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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DID YOU KNOW ?

Our Celebration of Easter Continues

            For many people, Easter is a day of dressing up in our finest spring clothes; savoring delicious treats, often from decorated baskets; hunting brightly colored eggs; and visiting with family and friends.  For us Catholics, though we enjoy many of these fun traditions, Easter is so much more.  For us, Easter is the remembrance of Christ’s glorious Resurrection.  It is the knowledge that, through His Paschal Sacrifice, Christ willingly gave up His life so that we who believe in Him may have eternal life.  Because of Easter, we can confidently place our trust in a love so powerful that it forgives all of our sins, strengthens us to follow Jesus, and helps us to carry the crosses we shoulder every day. 

            Easter is surely about more than how we dress, what we eat, or even what we do on a given day.  For followers of Christ, celebrating Easter is a way of life.  We are an Easter people called to live in the hope that seems so abundant on that special day.  Easter reminds us to trust in God’s deep and abiding love, not for just a day or two, but every day.  Living in this hope, however, is neither a way of avoiding life’s difficulties nor a means of turning a blind eye to the reality of suffering around us.  Easter's hope is manifested in the conscious daily decision to place our trust in God and His great love for us.  It is the choice we make each day to trust God to walk with us through every joy and struggle, confident in the knowledge that He will guide us along the way and will welcome us safely home when our time here is done.  In this way, Easter calls us to let go of all of our fears and embrace the peace of mind and heart that Jesus died to provide us.

            In the liturgical calendar, the Season of Easter lasts not just one day, but for 50 days, seven weeks, until the celebration of Pentecost.  Yet, we who live in the love and hope of Christ know that celebrating Easter never ends.

 

 

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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.