Welcome to Saint Patrick Parish in Stoneham, Mass.

71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 781-438-0960 Fax: 781-435-0075

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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.

St. Patrick Dinner Dance Thank You

To all who helped with selling tickets, decorating, setting up, serving dinner and clean-up. A special thanks to all those who attended the First Annual St. Patrick Dinner Dance. It was a huge success! There were rave reviews of the food and there were plenty of sweets to top it off. Those who attended enjoyed a mix of music from Irish & Italian favorites, to hip-hop, oldies and line dancing. The DJ kept everyone on the dance floor all evening. It was so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again! Watch the bulletin for updates.

Mass Times

WEEKEND MASSES
Saturday Vigil
     4:00 pm
Sunday
     8:00 am
  10:00 am (Family Mass)
  12:00 noon
    6:00 pm

WEEKDAY MASSES
Monday through Saturday
  12:00 noon

HOLY DAY MASSES
Vigil
    7:00 pm
Holy Day
  12:00 noon

HEALING MASSES
2nd Wednesday of the month
    7:30 pm

CONFESSIONS
Saturdays ~ Lower Church
    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Daily Lenten Reflection

4th Monday in Lent

Midweek Reflection

The Good News

Provided by LPI, Inc.

Lectio Divina
Fourth Sunday in Lent

Our friends at LPI offer reflections for significant times of the liturgical year. You can download their Lectio Divina for the Fourth Sunday in Lent here.

Office Hours

PARISH OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday
  10:00 am - 12:00 noon
  12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Closed Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays.

Weekend Minister's Schedules

March Weekend Minister Schedule

NOTE: A new manual for Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers (updated for 2016) is available now. You can find it here, or there is also a link at the bottom of the Ministries page.

Employment Opportunity

The Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville, MA is currently
seeking Certified Nursing Assistants, Prep Cook/Dishwashers,
Registered Nurses and a Porter to join our team. The schedule
for all direct care workers includes shifts every other weekend.
Candidates should be compassionate, have a desire to
help others and a willingness to work as part of a team. Please
contact us at smjobs@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

Enrich your faith this Lent

We have opportunities for you to enrich your faith in this Lenten season. Check out our Lent page.

Stations of the Cross with St Patrick School

The 5th Grade Students of St. Patrick School invite you to join them for Stations of the Cross on Monday mornings, during Lent, at 8:05am in the upper church.

Stations of the Cross

Friday Evenings at 7:00pm in the Lower Church.

BOOK OF LENTEN PRAYER INTENTIONS

Throughout the Season of Lent, a book will be available next to the ambo, to the left of the altar, in the Upper Church for you to inscribe special prayer intentions you would like to lift up to God during this season of grace and renewal. We will include 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.

The Light is On for You

St. Patrick Parish ~ Lower Church
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
on the following
Monday evenings during Lent.
March 20th - April 10th, 2017
~ 6:30 p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Lenten Regulations

Abstinence

     Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligation of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. On days of abstinence, meat may not be used at all.

Fast

     Catholics over 18 and up to age 60 are bound to the obligation of fasting. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the days of fasting. On these days, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed.
     Regarding other weekdays of Lent, participation in daily Mass and the voluntary observance of fasting is recommended.
     Commendable, particularly during Lent, is generosity to local, national and world programs of sharing our abundance, the traditional Lenten Devotions and all the self-denial summed up in the Christian concept of “mortification.”

Please Pray for Our Catechumens and Candidates as we approach Easter 

     For our parish RCIA Catechumens (our new converts who are preparing to receive Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation) and Candidates for Full Communion (who are preparing to receive First Eucharist and Confirmation), these weeks leading to Easter are a period of intense person reflection and preparation. Please continue to keep these faithful people in prayer as they progress through the Scrutinies, the final stage of preparation before receiving the Sacraments of Initiation during the Easter Vigil. The Scrutinies are rites for self-searching and repentance that are meant to uncover, and then heal, all that is weak or sinful in the hearts of the elect; and to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong, and good.
     As part of the Second Scrutiny on this Fourth Sunday of Lent, the parish will offer a special prayer for the Catechumens and Candidates asking the Holy Spirit to free them from the darkness of sin to live always as children of light who endeavor to share the light of God’s love with others. Over the remaining weeks of Lent, we are all encouraged to join with the newest members of our faith in scrutinizing our lives and praying for the grace to overcome the power of sin that infects our hearts.

Events

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40 Days for Life

From March 1 to April 9, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside North Shore Women’s Center, 480 Lynnfield St., Lynn (at Union Hospital) and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach.

If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Cori Connor-Morse at CConnorCPA@aol.com or (781) 334-0029, Father Paul McManus at padrepaul@comcast.net, or visit the website www.40daysforlife.com/lynn. Your help is needed in saving precious lives!!!

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

 Meals on Wheels needs drivers. Please read our Meals on Wheels page for further information. 

Cold and Flu Season Reminder

     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!

SAINT ANTHONY DEVOTIONS
will begin
March 21, 2017
7:00pm in the Upper Church

Free Chronic Pain Program

Is living with chronic pain affecting your life? Chronic pain may cause sleep loss, increased stress and loss of motivation around everyday activities. Learn to manage pain and continue living a fulfilling life through this FREE six-session program. On Wednesdays, March 8 – April 12, 2017 from 9:30am to 12 noon at the Stoneham Senior Center; 136 Elm Street, Stoneham MA; Sponsored by Hallmark Health. Registration is required. SPACE IS LIMITED. Please call 781-338-7823.

Workshop on Visiting the Sick

Pastoral Care to Sick and the Homebound Workshop
Wednesdays, March 8 to April 12, 2017
$40 fee (waived for the first 20 registrants)

Aging and illness are facts of life that affect us all in one way or another over the course of our lives. Through prayer and theological reflection this Lenten Season, you are invited to explore the spiritual needs and concerns of the elderly, the bereaved and the dying; and learn how to better communicate your concern and the comfort of our faith. Parish Pastoral Visitors, Eucharistic Ministers, and anyone interested in bringing comfort to the elderly or sick are encouraged to attend this workshop taught by Dr. Mary Beth Moran, a certified chaplain in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Pre-Registration is required so please call the parish office or 627-746-5843.

Bible Course for Lent: The Five Love Languages

Bible Course for Lent:
The Five Love Languages

With Nina Pension, M.A. Biblical Studies
5 Friday mornings: March 10 – April 7 from 9:45 to 11:30am (you may join in at any time)
At Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield (lower Church)

The Five Love Languages-- Quality Time, Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Affirming Words, and Gift Giving – are the life-giving ways human beings communicate love to each other. Each person has a primary love language; we will explore how this awareness helps us to love people in a way which is most meaningful to them. We will meditate on the power of the love languages as they are seen in the ministry of Jesus. Especially helpful for parents and grandparents.

Course fee: $25 per person/ $40 per married couple
Money should not be an obstacle to the study of the Word of God. If this is the case, you are invited to come free of charge or make a small donation.

Lenten Gathering for Ministries

     Calling all parish ministry volunteers -- musicians, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, pastoral visitors, sacristans, ushers -- please join us for our Lenten gathering:

Saturday, March 25: 10:00-11:30am
-or-
Monday, March, 27: 7:00-8:30pm

     During this season of hope and renewal, we come together to be present to one another, to pray for the continued renewal of our ministries, and to prepare for the celebration of the holiest days of our faith, the Sacred Triduum. I look forward to seeing you and witnessing the blessings of the Spirit which are poured forth whenever we come together in prayer for shared purpose.

     Please RSVP to Patrice at 781-438-0200 to let me know which gathering you are able to attend.

Bereavement Support Group

St. Eulalia Parish, 50 Ridge Street, Winchester

Saint Eulalia Parish, Winchester, is offering a Bereavement Support Group which will meet in the Parish Center off the parking lot for six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 PM beginning March 21st and continuing through April 25th. Topics will include an overview of the bereavement process, signs and symptoms of grief, feelings associated with bereavement, and the uniqueness of each person’s grief. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences with one another in a caring and supportive atmosphere. We have limited space, so pre-registration is required by March 18th. No fee, but a voluntary donation is appreciated to cover costs of materials. To register for the group or to obtain further information, please call Barbara Mahoney, Pastoral Care Coordinator, at 781-729-8220, ext. 16.

Lenten Mission

SAINT JOHN & SAINT THOMAS,
Peabody MA
LENTEN MISSION
with Fr. Jurgen Liias
March 28-31 from 7:00 - 8:15pm

God touches our lives as Catholics uniquely through the sacraments. These seven life-related encounters with Jesus are “sure and certain means of grace.” Why don't we experience them as such?

Through each sacrament, the Holy Spirit makes real and palpable the wonderful blessings that God promises to those who love them. Each evening Fr. Jurgen Liias will open up for us the unique treasures in one of the sacraments and lead us through prayer to experience Jesus Christ more fully and become more eager to share the joy of the gospel everywhere!

Tuesday, March 28: Baptism. (St. Thomas) What does it mean to be truly born again? How can you truly experience the love of your heavenly Father and live into your true identity as a child of God? Renewal of baptismal promises. Refreshments and fellowship to follow.

Wednesday, March 29: Reconciliation. (St. Thomas) How can you truly know forgiveness? How can one move on from the past and be free from painful memories? How does God not only forgive our messes but makes an asset out of them? Confessions will be available following the service.

Thursday, March 30: Marriage. (St. John) How can we enter more deeply and fully into the love and intimacy that God want us to have in marriage? How can we truly make our home and families God’s dwelling place? What are the graces of this sacrament for the single, divorced, and widowed person?

Friday, March 31: The Holy Eucharist. (St. John) How can we not just go to Mass but truly “pray the Mass?” How can we more consciously and regularly experience “the Real Presence” of Jesus?. How can we make the Mass a joyful and expectant duty? Mass followed by refreshments and fellowship.

Franciscan Spirituality Pro Life and Lenten Retreat

March 31, April 1 & April 2, 2017
The Espousal Retreat House and Conference Center,
554 Lexington Street, Waltham MA
The Franciscans of the Primitive Observance

     Cost for weekend: $190 with non-refundable deposit of $100 due by February 28, 2017. If you prefer to attend Saturday only the cost is $60 with a $30 deposit due by February 28, 2017. It will begin at 8:30am and conclude after dinner.
     The weekend will start with sign-in at 5:00pm on Friday and conclude after lunch on Sunday (6 meals included.) We expect this retreat to be sold out, please get your reservations early. For more info and reservations, please contact: Lisa at 781-258-5380 or lpalmere@yahoo.com or Janet at 617-794-6121 or janet6121lee@gmail.com.

‘Live Joyfully’ with the Sisters of Providence!

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, invite single Catholic women ages 18-42 to the upcoming “Live Joyfully!” retreat, on March 31-April 2, at Saint Mary-of-the- Wood. During the free weekend retreat, you can deepen your prayer life and focus on living joyfully in the day-to-day. Explore where God is calling you. Meet the newest Sisters of Providence and ask questions you may have about religious life. Learn more about our foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, and spend time renewing your soul. For more information or to register, visit ComeandSee.SistersofProvidence.org or contact Sister Editha Ben at 812-230-4771 or at eben@spsmw.org.

About the Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of nearly 300 women religious, with more than 200 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries may be found at SistersofProvidence.org. For more information, contact Jason Moon, media relations manager, at 812-535-2810, or email jmoon@spsmw.org.

Divine Mercy Retreat – Saturday, April 1, 2017

     Join the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy for an afternoon Divine Mercy retreat at St. Ann Parish on Neponset Ave. in Dorchester, MA.
     The program begins at 2:45pm with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and opportunity for Confession; Hour of Mercy and Chaplet at 3:00 pm; a talk entitled “Know that My Heart is Mercy Itself” at 3:45pm; and Holy Mass at 5:00pm. All are welcome!
     More information at www.SisterFaustina.org or 617-288-1202 ext. 122

Holy Hour for Life

Please join Deacon Chuck Hanafin for a Holy Hour for Life at 3:00pm on April 2, 2017 in the upper Church. All are welcome!

2017 Pro-Life Convention


Keep the Momentum Going at the 2017 Massachusetts Citizens for Life Convention on April 8 at Boston College’s Devlin Hall. Meet other pro-lifers and hear from speakers on how to end Roe v. Wade and what happens after. And more! Get all the details at MassProLife.com/2017Convention or call 617-242-4199.

Lenten Retreat and Healing Service

Lenten Retreat and Healing Service
By Dr. Jayanand
St. Patrick’s Parish, 71 Central St., Stoneham,
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 in the lower Church

(Sponsored by St. Patrick charismatic prayer group)

A renowned Catholic Evangelist, Dr. Jayanand, is a dynamic inspirational speaker who has been preaching the gospel to tens of thousands of the faithful throughout the world for more than 37 years.

The day begins at 9:00am and will end with Confession at 3:00pm. You are invited to attend the Vigil Mass at 4:00pm, (Lunch break at 11:45am). Please RSVP by calling us or register at:

https://goo.gl/forms/faqqbExmlmQkPbHi2

For more info, please contact the Parish Office: (781) 438-0960, Grace Pullattu: (781) 835-5411, Xavier Babu: (781) 534-5654 or Ann Marie Staffier: (781) 662-9644

Memory Café of Stoneham

     The Memory Café is a warm, inviting social event for people with forgetfulness and other memory challenges and for their family, caregivers and friends.
     Please come to the Stoneham Public Library to socialize, relax and have fun! We meet from 2:00pm - 3:30pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month, (the next meeting is April 12th).
     Enjoy guest artist entertainment at this free event. We will provide refreshments and coffee. Contact the coordinator to RSVP or if you have questions: Rebecca Burke, 781-435-1958.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

“Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart."

Let your spouse see into your heart better by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME Weekends are Apr 22-23, 2017 in Brewster, MA and Jun 10-11, 2017 in Medway, MA.

For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit us at www.WWMEMA.org.

 

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday,
First Sunday After Easter

Jesus I Trust in You!

The first Sunday following Easter is called Divine Mercy Sunday and that phrase is the touchstone of the day. On that day, any person who will “go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (Faustina Diary 699). Those words are Jesus’ promise shared to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, an early 20th century Polish nun canonized by Pope St. John Paul II.

On April 23, 2017, from 1:00 - 5:00pm, St. Patrick Parish will celebrate this tremendous gift of Divine Mercy with the following events:

  • 1:00pm Talk on Divine Mercy
  • 1:30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Confession
  • 3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary
  • 5:00pm Benediction

Stop in for awhile and visit our Lord! Bring your family and friends! Receive the graces of Jesus’ promise!

Support for the Grieving

Blessed are Those who Mourn......
Support for the Grieving

     If you have suffered the death of a loved one and feel you would benefit from prayerful reflection and conversation in a supportive Christian environment, please join us for a Grief Support Drop-In Evening which meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. In addition, we offer a Grief Support Group which meets here at Saint Patrick Parish for six Wednesday evenings in the Spring and Fall each year. Our next gathering with begin on April 26. We ask you to register in advance.

     As part of these peer support group meetings, we explore the grieving process and consider the spiritual elements of grief and healing. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences with other grieving people who offer understanding, acceptance, and support. To register or for more information, please contact Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.

Pilgrimage to the Canadian Shrines of Quebec & Montreal

Pilgrimage to the Canadian Shrines of Quebec & Montreal
Fr. Jurgen Liias, Spiritual Director
September 11-17, 2017

Join Fr. Jurgen on a Spiritual Pilgrimage, via motor coach, to the Holy Shrines in Canada. Highlights include, four nights in Old Quebec City, with visits to St. Anne de Beaupre, Our Lady of the Cape, and the Cathedral Notre Dame de Quebec. Two night stay in Montreal, with visits to St. Joseph’s Oratory, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Notre Dame Basilica, and much more. Four star hotels and all meals included. Cost is $2,298.00 db occupancy. There is an Early Bird Discount of $100.00 when deposit of $350.00 is received by Feb. 28th. For more information and to obtain a Brochure/Reservation Form, please contact Cathy DiPirro @ 781-307-2474 or catherinedipirro@msn.com.

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.

School News

St. Patrick School in Stoneham is now registering students in grades PreK-8 for the 2017/2018 school year. Call today to set up a tour of the school and hear about the exciting new staffing and program additions for next year that are fully integrated into our already rich tradition of excellence. Become a part of a strong faith and service driven community that works together to support every child’s learning. At St. Patrick School parents are an integral part of being able to bring out each child’s personal best.

20 Pleasant Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
www.stpatrickschoolstoneham.org

  • The “new” middle school is taking their already strong program to the next level...
    • 1:1 Chromebooks for every student
    • Honors math program in 7th and 8th grade
    • HSPT prep course in 7th and 8th grade
    • Built on “Faith, Respect, Leadership & Personal Excellence”
    • Individualized student learning plans for every child
    • Extended school day with a new guidance block
    • Experiential Learning trips to Natures Classroom (6th), New York City (7th) and Washington D.C. (8th)
    • Increased Spanish instruction to 3 times per week
  • New positions for next year throughout the entire school include: instructional support services director, IT director, full-time art teacher, and Spanish instruction starting in 3rd grade.
  • New instructional support program to help support students and teachers with both remedial and above grade level instruction in reading and math.
  • Full-time pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs with low student to teacher ratios (at capacity 10:1)
  • And so much more...

No Vacation Bible Camp

Due to staffing issues, Religious Education will not be offering Vacation Bible Camp this summer. We hope to be able to offer it in the future.

Save the Date!

St. Patrick School and The Mothers' Club are pleased to announce the date for our annual spring fundraiser. "Swing into Spring" with us on Friday, May 5th at 6 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield as we dine, dance, and raise money for our parish school. More details will follow in next weekend's bulletin including sponsorship opportunities and how to purchase tickets. If you have any questions or want to help, please contact Linda Donovan (781-589-4235) or Meg Rowan (Meg.Rowan@gmail.com). Thank you!

Registration for 2017-2018 School Year

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 saintpatsoffice@comcast.net. Please note that to be eligible for Pre- Kindergarten, a child must be 4 years on or before August 31, 2017.