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.
Wednesday Evening Vigil ~ May 4th, 7:00pm
Thursday Holy Day ~ May 5th 8:45am & 12:00 pm
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
May 2, 2016 ~ 7:00 pm
PRAY THE ROSARY ~ 6:30 PM
|First Holy Communion Masses will be celebrated on
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 am
The 12:00 Noon Communal Mass will not be celebrated on these Saturday mornings due to our First Communion Masses at 11:00 a.m. You are invited to attend the First Communion Masses at 11:00 a.m.
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.
With Fr. Liias, Wednesday, MAY 11, 2016
ALL ARE WELCOME to join St. Patrick Charismatic Prayer Community for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Healing Service with Fr. Liias on WEDNESDAY, MAY 11th at 7:30 PM. Fr. Liias will conclude his SERIES on HEALING of the FAMILY TREE for those who did not complete the family tree. Please bring genograms with you. There will be laying on of hands & praying for individual needs and healings. Fr. Liias will be available to hear confessions. Coffee and refreshments will follow in the Parish Council Room.
|A Rose for Life Drive will take place Mother's Day weekend, May 7th & 8th after all Masses. The funds raised will help Massachusetts Citizens for Life continue their education and lobby efforts to defend the Right to Life of the unborn, the disabled and the elderly. The threat to life is greater now than ever before so your generosity is greatly appreciated. The suggested donation for one silk rose is $1.00.|
Next week’s second collection supports the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). CCC communicates the Gospel through various formats, including social media, podcasts, TV, radio, and print media. 50% of the collection will support this national programming.
The other 50% of the collection will remain at the parish to support local communication efforts, such as website technology and bulletins.
|SUNDAY - May 8, 2016
Masses will be celebrated for the intentions of our Mothers, Grandmothers, Great-Grandmothers and God-Mothers, living and deceased.
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.
"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.
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
If you have suffered the death of a loved one and you feel the need for support, please join our Grief Support Group which will meet here at Saint Patrick Parish for six consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning April 20 through May 25 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 this fall.
As part of these peer support group meetings, we will explore what to expect during the grieving process and we will consider the spiritual elements of grief and healing.
Participants will have the opportunity 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.
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 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.
We hope everyone likes the new look to our building! We are so blessed to have parents at our school who are so talented and willing to donate their time. Our seventh grade had a wonderful time at the Boston Symphony this week. What an exciting opportunity for them to do something they probably have never experienced before.
The after school LEGO robotics program is back in full swing. We offer LEGO robotics for students in all grades. levels of classes are offered: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Beginners build robots with LEGO kits and do basic programming to control the robot. Advanced students will build a robot with LEGO Mindstorm kits and do basic and intermediate programming. Our second graders will be making their first communion this weekend. The second grade teachers, Mrs. Ens and Ms. Dalamangas have done a fantastic job preparing them! Our thoughts and prayers are with them all!
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!