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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CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

 

December 24th - Christmas Eve

4:00 pm Upper Church {Family Mass}

4:00 pm Our Lady of Providence Hall

4:00 pm Lower Church

6:00 pm Upper Church

10:00 pm Upper Church

 

December 25th - Christmas Day

8:00 am Upper Church

10:00 am Upper Church

12:00 pm Upper Church

 

Please note – there is no 6:00 pm Mass.

 

 

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DID YOU KNOW ?

 

Mary, Lead Us to Your Son

 

Have you ever wondered why we look to Mary as we prepare for Baby Jesus?  On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Gospel is the story of the Annunciation.  Just back during the second week of Advent, we celebrated two Marian feasts — the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, December 8 and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, December 12.  As we prepare our hearts for Jesus, we honor Mary, who is a perfect model of discipleship.  It is through Mary, by following her example and praying for her guidance, that we can grow closer to Jesus.

Over these past three weeks, we have been reflecting on our efforts during Advent to regain the straight path in responding to Christ’s invitation to love God and others well.  This week’s Gospel reminds us that we can look to Mary for help in accepting this invitation for she responded to God perfectly, faithfully, and trustingly.

When the angel Gabriel announced to Mary God's plans for her, he said, "Hail, Mary, full of grace."  This, of course, has become a central Christian prayer.  Try listening to these words very carefully.  The words “full of grace” mean "you who are as favored as you can possibly be favored."  Our translation yet fails to grasp the power of just what this means.  Favor is something that is given to you from another.  When we say Mary was “full of grace,” we are not saying something about Mary; we are really saying something about God's choice of Mary.  That is what she received.  We call it being full of grace — one who is the absolutely perfect receiver.  Mary receives without questioning.  She trusts God in his goodness without worrying about being worthy or how she could ever possibly make up for meriting such an honor.  Mary just puts all that aside and says, “May it be done unto me."

Yes, Mary is worried about not being married and says so.  But when she hears God's loving acceptance of her, she sets her concern aside.  She trusts God and lets everything else go.  That's why she is full of grace.  She shows us what her son grew up to tell the world: that God's favor is free, that God sets the banquet for everyone.  Like Mary, we have only to say, “Yes!” and allow God to work in our lives.

 

 

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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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