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, 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.
 
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
Sept. 19: Tour of Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Mission Church
If you joined us on our Boston Trolley Tour and enjoyed it, DON’T MISS OUT on our next trip on Friday, September 19. The trip will be lead by Fr. Hawker, who was a native of the Cathedral Parish; also joining will be Fr. DiPerri. We will visit the Cathedral in Boston’s South End where Mass will be celebrated, have lunch at Maggiano’s Restaurant, and then continue on to Mission Church in Roxbury. The cost of the trip is $63 and this includes a deluxe motor coach bus, tip, lunch, and donation to the Cathedral. We will be leaving from Our Lady’s parking lot at 8:45am and will return to Our Lady’s approximately 4:00pm It’s coming quick! Call Sharon in the Parish Office to make your reservation before the bus fills up. We had a waiting list on our last trip. It will be a great day.
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.
 
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.
Sept. 13: Knights of Columbus Pasta Dinner
Save the date! The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Pasta Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at 5 pm (immediately following the 4 pm Mass). The Knights will be selling tickets: $12 for adults / $5 for children / $25 for Family / Tables of 8 for $90. Entertainment for all ages by Tommy Smith. Click here for the flyer for the Pasta Dinner
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.
Activities & Events
Please see our new Parish Calendar where you can click on any upcoming event for more details (including flyers and links to sponsoring ministries):                                               
                       
Sept. 13 -- Knights of Columbus Pasta Dinner after the 4 o'clock mass. Save the date!
Sept. 14 -- Next drawing of the 1000 Club at 12:30 pm. Join us! See the 1000 Club page for more details. 
Sept. 19 -- Tour of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Mission Church with Fr. Hawker and Fr. DiPerri. Call Sharon in the Parish Office to sign up: 781-894-3481.
Oct. 4 -- Parish Dance from 7 to 11 pm in the Parish Hall. More details to come.
Dec. 13 -- Bus trip to NYC for the day. Cost is $64 per person if we get 30 people to sign up. Depart 6 am from Our Lady's and arrive back in Waltham at ~10pm.
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.
 
 
 
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