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

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

January 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.

TIME CHANGE

Please note the changes in time for Adoration & the Rosary.

     Adoration will now end at 4:00pm. The recitation of the Rosary on Monday & Friday evenings has been changed to 2:45pm. As always, all are invited!

Collection for the Church in Latin America

This weekend’s second collection supports the Church in Latin America (CLA). The CLA provides support for pastoral projects in financially poorer dioceses in Latin America and the Caribbean. CLA funds catechetical and lay leadership programs, youth ministry, evangelization programs, and formation programs for religious, priests, and deacons. CLA is making it possible for the Catholic faithful in the Western hemisphere to help each other. Please visit www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/latin-america/index.cfm for more information.

A Message About Medicare….Can I Still Change My Medicare Plan?

The 2016 Medicare Open Enrollment period ended on December 7, but some people may still be allowed to change plans. If you need to change your Medicare plan, meet with a SHINE counselor to see if you meet the criteria to do so. Trained SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone…on Medicare) counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. To make an appointment, call your local Senior Center or the Regional SHINE office at Mystic Valley Elder Services at 781-388-4845. Please leave your name, telephone number and a brief message and a SHINE counselor will call you back as soon as possible usually within two business days.

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.

Attention All Volunteers
CORIs are Now Due . . .


The 2016 CORIs are now due for all Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, Music Ministers, Pastoral Visitors, Sacristans, and any other parish volunteers who are 17 years of age or older. Please stop by the Parish Office. Please remember to bring your license or other official photo ID.

Thank you! We are so grateful to all our Religious Education students and parents who donated so many tasty treats to our bake sale and volunteered to help set-up or sell items after Mass. Also, to our wonderful parishioners who supported our efforts. The bake sale was very successful! We raised just under $600. for the Interfaith Community Dinner program in Stoneham.
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

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!

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

DIVORCECARE

DIVORCECARE
St. Eulalia Church, Winchester

     DIVORCECARE is a 13-week program of healing and support for those who have experienced divorce. The next series begins on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Msgr. McGann Conference Room (off the parking lot) at Saint Eulalia Church, 50 Ridge Street, Winchester.
     Each week there is a video presentation on the challenges that divorced people face, followed by a discussion and prayer. The sessions last approximately 90 minutes. The cost for a workbook and materials is $15. If you would like to attend, please call Marge McGlone at 617 633-8967.
     Divorce is extremely painful. We hope the DIVORCECARE will aid the healing process.

Witness to Life

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Boston Catholic Archdiocese
PILGRIMAGE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Join us the for 44th Annual National March for Life
January 26th - 28th, 2017
for more information contact: WitnesstoLife@rcab.org or 617-746-5766

Trivia Night

January 28th
Our Lady of Providence Hall

Find details on our Trivia Night page

Listening To The Voice Of The Spirit

Ignatian Discernment Within The Parish Setting,
Day of Prayer ~ Notre Dame Spirituality Center
30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA
January 28, 2017
10:00am to 3:00pm
Presenter: Nancy Sheridan, SUSV

Ignatian discernment within a parish setting offers us the opportunity to approach decision making from another perspective. Let’s acquaint ourselves with how this gift to the Church might enhance the life of our parishes.

For more information visit the website, notredamesc.org or call 978.380.1574.

Evening of Healing & Intercessory Prayer

St. Theresa Parish
63 Winter St., N. Reading, MA
Tuesday, January 31st (Snow date February 7th)
Celebrant: Fr. Thomas Reilly

6:00-6:45pm    Adoration, Rosary & Confession
6:45pm Benediction & Reposition
7:00pm Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Sacrament of the Sick
8:15pm Opportunity for personal or intercessory prayer

For more information please call 978-664-3412

Healing Liturgy for Loss of Life in the Womb

— February 1, 2017

     On Wednesday evening, February 1st, Saint Patrick Parish will offer a prayer service for healing after the loss of life in the womb. If you or a loved one has experienced loss due to miscarriage, still birth, or abortion, please join us for a service of recognition and healing beginning at 7:30pm at Saint Patrick Parish, 71 Central Street, Stoneham. Our guest speaker/musician this evening is Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, a Catholic convert, wife and mother of eight mostly-grown children, who strives to both answer and echo God’s universal call to holiness. Jaymie has authored and edited numerous books for both adults and children. She collaborates with the Daughters of St. Paul as a full time editor at Pauline Books & media. Under Loaves and Fishes Ministry, she serves the mission of Christ in word and song as an author, columnist, speaker and musician. Jaymie is a co-founder of Life + Jesus, a group embracing the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales and focused on the Works of Mercy in daily life.

     This evening will include opportunities for prayer, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and conversation with others who have experienced similar loss. Although, for planning purposes, we’d appreciate it if you would RSVP to Patrice Fitzpatrick by Monday January 30th at 781-438-0200 if you plan to join us, please know that walk-ins are always welcome.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2017

Help us "Tackle Hunger" by donating food or money at Mass on Super Bowl weekend. More information can be found here.

Come Follow Me

Come Follow Me

Archdiocese of Boston
Men’s Vocation Discernment Weekend

College Students and Young Adults
February 10-12, 2017
St. John‟s Seminary in Brighton, MA &
Betania II Spiritual Life & Marian Center in
Medway, MA
Men age 35 and over
February 10-11, 2017
Pope St. John XXIII Seminary, Weston, MA
Cardinal Sean O‟Malley will preach this retreat.

Hear talks about:

Prayer and the Spiritual Life
Vocation and Discernment
Eucharist and Christian Discipleship
The Gift of the Priesthood
Seminary Life

Experience:

Witness talks by seminarians
Conversations with seminarians
Mass and Brunch as St. John’s Seminary
Opportunity to speak to a priest about your
vocation
Time of prayer

for more information please contact:
Fr. Daniel Hennessey
Vocation Director
617-746-5969
dhennessey@rcab.org

Pilgrimage to Fatima & Santiago

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions
on February 16-23, 2017

Join Fr. Patrick Armano on a Spiritual Pilgrimage to the holy sites in Portugal and Spain. The highlights will include a visit to the Shrine of Fatima, Shrine of Our Lady of Nazareth in Nazare, Coimbra, Braga, and Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The cost is $2,398.00 double occupancy. A $350.00 deposit is due now with your reservation form. For more information or to obtain a flyer and reservation form, please contact Cathy DiPirro, Group Leader at 781-307-2474 or please email to: catherinedipirro@msn.com.

Open House at Northeast Catholic College

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All high school students and recent graduates are cordially invited to attend our February Open House. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend and participate in classes, meet one on one with faculty and admissions representatives, attend Mass and participate in spiritual life on campus, tour our 135-acre campus, eat in our dining room and enjoy student entertainment. Reserve your place today! Contact the Admissions Office at admissions@northeastcatholic.edu or call 603-456-2656 or toll free: 877-498-1723.

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.

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

     Happy New Year from St. Patrick School! We are back in full swing and the students excitedly returned from their Christmas break in great spirits. The student council wrapped up their collection the first week back to school and they are happy to announce that 104 coats were collected for the Coats for Kids drive. Great job by our student council and thank you to everyone who donated a coat for the needy this winter.

     The end of January will lead us right into Catholic Schools Week. On January 29th the noon Mass will kick-start our celebratory week of activities in the school. Following the noon Mass there will be an Open House and art show throughout the school. Both buildings will be open and all the teachers will be in their classrooms to talk about what their year has looked like and answer any questions a prospective family may have. This is a great opportunity to see and hear about all the great things that St. Patrick School has, is and will be doing. There is no better time than now to join the St. Patrick School family with so much positive word of mouth and exciting new initiatives for next year!
     There will be many fun and meaningful events throughout the week. Since service is an integral part of a Catholic School each one of the older grades will be pairing with a lower grade and they will be performing a service project during that week.
     We look forward to seeing you at Mass and at the Open House!

Anthony Fontana, Principal

Open House

     On January 29th following the noon Mass there will be an Open House and art show throughout the school. Both buildings will be open and all the teachers will be in their classrooms to talk about what their year has looked like and answer any questions a prospective family may have. This is a great opportunity to see and hear about all the great things that St. Patrick School has, is and will be doing. There is no better time than now to join the St. Patrick School family with so much positive word of mouth and exciting new initiatives for next year!

     There will be many fun and meaningful events throughout the week. Since service is an integral part of a Catholic School each one of the older grades will be pairing with a lower grade and they will be performing a service project during that week.

     We look forward to seeing you at Mass and at the Open House!
          ~~ Anthony Fontana, Principal