

Saturday, July 27 at 9:00 am

Saturday, July 27 at 4:00pm Betty McNiff

Sunday, July 28 at 8:00 am + Bill & Edna Boyle

Sunday, July 28 at 11:00 am 

Sunday, July 28 at 6:00pm
Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Chapel

St. Francis de Sales

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



St. Mary. St. Catherine of Siena

Pictured and Baptized on July 14th,
are Elizabeth Grace Angelo & Henry Michael Harker
Congratulations to our newest members!


RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

is a program for Catholics who have not had the opportunity to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation; for Adults who are members of another religion or have never been baptized and want to know more about and perhaps become a member of the Catholic faith. For more information, call Fr. John at 617-242-4664
or email him at


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.

Baptism Schedule

The Baptism Preparation Classes for parents and godparents are on the Saturday before the monthly baptisms.  The Preparation Class time is 12:30 pm  at the Parish Center, 46 Winthrop Street.

The Baptisms are held in the Churches on Sunday at St. Mary’s at 12:30 pm and at 1:30 pm at St. Francis de Sales. We ask Baptism families and their guests to arrive at the Church about 15 minutes before the official start time.

Please send your request to



Class – August 10

Baptism – August 11


Class – September 7

Baptism – September 8


Class – October 12

Baptisms – October 13


Class – November 9

Baptisms – November 10


Class – December 7

Baptisms – December 8

Clergy Trust

Clergy Trust video featuring Fr. Ronan

The church has a patron saint for nearly every person, group of people, and occupation. These heavenly friends benefit us with their prayers of intercession speaking, as it were, to God on our behalf.If you ask nearly any Catholic whose intercession they seek when something has gone missing, nearly all will tell you it’s St. Anthony who is responsible for the recovery of cars keys and eyeglasses by the millions. But how did Anthony become the patron saint of lost articles?Legend has it that Anthony was the novice master at a friary in Montpellier, France. One of his charges was a somewhat discontented novice named Louis. When he wasn’t at prayer or teaching the novices he devoted his time to writing a book on the psalms – he had worked on it for years. One afternoon, the manuscript vanished, and Anthony searched carefully for it to no avail! Having no other recourse he prayed for its recovery.At the same time it seems that Br. Louis, the discontented novice, had disappeared as well and had been seen leaving with a somewhat manuscript sized parcel. Anthony, believing that Louis was much more valuable than his manuscript, prayed that Louis would find his true path in life.The legend says that the former Br. Louis, while on his way to sell the manuscript as his own was moved to return the book and turn his life around. So, Louis went back to the friary and returned the stolen manuscript. St. Anthony became his mentor and from that time forward Anthony’s prayers were sought whenever something was lost. It’s a tradition that continues today. For centuries when Catholics have lost something important, their car keys or their way in life, they’ve sought the prayers of St. Anthony.

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

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