News and Upcoming Events

Here you will find announcements of upcoming events, as well as news and photos of ongoing and recent events.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

HAM-A-RAMA UPDATE

Due to the uncertainty of when everything will be re-opened and back to somewhat normal, we are postponing the Ham-a-Rama scheduled for April 25, 2020. 

PLEASE continue to mail in your tickets as the event WILL HAPPEN, it is just a matter of when. 

Also, please still make the donations you planned on making once the office re-opens as we will resume planning for the event when that happens.  

Thank you for your continued support of Our Lady's and let us continue to pray for one another.

 

 

 

 

 

RECENT HAPPENINGS AT OUR LADY'S

Fire Truck Pictures

During our recent fire inspection at Our Lady's Academy, part of the Kindergarten class was lucky enough to take some pictures on the truck.  We thank Waltham Fire and Waltham Police for always keeping us safe.

 

GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Last Sunday, March 8, the Girls Scouts from Waltham celebrated the 11:00am Mass with Our Lady's community.  Below is a delegation representing the Girl Scouts.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LADY'S BASKETBALL TEAM

Last Sunday, March 8, Our Lady's Basketball Teams celebrated the 11:00am Mass in thanksgiving for a great season.  Below is a delegation representing the Wildcats along team pictures.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PASTA SUPPER

A great time was had by all who attended the Knights of Columbus Pasta Supper last Saturday, March 7.  Congratuations to John Barry who received the Knight of the Year Award for all of his services to the Knights as well as to Our Lady's Parish.

FR. FRANCIS' VISIT HOME TO VIETNAM

Fr. Francis went home to visit his mother and family in Vietnam.  He celebrated Mass in his home.  He also celebrated Mass at his local parish church.  

OUR LADY’S ACADEMY NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

Congratulations to the new members of National Junior Honor Society from Our Lady’s Academy who celebrated their induction Mass on Friday, January 10. 

FR. FRANCIS CELEBRATES MASS AND ANOINTS RESIDENTS AT WALTHAM CROSSINGS IN WALTHAM

During the first week in January, Fr. Francis Pham visited Waltham Crossings Assited Living and celebrated Mass and anointed residents of the facility. 

 

MOSAIC BACKGROUNDS OF ST. THERESE AND ST. ANTHONY

Thanks to Suzanne Baratta Owayda of Mosaic Oasis Studio & Supply, Tom Anderson of Tom Anderson Tile Contracting and Beau Schless of Schless Studio for the design and installation of the back drop of St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Anthony.

Also many thanks to the Sanctuary Committee for volunteering to oversee both mosaic projects the past several months and especially to parishioners who donated the necessary funds to the Church Building Fund for making the project successful.  Special thanks to Lou Alvarez who volunteered extensively on working on very specific details.

 

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY CHRISTMAS SHOW

On December 16 and 17, Our Lady’s Academy student body, led by Tom Fallon, the school’s Music Teacher, performed in the annual Christmas Show.  What a great time. 

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL GIVING TREE

The St. Vincent dePaul Conference of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted parish wishes to thank everyone for their generous support of the Giving Tree.  This year 372 gifts were collected which assisted 33 local families, 96 family members and 75 Catholic Charities Foster Home children. Below is a picture of some members of Our Lady’s St. Vincent dePaul Society and those assisting last Sunday, December 15 in collecting the gifts from the Giving Tree and distributing them to those in need.  Again, thank you for your kindness and generosity.  Merry Christmas!

CONFIRMATION FIELD TRIP TO SEAPORT SHRINE AND SPIRIT OF BOSTON CRUISE

On December 14, Grades 9 and 10 joined Fr. DiPerri on an Advent Pilgrimage and Spirit of Boston Field Trip.  The day started with Adoration at the Our Lady of Good Voyage Seaport Shrine and then continued with a cruise on the Spirit of Boston. 

 

ADVENT PROJECT FROM CCD STUDENTS IN GRADES 7 AND 8 FOR THE LELAND HOUSE ASSISTED LIVING IN WALTHAM

Along with teachers Maria Caso, Claire O’Connell and Lorraine Rielly, the Religious Ed students in grades 7 and 8 made Christmas ornaments, Christmas cards and gift bags to be delivered to Leland House Assisted Living in Waltham bringing some Christmas cheer from Our Lady’s Parish to the residents. 

 

CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM

On Monday, December 9 at the Immaculate Conception 9:00am school Mass, second grader Max Belbase, at his request, was Baptized and Confirmed.  A small party was held in his classroom after the Mass.  Fr. DiPerri then had Max and his family over to the rectory.

 

CONFIRMATION STUDENTS VISIT MEADOW GREEN AND WALTHAM CROSSINGS

On Sunday, December 8, Confirmation students in Grades 9 and 10 brought some Christmas Cheer to Meadow Green Rehabilitation Center and Waltham Crossings Assisted Living. The residents sang Christmas Carols with our students who also recited the Readings of the Day and distributed small bottles of holy water. Some of the students and residents tried their hand at a colorful Christmas Craft to decorate their rooms. Thank you to our Confirmation students, teachers and parents for this happy and entertaining morning at both Centers which meant so much to the staff and residents.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

On Sunday, December 8, our Parish School, Our Lady's Academy hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa. Over 600 people came to the event to enjoy breakfast, pictures with Santa, story time, face painting and great raffle prizes. 

 

 

 

PIZZA PARTY AT THE RECTORY

On Friday, December 6, the Children's Choir and their families, along with choir director's Tom Fallon and Greg Castano, joined Fr. DiPerri at the rectory for a pizza party.  A grea time was had by all.

 

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD

On Saturday, November 30, we celebrated Fr. Francis Pham's Ordination into the Priesthood here at Our Lady's with Cardinal Sean O'Malley as celebrant.  What a great day it was.  All church photos of the Ordination are courtesy of George Martell. 

Reception

 

CELEBRATION OF FIRST MASS

On Saturday, November 30 at 5:30pm at Our Lady' Church, Father Francis Huy Duc Pham celebrated his first Mass.  We pray the the Lord will continue to bless Fr. Francis on this next journey of his life.

 

TURKEY-RAMA

Oh what a night! On Saturday, November 23, over 400 people gathered at Our Lady's for our annual Turkey-Rama Fundraiser.  The night was filled with excitement as we kick off the hoilday season.  Over 500 raffles were given away and a good time was had by all. 

 

RETIREMENT LUNCHEON FOR FINANCE MANAGER

On Monday, November 18, Fr. DiPerri, Fr. English, Principal Minor, the parish staff and some parishioners gathered at the rectory with Miriam Dorovski as she retires after six years of service to Our Lady's.  We wish her well and thank her for her dedication and service. 

 

50th ANNIVERSARY

The weekend of November 9/10 we also celebrated the 50th Wedding Anniversary of parishioners.  We wish them many more happy and healthy year's. 

VETERAN'S DAY MASS

On Saturday, November 9 we celebrated our Veteran's at our 4:00pm Mass.  We acknowledged all who were with us that served our country and we remembered all those who gave their lives.  A nice reception was held in the back of church after Mass for all.

 

TV MASS CELEBRATED BY FR. DIPERRI

On Tuesday, November 5, Fr. DiPerri celebrated the TV Mass with Deacon Joe Hubbard and Deacon Francis Pham.  Also in attedance were Fr. DiPerri's family and a few parishioners of Our Lady's.

 

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY TEACHER'S LUNCH AT THE RECTORY

Tuesday, November 5 was Professional Development Day and all the teacher's at Our Lady's Academy joined Fr. DiPerri at the rectory for lunch during their break. 

 

MASS FOR THE DECEASED

On Sunday, November 3, Our Lady's remembered those who have been called home to the Lord since last November at the 11:00am Mass for the Deceased.  During the Mass, the names of all deceased since last November were read aloud and a family member came forward to light a candle in their memory.  This Mass was meant to help those who are grieving and let them know that we as a parish community are hear for them. 

 

VISIT FROM ROWING TEAMS

On Saturday, October 20, the girls row team from Gwynedd Mercy Academy of Gwynedd Valley, PA and the men's row team from LaSalle College were in attendance at the 4:00pm Mass.  They all took part in the Head of the Charles Regatta.  

MARIAN CANDLELIGHT ROSARY SERVICE

On Friday, October 18, we held our Marian Candlelight Rosary Service in the church.  The evening consisted of the recitation of the decades of the rosary enhanced with Marian hymns.  We processed outside to the Blessed Mother statue where the final decade of the rosary was recited. 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PASTA SUPPER

The Knights of Columbus held their fall Pasta Supper on Saturday, October 5 at 5:00pm in the school cafeteria. A great time was had with music and dancing with guest entertainer Gary Leanues. 

ROSARY RECITED AT THE BLESSED MOTHER STATUE

On Friday, October 4 at 8:30am, Fr. DiPerri and children from Our Lady's Academy recited the rosary at the Blessed Mother statue outside of the church followed by the first Friday Mass at 9:00am. 

 

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

On Tuesday, October 1 at 8:30am all the children in Our Lady's Academy brought their animals, yes, even the stuffed ones, and Fr. DiPerri blessed each and every one of them. There were all kinds of animals; dogs, birds, reptiles.  What a sight!

 

OUR LADY'S CHOIRS - DINNER AT THE RECTORY

On Friday, September 13, approximately 70 from our Adult, Schola and Youth Choirs and their families joined Fr. DiPerri at the rectory for dinner.  They were also joined by Music Director, Greg Castano and Children's Choir Director, Tom Fallon.  A great night was had by all.

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COOKOUT AT THE RECTORY

The Knights of Columbus and their families joined Fr. DiPerri for their annual cookout at the Rectory on Friday, July 12.  Mother Nature was unsure of what to serve at the cookout as for the day she sent sun and rain!  But for the hours of the cookout, she graced us with bright sun and humidity!  A great time was had by all.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PARISH SCHOOL - OUR LADY'S ACADEMY       2019 Boston Herald's Readers' Choice Awards

The Boston Herald's Readers' Choice Awards covers the Boston market and surrounding areas.  This event begins in May with printed ballots in the Boston Herald newspaper.  They also opened the voting to their digital readers through BostonHerald.com.  Votes are compiled and the first place winners are notified and listed in the special Winners section of the Boston Herald at the end of June.  Our Lady's Academy was a two-fold winner, winning for the Pre-School, as well as Private School, Grades 1-8.  What a great accomplishment. 

 

VISIT TO THE NEWLY RENOVATED CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY CROSS SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019

A group of 50 visited the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Saturday, June 29 with Deacon Joe Hubbard and Fr. DiPerri in honor of Saints Peter and Paul.  What a beautiful trip.  The updates to the Cathedral are simply breath taking.  Deacon Joe held Adoration in the Chapel.  While the pictures are very nice, they do not do it justice.  After the visit and Adoration, all went to Maggiano's Restaurant for lunch.  A great time was had by all.  

 

ADORATION/PRAYER SERVICE

Deacon Joe Hubbard led Adoration, a Prayer Service, Reflection and a Eucharistic Procession to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 28.

 

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI)

On Sunday, June 23 at the 11:00am Mass, we celebrated the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ during Mass and concluded with a procession to the Blessed Mother statue outside where the Monstrance was placed on the stone altar.  During the Mass, we also celebrated the Baptism of Kolyn Ward.  During the procession, Kolyn was blessed in front of the Monstrance on the stone altar by Fr. DiPerri.

 

 

YOUNG ADULTS DINNER AT THE RECTORY

Young adults, ages 21-35, joined Deacon Joe Hubbard and Fr. DiPerri at the rectory for dinner on Friday, June 21.  

 

FRANCISCAN RETREAT CENTER

Cardinal Sean with Boston Seminarians at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Kennebunkport, Maine from June 17-20, 2019

 

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY FACULTY ADORATION/REFLECTION

On Wednesday, June 5, Fr. DiPerri led an Adoration/Reflection time for Our Lady's Faculty as they come to the end of their academic year.  A time to unwind, think about the year and be thankful.

 

OUR LADY'S GRADE 8 GRADUATION

Congratulations to Our Lady's Academy Class of 2019.  Last Tuesday, June 4 our 8th Graders graduated and get ready to move onto High School.  We wish them well as they begin the next journey of their lives.  We remind them to always keep Jesus first and foremost and know they are always welcome at Our Lady's.

 

RE-DEDICATION OF FALZONE FIELD PARKACROSS FROM OUR LADY'S

On Tuesday, May 21, Fr. DiPerri and Our Lady's Choir, led by Music Teacher Mr. Tom Fallon, sang at the placing of the wreath for the annual re-dedication of Falzone Field. 

 

ARCHDIOCESAN SCOUTING MASS, SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019

This past Sunday, Fr. Paul Soper celebrated Mass here at Our Lady's for the Boys and Girls Scouts and their families at 2:00pm.  We congratulate all of the achievements of young Scouts of young Scouts, the teen award recipients and the adult volunteers invested in Catholic Scouting.  Some pictures below of the day.

 

DINNER AT THE RECTORY FOR BASKETBALL COACHES, MAY 18, 2019

This past Saturday, a delegation from Our Lady's Academy Wildcats Basketball coaches and families attended dinner at the rectory with Fr. DiPerri.  Unfortunately all were not able to make it, but we thank all who give of their time and talent to help make Our Lady's basketball program a success.

FIRST COMMUNIONS - Sunday, May 5, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixty-one students from Our Lady's Religious Education Program including students from Our Lady's Academy celebrated the Sacrament of First Communion at the 9 am and 11 am parish Masses on Sunday, May 5. The morning was a happy, holy and joyful occasion for all the families involved and for our parish family.

 CONFIRMATION - Saturday, May 4, 2019

On Saturday. May 4, Bishop Robert Reed conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation to fifty students from Our Lady's Religious Education program.

 

MARIAN ROSARY SERVICE - Friday May 10, 2019 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by the Marian Rosary Service. The last Decade was said in front of the Blessed Mother's statue, followed by the crowning of the statue.

 

YOUTH CHOIR - Pizza Party at the Rectory - Friday May 3, 2019

At the invitation of Father DiPerri, the children from the Youth Choir gathered at the Rectory on Friday May 3rd for pizza and ice-cream.  All had a great time.

 

 

FIRST FRIDAY MASS - OUR LADY'S ACADEMY Friday, May 3rd 2019.

Crowning of the Blessed Mother's Statue following the First Friday Mass.

 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY - APRIL 28, 2019

 

 

We celebrated the “Feast of Divine Mercy” beginning with Confessions from 1:00-2:00pm, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Act of Family Consecration to Divine Mercy Prayer, Catechesis on the Message of Mercy, Litany in Praise of the Divine Mercy, a Reflection on Divine Mercy, Litany of Reparation and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00pm, followed by Benediction.

JESUS I TRUST IN YOU

 

 

 

 

 

HAM-A-RAMA FUNDRAISER - SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019

Oh what a night!  Almost 300 people joined us for a fun filled evening.  Over 550 prizes were raffled off.  Amazingly over 300 of those raffle prizes were donated to us.  Such generosity among our community.

                                        

 

ANNUAL PARISH EASTER EGG "STAMPEDE" - APRIL 21, 2019

Three minutes, forty-five seconds, that is all it took for the children of Our Lady's Parish to collect 5,467 stuffed eggs on Easter morning after the 9:00am Mass.  It was like watching a vacuum in action.  It took weeks to stuff these eggs by our parish volunteers, and again just over three minutes for them all to be gone.  What a sight!

 

 HOLY THURSDAY, GOOD FRIDAY, EASTER VIGIL - April 18, 19, 20, 2019

Holy Thursday

 

GOOD FRIDAY

 

EASTER VIGIL

CONGRATULATIONS TO RCIA CANDIDATES WHO RECEIVED FIRST EUCHARIST AND CONFIRMATION AT THE EASTER VIGIL:  JENNIFER BRAVERMAN, ABEMBOM AND BEMSIMBOM DIANGHA AND JAYE HUGHES

 

FILLING OF WATER BOTTLES FOR EASTER

On Monday, April 1 in Our Lady’s Academy Cafeteria, students from our Religious Educaiton Program along with parishioners filled, capped and labeled small bottles of water to be blessed and distributed at our Easter Services.  Pizza was served and with so many helpers, we were able to fill just about 3,000 bottles to give out.

 

CONGRATULATINS TO OUR RCIA CANDIDATES

Congratulations to Andrea Larranaga, Timothy Oliveira and Christine Spinelli.  They received their Sacrament of Confirmation on March 28 at St. Patrick's Church with Bishop Robert Reed.  

 

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK EUCHARISTIC ADORATION ON MONDAY, JANUARY 28

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS, SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

Last Sunday, Our Lady’s Academy kicked of Catholic Schools week at the 9:00am Mass.  Principal, Mrs. Minor spoke briefly after current student, Ava Palazzolo spoke about our school.  

   
   

DINNER AT PADDY'S RESTAURANT IN WEST NEWTON - FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

High School and 8th Grade Altar Servers joined Fr. DiPerri and altar server coordinator, Paul Loscocco, at Paddy’s Restaurant in West Newton for dinner on Friday January 25 in gratitude for their faithful service. Grateful to O’Hara family, owners of Paddy’s for providing the meal.

RESPECT LIFE EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - JANUARY 22

Join Seminarian Joe Hubbard on Tuesday, January 22 beginning at 6:00pm in St. Joseph Chapel in the school.  Please enter the building through the main entrance where the Holy Family statue is located.  January 22, 2019 marks the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.  We invite you to come and pray for the unborn and for an end to abortion.

 

RESPECT FOR LIFE MARCH MASS - JANUARY 18

Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Seán O'Malley for Boston pilgrims at the Respect for Life March in Washington, DC on January 18.  Pictured  below is the delegation from Our Lady's Academy and their families.  Let us continue to pray for the unborn and for an end to abortion.

 

OUR LADY'S ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL DAY - JANUARY 14

On Monday, January 14, our parish school, Our Lady's Academy, hosted an "Internation Day."  The event was wonderfully organized by parishioner, Lou Alvarez, cominging the link between parish and school.  The day celebrated the many cultures and ethnic backgrounds that give Our Lady's Academy its global atmosphere.  During the morning, the students visited classrooms representing each country.  They viewed videos and read articles about the history and culture of each particular country.  Before lunch, the children prayed a decade of the rosary in ten different languages.  Mr. Giles said a prayer and our pastor, Fr. DiPerri blessed everyone.  Lunch was then served by parents and teachers.  There was authentic food made by parents; fried rice was donated by Waltham's Sichuan Garden and some food was purchased at ethnic restaurants for all to sample.  Lunch ended with good ole American apple pie and vanilla ice cream that was donated by Star Market on Lexington Street.  In culmination of this day long event, the students engaged in a variety of ethnic dances led by Marcy Van Cleave, a professional folk dance instructor.  It was a great day!

 

Altar Server Pizza and Ice Cream Dinner - January 11

The altar servers and their families joined Fr. DiPerri and altar server coordinator Paul Loscocco for a pizza and ice cream dinner at the rectory on January 11.  What great kids!  We are truly blessed to have such dedicated families in our parish.

 

 

 

 

       ST. ANDREW'S DINNER 2018  
       

Each year, the Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Boston invites high school age young men for an evening of prayer, food, and conversation.  This year Our Lady’s Parish was well represented by eight high school parishioners and their families.  The event was held at Sacred Heart Parish in Watertown on Tuesday, November 27.   

 
      

 

CHILDREN'S CHOIR PIZZA PARTY AT THE RECTORY

On Friday, November 30, Patrick Botti, Tom Fallon and the children's choir and their families had a pizza party at the rectory. 

 

 

ADVENT FIELD TRIP

OUR LADY’S ACADEMY AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TRIP    TO THE NORTH END

Our Lady’s Academy and Religious Education students in Grades 6, 7, & 8 will participate in an Advent Field Trip to the North End of Boston on Saturday, December 15.  Led by Father DiPerri, who will share his immense knowledge of Boston history, we will visit the beautiful Seaport Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage, along with a couple of historic North End Catholic churches. Of course the group will stop for an authentic & delicious Italian lunch along the way! We will travel by bus, there is no cost, and parent chaperones are needed.  Please contact Felicia Forger at 781-894-3481 or religiouseducation@olca.org to sign-up or for more information.  It will be an interesting, fun, enjoyable afternoon with friends complete with magnificent Churches and pasta perfection.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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