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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.
 
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley's Statement on South Carolina Tragedy
We join all people of faith and good will in prayerful solidarity with the Emanuel AME Church congregation and community of Charleston during this time of loss and heartache. It is foundational to our country’s heritage that places of worship always be sanctuaries of prayer, safety and peace. We must reject these senseless acts of hatred and brutality in society. Commending the victims of this attack to God’s loving mercy, we pray for healing through the words of the Prayer of Saint Francis:
 
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
 
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.

The Holy Father has given us a powerful, careful, prayerful analysis of two great ideas. The first idea, "Our Common Home," the phrase he uses to describe the environment; the "home" for the human family is in severe danger and needs immediate protection and healing at the global, national and local levels of life. The second idea is that while the threatened state of the environment is a universal challenge affecting us all, those most in danger in the present and future are those already poor and vulnerable, within states and across the globe.

This constant linkage throughout the encyclical of the dual need to respect and protect "Our Common Home" and the need to respect and protect the dignity and lives of the poor may be regarded as the distinctive characteristic of this powerful message of Pope Francis. (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:
 
It is with great pleasure that I have accepted the position of Director of Music Ministries here at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish starting September 1st. I am very excited and very happy about it. Our Lady’s has been my parish of heart for 23 years. I was its music director, and many of you have known me for a very long time. The parish has evolved and grown since my leaving in 2007. It always was a wonderful and very prayerful parish. Fr. DiPerri and the lay leaders and ministers supporting him have made it an even healthier and vibrant community of faith. Its ministries are active and successful and its school is thriving... (Read more on our Adult Choir page.) 
Religious Ed Program for 2015-2016
Registration is now open for the 2015-2016 Religious Ed year, which begins in September. 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 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 at781-894-3481
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.
 
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.
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):
 
June 14 -- 1000 Club drawing at 12:30 pm in the school cafeteria. Join us!
June 19 -- OLA last day of school
July 12 -- 1000 Club drawing at 12:30 pm in the school cafeteria. Join us!
Aug 4 -- OLCA volunteers preparing and serving dinner at Bristol Lodge. (See our Social Justice Ministries page for more info.)
Aug 27 -- Virtus training 6:30-8:30pm in Room 114 at OLA; required of all who work with children.
Aug 29 -- Virtus training 10am to 12 noon; Rm 114 at OLA. See our Virtus Training page for more info
 
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
 
Women's Bible Study: New Sessions Begin April 29
Interested in meeting other women of faith? Why not try out our Women’s Bible Study group? This is an informal, relaxed meeting of women interested in sharing faith and friendship by studying the Bible together. For our Spring Bible Study we will use the 8 week study, “Courageous Love: A Bible Study on Holiness for Women,” by Stacy Mitch. We will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9-10:30 am at 52 Kendall Park (home of parishioner Lori Pasto) beginning on April 29 through June 17. It is not necessary to make it to all 8 meetings in order to participate. Non-school age children/babies are welcome to join you. Contact Tara Rohatgi if you are interested in joining us (tara.rohatgi@gmail.com)
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
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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