Spiritual Activities

Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.” Luke 1:46-48

Those who would like to honor Our Lady in a special manner may be enrolled in the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The members promise Our Lady to live by a special rule that encompasses all the fundamental exercises for the spiritual life. Those interested in the Sodality attend its meetings and exercises for a trial period, after which they may request to join. They are admitted to the Sodality in a beautiful ceremony before the Blessed Sacrament.

Rules of the Sodality

  • Morning Prayers (Acts of Faith, Hope, & Charity; 3 Aves; Consecration; Form the intention of gaining indulgences.)
  • 15-minute meditation
  • Daily Mass (As far as possible)
  • Daily Communion (As far as possible)
  • Rosary (May be substituted by the Little Office)
  • Examine of Conscience & Act of Contrition before retiring
  • Attend Sodality meetings
  • Monthly General Communion
  • Take part in the Sodality works of piety
  • Yearly retreat

If you would like more information, please contact Ms. Mary (Sugar) White at St. Joseph’s Parish. Call the office number and they will have Mary contact you. (617) 666-4140

Special Devotions

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30

Adoration: pending time with Jesus in the Eucharist is one of the greatest gifts we have. Adoration is every Friday at St. Joseph’s Parish for one hour following the 12:10 Mass.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me,”~ Matthew 25:35-36

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a catholic lay organization, leads men and women to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. In the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and collaborate with other people of good will in relieving those in need.

Organized locally, Saint Vincent de Paul provides a number of greatly needed services to families and individuals in Somerville, including the very basics for human dignity such as food and clothing.

At times new members are needed to join this group of dedicated men and women, please call St. Ann’s Parish office at (617) 625-1904 and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will contact you with additional information.

How You Can Help

Food Donations:
The Tri Parish Food Pantry is now located in St. Ann’s Parish Center.  The following list of basic food items are always needed and would be greatly appreciated.  This list is based on what it would take to help a family of four for one to two weeks.  Please donate only normal size cans and packaged food items. We also ask that you check the expiration dates on all foods.

Spaghetti Sauce & Box of Spaghetti
1 Package of Rice or Box of Potatoes
Canned Meat
1 Package of Powdered Milk (2 envelopes)
2 Cans of Vegetables
2 Cans of Fruit
2 Cans of Soup
1 Jar of Peanut Butter
2 Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese
1 Jar of Jelly
1 Box of Dry Soup Mix
1 Pancake Mix & Syrup
1 Box Hot or Cold Cereal
Toilet Paper

Your parish may accept your donation at the back of the church or on a certain weekend during the month.  You can also drop off your donation of food at the Food Pantry. Just call St. Ann’s Parish office beforehand to ensure that someone will be there to accept your donation. (617) 625-1904

Clothing Donations:

There are two St. Vincent de Paul clothing boxes located behind the Rectory next to the St. Catherine of Genoa Parish Hall.  

Monetary Donations:

Your poor box donations are always appreciated.  If you would like to donate by check please make your check payable to your home Parish and mention that it is for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

If you would like to donate used furniture or a used car, please see the St. Vincent de Paul Boston website, for more information. www.svdpboston.com/donate.php

Our Tri Parish Catholic Community also supports:

  • Somerville Catholic Charities
  • The Medical Missionaries of Mary
  • Little Sisters of the Poor 
  • Somerville Homeless Coalition

If you have donations that you would like to drop off please contact the parish office at (617) 625-1904.

Advent and Lent Charitable Projects

Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap” Luke 6:38

During the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent the Tri-Parish Community selects one or more charitable organizations to support.  Help is often needed at this time with collection and distribution. If this is something you would be interested in  please contact your Parish Office for more information.