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

We wish you and your family
a very blessed and Happy Easter.

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
Season of Lent
Please see our Season of Lent page for more information on all our Lenten observances here at Our Lady's Parish. The schedule for Holy Week is as follows                      
 
Holy Week 2014
   April 14: Daily Mass at 9 am
   April 16: Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm
                  Confession at 6:30 pm
   April 17: Holy Thursday Mass at 7 pm
   April 18: Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Noon; Service at 7 pm
   April 19: Easter Vigil Mass at 7:30 pm (Note: there is no 4 pm Mass)
   April 20: Easter Sunday Mass at 9 am and 11 am
 
Weekly Bulletin
This week's bulletin is available on our Bulletins and Updates page
Ham-a-Rama: Thank You!
I write to thank all who helped make this year's Ham-a-Rama a success. So much work goes into this event and it is through the help of all those who volunteer that makes it possible. Thank you to everyone who had a part in the event itself and thank you to those who made the donations. With everyone working together, how can we fail! I truly appreciate the support of our parish. God Bless and Happy Easter.       ~Sharon Micco
Restricted Parish Building Fund
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the dedication of our current church structure, we are faced with the need to address some significant maintenance issues on our Church property as well as make other improvements to enhance the prayerful atmosphere here at Our Lady's Parish. We have an immediate need to replace the roof on our church, which will cost an estimated $100,000. We would also like to install more energy efficient lighting, beautify the Church's sanctuary, and install outdoor Stations of the Cross.
Please see Fr. DiPerri's letter outlining all of our needs and the newly established Restricted Parish Building Fund to pay for these projects. Our goal is to raise $150,000 for this fund (rather than to take out a loan and incur debt, particularly after the many years of hard work to put our Parish on sound financial footing). We are already well on our way to our goal, having raised $9,271 from the recent Winter Wonderland Calendar fundraiser and a generous gift from a parishioner for $10,000 towards the church's sanctuary improvements.
We are asking that every parishioner who is able to make a special Lenten/Easter Offering to support these projects. Please see our Donations page with complete information on how to contribute to the Restricted Parish Building Fund. Thank you and God Bless.
SAVE THE DATE: June 1 Mass and Reception for Our Lady's Alumni
Calling all graduates of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted School / Our Lady's Academy! We are working to reconnect with our alumni to solidify the legacy and excellence that has come to be identified with education at OLCA/OLA. Without you, our community is not complete!

We are hosting a Mass and reception for all graduates (and attendees) of OLCA/OLA at 9 am on Sunday, June 1. No matter when you attended, please join us in celebrating the legacy that built the foundation for our school today. All are welcome. Please RSVP for the June 1 celebration at http://tinyurl.com/OLA-OLCAalumnimass.

Please follow the link below to confirm your contact information, share your interests, and reminisce a bit, perhaps share with us a memory of your favorite teacher. We would love to hear from you via our online survey. Please visit this website: http://tinyurl.com/OurLadysAcademy.
Womens Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study has started a new session. This is a relaxed, informal group of women interested in sharing faith and friendship while learning more about the bible together. We will be offering two meeting times: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 8:30-10am in the Parish Center (across from Sharon's office; park in the driveway behind the school) and on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings 7-8:30 pm at the home of parishioner, Lori Pasto, 52 Kendall Park in Waltham. If interested in joining OR for cancellation of sessions, please call Sharon in the Parish Office.
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): 
                         
 
April 12 -- Ham-a-Rama at 5 pm in the Parish Hall. Donations needed -- contact Sharon 781-894-3481. Bake sale items needed -- call Ruby Leeber 781-893-1131.
April 19 -- Private showing of Son of God at 12:30 pm at the Woburn Showcase Cinema. Tickets are $10. Bus leaves Our Lady's parking lot at 11:30am. Contact Sharon Micco to reserve a seat.
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.
Our Lady's Alumni
Calling all graduates of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted School / Our Lady's Academy! We are working to reconnect with our alumni to solidify the legacy and excellence that has come to be identified with education at OLCA/OLA. Without you, our community is not complete! Please follow the link below to confirm your contact information, share your interests, and reminisce a bit, perhaps share with us a memory of your favorite teacher. We would love to hear from you via our online survey. Please visit this website: http://tinyurl.com/OurLadysAcademy.
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, April 7 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.

Catholic TV
Daily Mass


Nov. 26, 2013 --

Fr. DiPerri celebrated Mass at the Catholic TV studios in Watertown accompanied by lectors, altars servers, and parishioners from
Our Lady's Parish.
 
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.

Religious Ed Program 
Our 2013-2014 CCD year began on Sunday, September 8. Welcome to all the returning families and welcome to all the new families. 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. 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.
Religious Education (CCD):
For more information on our Religious Ed program, including registration and class schedule for this year, please see our Religious Education page.
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.
Opportunities for Service
In addition to Religious Education volunteers, there are other opportunities to serve Our Lady's Parish community as well. Please see this list of Opportunities for Service or for more information, contact John Barry at 781-894-3481 ext. 3, or religiouseducation@olca.org.
Grand Annual
Our Grand Annual collection makes up for the shortfall of Sunday collections and pays for the upkeep and maintenance of our parish. This year's Grand Annual mailing has been sent out. Sustained funding remains essential to continue providing a vibrant faith community. More information on the state of the parish and this year's Grand Annual is available on our Bulletins and Updates page.
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
.
 
No on Question 2: No to Physician-Assisted Suicide
Fr. DiPerri sends a sincere thank you to all parishioners for their help in defeating Ballot Question 2. Please see his Thank You Letter here. Also, Cardinal Sean O'Malley has issued a statement about Tuesday's vote in defeat of Ballot Question 2.  Please see our No on Question 2 page for the full text of his statement.
EFT
Please use Electronic Funds Transfer for your weekly and monthly contributions.  Please send the form to Sharon after filling it out.

 


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