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PALM SUNDAY MASS, APRIL 5, 2020

 

MESSAGE FROM FR. DIPERRI

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Francis Pham and I will again hear Confessions, Saturday, April 11 from 3:00-4:30pm in the front driveway of the church.  Option to drive up or walk up remains possible with appropriate distancing.

Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Service and Easter Masses will be livestreamed on Facebook.  The pre-recorded services will be uploaded to the website as well sometime after.  The times are as follows:

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00pm

Good Friday – Passion of the Lord – 7:00pm

Easter Vigil – 7:30pm

Easter Sunday Mass – 10:00am

Our Lady’s Church currently remains open daily from 8:00am-6:00pm with the Eucharist on the altar for as long as we have limited volunteers present, practicing social distancing, according to State Health and Archdiocesan Guidelines.  If you would like to volunteer an hour or so, call Sharon in the parish office or email her at parish@olca.org

Know of my continued prayers for you and your families.  May Mary, our Mother, continue to intercede for us before the Throne of the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God bless you all.

Fr. DiPerri, Pastor

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FATHER DIPERRI - TALK TO ALL PARISHIONERS - MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020

CELEBRATIONS OF THE MASS AT OUR LADY'S PARISH  PREVIOUSLY RECORDED FROM OUR LADY'S CHAPEL

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Pham and Deacon Joe Hubbard

Friday, March 27, 2020 - Fr. DiPerri and Deacon Joe Hubbard

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET - DEACON JOE HUBBARD 

 

During this most difficult time, please remember your church.

Now would be a good time to sign up for ONLINE GIVING or set us up automatically through your online banking so we receive payments regularly.

Collection envelopes/donations can be mailed to the parish office or can be placed in secure boxes in church; monitored under camera surveillance.

Following the Cardinal's directives to keep the church open, Our Lady's will remain OPEN daily from 8:00am-6:00pm until further notice.  You are welcome to come and pray.

Eucharistic Exposition will take place as long as volunteers available.

Outdoor Confessions will be heard Saturday's from 3:00-4:30pm (weather permitting)

 

Important Message from Father DiPerri

March 13, 2020

Our need for God must be the most important aspect in our life. Now is the time to deepen our relationship with the One and Only True God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Our Lady’s Church will remain open for personal prayer to allow healthy individuals to privately pray before Christ in the Tabernacle.  Eucharistic Exposition will also take place on various occasions, throughout the week, for people to focus on God and to seek God’s Peace, during these days of turmoil.  We are dependent on volunteers to unlock and secure the Church.  However, the current goal is for the Church to be unlocked for personal prayer from 8 am to 6 pm.  Other opportunities will be provided based on availability of people and need.  At least one person will be needed in order to have the Blessed Sacrament Exposed for Eucharistic Adoration.  A sign-up system of limited individuals will be set up next week.  It is the time to pray begging God’s intervention to assist our world during this particular time of need.  Our outdoor shrines to Our Lady and Child, as well as the Holy Family, also remain accessible to all faithful 24 hours per day. The Cardinal issued a statement encouraging Churches to remain open for people to pray. Cardinal Seán states: “When we visit our churches outside of Mass and see the red glow of the sanctuary lamp we know that Jesus is there with us.  The presence of the Eucharist in the tabernacle and during times of Adoration is a sign that Jesus silently and lovingly waits for us, and always ready to receive and console us.  May our prayers in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament be a source of strength and peace until we can safely resume the celebration of Mass for all members of the Catholic community in our Archdiocese.”  The need to appeal to God during this difficult time is essential to those who prioritize their faith as the most essential aspect in their life.  

In addition, due to the evolving health crisis, the Cardinal has temporarily lifted the obligation for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass (Sunday and Saturday Vigil) within the Archdiocese of Boston.  The Cardinal has also suspended publicly scheduled Daily Masses in the effort to lessen the spread of the virus at such large scale gatherings.  The Cardinal’s decree will take effect at 4 pm on Saturday March 14, 2020. The suspension of scheduled Masses is temporary and will resume as soon as possible, and as determined by the Cardinal.   In the Cardinal’s same statement, he permits celebration of funerals, marriages, Confirmation, and Baptisms, based on the sacramental needs of the people. It is asked that such attendance be limited to immediate family, wherever possible.   The Cardinal encourages Catholics to participate in the daily and Sunday Masses broadcast from the CatholicTV chapel in Watertown, MA.  Daily Mass airs live at 9:30 am. and is rebroadcast at 7 pm. and 11:30 pm.  Sunday Masses air throughout the day at 10 am, 4 pm, 7 pm and 11:30 pm.  Viewers can watch these Masses on demand at any time. Other religious programs are also provided by CatholicTV and EWTN.

Along with Father Francis Pham, I plan to celebrate daily non-scheduled private Masses for the needs of the parish and the world throughout these difficult times.  Installation of a public address system, tied into our church’s new sound system is being explored for later use and the potential for outdoor Masses and devotions, once such public celebrations are permitted by the Church.  Please pray the Rosary, read the Scriptures, and pray to God while at home or elsewhere.  I invite you to occasionally check the parish web-site for updates at www.olca.org.  I will offer taped weekly sermons that will also be available on our parish website for those inclined to download directly to your phone or computer.  Other parish emails will be sent as needed, with suggestions on how to grow in one’s faith.

I invoke the intercession of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, St. Raphael the healer, St. Charles Borromeo patron of the sick, and all other Saints who have been examples of fortitude during times of challenge.  Please know of my prayers for you and your family.  Kindly keep me in your prayers. May the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ bless you and the mantle of the Blessed Mother be wrapped around you and your loved ones, and all, especially the sick, and their  care-givers.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father James M. DiPerri

Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish, Waltham/Lexington, Pastor

 

Cardinal Seán Message to Healthcare Workers

 

MARCH CALENDAR WINNERS

With the office closing due to the Corona Virus - we wanted to draw the remaining days in March so that we can get all checks mailed out this Friday to the winners.  Thank you kindly for supporting Our Lady's. 

CONGRATULATIONS to our March calendar winners! 

March 1 - Toni Boudreau - $100

March 2 - Arthur Thurston - $50

March 3 - Elizabeth Noonan - $50

March 4 - Anne Sheck - $50

March 5 - Joe Deneen - $50

March 6 - Edith Martino - $100

March 7 - John Kavey - $50

March 8 - Kenneth Lopez - $50

March 9 - Jane Cadigan - $100

March 10 - Thomas Vecchio - $50

March 11 - Alex Ritchie - $50

March 12 - Anne Donahue - $50

March 13 - Pat Thebado - $100

March 14 - Ginette LeBlanc - $50

March 15 - Patricia Sullivan - $50

March 16 - Betty Freeman - $100

March 17 - Barbara Compton - $50

March 18 - Anne Donahue - $50

March 19 - Kip Nixon - $50

March 20 - Cindyrose Newfell - $100

March 21 - Raymond and Lorraine Goguen - $50

March 22 - CIndy Furbish - $50

March 23 - Alex Ritchie - $100

March 24 - Michael Gianfelice - $50

March 25 - Kevin Fogg - $50

March 26 - Constance Kim - $50

March 27 - Joanne Mahoney - $100

March 28 - Cheryl Santangelo - $50

March 29 - Lorraine Rielly - $50

March 30 - Michelina D'Amore - $50

March 31 - Preston O'Connell - $100

 

 

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During this time of uncertainty, please remember our parish.  Like yours, the bills don't stop.  With the stoppage of Masses, so stops the collections.  Please send in your donation envelopes or sign up for online giving by clicking on DONATE TODAY link below.

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Please consider signing up for ONLINE GIVING.  This will ensure steady income for our parish during this most uncertain time.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES and DONATIONS                               Please mail in your weekend collection envelopes or donations.  We rely on our collections to help maintain our parish budget.

COMMUNICATION

We will be communicating information to people via website, email and regular mail. 

Please make sure your contact information is up to date in the parish office.

Thank you. 

1000 CLUB

1000 Club drawings in the cafeteria are suspended until further notice.  The drawing itself will take place on Monday morning in the parish office.  Winning checks will be sent out per usual on Monday.

BINGO

For the health and safety of all involved, workers and patrons, BINGO will be cancelled until further notice at Our Lady's.

 

We are honored that Our Lady's Academy was highlighted in this year's 2020 Catholic Appeal Diocesan video.

Click here to view the 2020 Catholic Appeal.

 

Click on the link below to listen to CARDINAL SEAN O'MALLEY'S PRO LIFE HOMILY JANUARY 25 and 26, 2020

ProLife Homily from Cardinal Sean O'Malley

 

Say NO to Expanded Abortion Access - Click on Link above and see how you can help.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD--AGAIN!

 

 

CARDINAL SEAN O'MALLEY ANNOUNCES "YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST"  Click on link below to view video

 

Year of the Eucharist 2020 VIDEO

CARDINAL SEAN'S LETTER "YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST" Click on link

YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST 2020 - CARDINAL SEAN'S LETTER

 

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE (MCC) share statement from the Bishops on climate change.

Link to bishops statement on climate change

 

CARDINAL STATEMENT  on Proposed Bills H3320 and S1209.

Link to Cardinal O'Malley's  statement on the ROE Act (Bills H3320 and S1209)

Links to Bill H3320 and S1209

Listen to Father DiPerri call for action on Palm Sunday weekend.

Following Cardinal O'Malley's Statement, LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD on the Proposed Bills.

"Nourished by the Word and Eucharist, under the spiritual guidance of our pastor Father James DiPerri, we the members of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish, empowered by the Holy Spirit, strive to create a vital, welcoming Catholic faith community that embraces each person. Acknowledging our blessings and supporting one another, we share our faith, time, and talent, to joyfully proclaim the Gospel and humbly serve the needs of God's people and work to be the presence of Christ in an ever-changing world." 

ONCE WE GET BACK TO NORMAL AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ENDS - OUR MASS SCHEDULE WILL GO BACK TO REGULAR.

REGULAR MASS SCHEDULE

Weekends
Saturday: 4:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am & 11:00am


Weekdays
Monday/Tuesday/Friday: 8:00am                                                                                                                                                        First Friday of each Month - Mass is at 9:00am


Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 3:15-3:45pm (or by appt)


Sacrement of Baptism
Sunday during Mass or once a month on selected Sundays.
Pre-Baptism class: Call the parish office for more information.


Anointing of the Sick                                                                                                     Annointing Service last Sunday of the month after the 4pm and 11am Masses or upon request. 

HomeBound                                             Extra-Ordinary Ministers will bring Communion to the homes of those unable to attend Sunday Eucharist.  Please contact the parish office to make arrangements. 

Rosary and Meditation                                                                   First Saturday of each month at 3:15pm in the church.

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