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.

 

 

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Book of Lenten Prayer Intentions

            Throughout the Season of Lent, a book will be available on a table to the left of the altar (next to the ambo) in the Upper Church for you to inscribe the special prayer intentions you would like to lift up to God during this season of grace and renewal.  We will include all of these intentions in the Prayers of the Faithful each week during Lent, and the book will be presented before the altar and prayed over during the Easter Vigil.

 

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Lenten Holy Hour

            Please join us on Sunday, March 29, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Upper Church for a special Holy Hour with the Lord.  Through prayer, quiet reflection and Eucharistic Adoration, you are invited to spend some quiet time with God and open your heart to the graces of the Lenten Season.

 

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The Light Is On For You

Sacrament of Reconciliation

 

Confession will be available every other week;

Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm - 8 pm in the Lower Church

 

February 18

March 4

March 18

April 1

 

*Confession will also be available on Tuesday, February 24, 

during the Parish Mission.

 

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Why Purple During Lent?

 

In the Catholic Church, we use purple extensively during Lent because it is a somber color that reflects the spirit of repentance and sacrifice we embrace during this season of renewal.  When Jesus went about proclaiming God’s Kingdom, He taught us that we should turn away from our sins and embrace the Good News He shared.  On Ash Wednesday, one of the prayers the priest, deacon, or Eucharistic minister proclaims when applying ashes to our foreheads is “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”  During Lent, the Church calls us to repent from sin and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we prepare for Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on Good Friday, the gift of His love for our salvation.  To nurture our belief in the Gospel, we are encouraged to read the bible and pray more often in an effort to further understand and follow Christ’s good news.

Another reason purple is used during Lent is because it is the color of royalty which symbolizes the hope in Jesus that sustains us on the journey through the season.  It is our belief in Jesus’ ultimate triumph over sin and death that leads us through the difficult days of His suffering and crucifixion to His glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

As you look around the Church throughout the weeks of Lent, you will see that shades of purple dominate the minimal decorations.  Lent is a time to simplify, so there is little adornment.  The priest’s vestments and the deacon’s stole are purple, as are the banners hanging on the reredos behind the altar, and the altar cloth.  A purple cloth also covers the statue of the resurrected Jesus hanging from the pipe organ loft.  Covering statues that proclaim Christ’s resurrection is a long-standing tradition which helps us to focus on Christ’s suffering and death for these forty days. 

When we arrive for Mass on Easter Sunday to a church beautifully transformed from dark, somber purple to colorful, aromatic flowers and we see the statue of the resurrected Jesus, our senses will rejoice along with our hearts in the promise of new life in Christ.

 

 

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DID YOU KNOW .....

Life is the Test

In the first reading the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Abraham’s trust in God is tested to the point of almost sacrificing his precious son.  This story challenges many of us readers today.  Would God ever put us to such a test?  In the Gospel, Peter, James and John found themselves tested when Jesus led them to the top of Mount Tabor.  Would they comprehend what it meant for Jesus to be transfigured in the company of Elijah and Moses before their eyes?  Would they hear God’s voice and believe Jesus is His Son? 

In the second reading, Saint Paul offers us a different perspective.  In his letter to the Romans, Paul assures us of God’s constant love and faithful presence, especially in the face of life’s challenges.  “If God is for us,” in truth, “who can be against us?”  Saint Paul promises that God, who freely gave us His only Son, will give us everything we need as long as we believe.

Life and the choices we freely make each day are what really test us.  God walks with us through all our struggles and pain, and celebrates with us all our joys.  Sometimes tragedy occurs.  Perhaps we find that we have lost our job, the main source of our family income; maybe we or a loved one faces a diagnosis of cancer or another debilitating illness; or, possibly, a child suffers a grievous injury or illness and dies.  In these situations, when life pulls the rug out from beneath us, we face a period of soul-searching in which we question the depths of who we are and the very foundation of what we believe.  At these times, especially, God pours out His graces upon us if we only allow Him in.

During our Lenten Mission this week, Father Bill Kremmell, with his wonderful faith and rich humor, reminded us how valuable Lent can be in strengthening our relationship with God.  The practice of good spiritual habits during this season conditions us to face the challenges of our lives.  Fasting prepares us to open ourselves to God’s presence; quiet prayer that allows for both talking and listening to God can help us discern the answers to our concerns; almsgiving promotes a generosity of spirit in which love abounds.  If we trust in God and open ourselves to all He offers, God will lead us through life’s trials to a deeper sense of peace and meaning than we ever thought possible.

 

 

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PRECIOUS  BLOOD DEVOTION

 

Thursday Evenings ~ Lower Church at 7:00 pm

 

Do you have a special attraction or devotion to the

Precious Blood of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

 

            In Saint John XXIII Apostolic Letter “On Promoting Devotion to the  Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ” he states,

 

“Nourished by His Body & Blood, sharing the Divine strength that has sustained countless martyrs, they will stand up to the slings and arrows of each day’s fortunes - even if need be to martyrdom itself for the sake of Christian virtue and the Kingdom of God.  Theirs will be the experience of that burning love which made St. John Chrysostom cry out, “Let us, then, come back from that table like lions breathing out fire, thus becoming terrifying to the devil, and remaining mindful of our Head and of the love He has shown for us.  This Blood, when worthily received, drives away demons and puts them at a distance from us, and even summons to us angels and the Lord of Angels,”” 

 

            We will be gathering for a most special and powerful prayer devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in the lower Church on Thursday evenings.  All are most welcome!

 

 

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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.

 

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MASS ETIQUETTE

            The suggestions offered here are simple reminders, intended to help all of us to develop habits that make our common worship full, rich, and prayerful. It’s about respecting the sanctity of God’s house and the Mass, and about being considerate to others.    Of course there may be times when we arrive late, or forget to silence our cell phones.  Accidents happen.  Etiquette is more about habits, not the rare slip or unavoidable occurrence.

 

PLEASE:

  • Remember when you come to Mass you are entering the house of the Lord and should be dressed appropriately.
  • Try to be on time for Mass.  Sometimes things can’t be helped; without doubt cars break down, babies need changing, and alarm clocks fail to go off.
  • Turn off your electronic devices as they can be a distraction to others.
  • When  you enter  church,  bless   yourself  with  the  holy  water  and  thank   God  for  the grace given to you at baptism.
  • When you reach your pew, genuflect toward the Tabernacle in the Sanctuary before    sitting down and again when leaving the Church.  If one cannot genuflect, then a bow is sufficient.
  • Participate in the Mass by singing, speaking, praying and attending within the heart and mind.  We are not here to observe. We are all an important part of the celebration.
  • No food or drink in the church with the exception of milk for infants and water for those who are ill.   Chewing gum, candy, or cookies should not be allowed.
  • Fast before Mass as this is a component of Communion, it is Church law that everyone   must abstain from food or drink for at least one hour before receiving Holy Communion.   The exceptions are medicine and water or unless someone is ill and needs to eat sooner, or those who are advanced in age.
  • Bow before receiving the Precious Body.  If we are receiving in our hands they should be clasped in front of us in a respectful manner and held chest high.  Communion should never be ”taken”, “plucked” or  “grabbed  from the Priest, Deacon or Eucharistic Minister and should be placed in your mouth before turning away from the altar.
  • Stay until the end of Mass.  The Mass is truly not over until the priest has left the altar and after the closing hymn.
  • Help prepare the Church for the next Mass, by placing the books back in their holders and making sure that trash and tissues are picked up, etc.  The Church will look sacred, holy and welcoming when things are placed where they belong.