Below are links to the online signup forms. Ideally, we would love to see full 24-hour prayer coverage, but it's more important that you make the choice to participate.
Lenten Program: Meeting Christ in Prayer
Jesus is always ready to have a conversation with you.
The collaborative parishes of St. Anne and St. Catherine are excited to offer a unique, eight session, guided prayer experience for small groups, "MEETING CHRIST IN PRAYER". The sessions will be held weekly, in homes and in parish meeting rooms, mornings and evenings, for the convenience of all.
The program is modeled after the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius (Jesuit). We will be guided into "conversation with Christ, through prayer and meditation". There will be adult, teen and family groups in both parishes; you can join any group that is convenient! No experience needed, just a desire to become more aware of God's presence in everyday life, or to enrich ones prayer life, or to simply renew ones Faith.
Please volunteer to be a session leader, fully scripted material is provided; just extend your goodwill and hospitality.
REGISTRATION: Required pre-registration will be after masses on January 23/24, and January 30/31. Sessions will begin during the week of February 7th.
To register for “Meeting Christ in Prayer”, fill out a registration slip which you will find in the pews beginning January 23/24, OR email email@example.com with your name, email, phone, and preferred meeting time/s (morning/afternoon/evening), and preferred day/s (Monday to Saturday).
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emVgHqroDno&feature=youtu.be
The Final Draft of the St. Anne/St. Catherine Pastoral Plan is now available!
On May 31, 2016 we submitted to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB) the final version of the five-year Parish Pastoral Plan for the future mission of St. Anne's and St. Catherine's.
This is the product of many months of work from a large list of individuals who deeply care about the future of our Collaborative.
We will now be moving on to the next phase of this process, which includes executing on the priorities, goals and tasks outlined in the plan. St. Anne and St. Catherine Parishes are tremendously grateful to all those involved in making sure this plan was completed on time, and reflected the Mission and Vision of the Collaborative.
The pastoral plan as completed reads as follows: pastoral plan document
Respect Life Ministry: Answering the Call
Would you like to be involved in the parish pro-life ministry supporting life from conception to natural death? There are many ways you can use your time and talent for this cause. You’re invited to participate in a way that is comfortable for you. We will have focused petition drives, walks for life, baby supply collections, educational outreach, fundraising, prayer, and more. Now is the time to join as our ministry is taking on a renewed, focused approach. Please join us on Thursday, November 5th at 6:30pm in the St. Catherine Parish Hall mezzanine on the second floor. Questions? Call Kathy at 978-692-5756. Thank you for your interest.
Stop Taxpayer Funding of Abortion
Sign the petition after mass and take petitions with you to bring to groups, friends and family. The Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Public Funding of Abortion was founded in 2015 with the goal of stopping taxpayer subsidized abortions in Massachusetts. The petition seeks to amend the constitution of Massachusetts by adding the sentence: "No provision of this constitution shall be construed as requiring the public funding of abortion.” Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts was the only opponent. Signatures will now be gathered after masses until the deadline of Nov. 18th. With enough signatures, the item will be placed on the ballot to be voted upon in the November 2018 statewide election.
Saint Catherine Parish seeks your time and talents for the benefit of our parish community. Even a modest contribution of your time and talent will promote the mission of the parish and strengthen our community. Everyone has something to share!
How Saint Catherine Parish is Keeping God’s Children Protected and Safe
To know that we are children of God is to live in complete love, with deep abiding security and the ability to dream, to sing, to create, to laugh, and to play without worry. As we grow older, we learn, through sometimes hurtful and damaging experiences, that some people reject the ability that God gave them to love and respect others—they ignore God’s call.
At Saint Catherine Parish, we strive to ensure the safety of our children, youth, elderly and disabled brothers and sisters. Below are some of the ways in which we carry out this critical task.
Protecting God’s Children Workshops (PGC)
All volunteers, age 18 and above, are required to participate in a one-time Protecting God’s Children (PGC) awareness training – regardless of whether or not you work directly with children. If you have attended a workshop elsewhere, please provide us with a copy of your certificate of attendance. If you have questions regarding PGC training please call the Parish Office /978-692-6353.
If you need to attend a session soon, please go to PGC Training Schedule (PGC training schedule) to find a workshop at another parish. (If you attend elsewhere, please make sure to provide a copy of your certificate of attendance to St. Catherine's parish office.)
Annual Background Checks
It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston that all staff and volunteers (age 17 and above) have an annual background check (CORI). All CORI forms must be verified, in person, using a government issued photo ID. You can do this at the Parish Office during regular office hours (Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
Guidelines for Staff & Volunteers
It is expected that the staff and volunteers who work with children and youth adhere to specific procedures.
Ensure that all staff & volunteers comply with PGC and CORI requirements.
Never work alone with children and young people.
If an adult needs to speak with a young person on a one-to-one basis, another adult must be made aware of the meeting and be available until the meeting ends.
Ensure that the ratio of adults to children is adequate to ensure safety and to ensure that children are supervised at all times.
Plan for extra help for special activities that may require more supervision.
Know who is in attendance at any activity; retain emergency contact information for every child.
Have a cell phone available.
Consent forms should be completed, if applicable, for children under 18.
Establish regular communication with a parent or guardian.
Communicate to parents the logistics for safe, supervised drop-off & pick-up points and times.
If cancelation of a class, activity or practice is necessary, every effort must be made to notify parents in advance. If a family is unaware of a cancelation and a child is dropped off, a parent must be contacted immediately.
Children are never to be left unattended while waiting for a parent, or person designated by the parent, to pick-up the child.
It is our belief that if parents are involved in parish programs and events, they will be in the best position to protect their own children as well as all the children in the parish community. Involvement and communication are important factors in helping to ensure safe environments for all of our children.
Our Music Ministry needs you!
That my heart may sing to you and not be silent (Ps. 30:12)
Whether comforting us in moments of despair or lifting us in moments of joy, music speaks to us in ways that are otherwise inexpressible. In our liturgies, music helps to unite us body and soul in prayer with one another and experience God’s presence among us. Our Music Ministry is dedicated to helping us all pray together in song and to move us to “full, conscious and active participation”* in the Mass.
If you have the gift of music and would like to share it with the parish, our Music Ministry needs you! Help us to create beautiful moments of prayer through song and consider joining one of our ensembles. Below you’ll find information on ways to get involved.
*Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, no. 14
Collaborative Adult Ensemble (Director: Kelly Clark)
The Collaborative Adult Ensemble includes singers and instrumentalists from both St. Anne’s and St. Catherine’s. Their repertoire tends toward a contemporary style, while still honoring traditional roots. This ensemble includes adult singers, bass, organ, piano, guitars, solo wind and percussion instruments.
Collaborative Teen Youth Ensemble (Director: Kelly Clark)
The Teen Youth Ensemble is open to teens from St. Anne and St. Catherine Parishes in 6th through 12th grade . This group provides contemporary music at the Sunday evening Confirmation liturgies and is accompanied by a band of teen and adult musicians. In addition to singers, the group is interested in teens that play piano, bass, drums, guitars, flute, and trumpet.
Collaborative Children’s Choir
The Collaborative Children’s choir is open to kids from St. Anne and St. Catherine parishes who are in grades 2 through 6. This group will sing together at each parish once a month. In addition, they will sing at some holiday masses and other special liturgies.
Our emails are now using the @LWCatholic.org domain instead of @StCatherineParish. Please make the changes in your email program so we won't miss your important messages. By the way, LW stands for Littleton/Westford. Our email addresses use the staff members' first name and last initial followed by the @ sign. For example, Denise Van Veen's email is DeniseV@.........The only exception is to reach the parish secretary, Liz Newton, please use Office at StCatherineParish.org
Blessings to you and your family.
This year, we are collecting toiletry and stationery items for the inmates at the two Concord prisons. Paper bags, with a letter listing the needed items, are available at each of the entrances of the church. Please return the filled bags to the large box outside the Parish Center coat roam by Sunday, December 7. For more information or if you are interested in assisting with this project, please contact Joan or Dick Leaver at 978-692-6655 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the website: www.concordprisonoutreach.org.