71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 781-438-0960 Fax: 781-435-0075
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.
Second Week of Advent
2nd Friday of Advent – 9 December 2016
“‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance,
John the Baptist modeled fasting and penitence; Jesus showed feasting and welcome to all. Both are ways that God invites us closer. This Advent Jesus is longing for us to join in and dance to his music or to grieve with his dirges.
Previous reflections are available on the Advent Reflections blog.
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CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
December 24, 2016 ~ Christmas Eve
December 25, 2016 ~ Christmas Day
Please note: since Christmas eve falls on a Saturday, confessions will not be heard December 24th.
NO COMMUNAL MASS DECEMBER 10TH
There will be no Communal Mass on December 10th as the 2nd Grade students will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Buy Your Holiday Ice Cream Bon Bons and Support St. Patrick School at the same time!
Ice Cream Bon Bons with
dipped in Belgian Chocolate
12 Count Box
Any questions, please contact Erica:
Orders must be in by Wednesday, December 14th
You can download a form here.
This Christmas, the collection will once again benefit the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust which cares for the needs of our priests. Our priests are always there for us; they share Christ’s good news, perform good works, and build communities of good faith.
All are welcome to learn more and make a gift online at clergytrust.org. Don’t forget to find the Trust on Facebook by searching “@ClergyTrust.”
Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.
Attention All Volunteers
The Saint Patrick Holiday Helpers program is preparing for Christmas. During this season, the program strives to meet the needs of parish families with children who are in need, primarily providing toys and clothes. Holiday Helpers is successful in this mission through the generosity of our parishioners.
If you would like to donate to the Holiday Helpers program to help those who find themselves in need this Christmas season, monetary and gift card donations are welcome and very much appreciated. Checks can be made out to St. Patrick Family Ministry and sent to the parish office @ 71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA 02180. Thank you for your support.
Religious Education Employment Opportunities
There are currently two part-time Assistant Coordinator positions in the Religious Education Office. Each position offers 16 hours weekly coordinating the following grades.
Coordinating Grade 6 on Monday evenings 4-8pm. Grade 3 on Tuesday afternoons 2-6pm, and assisting with the grade level Family Mass at 10am 1 or 2x a month.
Coordinating Grade 5 on Wednesday afternoons 2-6pm. Grade 4 on Thursday afternoons 2-6pm, and Grade 1 on Saturday morning 8-11am (during the Fall and Spring).
Both positions include assisting with the Homeschool Program. If interested, please contact Marie Kopf or Marina Memmo at 781-438-1093.
|Please refrain from bringing food and drinks into the Church|
In order to keep our church clean, beautiful, and inviting, please refrain from bringing food or drinks into the Church. This includes Cheerios, raisins, candy, gum, etc. For all those who come for Mass, it is necessary that we all do our part.
~ Fr. Mario
We are now in the cold and flu season once again. As we have noted before during cold and flu season, there is no requirement for a hand-shake at the ‘Sign of Peace’ if a parishioner is uncomfortable with that greeting. Please respect the right of parishioners to offer a verbal greeting of peace by turning toward those near them without shaking hands. If a hand is not extended, that should be indication enough that a hand-shake would not be welcome.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have been instructed to wash their hands carefully before Mass and to use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer provided for them immediately prior to distribution of Holy Communion.
Please be attentive to the advice of health professionals and protect yourself and others by frequent hand-washing and reception of the flu shots as they become available to you. Right now, the byword is caution, not panic!
| ST. PATRICK’S MUSIC MINISTRY
”REJOICE IN HIS COMING”
A Musical for Christmas
By Susan Naylor Calloway
Followed by a Christmas Sing-a-Long and Concert
Sunday, December 11th at 2:00pm in the upper church
A free will offering will be taken up.
Collation will follow.
|Meals on Wheels needs drivers. Please read our Meals on Wheels page for further information.|
CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL FLOWERS
Contributions in memory of loved ones will be accepted between now and December 19th.
Donations can be left at the Parish Office or placed in the collection basket with the names of those who you wish to be listed in the Christmas bulletin.
For the past several decades, each year on Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, children (and adults) bring their Baby Jesus figures from the crib at their homes to St. Peter’s Square where the Pope will bless both the people and the figurines during the Angelus.
This year we will celebrate “Bambinelli Sunday" at our 10:00 am Mass on Sunday, December 11. All are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from their homes to Mass that morning to be blessed. Families can even make their own “bambinelli” if they want.
A suggestion is, following the blessing, take your “bambinelli” home and place it in a gift box, wrap it, and save it for Christmas. Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas, when together you place your Baby Jesus figure in the crib, and have a home blessing of the Nativity for your whole family.
Like a family, Saint Patrick Parish has been there for us through the years, offering us the sacraments to strengthen us as we make our way on our earthly pilgrimage. We've made lifelong friends and enjoyed fellowship with friends old and new. Sunday Homilies, given in an engaging manner, have helped encourage us and to bring better order in our lives. We've enjoyed the hymns provided by our wonderful music department. Through our social outreach, we've better understood the needs of the less fortunate and how we can help them, particularly when we work together as a parish community. For those of us blessed with children, Saint Patrick Parish has formed and enriched them through our Religious Education Program and through Saint Patrick Catholic School both educationally and spiritually.
There are always ways that you can continue to support Saint Patrick Parish, first through your prayers and also through your gifts of time, talent and treasure. For example, the gift of time; to name just a few, so many parishioners volunteer to teach in our Religious Education Program, become Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers, make communion calls, help with cleaning the Church and act as Sacristans. The gift of talent; many in our Parish bring their own expertise to the Parish Council and Parish Finance Council, share their particular trades of Carpentry, Architecture, Computer Programming etc. The gift of treasures; some parishioners have remembered us in their wills which has allowed us to continue as a strong Parish meeting the needs of its parishioners. We ask if you could please consider:
Donation: You can make a one-time tax deductible donation or make a recurring donation by joining our Parish and becoming a registered member of this dynamic church.
Planned Giving: as the diocese and the churches involved continue towards collaboration, we are a stand-alone Parish, please know that your planned gift to Saint Patrick Parish can ensure the legacy of our Parish.
Wills and Bequests: Once you've taken care of your family, please consider a bequest to Saint Patrick Parish. If you decide to name Saint Patrick parish in your will, please notify me or the business manager so we may thank you.
Insurance and Stock Gifts: there are several ways to turn insurance policies into charitable instruments. Stocks, bonds and other securities are also alternative ways to give that can benefit both you and Saint Patrick Parish.
Please let us know if you need any further information regarding the above by contacting the Rectory office at 781-438 -0950,
Thank you for considering St. Patrick Parish!
Advent is here ...
Walk the path of Advent with Nouwen this season by participating in a Discussion Group here at Saint Patrick. Once a week, we will meet to discuss three short essays (on Waiting, Peace and Power) from: Henri Nouwen’s book, “Finding My Way Home.”
Join us for one, two, or all three weeks
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12
To register or for more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.
More information is available here.
Advent is here and Christmas is just a few weeks away!! If you plan to sing or are a bell ringer for the 4pm Christmas Family Mass you must attend the following rehearsals:
Saturday December 10th 9:30-10:30pm
Thursday December 15th 4:00-5:00pm
Thursday December 22nd 4:00-5:00pm
Any questions or concerns contact Susan @ 781-438-0040 ext. 1 or email@example.com.
Bishop Mark O’Connell has been named pastor of St. Theresa Parish in N. Reading. In keeping with the evangelization charism of St. Andrew, whom Bishop Mark chose to characterize his new role as Bishop, he is offering a “Meet the Bishop” meeting:
Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00pm
St. Theresa Parish (parish hall)
63 Winter St., N. Reading
This is specially designed for: fallen away Catholics; non Catholics, confused Catholics and anyone who would like to be part of the conversation. For more information call 978-664-3412 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Helpers Plant Deliveries for Christmas
Weekend of December 10 & 11
Once again this year, we would appreciate your help in delivering Christmas plants to our homebound and to those parishioners who have recently lost a loved one.
This weekend, December 10 and 11, please stop by the Youth / Multipurpose Room on the basement level of the Parish Center (at the base of the stairs, to the left as you exit the elevator) to pick up a plant and delivery sheet as you leave Mass and to deliver the plant to the person specified at the address shown on the sheet. We ask you to please only deliver plants to the people at the addresses shown on the delivery sheets.
We truly appreciate your help in extending Christmas blessings from the parish to our homebound and bereaved friends and neighbors.
The Dementia Journey: Experienced, Explained, Embraced
DAY OF PRAYER
Notre Dame Spirituality Center
30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA
December 10, 2016
10:00am to 3:00pm
Presenter: Mal Allard
The day will include an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It will explore the “whys” of confusion and the real truth behind the sometimes seemingly ridiculous behavior, actions and words.
There will be an opportunity for questions and answers on how to embrace “their real world”.
For more information visit the website, notredamesc.org or call 978.380.1574.
Most Blessed Sacrament Parish
1155 Main St. Wakefield
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 5:00 - 6:30pm.
For our neighbors who would benefit from a hot meal and friendly conversation. Please join us for dinner and fellowship. We will be serving Roasted Turkey with all the Trimmings, Coffee, Tea & Desserts. For reservations, call 781-438-3927 or email email@example.com. All are welcome ~ families, individuals, couples.
Future dinners will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
To volunteer or donate at this or future Community Dinners, visit: www.mbsparishwakefield.com/community-dinners.html
We will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice Of The Mass & Healing Service with Fr. Jurgen Liias on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:30pm in the lower Church. St. Patrick Charismatic Prayer Community invites all who wish to attend. Fr. Liias' sermon will be a series of talks on the Holy Spirit and the Sacraments.
Praying teams will be available to lay on hands and pray for individual needs and healings. Fr. Liias will be available to hear confessions.
Coffee & Refreshments will follow.
St. Patrick’s Mothers Club will be sponsoring Cash Calendars once again. Cash Calendars will be on sale in the foyer of the church on the weekend of December 17th & 18th.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another.”
As we await the coming of the Lord, let us live in our marriages with endurance and encouragement. Explore how by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME Weekends are Jan 20-22, 2017 in Duxbury, MA and Mar 17-19, 2017 in South Kingstown, RI. For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit us at www.WWMEMA.org.
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions
on February 16-23, 2017
Join Fr. Patrick Armano on a Spiritual Pilgrimage to the holy sites in Portugal and Spain. The highlights will include a visit to the Shrine of Fatima, Shrine of Our Lady of Nazareth in Nazare, Coimbra, Braga, and Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The cost is $2,398.00 double occupancy. A $350.00 deposit is due now with your reservation form. For more information or to obtain a flyer and reservation form, please contact Cathy DiPirro, Group Leader at 781-307-2474 or please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Comfort the Sorrowful"
Grief Support Drop-In Evenings
2nd Monday of the Month
If you have lost a loved one through death and feel the need for support, we offer a monthly drop-in evening where you can meet with others who are also experiencing the effects of grief and loss. Drop-in meetings occur on the second Monday of each month, from 6:00pm– 7:30pm in the Youth/Multi-purpose Room on the basement level of the parish center.
THE SAINT PATRICK TREE OF LIFE
After researching several options for our “Tree of Life”, we have selected a beautiful tree filled with gold leaves that can be memorialized with expressions from our parishioners to honor and recognize their loved ones. Consider gifting a leaf in honor of a baptism or anniversary, commemorate a special life event, memorialize a loved one who has passed away, or simply list your family name – showing support of our parish and community. At the base of our tree will be small and large rocks simulating the foundation from which our tree grows. We have priced the memorialization of the leaves and rocks as follows:
Leaves: $350 each!
Small Rocks: $500 each!
Large Rocks: $1,000 each!
If you would like to dedicate a leaf or rock, please print and complete the order form and return it with your check to Attn: Tree of Life, Parish Office, 71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA 02180. You may also place your form and check into the offertory collection basket. Please be sure to indicate “Tree of Life” on your envelope. If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office at 781-438-0960. The “Tree of Life” order form will also be available in the Parish Office.
The Tree of Life is an ancient symbol representing the interconnectedness of all things. With its branches reaching up into the sky, its roots deep down in the ground, the Tree of Life represents spiritual nourishment and the uniting of heaven and earth. A symbol used to comprehend and appreciate the life- giving, ever-bearing Spirit of God.
I am introducing this to you as many people, parishioners and non-parishioners, have approached Father Frank and me as to the possibility of memorial gift opportunities at Saint Patrick Parish. A memorial gift opportunity is a specific item possessing religious, devotional or functional significance which serves to observe a donor’s special intention. It may be to remember a dearly departed loved one or sometimes it is to remember, in a special way, someone who is still alive. Since we have very few opportunities remaining aside from the Sacred Heart Statue and Baptismal Font in the main church, and two remaining stain glass windows, we will be introducing the Saint Patrick Tree of Life. A lasting dedication permanently displayed in the first floor entry to the Church and Parish Center, our new Tree of Life will be a beautiful sculpture cast in bronze and bearing “celebration” leaves. Its purpose will be to honor, recognize and memorialize those we hold dear while simultaneously supporting our parish.
Your generous gifts will enable St. Patrick Parish to maintain and upgrade our facilities, establish new programs, and sponsor new events – all in order to better serve you our congregation, and our community. Please know that we are immensely grateful for your donation. Thank you for shining your light to enable us to continue to shine a light for others.
|Tree of Life Order Form
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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.
October has really flown by! We are very happy to announce our Student Council for the 2016-2017 school year:
President: Giulia Damico
Vice president: Jacob Coons
Secretary: Nicholas Donahue
Treasurer: Elena Rotondo
Fourth grade: Griffin Condon and Marc Gagne
Fifth grade: James Nardone and Philip Rotondo
Sixth grade: Madelyn Leary and Michael Nuzzo
Seventh grade: Ryan McGuinness and Kaylee Shipps
Eighth grade: Peter Pizzarello
We would like to thank all of those who ran and congratulate the winners.
Saint Patrick School is having open enrollment! If you are interested in having your child/children attend, please call the main office at 781-438-2593 to set up an appointment to visit the school and meet with Principal Fontana!
Registration for all grades must be completed online. Please contact us via email at: email@example.com.
Parents or Guardians who are interested in having their child attend Saint Patrick School in Grades Pre-K-8 next September are asked to contact the school at 781-438-2593 for further information. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten, a child must be 4 years on or before August 31, 2016.