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



 

Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Hawker, Fr. English,
Deacon Ramon Garcia, Seminarian Patrick Fiorillo,
and Our Lady's
Parish and Our Lady's Academy Staff...

...Wish you and your family a Blessed Easter Season!

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
 
 
           Contact Us
Latest News
Weekly Bulletin
This week's bulletin is available on our Bulletins and Updates page. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Grand Annual fund. We collected $130,305. See the Grand Annual page for details.
Collection for our Troops: Now through June 5, 2015
After our last successful collection and most appreciated items sent to parishioner Sgt. Ian Wagoner’s troop, they are in need of more to get them through until they hopefully are sent home in July. Items such as deodorants, shampoo, soap, lotion, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, shaving cream, disposable razors. Sealed food (foil packs of tuna or chicken or easy open, pop top cans of tuna), cup of noodles, hard candy or monetary donation towards shipping. Bring items to Parish Office where boxes will be located. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our troops.
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):
 
April 29 -- Women's Bible Study begins: first of 8 meetings on Wed. mornings 9-10:30 am. Contact Tara Rohatgi if you are interested in joining (tara.rohatgi@gmail.com).
April 30 -- Confirmation Rehearsal at 6:30 pm in the church.
May 1 -- First Communion Rehearsal  at 4 pm for those receiving at the 9 am Mass
May 1 -- First Communion Rehearsal at 5 pm for those receiving at the 11 am Mass
May 2 -- Confirmation with Bishop Brian Kiely at 1 pm (29 students in Grade 10)
May 3 -- First Communion at the 9 am and 11 am Masses
May 17 -- 1000 Club drawing at 12:30 pm in the school cafeteria
May 24 -- Memorial Day Mass 11 am at Our Lady's to honor all who have served our country. Light reception will be held after mass in the back of the church. Please join us in thanking the veterans of our parish who have fought for the freedoms we have today.
May 25 -- Memorial Day Ceremony on Waltham Common at 10 am.
  
Koinonia Academy
On April 20 here in Our Lady’s Church we were joined by the Koinonia Academy Choir from Plainfield, NJ. This Catholic high school choir sang sacred and uplifting hymns, skits, prayer and one on one time with those from our congregation. It was an extraordinary evening of impressive youth. They will be traveling again in 2017 and are invited back to Our Lady’s.
 

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive   
 
Thanks!
The Knights of Columbus Council held a blood drive in the Parish Hall on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Thanks to all the Red Cross volunteers and to all the donors who rolled up their sleeves for a very worthy cause! See the Knights of Columbus page for more information about our local Council and upcoming events.
 
Women's Bible Study: New Sessions Begin April 29
Interested in meeting other women of faith? Why not try out our Women’s Bible Study group? This is an informal, relaxed meeting of women interested in sharing faith and friendship by studying the Bible together. For our Spring Bible Study we will use the 8 week study, “Courageous Love: A Bible Study on Holiness for Women,” by Stacy Mitch. We will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9-10:30 am at 52 Kendall Park (home of parishioner Lori Pasto) beginning on April 29 through June 17. It is not necessary to make it to all 8 meetings in order to participate. Non-school age children/babies are welcome to join you. Contact Tara Rohatgi if you are interested in joining us (tara.rohatgi@gmail.com). 
 
Eucharistic Adoration in the Newly Renovated St. Joseph Chapel
(April 2, 2015) - More than 450 people gathered in prayer at Holy Thursday Mass in Our Lady's Church and most participated in the Eucharistic Procession from the church to the school chapel after Mass. The St. Joseph Chapel is in the process of being repainted and significantly upgraded. With the completion of the new school addition and main entranceway, the Eucharistic chapel will be the central focus of the school.
   
 
 
 
Stained Glass Window for Our Altar
The image below is an artist's rendering of the stained-glass window that will be installed 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.

 
These are recent pictures of the stained glass window being created in a studio in Guatemala.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.
 
The stained glass window is expected to be installed sometime in June of this year. 
 

Religious Ed Program for 2015-2016
Our 2014-2015-2014 CCD year is winding down with Confirmation on May 2, 2015, for our 29 tenth greaders and First Communion on May 3 for our second graders. See our Religious Education page for more information and schedules. We will be registering children for next year's Religious Ed program soon.

We meet on Sunday mornings from 10-11:15 a.m. during the school year. If you are willing to help, we are willing to accommodate schedules. Please contact John Barry, Coordinator of Religious Education at781-894-3481
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
 
Ham-A-Rama 2015 - Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who helped make our annual Ham-a-Rama a fun-filled night of fundraising and fellowship. Thank you for donating to our our raffle table, bake sale table, balloons and for coming to support our parish. It was a great night. I have said it many times, I cannot do what I do without YOU. So thank you all and Happy Easter! ~Sharon Micco
  See the Recent Events page for many more pictures!    
 
Our Lady's Academy 2nd Grader Baptized
(March 20, 2015) - Surrounded by his 2nd grade classmates and teachers, Cashmere Moore was baptized by Fr. DiPerri and received into the Catholic Church. During the past few years, several students from Our Lady's Academy have chosen to be baptized or have entered the Catholic Church. We are grateful to all our students of all faiths, we always recognize that the founding mission of our school is to promote the Gospel of Christ and His Church.  Congratulations, Cashmere, and God bless you!
     

March 21: KofC Pasta Dinner
The Knights of Columbus Council hosted another wonderful Pasta Dinner for all parishioners on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Paul Loscocco was named Knight of the Year and he took time out from cooking and serving to accept this award. The food was delicious as always, the Knights raised money for their Coats for Kids campaign, and a fun time was had by all when Mel Simons, from WBZ radio, entertained with sing-along-songs, trivia, and jokes on the theme "Everything's Coming Up Irish!" See the Knights of Columbus page and the for more information.
  See the Recent Events page for more photos.        

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 make
it prudent to take these precautions for the safety of those considering attending weekday Mass. During school vacation week, if a Mass is canceled due to weather, it will be put on our parish answering machine.
If Waltham Public Schools are delayed or closed, there is no weekday 8 am Mass
. 

March for Life
In January a group of students and parishioners traveled with others from the Archdiocese of Boston and thousands of others from all over the country to Washington DC for the annual March for Life.
Volunteer at the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen
We are continuing this outreach ministry for 2015 -- we will be volunteering to go to Bristol Lodge on the first Tuesday every other month to feed the group of men and women who need our help. The 2015 dates for Our Lady’s at Bristol Lodge are February 3, April 7, June 2, August 4, October 6 and December 1. Contact the Parish Office or see the Social Justice Ministries page for more information.
Coats for Kids Program a Big Success
Our parish Knights of Columbus Council participated for the second year in the “Coats for Kids” program run by the Knights of Columbus. This year we were able to raise enough money to buy four dozen coats and in addition the State Council gave us an addition THREE DOZEN coats. All 84 coats are for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 10. They have been distributed to one shelter, four elementary schools and two St. Vincent DePaul Societies (the one here at Our Lady’s and the one at St. Mary’s). Thanks to all who donated and all who worked to make this happen.
Extension to School and Parish Offices
Construction of the new entranceway and offices began in late summer 2014. The new design will create a new centralized school entranceway with modern offices for the principal and school secretary, storage space for school records and materials, and will enhance school security. The extension will also include a new Parish Meeting Room with a kitchenette, available for both 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. See the new School and Parish Extension page for more photos and a complete history of the project.
                       
                       


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.
                                                                                           
 
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
 
1000 Club: The Perfect Gift
The perfect gift for that hard to buy for person -- a year membership in Our Lady’s 1000 Club. Memberships are $55 per year. If you would like to join, contact Sharon in the parish office (781-894-3481). Our next drawing is Sunday, May 17 at 12:30 pm. Join us! 
Opportunities for Service and Ministries at Our Lady's Parish
Please see this list of Opportunities for Service & Ministries for an updated list of all the parish ministries and other ways to volunteer your time or talent. For for more information, contact John Barry 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.

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.

 


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