The Bereavement Ministry works with a family immediately after the death of a loved one, helping to plan the liturgy for the funeral Mass. This personal contact helps to ease the anxiety felt at a time of grief. The family is encouraged to take an active part in celebrating the life of the deceased as readers and gift bearers. Members assist as cantors, altar servers, lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. Annually, the names of the deceased are read during a Mass of Remembrance.
Our Lady Help of Christians:
Katherine Curran – firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Buckley – email@example.com
Sacred Heart’s involvement with Bridge Over Troubled Waters began in fall 2009, when Bridge was looking for individuals or groups to “adopt a room” in the Bridge houses for homeless teens and young adults. Some participants in the ARISE small faith-sharing group committed themselves to this. With financial support from other members of the parish, the group finished that initial project in spring 2010. They then refurnished the room for a new resident in summer 2011. Sacred Heart provided new sheets, comforters/blankets, and matching towels for all seven bedrooms in the moms’ house. Currently Bridge notifies us when new residents move in and Sacred Heart provides new linens and towels.
Welcome to the Christian Service Committee! Who are we? The Advent Tree, Valentine, Easter Egg &
Baby Shower people! We organize events that, thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, have yielded thousands of Christmas, Valentine's, and baby gifts over the years. Your generosity has provided thousands of meals, desserts, pieces of fruit, snacks, & bottled water for shelter guests. Organizations benefitted include the Women’s Unit at Pine Street Inn, Shattuck Shelter in Jamaica Plain, Mass Coalition for the Homeless, Genesis II, African Global Village, Hand of Help Orphanage in Mexico, Nazareth Residence, Pregnancy Help, VinFen, Bethany House, and parishioners here at Our Lady’s. All are welcome to help! Whether you are an organizer, a hands-on server, or a silent and steady contributor, we are happy to have you on board!
Contact Angela M. Siciliano 617-332-7036
Sacred Heart provides annual holiday support for St. Ambrose Family Inn, Julie’s Family Learning Program, New England Home for Deaf, and Walden School at the Learning Center for the Deaf. Cards listing specific needs are available in late November, and then gifts are returned at the parish Advent Party in early December for distribution to agencies.
Contact Beverly Spencer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Helping Hands ministry provides and delivers home-cooked meals to members of our parish community who are homebound and/or unable to provide meals for themselves due to physical illness or impaired mobility and who have limited access to resources from family or friends. Helping Hands can provide short-term assistance with meal preparation and delivery during times of crisis when other community resources are not readily accessible, or longer-term assistance when needs dictate. Helping Hands recognizes the importance of alleviating social isolation for our homebound recipients by providing a compassionate and friendly visit along with our food deliveries.
Contact Kristen Fitzpatrick email@example.com
Our Lady's has a sister parish in San Marcos, Honduras. Our group develops ways for our community to serve the needs of the people of San Marcos. They also focus on developing a relationship between the two parishes so that we can learn from one another in solidarity.
Contact Brian Romer Niemiec firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hospitality Commitee coordinates several programs and activities within the parish community, such as welcome baskets, care and concern program, cards for homebound parishioners, Sunday coffee hour, rides to Mass, Advent Party, Easter Vigil Party, First Communion reception, and other special events that may arise. Coordinators are Dr. Maura Iversen email@example.com and Kathy Winters firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Sunday Coffee Hour heightens Sacred Heart's sense of community by giving parishioners a place for gathering after the 9am Mass. Since this is held in the Mackenzie Center, it offers the perfect opportunity for adult conversation and kid play. This ministry is supported by volunteers and help is available for first-time hosts. To learn more, please contact Marie Baroni Allen email@example.com
Calendar of Events 2015-2016
Our Mission: The Justice and Peace Committee of Sacred Heart and Our Lady's strives to put the social teachings of the Catholic faith into practice.
We seek to end injustice and violence by:
• raising awareness through information and education;
• bringing prophetic voice and advocacy;
• building partnerships with others with similar goals.
Our faith compels us to spread God’s love and give witness to the Gospel. Our goal is to be in solidarity with all people who suffer the loss of human dignity, as together we build peace and justice in our world. Download our brochure on the Death Penalty.
The Robert DeSimone Social Justice Forum, whose membership is not limited to the parishioners of our collaborative, has primarily an educational function. Through Social Justice Forums, about six each year, information and perspectives on important social issues are shared.
This ministry involves visiting people - in nursing homes, hospitals, and private homes within our parish - who are unable to receive the Eucharist at Mass. The Minister of Care spends approximately one to two hours a week, bi-monthly or monthly, whatever your time allows, visiting these parishioners. Ministers of Care serve as vital pastoral connections between the parish community and the sick and the homebound. Ministers of Care bring the spiritual and healing comfort of the Lord and also themselves receive personal spiritual enrichment. Training and support are provided.
Contact Chris Graf firstname.lastname@example.org and Cathy Belli Duffy email@example.com
Our parish-wide project to provide Mother Caroline Academy students and teachers with school supplies runs in September and January. For three weekends, baskets are placed at church entrances for collection of “new” items. Since the Academy is totally privately funded, they depend on material and financial donations from individuals, churches, and organizations.
The prayer shawl ministry is an outreach program which aims to bring comfort to those who are ill or confined to home by giving them a handcrafted shawl made by parishioners. Members of the prayer shawl ministry meet monthly in homes to pray for healing and comfort as they knit or crochet the individual shawls. Some members of the ministry create shawls in their own homes as they themselves are unable to get out.
The shawls are delivered to individuals at home, in the hospital, at rehabilitation facilities, or in nursing homes as the need arises. Each shawl is chosen with the recipient in mind and is tagged with the name of the individual crafter and accompanied by a prayer.
Contact Peg Miller firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office 617-969-2248
This ministry provides material support to mothers needing help as childbirth approaches through clothing drives in October and May.
Contact Claudia Perdomo 617-244-7529
This group seeks to bring the face of hope and compassion to the men and women who are in our prisons. We work with chaplains from our area prisons to understand the needs that exist. Parishoners visit prisoners while they are in prison and provide guidance and support to those recently released as they make the difficult transition to a new life in their communities. Others participate in religious services at the prisons or help run programs for parents and children, book groups, support groups, etc. We remember and pray always for healing and forgiveness for those who have been victims of crime.
Contact Dorothy Koffel email@example.com
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of lay persons, who seek, in a spirit of justice and charity and by a person to person involvement, to help those who are suffering. The Society was founded in Paris in 1833 by Frederick Ozanam and originally known as the Conference of Charity.
At Sacred Heart:
Contact the rectory for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Our Lady's:
The Society was organized at Our Lady's on December 3, 1924. For more than 90 years, the Society has ministered to the immediate needs of the parish community. We currently focus on the needs of shelter, food, and clothing.
Contact Andy Majewski, Dorothy Koffel, Dan Foley, and Sebastian DiFelice
St. Francis House provides programs for poor and homeless people in downtown Boston. The parish sponsors food collections and delivery to the shelter on a monthly basis. Other items such as clothing are collected seasonally.
On Sunday mornings after the 10:00am Mass, all are invited to the Lower Church Hall for coffee, donuts, and juice. Volunteers are needed to host each week. For a small amount of time and a little effort, one can enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to an important ministry that connects people and builds relationships.
Contact Michelle Marini email@example.com
The mission of this ministry is to welcome new members into our parish community and encourage them to become active members of the parish. Our committee periodically hosts new member receptions in order to provide newcomers with information about our parish and its ministries. In addition, we hope to provide opportunities for new people to meet our pastoral staff and other members of the parish. New committee members are always welcome to join us.
Contact Paula Gannon firstname.lastname@example.org and Jenn Reale email@example.com