Overview of Ministries and Groups

 

Overview of Our Lady's Parish Ministries and Groups

 

 

 

Liturgical Ministries

  • Altar Servers

  • Eucharistic Ministers

  • Lectors

  • Music Ministers

  • Sacristan

  • Ushers and Greeters

Faith Formation

  • RCIA

  • Baptism Preparation

  • Religious Education

  • Mariage Preparation

Social Justic and Outreach Ministries

  • Bristol Lodge

  • Food Pantry

  • St VIncent de Paul Society

Other Parish Ministries and Groups

  • Activities COmmittee

  • FIrst Saturday Rosary

  • Gardening Angels

  • Kinghts of Columbus

 

 

 

Altar Servers - Youth

Here at Our Lady's, we are blessed to have a loyel group of altar servers, ranging from grade 4 to adult.  The group has been growning over the past ten years.  They add to the beauty of the Mass through their dignified and thoughtful service.  Not only do the servers participate in other parish events such as Adoration and Prayer Services, school Masses and weddings, but also reach out beyond the parish by serving the Catholic TV Mass and participating in the Archdiocesan services at the Cathedral.
 
Training takes place at least twice a year and also when necessary to train interested children between the formal training sessions.  Our veteran servers mentor the younger ones and are involved as instructors int he training program.
 
Parents of our servers have been very supportive.  Responding to requests, driving the children to church, attending the training sessions and being available as needs arise.  Over the past years, parents have joined their children as altar servers for Sunday and Holy Week Masses. 
 
Our pastor is highly supportive of the altar servers and their families.  As a way of thanks, he hosts throughout the year the altar servers, their parents and siblings to barbecues, several pizza parties and an annual trip to Canobie Lake Park in June.  The altar servers and their parent chaperones who attend all activities have a good time as well. 
 
If you are interested in being an Altar Server, please email Paul Loscocco at pfal@rcn.com or contact Sharon Micco, our Parish Office Manager, at 781-894-3481 or at olcaparish@gmail.com
 

Altar Servers - Adult

Men and women, 18 years or older, who assist at weekend Mass and/or at Funeral Masses to enhance the worship of our faith community.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sharon Micco, our Parish Office Manager, at 781-894-3481 or at olcaparish@gmail.com

Eucharistic Ministers

Special ministers of the Eucharist assist the celebrant during Mass by serving the Body and Blood of Christ to the members of the congregation. Volunteers for this ministry are always welcome. Training is provided. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sharon Micco, our Parish Office Manager, at 781-894-3481 or at olcaparish@gmail.com

Greeters

Parish volunteers who warmly welcome parishioners and visitors as they enter the church building for Mass.  Pass out worship aides at special Masses. Hand out weekly bulletins at the end of Masses.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sharon Micco, our Parish Office Manager, at 781-894-3481 or at olcaparish@gmail.com

Lectors

Lectors are the people who proclaim the Word of the Lord at Mass. Volunteers for this ministry are always welcome. Training is provided. Please contact Joyce Gianfelice via email resolute107@verizon.net for more information.

Ushers

The Usher Ministry supports our celebration of Mass assisting them to find seating (if need be) or other church facilities i.e. restrooms etc. They collect the offering during Mass and distribute bulletins to departing churchgoers afterward. They look after the needs of the congregation during the Mass, adjusting ventilation or heating and assisting in any emergency which may arise. Men and women of the parish are always welcome to volunteer for this ministry. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sharon Micco, our Parish Office Manager, at 781-894-3481 or at olcaparish@gmail.com

 

Music

 

Music Ministry

Join together in song under the direction of our Director of Music Ministries, Patrick Botti.  Our parish has an Adult Choir that sings at the 11:00am Sunday Mass, a Youth Choir that sings at the 9:00am mass under the direction of Tom Fallon and a Schola that sings at different masses throughout the year. The Cantors/Leaders of Songs proclaim the Psalm from the Ambo and Lead the Congregation in Song.  Rehearsals take place usually on Thursday (5pm cantors, 6pm schola, 7:00-8:30 pm adult choir).  New members are always welcome.  If interested, please contact Patrick Botti at music@olca.org or Sharon Micco in the parish office, 781-894-3481 x2 or olcaparish@gmail.com

Adult Choir

Parish volunteers who love music and liturgy in a fellowhip atmosphere. The choir sings at the 11:00am mass and at all major celebrations throughout the year.

Cantors

The cantors are volunteers from the parish who serve as leaders of songs in leading the congregation in singing and as cantors in proclaiminsg the Word from the ambo when singing the Psalm.  They range in age from 10 to 50.

Schola

A highly trained group of teenage vocalists singing a vast repertoire from plain-chant to contemporary. The Schola sings at different masses and celebrations.

Youth Choir

Youth from our parish who sing for the 9am childrens/family mass.  Rehearsals are Wednesday afternoons at 2:30pm and Sunday morning's before Mass at 8:15am.  They are directed by Thomas Fallon.

 

 

Faith Formation

 

Religious Education

Ongoing formation in the Catholic Faith is offered to persons of all ages as well as children from grade 1 to grade 10.  

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process in which adults or children over the age of reason (usually 7 years or older) desiring to explore the Catholic faith come together to learn, pray, and share life experiences in order to come to know our loving God.  With the support of the parish community and working with a team of adult catechists, people interested in preparing for any/all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation) will be guided to a deeper understanding and relationship with God lived out through the Church.

By sharing faith conviction, spiritual insights, and enthusiasm for their life within the Church, they help others who are exploring what it means to be Catholic to come to a sense of what a Catholic faith commitment could mean to them, and in many cases, to make that commitment for themselves.  Anyone interested in journeying through faith to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, please contact Sharon in the Parish Office at 781-894-3481 ext. 2 or at olcaparish@gmail.com and she will have someone from the RCIA team reach out to you.

We welcome all who want to journey in faith, realizing that we all come with our own life experiences.  Whatever your background, you are welcome and valued.
 
Current RCIA News
RCIA meets after the 9am Mass every Sunday year-round from 10:00 am to 11:30 am in the Parish Conference room at Our Lady's Academy.  You can also check the Parish Calendar to see if RCIA is meeting on a given Sunday. Contact Sharon Micco in the Parish Office at 781-894-3481 x.2 or at olcaparish@gmail.com and she will have someone from the RCIA team reach out to you.
 
If you have completed the sacraments of initiation and are willing to share your faith with others, please contact us and consider joining our RCIA team.

 

Baptism Preparation

Parents and godparents are prepared for the upcoming celebration of baptism of an infant or a child.  The ongoing Catholic faith formation of the one to be baptized is also stressed.  If you would like to schedule a Baptism, call 781-894-3481 x7 or call the parish office at same number x2 and someone will get back to you.

Outreach

 

 

Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen

Participate every other month in the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham that provides meals for the needy of Waltham.  If interested, contact Sharon Micco in the parish office, 781-894-3481 x2 and she will have someone contact you. 

Food Pantry

Assists the needy of the parish and Waltham through our food pantry or via food vouchers.  Food collections are the third weekend of each month.  If you need help, contact Sharon Micco in the parish office, 781-894-3481 x2 and she will have someone contact you. 

Homebound Ministers

Assists the homebound in many different ways, bringing them Holy Communion at their house, hospital or nursing home rooms.

St. Vincent dePaul Society

Assists the needy of the parish community through a food pantry, clothing drives and other events.  If you need help, contact Sharon Micco in the parish office, 781-894-3481 x2 and she will have someone contact you. 

Parish Groups

 

Activities Committee

The Activities Committee is a group of volunteers from Our Lady's Parish that plans various social events within the parish and provides service to the surrounding community. We meet on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Parish Conference Room. Enter the building via the parish entrance, parking lot behind the school.  If interested, contact Sharon Micco in the parish office at 781-894-3481 x2 or email olcaparish@gmail.com.

 

First Saturday Rosary

Rosary and Meditation every first Saturday at 3:15 pm in the church.

Gardening Angels

Volunteers who meet every Wednesday evening at 6:00pm during the summer months to help maintain and beautify our parish and school property.  If interested, contact Joyce Gianfelice via email resolute109@verizon.net or call Sharon Micco in the parish office 781-894-3481 x2 or email olcaparish@gmail.com.

Knights of Columbus

Are you over 18 years old?  Would you like to help your family, your  parish and/or your community?  Why not join our council?  If you could give up watching T.V. for just two hours a month you could help us help others.  It’s easy.  Meet one of our Knights in the foyer of the church after any Mass or email olkofc@olca.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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