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PRAYING FOR PEACE IN OUR WORLD...Let There Be Peace on Earth - beautifully sung by and video arranged by Alexandra and Alfreda Antonyraj and organ played by Greg Castano. 


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JUNE 26 OUTDOOR MASS

Fr. DiPerri renewing Priestly Consecration to Mary at all Masses last weekend, June 25/26 as he celebrated his 34th anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood


JUNE 25/26 INDOOR MASSES


Matthew Rohatgi, graduate of Our Lady’s Academy and currently a rising senior at St. Sebastian’s High School in Needham was recently honored with the Catholic Citizenship Award at the undergraduate award ceremony on May 25, 2022. This award is given to a High School Junior who best exemplifies the Catholic values and traditions of St. Sebastian’s School.  An active member of Our Lady’s Parish, Matthew has served as an Altar server for five years, is currently a member of the Parish Disciples in Mission, the newly formed young adult group and the Parish Pastoral Council.

Congratulations Matthew!


BAPTISMS - SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022

Congratulations to the Douglas Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Madelyn Rose

Congratulations to the Aldrich Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Sophia Annmarie

Congratulations to the Rutkowski Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Adelyn Jane


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PASTOR, FR. JAMES M. DIPERRI AS HE CELEBRATES HIS 34TH YEAR IN THE PRIESTHOOD

We have been truly blessed as a parish to have Fr. James DiPerri as our Pastor for the past 14 years. 

Let us all pray in thanksgiving for Fr. DiPerri as he celebrates his 34th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination this weekend, June 25/26.

The image below illustrates the Chalice containing the Blood of CHrist and Sacred Host which is the Body of Christ resting upon the Sacred Scriptures, covered by the priestly stole of ordination highlighting the significance of Mass.  The olive branches symbolize the sacraments that blessed oil is used in their celebration.  This image appeared on Fr. DiPerri's first Mass program in 1988.

Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary written by Fr. DiPerri

Prayed publicly at first Mass on June 26, 1988 and continues to pray yearly on Ordination Anniversary.

O Most loving Mother of God, as I continue the work of your Son, I confidently entrust my priestly calling to you.  Guide and protect me that I may be faithful to your Son, Jesus, and His Church, by fulfilling the sacred promises of my priestly vocation.

In my consecration to you, the Queen of Peace, may I ever seek refuge in your Immaculate Heart as I journey on this sacred pilgrimage. 

May I grow deeper in my love for the One God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and for His people.  Holy Mother, may I remain faithful in God's service to the end.

Amen


70th ANNIVERSARY OF RELIGIOUS VOWS AS A SISTER

SR. MARIE PATRICE CARR, CSJ

Sister Marie grew up in Dorchester, the 7th of 8 children.  When she was in 2nd grade, she first saw the Sisters of St. Joseph's kindness, which made an impression on her.  She joined the St. Joseph Sisterhood after graduating from Cardinal Cushing Central in South Boston.  

Over the years, she taught ESL in a literacy program in Brighton and taught every subject to grades 1-6 at various parochial schools in the area.  In addition, she was also a part of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a non-profit, serving homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.  

Sister Marie came to Our Lady’s over a decade ago, and she has blessed our community as a religion teacher, teachers’ aide, and Eucharistic Minister during her time here.  She loves bringing Communion to parishioners who are homebound and she enjoys getting to know every person she meets.  Following the spirit of the    Sisters of St. Joseph's ministry, Sister Marie engages in spiritual and corporal works of mercy so that justice, peace, freedom, and human dignity may prevail. 

Thank you, Sister Marie, for your 70 years of devotion and all you bring to Our Lady’s School and Parish.


JUNE 19 OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS


JUNE 18/19 WEEKEND MASSES


JUNE 15 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL MASS FOR OUR LADY'S ACADEMY WITH FR. PHAM

The Year-End School Mass in thanksgiving to God for All His blessings was celebrated on Wednesday, June 15. The sky photo taken during Mass highlighting the awesomeness of God and His blessings upon creation


 OUR LADY'S ACADEMY KINDERGARTEN "MOVE UP" DAY

Kindergarten “Moving Up” End of Year Ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 14.


RENWAL OF MARRIAGE VOWS

Congratulations to Al and Peg Juppé who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary and renewed their vows on Sunday, June 12 in Our Lady’s Garden following the outdoor Mass.  Peg taught Kindergarten class for 25 years at Our Lady’s Academy.


JUNE 12 OUTDOOR MASS


JUNE 11/12 WEEKEND MASSES


JUNE 11 YOUTH GATHERING AT THE RECTORY

A Dinner and Social for High School and College age parish group at the Rectory last Saturday June 11, 2022.  This was the first gathering of the newly established group. It was a wonderful success.


JUNE 11 BAPTISMS

Congratulations to the Thibodeau Family on the baptism of their daughter, Avery Constance

Congratulations to the Visco Family on the Baptism of their son, Luca Charles         

Congratulations to the O'Brien Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Reese Lennon


OUR LADY'S ACADEMY EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION          JUNE 7 - CLASS OF 2022


JUNE 5 WEEKEND OUTDOOR MASS - 107TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS


NEW SEMINARIANS ASSIGNED TO OUR LADY'STHIS SUMMER

Peter Dong Huy Pham and David Joanis


JUNE 4/5 WEEKEND MASSES


JUNE 4, 2022 TRANSITIONAL DEACON ORDINATION

Peter Schirripa was one of five men ordianed a Deacon on June 4.  Photos below include members of his family from Lexington.  Grateful to God for Peter’s volunteer service here at Our Lady’s Parish prior to entering the seminary five years ago.  Peter was also a public school teacher.  We wish him well on this next journey towards his Priesthood.


JUNE 4 BAPTISMS AT OUR LADY'S

Congratulations to the Cardillo Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Bella Elizabeth

Congratulations to the Howe Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Gabriella Jeannette


FIRST FRIDAY SCHOOL MASS - JUNE 3, 2022

2nd Graders celebrated their month anniversary of receiving 1st Holy Communion; Altar Servers prior to Mass and Youth Cantors, together with members of the general school community.


WALTHAM COMMON - MEMORIAL DAY - MAY 30

City of Waltham Veterans Ceremony on Waltham Common on Monday, May 30, 2022


OUTDOOR MASS ON SUNDAY, MAY 29


4th DEGREE KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS

Congratulations go to parishioner Vin Failla as he is also recognized for recently receiving the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.  The 4th Degree is the highest degree of the order of the Knights.  Congratulations to Vin.


4th DEGREE KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS

Congratulations go to parishioner Henry LeBlanc he is recognized for recently receiving the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.  The 4th Degree is the highest degree of the order of the Knights.  Congratulations to Henry.

42 YEARS AS AN USHER AT OUR LADY'S

Congratulations to Charlie Newfell, marking his 42nd Anniversary of serving as parish usher.  Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Our Lady’s.


60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Congratulations to parishioners John and Yvonne McKenna as they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.


WEEKEND MASSES - MAY 28/29, 2022


Four Vietnamese nuns made profession of Perpetual Vows in Brockton last Saturday, May 28. They are Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena of Bui Chu, Vietnam.  Sr. Mary Nguyet Tran, Sr. Mary Phương Tran, Sr. Mary Thoa Tran, Sr. Mary Khuyen Mai.


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION AND PRAYER SERVICE

Eucharistic Exposition/Adoration Prayer Service - Saturday, May 28 for an end to violence in the nation and throughout the world - particularly remembering the victims of the shootings in Texas and Buffalo. 


BLESSING OF BABY LUCA

Blessing of 5 day old baby Luca at the Rectory by Fr. DiPerri - Congratulations to Stefano and Erica on the birth of their baby.


BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Pearson Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Aubriella Catherine Charlene on Saturday May 28.


ASCENSION THURSDAY - MAY 26

Ascension Thursday outdoor School Mass - May 26.

FALZONE FIELD REDEDICATION - MAY 25

Our Lady’s Academy Students, including Choir and Band - participated on May 25 for the Re-dedication of Falzone Field with Falzone Family members, Veterans Groups, City Officials, including Michael Russo, Waltham Veterans Affairs Director and Mayor Jeannette McCarthy.


WE WELCOME SEMINARIAN DAVID JOANIS TO OUR LADY'S

My name is David Joanis, and I am the new seminarian who will be joining you at Our Lady’s for the next two years. I come from Franklin, Massachusetts, where I grew up with two brothers, one  sister, and two great parents. I am 24 years old, I have been in seminary for six years so far, and I study at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. These last two years at Our Lady’s will  take me right up to the time of my ordination to the priesthood. I have only been part of the community for just over a week, but I have already seen so much that tells me I am blessed to be here. Please pray that my time at Our Lady’s will be fruitful for the parish, and formative for me. Looking forward to meeting you all!  

God Bless, David Joanis


May 23 - VISIT TO OUR LADY'S ACADEMY

Fr. Mikael Bassale, Armenian Rite Catholic Priest of Holy Cross Church in Belmont was recently appointed by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator of Armenian Catholics of Armenia and Eastern Europe (including Russia and Ukraine). 

May 22 - Outdoor Mass Celebration

May 21 - Indoor Mass Celebrations

MAY 20 - MARIAN ROSARY SERVICE

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANTONYRAJ ANTONY

Anthonyraj was awarded the 2022 Outstanding Service Knight of the Year Award from our Parish-based Knights of Columbus on Sunday, May 15.  Well deserved!

MAY15 OUTDOOR MASS

MAY 14/15 INDOOR MASS CELEBRATIONS

Fr. DiPerri acknowledging Our Lady's Children's Choir

BAPTISMS

Congratulations to the Phillips Family on the Baptism of their son, Aden on May 15

Congratulations to the LaCava Family on the Baptism of their son, Jack Michael on Saturday, May 14

Congratulations to the Merrifield Family on the Baptism of their son, Declan John on Saturday, May 14.

MAY 13 - OUR LADY'S ACADEMY ROSARY SERVICE

MAY 8 - OUTDOOR MASS CELEBRATION

BAPTISMS

Congratulations to the Bourque Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Genevieve Mallia on Saturday, May 7

Congratulations to the Chiacchio Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Meadow Ann on Saturday, May 7

FIRST COMMUNION CELEBRATION - MAY 7, 2022

59 of our parish and school youth make their First Communion.

MAY 1 - OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - MAY 1

Religious Education held their final class on May 1.  They concluded with a small ice cream social in the cafeteria. See photos below.


APRIL 30/MAY 1 INDOOR MASSES


OUR LADY'S CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION - APRIL 30


DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY - APRIL 24 OUTDOOR MASS


DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY - APRIL 23/24 INDOOR MASSES


EASTER SUNDAY - APRIL 17 - 100TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS


EASTER VIGIL AND EASTER SUNDAY - APRIL 16/17


GOOD FRIDAY PASSION OF THE LORD - APRIL 15


GOOD FRIDAY NOONTIME STATIONS OF THE CROSS - APRIL 15


HOLY THURSDAY - MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - APRIL 14


OUR LADY'S ACADEMY FOOD AND MONEY COLLECTION ASSEMBLY ON APRIL 13 FOR THE MISSIONS TO HELP FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN NEED


APRIL 10 - PALM SUNDAY OUTDOOR MASS

APRIL 9/10 - PALM SUNDAY INDOOR MASSES

BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Cannon Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Taylor Louise on Saturday, April 9.

APRIL 5 - TV MASS TAPING

APRIL 3 - 98TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

APRIL 2/3 - INDOOR WEEKEND MASSES

RITE OF DISMISSAL FOR RCIA CANDIDATE MARK LUHN


Most grateful to Ron Bousquet, Luigi Reitano, Bill Evans, Joe and Kip Nixon who worked to strengthen the altar platform last week - after weathering nearly 100 weeks of use.  


BAPTISMS

Congratulations to the Baker Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Lyla on April 2.

Congratulations to the Pasciscia Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Aria on April 2.


NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION MONTH

April is National Child Protection Month. Cardinal Seán O’Malley has asked that prayers be offered at weekend Mass for all victims of Abuse and for the protection of Children and vulnerable adults throughout Society, within families and in the Church.


JESUS IS HERE! Archdiocese of Boston Eucharistic Congress

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2022 - 8:30AM – 6:00PM
TSONGAS CENTER, LOWELL, MA

Cardinal Seán O’Malley invites all the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Boston and surrounding dioceses to join him in closing the Year of the Eucharist with a day-long Eucharistic Congress, Jesus is Here.   Jesus is Here is an opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of the mystery of Jesus’ presence with us—by listening to powerful talks on the Eucharist, by receiving Jesus in the Eucharist at Mass, and by adoring Him in a time of adoration and worship. 

If interested in attending as a parish group please contact Tara Rohatgi at tara.rohatgi@gmail.com by May 1st.

Tickets $49 per person + $14 for boxed lunch

Visit https://www.bostoncatholic.org/jesus-is-here for more information


MARCH 27 - 97TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

MARCH 26/27 INDOOR MASSES

Deacon Jim Rice and his wife, Ellen

RCIA CANDIATATE MARK LUHN


SPECIAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION and ROSARY at OUR LADY’S was held on Friday, March 25 – NOON.   Exact time (Boston time) when Pope Francis lead a special service at St. Peter’s in Rome.  Bishops throughout the world joined the Pope spiritually, including at a special service at Fatima. Pray wherever you may be for this special intention –WORLD PEACE and an END to ALL WARS – especially for Russia and Ukraine.   In 1917 Our Lady at Fatima asked future Popes to lead the world in praying for this particular intention. In 1984 Pope John Paul II led the world in this prayer request.

Prayer Pope Francis' prayer in Consecrating the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in particular Russia and the Ukraine on Friday, March 25 at 12 noon - click HERE


SATURDAY ROSARY FOR PEACE– March 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Church. 


LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND CONFESSIONS

There will be Stations of the Cross and Confessions each Wednesday at 6:00pm during Lent


 FILLING HOLY WATER BOTTLES FOR EASTER

  • Several grades of Religious Education youth and their teachers gathered for Pizza on Monday, March 21 at 6:00pm in the school cafeteria and fill nearly 3000 small water bottles. 
  • The water will be blessed at the Easter Vigil Mass and bottles distributed that weekend after each Mass. 


MARCH 20 - 96th CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

  MARCH 19/20 INDOOR MASSES


TUESDAY, MARCH 15 - ST. ANDREWS DINNER AT ST. JOHN SEMINARY

Below is a delegation of high school youth from our parish at the March 15 Vocational Discernment Dinner at St. John Seminary.  60 other high school students from throughout the Archdiocese joined together that evening.


MARCH 15 - MASS AND ANOINTING AT WALTHAM CROSSINGS

Fr. Pham celebrates Mass and gives Anointing of the Sick at Waltham Crossings on Tuesday, March 15.


MARCH 13 - 95TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS


MARCH 13 - RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES ANSWER CARDINAL SEAN'S PLEA FOR COLLECTION AND PRAYERS FOR UKRAINE AND PEACE IN OUR WORLD


MARCH 12/13 INDOOR MASSES


MARCH 9 STATIONS OF THE CROSS


  • SPECIAL UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN COLLECTION – March 12/13.  Cardinal Seán O’Malley has asked Catholics of the Archdiocese to contribute toward this special relief collection.  Our parish response will begin THIS weekend.
    • The Funds will be sent to Catholic Relief Service and other Church operated outreach agencies working with refugees, as well as to Catholic agencies working directly within Ukraine. 
      • A special collection marked bin will be placed both inside and outside the church for this weekend’s Masses. 
      • Checks should be made payable to “OUR LADY’S PARISH” – one parish check will be sent combining all of our contributions. 
      • Later contributions can also be mailed to the parish office or placed the following week in the parish collection boxes.  Please clearly note on an envelope OR check memo - "Ukraine Relief" or similar words. Those donations will also be sent to the Relief effort. 
        • Our parish mailing address is: Our Lady’s Parish, 920-R Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA  02452.

EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION/ADORATION FOR PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD INCLUDING UKRAINE - Monday, March 14 at 5:00pm in church

  • Please join us on Monday, March 14 at 5:00pm in our church.  Prayers are especially needed as civilian populations are under siege increasing the Humanitarian crisis and destabilizing the world-wide community.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

On Thursday, March 10, the Knights of council #14710 will be holding their semi-annual fundraiser at the Chateau Restaurant in Waltham, 195 School Street to benefit our “Coats for Kids” program.  On that day, we will receive 20% of all monies spent in the restaurant, as well as pick-up orders, as long as you mention Knights of Columbus for all hours the restaurant is open. Home delivery is not accepted. We will also accept private donations if sent to the Parish Office at 920-R Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

As in past years, all proceeds will be used to purchase high quality boys and girls winter coats for families in need. Coats will be distributed to agencies, schools, St. Vincent dePaul as well as individuals in need.  Due to the Knights’ national organization, we are able to purchase high quality coats for under $20.00 per coat. Your participation in this event is truly appreciated!


Pope Francis invites all Churches, universally, to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission.  All Archdiocesan parishes are asked to submit a three page letter to Cardinal Seán O’Malley.  A report of our parish will be sent, your feedback will be helpful.  Any feedback is asked to be forwarded to Paul Loscocco at pfal@rcn.com


2022 CATHOLIC APPEAL WEEKEND - VIDEO

 

The 2022 Catholic Appeal kicked off March 5/6 here at Our Lady’s. In addition to supporting the programs and operations of our parish, the Appeal also puts faith into action in our schools and in our broader communities.  We invite you to prayerfully consider making a generous gift to this year’s appeal. When our parish reaches its goal of $51,914.50 in paid pledges, a portion of the additional funds received will be returned to us for use in our parish. Visit www.bostoncatholicappeal.org/donate-now to make a donation or scan the code above.  When making your donation, please make sure you note you are from Our Lady’s in Waltham.


MARCH 6 INDOOR MASSES


CONFIRMATION CLASS - MARCH 6

Eucharistic Adoration and Conference with Fr. DiPerri and Fr. Pham


MARCH 5 - 94TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS HELD ON SATURDAY DUE TO SUNDAY MORNING RAINY WEATHER


BAPTISM ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Congratulations to the Astashonok Family on the Baptism of their daughter,         Genevieve Hope


WORLD PEACE HOLY HOUR - FRIDAY, MARCH 4 AT 5PM

Join us for a Eucharistic Service and Rosary on Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. in Our Lady’s Church to pray for Ukraine and Russia.  Prayers for the end to the invasion and establishment of a lasting peace for all. This will be our fourth occasion to gather as a parish for such prayers, in addition to our regular Masses.
God bless you and your families as we join together to appeal for God’s help in response to errors of human leaders.


FIRST FRIDAY SCHOOL MASS - MARCH 4

First Friday School Mass, March 4.  A few words were spoken from Sr. Roseann, former Principal of St. Jude.


ASH WEDNESDAY SCHOOL MASS - MARCH 2


ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES/SERVICES - MARCH 2
 
8:30am Mass, 9:30am School Mass, 12:00 Noon Service, 3:30pm outdoor Service and 6:00pm Mass
 

INTERNATIONAL DAY HELD AT OUR LADY'S ACADEMY ON FEBRUARY 28

International Day was held at Our Lady’s Academy on Monday, February 28.  The study of 10 countries and differing cultures and concluded with a luncheon of international foods and a film on Blessed Carlo Acutis. Many thanks to Lou Alvarez for organizing this day long event for Grades 5-8.

 
FEBRUARY 27 OUTDOOR MASSES
Rosary Services for World Peace and end of war in Ukraine on Thursday, February 24.  Continuing prayers prayed at all Masses - Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27 and will continue.
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FEBRUARY 26/27 INDOOR MASSES
 
 
 
 
 

RCIA AT OUR LADY'S - FEBRUARY 27

“Rite of Welcome” of Mark Luhn, as he prepares for Baptism   Photo's with his fiancée Catherine  and members of Mark’s future family.

John Barry and April Slattery of our parish RCIA Program.

SPECIAL ROSARY AND MASS FOR WORLD PEACE
Today, Thursday, February 24 at 2:00pm in Our Lady's Church, we will have a Special Rosary and Mass for World Peace as war tragically erupts in Europe.

May we pray for peace throughout the world.

Fr. DiPerri
 

NEW: OUR LADY’S PARISH SECOND VIDEOOur Parish’s response to the pandemic from Summer 2020 to Early Fall 2021.  This second video covering the Church community, Our Lady’s Academy, and our Religious Education Program is now available.  The 15-minute video consists of narrated photos prepared by Lou Alvarez with the photos she collected over this time period, and songs by Alexandra and Alfreda Antonyraj, accompanied on piano and organ by Greg Castano. It shows the wonderful work by many to advance the Cause of Christ at Our Lady’s as Disciples in Mission throughout these challenging times.  To view the video, click HERE.

Note: The previous first video, which covered March 2020 through the summer of 2020. That can be found on the homepage under Fr. DiPerri's weekly updates.

FEBRUARY 20 OUTDOOR MASS

BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Bird Family on the Baptism of their son, Logan Thomas on February 20 

FEBRUARY 19/20 WEEKEND MASSES

FIRST RECONCILIATION/CONFESSION FOR THE CHILDREN RECEIVING FIRST COMMUNION IN MAY - FEBRUARY 19

FEBRUARY 13 INDOOR MASSES WITH CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST COMMUNION OF ROBBIE DAVIS

FIRST COMMUNION OF ROBBIE DAVIS - FEBRUARY 13, 2022

CONFIRMATION RETREAT AND ADORATION - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2022

CJ Curtin, high school student and parishioner gave peer witness talk at the Confirmation Retreat

OUTDOOR MASS - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 AT 4:00PM    CHANGE DUE TO SNOW FORECASTED FOR SUNDAY MORNING.  TYPICAL NEW ENGLAND WEATHER, SATURDAY WE HAD A BEAUTIFUL PARTLY SUNNY, 57 DEGREE DAY AND THEN SUNDAY MORNING WE HAD SNOW AND TEMP WAS 28!

Saturday, February 12, 2022 - the 100th consecutive outdoor Saturday Confessions that Fr. DiPerri and Fr. Pham have been held since March of 2020 when the Pandemic began

Baptism of William Herbert Fothergill on February 12, 2022

Our Lady's Academy School Mass on Friday, February 11, 2022 for Grades 1-4

Our Lady's Academy School Mass on Friday, February 8, 2022 for Grades 6-8

CatholicTV Mass—Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Waltham Crossing Mass with Fr. Pham on February 7, 2022 coordinated by John Barry

Anointing of the Sick at Meadow Green with Fr. Pham coordinated by John Barry

FEBRUARY 6 OUTDOOR MASS AND FEAST OF ST. BLAISE BLESSING OF THE THROATS - Day after ice storm

FEAST OF ST. BLAISE BLESSING OF THE THROATS

FEBRUARY 5/6 INDOOR MASSES AND FEAST OF ST. BLAISE BLESSING OF THE THROATS

FEAST OF ST. BLAISE - BLESSING OF THE THROATS

JANUARY 30, 2022 OUTDOOR MASS - Day after Blizzard of 2022

January 30 Indoor Masses

January 23 Outdoor Mass - 88th consecutive outdoor weekend/Sunday Mass

Religious Education Conference and Eucharistic Adoration in the Church January 23 with Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Pham and Deacon Rice

January 22/23 Indoor Masses

January 16, 2022 Outdoor Mass

January 15/16 Indoor Masses

Fr. DiPerri celebrates CatholicTV Mass - January 11, 2022

Shown with Fr. DiPerri Miranda and Monica Cuellar-Rojas, Alli and Michelle Cristofori and Lourdes Alvarez

THE NAMES AND FACES OF OUR MUSIC MINISTRY WHO BLESS US WITH BEAUTIFUL MUSIC EVERY WEEKEND

Our Lady's Music Director - Greg Castano

Alfreda and Alexandra Antonyraj - Cantors

Ron Martin - Cantor

Lily Massa - Cantor

Bryn Walsh - Cantor

Eileen Sullivan - Cantor

Youth Choir Director Thomas Fallon with delegation of youth choir:  Alexandra & Alfreda Antonyraj, Anna Sadkowski, Chloe Tinkjian, Jane Sadkowski, Sophie Braverman, Maeve Reardon, Thomas McDonough, Janelle Tomas and Caroline Kavey

86TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND/SUNDAY MASS - JANUARY 9

CONFIRMATION CONFERENCE AND ADORATION WITH FR. DIPERRI AND FR. PHAM ON JANUARY 9

JANUARY 8/9, 2022 INDOOR MASSES

PREPARATION FOR OUTDOOR CONFESSIONS ON JANUARY 8

JANUARY 2, 2022 OUTDOOR MASS - HAPPY NEW YEAR

JANUARY 2, 2022 - INDOOR MASS

DECEMBER 26, 2021

CHRISTMAS MORNING MASS - DECEMBER 25, 2021

CHRISTMAS EVE OUTDOOR MASSES - DECEMBER 24, 2021

DECEMBER 19 - OUTDOOR MASS

DECEMBER 18/19 OUTDOOR MASS -  WEEKEND MASSES

PHOTO TAKEN AT CHRISTMAS DAY MASS IN 2020 - THE INNOCENSE OF A CHILD - We wanted to share this again to remind us what Christmas is all about.

BAPTISM - DECEMBER 19, 2021

Congratulations to the DiGuilio Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Maya Jade.

DECEMBER 12 OUTDOOR MASS - 82ND CONSECUTIVE WEEKEND OUTDOOR MASS

DECEMBER 11/12 INDOOR MASSES

FR. DENNIS WHEATLEY - REST IN PEACE

Please remember in your prayers Fr. Dennis Wheatley, OMI, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Waltham who passed away last weekend.  May Fr. Dennis know the peace and joy of our heavenly kingdom and may his soul rest in peace.

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL GIVING TREE

Thank you very much for your continued support of our Parish Society.

Our recent Giving Tree Program was very successful.  We were able to serve 28 families with a total of 242 gifts for 161 people including 75 foster care children under the care of Catholic Charities.  We supplied the 28 families with both Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals as well. Thank you also for your donations of non-perishable food items.  Toiletries such as shampoos, toothbrushes and toothpaste and paper products are also greatly appreciated.  All these have helped to make the holidays a little brighter for those in need.

NINE CHILDREN RECEIVED THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11

Congratulations to the Lyons Family on the Baptism of their children: Kellen Reid, Mallory Ellis, Declan Joseph, Jacob Brian with Fr. DiPerri

Congratulations to the Cappadona Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Maya Gloria with Deacon Jim Rice

Congratulation to the Rau Family on the Baptism of their daughter Marinna Jillian with Fr. DiPerri

Congratulations to the Burke Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Madilyn E. with Fr. DiPerri and Deacon Jim Rice

Congratulations to the Cacciatore Family on the Baptism of Chase Steven and Angelina Rose with Deacon Jim Rice

CONFIRMATION PENANCE SERVICE AND CONFERENCE WITH FR. DIPERRI AND FR. PHAM AFTER THE OUTDOOR MASS ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5

DECEMBER 5 OUTDOOR MASS

DEACON JIM RICE TEACHES RELIGIOUS ED STUDENTS AND GIVES TOUR OF THE CHURCH ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5

DECEMBER 5/6 INDOOR MASSES

DELEGATION OF THE CHILDREN'S CHOIR AT THE 9:00AM MASS WITH CHILDREN'S MUSIC DIRECTOR TOM FALLON

Outdoor family photos with Santa at Our Lady’s Academy on  Saturday, December 4 sponsored by the PTO

NOVEMBER 27/28 WEEKEND - KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS DISTRIBUTED ALL THE CHRISTMAS WREATHS

NOVEMBER 28 WEEKEND OUTDOOR MASS - Our 80th consecutive week celebrating an outdoor weekend Mass

GOD IS GOOD

NOVEMBER 27/28 WEEKEND MASSES

BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND, NOVEMBER 27/28 - ST. VINCENT DEPAUL GIVING TREES WILL BE SET UP IN THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH

Cards for the St. Vincent de Paul Giving Trees will be set up in the Church this coming weekend, November 27/28. This year, due to pandemic issues, all gifts will be in the form of Gift Cards available from local super markets and stores.  Please take a card and purchase the gift card.  Place the gift card in an envelope or small gift bag and securely attach the Giving Tree card to the envelope or bag.  All gifts must be returned to the Church by Noon on Sunday, December 12, 2021.  If you know you will not be at that Mass, kindly drop your gift off at the parish office before December 12.

Congratulations to the Clarizio Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Liliana Grace on Saturday, 11/27/21

SECTION OF GRASS AREA UPGRADED TO TURF TO EXPAND PLAYGROUND AREA - DONE OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK

OUR LADY'S 2021 GRAND ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

Kindly consider a gift to the parish for this most important annual campaign. Many thanks to all who have already contributed to the 2021 Grand Annual. A copy of the Grand Annual letter and parish financials were mailed in October to all registered parishioners. Electronic copies are also available. Click HERE to read Fr. DiPerri's Grand Annual Letter and click HERE to see the Parish and School Financials.

WINTER MEAT RAFFLE CALENDAR FUNDRAISER

The 2021 Winter Meat Raffle Calendars again replaced the 2021 on-site Turkey Rama due to the pandemic. The Winter Meat Raffle Calendars were mailed home to all registered parishioners and more are available at the Parish Office.  Raffle Calendars offer many prizes.  Winners will be drawn each day throughout January.  They will make excellent Christmas gifts for family and friends.  Your continued support is appreciated.   The Winter Meat Raffle Calendars are part of our 2020-2022 fundraising alternatives offered during the world-wide pandemic. Hopefully, the on-site Turkey-Rama will return in 2022.  Click HERE for more information.

NOVEMBER 21, 2021 - 79th CONSECUTIVE WEEKEND OUTDOOR MASS CELEBRATED

DELEGATION OF KNIGHTS COLLECTION ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS WREATHS

NOVEMBER 21 - RELIGIOUS ED FAMILIES ARRIVING TO CLASS

NOVEMBER 20, 2021 WEDDING CELEBRATION OF PHILLIP BURNS AND AMELIA ROHAN

NOVEMBER 20/21 INDOOR MASSES

NOVEMBER 15 OUTDOOR PRAYER SERVICE FOR OUR LADY'S ACADEMY CHILDREN WITH FR. DIPERRI

NOVEMBER 14 OUTDOOR MASS

NOVEMBER 13/14 INDOOR MASSES

RENEWAL OF MARRIAGE VOWS ON 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR FRANK AND MARIAN MCGOVERN - NOVEMBER 14 AFTER THE 4:00 MASS.

NOVEMBER 6/7, 2021 WEEKEND MASSES

FR. DAN MCHALE VISITED FROM NEW YORK AND CELEBRATED ALL WEEKEND MASSES.

FR. DIPERRI PREPARING STUDENTS FROM OUR LADY'S ACADEMY READY FOR THE FIRST FRIDAY MASS ON NOVEMBER 5

ALL SAINTS DAY SCHOOL MASS WITH FR. PHAM - NOVEMBER 1

OCTOBER HAPPENINGS

Deacon Jim Rice visiting CCD Classrooms

FR. DIPERRI CONFERENCES WITH CCD CHILDREN

Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive to help those less fortunate

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 

Congratulations to Rodolfo and Laura San Juan on the blessing of their 50th wedding anniversary after the October 31 Parish Mass.

WEEKEND MASSES - OCTOBER 30/31, 2021

FR. ENGLISH PASSES TO THE LORD - OCTOBER 27, 2021

READ about Fr. English - May he rest in peace.

WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 23/24

Grand Annual Weekend - Finance Council representative, Consultative School Board Member and parishioner, Jason Sweeney gave parish report at all Masses.

Indoor Masses October 23/24

BAPTISMS

Congratulations to the Dinjian Family on the Baptism of their son, Thomas Kenneth on October 23.

Congratulations to the Pierre-Charles Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Jonessa Lee on October 23.

EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION/ADORATION - OCTOBER 19

Kindergarten and Pre-K outdoor conference and Eucharistic Exposition/Adoration Our Lady’s Garden with Fr. DiPerri and Fr. Pham

OUR LADY'S 2021 GRAND ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

Jason Sweeney, active parishioner, school parent, and member of our parish Finance Council spoke at all Masses the weekend of October 23/24, reviewing the accomplishments of the parish over the past year and the importance of the Grand Annual.  Click HERE to read Fr. DiPerri's Grand Annual Letter and click HERE to see the Parish and School Financials.

PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL, THE ARCHANGEL

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

BAPTISM - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

Congratulations to the Devereaux Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Evelyn Marie on October 17.  Jake is a middle school teacher here at Our Lady’s Academy.

74TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

FR. DIPERRI BLESSING EVERYONE PRESENT WITH RELIC OF ST. LUKE

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - CONFIRMATION GRADES 9/10 CONFERENCE WITH FR. DIPERRI - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

INDOOR MASSES - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16/17

73rd CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS, OCTOBER 10

Thank you to those who volunteered last weekend and this weekend to collect the signatures needed for the Citizen initiative petition for the 2022 ballot—to protect babies born alive with proper medical care.  This proposed law would require that, notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, if a child is born alive, all reasonable steps in keeping with good medical practice shall be taken to preserve the life of that child.

With the passage of the ROE Act last December, Massachusetts is now among the most pro-death states in the country having removed the existing state law mandating lifesaving medical care to be administered to a child who survives an abortion. The Massachusetts Newborn Protection Coalition is conducting a fall statewide signature campaign to place a question on the 2022 ballot ensuring life-saving medical care for babies born alive after a failed abortion and to best reflect existing law that ensures proper health care provided to all people.  Those people who have differing views on life even support this common sense measure as a basic fundamental right to life and basic healthcare.  Volunteers will be available before and after each of the Masses this weekend, October 16/17 to acquire signatures.

Thank you very much for helping to protect the most vulnerable among us.

OUTDOOR SCHOOL ROSARY SERVICE - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 WITH FR. DIPERRI AND FR. PHAM

72ND OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS - OCTOBER 3

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OPENING WEEKEND - OCTOBER 3

WEEKEND INDOOR MASSES - OCTOBER 3/4

BAPTISMS AT OUR LADY'S - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

Congratulations to the Silva Family on the Baptism of their son, Dominic Anthony

Congratulations to the Brown Family on the Baptism of their son, Wesley Kevin

Congratulations to the Saran Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Amelia Rose

FIRST FRIDAY SCHOOL MASS - OCTOBER 1

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD - SAY NO TO PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE - CLICK HERE TO READ

OUTDOOR EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION/ADORATION/ROSARY ON SEPTEMBER 27 WITH FR. PHAM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 71ST CONSECUTIVE WEEKEND OUTDOOR MASS CELEBRATION

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25/26 WEEKEND MASSES

Congratulations to the Komow Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Olivia Quinn Saturday, September 26.

Rectory driveway and overflow parking lot for our weekend outdoor Mass received the final layer of asphalt.  The work was funded from the bequest of Patricia Dorin.

JIM RICE - SOON TO BE DEACON AT OUR LADY'S

Jim Rice will be ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston on October 2. He was assigned by Cardinal O’Malley to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted after ordination.  He and his family live in Concord and worship at Holy Family Parish.  We look forward to his arrival here at Our Lady’s.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 - 70TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18/19 WEEKEND MASSES

Photo to right is parishioners and school family, Julio and Monica Cuellar-Rojas and their children.  Julio and Monica renewed their wedding vows after Mass.

Syro-Malabar Rite Catholic Mass

Syro-Malabar Rite Catholic Mass at Our Lady’s for the India based    ancient church - evangelized by St. Thomas the Apostle.  Photo to left is Fr. Jacob George - a VA chaplain from Augusta Maine who was welcomed by Fr. DiPerri. 

A monthly Mass will be held for the community at the request of the Archdiocese of Boston.  September 18 was the first Mass here. 

Congratulations to the Hannon Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Kenzie Quinn Saturday, September 18

Congratulations to the Lyons Family on the Baptism of their son Coleby Michael  Saturday, September 18

Contrasting Photos in Time 

Photo #1 below - Baptism of Siobhan - at Our Lady's Church before the Sacred Heart Statue - held by her father Sean, and mother Kristin - took place here September 2021. 

Photo #2 below- Baptism that also took place at Our Lady's - but September 1986 - Sean being baptized (now father of young Siobhan) held his father. 

Passing of time... passing on of the Faith continues.  

#1

  

#2

 

School Conference and Eucharistic Exposition/Adoration for classes from Our Lady’s Academy

69th CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

SEPTEMBER 11/12 INDOOR MASSES

Fr. DiPerri sharing booklet from Joyce Funeral Home in remembrance of 9/11. 

Congratulations to the Sawyer Family on the Baptism of their son, Jacoby Stefan with Fr. Pham on Saturday, September 11

Congratulations to the Kirkcaldy Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Hadley Marie with Fr. Pham on Saturday, September 11

OPENING SCHOOL OUTDOOR MASS - SEPTEMBER 10

We were joined by Fr. Arakel Aljalian of St. James Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown.  Fr. Arakel gave a blessing before the Mass began.

OPENING DAY OF SCHOOL FOR OUR PARISH SCHOOL - OUR LADY'S ACADEMY - SEPTEMBER 7

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS DONATIONS

Our parish-based Knights of Columbus donating $500 check to St James Society and $1000 check to the parish from their fundraising efforts.

SEPTEMBER 5 - 68th CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

Fr. Dennis O’Brien, a missionary visitor from St James Society spoke at all weekend Masses

SEPTEMBER 4/5 INDOOR MASSES

FAMILY NIGHT FOR PRE-SCHOOL SPONSORED BY OUR LADY'S ACADEMY PTO

On Thursday, September 2, 2021, Our Lady’s Academy PTO sponsored a Pre-School year family night.

AUGUST 31 - OUTDOOR EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION AND ADORATION WITH FR. PHAM

AUGUST 29 - 67TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

AUGUST 28/29 INDOOR MASSES

Fr. Francis Pham helped at the retreat for Vietnamese Priests, Seminarians and Nuns who are studying in Boston College at Our Lady of Sorrows Convent in Brockton last Saturday, August 28

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO ALFREDA, ALEXANDRA AND LILY...

Longtime and dedicated volunteer church cantors: Alfreda and Alexandra Antonyraj begin their Freshman year at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester

Lily Massa - longtime Mass volunteer cantor - begins her Freshman Year at Providence College.  We are grateful for her service to Our Lady’s.  We look forward to her return when able. 

AUGUST 21/22 INDOOR MASSES

AUGUST 14/15 INDOOR MASSES

Our Lady's Music Director, Greg Castano

SCHOOL SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS

Improvement outside school by placement of pavers between curbing and sidewalk for better accessibility and aesthetics.  Work done by Twinbrook Landscaping/Bob Devoe.

AUGUST 15 BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Douglas Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Brooke Avery last Sunday, August 15.

AUGUST 15 OUTDOOR MASS

AUGUST 14/15 INDOOR MASSES

AUGUST 8 OUTDOOR MASS

Checking to make sure WiFi connection is good after the outside altar was temporarily relocated.

AUGUST 7/8 INDOOR MASSES

AUGUST 7 BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Garrity Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Nora James on August 7. 

DelVecchio Construction Installing piping and improved drainage at Church/School parking lot - before repaving area.

THANK YOU TO THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED TEMPORARILY RELOCATE OUTSIDE ALTAR FOR PARKING LOT WORK

AUGUST 2 - OUTDOOR EUCHARIST EXPOSITION/ADORATION FOR WORLD PEACE

AUGUST 1 OUTDOOR MASS

JULY 31/AUGUST 1 INDOOR MASSES

JULY 31 BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Morgan Family on the Baptism of their son, Riley Michael on Saturday, July 31 with Fr. Pham.

JULY 24 OUTDOOR MASS

JULY 24/25 - INDOOR MASSES

JULY 24 - BAPTISMS

Congratulations to the Azadi Family on the Baptism of Ryan James on Saturday, July 24. 

Congratulations to the Goldman Family on the Baptism of Olivia Starr on Saturday, July 24. 

JULY 18 - 61st Consecutive Outdoor Mass

The rains finally came on a Sunday, but Mass went on!

LAST CALL FOR THE UPCOMING MEAT RAFFLE CALENDAR FUNDRAISER.  FIRST NAMES WILL BE DRAWN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 2 - Your support is appreciated!

Click HERE to view the Letter that was mailed out

Click HERE to view the calendar to print and fill out

JULY 18 - INDOOR MASSES

JULY 11 - 60TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

JULY 10/11 INDOOR MASSES

JULY 4 - 59TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

With all the rain over the 4th of July weekend, at 8:55am on Sunday morning, the rain drops began to fall.  Then at 9:00am, just in time for Mass to start, the rain ended.  We are truly blessed as a parish and grateful to God.

At all the Masses last weekend, Fr. DiPerri read the Act of Consecration which he wrote for his first Mass back in 1988 and prays yearly on his Ordination Anniversary.

JULY 3/4 WEEKEND INDOOR MASSES

JUNE 26/27 WEEKEND MASSES - ALL WEEKEND MASSES WERE CELEBRATED BY FR. DAN MCHALE

Fr. DiPerri acknowleding Fr. Dan prior to the procession as he celebrates Mass here at Our Lady's on Sunday, June 27.

Fr. Dan McHale procession to begin Mass with Fr. Pham and adult server, Sarah Owiti on June 27

Fr. Dan McHale and Fr. DiPerri heading out for the start of the June 27, 9am outdoor Mass

Reception for Fr. Dan after the 9:00am Mass.  Our first reception held in over a year.  Thank you to all who played a part in the reception as well as all weekend Masses.

Fr. Dan celebrating the 4:00pm Mass here at Our Lady's

Group preparing the fruit cups for Fr. Dan's reception. 

Fr. Dan McHale celebrating weekend Confession's for the first time on Saturday, June 26 here at Our Lady's since he was Ordained a Priest.

Congratulations to the Krueger Family on the Baptism of their son, Charlie last Saturday, June 26 celebrated by Fr. Pham.

CONGRATULATIONS....

TO OUR PASTOR, FR. JAMES M. DIPERRI AS HE CELEBRATED HIS 33RD YEAR  AS AN ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST ON SATURDAY, JUNE 26. 

WE ARE TRULY BLESSED AS A PARISH TO HAVE FR. DIPERRI AS OUR PASTOR AND WE KEEP HIM IN OUR PRAYERS.

JUNE 20 - 57TH CONSECUTIVCE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

JUNE 19/20 INDOOR MASSES

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS

Our Lady’s Parish Based Knights of Columbus Council #14710 is pleased to announce the recipients of its $1,000 College Scholarship Awards, offered for the first time this year. Alfreda and Alexandra Antonyraj.  May God bless them as they start their college careers at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.  Our heartiest congratulations and best wishes!

CURRENT REVISIONS TO HEALTH PROTOCOLS(Re-stated from May 29/30 parish email)

As widely known, health officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have updated health protocols within the State.  The federal CDC prior made similar changes.  The Archdiocese of Boston has adjusted its measures, as it has closely followed the civil health regulations since March 2020.  Our Lady’s Parish has followed these protocols in what methods work most effectively here.

Effective Saturday May 29, 2021 within the Commonwealth: (including our church)

  • Health requirements call for masks to be worn by people who are non-vaccinated.
  • Wearing of masks outdoors and inside public places are not required for fully vaccinated people.
  • The option of wearing a mask for vaccinated individuals is one’s personal discretion.
  • All have the responsibility to best ensure the health of themselves and others. Anyone who is sick or has symptoms of illness, should avoid public worship. The usual Sunday requirement for Catholics in good health to attend in-person Mass temporarily remains an option by the Cardinal.  However, the spiritual necessity to join at Mass – whether in-person or virtual certainly remains essential for those in good health.
  • Social Distancing is no longer required in the Commonwealth.  However, prudence is the responsibility of all.
  • is requested as all church pews will be open to worshippers
  • Volunteers will temporarily remain to assist in the general seating of people. (A reminder: People choosing to sit at church pew ends (excluding the few with serious handicaps) are to leave open the possibility for others to enter for mid-pew seating to better ensure reasonable non-required distancing of non-household – and better use of church seating.  These protocols were followed during the more sensitive times during the pandemic crisis.

The Archdiocese has given wide discretion to Pastors for Church worship. Following consultation with Mass volunteers, the Pastoral Council, and other individuals – I believe it is best to slowly implement certain changes in our worship.

  • Weather permitting – the outdoor Mass will continue through the upcoming months of better weather to help provide additional option of worship.
  • One Livestream Mass per weekend – in the meantime – based on volunteers (usually at the Outdoor Mass time)
  • The front outdoor Sound System speaker (facing Our Lady’s garden) is expected to operate at all Indoor Weekend Masses, while distribution of Holy Communion will remain within the Church, except at the outdoor Mass.
  • Singing of Sacred Music will remain limited.
  • The Collection receptacles in the aisles and driveway will temporarily remain, as the prior pre-pandemic use of a collection basket going pew to pew, while not resume at this time.
  • The Sign of Peace remains suspended for the health sensibility and comfort of people
  • The reception of Holy Communion will temporarily remain at the conclusion of all Masses.This may occasionally alter based on the pastoral situation.
  • Reception of Holy Communion will remain on the hand, in addition to Spiritual Communion.
  • Flexibility remains important during these timesPlease check the Friday weekly parish email to registered parishioners, the parish web or office phone for weekend updates. During unusual circumstances – further adjustments may be made.

The longtime parish goal is to serve the people with both public and virtual services and by following reasonable and the best-practiced methods to protect worshippers, by following the government recommended measures.  Thankfully, we are progressing in a more positive direction since March 2020.  Let us continue to pray to God for the end of this pandemic as we work together toward that goal.

JUNE 15 - END OF SCHOOL YEAR OUTDOOR MASS

We thank the volunteers who set up and broke down every outdoor School Mass and Service.  L to R:  Ron Bousquet, Amali Antonyraj, Lou Alvarez, Joe Nixon, Paul Loscocco, Antonyraj Antony and Luigi Reitano.

CURRENT REVISIONS TO HEALTH PROTOCOLS:  

(Re-stated from May 29/30 parish email)

As widely known, health officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have updated health protocols within the State.  The federal CDC prior made similar changes.  The Archdiocese of Boston has adjusted its measures, as it has closely followed the civil health regulations since March 2020.  Our Lady’s Parish has followed these protocols in what methods work most effectively here.

Effective Saturday May 29, 2021 within the Commonwealth: (including our church)

  • Health requirements call for masks to be worn by people who are non-vaccinated.
  • Wearing of masks outdoors and inside public places are not required for fully vaccinated people.
  • The option of wearing a mask for vaccinated individuals is one’s personal discretion.
  • All have the responsibility to best ensure the health of themselves and others. Anyone who is sick or has symptoms of illness, should avoid public worship. The usual Sunday requirement for Catholics in good health to attend in-person Mass temporarily remains an option by the Cardinal.  However, the spiritual necessity to join at Mass – whether in-person or virtual certainly remains essential for those in good health.
  • Social Distancing is no longer required in the Commonwealth.  However, prudence is the responsibility of all.
  • Prudence is requested as all church pews will be open to worshippers
  • Volunteers will temporarily remain to assist in the general seating of people. (A reminder: People choosing to sit at church pew ends (excluding the few with serious handicaps) are to leave open the possibility for others to enter for mid-pew seating to better ensure reasonable non-required distancing of non-household – and better use of church seating.  These protocols were followed during the more sensitive times during the pandemic crisis.)

The Archdiocese has given wide discretion to Pastors for Church worship. Following consultation with Mass volunteers, the Pastoral Council, and other individuals – I believe it is best to slowly implement certain changes in our worship.

  • Weather permitting – the outdoor Mass will continue through the upcoming months of better weather to help provide additional option of worship.
  • One Livestream Mass per weekend – in the meantime – based on volunteers (usually at the Outdoor Mass time)
  • The front outdoor Sound System speaker (facing Our Lady’s garden) is expected to operate at all Indoor Weekend Masses, while distribution of Holy Communion will remain within the Church, except at the outdoor Mass.
  • Singing of Sacred Music will remain limited.
  • The Collection receptacles in the aisles and driveway will temporarily remain, as the prior pre-pandemic use of a collection basket going pew to pew, while not resume at this time.
  • The Sign of Peace remains suspended for the health sensibility and comfort of people
  • The reception of Holy Communion will temporarily remain at the conclusion of all Masses.This may occasionally alter based on the pastoral situation.
  • Reception of Holy Communion will remain on the hand, in addition to Spiritual Communion.
  • Flexibility remains important during these timesPlease check the Friday weekly parish email to registered parishioners, the parish web or office phone for weekend updates. During unusual circumstances – further adjustments may be made.

The longtime parish goal is to serve the people with both public and virtual services and by following reasonable and the best-practiced methods to protect worshippers, by following the government recommended measures.  Thankfully, we are progressing in a more positive direction since March 2020.  Let us continue to pray to God for the end of this pandemic as we work together toward that goal.

JUNE 13 - 56TH CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

JUNE 12/13 WEEKEND INDOOR MASSES

JUNE 9 - OUR LADY'S ACADEMY KINDERGARTEN 'MOVING UP DAY' CEREMONY WITH THEIR FAMILIES

JUNE 8 - OUR LADY'S ACADEMY MASS AND GRADUATION

Acknowledgement and Thanks to Doris Nigro for her more than 25 years of volunteer service to Our Lady's Academy.  She received a well deserved standing ovation!

Former Our Lady's student, Cecilia Noel was guest speaker at the Graduation

JUNE 6, 2021 - WEEKEND OUTDOOR MASS - CORPUS CHRISTI

55TH consecutive weekend celebrating outdoor Mass

 

 

JUNE 5/6, 2021 - WEEKEND INDOOR MASSES - CORPUS CHRISTI

JUNE 4 FIRST FRIDAY OUTDOOR SCHOOL MASS

Video from Cardinal Seán O'Malley Welcoming Catholics Back to Mass - Click HERE to view video.

Covid - Message from Cardinal Seán O'Malley on the reinstatement of Sunday obligation effective weekend of June 19/20 - Click HERE to read message

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 11:00AM MASS

At the 11:00am Mass, we remembered all who gave their lives and we thanked all who served our country for our freedom.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 9:00AM MASS

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to parishioners, Caroline and Chiang Mei on their 56th wedding anniversary. They renewed their vows on Saturday, May 29 with Fr. DiPerri. May God continue to shower down his blessings upon them both.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND OUTDOOR MASS

Our 54th consecutive outdoor weekend Mass was held on Saturday, May 29 due to the expectation of a rainy Sunday morning.  It was quite chilly.  The coldest Memorial Day weekend in 100 years, but Fr. Pham and Fr. DiPerri and the hardy parishioners of Our Lady's did not let the New England weather stop them from celebrating Mass outdoors.  It was also the first weekend in over a year that face masks were optional.  It was nice to see the smiles again.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - LAST CALL!

2021 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PROGRAM

Our Lady’s Council #14710 of the Knights of Columbus is pleased to offer our first College Scholarship Award Program. We are thrilled to offer you this exclusive opportunity. A $1,000 scholarship is to be awarded. - DEADLINE IS JUNE 8.

Click HERE for information and to download the application

MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER - MAY 30, 2021

On this day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms.  Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.  We also remember the families of our troops.  We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, hope and strength will fill their lives.

May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task.  Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray,

 Amen

Dedication of Garden honoring the tremendous work of Religious Sisters serving in Archdiocese of Boston at St Monica, South Boston. May 23, 2021

MAY 23 - 53RD CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS

MAY 23 - WEEKEND INDOOR MASSES

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Thibodeau Family on the Baptism of their twins, Molly Catherine and Jenna Christine last weekend.

OUR LADY'S HIGHLIGHTED

 A casual young adult series covers events in the Archdiocese of Boston called "coffee and donuts" where news is shared regarding surrounding parishes.  Our Lady’s is about 3 minutes 45 seconds into the video and lasts 2-3 minutes.  Focuses on our outdoor Masses and covers up to Easter 2021.   Click HERE to view.

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Ottariano Family on the Baptism of their daughter, Caroline Lilian last Saturday, May 15 celebrated by Deacon Dan McHale.

WEDDING - MAY 14, 2021

Congratulations to Stefano Visco and Erica Hill on their wedding which was celebrated at Our Lady's on Friday, May 14, 2021

MAY 13 - ASCENSION OF THE LORD SCHOOL MASS

MAY 9 - MOTHER'S DAY - OUR 51ST CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PASSED OUT ROSES TO ALL WOMEN AFTER EACH MASS MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND

Fr. Pham greeting his mother in Vietnam via livestream last weekend for Mother's Day

MAY 8/9 - INDOOR MASSES

BAPTISM - MAY 8, 2021

Congratulations to the Metras Family on the Baptism of their baby girl,  Isabelle Avery last Saturday, May 8. 

MAY 7 - ADORATION, ROSARY SERVICE AND DIVINE MERCY

MAY 7, 2021 - GRANDPARENTS/SPECIAL PERSON'S VIDEO FROM OUR LADY'S ACADEMY

For Grandparents and Special Person Day, a video was made for you to enjoy.  Click HERE to view

MAY 7 FIRST FRIDAY OUTDOOR SCHOOL MASS

FIRST FRIDAY SCHOOL MAY CROWNING - MAY 7

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

2021 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PROGRAM

Our Lady’s Council #14710 of the Knights of Columbus is pleased to offer our first College Scholarship Award Program. We are thrilled to offer you this exclusive opportunity. A $1,000 scholarship is to be awarded.

Click HERE for information and to download the application

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER - OUTDOOR MASS - MAY 2, 2021

Grateful to God for our 50th consecutive outdoor Mass.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER - INDOOR MASSES - MAY 1/2, 2021

WEEKEND BAPTISMS - MAY 1/2, 2021

We pray for Leo Melchiorri, Talia Desjardins and Emery and Brie Cardarelli as they celebrated their Baptisms last weekend.  May God bless all of them as they continue their faith journey.

FIRST COMMUNION CELEBRATION - MAY 1, 2021

Beautiful Saturday morning for our 50 First Communicants and their families.

CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION - APRIL 30, 2021

Fr. Patrick Healy, OMI - in his 100th year and his cousin Fr Ryan Healy of Fall River, recently ordained, concelebrated the Confirmation Mass on Friday, April 30 at Our Lady’s. There for their cousin, Michael Conneely of Waltham, one of 42 high school youth receiving their Sacrament. Fr. Patrick Healy, proud Charlestown native, former US Army Chaplain during Vietnam War, missionary to Japan, VA Chaplain at Washington’s Soldier Home, former Florida pastor, now serving as resident Chaplain of Chelsea Soldier’s Home.  He actively served anointing and blessing veteran residents throughout the pandemic - where he still actively ministers. 

One of the windiest days of the year, our weather bug on top of Our Lady's Academy clocked 50 mph winds.  As Father stated, this will be one Confirmation we will always remember!

APRIL 27, 2021 - VISITORS TO OUR LADY'S ACADEMY

Pictured above with Mrs. Minor, Fr. DiPerri and Fr. Pham: The Director of Education at Consulate General of Italy in Boston, Adamo Castelnuovo, along with Carlo Carratelli and Giovanni Dosio visited Our Lady’s Academy.

Pictured below:  Our visitors - along with Mrs. Minor, Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Pham and Our Lady's TK Class and Teachers, Ann Mahon and Anna Danahy.

APRIL 24, 2021

Our Parish based Knights of Columbus presenting their annual Seminarian scholarship to Deacon Dan McHale.

APRIL 24, 2021 - OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS (OUTDOOR MASS DAY SWITCHED TO SATURDAY DUE TO STORMY WEATHER)

APRIL 25, 2021 - INDOOR WEEKEND MASSES (OUTDOOR MASS DAY SWITCHED TO SATURDAY DUE TO STORMY WEATHER)

APRIL 18, 2021 - OUTDOOR WEEKEND MASS

A COMMUNITY OF FAITH - ROOTED IN THE EUCHARIST

APRIL 17, 2021 - INDOOR WEEKEND MASSES

APRIL 17, 2021 - BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Birely Family on the Baptism of their son Cameron.

APRIL 11, 2021 - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY ADORATION

APRIL 11, 2021 - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY - OUTDOOR MASS

APRIL 11, 2021- DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY - RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASS AND TEACHERS

APRIL 10, 2021 - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY - WEEKEND MASSES 

APRIL 10 BAPTISMS

Congratulations to Uche and Chisom Onyekwuluje and their family as they received the Sacrament of Baptism. 

OUR LADY'S PARISH & SCHOOL EASTER NEWS COVERAGE

WCVB-Channel 5 News Report:  Local churches second Easter affected by COVID-19 - Click HERE to view

WBZ-CBS-Channel 4 Boston News Report:  'We Have To Be Creative': Churches Prepare For Socially Distant Easter Mass - Click HERE to view

WBZ-CBS-Channel 4 Boston News Report:  'A Great Sight To See': Church Parking Lots Fill For Outdoor Services On Easter Sunday During COVID - Click HERE to view

EASTER SUNDAY - RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

HOLY SATURDAY - EASTER VIGIL

EASTER BAPTISM

Congratulations to the Gabienu Family on the Easter Baptism of Abigail Sena.

GOOD FRIDAY - PASSION OF THE LORD SERVICE

GOOD FRIDAY - STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Click HERE to view Good Friay Stations of the Cross

HOLY THURSDAY - MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER

STATIONS OF THE CROSS - WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK

Click HERE to view Stations of the Cross, Wednesday, March 31

PALM SUNDAY, PASSION OF THE LORD, MARCH 28, 2021

Congratulations to the Richard Family as they celebrated the Baptism of their son, Leo Joseph Richard last Saturday, March 27.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, MARCH 21, 2021

Photos from March 20/21 Indoor and Outdoor Masses

Congratulations to the Ouellette and Bonica Families whose children who were Baptized here at Our Lady’s.  Beautiful ceremonies.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS - WEEK 5

Click HERE to view week 5 Stations of the Cross

PALM SUNDAY MASSES:  Most Masses on Palm Sunday will be celebrated outdoors (weather pending) in order to accommodate as many people as possible and according to the health protocols we have been following. We will celebrate one Mass indoors with limited capacity.

Updates will be sent out via email, placed on our parish phone message, update website and Our Lady's Parish Facebook page.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS - WEEK 4

Click HERE to watch Week 4 Stations of the Cross

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, MARCH 14, 2021

PHOTOS FROM WEEKEND MASSES

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES CONTINUE MARCH 14

PHOTOS FROM MARCH 14 OUTDOOR MASS

UPCOMING 2021 EASTER COLLECTION

Healthier priests...stronger communities.

The video highlights the important role pastors played during the pandemic to keep their parishes connected and their parishioners supported.  To watch the video, click HERE

The strength of our communities depends on the well-being of our priests who tirelessly serve others.  Every Easter, our parish collection benefits Clergy Trust which cares for the health and well-being of our priests in good standing.  By supporting the collection, you can show your appreciate and support for the priests who have made and continue to make a difference in your life, the life of our parish and the lives of countless others in our community. 

Easter Collection envelopes can be found on all tables in our church.

 A 5-NIGHT RETREAT WITH CARDINAL SEAN O'MALLEY - MARCH 22-26 AT 7:00PM

Prepare your heart for Holy Week by tuning in to a 5-night retreat with Cardinal Seán O’Malley on CatholicTV.  Click HERE for details.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS - WEEK 3 - MARCH 10

We adore you O Christ and we praise you...

If you were not able to join us, click HERE to watch

At all Masses the weekend of March 7, Fr. DiPerri told the story of Fr. Emil Kapaun. “Servant of God” Captain Chaplain Emil Joseph Kapaun. Miracles attributed to him are being reviewed toward sainthood.  He died a martyrs death for others during Korean War 1950 as priest/chaplain Prisoner of War.

           

Father Kapaun was born in Pilsen, Kansas, the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, on Holy Thursday, April 20, 1916.  He was ordained a Priest for the Diocese on June 9, 1940, and entered the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps in 1944. 

Separated from the service in 1946, he re-entered the Army in 1948 and was sent to Japan the following year. 

In July of 1950 Father Kapaun was ordered to Korea. On November 2 of that same year he was taken as a prisoner of war.  In the seven months in prison,      Father Kapaun spent himself in heroic service to his fellow prisoners without regard for race, color or creed. 

To this there is testimony of men of all faiths.  Ignoring his own ill health, he nursed the sick and wounded until a blood clot in his leg prevented his daily rounds.  Moved to a so-called hospital, but denied medical assistance, his death soon followed on May 23, 1951.

The Diocese of Wichita and the Vatican have begun the formal process that could lead to Father Kapaun's canonization.  In 1993, it was announced that Fr. Kapaun would receive the title of "Servant of God".  He  received the Medal of Honor posthumously in 2013.  For more information on Fr. Kapaun, go to www.catholicdioceseofwichita.org/father-kapuaun

Third Sunday of Lent Indoor and Outdoor Masses - March 7

First Friday School Mass - March 5

The First Friday School Mass was livestreamed from Our Lady’s Academy Chapel to students in classrooms and families at home.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS - WEEK 2 - MARCH 3, 2021

We adore you O Christ and we praise you...

If you were not able to join us, click HERE to watch

Second Sunday of Lent Indoor and Outdoor Masses - February 28 Kickoff of 2021 Catholic Appeal

CONGRATULATIONS TO CAPTAIN DONNY RUSSO ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM WALTHAM POLIC DEPARTMENT.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO PARISHIONERS RON AND JUDY BOUSQUET AND THEIR FAMILY AS THEY CELEBRATE 46 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT - WEEK 1

Every Wednesday during Lent at 6:00pm in Church

If you were unable to join us, you can watch February 24 Stations.  Click HERE

First Sunday of Lent Indoor and Outdoor Masses-February 21

40th CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS, FEB. 21, 2021

 

ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Photos from Ash Wednesday’s indoor Masses and outdoor Service to begin the Season of Lent

SAVE THE DATE:  RACIAL JUSTICE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

March 13, 2021 from 11:00am-12:30pm

A Journey Through "Open Wide Our Hearts": Call to Love and Action" - Featuring keynote speaker, Danielle Brown, Esq.  Danielle is the Assoc. Dir. of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.

To register, go to www.bostoncatholic.org/health-and-social-services/social-justice-ministry 

You must be registered to attend.

39th CONSECUTIVE OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS, FEB. 14, 2021

PHOTOS FROM INDOOR MASSES FEBRUARY 13/14, 2021

 OUR LADY'S PARISH - GRAND ANNUAL COLLECTION

The Grand Annual will conclude at the end of February. 

Our Grand Annual fund is necessary to balance our church budget.  

You can mail in your donation, check or cash, to Our Lady's or you can pay via credit card by clicking Online Giving or Donate Now.  Simply fill out top part of the form, scroll down to "One Time Donation", enter amount donated and for Grand Annual and submit. 

You can also donate by opening the camera on your phone and scanning code.  It will direct you to the Online Giving form as well.  Thank you in advance for your continued support of our parish.

Click HERE to read the original Grand Annual Letter 

Click HERE to see Financial Report mailed with Grand Annual letter   

BLESSED SACRAMENT IN OUR LADY'S ACADEMY

FR. PHAM PROCESSED THE BLESSED SACRAMENT IN OUR LADY'S ACADEMY ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 VISITING CLASSROOMS

FEBRUARY 6/7, 2021 - WEEKEND MASSES

Fr. DiPerri blessed everyone at all Masses with the relic of St. Paul Miki, a Roman Catholic Japanese Jesuit, martyr and saint, one of twenty six who were persecuted for their religion in 1597.  His Feast Day was February 6.

 BLESSING OF THE THROATS IN HONOR OF ST. BLAISE

GRATEFUL FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS WHO SHOW UP WEEK AFTER WEEK TO SET UP AND BREAK DOWN, VIDEO FOR LIVESTREAM MASSES, PARK CARS, SEAT PEOPLE FOR MASSES, SET UP THE ALTAR - EVERYTHING IT TAKES TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO CELEBRATE MASS WITH ALL

  

FIRST FRIDAY SCHOOL MASS - FEBRUARY 5

School First Friday Zoom Mass February 5 in the School Chapel.  Also unveiled at that Mass was the new Holy Image of Blessed Carlo Acutis.  This image will be hung either in the chapel or in the hallway outside the chapel.


JANUARY 30, 2021 INDOOR MASSES

JANUARY 31 OUTDOOR MASS

Photos from the weekends outdoor Mass.  10 degrees with wind chill.  148 attended to worship God.  Skies were bright and blue with light wind.  While certainly cold, great spirit of those worshipping in praise of God. 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 6

The 2021 theme for Catholic Schools Week is ‘Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.’    During Catholic Schools Week, schools across the diocese, and across the country, mark the occasion beginning the week with Mass and special entertainment and activities for the students and families throughout the week.  This year many of the special events here at Our Lady’s will be       virtual due to the pandemic, but that will not stop us from celebrating our school.

Our Lady’s Academy mission is to support the values of integrity, respect, charity and faithfulness while living and cherishing our Catholic faith. We respect and appreciate the diversity of all cultures and we strive to create an academic environment where the students’ interests, abilities and ideas are valued allowing for their full potential to be unleashed as their future unfolds.

OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS, JANUARY 24

Volunteers vs the Wind!  After this Mass, our dedicated volunteers struggled to put the tarp back onto the altar.  But they succeeded!

January 24 outdoor Sunday Mass, by far, was the coldest/windiest.  140 people bundled up, braved the 30 mph winds and came to celebrate the Mass.

JANUARY 19/20 - ROSARY HELD AT 12 NOON IN CHURCH FOR PEACE IN OUR WORLD AND IN OUR NATION

JANUARY 17, 2021 - OUTDOOR MASS

35 weeks we have been blessed with weather allowing us to continue our outdoor Masses.  Over 200 people bundled up and braved the wind and cold.  We need to keep our distance from each other, BUT not from God.  

JANUARY 16/17 INDOOR MASSES

We are grateful to be able to continue our indoor Masses.  Thank you to all the volunteers who make sure social distancing is maintained and thank you to all who understand this is for everyone’s safety.

JANUARY 9/10, 2021

Photos from Masses from January 9/10 weekend which concluded the Christmas Season. 

GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR OUR 34TH CONSECUTIVE SUNDAY WITH GOOD WEATHER FOR OUR OUTDOOR MASSES

THANK YOU TO THE VOLUNTEERS WHO DECORATED OUR CHURCH ON CHRISTMAS EVE

             

OUR LADY'S PARISH SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS - 2020

Every year at Christmas, our Choirs would sing Christmas songs before our Christmas Eve Masses.  With the change in this year, we still wanted to bring cheer to those who could not make it in person to our Masses.  Some of our cantors, Alexandra and Alfreda Antonyraj, Lily Mass and Ron Martin, led by our music director Greg Castano recorded songs.  A video was put together by Antony and Amali Antonyraj for all to enjoy.  We hope you enjoy.  Click HERE to listen.

CHRISTMAS EVE OUTDOOR MASSES - DECEMBER 24, 2020

The good Lord again blessed us with mild weather which allowed us to hold two of our four Christmas Masses outdoors.

THANK YOU TO THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WHO CAME AND HELPED SET UP FOR THE OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - DECEMBER 19 and 20, 2020

FR. DIPERRI AND FR. PHAM ADDED EXTRA CONFESSIONS TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS ON DEC. 19

 

MEMBERS OF OUR KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HANGING DONATED WREATHS FOR THE CHURCH

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT - DECEMBER 13, 2020

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL MEMBERS SEPARATING GIFTS GIVEN TO THOSE IN NEED OF THE PARISH FROM THEIR CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE PROGRAM

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is there for parishioners and other persons in our local area during their time of greatest need.  Thank you to all who have humbly, quietly and faithfully contributed.  We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and continued donations.

FR. DIPERRI GIVING ALL THE BLESSING FROM RELIC OF ST. LUCY, PATRON SAINT OF THE EYES

DONATIONS TO THE HOMELESS OF BRISTOL LODGE FROM OUR LADY'S PARISH

Through donations of generous parishioners, Our Lady's purchased Burger King gifts cards for the homeless at Bristol Lodge Shelter.  Hopefully giving them a few hot meals or hot coffee will help.

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT - DECEMBER 6, 2020

Photos from December 5 and 6 weekend Masses.  A hardy 38 people attended the Saturday 4:30pm indoor Mass traveling through the blowing snow.  We  had 85 shovel out to make it to the 9:00am indoor Mass and 137 braved the wind and cold and joined us at the 11:45am outdoor Mass.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT - NOVEMBER 29, 2020

We were able to celebrate two indoor Masses and were again blessed with beautiful weather for our 28th consecutive week being able to celebrate our outdoor Mass. 

THANKSGIVING DAY MASS

Photos taken from our Thanksgiving Day Mass.  It was a rainy morning. We are grateful to God that we are able to celebrate Mass indoors with limited capacity. 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHRISTMAS WREATH SALE

Pictures below of some of the members of our Parish-based Knights of Columbus with Christmas wreath sale for parish and charities.  Thank you to all who took part purchased a Wreath.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
Our program continues weekly as we teach the faith and we continue to keep volunteer teachers and children safe during these unprecedented times. Thank you to all who give of themselves to teach our children their faith. Pictured are grades 1 and 3 with Mr. Tom Fallon.

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL GIVING TREE

We are grateful to all who have/or will take cards from the Giving Tree.  Please know that we need all the gift cards returned by the end of the 11:45am Mass on Sunday, December 13.  They may be placed in one of the two collection boxes in the church at any time or can be dropped off at the parish office until Friday, December 11.  KINDLY DO NOT LEAVE THEM AT THE RECTORY. 

We thank you for your participation and cooperation in our program and may you and your family be safe and enjoy the Blessings of Christmas.

Photos below from November 22 Sunday outdoor Mass, 27th week in a row with good weather.  By far the coolest, but thankfully no rain.

Photos from this last Sunday’s indoor Mass on November 22.  Grateful to god to be able to move back inside with limited capacity.

MESSAGE FROM FR. DIPERRI ON STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL O'MALLEY ON  ABORTION AMENDMENT

November 18, 2020

The Cardinal asked that we reach out to all parishioners on a most urgent matter. 

Last Friday, November 13, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed an amendment to the state budget, which greatly expands abortion in the Commonwealth. 

This measure now rapidly moves to the State Senate where a vote will soon take place.  Please see the Cardinal’s letter for the specific details.

Because of the speed that this matter is moving through the legislature, we are encouraging people to prayerfully consider calling/emailing their local State Senator and urge him/her to vote NO on any amendment that dramatically expands abortion in Massachusetts and lessens the few remaining protections on the sanctity of life.

Please visit www.macatholic.org for further listing of Senators if you live beyond the noted communities.

To read Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s letter – click HERE

God Bless you,

Fr. DiPerri, Pastor

OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS - NOVEMBER 15, 2020

Photos below taken at our outdoor Mass on Sunday, November 15. Our 6th month/26th weekend in a row we have been blessed with good weather to celebrate our outdoor Mass. A little chilly, but still beautiful.

EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION WITH DEACON DAN MCHALE NOVEMBER 13

FR. DIPERRI TEACHING OUR LADY'S ACADEMY RELIGION CLASS - NOVEMBER 10

OUR LADY'S PARISH CCD - NOVEMBER 8, 2020

Photos from last Sunday’s Religious Education Sunday morning program.  Thank you to our students, parents and volunteers for your continued dedication, participation and support in teaching the Word of God and in keeping everyone safe in the process.

OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS, NOVEMBER 8, 2020

Photos below taken outdoor Mass last weekend, November 8. Our 25th weekend in a row we were blessed with beautiful weather.

FIRST FRIDAY SCHOOL MASS, NOVEMBER 6, 2020

Photos from first Friday Our Lady’s School Mass on November 6. Congratulations to Gabriella DeStefano who received her First Communion.  

REST IN PEACE—FR. BLACKWOOD

Please remember in your prayers Fr. Wallace  Blackwood.  Fr. Blackwood died on November 1, 2020.  He was the 8th pastor of Our Lady’s from 1988 until 1994.  Pray that his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS - 24th SUNDAY IN A ROW BLESSED WITH CHILLY, BUT GOOD WEATHER - NOVEMBER 1, 2020

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - NOVEMBER 1, 2020

Thank you to our CCD volunteers who are here weekly helping spread the word of God to the youth of our parish. Taking the health and safety protocols very seriously, the volunteers proudly wear embroidered Religious Ed masks specifically designed by parishioner Suzie Winchester-Miller.

Beatification of Father McGivney – October 31, 2020

On May 26, 2020, Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father McGivney.  A much anticipated step toward sainthood, the pope’s approval opens the way for Fr. McGivney to be beatified and declared Blessed.

ADORATION AND ROSARY FOR OUR NATION, OCTOBER 30 WITH FR. DIPERRI AND DEACON DAN

FR. DIPERRI TEACHING THE FAITH AT OUR LADY'S ACADEMY, OCTOBER 30

OUTDOOR SUNDAY MASS - 23RD SUNDAY IN A ROW BLESSED WITH BEAUTIFUL WEATHER - OCTOBER 25, 2020

OUTDOOR HALLOWEEN MASS FOR OUR LADY'S ACADEMY  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SUNNY SUNDAY FOR OUTDOOR MASS, OCTOBER 18

If anyone told you last year that in the Summer of 2020, we would be in the midst of a pandemic BUT you will be blessed with 22 consecutive Sunday morning's with NO RAIN, you would not have believed it.  But here we are, still in the midst of a pandemic and have been blessed with our 22nd Sunday with beautiful weather.  May God continue to bless us all.

GRAND ANNUAL KICKOFF

Our 2020 Grand Annual talk was given October 18 by parishioiner and member of Our Lady's Parish Finance Committee, Jason Sweeney.  He did a great job.  Thank you Jason.

Fr. DiPerri's instruction with Grade 2 at Our Lady's Academy on Friday, October 16

OUTDOOR MASS, OCTOBER 11, 2020

So much is happening here at Our Lady's.  We were blessed with another beautiful Sunday for us to celebrate our outdoor Mass. 

October 10, 2020 - Outdoor Rosary on Waltham Common

OCTOBER 9 - EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION AND ADORATION WITH DEACON DAN MCHALE

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY OUTDOOR ROSARY

School children and faculty praying for world and nation to honor God and ask Mary’s prayers for all her children before God’s Throne.  Varying Services led by Fr Francis Pham and Fr DiPerri.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AT OUR LADY'S - OCTOBER 6

On Tuesday, Fr. DiPerri and Fr. Pham celebrated the Blessing of the Animals which we do every year.  Usually everyone brings in their pets, live and stuffed, and Father blesses them in the parking lot outside Our Lady's Academy.  Well this year, with the pandemic, Father decided to keep everyone safe, he would do a "Drive-Thru" blessing of the animals.  Worked out great.

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY OUTDOOR ROSARY GRADES 6-8 WITH FR. DIPERRI

 OCTOBER 4 - 11:45AM CELEBRATION OF OUTDOOR MASS

OCTOBER 4 AT 9:00AM - FIRST SUNDAY CELEBRATION OF MASS INSIDE SINCE MARCH, 2020

OCTOBER 4 - OPENING DAY FOR OUR LADY'S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM

OCTOBER 2ND - FIRST FRIDAY MASS FOR OUR LADY'S ACADEMY

SEPTEMBER 2020

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO OUR LADY’S ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY FOUNDERS

Our Lady’s Chapter—30 Year Anniversary—Sunday, September 27

Appreciation to Our Lady’s Charter Founding Members:  Dr. Vincent Failla, Peg Failla, Carole Portentoso and Lori Mazzarelli.  They continue to this day the outreach to helping those in need in the name of Jesus Christ.  Many thanks to those serving as members of the St. Vincent dePaul Society.

OUTDOOR MASS SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND FOR OUTDOOR MASS

Truly a blessing to be able to celebrate Mass outdoors during these uncertain times.

Ainsley Flaherty received her First Communion at our September 20 outdoor Mass.  Pictured below with her parents, Sean and Megan and baby sister, Mary.

 

ADORATION/ROSARY SERVICE on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 WITH FR. DIPERRI AND DEACON DAN MCHALE

  Fr. DiPerri with students of Our Lady’s Academy.  Creative ways to pass on the Faith during these challenging times.

CLASSROOM ADORATION PROCESSION WITH FR. FRANCIS

FATHER DIPERRI TEACHING KINDERGARTEN AND GRADE 5

CARDINAL SEAN O'MALLEY CELEBRATES OUTDOOR MASS AT OUR LADY'S - SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

Cardinal Seán O’Malley accepted Fr. DiPerri's invitation to celebrate an outdoor Mass at Our Lady’s.  This Mass was an opportunity to join with our Cardinal Archbishop in praying for the end of this pandemic and to invoke God’s blessing upon our nation and the world.  This was our 17th week in a row with beautiful Sunday morning weather.

CHURCH FLAT ROOF REPLACEMENT BY PROFESSIONAL ROOFING COMPANY

The replacement of two sides of Church flat roofs work has begun. This planned replacement is due to deteriorating conditions and to properly maintain parish property. Donations to the Church Building Fund has made this project possible. Any further donations toward this project would be appreciated by sending to Our Lady’s Parish by mail, dropping in collection container - inside or Sunday outside the church - or through one-time electronic giving found on our parish website. Simply mark Church Building Project.

VIDEO OF OUR LADY'S PARISH, PRE-COVID-19 THROUGH SUMMER 2020

Dear Parishioners:

A 16 minute video has been produced by volunteers highlighting some key moments of life here at Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham, MA, before and during the Coronavirus pandemic, through the summer of 2020. 

The photography, audio and layout was conducted by parishioner, Lou Alvarez.  The layout on the iMovie was done by a volunteer videographer and technician, and Kristina Kovacevich, worked on the final portion of the video formatting.  On behalf of the parish, I express our gratitude for their dedication and quality work. 

I am especially thankful to God for all His blessings and for all who strive to advance the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ at our parish, as we work together with those within our archdiocese and beyond.  May Almighty God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, continue to strengthen each one of us during these challenging times.  May the Blessed Virgin Mary continue to pray for us before the Throne of God.  Together we journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Please know of my prayers for you and your families, as I kindly ask you to pray for me, and the needs of others throughout the world.  Click HERE for video.

In Christ,

Fr. James M. DiPerri, Pastor

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY OPENING SCHOOL MASS - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

Our Lady's Academy opened with on-site classes last Tuesday.  Everyone was excited to get back.  The faculty and students celebrated their first outdoor Mass on Friday.  It was a bit cooler than we are used to, but went very well.  Let us keep all students going back to school, in whatever manner, on-site, virtual or hybrid, in our prayers.

At this Mass, we also prayed for and remembered those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We prayed for their families, the first responders and those who survivied and live with the memory of that tragic day. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO FR. MAC LINGO

Fr. Mac Lingo served at Our Lady’s as his pastoral assignment in 2017-2018 - several hours each week - while pursuing his priestly formation at St. John’s Seminary.  Congratulations to Fr. Mac Lingo and to the people whom he will serve as priest of the Diocese of Oakland California.

 

ADORATION AND ROSARY SERVICES WITH FR. PHAM - AUGUST 18 AND 25

Fr. Pham and those who attended prayed for racial harmony and peace throughout our world.  They also prayed for an end to the pandemic.

    

FR. JOE HUBBARD CELEBRATES OUTDOOR MASS - AUGUST 9, 2020

Fr. Joe celebrated Mass on Sunday, August 9 here at Our Lady's.  Another sunny morning we were blessed with.  Fr. Joe is now assigned to St. Michael's Parish in North Andover.  We wish him well and pray for him as he begins his faithfilled journey.

         

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD - AUGUST 1, 2020

Congratulations to the following Deacons who were Ordained to the Priesthood August 1 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

May the Holy Spirit guide them in their ministry to the faithful of Jesus Christ.

Deacon Joseph Hubbard, Deacon Dennis Nakkeeran, Deacon Matthew Norwood, Deacon Fernando Vivas, Deacon Daniel Zinger

ADORATION AND ROSARY SERVICE - JULY 31, 2020

Fr. DiPerri held Adoration and a Rosary Service to pray for the Deacons who were to be ordianed into the priesthood on August 1.  Fr. DiPerri and those who attended also prayed for racial harmony and peace throughout our world and nation.

    

FR. ROACH VISITS AND CON-CELEBRATES JULY 26 OUTDOOR MASS

FR. FRANCIS PHAM AND FR. DIPERRI VISIT MEADOW GREEN

On Tuesday, July 21, Fr. Pham and Fr. DiPerri had an outdoor Eucharistic procession around Meadow Green Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center organized by John Barry, parish volunteers with staff of Meadow Green for residents to spiritually support them. 

DRIVE-IN MOVIE AT OUR LADY'S - Sponsored by Propagation of the Faith World Missions Sunday, August 9, 2020

  

JULY 19, 2020 - 9TH OUTDOOR MASS CELEBRATED AT OUR LADY'S

On July 19, we celebrated our 9th outdoor Mass.  What another beautiful day it was.  We have been blessed for the past 9 weeks with great weather and we hope it continues.  Thank you to all who help make these outdoor Masses go so smoothly and a special thanks to Antonyraj Antony for doing whatever it takes to keep the phone cool enough to keep the Livestreaming of our Masses go uninterrupted.  We are blessed!

DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL BENCH FOR LONG TIME PARISHIONER

On Tuesday, July 7, a Memorial Bench was blessed by Fr. DiPerri in memory of long time parishioner and dedicated volunteer Jane Leard.  Members of Jane's family were present for her Mass and dedication including her precious grandson, Luke, who loved the bench.

    

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PASTOR, FR. JAMES M. DIPERRI

We pray in thanksgiving for our Pastor, Fr. James M. DiPerri as he celebrated his 32nd Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination on June 26.

The image below illustrates the Chalice containing the Blood of CHrist and Sacred Host which is the Body of Christ resting upon the Sacred Scriptures, covered by the priestly stole of ordination highlighting the significance of Mass.  The olive branches symbolize the sacraments that blessed oil is used in their celebration.  This articis image appeared on Fr. DiPerri's first Mass program in 1988.

Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary written by Fr. DiPerri

Prayed publicly at first Mass on June 26, 1988 and prayed yearly on Ordination Anniversary.

O Most loving Mother of God, as I continue the work of your Son, I confidently entrust my priestly calling to you.  Guide and protect me that I may be faithful to your Son, Jesus, and His Church, by fulfilling the sacred promises of my priestly vocation.

In my consecration to you, the Queen of Peace, may I ever seek refuge in your Immaculate Heart as I journey on this sacred pilgrimage. 

May I grow deeper in my love for the One God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and for His people.  Holy Mother, may I remain faithful in God's service to the end.

Amen

CELEBRATION OF MASS ON JUNE 21, 2020

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Outdoor Mass where 591 gathered socially distanced to partake in the Benediction at the end of Mass.

RACIAL HARMONY MESSAGES FROM CARDINAL SEAN O'MALLEY

Read Cardinal Sean O'Malley's HOMILY for Racial Justice on June 13, 2020 at Castle Island

Watch Cardinal Sean O'Malley VIDEO to Parishioners of the Archdiocese of Boston on Racism and the death of George Floyd.

FIRST COMMUNION CELEBRATION

First Communion celebrations were celebrated outdoors at Our Lady's on June 13 and June 27.  Congratulations to all of the First Communicants. 

 

  

 

CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION

The Archdiocese has given permission for local pastor's to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation in their parishes.  Saturday, June 20, Confirmation was celebrated at Our Lady's outside in the church parking lot.  Congratulations to all of the Confirmandi as they continue their journey of faith.

              

 

PRAYER SERVICE AT ST. MARY'S CHURCH FOR PEACE AND RACIAL HARMONY

On Friday, June 19, 2020 a Prayer Service for “Peace and Racial Harmony in the Nation and Throughout the World” was held at St. Mary’s Church in Waltham.  Our Lady’s Parish collaborated in this effort – as this service was hosted by the Ugandan Catholic Community and St. Mary’s Parish.   

HOLY HOUR AND MISSION TALK WITH DEACON JOE HUBBARD

Year of the Eucharist Holy Year – Our Lady’s Parish joined parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston during Mass on Sunday, June 14 in opening the Cardinal’s establishment of the “Year of the Eucharist”.  Outdoor Eucharistic Adoration was beautifully celebrated June 15 and 16 to mark the beginning of our special year. Monday’s prominent theme was to also pray for Peace and Racial Harmony throughout the Nation and in the world, in addition to similar observance on Tuesday, as we join praying for justice and God’s blessings.

ROOF REPLACEMENT

Work has begun-Roof Replacement of Our Lady’s Academy (Early Childhood section ) by James and Patrick Shea of Professional Roofing. (June 8, 2020)

EUCHARISTIC BLESSING VISIT TO WALTHAM CROSSINGS SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY

Fr. Francis Pham’s visit to Waltham Crossings for Eucharistic Adoration on June 3, 2020 coordinated by John Barry.

Click HERE for two prayers written by Pope Francis for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He is asking people to recite the Rosary and pray these prayers afterward especially during the month of May.

 READ FR. DIPERRI'S LETTER TO UPDATE PARISH ON RESUMING MASSES - MAY 20, 2020 - Click HERE.

EUCHARISTIC BLESSING VISIT TO WALTHAM CROSSINGS SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY

On Tuesday, May 12, Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Pham and Deacon Joe went to Waltham Crossings Assisted Living Facility and had an outside Eucharistic blessing for the residents.  Some residents were able to come outside, but for those who could not, Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Pham and Deacon Joe processed around the building so the residents can be blessed through their windows.  Let us continue to pray for each other during this crisis.

 

MAY 1 - Cardinal Sean and the Bishops of the US in a Prayer for the Consecration of the United States to the Care of the Blessed Mother.

 

 

APRIL 15, AT 2:49PM, Our Lady's Church BELLS rang in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon.

 

Easter Sunday at 12 NOON ~ Ringing of Our Lady's Church BELLS joining in unison all churches of the Archdioceses of Boston.

 

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

 

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

 

HAM-A-RAMA UPDATE

We hope to have a VIRTUAL Ham-a-Rama Spring Fundraiser.  We are working out the details and will keep you posted.

PLEASE continue to mail in your tickets as the event WILL HAPPEN, it is just a matter of when. 

Also, please still make the donations you planned on making.  Email the parish office at parish@olca.org and we will make arrangements to get your donation.

Thank you for your continued support of Our Lady's and let us continue to pray for one another.

 

HAPPENINGS AT OUR LADY'S BEFORE THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Fire Truck Pictures

During our recent fire inspection at Our Lady's Academy, part of the Kindergarten class was lucky enough to take some pictures on the truck.  We thank Waltham Fire and Waltham Police for always keeping us safe.

 

GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Last Sunday, March 8, the Girls Scouts from Waltham celebrated the 11:00am Mass with Our Lady's community.  Below is a delegation representing the Girl Scouts.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LADY'S BASKETBALL TEAM

Last Sunday, March 8, Our Lady's Basketball Teams celebrated the 11:00am Mass in thanksgiving for a great season.  Below is a delegation representing the Wildcats along team pictures.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PASTA SUPPER

A great time was had by all who attended the Knights of Columbus Pasta Supper last Saturday, March 7.  Congratuations to John Barry who received the Knight of the Year Award for all of his services to the Knights as well as to Our Lady's Parish.

FR. FRANCIS' VISIT HOME TO VIETNAM

Fr. Francis went home to visit his mother and family in Vietnam.  He celebrated Mass in his home.  He also celebrated Mass at his local parish church.  

OUR LADY’S ACADEMY NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

Congratulations to the new members of National Junior Honor Society from Our Lady’s Academy who celebrated their induction Mass on Friday, January 10. 

FR. FRANCIS CELEBRATES MASS AND ANOINTS RESIDENTS AT WALTHAM CROSSINGS IN WALTHAM

During the first week in January, Fr. Francis Pham visited Waltham Crossings Assited Living and celebrated Mass and anointed residents of the facility. 

 

MOSAIC BACKGROUNDS OF ST. THERESE AND ST. ANTHONY

Thanks to Suzanne Baratta Owayda of Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply, Tom Anderson of Tom Anderson Tile Contracting and Beau Schless of Schless Studio for the design and installation of the back drop of St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Anthony.

Also many thanks to the Sanctuary Committee for volunteering to oversee both mosaic projects the past several months and especially to parishioners who donated the necessary funds to the Church Building Fund for making the project successful.  Special thanks to Lou Alvarez who volunteered extensively on working on very specific details.

 

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY CHRISTMAS SHOW

On December 16 and 17, Our Lady’s Academy student body, led by Tom Fallon, the school’s Music Teacher, performed in the annual Christmas Show.  What a great time. 

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL GIVING TREE

The St. Vincent dePaul Conference of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted parish wishes to thank everyone for their generous support of the Giving Tree.  This year 372 gifts were collected which assisted 33 local families, 96 family members and 75 Catholic Charities Foster Home children. Below is a picture of some members of Our Lady’s St. Vincent dePaul Society and those assisting last Sunday, December 15 in collecting the gifts from the Giving Tree and distributing them to those in need.  Again, thank you for your kindness and generosity.  Merry Christmas!

CONFIRMATION FIELD TRIP TO SEAPORT SHRINE AND SPIRIT OF BOSTON CRUISE

On December 14, Grades 9 and 10 joined Fr. DiPerri on an Advent Pilgrimage and Spirit of Boston Field Trip.  The day started with Adoration at the Our Lady of Good Voyage Seaport Shrine and then continued with a cruise on the Spirit of Boston. 

 

ADVENT PROJECT FROM CCD STUDENTS IN GRADES 7 AND 8 FOR THE LELAND HOUSE ASSISTED LIVING IN WALTHAM

Along with teachers Maria Caso, Claire O’Connell and Lorraine Rielly, the Religious Ed students in grades 7 and 8 made Christmas ornaments, Christmas cards and gift bags to be delivered to Leland House Assisted Living in Waltham bringing some Christmas cheer from Our Lady’s Parish to the residents. 

 

CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM

On Monday, December 9 at the Immaculate Conception 9:00am school Mass, second grader Max Belbase, at his request, was Baptized and Confirmed.  A small party was held in his classroom after the Mass.  Fr. DiPerri then had Max and his family over to the rectory.

 

CONFIRMATION STUDENTS VISIT MEADOW GREEN AND WALTHAM CROSSINGS

On Sunday, December 8, Confirmation students in Grades 9 and 10 brought some Christmas Cheer to Meadow Green Rehabilitation Center and Waltham Crossings Assisted Living. The residents sang Christmas Carols with our students who also recited the Readings of the Day and distributed small bottles of holy water. Some of the students and residents tried their hand at a colorful Christmas Craft to decorate their rooms. Thank you to our Confirmation students, teachers and parents for this happy and entertaining morning at both Centers which meant so much to the staff and residents.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

On Sunday, December 8, our Parish School, Our Lady's Academy hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa. Over 600 people came to the event to enjoy breakfast, pictures with Santa, story time, face painting and great raffle prizes. 

 

 

 

PIZZA PARTY AT THE RECTORY

On Friday, December 6, the Children's Choir and their families, along with choir director's Tom Fallon and Greg Castano, joined Fr. DiPerri at the rectory for a pizza party.  A grea time was had by all.

 

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD

On Saturday, November 30, we celebrated Fr. Francis Pham's Ordination into the Priesthood here at Our Lady's with Cardinal Sean O'Malley as celebrant.  What a great day it was.  All church photos of the Ordination are courtesy of George Martell. 

Reception

 

CELEBRATION OF FIRST MASS

On Saturday, November 30 at 5:30pm at Our Lady' Church, Father Francis Huy Duc Pham celebrated his first Mass.  We pray the the Lord will continue to bless Fr. Francis on this next journey of his life.

 

TURKEY-RAMA

Oh what a night! On Saturday, November 23, over 400 people gathered at Our Lady's for our annual Turkey-Rama Fundraiser.  The night was filled with excitement as we kick off the hoilday season.  Over 500 raffles were given away and a good time was had by all. 

 

RETIREMENT LUNCHEON FOR FINANCE MANAGER

On Monday, November 18, Fr. DiPerri, Fr. English, Principal Minor, the parish staff and some parishioners gathered at the rectory with Miriam Dorovski as she retires after six years of service to Our Lady's.  We wish her well and thank her for her dedication and service. 

 

50th ANNIVERSARY

The weekend of November 9/10 we also celebrated the 50th Wedding Anniversary of parishioners.  We wish them many more happy and healthy year's. 

VETERAN'S DAY MASS

On Saturday, November 9 we celebrated our Veteran's at our 4:00pm Mass.  We acknowledged all who were with us that served our country and we remembered all those who gave their lives.  A nice reception was held in the back of church after Mass for all.

 

TV MASS CELEBRATED BY FR. DIPERRI

On Tuesday, November 5, Fr. DiPerri celebrated the TV Mass with Deacon Joe Hubbard and Deacon Francis Pham.  Also in attedance were Fr. DiPerri's family and a few parishioners of Our Lady's.

 

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY TEACHER'S LUNCH AT THE RECTORY

Tuesday, November 5 was Professional Development Day and all the teacher's at Our Lady's Academy joined Fr. DiPerri at the rectory for lunch during their break. 

 

MASS FOR THE DECEASED

On Sunday, November 3, Our Lady's remembered those who have been called home to the Lord since last November at the 11:00am Mass for the Deceased.  During the Mass, the names of all deceased since last November were read aloud and a family member came forward to light a candle in their memory.  This Mass was meant to help those who are grieving and let them know that we as a parish community are hear for them. 

 

VISIT FROM ROWING TEAMS

On Saturday, October 20, the girls row team from Gwynedd Mercy Academy of Gwynedd Valley, PA and the men's row team from LaSalle College were in attendance at the 4:00pm Mass.  They all took part in the Head of the Charles Regatta.  

MARIAN CANDLELIGHT ROSARY SERVICE

On Friday, October 18, we held our Marian Candlelight Rosary Service in the church.  The evening consisted of the recitation of the decades of the rosary enhanced with Marian hymns.  We processed outside to the Blessed Mother statue where the final decade of the rosary was recited. 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PASTA SUPPER

The Knights of Columbus held their fall Pasta Supper on Saturday, October 5 at 5:00pm in the school cafeteria. A great time was had with music and dancing with guest entertainer Gary Leanues. 

ROSARY RECITED AT THE BLESSED MOTHER STATUE

On Friday, October 4 at 8:30am, Fr. DiPerri and children from Our Lady's Academy recited the rosary at the Blessed Mother statue outside of the church followed by the first Friday Mass at 9:00am. 

 

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

On Tuesday, October 1 at 8:30am all the children in Our Lady's Academy brought their animals, yes, even the stuffed ones, and Fr. DiPerri blessed each and every one of them. There were all kinds of animals; dogs, birds, reptiles.  What a sight!

 

OUR LADY'S CHOIRS - DINNER AT THE RECTORY

On Friday, September 13, approximately 70 from our Adult, Schola and Youth Choirs and their families joined Fr. DiPerri at the rectory for dinner.  They were also joined by Music Director, Greg Castano and Children's Choir Director, Tom Fallon.  A great night was had by all.

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COOKOUT AT THE RECTORY

The Knights of Columbus and their families joined Fr. DiPerri for their annual cookout at the Rectory on Friday, July 12.  Mother Nature was unsure of what to serve at the cookout as for the day she sent sun and rain!  But for the hours of the cookout, she graced us with bright sun and humidity!  A great time was had by all.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PARISH SCHOOL - OUR LADY'S ACADEMY       2019 Boston Herald's Readers' Choice Awards

The Boston Herald's Readers' Choice Awards covers the Boston market and surrounding areas.  This event begins in May with printed ballots in the Boston Herald newspaper.  They also opened the voting to their digital readers through BostonHerald.com.  Votes are compiled and the first place winners are notified and listed in the special Winners section of the Boston Herald at the end of June.  Our Lady's Academy was a two-fold winner, winning for the Pre-School, as well as Private School, Grades 1-8.  What a great accomplishment. 

 

VISIT TO THE NEWLY RENOVATED CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY CROSS SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019

A group of 50 visited the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Saturday, June 29 with Deacon Joe Hubbard and Fr. DiPerri in honor of Saints Peter and Paul.  What a beautiful trip.  The updates to the Cathedral are simply breath taking.  Deacon Joe held Adoration in the Chapel.  While the pictures are very nice, they do not do it justice.  After the visit and Adoration, all went to Maggiano's Restaurant for lunch.  A great time was had by all.  

 

ADORATION/PRAYER SERVICE

Deacon Joe Hubbard led Adoration, a Prayer Service, Reflection and a Eucharistic Procession to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 28.

 

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI)

On Sunday, June 23 at the 11:00am Mass, we celebrated the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ during Mass and concluded with a procession to the Blessed Mother statue outside where the Monstrance was placed on the stone altar.  During the Mass, we also celebrated the Baptism of Kolyn Ward.  During the procession, Kolyn was blessed in front of the Monstrance on the stone altar by Fr. DiPerri.

 

 

YOUNG ADULTS DINNER AT THE RECTORY

Young adults, ages 21-35, joined Deacon Joe Hubbard and Fr. DiPerri at the rectory for dinner on Friday, June 21.  

 

FRANCISCAN RETREAT CENTER

Cardinal Sean with Boston Seminarians at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Kennebunkport, Maine from June 17-20, 2019

 

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY FACULTY ADORATION/REFLECTION

On Wednesday, June 5, Fr. DiPerri led an Adoration/Reflection time for Our Lady's Faculty as they come to the end of their academic year.  A time to unwind, think about the year and be thankful.

 

OUR LADY'S GRADE 8 GRADUATION

Congratulations to Our Lady's Academy Class of 2019.  Last Tuesday, June 4 our 8th Graders graduated and get ready to move onto High School.  We wish them well as they begin the next journey of their lives.  We remind them to always keep Jesus first and foremost and know they are always welcome at Our Lady's.

 

RE-DEDICATION OF FALZONE FIELD PARKACROSS FROM OUR LADY'S

On Tuesday, May 21, Fr. DiPerri and Our Lady's Choir, led by Music Teacher Mr. Tom Fallon, sang at the placing of the wreath for the annual re-dedication of Falzone Field. 

 

ARCHDIOCESAN SCOUTING MASS, SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019

This past Sunday, Fr. Paul Soper celebrated Mass here at Our Lady's for the Boys and Girls Scouts and their families at 2:00pm.  We congratulate all of the achievements of young Scouts of young Scouts, the teen award recipients and the adult volunteers invested in Catholic Scouting.  Some pictures below of the day.

 

DINNER AT THE RECTORY FOR BASKETBALL COACHES, MAY 18, 2019

This past Saturday, a delegation from Our Lady's Academy Wildcats Basketball coaches and families attended dinner at the rectory with Fr. DiPerri.  Unfortunately all were not able to make it, but we thank all who give of their time and talent to help make Our Lady's basketball program a success.

FIRST COMMUNIONS - Sunday, May 5, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixty-one students from Our Lady's Religious Education Program including students from Our Lady's Academy celebrated the Sacrament of First Communion at the 9 am and 11 am parish Masses on Sunday, May 5. The morning was a happy, holy and joyful occasion for all the families involved and for our parish family.

 CONFIRMATION - Saturday, May 4, 2019

On Saturday. May 4, Bishop Robert Reed conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation to fifty students from Our Lady's Religious Education program.

 

MARIAN ROSARY SERVICE - Friday May 10, 2019 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by the Marian Rosary Service. The last Decade was said in front of the Blessed Mother's statue, followed by the crowning of the statue.

 

YOUTH CHOIR - Pizza Party at the Rectory - Friday May 3, 2019

At the invitation of Father DiPerri, the children from the Youth Choir gathered at the Rectory on Friday May 3rd for pizza and ice-cream.  All had a great time.

 

 

FIRST FRIDAY MASS - OUR LADY'S ACADEMY Friday, May 3rd 2019.

Crowning of the Blessed Mother's Statue following the First Friday Mass.

 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY - APRIL 28, 2019

 

 

We celebrated the “Feast of Divine Mercy” beginning with Confessions from 1:00-2:00pm, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Act of Family Consecration to Divine Mercy Prayer, Catechesis on the Message of Mercy, Litany in Praise of the Divine Mercy, a Reflection on Divine Mercy, Litany of Reparation and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00pm, followed by Benediction.

JESUS I TRUST IN YOU

 

 

 

 

 

HAM-A-RAMA FUNDRAISER - SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019

Oh what a night!  Almost 300 people joined us for a fun filled evening.  Over 550 prizes were raffled off.  Amazingly over 300 of those raffle prizes were donated to us.  Such generosity among our community.

                                        

 

ANNUAL PARISH EASTER EGG "STAMPEDE" - APRIL 21, 2019

Three minutes, forty-five seconds, that is all it took for the children of Our Lady's Parish to collect 5,467 stuffed eggs on Easter morning after the 9:00am Mass.  It was like watching a vacuum in action.  It took weeks to stuff these eggs by our parish volunteers, and again just over three minutes for them all to be gone.  What a sight!

 

 HOLY THURSDAY, GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER VIGIL - April 18, 19, 20, 2019

Holy Thursday

 

GOOD FRIDAY

 

EASTER VIGIL

CONGRATULATIONS TO RCIA CANDIDATES WHO RECEIVED FIRST EUCHARIST AND CONFIRMATION AT THE EASTER VIGIL:  JENNIFER BRAVERMAN, ABEMBOM AND BEMSIMBOM DIANGHA AND JAYE HUGHES

 

FILLING OF WATER BOTTLES FOR EASTER

On Monday, April 1 in Our Lady’s Academy Cafeteria, students from our Religious Educaiton Program along with parishioners filled, capped and labeled small bottles of water to be blessed and distributed at our Easter Services.  Pizza was served and with so many helpers, we were able to fill just about 3,000 bottles to give out.

 

CONGRATULATINS TO OUR RCIA CANDIDATES

Congratulations to Andrea Larranaga, Timothy Oliveira and Christine Spinelli.  They received their Sacrament of Confirmation on March 28 at St. Patrick's Church with Bishop Robert Reed.  

 

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK EUCHARISTIC ADORATION ON MONDAY, JANUARY 28

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS, SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

Last Sunday, Our Lady’s Academy kicked of Catholic Schools week at the 9:00am Mass.  Principal, Mrs. Minor spoke briefly after current student, Ava Palazzolo spoke about our school.  

   
   

DINNER AT PADDY'S RESTAURANT IN WEST NEWTON - FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

High School and 8th Grade Altar Servers joined Fr. DiPerri and altar server coordinator, Paul Loscocco, at Paddy’s Restaurant in West Newton for dinner on Friday January 25 in gratitude for their faithful service. Grateful to O’Hara family, owners of Paddy’s for providing the meal.

RESPECT LIFE EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - JANUARY 22

Join Seminarian Joe Hubbard on Tuesday, January 22 beginning at 6:00pm in St. Joseph Chapel in the school.  Please enter the building through the main entrance where the Holy Family statue is located.  January 22, 2019 marks the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.  We invite you to come and pray for the unborn and for an end to abortion.

 

RESPECT FOR LIFE MARCH MASS - JANUARY 18

Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Seán O'Malley for Boston pilgrims at the Respect for Life March in Washington, DC on January 18.  Pictured  below is the delegation from Our Lady's Academy and their families.  Let us continue to pray for the unborn and for an end to abortion.

 

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL DAY - JANUARY 14

On Monday, January 14, our parish school, Our Lady's Academy, hosted an "Internation Day."  The event was wonderfully organized by parishioner, Lou Alvarez, cominging the link between parish and school.  The day celebrated the many cultures and ethnic backgrounds that give Our Lady's Academy its global atmosphere.  During the morning, the students visited classrooms representing each country.  They viewed videos and read articles about the history and culture of each particular country.  Before lunch, the children prayed a decade of the rosary in ten different languages.  Mr. Giles said a prayer and our pastor, Fr. DiPerri blessed everyone.  Lunch was then served by parents and teachers.  There was authentic food made by parents; fried rice was donated by Waltham's Sichuan Garden and some food was purchased at ethnic restaurants for all to sample.  Lunch ended with good ole American apple pie and vanilla ice cream that was donated by Star Market on Lexington Street.  In culmination of this day long event, the students engaged in a variety of ethnic dances led by Marcy Van Cleave, a professional folk dance instructor.  It was a great day!

 

Altar Server Pizza and Ice Cream Dinner - January 11

The altar servers and their families joined Fr. DiPerri and altar server coordinator Paul Loscocco for a pizza and ice cream dinner at the rectory on January 11.  What great kids!  We are truly blessed to have such dedicated families in our parish.

 

 

 

 

       ST. ANDREW'S DINNER 2018  
       

Each year, the Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Boston invites high school age young men for an evening of prayer, food, and conversation.  This year Our Lady’s Parish was well represented by eight high school parishioners and their families.  The event was held at Sacred Heart Parish in Watertown on Tuesday, November 27.   

 
      

 

CHILDREN'S CHOIR PIZZA PARTY AT THE RECTORY

On Friday, November 30, Patrick Botti, Tom Fallon and the children's choir and their families had a pizza party at the rectory. 

 

ADVENT FIELD TRIP

OUR LADY’S ACADEMY AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TRIP    TO THE NORTH END

Our Lady’s Academy and Religious Education students in Grades 6, 7, & 8 will participate in an Advent Field Trip to the North End of Boston on Saturday, December 15.  Led by Father DiPerri, who will share his immense knowledge of Boston history, we will visit the beautiful Seaport Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage, along with a couple of historic North End Catholic churches. Of course the group will stop for an authentic & delicious Italian lunch along the way! We will travel by bus, there is no cost, and parent chaperones are needed.  Please contact Felicia Forger at 781-894-3481 or religiouseducation@olca.org to sign-up or for more information.  It will be an interesting, fun, enjoyable afternoon with friends complete with magnificent Churches and pasta perfection.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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