Parish Merger information HERE!

Dave Lebleu - Wednesday, August 19, 2020

A Proposal for Becoming One Parish

August 1, 2020

Dear Beloved Parishioner,

Recognizing the pressures placed on parishes by the shortage of priests, lower mass attendance and reduced income, the Archdiocese of Boston, in 2013 began Disciples in Mission. A major component of Disciples in Mission was formation of collaboratives to share needed resources between parishes. St. Anne and St. Catherine joined forces in the second phase of Disciples in Mission, in June 2014. 

Since that time the staff of St. Anne and St. Catherine have worked tirelessly and sensitively to assist parishioners with the adjustments involved. We were especially sensitive to the unfortunate fears of some that St. Anne would be closed or swallowed up by St. Catherine. Fr. Joe and I, by maintaining an open, honest and humble dialogue with parishioners, believe that parishioners have developed a deep sense of trust in us and the collaborative staff and councils, enabling their former fears to be diminished.

Building on that essential relationship of trust and furthering our shared goal of the viability of our faith community, we are now contemplating merging St. Anne and St. Catherine into one parish. The parish staff, Collaborative Pastoral Council, Finance Councils, Stewardship Council, Fr. Joe and I have been discussing the possibility of a merger for the last three years. We sincerely believe that this is the direction the Lord is calling us to follow. In doing so, we will build up the faith community and ensure the long life of both St. Anne and St. Catherine churches.

The rationale and implications of asking the Cardinal to allow us to merge are included in the provided documents: A Proposal for Becoming One Parish and Frequently Asked Questions About Parish Mergers (FAQs). Please take ample time to study the provided documents so that you fully understand what a merger entails. The clearer your understanding of what it actually means to become one parish, the more, we believe, you will be at peace moving in this direction. A narrated, color version of the PowerPoint Proposal, the presentation slides, and the FAQs is also available to the right on this screen.

Please share your thoughts and comments with us before September 1st. Email messages may be sent to Feedback at*   * replace the word at with the @ symbol,  or letters may be mailed to either church. 

St Anne Church

Attn: Feedback

75 King Street

Littleton, MA  01460

St Catherine Church

Attn: Feedback

2 West Street

Westford, MA  01886

It continues to be a joy for Fr. Joe and me to serve you as the Lord’s priests and servants.

God Love, 

Fr Peter and Fr Joe

Frequently Asked Questions-click here

Grades K-8 Faith Formation: 2020-2021

Dave Lebleu - Thursday, July 23, 2020

Welcome to the St. Anne - St. Catherine Faith Community Faith Formation Program for Grades K-8. Please click on the links below to get more information for the upcoming year:

Faith Formation Calendar

Dave Lebleu - Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Please check back - 2020-2021 Calendar TBD

LANDINGS - Welcoming Returning Catholics

Dave Lebleu - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Are you someone who “used to be Catholic”?

Did you “grow up Catholic” but haven’t connected with a local parish?

Are you a Catholic who is searching for a more spiritually fulfilling life?

Are you thinking about becoming more active in your Catholic community?

Would you like to participate more fully in the Catholic liturgy and sacraments?

No matter how long you have been away for whatever reason, we invite you to consider renewing your relationship with Christ and His Church through LANDINGS.  LANDINGS is a Paulist Ministry, run by parishioners of the St. Anne – St. Catherine Collaborative, aimed at welcoming Catholics who want to deepen their faith and commitment.

LANDINGS is an open, non-judgmental place to ask questions about Christ and the Catholic faith.  It’s a place where you will be respected and listened to.  LANDINGS is not a place where you will experience pressure, judgment or condemnation.

Interested in Learning More?

Contact Deacon Bill Dwyer

at or 978-394-4664

Why am I required to complete a CORI form?

Dave Lebleu - Thursday, September 20, 2018

Why do I need to fill out a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form?

At the St. Anne – St. Catherine Collaborative, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our children, youth, elderly and disabled brothers and sisters.   As a part of that commitment, we adhere to all guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Boston.  One of those requirements is annual background checks.  Some of the more frequent questions we have been asked are:

Who needs a CORI check?

The Archdiocese of Boston requires that all clergy, including those not serving in a parish, and all parish staff (full and part-time), together with all volunteers (18 years of age and older) who minister to or have the potential for unmonitored access to children, youth, elderly or the disabled, undergo a CORI check.

Why do I have to fill out a CORI request form every year?

The CORI Policy of the Archdiocese as well as Archdiocesan Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children require an annual CORI.

If I fill out a CORI form someplace else, why do I have to fill one out for the Church?

Criminal offender record information may not be shared among entities certified to have access to CORI.

Why do I have to provide so much personal information on the CORI form?

The Commonwealth determines what information must appear on the CORI request form.  The specific information ensures that the returned CORI belongs to the person who filled out the request form.

To review all of our volunteer requirements, and other related documents pertaining to our commitment to ensuring a safe environment, please CLICK    Volunteer Requirements-Info page

Faith Community Newsletters

Dave Lebleu - Monday, February 26, 2018

Please click here to view the Fall 2019 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the Summer 2019 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the Spring 2019 Collaborative Newsletter

If you have any comments, questions or concerns about the newsletter, please contact Debbie Rhodes, Stewardship Director, at (978) 320-4212 or email

Please find 2017 & 2018 Newsletters below

Please click here to view the December 2018 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the November 2018 Collaborative Newsletter

Please click here to view the October 2018 Collaborative Newsletter

Please click here to view the August/September 2018 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the June-July 2018 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the May 2018 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the April 2018 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the March 2018 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the February 2018 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the January 2018 Collaborative Newsletter

Please click here to view the December 2017 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the November 2017 Collaborative Newsletter
Please click here to view the October 2017 Collaborative Newsletter

Protecting God's Children (PGC) program

Dave Lebleu - Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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.

CORI form 2018-2019 click here