Welcome to Saint Patrick Parish in Stoneham, Mass.

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

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.

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

Lectio Divina
Ash Wednesday

Our friends at LPI offer reflections for significant times of the liturgical year. You can download their Lectio Divina for Ash Wednesday 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

February Weekend Minister Schedule

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.

ASH WEDNESDAY - March 1, 2017
8:45am School Mass, 12 Noon, 3:00 & 7:00pm
Masses will be held in the upper Church

Enrich your faith this Lent

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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Our Lord asked, “Could you not stay with me for even an hour?”

Please come and pray with us as we spend time in the divine presence of our Lord. Deacon Joe Cooley will lead us in Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 3:00pm in the upper Church.

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.”

Midweek Reflection

for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Do Not Worry"

Provided by LPI, Inc.

Meet the Bishop

Bishop Mark O’Connell, pastor of St. Theresa Church will be holding a special meeting on Sunday, March 19th at 3:00pm here at St. Patrick Parish. More information is available in the flyer.

Events

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Memorial Flowers

     You have the opportunity to have flowers placed on our altar in memory of loved ones. The flower arrangement will the one piece placed in front of the main altar. The name of your loved one will he placed in the bulletin for that weekend.
     The parish makes arrangements for the flowers. The donation is $75. Please call the parish office @ 781-438-0960 if you are interested in donating flowers for a particular weekend.
     Please note: the Sundays of Advent and Lent are excluded as flowers are not permitted during these Liturgical Seasons.

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!

Caring for the Aging Mind

How does the aging mind change? Where do afflicted or caregivers get help? Come to the workshop:

Aging Minds - St. Mary, Foxboro, 508-543-7726 - February 25, at 1:00pm. Speaker Linda Colozzi,a board certified chaplain with masters degrees in counseling psychology and pastoral ministry.

Premiere of The Shack

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith cordially invites you to attend the exclusive Boston premiere of the major motion picture:

THE SHACK
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm, Premiere begins at 7:00pm
AMC Framingham 16, 22 Flutie Pass,
Framingham, MA

     All seats in the theatre are reserved for this event - over 600 are available through The Propagation of the Faith. Groups will be seated together on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to be there when the doors open at 6:30pm!
     Sign up by emailing info@propfaithboston.org with the following info: number of people attending, parish or ministry, and contact name and email of your group leader.
     While the tickets are complimentary, we request that attendees prayerfully consider a Lenten gift to benefit children in the missions. You may give now by visiting www.propfaithboston.org and clicking on the “donate now” button. Then select the Missionary Childhood Association. An opportunity to donate will also be available the night of the event in the theater.

COMMUNITY DINNER

Most Blessed Sacrament Parish
1155 Main St. Wakefield
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
5:00 - 6:30pm

Please join us for dinner and fellowship

     All are welcome ~ families, individuals, couples. This month's dinner will be a Roast Beef Dinner with roasted potatoes & vegetables, juice, water, coffee, tea and desserts.
     If you know of a person or family who would benefit from sharing in this night, please share this information with them. The Community Dinners will be held on the second Wednesday of each month 5:00- 6:30pm at 1155 Main St Wakefield in the Parish Hall. RSVP 781-486-3927.
     If you are interested in donating please see our website http://tinyurl.com/hta649c.

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 March 8th).
     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.

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.

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.

Marriage Preparation Program

MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM
(PRE-CANA) MARCH 12, 18 & 19, 2017

All engaged couples are invited to a Marriage Preparation Program at St. Eulalia Parish, 50 Ridge Street, Winchester. This program consists of one introductory small group session in a host couple’s home and a two day weekend program at the church. The cost is $100 per couple. To sign up or for more information, please call St. Eulalia Church at 781-729-8220.

The program dates are:

Opening Session: Sunday, March 12th -- at host couple’s home.
Weekend Program: Saturday, March 18th from 1:00 pm to 6:30pm and Sunday, March 19th from 1:00 to 7:00pm at St. Eulalia Church.

Healing Mass to Break Addiction

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:30pm at St.
Patrick Parish in the lower Church

Responding to the current state of addiction (opioids and all other addictions) in our area, Fr. Jurgen Liias will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the specific intention of breaking addiction. We will tackle this enemy using the power of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the intercession of Our Lady of The Inexhaustible Cup. Come and learn about this ancient icon and its addiction breaking history and pray before the replica of the icon which was recently donated to St. Patrick Parish. Following Mass, healing teams will be available to pray for you and for specific needs. Fr. Liias will be available to hear confessions. Coffee and refreshments will follow in the Parish Council Room.

Come, bring your loved ones and join us in this important endeavor.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

"So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Encourage the Holy Spirit to perfect your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME Weekends are Mar 17-19, 2017 in South Kingstown, RI and Apr 22-23, 2017 in Brewster, MA.

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

 

~ St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance ~
(must be 21)

Sponsored by St. Patrick Parish and School

When: Saturday March 18, 2017
Where: Our Lady of Providence Hall
Dinner 5:30pm – Dancing 6:30 – 10:30pm
Cost: $25.00
Traditional Irish Dinner and Italian Cuisine
Cash Bar
Raffles ~ Door Prize
Music by DJ Alan Labella
Only 180 Tickets will be sold!
Tickets available after all Masses and at the Parish Office

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.

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.

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.

     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. 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.

The Saint Patrick Tree of Life

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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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...

Religious Education Needs Your Help!

3rd Grade Catechist needed

If you love your faith and would be willing to share your time, please contact our office at 781-438-1093.
Classes meet from 4:00 - 5:30pm on Tuesdays.

2nd Grade Assistants

are needed to help Catechists prepare Second Graders for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Classes meet on Mondays from 4:00 - 5:30pm; no prior experience required.
     There are just 10 sessions remaining, and some of our students need a caring adult to help them stay focused. Please contact Anne Dooley at stpatreled@parishmail.com, or stop by the office on Monday or Thursday.