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.
Saint Patrick's Holiday Helpers program is back this year, geared at helping those among us who are registered parishioners who are having difficulties making ends meet at holiday time. For Thanksgiving, the program offers baskets of groceries or grocery store gift cards for a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal.
This program is offered to registered parishioners of St. Patrick Parish who find themselves in need this year, and is made possible through the generosity of our parishioners and friends. If you are in need, please call the rectory at (781) 438-0960. The Holiday Helpers program also assists those in need at Christmas. Donations to the program, in the form of gift cards to local supermarkets or checks made out to St. Patrick Family Ministry are welcome. Volunteers are also needed to assist us in making the program work. Please leave your name and phone number at the rectory if you would like to help. Thank you.
|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.|
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!
If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server, check out this information about 4 days in November, and a sign-up form.
The Main Altar areas are maintained by a rotation process of our Altar Society Members. Since the recent retirement of our Sacristan, Phyllis Fagundes, as well as other members who have volunteered for years, we are in need of new volunteers to become members of the Altar Society. Members take their turn to volunteer to launder Altar Linen (purificators, corporals, finger towels) on a monthly basis. Cloths for the altars are also laundered, pressed, and changed throughout the liturgical year. Altar ware as well as altar furniture is polished. There is also the upkeep of plants which help to beautify the altar area. Other tasks include removing spilled wax from carpet and vacuuming. The Sacristy area is also maintained and we are thankful to all who enter and help us by returning things to their place. If you are able to help in any way, please contact the Parish Office at 781-438-0960.
Religious Education Employment Opportunities
There are currently two part-time Assistant Coordinator positions in the Religious Education Office. Each position offers 16 hours weekly coordinating the following grades.
Coordinating Grade 6 on Monday evenings 4-8pm. Grade 3 on Tuesday afternoons 2-6pm, and assisting with the grade level Family Mass at 10am 1 or 2x a month.
Coordinating Grade 5 on Wednesday afternoons 2-6pm. Grade 4 on Thursday afternoons 2-6pm, and Grade 1 on Saturday morning 8-11am (during the Fall and Spring).
Both positions include assisting with the Homeschool Program. If interested, please contact Marie Kopf or Marina Memmo at 781-438-1093.
Like a family, Saint Patrick Parish has been there for us through the years, offering us the sacraments to strengthen us as we make our way on our earthly pilgrimage. We've made lifelong friends and enjoyed fellowship with friends old and new. Sunday Homilies, given in an engaging manner, have helped encourage us and to bring better order in our lives. We've enjoyed the hymns provided by our wonderful music department. Through our social outreach, we've better understood the needs of the less fortunate and how we can help them, particularly when we work together as a parish community. For those of us blessed with children, Saint Patrick Parish has formed and enriched them through our Religious Education Program and through Saint Patrick Catholic School both educationally and spiritually.
There are always ways that you can continue to support Saint Patrick Parish, first through your prayers and also through your gifts of time, talent and treasure. For example, the gift of time; to name just a few, so many parishioners volunteer to teach in our Religious Education Program, become Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers, make communion calls, help with cleaning the Church and act as Sacristans. The gift of talent; many in our Parish bring their own expertise to the Parish Council and Parish Finance Council, share their particular trades of Carpentry, Architecture, Computer Programming etc. The gift of treasures; some parishioners have remembered us in their wills which has allowed us to continue as a strong Parish meeting the needs of its parishioners. We ask if you could please consider:
Donation: You can make a one-time tax deductible donation or make a recurring donation by joining our Parish and becoming a registered member of this dynamic church.
Planned Giving: as the diocese and the churches involved continue towards collaboration, we are a stand-alone Parish, please know that your planned gift to Saint Patrick Parish can ensure the legacy of our Parish.
Wills and Bequests: Once you've taken care of your family, please consider a bequest to Saint Patrick Parish. If you decide to name Saint Patrick parish in your will, please notify me or the business manager so we may thank you.
Insurance and Stock Gifts: there are several ways to turn insurance policies into charitable instruments. Stocks, bonds and other securities are also alternative ways to give that can benefit both you and Saint Patrick Parish.
Please let us know if you need any further information regarding the above by contacting the Rectory office at 781-438 -0950,
Thank you for considering St. Patrick Parish!
Join LIFT Ministries on Tuesday, October 25th @ 7pm for an inspiring night of worship at St. John Church in East Bridgewater with speaker Dave VanVickle. The night will include uplifting music, a relevant talk, confessions, Eucharistic Adoration, and is FREE to attend and open to ALL AGES. A downloadable flyer, along with more information about LIFT, can be found on their website at www.liftedhigher.com. Come and worship with hundreds of Catholics from around the Boston area!
Saturday, October 29, 2016 8:30am-7pm
St. Andre Bessette Parish, Laconia, NH
Feeling weighed down by life’s circumstances? Having a difficult time forgiving past hurts? Unbound teaches 5 simple keys to break the chains of emotional, spiritual, and mental bondage and unlock doors to freedom!
Contact Jude at 603-524-9609 to register and Anne Dooley for carpool information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join the Saint Patrick Charismatic Prayer Community Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30pm in the lower church. All deceased members of the Prayer Community will be remembered. 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 be served following Mass.
Immaculate Conception Parish, Malden, MA will be offering this program on Saturday, November 12th from 9:00am to noon in their parish hall. For more information please call their office at 781-324-4941
Sunday, November 13th at 2:00pm,
Saint Eulalia Church, Winchester, MA
Come and pray the patriotic rosary along with members of the Saint Eulalia Men’s Fellowship Group. The rosary, along with patriotic songs and readings will be offered for our country, the intentions of our Pope, and for all of our personal intentions. Come and bring your family and friends.
Save The Date
Drug Awareness Program, Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 pm in Our Lady of Providence Hall.
Four years ago, as we began this journey together, we implemented a strategic plan that helped us to identify and prioritize our goals, both for the short-term and the long-term. It helped us to shape and guide what the parish does, and clarify why it does it. It enabled us as a parish, to actively pursue specifically identified goals as opposed to simply reacting or merely drifting. In that short time we have freed ourselves from all our debts, cut our operating costs, implemented regular property maintenance, and began the necessary repairs to our property/capital improvements that had been deferred for years.
In reviewing all of our property and buildings with our maintenance department as well as members of the Archdiocese Real Estate Office. there remains a substantial amount of work that still needs to be accomplished. One of the most critical repairs that must be handled immediately involves the stained glass windows in our church. When these windows were removed from the "old" church and placed into the "new" church, the wood casings, which held the glass in place, were never replaced. Consequently they, as well as the window sills that currently hold them in place, are rotting and the windows are at risk of falling out. Oh, the joy of it all! The cost to repair the windows and to paint the trim as well as the outside areas of the church, which haven't been painted in over twelve years, exceeds $300,000.
Hence, I am looking for a parishioner who may have development experience to sit with me and research grants from private foundations or even government sources which might be available to supplement our regular giving to tackle this next hurdle. I am NOT establishing another capital campaign or seeking to burden you with relentless giving requests. I am seeking a Development Professional who is willing to volunteer his/her objective and professional talents to help us continue to move forward and build our future. If you are able to help, please contact me through the parish office.
A Free Health fair is being held on Tuesday, November 15th from 10am-12:30pm at Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm Street, Stoneham. Free health screenings, health resource information, give-a-ways, continental breakfast, and more. Sponsored by Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice and the Stoneham Council on Aging. For more information call 781-338-7885.
Mass of Remembrance
Christmas Donation Drive
On Saturday and Sunday November 12th & 13th at all Masses, Members of H.O.T. will be accepting Items to be included in Christmas Packages going to our troops overseas. It is hard to be away from home at Christmas, twice as hard in a war. They desperately need to know someone cares! Thank you for your kind support.
See our Helping Our Troops page for items requested by our troops.
Friday, November 18th: 9 :00am - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
More information on our Christmas Fair page
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 or look for us after all the Masses during the weekend of October 22 and 23, and remember to bring your license or other official photo ID.
Friday evening, Oct. 28th to Sunday, Oct. 30th after lunch.
Notre Dame Spirituality Ctr.
30 Jeffrey Neck Rd. Ipswich, MA
Cost: $150.00; includes 2 nights, private room & 5 meals
ALL ARE WELCOME
As we join in praise, worship, healing prayer & the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass & listen to spirit filled talks & join in warm fellowship with other members of the Church.
Leading us in "GOD REVEALS HIMSELF"
DEACON FRANK DELLO RUSSO
To register, please mail your name, address, and phone number to:
Ann Marie Staffier, 12 Di Nanno Rd., Stoneham MA 02180
Or for more info call 781-662-9644
Where is God calling you? Let the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, lead you toward deeper contemplative listening during a free weekend retreat for single, Catholic women, ages 18-42. The retreat takes place Nov. 18th-20th, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. During the retreat, you can explore where God is calling you, ask any questions you have about vocation, get an inside look at life as a Sister of Providence, get to know Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and more. To learn more, contact Sister Editha Ben at 812-230-4771 or email email@example.com, or register online at ListeningRetreat.SistersofProvidence.org.
About the Sisters of Providence:
The Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of nearly 320 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, IN. 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.
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.
"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 Wednesday evenings
6:00pm - 7:30pm
(please call 781-438-0960 to register)
Fall: October 5 - November 16 (excl. November 2)
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,
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 our Grief Support Group which will meet here at Saint Patrick Parish for six Wednesday evenings beginning October 5 through November 16 (excluding Nov. 2) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. If your loss is recent, we suggest that you wait at least six months before participating in this 6-week workshop, which will be offered again next spring.
As part of these peer support group meetings, we will explore the grieving process and we will consider the spiritual elements of grief and healing. Participants will have the opportunint to share their experiences with other grieving people who can offer understanding, acceptance, and support.
For more information and to register, please call Patrice at 781-438-0200. There is no charge for participating in this group, which is sponsored by The Barile Family Funeral Homes of Stoneham and Reading.
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.
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.
It sure has been a busy time here at Saint Patrick's. We completed all MAP testing when last year we had just started! We wouldn‟t have been able to accomplish this if it wasn‟t for our teachers and students who worked so hard the past couple of weeks.
Students in grades 4-8 have started running for Student Council. We're running things a little different this year. In place of making speeches over the intercom in the morning, students running for office will make a campaign video. The video will then be sent to all classrooms and viewed before voting. We are really excited to see what they come up with!
For the past couple of weeks the 5th grade has been studying plant and animal cells as part of their life science unit. Students extended their lesson on cells with the use of project based learning. They were required to create a model of both a plant and animal cell. Not just any model though, a 3D model that provided some more "depth" of knowledge to the project. They used different types of materials to make the cells, some were even edible! They then shared their models with other grades in the school that were able to come and take a tour of their classroom.
Please check out our new and improved website. stpatrickschoolstoneham.org or for more frequent news, like us on Facebook.
The St. Patrick School Book Fair, sponsored by Scholastic, will be held on Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6 in the Parish Council Room from 7:50am-4pm. Families and the public are welcome. In addition, you can support St. Patrick School by purchasing books through the online fair from September 28th—October 13th at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/stpatrickschoolstoneham.
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 email@example.com.
Please note that to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten, a child must be 4 years on or before August 31, 2016.
Registration for all grades must be completed online. Please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.