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



 

Fr. DiPerri, Fr. Hawker, Fr. English, Seminarians Dan and Mike
and our Parish and Academy staff wish you ...
 
... a very Happy 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. Please take the time to fill out a Registration/Census form so that we have an accurate sense of all of our parishioners.

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
Lenten Observances (see our Season of Lent page for more)
Ashes will be distributed on Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) after the 9 am Mass, after the 12 noon Liturgy of the Word, and after the 6:30 pm Mass.
Confessions will be heard every Wednesday during Lent from 6:30 to 7:30 pm beginning on March 8, 2017.
Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Wednesday at 6:30 pm beginning on March 8, 2017. This year the Stations of the Cross are dedicated in honor of Caroline Mei. Caroline is a long-time dedicated parishioner who has come a long way in her recovery. Caroline has lead our Stations the past few years and we will continue her good work.
Soup Served 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 6:15pm. All are welcome!
March 25: Knights of Columbus Pasta Dinner
The next K of C Pasta Dinner on March 25, 2017. Entertainment by the one and only "Elvis" (Mike Slater) Tickets on sale March 18-19 after Masses: $13 adults (2 for $25), Families (2 adults and children $25), Children $5 (age 5-16), Table of 8 adults ($95)
March 24-25: Prayer Vigil at St. Mary's in Waltham
St. Mary’s Parish in Waltham invites you to visit the 24 Hour Prayer Vigil beginning Friday, March 24 with noon Mass and ending at noon Saturday, March 25. Pope Francis asked for the Churches to stay open last year for 24 years to show the world that God desires to offer Mercy to all in need. The Year of Mercy came to an end last November but the Mercy of God is never ending. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions will be available throughout the Vigil. 
Inclement Weather and Mass Cancellations
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, a message will be put on our Parish answering machine (781-894-3481).
Ham-a-Rama is coming! April 8 at 5pm
You can bring in your donation any weekday between 8am-4pm. We are also in need of
gift cards for our tulip garden, any denomination from $25 and up. We need a minimum 100 gift
cards. Year after year you always come through. It is because of your dedication and commitment to Our Lady’s Parish that these events are so successful. I look forward to seeing you when you drop off your donations. Thank you in advance.
 
Bake Sale for Ham-a-Rama
One important part of our “Rama” fundraisers is the bake sale run by Ruby Leeber. If you would like to help fill her tables by baking, please call Ruby at 781-893-1131. Please wrap all items individually to sell. Thank you in advance for your help. 
Parish Database Update
We are updating our Parish database of parishioners and we need your help! As a standalone parish, it is critical that our parish membership database be as accurate and complete as possible. We ask that one member of every family fill out a registration/census form (found on the tables at all entrances to our church or available here by clicking on the Registration/Census Form). Please return the form to the Parish Office or drop it in a collection basket on Sunday asap. Thank you!
Young Cantor and Young Lector Workshop: March 25
Our Lady’s is hosting a Young Cantor and Young Lector workshop on Saturday, March 25th from 9:00-10:00am in the church. We would love to have more young cantors/singers (grades 5 and up) and young lectors/ readers (grades 3 and up) for our 9:00am Mass. Come and see what it would be like to be a reader and/or singer at Mass. We will have donuts and bagels for all who attend. We hope to see you there.
Our Lady's Photos on Facebook: Updates
Check out a bunch of updates from October events in the Parish including two Rosary prayer services, the annual Blessing of the Animals, and the Children's Choir pizza party. Also, don't forget to like Our Lady's on Facebook for announcements and photos from parish events! Click here to view our page and share with your friends.
Upcoming 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 25 - Pasta Dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus beginning at 5 pm in the cafeteria. with special guest entertainer. More details to follow.
 
Eucharistic Adoration

Thirsty Thursdays for Young Adults

All young adults are welcome to join Dan Zinger as he leads a half hour Eucharistic Adoration followed by fellowship on the second Thursday of the month in Our Lady's Church. The next Eucharistic Adoration will be held on Thursday evening, April 7, and later in the spring on May 11.) All young adults are invited and welcome!
Upcoming Holy Hours
Eucharistic adoration during Lent will be held on these dates Apr 7, Apr 10, Apr 12 - 6:30 PM. All are welcome.
Eucharistic adoration for families to pray for Vocations will be held on May 26 6:30 PM in the Our Lady's church.
Come, let us celebrate
the living water, Jesus Christ



OLA PTO: Spring Open Market / Craft Fair / Yard Sale on Sat. May 13
Our Lady’s Academy PTO is sponsoring a Spring Open Market/Craft Fair/Yard Sale/Flea Market on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 8:30am-2:30pm in Our Lady’s parking lot. All craft items, specialty goods, flea market and yard sale items welcome. Craft Vendors welcome. Vendors will be allocated a 10’x10’ area with one 8’ table and 2 chairs for $25.00. Vendors keep the proceeds of their sales. Applications and payment must be received by PTO by April 30 deadline. No rain date. In the event of rain, all tables will be placed indoors. Email OLA.PTO.Waltham@gmail.com for application and more information. 
Religious Education 2016-2017: Important Dates
 
Both Religious Education schedules for the 2016-2017 year are now available: Grades 1-8 and Grades 9-10 (Confirmation Classes) contain all important dates and details. Our schedule is also posted on our Parish Calendar online. (If there is a discrepancy between the paper schedule and the online Calendar, please follow the online Calendar.)
 
Grades 1-8 begins with 9 am Mass. Following Mass, all students go to their grade level classroom for instruction until dismissal at 11:15 am.
Grades 9-10 begins with classroom instruction at 9:50 am. Students are expected to attend the 11 am Mass after class each week.
 
Additional information is available on the Religious Education page. Please contact Felicia Forger, director of Religious Education, with any questions.
Photos of our Newly Renovated Eucharistic Chapel
Click here to see photos of the beautiful chapel at Our Lady's Academy. 
Recent Events
There is always a lot happening at Our Lady's Parish! See our Facebook page for more photos of these events.
 
Adult Volunteers Needed to Serve the Homeless on Saturdays and Sundays
The Community Day Center of Waltham is seeking volunteers to serve brunch to the area’s homeless population on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30a.m. to 11:00a.m. at the Center’s 16 Felton Street location. The Community Day Center is the only entity serving food during the breakfast/lunch time on Saturday and Sundays. Without this service there will be a significant gap. In order to continue this program, we need more volunteers. Most of the food items are provided by others, but they need to be prepared/served. There is a minimum commitment of one shift per month. Training will be provided. If you like to cook and help others and want to join our team of volunteers, please contact Diane Walsh at dwalsh@dbslawfirm.com.
 
Blessing of the New Cross above Main Entrance to Our Lady’s Academy
 
A new cross was installed above the main entrance to Our Lady’s Academy and was blessed by Fr. DiPerri in a ceremony with students in our Religious Ed program and Our Lady's Academy.

   
Recent Events
There is always a lot happening at Our Lady's Parish! See our Recent Events page for more photos of these events.
 
Altar Server Pizza Party  Jazz Band Performance Wildcats Basketball Breakfast 
     
 
Church Cleaning Ministry 
Thank you to the helpers who have been helping in our “Church Cleaning Ministry.”  We could surely use more hands. Those interested in helping “clean” our church, please meet us in the church on Monday, March 21, 2016, 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. 
Inclement Weather and Mass Cancellations
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 (781-894-3481).
If Waltham Schools are closed on a Wednesday during Lent, there will be NO Stations or Confessions that night. 
 
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 or renew your membership, please contact Sharon in the parish office (781-894-3481). Our next drawing is Sunday, Feb 12, 2017, 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. Please see the Virtus Training page for more information if you have not yet attended. If you should have any questions, please contact Sharon in the Parish Office.

Parish Registration & Envelopes
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