On behalf of Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Hawker, Fr. English
and
our Parish Staff

We welcome you and your family
to Our Lady's Parish.

You are an important member of the future of our parish. We hope you will be an active participant as we build that future together. 

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

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

Appreciation and Prayers,
 Fr. James DiPerri 
and the entire Parish Staff
 
 
 
Latest News
Weekly Bulletin
This week's bulletin is available on our Bulletins and Updates page.

Grand Annual Appeal
The Grand Annual provides the annual operating funds to deliver the services that our vibrant parish community enjoys and expects. Please see Fr. DiPerri's Grand Annual letter from Oct. 1, 2014, updating us on the past year and outlining the road ahead along with the 2014 Financial Statement that accompanies the letter. Please see our Donations page for more information on all of this as well as links to donate online.
                                             
                    

Mittens for Children
Our Religious Education students recently collected dozens and dozens of mittens and hats for children in need in Waltham; they donated these items to the Bristol Lodge, the Salvation Army, and a local family shelter.
Shown here are also some of the 8th grade Religious Ed students and their 34 pairs of mittens!
 
Many thanks to all of the students, families, and teachers who participated in this service project.

 

 
Congratulations, Ramon!
Ramon Garcia was ordained on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, as a transitional deacon in preparation for priestly ministry. His ordination took place in his home archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Ramon, a student at St. John Seminary, is assigned to Our Lady's Parish for weekend ministry as he anticipates priestly ordination this coming May. God bless you, Ramon, for your service and dedication to God and His Church.      ~Fr DiPerri
 
Ramon is a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Hartford who is in his fourth year of Theological studies at St. John's Seminary in Boston. He is in preparation to be ordained a Priest in May 2015. He has been with us on weekends since the fall of this year and is very excited to be worshiping with us at Our Lady's.
 
Ramon’s family is originally from Nicaragua, but Ramon was born in the US and grew up in Bristol, Conn. He has two brothers and a sister. Prior to entering the seminary, Ramon studied Mathematical Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of Connecticut and University of North Carolina and did research at the Environmental Protection Agency in Durham, NC. Ramon cites his love of the Mass and the example of his parents, priests, and the saints as inspiration for responding to the call of the priesthood. Ramon’s favorite passage from the Bible is Mark 9:24 "I believe, help my unbelief." 
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
The words THANK YOU seem to be two simple words and sometimes it feels saying them just isn’t enough. But I want to thank EVERYONE who was involved in this year’s Turkey-Rama fundraiser which was held last Saturday. What a turnout! The place was packed and everyone had a great time. It was a huge success. We are still working out the numbers and when we have a final tally, we will share it with you. An event such as this cannot succeed without the 
  For more pictures from this year's Turkey-Rama, held on Sat. Nov. 22, 2014, please see our Recent Events page.   
many volunteers that come forward to help, without those who make the beautiful donations and for those of you who attend that night and give so generously. We have over 75 people who work the day and night of the event and we give away 521 prizes! Truly amazing. Again, thank you all and may God bless you and your family this Christmas Season. ~Sharon Micco
 
Activities & Events
Please see our Parish Calendar where you can click on any upcoming event for more details (including flyers and links to sponsoring ministries):
 
Dec. 14 -- Christmas Giving Tree presents are due back no later than noon today.
Dec. 14 -- Mittens for Children donations for the Bristol Lodge are due today. 
Dec. 14 -- 1000 Club drawing at 12:30 pm in the school cafeteria. Join us!

Dec. 13-22 -- Catholic Cruise to the Caribbean (Norwegian Cruise Line Gem). For more information, contact Doug or Eileen at Catholic Cruises and Tours at 860-399-1785 or email doug@catholiccruisesandtours.com.
Dec. 13-14: Christmas Giving Trees 
The St. Vincent de Paul Society's annual gift drive begins the weekend after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29-30), when tags are hung on Christmas trees in the back of the church. Each tag identifies a person in need and indicates his/her age, gender, clothing size, and suggested gift idea. If you wish to participate in this program, please take a tag, purchase a gift, wrap it, firmly affix the tag to the outside of the package, and bring the gift to church on the weekend of Dec. 13-14, 2014 (but no later than Sunday, Dec. 14 at noon). Please note that no gift should exceed $25.
If you don't have a chance to pick a tag, we would welcome a gift card to perhaps Hannaford's or Market Basket, TJMaxx/Marshall's, or CVS. We will use these to replace a gift request that doesn't get fulfilled.

                       
If you take a tag and cannot make it to Mass on the weekend of Dec. 13-14, 2014, you can drop your gift off at the Parish offices anytime before then, but please no later than noon on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, because all the gifts will be distributed that afternoon. Also, if you take a tag and for some reason cannot provide a gift in time, please bring the card back to the Parish office or call the office (781-894-3481) with the card's code number.
Dec. 7: Breakfast with Santa
Come celebrate the holidays at the Our Lady’s Academy annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 7 from 9:00 am to Noon. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, meet Santa, hear a Christmas story, make a craft, see a magic show and browse our fabulous raffle table! Tickets are $10 each and children under 2 are free. All proceeds to benefit OLA PTO academic enrichment programs. Tickets will be on sale before and after all Masses the weekend of November 29/30 or online at Our Lady's Academy website online store. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Any questions, please call 781-899-0353. 
Mittens for Children
The Religious Education students are donating mittens for children this Christmas to benefit the clothing center at the Bristol Lodge in Waltham. Each student in Religious Ed should bring in a pair of mittens no later than Dec. 14. Thank you!
1000 Club: The Perfect Christmas Gift
The perfect Christmas Gift for that hard to buy for person -- a year membership in Our Lady’s 1000 Club. Memberships are $55 per year. If you would like to join, contact Sharon in the parish office (781-894-3481). Our next drawing is Sunday, December 14 at 12:30 pm. Join us! 
Thanksgiving Family Meals Distributed 
  November 2014 -- Members of the Knights of Columbus worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to prepare meals to be distributed to families in our area. For more information on the many outreach ministries in our parish, please see our Social Justice Ministries page. 
 
Welcome Ramon Garcia
Ramon Garcia is a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Hartford who is in his fourth year of Theological studies at St. John's Seminary in Boston. He is in preparation to be ordained a Deacon in December 2014 and a Priest in May 2015. Ramon’s family is originally from Nicaragua, but Ramon was born in the US and grew up in Bristol, Conn. He has two brothers and a sister. Prior to entering the seminary, Ramon studied Mathematical Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of Connecticut and University of North Carolina and did research at the Environmental Protection Agency in Durham, NC. Ramon cites his love of the Mass and the example of his parents, priests, and the saints as inspiration for responding to the call of the priesthood. Ramon’s favorite passage from the Bible is Mark 9:24 "I believe, help my unbelief." Ramon  will be joining us for the Masses on the weekend. He is very excited to be worshiping here with us at Our Lady's. Please welcome seminarian Ramon Garcia.
Extension to School and Parish Offices
Construction has begun on the extension to and redesign of the school and Parish Offices. The new design will create a new centralized school entranceway with modern administrative offices for the principal and school secretary, storage space for school records and materials, and will enhance school security. The rest of this extension will include a new Parish Meeting Room with a kitchenette, which will be used for school and parish meetings. The first floor meeting room will also be handicapped-accessible and will have access to the St. Joseph Chapel.                                
Click on the image above for a larger view of the artist's rendering of the addition. New Pictures! Click on the images below to see more pictures of the progress being made in
the construction project. And click here for more recent pictures (Oct. 2014).                       
                       


Construction began in August and with the great weather had in the fall, the project was well underway at the end of September. By December, most of the exterior is done and work continues on the interior.
                                                                                           
Religious Ed Program: Register now for 2014-2015
Our 2014-2015-2014 CCD year will begin in September. Register now for the upcoming year by filling out the 2014-2015 Registration Form. We welcome all the returning families and especially invite new families to join us. See our Religious Education page for more information and schedules.

CCD teachers are needed for the upcoming year. Please consider sharing your faith and knowledge with the youth of our parish in grades 1-8. We meet on Sunday mornings from 10-11:15 a.m. during the school year. No experience is necessary, just your desire to teach our faith. If you are willing to help, we are willing to accommodate schedules. Please contact John Barry, Coordinator of Religious Education at 781-894-3481
x3 or religiouseducation@olca.org.

Right of Christian Initiation in Adults (RCIA):
The RCIA Program is for those seeking to make their sacraments or explore further their faith. The RCIA team helps the preparation of adults to receive Baptism, Eucharist, or Confirmation. Classes are informal and held in Our Lady’s Parish Center after the 9:00am Mass beginning at the end of September. For information about our RCIA Program, please see our RCIA page
 
 
Marian Rosary Service: Oct. 17
Many people joined us at our Marian Rosary Service on Friday night, including a group of students from Bentley University who assisted in the service. See the Recent Events page for more photos. 
Knights Host Pasta Dinner: Sept. 13, 2014
The Knights of Columbus hosted their fall Pasta Dinner on Sept. 13. The turnout was terrific and a fun time was had by all. See the Knights of Columbus page for more information and the Recent Events page for more pictures from the evening.
 

 Pasta Dinner

Parishioners enjoyed a home-cooked meal and entertainment
by Tommy Smith.
 
Restored Statue of St. Therese of Lisieux (The Little Flower)
The St. Therese statue has been placed near the front entrance of the church opposite St. Anthony. We look forward to upgrading the St. Anthony and St. Therese areas with more appealing stands and appropriate candles stands as funds allow. This statue was recently obtained from another parish and was restored by Rita Shea.
Trolley Tour of Boston: Aug 8
A great time was had by all who came on the Trolley Tour of Boston on Friday, Aug. 8. We visited South Boston and Gate of Heaven Church, celebrated Mass at St. Augustine Cemetery Chapel, had lunch at L’Osteria in the North End, visited St. Leonard Church, and ended our day with dessert at Café Vittoria. Click the picture on the right to see more photos.
Proposed Stained Glass Window for Our Altar
The image to the right is the proposed stained-glass window to be inserted into the center portion of the aluminum frame behind the tabernacle. This stained-glass would extend the width of the steps leading up to the tabernacle, behind the altar. The side portions of the aluminum frame separating the choir and the sanctuary will remain open as at present.
 
The centerpiece of this window is a small stained-glass window crafted in Innsbruck, Austria, during the nineteenth century, and originally installed into a now closed Boston area church. This image depicts the Eucharistic Host with a smiling infant Jesus illumined within as held by the hands of a priest during the consecration of the Mass. This portion of the window highlights the Real Presence of the Eucharist and clearly shows both the humanity and divinity of Our Lord.
 
Around this window are rays of gold light in the form of a monstrance
(a sacred instrument that holds the Sacred Host for adoration). The remainder of the glass has various shades of blue, deepening as it reaches towards the heavens.
 
Pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Shrine

A group of parishioners traveled to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Mass., on June 20. The day included Mass celebrated by Fr. DiPerri, lunch at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, a Divine Mercy Chaplet, and walking around the grounds, including the grotto and statue. It was a wonderful day! See our Recent Events page for photos from the day.
Restricted Parish Building Fund
Thank you to all who have generously donated to our Restricted Parish Building Fund -- we have reached our goal! To date we have received $150,650 towards our $150,000 goal. If you would still like to give to this fund, we will continue to do updates as funds allow.
Please see our Donations page with an update on the newly completed roof, the work on the steeple, and the need for a lightning rod. Thank you and God Bless.
Opportunities for Service and Ministries at Our Lady's Parish
Please see this list of Opportunities for Service & Ministries for an updated list of all the parish ministries and other ways to volunteer your time or talent. For for more information, contact John Barry at 781-894-3481 ext. 3, or religiouseducation@olca.org or Sharon Micco in the Parish Office 781-894-3481 ext. 2 or parish@olca.org.

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

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

Your file will also have a copy of verification if you have attended the VIRTUS, Protecting God’s Children class, which is held two or three times a year here at Our Lady’s. Watch the bulletin for upcoming dates for those of you who have not yet attended. If you should have any questions, please contact Sharon in the Parish Office.

Gardening Angels
Now that Spring is upon us we can get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Our Lady’s Gardening Angels helps maintain the beauty of our grounds with flower beds and arrangements. The Gardening Angels meet every Wednesday evening at 6:00pm during the summer months. If you would like to join the Gardening Angels, contact Joyce Gianfelice at resolute107@verizon.net.
Rosary before Saturday 4 pm Mass
The Rosary group leads the rosary on the first Saturday of each month before the 4 pm Mass. The Knights of Columbus lead the rosary before mass on the second Saturday of each month.

(At right: Frank Bettinelli leading the rosary
on June 14, 2014
.)


See the Prayer Services page for more information on the various prayer services held throughout the year here at Our Lady's Parish. See the Knights of Columbus page for more information about our local Council. And see our Recent Events page for more pictures of the many events in our parish.
Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen
Volunteer Dates: Feb. 4, April 1, June 3, Aug. 5, Oct. 7, Dec. 2

Our Plan for 2014: Beginning on February 4, we here at Our Lady's Parish will be volunteering to prepare and serve dinner at the Bristol Lodge. You can choose how you wish to participate: just serving, just baking, monetary donations, etc. We will volunteer for 6 months out of the year on the first Tuesday of each month:  February 4, April 1, June 3, August 5, October 7, and December 2.  If this is something you and/or your family would be interested in doing, please contact the Parish Office. All are welcome to do this, individuals or as a family. Let us live 2014 by helping others less fortunate. God bless you.
What Is the OLCA Actvities Committee?
The Our Lady’s Activities Committee is a group of parishioners who not only like to have fun, we also like to organize fun for others. We meet once a month, but attendance at the meetings is not mandatory. We have an email list and send out updates and we also have an OLCA Activities Committee page with information about upcoming events. We plan big parish-wide events such as Pot Luck Suppers, Fall Dances, Mystery Rides, LaSalette Light trips, Trunk or Treat, Indoor Yard Sales, Craft Shows, Caroling at Waltham Crossings, yearly reception honoring our Veterans in November, and in May collect socks for the local VA Hospital. We also do things within the group: movie night, dinners out, going to Reagle Players, touring the North End, bowling, and trying our painting classes! All in the parish are welcome. There are no dues to belong, no mandatory participation, you just come to what interests you and help when you're available. If you would like to join us, our next meeting is Monday, June 2 at 6:30pm in the Parish Conference room (across the hall from Sharon Micco’s office). If you would like more information, contact Sharon in the Parish Office at 781-894-3481 or parish@olca.org.
Parish Registration & Envelopes
You should be receiving your new envelopes from the new envelope company. If you have not received them by Sept. 27, please call Sharon in the Parish Office and let her know.   Beginning January 2014 we will be going to an Online Giving Program. All existing EFT parishioners will be transferred to the new Online Giving Program automatically, maintaining your current contribution amounts and withdrawal dates. Once this is set up, you will receive email notification in advance of and after the automatic withdrawal. Please be assured that this change will not compromise your private banking information as safety requirements are expanded. We will update you in the coming weeks with more details.

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

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

Inclement Weather
We will continue our policy of not having weekday 8 am Mass when Waltham Public Schools are delayed or closed due to extreme weather conditions and public safety issues such as improperly cleared roads and sidewalks. While great effort is made to clear parish property, the timing of the storm and its intensity makes it prudent to take these precautions for the safety of those considering attending weekday Mass. During school vacation week, if a Mass is
canceled due to weather, it will be put on our parish answering machine.
If Waltham Public Schools are delayed or closed, there is no weekday 8 am Mass
.
 

 


Contact Us

Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish

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

parish@olca.org