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    Saint Mary of the Annunciation is a Roman Catholic Christian Community centered around the Eucharist, welcoming all, while growing through faith and stewardship.


    EUCHARISTIC LITURGY Saturday (Vigil) 4:00 pm

    Sunday 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am

    (Lower Church Chapel)

    SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Baptisms are celebrated monthly at 1:00 pm. A Baptism class is held for all new parents and godparents on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Parish Center. To schedule your Baptism or for more

    information, please call Lisa Hudson at the Rectory.

    SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY Please call the Parish Office to schedule an appointment to begin the preparation process and to confirm a date and time for your wedding.

    This process should begin at least six months in advance of the desired

    SACRAMENT OF THE SICK If you would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick prior to hospital

    admission or any other reason, please contact the Rectory.

    SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 pm or call the Parish Office for an appointment.

    EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Fridays after the 9:00 am Mass until Noon in the Lower Church Chapel.

    ROSARY FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center Chapel.



    4 Myrtle Street, Melrose, MA 02176

    School Website: School Office: 781-665-5037

    46 Myrtle Street, Melrose, MA 02176

    Parish Website:

    Parish Office: 781-665-0152 Fax: 781-665-2750

    Hours: 9:00am—4:00pm, Monday—Friday


    Rev. Shawn Allen Pastor

    Rev. Charles Hughes In Residence

    Rev. John Janko, SDB Weekend Assistant

    Ms. Marge Keohane Operations Manager

    [email protected]

    Mr. Christopher Beza Principal, St. Mary’s School

    781-665-5037 [email protected]

    Mrs. Janine Hanley Mrs. Linda Simko

    Directors of Religious Education 781-590-4948

    [email protected]

    Mrs. Paula Lowell Music Director

    [email protected]

    Mrs. Lisa Hudson Parish & Religious Education Secretary

    [email protected]

    Mrs. Jaclyn Meehan Confirmation Coordinator

    [email protected]

    Mr. George Riley Maintenance Supervisor


    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]

  • Saint Mary Parish, Melrose, MA

    WELCOME TO ST. MARY’S! If you are visiting and looking for a spiritual home, we welcome you to our

    Saint Mary of the Annunciation Parish Community. We hope that you find the worship and liturgy uplifting and an encouragement to your faith.

    We invite you to participate in the life of our parish. Whatever your age or walk of life, we want this parish to be your spiritual home.

    We are a community centered on excellent liturgy, helping people of all ages grow in relationship with Jesus, and welcoming all.

    Please introduce yourself to one of the priests after Mass. We want to know you and serve you.

    Please pray for those who are ill and especially for

    Maureen McIsaac Stephen McFarland

    Ellie & Paul Pistorino William Doherty Robert Nobrega

    Patricia DeGaravilla Claire Ranieri

    Our Sanctuary Lamp is lit in memory of Clemmie & Al Reich

    Please pray for our recently deceased.

    Mary Fitzmaurice Dermot O’Sullivan Eugene O’Sullivan

    We pray in a special way for whatever reason.

    We pray for all those who are lonely,

    for those who have no one to pray for them,

    and we pray for one another.

    Saturday, January 11 4:00 pm William J Emery

    Sunday, January 12 7:30 am Saint Mary Parishioners 9:30 am Elizabeth Guarente 11:30 am Michael Crowley

    Friday, January 17 9:00 am Maria Jako

    Saturday, January 18 4:00 pm Arlene Stanton

    Sunday, January 19 7:30 am Margaret McKean 9:30 am Saint Mary Parishioners 11:30 am Carlo Caso


    The Catechism of the Catho-lic Church gives four reasons for the Incarnation, why God be-came man in Jesus Christ. The third reason is “to be our model of holiness.” All of Jesus’ words and actions model for us what we ought to do. He also shows us how we’re meant to be. Je-

    sus’ baptism ought to remind us of our own baptism and of the importance of baptism in the Christian life. The Baptism of the Lord reminds us of our Trinitarian identity. When we are baptized, we stand in solidarity with Christ, bathed in the waters he sanctified. There, the Father proclaims our adoption into the family of God. “‘This is my beloved son [this is my beloved daughter], with whom I am well pleased.’” And the Spirit, too, descends. We are filled with the Spirit’s grace and power to continue Christ’s mis-sion on earth. We received these gifts in the sacrament, and they continue to dwell within us through sanctifying grace. We can — and should — invite God to stir up these graces of our baptism and consider them in our own lives. Does Christ feel like a distant relative two thousand years in the past? Or do you see him as someone who can be encountered here and now? Ask yourself where you find your sense of dignity and worth. Do you still search for it in success, social status, and selfish pursuits? Or are you able to rest in being a beloved child of God? Remember, baptism gives us a call and a charge to change the world. Do you pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you? Or are you so focused on your own life that you miss the mission? This week, let’s do as Jesus did. Let’s live in our baptism! ©LPi

    Our Parish website has lots new on our HOME page and our Photo Albums under

    the Parish tab.

    CURSILLO An opportunity to deepen your faith. The Boston Cursillo Movement

    The Cursillo is a “little course in Christianity” that begins on a Thursday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon. Each Cursillo is an encounter with Christ in a small community of

    the Church, in order that Christ’s love and grace can be brought to every aspect of life. Fr Bill Murphy and Mary Ann McLaughlin will be the Spiritual Directors of upcoming week-ends. The Boston Cursillo Weekends are held at The Cam-pion Center, 319 Concord Road in Weston, Massachusetts.

    For more information call: Chris Graf 617-332-5548

    The dates for the next Cursillo Weekends are: Women’s Weekend March 5-8, 2020 Men’s Weekend April 23-26, 2020

  • The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

    Readings for January 12, 2020 The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

    First Reading Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Responsorial Psalm Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10, 11b Second Reading Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38 Gospel Matthew 3:13-17

    This feast of the Baptism of the Lord presents us with the opportunity reflect on the importance of our own baptism. It is the sacrament we receive only once but the graces of the sacrament continue to unfold throughout our lives. Spend some time in prayer with the reading from Isaiah in today’s Mass. As you read the passage, hear God speaking these words directly to you. Draw on the grace of your baptism to make these words live in your heart.

    Readings for January 19, 2020 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    First Reading Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 Responsorial Psalm Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 (8a, 9a) Second Reading First Corinthians 1:1-3 Gospel John 1:29-34

    In today’s gospel, John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the Son of God. Our faith and Sacred Scripture confirm this for us – Jesus is the Son of God. Pray today’s Psalm with an open heart and open mind: “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.” What is God’s will for us - for you ? It is to speak the name of Jesus and tell of His work in your life. It is Je-sus’ will that you make disciples. Not everyone will do this the same way. Ask for the grace to find the best way you can to testify – talk about - Jesus.

    Sgt Paul Consoli, US Army Major Martin Forrest, USMC

    LtCol Steven Gerardi, US Army Cpl Matthew Gregorio, USMC

    Pvt Michael Butler, USMC L/Cpl Daniel Morelli, USMC

    Sgt Brian Crawford, US Army LtCol Bernard Banks, US Army

    H.C. Evan Carroll, USN Sgt Patrick Briatico, USMC

    E3 James E. Wilson, US Army AB Dan Munday, USAF

    SR Patrick Casey, USCG Cpl Kevin J. Doherty, USMC Cpl Cam DeCroteau, USMC

    SPC Bradford Saunders, US Army Major Eric DiNoto, US Army

    Aft Devon Emery, USAF

    Lt Patrick Forrest, USMC Cpl Mark Gregorio, USMC

    L/Cpl Jare Wimberly, USMC LtCol McGregor, USMC

    SPC James LaCroix, US Army WO James Pappa, US Army SS Jessica Rainwater, USAF

    S/F Justin E. O'Brien, US Army Lt J/G Quincy King II, USAF Lt John R Moreschi Jr., USN Cpt Daniel J. Parker, USAF Sgt Mickhail Jean, US Army Sgt Jacob Pezzini, US Army

    Cpl Michael Igo, USMC Sgt Sean D. Mooney, ARNG L/Cpl Michael Baker, USMC

    Pfc Matthew Hanley, US Army

    Please pray that God will watch over and safeguard our men and women

    serving in the military. We thank you for your service.


    I want to thank all the parish families who have contribut-ed to this year’s Grand Annual Appeal. Your support and generosity are gratefully appreciated. The Grand Annual is an important part of our annual reve-nue and necessary to cover the day-to-day operating ex-penses. To date, we have received $60,011.00 toward our goal of $75,000. If every parish family makes a dona-tion as their means allow, we will have another successful Grand Annual! Your donation may be made in installments if that’s more convenient for you. We ask every parishioner consider a gift as your means allow. You may also make a one-time gift online on our website ( Please be sure to choose “Grand Annual” as the fund for your gift. Thank you.


    Come join the mom's group at St. Mary's Catho-lic Church. We’ll be meeting at 9am on Fridays if anyone would like to join us. The aim of the

    group is to gather for catholic discussions, bible study, pray-er and socialization while having little ones play alongside. If you're a working mom, we will do a meeting once a quarter with just moms in the evenings. If you are interested in join-ing please email me at [email protected]

    Make it a Family Affair!

    We need kids of all ages and/or fami-lies to bring the Gifts to the Altar at the 9:30

    Family Mass. Please just “take our fish” from the table at the back of the Church and let an usher know you will bring the Gifts to the Altar. This will let everyone know that some-one is already set to bring the Gifts to the Altar. When you go back to get the Gifts just return our Fish! Please make sure you return our Fish! This is especially a great idea for our young people who have recently received or will be receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation this year as they can play another important role and be more active-ly involved in the Celebration of the Mass.


    As we begin the new year, let us continue the tradition or begin a new tradition of helping our less fortunate sisters and brothers!

    Suggestions for January Spam Coffee Cooking Oil Mayonnaise Mustard Ketchup Jelly peanut butter pasta cold cereal boxed milk (Parmalat) spaghetti sauce hearty soup beef stew canned corn beef hash canned chicken or turkey paper, plastic and reusable bags

    A few general reminders Please know that any and all donations are welcome even if they are not the suggested items. Our only request is that

    expiration dates are checked as any items beyond their expi-ration date must be discarded.

    mailto:[email protected]

  • January 12, 2020


    Grade 9 4:00-5:00 Grade 10A 5:15-6:45 Grade 10B 7:00-8:15

    Please contact our Coordinator, Jaclyn Meehan for any questions Email—[email protected]

    The Passion Play of Christ in Oberammergau & Shrines of Central Europe

    Fr. Liias & Fr. Armano, Spiritual Directors August 10-19, 2020

    We still have some spaces available for the Pilgrimage to Oberammergau & Central Europe. The Passion Play only performs every 10 years, so reserve your spot now! Deadline for registration is March 10, 2020. For more information or to obtain a brochure, please contact Cathy DiPirro at 781-307-2474 or email: [email protected]

    Melrose Knights of Columbus Welcomes New Members

    Melrose Council #128 is a Catholic men’s organization committed to charitable giving,

    unity, fraternity and patriotism. We are locat-ed at 23 West Foster Street with a beautiful

    function hall and members’ lounge. Our members are main-ly from St. Mary’s, Incarnation and Most Blessed Sacrament parishes, but we also welcome members from neighboring towns and parishes. We are a very active Council with over

    15 new members joining us or transferring in during the past 2 years.

    If you are interested in becoming a Knight or would like to learn more, check out our local and national websites and contact Brian to set up some time to talk. Brian Elenbaas, Membership Director [email protected]

    Weekly Offertory Collections for December

    Weekend of December 1 In Pew Collection—$2667. Online Collection—$3607.

    Weekend of December 8 In Pew Collection—$5479. Online Collection—$1077.

    Weekend of December 15 In Pew Collection—$6749. Online Collection—$2582.

    Weekend of December 22 In Pew Collection—$6011. Online Collection—$1249. Weekend of December 29 In Pew Collection—$5343. Online Collection—$2117.

    Thank you for your continuous generosity & commitment.

    “QUICK GIVE” ONLINE GIVING In this age of technology, we oftentimes don’t carry cash or our checkbook with us when attending Mass. Not a prob-lem! Would you like to make a donation online to Saint Mary’s without setting up a donor account? Just go to our website home page ( and click on the “New and Improved Online Giving” icon. Choose “Offertory” as the fund (or a different fund if you prefer), enter the amount and follow the instructions regard-ing payment. American Express, Mastercard or Visa cards are accepted. Do not click on “recurring gift” if you are mak-ing a one-time donation. If you want to sign up for recurring donations, please click the “recurring gift” box to create an account. If you have any questions, please call the rectory at 781-665-0152. Thank you.

    12th Annual Holy Hour for Life,

    Forgiveness & Healing January 22nd—9:30 to 10:30 am

    Marking the Anniversary of Roe v Wade

    January 22, 1973—January 22, 2020

    Our Parish Prays For Life on January 22, 2020.

    A Holy Hour for Life, Forgiveness and Healing will

    be held on Wednesday, January 22nd, after the 9:00

    am Mass from 9:30 to 10:30 am as part of the Archdi-

    ocesan observance of the National Day of Prayer and

    Penance marking the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme

    Court’s decision legalizing abortion on demand.

    We will pray together for respect for the dignity of

    human life from conception to natural death; for those

    who have been wounded by abortion; for those facing

    death; and for increased holiness in the Church. The

    Holy Hour for Life, Forgiveness and Healing is orga-

    nized by Boston Deacons for Life in collaboration

    with the Office of Diaconal Life and Ministry & the

    Pro Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston. Please

    join us; all are welcome.

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]://[email protected]

  • Saint Mary of the Annunciation School and PTO News

    Visit the St Mary’s School Website

    MISSION STATEMENT Saint Mary of the Annunciation School is a Catholic commu-

    nity of learners living the way of Christ. We instill disciple-ship, integrity and academic excellence in a safe, caring

    environment. Our mission is to educate faith-filled leaders for the future.


    Meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

    Next meeting is on Wednesday, January 15th. Mark Your Calendar!

    Please join us as we need everyone’s help to make this a successful year for all our children!


    Parents Night Out Thursday January 16th

    Giggles Comedy Club-Prince Pizza $25 per ticket

    Come and enjoy unlimited pizza and a comedy show! Cash bar.

    It is sure to be a fun night out with lots of laughs! Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.

    February Half Day Events FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th

    Kelly's Roast Beef—Danvers 11:30am-5:00pm

    Please join us for lunch and 15% of all sales will be

    donated back to the school.

    GYMJA WARRIOR—Danvers 1:30pm

    More information can be found at

    Ticket information and details to follow!

    Father-Someone Special/Daughter Valentine’s Dance

    Saturday February 8th 6:30-8:30pm Lower Church Hall Grades 1-8

    Mother-Someone Special/Son Bowling Event March Date TBD

    Annual Auction “Back to the 80s”

    March 28, 2020 6:00-10:00pm Bellevue Golf Club

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Will you help out? Please email any PTO Officer to let them know.


    Thursday, Jan 16—PTO Parents Night Out—Giggles Comedy Club at Prince Pizza Monday, Jan 20—Martin Luther King JrDay—No School Tuesday, Jan 21—Winter Clubs Begin Thursday, Jan 23—Progress Reports K-8 Sunday, Jan 26—Catholic Schools Week Begins

    Catholic Schools Week begins January 26th! This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools:

    Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

    For Catholics learning is not simply informational but for-mational. Catholic education invites young people to view the world and all its wonders through a vision of faith: to learn why God made the world, us and for what purpose each one has been put on this earth. Our Catholic schools can freely speak of science in connection to our faith which is increasingly important in our world that demands separa-tion of the two. The Catholic vision for humanity fosters last-ing values that build personhood and character. We are grateful to all our parishes for contributing to making this a viable opportunity here in the North Region.

    In the North Region, we have 18 elementary schools, 3 middle & high schools combined, and 3 high schools. All of these schools enhance opportunities for our youngest mem-bers and are a tremendous place of faith and learning that I hope all our parishes support.

    The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2020 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Dur-ing the week schools typically celebrate with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishion-ers, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides young people and its contributions to our church, our com-munities and our nation.

    Support our schools! Encourage enrollment in our Catholic Schools in the North Region!