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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Holy Week Schedule for Saint Patrick

Holy Thursday

7:00 pm - Mass.

Good Friday

3:00 pm - Service - Uppper Church

3:00 pm - Children’s Service - Lower Church

7:00 pm Service - Upper Church

Holy Saturday

7:00 pm - Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday

8:00 am - Mass - Upper Church

10:00 am - Family Mass - Upper Church

10:00 am - Mass - Our Lady of Providence Hall

12 noon - Mass - Upper Church

There is no 6:00 pm Mass.

 

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DID YOU KNOW . . .

What is the Holy Triduum?

Throughout the week ahead, as we walk with Jesus towards the cross, we will reflect on his suffering and death, and ponder a love so complete that God “gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Culminating in the Holy Triduum, the three holiest days of our faith, this Holy Week takes us to the heart of who we are.

On Holy Thursday, we recall the Last Supper, beginning with Jesus’ act of loving service and ending with the precious gift of himself given to us in the Sacred Eucharist.  By washing his followers’ feet, Jesus showed us that being a true leader means to humbly and lovingly serve others.  Through the mysteries of bread and wine that were blessed, broken and shared at that Passover feast, Jesus forever offers us the gift of himself to nourish us spiritually so that we might one day know eternal life with God.  This Holy Thursday, let us consider, do we open our hearts to Christ’s true presence in the Holy Eucharist and allow him to inspire us to acts of humble service?

On Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ act of selfless love on the cross.  Last week, we reflected that Jesus entered Jerusalem fully intent on making his way to the cross and establishing a new covenant with himself as the sacrificial lamb.  On Good Friday, we focus on that sacrifice and the all-encompassing love that Jesus has for each of us.  Such deep love for God and his people enabled Jesus to freely say yes to God’s will.  This Good Friday, let us contemplate our relationship with God.  Do we trust in God’s unconditional love and open our hearts to follow wherever God may be leading us?

On the Easter Vigil / Easter Sunday, we celebrate the joy of Jesus’ Resurrection and his triumph over sin and death. Christ’s glorious Resurrection is the source of our hope in eternal life with God.  As we walk the path with Jesus this Holy Week, he invites us to scale to the heights of the cross with him, not broken and bleeding, but whole and joyful on an instrument of torture transformed into a symbol of love.  Death no longer holds power over us who believe in Christ Jesus, whose selfless love vanquished the cross and conquered death once and for all.  How can we share this joyful hope in the Lord?

 

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DID YOU KNOW ? ? ?

 

Eucharist, the True Presence

The Eucharist is the source of all we are as Catholics.  It is truly Jesus—his body and blood, soul and divinity—a precious gift through which God gives us his very self to nourish our souls and help us to follow him and care for one another.  When we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, we become one with him.  We also become one with people throughout the world who also receive Jesus and proclaim him God and Savior.  In this way, the Eucharist is not just the source of who we are, but it is also the culmination of all we aspire to be as a Catholic people.  The Eucharist is the means through which we achieve intimate unity, or communion, with God and one another to become one body, Christ’s body on earth,  commissioned to share God’s love with others. 

As we prepare for Mass, we fast for 1 hour before receiving Holy Eucharist.  This intentional act prepares us to receive the sacred gift of Jesus.  At Communion time, when the minister holds up the Eucharist and says “the Body of Christ,” we make a small, reverent bow of the head and reply with a strong “Amen” by which we are saying, “Yes! I believe it is truly Jesus.”

If you receive Eucharist in your hand, place one hand beneath the other and form a gentle cup into which the minister may place the consecrated host.  Place the Holy Eucharist in your mouth immediately, before walking away.  If you prefer receiving Eucharist on the tongue, gently tip your head back and extend your tongue a little way so the minister has a place to put the host. 

After Communion, when you return to your pew, give yourself a quiet moment to experience the wonder of Jesus present within you and in those around you.  Allow yourself to feel the magnitude of God’s great love for you. 

This Easter Sunday, as we thank Jesus for his loving sacrifice and celebrate his glorious Resurrection, let us ponder the miraculous gift of Holy Eucharist through which we truly become one with and in Christ Jesus.  Alleluia!

Happy Easter!

 

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Book of Lenten Prayer Intentions

            Throughout the Season of Lent, a book will be available on a table to the left of the altar (next to the ambo) in the Upper Church for you to inscribe the special prayer intentions you would like to lift up to God during this season of grace and renewal.  We will include all of these intentions in the Prayers of the Faithful each week during Lent, and the book will be presented before the altar and prayed over during the Easter Vigil.

 

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Lenten Holy Hour

            Please join us on Sunday, March 29, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Upper Church for a special Holy Hour with the Lord.  Through prayer, quiet reflection and Eucharistic Adoration, you are invited to spend some quiet time with God and open your heart to the graces of the Lenten Season.

 

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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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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.