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



 

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: Registration Open / Catechists Needed
Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 Religious Ed year, which begins in September. We meet on Sunday mornings from 10-11:15 a.m. during the school year. Download the Registration form and Letter to Parents and return the registration form to the Parish Office by June 30, 2015. See our Religious Education page for more information.

We are in need of CCD catechists for Grades 1 through 8:
To plan for a new CCD year with a quality program and make it a positive experience for new families, we are especially in need of two Grade 1 teachers. 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 781-894-3481
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.
 
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 4 -- OLCA volunteers preparing and serving dinner at Bristol Lodge. (See our Social Justice Ministries page for more info.)
Aug 9 -- 1000 Club Drawing at 12:30pm in the OLA cafeteria. 
Aug 27 -- Virtus training 6:30-8:30pm in new conference room at OLA; required of all who work with children. Enter through the main doors by St. Joseph Chapel.
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. More details to come
 
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. 
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 three helpers that showed to start our “Church Cleaning Ministry.” We met this past Monday to start the process. We will meet again on Monday, July 27 and every other Monday there after and could surely use more hands. Those interested in helping “clean” our church, please meet us in the church on Monday, July 27 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 June 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.
   
   
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
. 
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, June 14 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. 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