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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.

THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

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 stmarystcatherine.org/forms) 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.

MIT Women’s Chorale Concert – May 5, 2018

SAVE THE DATE

MIT Women’s Chorale Concert

Saturday, May 5,  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Free

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. http://web.mit.edu/womensleague/womenschorale/

 

All are welcome to attend.

 

Harvest on Vine Fundraiser

Don’t Forget!   Harvest on Vine spring fundraiser, Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM, 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

Thanks,
Tom 617-990-7314

SAVE THE DATE—WALKING WITH MARY, APRIL 7, 2018 2—7PM

Our parish is joining Cardinal Sean O’Malley and parishes throughout the Archdiocese for this special event in honor of Our Lady. We invite young and old to participate with us for this event. If you are interested, call the Parish Center at 617-242-4664 or email Dianne Ludy at dludy@stmarystcatherine.org.
The event will take place at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1545 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.
Join Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., on Divine Mercy Weekend for a multicultural procession through the streets of Boston with Mary, our Mother who points us to Christ and His Divine Mercy.
2:00 PM Gather at the Basilica
3:00 PM Holy Hour and Multicultural Divine Mercy Chaplet Recitation
3:30 PM Marian Procession through the streets of Boston
5:00 PM Address by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap.
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Confession, Praise, Prayer and Devotions

Rosary and Prayer for Peace

Each first Saturday of the month, parishioners gather in the Parish Center before the Blessed Sacrament to pray for peace. Included in our time is also an opportunity to recite the rosary. Please plan to join us for this time of prayer. It is a longstanding tradition to dedicate the Saturdays of each month to Our Blessed Mother, and for people to gather together to pray the Rosary. In praying the Rosary, we reflect on the various mysteries of the life of Jesus and Mary. At each apparition, Mary has enjoined us to recite the Rosary, praying especially for peace; and she has made promises to and outlined benefits for those who do so.

Knowledge of how to recite the rosary and having a rosary are not required.

1st Adult Confirmation class

Please spread the word! Many adults who have been Baptized and have made their First Communion in the Catholic Church have never had the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Maybe. . . it’s time

To deepen your relationship with God who loves and cares about you.

 

To re-engage your world again as a Catholic more informed about your faith and its impact in your life.

 

To re-new yourself and others through the unique power of the Holy Spirit who guides us in Love and Truth.

Candidates 18 years of age or older will attend eight 90-minute classes to prepare for this Sacrament. If you are interested in more information or would like to register for these classes, please call Sr. Nancy at the Parish Center at 617-242-4664 or email ncitro@stmarystcatherine.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Playspace Ends for 2018

Our popular Playspace program has ended for the 2018 season! Playspace is a play group open to the entire Charlestown community, based out of the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop Street. Playspace runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The program is scheduled from the first week in January to the last week in  March. (Closed for February school vacation.) Playspace is for children ages six months to 2.9 years. The space is filled with educational toys, including centers for active play, building, trains, dramatic play, art, reading, and more. There is also an area dedicated to infant play for younger children. Moms, dads, grandparents, nannies, sitters, au pairs, and other caregivers must come with their children. Please note that this is not a drop-off or babysitting service. The adults responsible for the children are expected to stay and play an active role in monitoring the behavior of their children during their stay.

Registration fee of $120. Fill out a sign-up document under Forms ! For more information, please email winterplayspace@gmail.com.

Young Adults gathering

This Sunday night for young adults:

“God With Us: the Incarnation and Christmas” with guest speaker Rev. Brian Dunkle, SJ

Dec. 20 @ 7 p.m. in St. Mary Church Hall  (entrance at Soley Street)

This Sunday evening, you’re invited to join the Young Adult Community of St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena for an evening of reflection on the meaning behind the Incarnation in Christmas. Food will be provided!

Our featured speaker, Rev. Brian Dunkle, S.J., is an assistant professor of historical theology at Boston College.

Questions? Email Alexander Garoutte at agaroutte@stmarystcatherine.org.

Retired Religious Sisters

For those who serve and have served.

This weekend’s second collection at all Masses helps provide needed financial assistance for the Sisters who have served in the Archdiocese as educators, healers, and social service providers. Your contribution does make a difference!

By 2025, it is projected that religious past age 70 will outnumber those under age 70 by four to one … You can make a difference in the life of an elderly religious.” -National Religious Retirement Office