Mass Schedule

Fall-Spring  

Saturday 4 pm-St Anne
Sunday 7:45 am-St Anne
Sunday 9:30 & 11:15 am-St Catherine
Confession:  Saturday 3-3:45pm-St. Anne

Other Local Area Mass Times

Confirmation Administrative Assistant wanted

Dave Lebleu - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Works with the Confirmation Coordinator to provide administrative support for a vibrant Confirmation Program consisting of nearly 400 students and over 100 catechists and volunteers.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION

Hours: 15 hours weekly                                              

Duties:

Computer

  • Manage Confirmation Database
  • Process Registrations
  • Create Class lists, Generate reports, Maintain mailing lists/Mailing labels
  • Update Website
  • Communicate by email with catechists/parents/volunteers as needed

Confirmation Income

  • Process incoming payments
  • Maintain payment records
  • Send invoices
  • Manage petty cash

Sacramental Programs

  • Type and assemble the worship aide for Confirmation
  • Acquire baptismal certificates
  • Type & prepare Confirmation certificates
  • Order and coordinate Confirmation robes
  • Record sacramental celebrations in the Sacramental Registers
  • Notify place of baptism with Confirmation information

Assist During Class time

  • Sunday evening Confirmation Program

Manage Office Volunteers

  • Coordinate, organize and schedule projects for office volunteers

Miscellaneous

  • Support K-8 Administrative Assistant as needed

To apply, please fill out a job application along with a cover letter, and resume and send a copy via email to; DaveL@LWCatholic.org and postal mail to; Confirmation search group, St Catherine Parish, 107 North Main Street, Westford, MA 01886

Job posting--K-6 Director or Coordinator of Religious Education

Dave Lebleu - Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wanted: Director/or/Coordinator of Religious Education for St. Catherine of Alexandria. Westford, MA

St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish seeks a part time (25-30 hours) benefits eligible Director or Coordinator of Religious Education for grades K-6.  Manages and leads a team of 7 volunteer grade level coordinators who work with 100+ catechists to provide sacramental prep. and catechesis for K-6 students. Ideally, candidate would have experience teaching young children, have a good understanding of child safety procedures, and be a certified D.R.E. or C.R.E. or willing to work toward certification.  Candidate should have excellent pastoral and communication skills, work well as part of a pastoral team, be technologically proficient, and a practicing Catholic.

 

Full Job Description

Application for Employment

Good Friday, Vigil Mass, Easter Sunday 2017 photos

Dave Lebleu - Thursday, April 20, 2017
Good Friday




















Easter Vigil





Full house, candles lit


Great choir in action




Deacon Bill




Baptism


Baptism


Baptism


Confirmation Oils, David Owens


Confirmation


Group Blessing


Deacon Jimmy Blessing with water


Fr Joe, Deacon Jimmy at the altar


The good book




Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017





Peg and Al Hicks


Fr Joe and Kelly Clark



Deacon Bill



Cathryn, Marla, Rebecca



  Deacon Bill with Bible in hand, processing in


Easter, view from the Sacristy  (l-r, altar servers, Deacon Richard, Joe McGann, Fr Joe, Deacon Bill



11 am Easter mass in the parish hall, full house



Fr Joe consecrating the Host




Blessings to all for a Holy Triduum shared together as collaborative communities and parishes.


2018 Catholic Appeal

Dave Lebleu - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thank you for prayerfully considering your gift to the Catholic Appeal. 2018 information will be posted soon.

 God Love, Fr Peter, Fr Joe, and the entire St Catherine staff 

To make a donation, please go to www.BostonCatholicAppeal.org and please be sure to select Westford, St Catherine under parish credit. 

The goal is based on 8% of our offertory and grand annual. 

Thank you for your generosity in supporting many important programs throughout our parish and the Archdiocese of Boston. God Bless you and your family.


 

Welcomefest 2017--A rousing success!!

Dave Lebleu - Friday, February 03, 2017


Thanks to all who attended Welcomefest 2017. To view a slide show of the event please click the link above.

The Joy of Living Gratefully

Dave Lebleu - Friday, December 09, 2016

                                                      The Joy of Living Gratefully                11/20/2016        

Good evening. My name is Dan Taylor.  I’m a member of St. Anne’s parish. 

I wish I could say that I live gratefully every day, but, unfortunately that isn’t true yet.  I still have a long way to go before I can say that.  But there are moments – just little hints of grace that come to me from time to time - when I’m reminded that everything I call “mine”...  my wife, my kids, my town, my country, my church, and even my own life – all of these things that I call “mine”, they’re all actually gifts that I never earned and I hardly deserve.  In those moments it is easy to see that gratitude is the one truly appropriate response to everything in life.

In those moments when I see everything as a gift, it puts the world into a perspective that makes it impossible for me to be angry or resentful or jealous.  It’s like I’ve stepped back from it all to see this great, elaborate performance where all the actors are ad-libbing – there are no scripts – they’re just doing the best they can with the circumstances they’re in.  Seeing this way makes me empathize so much more with people who have been given less, sometimes far less, than I’ve been given.  It allows me to understand why some people act the way they do, even though I don’t think it’s right.  It gives me patience with my kids (and God knows I need all I can get) and helps me find that right way of explaining why they need to put on a coat, or why they have to help their mother, instead of just saying “Because I said so!”

And in those moments, I can also see clearly that, no matter how bad things seem, they can always, always be worse. 

I believe it’s the Holy Spirit that speaks to me at those times.  Itself, another gift!  And when He does, and I see the world through that lens, there is joy to be found everywhere.

If I try to think about the inverse of “the joy of living gratefully”, I come up with “the misery of living in disappointment.”  This is the misery where I think “I’m owed”... I deserve this and you owe me that.  I worked hard, I spent my time and my money, I expended effort and love... I should get something back for all that.  When you think about it, it’s obvious that living that way will almost always be disappointing.  Especially if everyone else is living that way, too.  Who can keep track of all that credit and debt?

I know I have trouble keeping the first of those two opposing worldviews in mind.  It’s very easy to slip into the second even though I don’t want to...  I have hope that God will help me, will help all of us, get better at hearing his little hints of grace, and so experience more of the joy of living gratefully.

Collaborative Christmas Schedule

Dave Lebleu - Friday, December 09, 2016
Collaborative CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2016

2015-2016 Parish Finance Report

Dave Lebleu - Sunday, October 23, 2016
2015-2016 Parish Finance Report  Click here to open-or read below


St. Catherine of Alexandria

Westford, MA

Annual Financial Report to Parishioners for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016

Dear Parishioner,

The Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 is attached for your review. If you have any questions or comments about the report, please contact any member of the Finance and Administration Council.

During FY2016 St. Catherine’s and St. Anne’s Parishes continued working together in Collaboration. Each parish budgeted their direct local expenses, for items like buildings, select staff and supplies, as they had in the past. We were alerted by the Archdiocese there would most likely be discrepancies in our actuals vs budget for the first several years of collaboration. St. Anne’s has experienced similar proportional effects. Fiscal 2016 was the first year there was a significant financial effect of collaboration.

Shared expenses arising from collaboration, for items such as clergy, pastoral associates, and the music program were allocated to each parish. This apportionment is primarily based on the recommended Archdiocesan allocations, the major factor of which is each parish’s revenue. The application of this formula resulted in 70% of Shared expenses being allocated to St. Catherine’s.

Operating Budget: In FY2016 St. Catherine’s had several unplanned, but necessary items, which had an impact on the financial results.

Total Income- Income was over budget by 7%. This is due mostly to a generous increase to offertory and the grand annual over the forecasted amount.  We took advantage of the positive income to complete several projects.

Expenses were over budget in several areas.

    

Salaries & Benefits   Our parish Business Manager positions were changed for the last third of the

fiscal year to a collaborative Finance & Operations Director position, which was expanded to full time, and a

Finance Assistant/Stewardship Director position. Due to a new requirement from the Archdiocese, the last week of all June’s salary and benefits was accrued in the last fiscal year. This was a new system and was unbudgeted. In past years these costs would have been charged to the period they were paid in.

Maintenance, Contracts, Supplies and Building Maintenance- We replaced the rotting garage doors on the garage. We added a new assistive listening system to the church for the hearing impaired. These were unbudgeted projects made possible by your generosity.

Capital Improvements- We were able to add a heating-A/C unit to the conference room and the St. Vincent de Paul Center. We expanded the rectory parking lot, making it safer, and added a paved walk from the rectory to the adjacent parking lot. We were able to update our collaborative phone system with a state of the art system. The old system was 20+ years old. The new system allows for easier and better access for parishioners. St. Catherine’s expense for the system was $20,318. Due to your generosity we were able to purchase the system outright as a one-time expense.

The former Columbarium was repaired, most of which was covered by insurance, and converted into the new St. Vincent de Paul Center.

St Catherine of Alexandria Cemetery report (back page) Financials for the cemetery have remained consistent even with the unpredictable nature of forecasting burials.

Fortunately, as a result of past generosity by parishioners at St. Catherine’s, we have adequate financial resources to meet both the current financial and Spiritual obligations of the parish.

         

The Pastor, staff and the Finance and Administration Council all recognize and accept their responsibility to ensure that the resources you entrust to us are spent wisely and to further the spiritual Mission of the Parish.

We wish to thank every member of our parish family for your continuing support and pray that we will meet both the financial and spiritual needs in the upcoming year.

               Yours In Christ,    

              

               Saint Catherine Finance and Administration Council

             

                Tom Sangiolo, Chair, Tom Brown, Kevin Donaruma, Ken Hanley, Joanne Mavroides

             

St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish Year End Report    July2015-June2016

2015-2016

2015-2016

2016-2017

Actual

Budget

Budget

Income

Offertory

843,787

800,000

840,000

Grand Annual

165,991

155,000

160,000

Sacramental offerings

31,448

27,080

30,000

Catholic Appeal Rebate

13,138

0

0

Rel Ed Income

108,337

107,900

108,000

Bequests

1,000

480

1,200

Insurance Claims

24,280

20,000

0

Other Income

26,085

15,800

25,907

Total Income

1,214,066

1,126,260

1,165,107

Expense

 

Salaries & benefits

608,042

581,497

646,983

Clergy stipends & benefits(assigned & unassigned)

90,000

86,849

89,352

Office

70,016

70,166

67,631

Books & Supplies

29,913

29,064

29,096

Household supplies & Food

19,302

17,260

19,084

Utilities & Insurance

101,321

100,617

106,472

Main. contracts, supplies, grounds & bldg maint

147,922

135,992

110,844

Pastoral: altar supplies, music, charitable works

48,438

40,832

48,830

New Phone System Installation

20,318

0

0

Central Ministry Tithe

87,358

87,360

87,155

Total Expenses

1,222,630

1,149,637

1,205,447

Net Parish Operating Deficit

(8,564)

(23,377)

(40,340)

Net Mission Trip  Income

8,475

Total Net Income (Deficit)

(89)

St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish Balance Sheet

Assets

Cash Checking/Savings accts

247,845

Youth Mission Trip checking

75,730

Funds Due

13,360

Deposit in transit

6,714

Total Assets

343,649

Liabilities

Accounts Payable

7,622

Rel Ed Deferred Revenue

52,933

Accrued Vacation

24,767

Total Liabilities

85,322

Equity

Beginning balance

258,415

Net Deficit current year

(89)

Total equity

258,326

Total Liabilities & Equity

343,649

St. Catherine of Alexandria Cemetery year-end report July 2015-June 2016

Jul '15 - Jun 16

 

Jul '15 - Jun 16

Jul '16 - Jun 17

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Income

 Sale of Lots

29,650.00

13,200.00

18,000.00

Openings

22,800.00

30,000.00

24,000.00

 Foundations

2,642.00

4,008.00

4,008.00

Donations Other

8,889.00

4,000.00

5,300.00

Interest Income

9.81

12.00

9.00

 PC Interest/Dividend Income

0.00

1,200.00

0.00

Market Gain  Investment

-5,551.39

1,200.00

0.00

Total Income

58,439.42

53,620.00

51,317.00

Expense

Salaries & services

5,416.00

2,280.00

4,020.00

Water & sewer

878.75

600.00

600.00

Ground Maintenance Contracts

28,575.00

30,000.00

27,000.00

Building Maintenance & supplies

854.00

1,800.00

1,260.00

Loam, fertilizer, plants & supplies

1,958.00

1,440.00

1,680.00

Openings & Foundations

15,958.00

15,000.00

13,800.00

Total Expense

53,639.75

51,120.00

48,360.00

Net Income

4,799.67

2,500.00

2,957.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Catherine of Alexandria Cemetery

               Balance Sheet

Assets

Checking Account

53,247.65

Common Investment Fund Savings

124,844.90

Dividend Receivable

1,237.05

Total Current Assets

179,329.60

Equity

Initial Cash Balance Offset

2,631.49

Fund Balance

171,897.65

Net Income

4,800.46

Total Equity

179,329.60

Total Liabilities & Equity

179,329.60


CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW)

Sue Butterfield Diane Gavel Kathy Mancini - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW)

CORI form FY 2020

Dave Lebleu - Tuesday, September 27, 2016