Welcome to Saint Patrick Parish in Stoneham, Mass.

 

WELCOME TO SAINT PATRICK CHURCH 

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT     

 

        In communion with the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world, St. Patrick Parish seeks to further the mission of Jesus Christ: that all may know God’s love for them, and grow in union with God and one another.  With the Sacred Liturgy at the center of our parish life, we are formed by the Word of God and strengthened by the Eucharist.  We move from the table of the Lord to proclaim God’s presence in our world today through a variety of ministries.  Manifesting the life of the Holy Spirit in our midst, we strive to be a welcoming community where faith finds expression in service.

 

 

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CANCELLATION

 

            Due to impending snow storm on Monday, Fr. Jurgen Liias will be cancelling his teaching on DEEP CATHOLICISM THAT WAS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 2.  Fr. Jurgen will reschedule to a later time upon his return from his scheduled knee surgery. We ask for you to keep him in prayer for healing.

 

 

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ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES

February 18, 2014

12 noon      MASS

3:00 PM    SERVICE

7:00 PM    MASS

 

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The Light Is On For You

Sacrament of Reconciliation

 

Confession will be available every other week;

Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm - 8 pm in the Lower Church

 

February 18

March 4

March 18

April 1

 

*Confession will also be available on Tuesday, February 24, 

during the Parish Mission.

 

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Our Lenten Mission:

Spending Some Time in the

Desert With the Lord!

February 23, 24, 25 - 2015

 

Each evening will be led by our good friend, Father Bill Kremmell,

who is a retired pastor of the Archdiocese of Boston,

a former college chaplain, and an experienced leader of retreats, days of prayer, and other spiritual programs

in a variety of settings. He currently fills in, as needed,

in  a number of parishes of the Archdiocese.

 

The desert is the place where Jesus spent time in fasting and prayer, preparing for his ministry of service.

How good it is for us to be with Him!

 

Monday, February 23th - 7:00 p.m.

PRAYER: I look at God and I open myself

up to God’s presence and God’s love.

The evening will end with a communal prayer service.

 

Tuesday, February 24th- 7:00 p.m.

FASTING: I look at myself and let go

of temptations and distractions

(whatever stands between me and God’s love).

The evening will end with an opportunity

to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

 

Wednesday, February 25th - 7:00 p.m.

ALMSGIVING (service): I look at my brothers

And sisters in need and reach out

to them with God’s love.

The evening will end with a celebration

of Mass followed by a social gathering.

 

Please join us. All are welcome!

 

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DID YOU KNOW . . .

 

Who is Jesus?

            In the Gospel of Mark today, Jesus is teaching with full authority in the synagogue in Capernaum.  Unlike prophets of that time who would preface their messages from God by saying things like “God’s words for you are” or “the God who sent me says,” Jesus spoke with conviction from His own authority, in His own words, and this amazed people who gathered to hear Him.  In fact, in this opening chapter from his gospel, Mark shows that Jesus both speaks and acts with authority such that even the unclean spirits recognize Him as the “Holy One of God” and obey his command.  Yet, the crowds around Jesus and even His own apostles were confused about who He was.

Fortunately for us, Mark begins his Gospel with the words "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ[the Son of God]" so that we readers know right away who he is writing about.  Even with this direct explanation and others like it in scripture, however, we can also miss the point of what it means that Jesus is the Son of God.  How often do we allow ourselves the time to reflect on Jesus as true God and true man, and let ourselves wrestle with the realization that Jesus is God’s Living Word with the power to affect change in our hearts?  

Somehow, at some point in our lives, we have to allow our hearts to encounter Jesus and recognize Him for who He is.  We can surrender to faith and allow ourselves to grasp that Jesus truly is the Son of God made flesh in order to reveal God’s great love for us.  When the realization hits us that God is present and active in our lives, we too can be wonderfully awed and amazed as were the people in the synagogue that day.

 

 

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PRECIOUS  BLOOD DEVOTION

 

Thursday Evenings ~ Lower Church at 7:00 pm

 

Do you have a special attraction or devotion to the

Precious Blood of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

 

            In Saint John XXIII Apostolic Letter “On Promoting Devotion to the  Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ” he states,

 

“Nourished by His Body & Blood, sharing the Divine strength that has sustained countless martyrs, they will stand up to the slings and arrows of each day’s fortunes - even if need be to martyrdom itself for the sake of Christian virtue and the Kingdom of God.  Theirs will be the experience of that burning love which made St. John Chrysostom cry out, “Let us, then, come back from that table like lions breathing out fire, thus becoming terrifying to the devil, and remaining mindful of our Head and of the love He has shown for us.  This Blood, when worthily received, drives away demons and puts them at a distance from us, and even summons to us angels and the Lord of Angels,”” 

 

            We will be gathering for a most special and powerful prayer devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in the lower Church on Thursday evenings.  All are most welcome!

 

 

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Remember Me.

            Every Friday we have a Eucharistic Adoration from 12 noon to 5:15 pm.  During the hour from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Holy Rosary.  Please join us as we raise all our petitions in prayer with the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  One of the missionaries of Fatima, Sister Lucia, said the salvation of the world will come before the Blessed Sacrament.  Jesus asks all of us to watch with Him for one hour, to sit in gratitude before Him in the Holy Eucharist, and ask for His help for our families and the world. Come and be a part of our history.

 

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MASS ETIQUETTE

            The suggestions offered here are simple reminders, intended to help all of us to develop habits that make our common worship full, rich, and prayerful. It’s about respecting the sanctity of God’s house and the Mass, and about being considerate to others.    Of course there may be times when we arrive late, or forget to silence our cell phones.  Accidents happen.  Etiquette is more about habits, not the rare slip or unavoidable occurrence.

 

PLEASE:

  • Remember when you come to Mass you are entering the house of the Lord and should be dressed appropriately.
  • Try to be on time for Mass.  Sometimes things can’t be helped; without doubt cars break down, babies need changing, and alarm clocks fail to go off.
  • Turn off your electronic devices as they can be a distraction to others.
  • When  you enter  church,  bless   yourself  with  the  holy  water  and  thank   God  for  the grace given to you at baptism.
  • When you reach your pew, genuflect toward the Tabernacle in the Sanctuary before    sitting down and again when leaving the Church.  If one cannot genuflect, then a bow is sufficient.
  • Participate in the Mass by singing, speaking, praying and attending within the heart and mind.  We are not here to observe. We are all an important part of the celebration.
  • No food or drink in the church with the exception of milk for infants and water for those who are ill.   Chewing gum, candy, or cookies should not be allowed.
  • Fast before Mass as this is a component of Communion, it is Church law that everyone   must abstain from food or drink for at least one hour before receiving Holy Communion.   The exceptions are medicine and water or unless someone is ill and needs to eat sooner, or those who are advanced in age.
  • Bow before receiving the Precious Body.  If we are receiving in our hands they should be clasped in front of us in a respectful manner and held chest high.  Communion should never be ”taken”, “plucked” or  “grabbed  from the Priest, Deacon or Eucharistic Minister and should be placed in your mouth before turning away from the altar.
  • Stay until the end of Mass.  The Mass is truly not over until the priest has left the altar and after the closing hymn.
  • Help prepare the Church for the next Mass, by placing the books back in their holders and making sure that trash and tissues are picked up, etc.  The Church will look sacred, holy and welcoming when things are placed where they belong.