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Liturgical Ministries & Outreach

Come and Serve!

We are always seeking lectors, altar servers (both youth and adults), extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and ushers to help make our Sunday liturgies reverent, well-ordered and inviting. Please contact Judy Beatrice or Deacon Tim O'Donnell. We will provide training on an individual basis for new volunteers or a "refresher" for others who are experienced.

Prayer Groups

Badaliya Prayer Group

Please join our interfaith prayer for peace with justice throughout the world, especially in the Holy Land. We meet on the third Sunday of every Month in the Chapel of the Women Doctors. *Currently being held virtually. See contact below for a Zoom link.

For more information about the founding and history of Badaliya, visit

Contact: Dorothy C. Buck,, (781) 395-4391

Prayer Groups

Centering Prayer Group

All are welcome to join us Thursday evenings in practicing Fr. Thomas Keating’s method of “Centering Prayer.” Prayer meetings include readings – sometimes Lectio Divina – or videos followed by discussion and concluding with Centering Prayer.

Contact: Janice Chang or Susan Dougherty,

Prayer Groups

Monday Prayer Group

Immediately after the Monday 12:10 PM Mass, we meet to re-read and meditate on the scripture passages from that day’s Mass. After a time of meditation, we share our understanding of the passages. We are enriched by each person’s insights and often share ways in which we have experienced grace in our lives.

Contact: Mary Alice Stanton,

Food Pantry

Anyone is welcome to come and pick up a bag between 10:00 and 12:00 on Saturdays in the courtyard outside the church. Bags are free and you do not need to be a Cambridge resident or show ID. 

The pantry relies on the generosity of parishioners and neighbors to keep the shelves stocked. Priority items include cereal, oatmeal, crackers, peanut butter, tuna, dry or canned beans, plain rice, pasta, coffee, shelf stable milk (quarts size containers), pasta sauce, and soup. Clean dry paper or plastic grocery bags are also welcome. Donations may be left in the church vestibule when the church is open for Sunday or weekday Masses.

If you are interested in volunteering, making a contribution, or would like more information about the pantry, please contact Tara Lauriat at

Young Couple & New Families

This group of newly engaged/married couples and new parents enjoys fellowship and other faith-formation events.

For more information, contact 

Caring for the Soul

We support and encourage those whose lives have been affected by mental illness by drawing upon prayer and Catholic spirituality as positive resources in our lives and the lives of those we love, and working to make our religious communities places of compassion, healing and acceptance. We welcome all those who have family members, friends or loved ones affected by mental illness, those who are living with mental illness themselves, as well as professionals in the field. Led by Dr. Nancy Kehoe RSCJ, who is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and author of Wrestling with Our Inner Angels, we meet the first Monday of every month, from 5:30 to 7pm in Mary's Room.


Laura Garcia,, 617- 999-4037
Carol Menkiti,, 617-666-2855
Theresa Poirier,, 603-532-8643

Community Advent and Lenten Lunches

Every Wednesday during Advent and Lent after the 12:10 Mass, we prepare and serve home-cooked meals for our homeless and others in the community, including parishioners who are welcome to join our guests. Volunteers are needed to prepare food at home (main dishes and vegetables) and bring juices, fresh fruits, desserts and sandwiches.


Volunteers are also needed to help prepare, set up, serve and clean.


Mercedes Evans,, 617-492-7047
Carol Menkiti,, 617-666-2855

Homebound Ministry

St. Paul's Parish extends its ministry to those who are sick and homebound. Volunteers make phone calls and visits to those who are missing the fellowship of our parish community. To volunteer or if you, or anyone you know, is in need of a visit, please contact: Carolyn O’Hara, (617) 491-8400, ext. 342

Sister Parish

Through the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, St. Paul’s Parish established a relationship with Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish in Beit Sahour, Palestine, in order to spiritually and emotionally support our Christian brothers and sisters, the “living stones” who live in the Holy Land. The HCEF has many innovative programs designed to encourage Christians to continue to witness to our Christian faith in the land where Jesus lived, died and rose again, and supports families and children’s education through the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem.

Contact: Dorothy C. Buck,, (781) 395-4391

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings take place on Monday nights in the lower Church starting at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.

Graduate Students & Young Professionals

Multiple events are held on a weekly basis throughout the year under the auspices of the Harvard Catholic Center's GS&YP ministry.  Please visit their website for a full listing and to subscribe to the email list.