Masses:  Sat  4pm  |  Sun  9am & 11am  |  Mon-Tue-Fri  8am  |  First Fri  9am



 

Our Pastor Fr. DiPerri, our visiting Senior Priest Fr. Hawker, our Parish and Academy staff welcome you ...
 
... and wish you a very Blessed new year!

You are an important member of the future of our parish. We hope you will be an active participant as we build that future together. Please take the time to fill out a Registration/Census form so that we have an accurate sense of all of our parishioners.

There are many opportunities for deeper involvement in our parish. The weekly bulletin and this website are the best source of information about the various parish activitiesfaith formation, and evolving ministries, including our many social justice ministries, which you are most welcome to join.

Again, welcome, and may God bless you as you continue your faith journey as a member of the Our Lady’s Parish Family.

Appreciation and Prayers,

 Fr. James DiPerri 
and the entire Parish Staff
 
 
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Church Cleaning Ministry 
Latest News
 

Father DiPerri Report - Parish Building and Grounds Improvements

First Communion 
First Communions and May Crownings were celebrated on Sunday, May 6, 2018 and 57 children combined from Our Lady's Religious Education and Our Lady's Academy participated in the celebrations at the 9 AM and 11 AM Parish Masses. Father James DiPerri, Pastor, and Father Dermot Roache, SMA, were celebrants at both Masses. First Communicants served as lectors for the First and Second Readings, and Prayers of the Faithful, and served as Gift Bearers. After both Masses, the First Communicants led the May Procession and Crowning of the Blessed Mother Statue on the Church lawn. 
 
Teachers from Our Lady's Academy are Katie Demers and Christine Malone. Teachers and Aides from Our Lady's Religious Education are Saudi Bianchi, Aimee Dallaire, Eileen MacKenzie, Heather McKinnon, Leah O'Brien and Carol Perilli. Confirmation students Lexi Hovsepian and Elizabeth Urquhart assisted with the ceremonies along with parishioner Lou Alvarez.
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The Sacrament of Confirmation was celebrated on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Very Reverend Peter J. Uglietto confirmed 35 10th grade students who attend either Waltham High School or area Catholic and private high schools. Confirmation teachers are Toni Berit, Justin Braga, Deirdre Curtin, Debbie Edwards, Joanne Murphy and Anna Sabatino. 
 
The Confirmation Program is a two-year sacramental program beginning with Grade 9 and the students are confirmed in Grade 10. The program consists of theological classroom discussion and Conferences/Adoration with Reverend James DiPerri, Pastor and Reverend Dermot Roache, SMA. Students participate in service projects including Turkey Rama, Ham-a-Rama, Christmas Caroling at local nursing homes, preparing Holy Water Bottles for Easter services and many other personal service hours. Confirmandi attend a day-long Retreat in March along with an Advent Penance Service and a Lenten Penance Service. In the fall we have a field trip to historic North End of Boston churches and in the spring we participate in Holy Thursday Evening Visita Iglesia. For more information please contact Felicia Forger at 781-894-3481 or religiouseducation@olca.org
 
 
 
Rectory Crucifix Restoration  
Hoisting of New 15 foot Solid Red Cedar Cross with Bronze Body of Jesus on rectory land. Site of the original Our Lady Church. Replacing original Cross that broke during recent Nor’easter. Members of Vecchio family and Bob and Tom Clancy joined by equipment and others. Renewed Crucifix donated by Tom and Sandra Vecchio. Work conducted by Bob and Tom Clancy. New cross blessed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley at Palm Sunday Mass on March 25, 2018. May the Good Lord bless all who travel along Trapelo Rd - throughout many years ahead.
 
Holy Hour with Fr. Roache
Join Fr. Roache on the second and third Wednesdays of each month in St Joseph’s Chapel (in the school) from 6:30-7:30PM. All are welcome. This is a time to come together to adore Our Lord in prayer and reflection. In particular, we will pray for peace (in the world and in our homes), for our families, for Our Lady’s Parish and Academy, and for your own personal needs. There is power in prayer. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in your midst.” (Mt 18:20) (Sponsored by the parish-based Knights of Columbus). Upcoming Adoration dates are:   June 13 and June 20
*Important Announcement*
Recently, the Archdiocese reaffirmed its earlier decision that Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish will remain a “Stand Alone” parish, a single parish under the direction of one pastor, rather than administratively/pastorally linked with another parish or parishes ... Please read more here
 
Parish Database Update
We are updating our Parish database of parishioners and we need your help! As a standalone parish, it is critical that our parish membership database be as accurate and complete as possible. We ask that one member of every family fill out a registration/census form (found on the tables at all entrances to our church or available here by clicking on the Registration/Census Form). Please return the form to the Parish Office or drop it in a collection basket on Sunday asap. Thank you!
Recent Events
 
May 05/06: CONFIRMATION AND FIRST EUCHARIST

Congratulations to the young adults of Our Ladys who received their Confirmation and the youth who received First Eucharist last weekend. Thank you to all the teachers and aides who share their faith and teach our children and a very special thank you to Felicia Forger, our Religious Education Coordinator for her dedication and commitment to the children of our Parish and Academy.

 

May 04: GRAND PARENTS DAY AT OLA

A great day was had by on grandparents and special person day last Friday, May 4 at Our Ladys. Below are some pictures to share with you. Also some pictures from the crowning of Mary the same day.
 
There is always a lot happening at Our Lady's Parish! See our Recent Events page for more photos of these events.
Upcoming Events
Please see our Parish Calendar where you can click on any upcoming event for more details (including flyers and links to sponsoring ministries):
 
Second/Third Wednesday  - Holy Hour Service at 6:30 PM in St Joseph Chapel with Fr. Dermot Roache sponsored by Knights of Columbus

Two-Day Marian Service: Monday, May 21 for Adoration/Rosary/Crowning of Blessed Mother and on Tuesday, May 22 for Adoration and Rosary

Steubenville East 2018 Youth Conference
Religious Education eighth, ninth and tenth graders are invited to join other Catholic teens to experience the joy of following Christ at this year’s Steubenville East Youth Conference at UMASS Lowell from July 13-15, 2018. 
 
Our Lady's Photos on Facebook: Updates
Check out a bunch of updates from October events in the Parish including two Rosary prayer servicesthe annual Blessing of the Animals, and the Children's Choir pizza party. Also, don't forget to like Our Lady's on Facebook for announcements and photos from parish events! Click here to view our page and share with your friends. 
Amazon Smile to Support St. Vincent de Paul at Our Lady's
Our St. Vincent de Paul conference has enrolled with the AmazonSmile program to supplement its treasury. This program is set up for people to shop on Amazon just like normal, but the only difference is they use the address smile.amazon.com instead of www.amazon.com. It’s that simple. There is no additional cost to the buyer. 
If a user of AmazonSmile has us designated as their charity, we will receive 0.5 percent of each purchase, which doesn’t include shipping and taxes. That amount might not seem like much, but it can add up if enough people participate.
 
Our unique charity link is: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3630089.
 
Please use this link when shopping on Amazon. This will assure that the Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted conference will be properly credited with the donation and not be confused with other organizations. Please share this with your friends and family and encourage them to use the unique charity link above. If you have any questions, please email them to stvincentdepaul@olca.org.
 
 
Adult Volunteers Needed to Serve the Homeless on Saturdays and Sundays
The Community Day Center of Waltham is seeking volunteers to serve brunch to the area’s homeless population on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30a.m. to 11:00a.m. at the Center’s 16 Felton Street location. The Community Day Center is the only entity serving food during the breakfast/lunch time on Saturday and Sundays. Without this service there will be a significant gap. In order to continue this program, we need more volunteers. Most of the food items are provided by others, but they need to be prepared/served. There is a minimum commitment of one shift per month. Training will be provided. If you like to cook and help others and want to join our team of volunteers, please contact Diane Walsh at dwalsh@dbslawfirm.com.
Religious Ed Classes
Grades 1-8 begins with 9 am Mass. Following Mass, all students go to their grade level classroom for instruction until dismissal at 11:15 am.
Grades 9-10 begins with classroom instruction at 9:50 am. Students are expected to attend the 11 am Mass after class each week.
If you wish to register your child or are interested in joining this ministry, additional information is available on the Religious Education page, including class schedules and registration forms. Please contact Felicia Forger, Coordinator of Religious Education, 781-894-3481 ext. 3, or at religiouseducation@olca.org for confidential arrangement of fees, or with any questions. 
 
To see whats happening as part of Religous Education programs, please visit our Events page for more info.
Inclement Weather and Mass Cancellations
We will continue our policy of not having weekday 8 am Mass when Waltham Public Schools are delayed or closed due to extreme weather conditions and public safety issues such as improperly cleared roads and sidewalks. While great effort is made to clear parish property, the timing of the storm and its intensity make it prudent to take these precautions for the safety of those considering attending weekday Mass. During school vacation week, if a Mass is canceled due to weather, it will be put on our Parish answering machine (781-894-3481).
If Waltham Schools are closed on a Wednesday during Lent, there will be NO Stations or Confessions that night. 
1000 Club: The Perfect Gift
The perfect gift for that hard to buy for person -- a year membership in Our Lady’s 1000 Club. Memberships are $55 per year. If you would like to join or renew your membership, please contact Sharon in the parish office (781-894-3481).  Drawing is usually held on Sundays  at 12:30 pm in School cafeteria. Upcoming Drawsing dates are :   May 20, 2018, June 10, 2018, July 8, 2018, Aug 12, 2018, Sep 16, 2018,Oct 14, 2018, Nov 11, 2018, Dec 16, 2018 Join us! 
Opportunities for Service and Ministries at Our Lady's Parish
Please see this list of Opportunities for Service & Ministries for an updated list of all the parish ministries and other ways to volunteer your time or talent. For for more information, contact John Barry at781-894-3481 ext. 3, or religiouseducation@olca.org or Sharon Micco in the Parish Office 781-894-3481 ext. 2 or parish@olca.org.

Over the next few weeks all volunteers of our parish will receive a packet with a CORI Form and a Code of Ministerial Conduct sheet. All volunteers in every ministry need to fill out a CORI form and sign the Code of Ministerial Conduct form -- both of these forms need to be filled out and returned to Sharon in the Parish Office.

Each volunteer will have their own file in the Parish Office with their signed copy of the Code of Ministerial Conduct in it. You only need to sign this form one time.

Your file will also have a copy of verification if you have attended the Virtus, Protecting God’s Children class, which is held two or three times a year here at Our Lady’s. Please see the Virtus Training page for more information if you have not yet attended. If you should have any questions, please contact Sharon in the Parish Office.

Parish Registration & Envelopes
Many people feel that because they live in our parish area and attend Our Lady's Church regularly that they are automatically a "registered" parishioner. That is not the case. Please register by filling out the form in the back of the church or by downloading the Parish Registration Form here or see our Registration page for more information. By registering, you will receive envelopes for regular contributions to our collections or you can sign up for electronic funds transfer to make it even easier to contribute to our Parish. Please drop the forms in the collection basket or mail it to our parish office.

Also if you have changed your address, phone number, or email address, please call Sharon Micco at 781-894-3481 ext. 2 or email her at parish@olca.org so she can change the information she has on file.

  

Contact Us

Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish

920R Trapelo Rd
Waltham, MA 02452
Phone: 781-894-3481
Fax: 781-894-0021

parish@olca.org