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.
 
Lent begins on Feb. 10
Ashes will be distributed on Ash Wednesday (February 10, 2016) after all Masses:
9 am Mass
12 noon Mass
6:30 pm Mass
Please see our Season of Lent page for complete schedule of masses and services during Lent.  
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 (781-894-3491).
If Waltham Schools are closed on a Wednesday during Lent, there will be NO Stations or Confessions that night. 
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):
 
Feb. 10 - Ash Wednesday: Please see our Season of Lent page for complete schedule of masses and services throughout Lent. 
Feb. 13 - Adoration, Prayer, and Reflection 3:15-3:45 pm - with Patrick Fiorillo before the 4pm Mass. Upcoming dates include Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 12, April 2, April 16, April 23. All are welcome!
Feb. 17 - Stations of the Cross and Confessions will be held each Wednesday night during Lent at 6:30pm beginning Feb. 17.
Feb. 17 - 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 6:15pm. All are welcome! 
Feb. 27 - Knights of Columbus Pasta Dinner 5 pm in the Our Lady's cafeteria. More details to come. 
Daughters of Mary of Nazareth Visit Our Lady's
Boston's newest religious order of women, the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, founded in 2011 by Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, joined us for our 9 am Mass on Jan. 31 as we celebrated the beginning of Catholic Schools Week.
The Daughters of Mary live together in a convent in Quincy and their ministry is focused on spreading God's love through corporal and spiritual works of mercy throughout the Archdiocese of Boston.
 

Ham-a-Rama **Date Changed** to April 10 at 3pm
Ham-a-Rama has been moved to April 10 at 3 pm this year. With Easter being so early this year, we decided not to take a chance on Mother Nature dumping snow on us in March as in years past.
 
There will be raffle baskets and our newest opportunity to win called "Balloons, Balloons, Balloons," where you pick a balloon and you have a 1 out of 2 chance of winning a gift card worth $20 to $100. As always, we are asking parishioners for donations to the raffle basket table, the gift cards, and by purchasing cases of soda (Coke, Diet Coke, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sprite) or cases of water. Donations can be dropped off at the Parish Offices.
 
If you would like to donate something or have any questions, please contact Sharon Micco in the Parish Office at 781-894-3481.
 
Holy Family Statue Installed
 
The wait is over! The Holy Family Statue is now in place at the main entrance to Our Lady’s Academy. Thank you to all who were involved in this process.
 
Fr. DiPerri blessed the statue with the Our Lady's Academy children and with our Religious Ed Children just before Christmas.
    
    Cardinal O'Malley Thanks Parishioner for Her Service
At a recent gathering at the Archdiocese Pastoral Center in Braintree, Cardinal Sean O’Malley recognized Diane LeBlanc, long time Our Lady’s parishioner and current Vice Chair of our Parish Pastoral Council for her service to the Church of Boston. In January, 2012, Diane was appointed by the Cardinal to a four year term on the Archdiocese Pastoral Council (APC) a group that meets with the Cardinal on a regular basis regarding issues of pastoral concern. As part of her assignment Diane 
did outreach to nine parishes, including the five Catholic parishes in Waltham. She also served as the Chair of the Archdiocese Pastoral Council’s Communications Committee and as a member of the Steering Committee. The Cardinal thanked Diane for her advice and leadership and presented her with a gift of blessed rosary beads.
 
New Stained Glass Window Installed
The common comments from many who were present at the lighting of the new stain glass window last
weekend….“breathtaking” - “wow."
 
 
The gasps and applause from folks when it was lit made the long awaited process worth while. Thank you to all who were involved to help make this blessing to our parish church happen, from those who donated to those who installed it. THANK YOU!
 
 
Visitors to the Parish Offices: Note Parking Lot Rules (Mon-Fri)
Parishioners who have business in the Parish Offices during the week must use the main parking lot and enter through the new main entrance to the school. (The entrance to the Parish Offices behind the school will be closed during construction of the new Science and Music rooms.) Please respect the rules of the parking lot so no one gets hurt, especially during morning arrival and afternoon departure of students and buses and at mid-day recess:
  • School buses and parents in cars will drop students off between 7:30-8:10 am Monday through Friday.
  • Please be aware that the students use part of the parking lot for their mid-day recess time.
  • DO NOT DRIVE BEYOND the row of orange cones.
  • School buses and parents will be taking students home during dismissal between 2:15-2:45 pm.
 Please click on the diagram above for more detailed information about the Parking Lot rules.
 
     
Phase 1, which was completed this spring, includes the new main entrance to the school, new school administrative offices, and a Parish conference room for meetings. Enter here to visit the Parish Offices       Phase 2: This is an artist's rendering from the back of the school, showing the entrance to the Parish Offices and the new Science and Music rooms on the 2nd floor. The construction is expected to be completed in early winter.
New Confessional
The new Confessional/Reconciliation Room is officially open for all regular confessions every Saturday from 3:15-3:45pm. It offers the options of both anonymous and face-to-face confessions. This room has been skillfully crafted and professionally sound proofed. The prior Reconciliation Room will remain functional and will be used for special occasions. Please avail yourself to receive the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.  
New Crucifix   
The Crucifix, as noted in the photographs, will be placed above the church’s altar around the time of the installation of the new stainglass windows that will be situated above the church’s tabernacle, where Christ is enthroned in the Eucharist. This beautifully crafted and recently restored wooden cross has been donated to us by the Archdiocese of Boston that once graced St. James Church in Wellesley. This crucifix highlights the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, as it will appropriately tie together the Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated on the altar below it. This development was announced at all the weekend Masses of September 19/20, along with the showing of our new crucifix. The children of Our Lady’s Academy our Religious Ed Program participated in the pre-unveiling of the restored crucifix that same week.
 
 
 
Our current cross of Jesus as High Priest, (right), will be relocated to the interior front entrance of the church, (left), and will be situated above the center doorway. The new location of this beautiful sacred image will further highlight the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we go out of the church and into the world each time the Mass has ended.

Our current cross of Jesus as High Priest, (right), will be relocated to the interior front entrance of the church, (left), and will be situated above the center doorway. The new location of this beautiful sacred image will further highlight the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we go out of the church and into the world each time the Mass has ended.

Religious Ed for 2015-2016: Thank You
Thank you to those who came forward last weekend to volunteer to be catechists and teach our children. We now have a full staff and are grateful for each and every one of our volunteer teachers and aides. It is so important that we share our faith with the young children of our parish community because they are our future. With everyone’s busy schedules, it is most important to keep CHRIST as the center of our lives. We look forward to a great year of faith sharing. God Bless.
~John Barry, Coordinator of Religious Education at 781-894-3481x3 or religiouseducation@olca.org.
Registration Closes Sept. 30
Classes began on Sept. 13 for Grades 1-8 and on Sept. 20 for Grades 9-10 (Confirmation class). Registration for classes for grades 1-8 will close on Wednesday, September 30. If your child is participating in a sport and plans on attending CCD when that sport concludes, a registration form needs to be filled out and returned to the Parish Office no later than September 30. Thank you for your cooperation. Download the Registration form and Letter to Parents and return the registration form to the Parish Office now. See our Religious Education page for more information and for the schedules for the year for Gr. 1-8 and Gr. 9-10.

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.
Church Sidewalks Replaced in August 
The sidewalks along both sides of the church were replaced during August following a review of construction bids. Construction began on August 17. Upon completion, this work will improve pedestrian accessibility as well as enhance the parish property. Funds for this project will come from the contributions of parishioners who gave to the Restricted Church Building Fund last year.
 

           
 
The Restricted Church Building Fund remains open to additional contributions as we progress toward addressing maintenance issues, as well making improvements to the church property. Outdoor Stations of the Cross are being planned for around the church building at some point following this work, as announced when the Restricted Church Building Fund was established.
Parishioner Jackie Zuppe, Sister of Life
Jackie Zuppe became a Sister of Life Saturday, July 25, 2015. Jackie, shown here with her classmates (top row, 2nd from right), has been given the religious name Sister Maria Frassati as she continues her religious formation in her journey as a woman religious, or nun. God bless and congratulations! 
 
 
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, Aug 24 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. 
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
 
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, Dec. 13, 2015, 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