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.
DID YOU KNOW…..
In today’s Gospel, Jesus puts that all important question to his disciples. “Who do you say that I am?” At this point, his apostles had been with him for nearly three years. They must have known he was so much more than a simple carpenter’s son from Nazareth, but did they understand who he really was? Can you picture Jesus looking around the circle of faces, peering into his friends’ eyes and hoping they had gotten what he had been trying to show them for so long?
Was he a prophet? Was he a simple, faith-filled teacher or a mystical healer? Or, could he be the Messiah? Out of the twelve apostles, only Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” To many of us, this seems obvious. From our vantage point, with two thousand years of teaching and tradition behind us, we may easily say that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. For us, then, the question may be more aptly phrased as how rather than who. How does saying Jesus is Lord make a difference to who we are? How does it influence the way we perceive ourselves, view God, and interact with one another?
I remember the words from a childhood hymn, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Could that be said of us today? Being a Christian is more than knowing Jesus as the Christ. It is a journey of personal discovery through which we meet Jesus and allow that encounter to shape and color how we live each day. Being a disciple means being like Peter and allowing Jesus to draw us out of our complacency and our uncertainty, beyond what others might expect of us, beyond even what we might expect of ourselves, to make God’s love actively present to those around us. There comes a time in each baptized Christian’s life when he or she must answer the question of who Jesus is in very tangible ways or forever miss the point of who God is calling them to be. So, as Jesus looks around the circle of followers and peers into your eyes, how will you answer, “Who do you say that I am?”
The Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist
The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him: rejection and martyrdom. The “voice crying in the desert” did not hesitate to accuse the guilty, did not hesitate to speak the truth. But why? What possesses a man that he would give up his very life?
This great religious reformer was sent by God to prepare the people for the Messiah. His vocation was one of selfless giving. The only power that he claimed was the Spirit of Yahweh. “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). Scripture tells us that many people followed John looking to him for hope, perhaps in anticipation of some great messianic power. John never allowed himself the false honor of receiving these people for his own glory. He knew his calling was one of preparation. When the time came, he led his disciples to Jesus: “The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus” (John 1:35-37). It is John the Baptist who has pointed the way to Christ. John’s life and death were a giving over of self for God and other people. His simple style of life was one of complete detachment from earthly possessions. His heart was centered on God and the call that he heard from the Spirit of God speaking to his heart. Confident of God’s grace, he had the courage to speak words of condemnation or repentance, of salvation.
Each of us has a calling to which we must listen. No one will ever repeat the mission of John, and yet all of us are called to that very mission. It is the role of the Christian to witness to Jesus. Whatever our position in this world, we are called to be disciples of Christ. By our words and deeds, others should realize that we live in the joy of knowing that Jesus is Lord. We do not have to depend upon our own limited resources, but can draw strength from the vastness of Christ’s saving grace.
“So they came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.’ John answered and said, ‘No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said [that] I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease’” (John 3:26–30).
Sacraments and Services
Rev. Mario J. Orrigo
Rev. Frank Campo
Most Rev. Peter J. Uglietto, In Residence
Deacon John R. Turner
Deacon Cyril T. O’Neil
Deacon Frank Dello Russo
71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA • 781.438.0200
9 Pomeworth Street, Stoneham, MA • 781.438.0960 • Fax 781.435.0075
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE
71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA • 781.438.1093
Marie A. Kopf, Director of Religious Education
Jednnifer Galea 781-438-0040
SAINT PATRICK SCHOOL
20 Pleasant Street, Stoneham, MA • 781.438.2593
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Rev. Mario Orrigo, Pastor and Chairperson
James Healey, Co-Chairperson
Arrangments for your wedding must be made with a Priest or Deacon at the parish. These requests must be made at least six months in advance of the wedding date. A Marriage Preparation Course is required. Saint Patrick Church offers a course every spring. You may also find a course on the Archdiocese website: BostonCatholic.org
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH?
Whether you were baptized Catholic at a young age, thinking about joining the Faith, or just curious and want to know more, our religious education program offers the opportunity to grow and learn. Learn more here.
COMMUNAL MEMORIAL MASSES
We are offering a 'Communal Memorial Mass' on Saturdays at 12:00 noon that will allow a number of people from different families to be remembered at the same Mass. The names of those remembered at the Mass will be announced during the Prayer of the Faithful and the names will be listed in the previous week's bulleting.