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.

Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit ~ Saturday May 28 - Sunday, May 29

The Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit will be displayed this weekend: beginning on Saturday, May 28 from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, May 29 from 8:00am to 6:00pm in Our Lady of Providence Hall.

This exhibit will be displayed all weekend in the parish hall and you are welcome to come at any time to see it.  With an extensive assortment of photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition presented some of the principal Eucharistic Miracles that took place throughout the ages in various countries of the world and which have been recognized by the Church by means of 159 panels, one can "virtually visit" the places where the Miracles took place.

Come join us!

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Please read the latest blog post by Father Mario about the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

Mass Times

WEEKEND MASSES
Saturday Vigil
     4:00 pm
Sunday
     8:00 am
  10:00 am (Family Mass)
  12:00 noon
    6:00 pm
   11:15 am (St. Gregory Ordinariate Mass - Lower Church)

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

Interested in Learning More about the Catholic Faith?

Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or do you know someone who the Spirit is calling to Catholicism, or someone who would like to receive the Sacraments of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation? During the summer months, we welcome adults who are interested in learning more about Catholicism to join us for informal conversations about Catholic faith and traditions in preparation for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program beginning this fall.

We will meet the last Thursday of the month during June, July, August, and September, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Youth/Multi-purpose Room. For more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200 or just plan to drop in.

Parish Library

Did you know St. Patrick Parish has a library of excellent reading resources? Our Parish library offers a rich selection of books for the entire family. Topics include theology, Scripture, the Saints, Church History, Catholic fiction and much more. You may visit our Parish library located on the lower level of the Parish Center Fridays through Sundays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Office Hours

PARISH OFFICE HOURS

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

Closed Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays.

 

If you have a family member that is serving or know of anyone currently serving in our Armed Forces, please call the rectory (781-438-0960) So that we have the opportunity to pray for their service to our Country.
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

Saint Anthony Devotions

Tuesday
May 31, 2016 ~ 7:00 pm
Upstairs Church
PRAY THE ROSARY ~ 6:30 PM

Join the Conversation: A Discussion about Substance Abuse in Stoneham

Saint Patrick parishioners and community members are invited to JOIN THE CONVERSATION for a discussion about substance abuse in our community.

Wednesday, June 8th
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saint Patrick Church

Come and talk with parents, treatment providers, law enforcement, and others at this open community meeting. Following the presentation we will provide light refreshments in Our Lady of Providence Hall for an informal gathering. For more information contact: Deacon Frank Dello Russo @ 781-438-2498.

1000 Club Reunion

The 1000 Club is gathering, and it's going to be a blast.

We hope that you will join us, and enjoy company from the past.

On Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00PM, in the parish council room, the 1000 Club will have a reunion for the faithful followers.

Spend some time catching up with the old gang while enjoying coffee and donuts.

Hope to see you there.

Evening of Healing & Intercessory Prayer

Tuesday, May 31 2016, at St. Theresa Parish
63 Winter Street, North Reading, MA

Celebrant: Fr. Thomas Reilly

* 6:00—6:45 pm ~ Adoration, Rosary & Confession
* 7:00 pm ~ Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
The Sacrament of the Sick will be offered for those who are seriously ill or facing surgery
* 8:15 pm ~ Opportunity for personal prayer

All are welcome who seek healing in mind, body or spirit! For more information call 978-664-3412.

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass & Healing Service with Father Liias

Wednesday June 8th at 7:30 PM

"My sheep hear My Voice" - ALL ARE WELCOME to join St. Patrick Charismatic Prayer Community for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass & Healing Service with Fr. Liias on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:30 PM in the Lower Church. Fr. Liias will talk on the Charism of Prophecy, (The Charismatic Gift of Prophecy). Teams will be available to lay on hands and pray for individual needs and healing. Fr. Liias will be available to hear confessions. Coffee and refreshments will follow in the Parish Council Room.

Honoring Our Losses on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Recognizing that, for many people, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day may be bittersweet due to the death of a mom, a dad, or a child; a prenatal loss; or an inability to have children, our parish would like to honor these significant losses from Mother’s Day, May 8, through Father’s Day, June 19, by offering a quiet place for prayer, reflection, and remembrance. During these six weeks, you are invited to inscribe in our Book of Remembrance the name of a parent or child who has died or a prayer intention for a dream of children left unfulfilled.

From Mother’s Day until Father’s Day, our Book of Remembrance will be available next to the ambo in the upper church. At the 12:00 Mass on Sunday, June 19, we will offer these prayers for our loved ones and for these special intentions to God in the offertory as we entrust our sorrow to God’s healing love.

2016 Bereavement Ministry

"Comfort the Sorrowful"

Grief Support Drop-In Evenings

2nd Monday of each Month (except holidays) 
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Grief Support Group

Meets seasonally for 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings
6:00pm - 7:30pm
(please call 781-438-0960 to register)

Spring: April 20 - May 25
Fall: October 5 - November 9

Emmaus Ministry 1-Day Retreat for Parents Grieving the Loss of a Child

Saturday, September 10
9:30am - 7:30pm
(please call 781-438-0960 to register)

All meetings take place in our Parish Center.

Sponsored by:

Barile Family Funeral Homes of Stoneham and Reading
482 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180,  Phone: 781-438-2280
11 Linden Street, Reading, MA 01867-2936,  Phone: 781-944-1589
www.barilefuneral.com

Grief Support Drop-In

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.

Project Rachel

Trust in the tender mercy of God! Project Rachel is a confidential ministry of the Catholic Church that offers hope and healing for women and men suffering from the pain of past abortions. Among its services are referrals for counseling and sacramental Reconciliation (confession), retreats and on going support. For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or help@projectrachelboston.com. All inquiries are confidential.

UPDATE! The Saint Patrick Tree of Life

UPDATE! !
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.

Pope Francis’ Prayer for a Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ,
     you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
     and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.
     Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew
          from being enslaved by money;
     the adulteress and Magdalene
          from seeking happiness only in created things;
     made Peter weep after his betrayal,
     and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

     Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us,
          the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
     “If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
     of the God who manifests his power above all
          by forgiveness and mercy:
     let the Church be your visible face in the world,
          its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
     in order that they may feel compassion
          for those in ignorance and error:
     let everyone who approaches them feel sought after,
          loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
     so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
     and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm,
     may bring good news to the poor,
     proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
     and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
     you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit
          for ever and ever.

Amen.

Increased Offertory Appeal

Dear Church,

It has been almost seven years since the Lord called me to serve Him at Saint Patrick Parish, and I am grateful for His call. I am privileged to witness your faith, goodness and generosity as together we strive to grow in holiness and affirm God’s love to those around us.

As a parish family, in three years’ time, we are about to retire our mortgage debt within the next few months! Thank you for all your support in this endeavor! Along with this incredible feat we have made significant capital improvements to our parish center and church, such as moving the parish offices to make them more accessible, professionally cleaning the upper and lower churches, converting to LED lightbulbs to lessen our electrical costs, and installing security procedures for the safety of our parishioners. We now need to make a concerted effort to raise our Sunday Offertory Collection that supports our many important ongoing ministries. Recent economic difficulties have affected many households, and the household of the Church is no different. I realize that some families or individuals continue to experience difficult times, but I am counting on you who are able to make a sacrifice, especially during this Easter season, to increase your weekly offering.

Our goal through this Appeal is to increase offertory contributions by 12% or more. An increase in our offertory income will allow us to use our Grand Annual for ongoing capital improvements to the parish such as painting the outside of the Parish, improving the sound system in the Church and Our lady of Providence Hall, installing a generator for the elevator in the event of electrical outages; as well as meeting our new diocesan assessments. Both the weekly Offertory Collection and the Grand Annual are essential to our operating budget. A change like this would have an incredible impact on our parish. I am so grateful for your support to both.

Please consider how you can help St Patrick Parish by considering a generous increase in your weekly contribution. I ask that all registered families participate in this important Appeal and consider on-line giving through the donation tab on our web site, or establishing Saint Patrick Parish as a vendor on your online bill pay system, thus greatly decreasing the additional costs of envelopes and mailing.

I am extremely appreciative of everyone’s past generosity to the parish and I thank you in advance for your support, understanding and kindness.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Mario

Saint Patrick School

Registration for 2016-2017 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, 2016.

School News

What wonderful weather we had for field day! All the kids looked fantastic in their hand crafted t-shirts covered in signatures from students and staff. We would like to thank our gym teacher, Jan Johnston, for planning all of thefun events. The students as well as teachers had a blast!

This year we added a faculty vs. 8th grade kickball game to the end of field day. It was definitely a sight to see! Our faculty sure is gifted in all areas; unfortunately, not enough to beat our extremely athletic 8th grade.

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 Swanson!

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