Homelessness & Hunger Ministries
Over the past decade, Saint Cecilia Parish has developed significant relationships with several Boston-based nonprofit agencies that focus on housing and homelessness, as well as hunger and food insecurity.
Saint Cecilia CARES
Saint Cecilia CARES is a home visitation program with ministers who visit the homes of the sick, isolated, and needy members of our parish and the surrounding community. Through the gift of compassionate listening, they provide pastoral presence, emotional support, and Holy Communion if requested.
Social and Racial Justice Ministry
This parish ministry is a non-partisan, but politically and socially engaged Catholic advocacy group for social and racial justice. The work of this ministry is grounded in the Gospel message that we are all one in Christ Jesus, and emphasis is placed on Catholic Social Teaching, particularly the call to protect the dignity of the most vulnerable. Members seek to connect with and amplify existing groups across the Boston ecumenical community, while also infusing social and racial justice into the whole of our parish.
Nativity Preparatory School
Nativity Prep is a tuition-free Jesuit middle school serving boys of all faiths from low-income Boston families. The school requires participation in evening study and Saint Cecilia sends tutors each week during the academic year to work with boys one-on-one on their homework. Additionally, the parish provides dinner four times per semester for the boys, staff, and tutors—close to 60 meals. We are looking for a roster of substitute tutors who can fill in for the regular tutors who have committed to a weekly assignment, and folks to either provide desserts, juice, or funds to contribute to serving dinner. We have a limited but real need for helpers to cook, clean, and serve. For more information on participating in this ministry, please contact Susan Donnelly.
Advent Giving Tree
The annual Advent Giving Tree invites parishioners to celebrate the season of Advent by providing Christmas gifts to men, women, and children in need. The Advent Giving Tree, dressed with gift tags, is placed in the narthex on the First Sunday of Advent. Help is needed to prepare tags, assemble and decorate the tree, and sort gifts as they arrive. For more information about this ministry, please contact Ann Faldetta.