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Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Hawker, Fr. English,
Seminarian Patrick Fiorillo,
and our parish s
taff... 
 
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
 
 
           Contact Us
Latest News
Weekly Bulletin
This week's bulletin is available on our Bulletins and Updates page.
Religious Ed for 2015-2016: Catechists Needed
To plan for a new year with a quality program and make it a positive experience for new families, we are especially in need of two Grade 1 teachers for our Religious Ed program. We do have some interest from those who will help as aides in the classrooms. We would love to find those willing to share faith with the young children of our parish community. Guidance and materials will be offered to those willing to do this important work of sharing your faith. If you are willing to help, we are willing to accommodate schedules. We especially need two first grade teachers. Please contact John Barry, Coordinator of Religious Education at 781-894-3481x3 or religiouseducation@olca.org.
 
Registration: Due Immediately
Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 Religious Ed year, which begins on Sept. 13 for Grades 1-8 and on Sept. 20 for Grades 9-10 (Confirmation class). Download the Registration form and Letter to Parents and return the registration form to the Parish Office now. See our Religious Education page for more information and for the schedules for the year for Gr. 1-8 and Gr. 9-10.

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.
 
Virtus Training: Aug. 27 and Aug. 29
All who teach or volunteer with children at Our Lady's Parish or at Our Lady's Academy are required to attend the VIRTUS: Protecting God's Children training session and are required to have a CORI check done. After you attend the session, you will receive a certificate, which will be kept on file in the Parish Office. You only need to attend this training once; you do not need to attend each year. Please see the Virtus Training page for the schedule of training sessions and more information. 
Phase 2: School Building Project - Aug 3
Enter Parish Offices through New Main Entranceway (until Phase 2 is completed)
Construction of the new Science Lab and Music Room at Our Lady's Academy began on Aug. 3. During this Phase 2 of construction, the entrance to the Parish Offices at the back of the school will be temporarily closed. To enter the Parish Offices, use the school's new main entranceway (shown below on the left), which was completed during Phase 1 of the School Building Project. Once school is back in session, we will communicate more detailed instructions for parking and entering the building, especially during morning arrival and afternoon departure of students and buses.
     
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.       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.

Phase 2 will include the new Science Lab and Music room, which are being constructed from the far end of the school's second floor and out over a section of the new Parish Center. Construction is expected to last through the fall and into early winter. Read Fr. DiPerri's letter to the Parish about Phase 2 of the Building Project. 
Church Sidewalks to be Replaced in August 
The sidewalks along both sides of the church are being replaced during August following a review of construction bids. Construction began on August 17. Upon completion, this work will improve pedestrian accessibility as well as enhance the parish property. Funds for this project will come from the contributions of parishioners who gave to the Restricted Church Building Fund last year.
 

           
 
The Restricted Church Building Fund remains open to additional contributions as we progress toward addressing maintenance issues, as well making improvements to the church property. Outdoor Stations of the Cross are being planned for around the church building at some point following this work, as announced when the Restricted Church Building Fund was established.
Parishioner Jackie Zuppe, Sister of Life
Jackie Zuppe became a Sister of Life Saturday, July 25, 2015. Jackie, shown here with her classmates (top row, 2nd from right), has been given the religious name Sister Maria Frassati as she continues her religious formation in her journey as a woman religious, or nun. God bless and congratulations! 
 
 
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):
 
Aug 24 -- Church Cleaning Ministry. Meet in the church at 6pm to help dust the sills, pews, statues, tables, etc.
Aug 27 -- Virtus training 6:30-8:30pm in new conference room at OLA; required of all who work with children. Enter through the new main entranceway.
Aug 29 -- Virtus training 10am to 12 noon; new conf. room at OLA. See our Virtus Training page for more info.
Sept. 12 -- KofC Pasta Dinner in the OLA cafeteria immediately following the 4 pm Mass. Featuring Waltham's own Nonchalant. Adults $12; Children 6-15 yrs $5; Family Price: 2 adults and children $25. Tickets available after masses or by contacting the Parish Office.
Sept. 13 -- Next 1000 Club drawing at 12:30 pm in the school cafeteria. See the 1000 Club page for info. 
Oct  17 -- Cruise the Spirit of Boston: Bus leaves Our Lady's 9:45am; board ship 11am; cruise from 12-2pm. $80/person includes bus, cruise, and lunch on board. Contact Sharon 781-894-3481 to sign up.                 

Please see our Recent Events page
for photos from our recent Parish outing to Charlestown, which included a tour of the Navy Yard, the Bunker Hill Monument, and visits to two Charlestown churches.
See our Altar Servers page for photos from a recent outing to Georges Island with middle school and high school altar servers.
 
Gardening Angels
Please join our Gardening Angel group on Wednesdays during the summer at 6:00 pm. We meet at the Our Lady's garden and work to enhance our beautiful church property with planting, watering and light maintenance. No experience needed! Contact Joyce Gianfelice at resolute107@verizon.net with any questions. 
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, Aug 24 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. 
Cardinal's Statement on Pope Francis's Encyclical:
Laudato Si: Protecting Our Common Home and the Dignity of the Poor 
(Boston - June 18, 2015) - I welcome with joy and gratitude the encyclical letter, "Laudato Si" ("Praise be to You") on the urgent human, moral and religious issue of the environment. The first pope to take the name of Francis opens the letter with a phrase from St. Francis of Assisi whose spirit and vision is evident throughout the encyclical. (click here to continue)
  
Patrick Botti - Our New Director of Music Ministries
We are pleased to announce that Patrick Botti has accepted the position of Director of Music Ministries beginning September 1. Patrick is also excited to return to the position he left in 2007. Read more on our Adult Choir page.
OLA 8th Graders Travel to Washington, D.C.
The Class of 2015 from Our Lady's Academy recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for their class trip and visited the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with Fr. DiPerri and Seminarian Patrick Fiorillo.
 
50th Anniversary Mass and Reception for OLCA/OLA
On June 6, current students and alumni and faculty gathered together for mass and to celebrate 50 years of Catholic education at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted school and Our Lady's Academy. See our Recent Events page for more photos.
Thank You for Supporting Our Troops
Thank you to everyone who donated items such as deodorants, shampoo, soap, lotion, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, shaving cream, disposable razors, hard
candy, foil packs of food... Volunteers packaged up all off the items and sent them off to parishioner Sgt. Ian Wagoner’s troop. Thank you for your continued support of our troops.
Congratulations to Fr. Ramon Garcia
Congratulations to Fr. Ramon Garcia, who was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford on May 16 in a ceremony led by Archbishop Leonard Blair at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Conn. Fr. Ramon celebrated his first mass at his home parish, St. Matthew Church, in Forestville, Conn., on May 17. On the weekend of May 23-24, Fr. Ramon celebrated all of the Masses at Our Lady’s in Waltham. See the Recent Events page for photos of the reception we held for him after the 11 am Mass. We wish him all the best and ask that God continue to guide him on his faith journey. (Click here for more photos from his first mass at his home parish.)
 
     
 Fr. Ramon's family Fr. Ramon preparing for
his first Mass at
St. Matthew Church  
 
Fr. Ramon with his mother,
Fr. DiPerri, and
Carol and Carmen Quintiliani
 
Stained Glass Window for Our Altar
The new stained-glass window is due to be installed sometime in the fall 2015 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.
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. 
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, Sept. 13, 2015, 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