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

 

Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Hawker, Fr. English,
Deacon Ramon Garcia, Seminarian Patrick Fiorillo,
and Our Lady's
Parish and Our Lady's Academy Staff...

...Wish you and your family a joyous New Year!

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. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Grand Annual fund. We collected $130,305. See the Grand Annual page for details.
 
Season of Lent  
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. Please see our Season of Lent page for complete information about Lenten Guidelines and our schedule of services.
 
Confessions will be heard every Wednesday during Lent from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Wednesday at 6:30 pm.
Soup before Stations To help folks attend Stations of the Cross without having to go home from work first then come back out, the OLCA Activities Committee is providing hot soup in the back of the church before Stations on Wednesdays from 5:45pm to 6:20pm. All are welcome!      
Double 1000 Club on March 8
The February 1000 Club drawing, originally scheduled for Feb. 8 and then moved to Feb. 15, is being moved again -- to March 8. We will hold two drawings on March 8 -- the first drawing will begin at 12:30, which will be the February drawing. We will then have a 15/20 minute break, put the numbers purchased for the February drawing back on the board and then open it up to begin the March drawing.
Ham-A-Rama March 28: Donations Needed
The tickets for Ham-a-Rama have been mailed out. Donations are needed now. Ham-a-Rama is only 4 weeks away. Please bring your donations in to the Parish Office now so as not to wait till the last minute. Balloons: Gift cards of $20 or more are welcome as well for the balloons. Bake Sale: If you would like to bake for Ruby’s bake sale during the Ham-a-Rama, please contact Ruby at 781-893-1131.

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
. 

Women’s Bible Study for Lent 
Interested in doing a little something extra this Lent? Why not try out our Women’s Bible Study group. You don't have to make it to all 6 meetings in order to participate. You can still join us! This is an informal, relaxed meeting of women interested in sharing faith and friendship by studying the Bible together. We will meet on Tuesday mornings 8:30 am to 10 am for 6 weeks beginning on Feb. 24. For our Lenten Bible study we will use the 6 week study, “Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving,” by Kevin Perrotta, an award winning Catholic journalist.  Non-school age children/babies are welcome to join you. Please contact Tara Rohatgi at 781-891-0696 or tara.rohatgi@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.
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):
 
March 8 -- Girl Scout Sunday -- All Girl Scouts are welcome to join us at the 9 am Mass as we will celebrate Girl Scout Sunday. Please wear your GS uniform so you can be recognized.
March 8 -- 1000 Club Double Drawing at 12:30 pm in the cafeteria. We are having both the February and March drawings
March 21/22 -- Dominican Sisters Bake Sale: They will be selling baked goods after all masses; proceeds will be used to buy medical supplies for their mission to support the lepers.
March 21 -- Knights Pasta Dinner at 5pm in Our Lady's cafeteria. Entertainment: Mel Simons -- All Things Irish! 
March 28 -- Ham-a-Rama at 5pm. Donations needed: gift cards, cases of soda, raffle baskets, etc. Drop your donations off at the Parish Office.                     
April 7 -- Serving at Bristol Lodge -- Our Lady's volunteer group will be serving dinner at the Bristol Lodge in Waltham (in the basement of Immanuel United Methodist Church, 545 Moody St. Enter via the Cherry Street side door.)
March 21: Save the Date for KofC Pasta Dinner
The Knights of Columbus Council invites all parishioners to our next Pasta Dinner in the Parish Hall on Saturday, March 21, 2015, immediately following the 4 pm Mass. Entertainment by Mel Simons -- Everthing Irish! Save the date!
March for Life
In January a group of students and parishioners traveled with others from the Archdiocese of Boston and thousands of others from all over the country to Washington DC for the annual March for Life.
Pizza Party
The Youth Choir and their parents recently had a pizza party at the rectory and shared an evening of fellowship and fun!
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.
Elisabeth Fahrig, New Parish Music Director
(Jan. 11, 2015) -- We are please to announce that Elisabeth Fahrig, who has assisted us these past few months as organist, has accepted the position to serve as the Parish Music Director effective January 31, 2015. (For more on Elisabeth, please see our Adult Choir page.)

We would like to sincerely thank all of the organists who have also assisted these past few months: Mary Kantor, Steve Sussman, Paul Huberdeau, Kiko Drzymalski, Dan Drzymalski, and Monika Drzymalski. Your help and support has been most appreciated. We would also like to thank Elizabeth Smith, who currently serves as co-director of the children’s choir and has temporarily assisted the adult choir over the past few months.
Coats for Kids Program a Big Success
Our parish Knights of Columbus Council participated for the second year in the “Coats for Kids” program run by the Knights of Columbus. This year we were able to raise enough money to buy four dozen coats and in addition the State Council gave us an addition THREE DOZEN coats. All 84 coats are for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 10. They have been distributed to one shelter, four elementary schools and two St. Vincent DePaul Societies (the one here at Our Lady’s and the one at St. Mary’s). Thanks to all who donated and all who worked to make this happen.
Extension to School and Parish Offices
Construction of the new entranceway and offices began in late summer 2014. The new design will create a new centralized school entranceway with modern offices for the principal and school secretary, storage space for school records and materials, and will enhance school security. The extension will also include a new Parish Meeting Room with a kitchenette, available for both school and parish meetings. The first floor meeting room will also be handicapped-accessible and will have access to the St. Joseph Chapel.                                
Click on the image above for a larger view of the artist's rendering of the addition. See the new School and Parish Extension page for more photos and a complete history of the project.
                       
                       


Construction began in August and with the great weather had in the fall, the project was well underway at the end of September. By December, most of the exterior is done and work continues on the interior.
                                                                                           
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.
 
 
Congratulations, Ramon!
Ramon Garcia was ordained on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, as a transitional deacon in preparation for priestly ministry. His ordination took place in his home archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Ramon, a student at St. John Seminary, is assigned to Our Lady's Parish for weekend ministry as he anticipates priestly ordination this coming May. God bless you, Ramon, for your service and dedication to God and His Church.      ~Fr DiPerri
 
Ramon is a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Hartford who is in his fourth year of Theological studies at St. John's Seminary in Boston. He is in preparation to be ordained a Priest in May 2015. He has been with us on weekends since the fall of this year and is very excited to be worshiping with us at Our Lady's.
 
Ramon’s family is originally from Nicaragua, but Ramon was born in the US and grew up in Bristol, Conn. He has two brothers and a sister. Prior to entering the seminary, Ramon studied Mathematical Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of Connecticut and University of North Carolina and did research at the Environmental Protection Agency in Durham, NC. Ramon cites his love of the Mass and the example of his parents, priests, and the saints as inspiration for responding to the call of the priesthood. Ramon’s favorite passage from the Bible is Mark 9:24 "I believe, help my unbelief." 
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
The words THANK YOU seem to be two simple words and sometimes it feels saying them just isn’t enough. But I want to thank EVERYONE who was involved in this year’s Turkey-Rama fundraiser which was held last Saturday. What a turnout! The place was packed and everyone had a great time. It was a huge success. We are still working out the numbers and when we have a final tally, we will share it with you. An event such as this cannot succeed without the 
  For more pictures from this year's Turkey-Rama, held on Sat. Nov. 22, 2014, please see our Recent Events page.   
many volunteers that come forward to help, without those who make the beautiful donations and for those of you who attend that night and give so generously. We have over 75 people who work the day and night of the event and we give away 521 prizes! Truly amazing. Again, thank you all and may God bless you and your family this Christmas Season. ~Sharon Micco
 
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, February 8 at 12:30 pm. Join us! 
Religious Ed Programfor 2014-2015
Our 2014-2015-2014 CCD year began in September. See our Religious Education page for more information and schedules.

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.

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 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.

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