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



 

Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Hawker, Fr. English,
Deacon Patrick Fiorillo,
and our parish s
taff... 
 
...Wish you and your family a Blessed Easter.

"This is the day the Lord has made. 
Let us be glad and rejoice in it."

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
 
 
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Latest News
Weekly Bulletin
This week's bulletin is available on our Bulletins and Updates page.
 
Upcoming Events
Please see our Parish Calendar where you can click on any upcoming event for more details (including flyers and links to sponsoring ministries):
 
April 23 - Adoration and reflection before the 4 pm mass with Deacon Patrick Fiorillo.
April 25 - 6 pm: Church Cleaning Ministry: Many hands make light work. If you would like to be part of this ministry to help clean God’s home, come and join us.
April 29 - 9 am Mass Grandparents Day: Join Our Lady's Academy for a special Grandparents/Special Persons Day beginning with mass at 9am and Crowning of Mary after mass.
April 30 - 1 pm: Confirmation 
May 1 - 9 am and 11 am First Communion Masses 
May 21 - 9 am Ordination Ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston (Deacon Patrick will be ordained. All are welcome!)
May 22 - 2:30 pm: Patrick Fiorillo will be celebrating his first mass here at Our Lady's as a priest. All are welcome! A reception will be held afterward in the Parish Hall. Please let Sharon know if you will be attending so we can plan for food.
April 29: Grandparents/Special Person Day
Join Our Lady’s Academy as they celebrate Grandparents/Special Person day on Friday, April 29 at the 9:00am Mass. The Mass will be followed by the crowning of the Blessed Mother Statue. (Please note that there will be no daily mass at 8 am on April 29.)
Ham-a-Rama Thank You!
A great time was had by all who attended our Ham-a-Rama fundraiser last Sunday. It was a great
success and we want to thank everyone who was involved in helping make it that. From those who
helped stuff envelopes, those who came into the office to help, those who worked to set up the event and
worked the event and those who helped clean up after and those who made donations. As always I cannot
do what I do without YOU, THANK YOU!    ~Sharon Micco
A Message from Deacon Patrick Fiorillo
As many of you know, my time at Our Lady's Parish is nearing its end, and I will be given a new assignment upon ordination to the priesthood. Since arriving in 2014, I have very much enjoyed getting to know so many of you, taking part in various parish ministries, and working in the school. In many respects, through the mentorship of Fr. DiPerri, I have been able to experience an ideal parish setting that I hope will serve as a model for my future assignments. My last official weekend here will be May 7-8, but I will be offering my first Mass of thanksgiving here the day after ordination. I would therefore like to extend an invitation to all of you to attend either event. The details are as follows:
Ordination Ceremony: Saturday, May 21, 9:00am,
Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St, Boston. 
First Mass of Thanksgiving: Sunday, May 22, 2:30pm,
Our Lady's Parish. Informal reception to follow
in the Parish Hall.
Please RSVP to Sharon if you will be attending the reception on May 22.
Many thanks for all of your support and kindness over the past two years.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Deacon Patrick Fiorillo 
Congratulations to Our RCIA Candidates 
Congratulations to the RCIA Candidates who received Communion and Confirmation at our Easter
Vigil: Heidi Visocchi, Julianna, Cody, James and Marla Martorilli and Beverly Ortiz. Also
congratulations to Maria Martinez and Karina Masseri who will receive their Confirmation at the Regional Confirmation at the Cathedral. May God continue to bless them on their faith-filled journey!
Recent Events
There is always a lot happening at Our Lady's Parish! See our Recent Events page for more photos of these events.
 
Altar Server Pizza Party  Jazz Band Performance Wildcats Basketball Breakfast 
     
 
Daughters of Mary of Nazareth Visit Our Lady's
Boston's newest religious order of women, the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, founded in 2011 by Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, joined us for our 9 am Mass on Jan. 31 as we celebrated the beginning of Catholic Schools Week.
The Daughters of Mary live together in a convent in Quincy and their ministry is focused on spreading God's love through corporal and spiritual works of mercy throughout the Archdiocese of Boston.
 

 
Holy Family Statue Installed
 
The wait is over! The Holy Family Statue is now in place at the main entrance to Our Lady’s Academy. Thank you to all who were involved in this process.
 
Fr. DiPerri blessed the statue with the Our Lady's Academy children and with our Religious Ed Children just before Christmas.
    
    Cardinal O'Malley Thanks Parishioner for Her Service
At a recent gathering at the Archdiocese Pastoral Center in Braintree, Cardinal Sean O’Malley recognized Diane LeBlanc, long time Our Lady’s parishioner and current Vice Chair of our Parish Pastoral Council for her service to the Church of Boston. In January, 2012, Diane was appointed by the Cardinal to a four year term on the Archdiocese Pastoral Council (APC) a group that meets with the Cardinal on a regular basis regarding issues of pastoral concern. As part of her assignment Diane 
did outreach to nine parishes, including the five Catholic parishes in Waltham. She also served as the Chair of the Archdiocese Pastoral Council’s Communications Committee and as a member of the Steering Committee. The Cardinal thanked Diane for her advice and leadership and presented her with a gift of blessed rosary beads.
 
New Stained Glass Window Installed
The common comments from many who were present at the lighting of the new stain glass window last
weekend….“breathtaking” - “wow."
 
 
The gasps and applause from folks when it was lit made the long awaited process worth while. Thank you to all who were involved to help make this blessing to our parish church happen, from those who donated to those who installed it. THANK YOU!
 
 
Visitors to the Parish Offices: Note Parking Lot Rules (Mon-Fri)
Parishioners who have business in the Parish Offices during the week must use the main parking lot and enter through the new main entrance to the school. (The entrance to the Parish Offices behind the school will be closed during construction of the new Science and Music rooms.) Please respect the rules of the parking lot so no one gets hurt, especially during morning arrival and afternoon departure of students and buses and at mid-day recess:
  • School buses and parents in cars will drop students off between 7:30-8:10 am Monday through Friday.
  • Please be aware that the students use part of the parking lot for their mid-day recess time.
  • DO NOT DRIVE BEYOND the row of orange cones.
  • School buses and parents will be taking students home during dismissal between 2:15-2:45 pm.
 Please click on the diagram above for more detailed information about the Parking Lot rules.
 
     
Phase 1, which was completed this spring, includes the new main entrance to the school, new school administrative offices, and a Parish conference room for meetings. Enter here to visit the Parish Offices       Phase 2: This is an artist's rendering from the back of the school, showing the entrance to the Parish Offices and the new Science and Music rooms on the 2nd floor. The construction is expected to be completed in early winter.
New Confessional
The new Confessional/Reconciliation Room is officially open for all regular confessions every Saturday from 3:15-3:45pm. It offers the options of both anonymous and face-to-face confessions. This room has been skillfully crafted and professionally sound proofed. The prior Reconciliation Room will remain functional and will be used for special occasions. Please avail yourself to receive the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.  
New Crucifix   
The Crucifix, as noted in the photographs, will be placed above the church’s altar around the time of the installation of the new stainglass windows that will be situated above the church’s tabernacle, where Christ is enthroned in the Eucharist. This beautifully crafted and recently restored wooden cross has been donated to us by the Archdiocese of Boston that once graced St. James Church in Wellesley. This crucifix highlights the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, as it will appropriately tie together the Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated on the altar below it. This development was announced at all the weekend Masses of September 19/20, along with the showing of our new crucifix. The children of Our Lady’s Academy our Religious Ed Program participated in the pre-unveiling of the restored crucifix that same week.
 
 
 
Our current cross of Jesus as High Priest, (right), will be relocated to the interior front entrance of the church, (left), and will be situated above the center doorway. The new location of this beautiful sacred image will further highlight the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we go out of the church and into the world each time the Mass has ended.

Our current cross of Jesus as High Priest, (right), will be relocated to the interior front entrance of the church, (left), and will be situated above the center doorway. The new location of this beautiful sacred image will further highlight the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we go out of the church and into the world each time the Mass has ended.

Church Cleaning Ministry 
Thank you to the helpers who have been helping in our “Church Cleaning Ministry.”  We could surely use more hands. Those interested in helping “clean” our church, please meet us in the church on Monday, March 21, 2016, at 6:00pm. The mission is to dust the sills, statues, tables, pews etc. If you would like to be part of the ministry to help clean God’s home, come and join us. If you would like more information call Sharon in the parish office 781-894-3481 x2 or email parish@olca.org or sharonmicco@yahoo.com. 
Inclement Weather and Mass Cancellations
We will continue our policy of not having weekday 8 am Mass when Waltham Public Schools are delayed or closed due to extreme weather conditions and public safety issues such as improperly cleared roads and sidewalks. While great effort is made to clear parish property, the timing of the storm and its intensity make it prudent to take these precautions for the safety of those considering attending weekday Mass. During school vacation week, if a Mass is canceled due to weather, it will be put on our Parish answering machine (781-894-3491).
If Waltham Schools are closed on a Wednesday during Lent, there will be NO Stations or Confessions that night. 
 
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 2016 dates for Our Lady’s at Bristol Lodge are xxx. Contact the Parish Office or see the Social Justice Ministries page for more information. 
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, April 17, 2016, 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 at781-894-3481 ext. 3, or religiouseducation@olca.org or Sharon Micco in the Parish Office 781-894-3481 ext. 2 or parish@olca.org.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Contact Us

Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish

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

parish@olca.org