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.

 

 

                   THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

 

 

On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.

We find homilies on the Assumption going back to the sixth century. In following centuries the Eastern Churches held steadily to the doctrine, but some authors in the West were hesitant. However, by the 13th century there was universal agreement. The feast was celebrated under various names (Commemoration, Dormition, Passing, Assumption) from at least the fifth or sixth century. Today it is celebrated as a solemnity.

Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s Assumption into heaven. Nevertheless, Revelation 12 speaks of a woman who is caught up in the battle between good and evil. Many see this woman as God’s people. Since Mary best embodies the people of both Old and New Testament, her Assumption can be seen as an exemplification of the woman’s victory.

Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 15:20 Paul speaks of Christ’s resurrection as the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Since Mary is closely associated with all the mysteries of Jesus’ life, it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit has led the Church to belief in Mary’s share in his glorification. So close was she to Jesus on earth, she must be with him body and soul in heaven.

 

Comment:

          In the light of the Assumption of Mary, it is easy to pray her Magnificat (Luke 1:46–55) with new meaning. In her glory she proclaims the greatness of the Lord and finds joy in God her savior. God has done marvels to her and she leads others to recognize God’s holiness. She is the lowly handmaid who deeply reverenced her God and has been raised to the heights. From her position of strength she will help the lowly and the poor find justice on earth, and she will challenge the rich and powerful to distrust wealth and power as a source of happiness.

Quote:

          “In the bodily and spiritual glory which she possesses in heaven, the Mother of Jesus continues in this present world as the image and first flowering of the Church as she is to be perfected in the world to come. Likewise, Mary shines forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come (cf. 2 Peter 3:10), as a sign of certain hope and comfort for the pilgrim People of God” (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 68).

{Taken from American Catholic.org}

Sacraments and Services

 

PASTORAL STAFF 
Rev. Mario J. Orrigo

Rev. Frank Campo

Most Rev. Peter J. Uglietto, In Residence 
Deacon John R. Turner
Deacon Cyril T. O’Neil 
Deacon Frank Dello Russo 

 

PASTORAL ASSISTANT

Patrice Fitzpatrick

71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA • 781.438.0200 

 

PARISH OFFICE 
9 Pomeworth Street, Stoneham, MA • 781.438.0960 • Fax 781.435.0075 
e-mail: stpatstone@aol.com 
Webpage—www.stpatrickstoneham.org
 
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE 
71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA • 781.438.1093 
Marie A. Kopf, Director of Religious Education 

 

MUSIC MINISTRY 
Dee Caruso Mahoney  978.335.4160
 
SAINT PATRICK SCHOOL
20 Pleasant Street, Stoneham, MA • 781.438.2593
 
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL 
Rev. Mario Orrigo, Pastor and Chairperson 
James Healey, Co-Chairperson  

 

 

BAPTISMS

 

 



Baptisms are held on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 pm in the Upper Church.  Baptism Instructions are held on the 3rd Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm  in the Upper Church.  Please call the rectory during office hours to register your child.

 

 

 

 

WEDDINGS

 

 



Arrangments for your wedding must be made with a Priest or Deacon at the parish.  These requests must be made at least six months in advance of the wedding date.  A Marriage Preparation Course is required.  Saint Patrick Church offers a course every spring.  You may also find a course on the Archdiocese website: BostonCatholic.org

 

 



 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH?



 

 

Whether you were baptized Catholic at a young age, thinking about joining the Faith, or just curious and want to know more, our religious education program offers the opportunity to grow and learn. Learn more here.

 

COMMUNAL MEMORIAL MASSES

 

We are offering a 'Communal Memorial Mass' on Saturdays at 12:00 noon that will allow a number of people from different families to be remembered at the same Mass.  The names of those remembered at the Mass will be announced during the Prayer of the Faithful and the names will be listed in the previous week's bulleting.