71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 781-438-0960 Fax: 781-435-0075
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.
During the summer months, we welcome adults who are interested in learning more about Catholicism to join us for casual 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 July, August, and September, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Youth/Multipurpose Room. For more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200 or just plan to drop in.
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.
|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
|Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary
meets every 3rd Monday in the Lower Church at 6:45 pm
You are most welcome to join us!
During the Summer months, we often take time to reflect on the beauty of God’s wondrous creation. We relish long days of warm sunshine, an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, and the riotous colors of flowers blooming around every corner. We also take time away from our usual routines to enjoy family and friends, and to remind ourselves what is truly important.
During these awesome days of refreshment, I invite all liturgical ministers (ushers, musicians, sextons, alter servers (and parents!), Eucharistic ministers and lectors to gather together for some spiritual renewal consisting of quiet morning or evening (or both!) prayer, followed by an opportunity for fellowship and conversation.
Morning Prayer: Tuesday, August 9 at 9:30 am in the Upper Church
For more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.
Tuesday, July 26th
St. Theresa Parish
63 Winter St., North Reading, MA
Celebrant: Fr. Thomas Reilly
6:00 - 6:45 pm - Adoration, Rosary & Confession
7:00 pm - Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
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
|The Music Ministry needs to replace our piano for a more suitable one that meets our Liturgical needs. We are looking for a new or slightly used Grand or Baby Grand Piano. If anyone has one they would like to donate or know of one that is available, please contact Susan or Phyllis @ 781-438-0040, ext 1, email@example.com or the Parish Office at 781-438-0960.|
Rehearsals for our Fall Fundraiser Concert are underway! Those participating in the children’s choir are asked to attend at least 2 of the following rehearsal dates:
Thursday July 21st, August 4th or 18th
from 6:00 to 6:45 pm
God wants us to be whole in mind, body and spirit. Please join the Saint Patrick Charismatic Prayer Community Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the lower church. Fr. Al will be available for laying of hands and to pray for individual needs and healings. All are invited to attend. Coffee and refreshments will served in the Parish Council Room following Mass.
I wish to thank everyone who helped to make the celebration of my Fiftieth Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood such a beautiful and memorable experience. Thanks to those of you who came to the Anniversary Mass and Reception. Thanks to those of you who conveyed to me your congratulatory greetings. And thanks to those of you who contributed to my Fund for Haiti. As of July 8th, the Fund has collected $19,348. The money is already being used to construct a workshop as part of a vocational school in the town of Duchity. Since we have exceeded our original financial goal, the additional money will be used to provide tools and other equipment for the workshop. Our efforts are helping some people in Haiti to become self-sufficient and productive members of their community. Again, thanks!!!
SYMBOLON: The Catholic Faith Experience
The Office of Religious Education is hosting a faith series for adults on the five Monday evenings in August from 6:30-8:00pm in the Parish Council Room. (8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29)
CONNECT: with fellow Catholics on a deeper level
DISCUSS: engaging video teaching
COMMIT: to spiritual growth and prayer
The workshops are free. Please call 781-438-1093 to register. Light refreshments will be served.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|St. Eulalia Parish
Coordinator/Director of Religious Education
Saint Eulalia Parish, Winchester, is seeking a Coordinator or Director of Religious Education for students in Grades 7-11 (including Confirmation Preparation.) Ideal applicants will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Theology or equivalent as well as the ability to joyfully and enthusiastically share the Gospel message with adolescents. This is a paid position with flexible hours and benefits. Please visit the parish website at sainteulalia.org and click on Religious Education for a detailed job description.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Bdoherty@sainteulalia.org.
"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 24 <- Note new date!
9:30am - 7:30pm
(please call 781-438-0960 to register)
All meetings take place in our Parish Center.
Additional information is located at the Emmaus Ministry 2016 page.
Barile Family Funeral Homes of Stoneham and Reading
482 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180,
11 Linden Street, Reading, MA 01867-2936,
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.
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 email@example.com. All inquiries are confidential.
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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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.
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.
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,
Registration should be completed online for Grades 1 through 10. Access our registration site at: registration.stpatreled.org
Preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist begins in Grade 1.
If your child was not baptized at Saint Patrick Parish, you must mail a copy of his or her baptismal certificate to the Religious Education Office at 71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
The registration fee ($150/1 Child, $275/2 Children, $400/3 or more children) is due in full at the time of registration, or a payment plan may be chosen. Please call our office at 781-438-1093 if you are unable to pay the fee at the time of registration. For more information visit our website at:
With the year coming to an end, we would like to thank our Principal, Mr. Swanson and bid him a nostalgic goodbye and a respectful farewell. As he leaves the administration of the school, our hearts are filled with gratitude and pleasant memories of the days we spent under his care and blessings. Every student of this school holds utmost respect and love for him. His friendly disposition and his inspirational presence are loved by one and all. We wish you the happy retirement you deserve! We would also like to wish our students a fun and safe summer! They have all worked so hard this year and we could not be more proud of the student body we have here at Saint Patrick School.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten, a child must be 4 years on or before August 31, 2016.