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.
|Meals on Wheels needs drivers. Please read our Meals on Wheels page for further information.|
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.
Communal 12:00 Mass on Saturday, Sept. 24
Due to the Emmaus Ministry Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents, the communal Mass at Noon on Saturday, September 24 will be held in the Upper Church.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries are confidential.
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.
|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!
Meetings are now held at the Stoneham Police Station, 47 Central St. on Saturday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
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!
|Please Pray for Grieving Parents over the Next Week
Emmaus Retreat for Grieving Parents
Saturday, Sept. 24
We invite all parishioners to keep participants of our upcoming Emmaus Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents, which will be here at Saint Patrick next Saturday, in their thoughts and prayers over the next week.
A bereavement novena that can be said for these parents who are suffering after the loss of a child is available online at:
or see Patrice for a printed copy. You may start the novena at any point over the next week, and please keep in special prayer all those grief-stricken parents who will be with us next Saturday.
Saturday, September 24th
Help support the
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides emergency support to families in crisis. Join us for a one-mile walk up and down Main Street in Stoneham to support their efforst. The cost to register is $10 and all proceeds go directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Saint Patrick Parish, who provide food and other emergency assistance to local residents.
We will begin our walk with a gathering in Our Lady of Providence Hall. Dress in blue and white and be sure to wear your walking shoes!
For more information and to download forms, visit our website at http://www.stpatstonereled.org/friends-walk-2016
Mother Daughter Tea
Sunday, September 25th,
Calling all girls between nine and fourteen years old and their mother or grandmother. This event will introduce girls to the onset of young womanhood through God's love. The purpose of the program is to provide an atmosphere of love and learning in order to discuss the important topic of growing up and to establish a foundation for continued communication between mother and daughter. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $25.00 for the first Mother/daughter, $15.00 for each additional daughter. Registration is required. For more information or to register contact Alicia Fazio at email@example.com.
Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary 35th
Annual Lawn Party to benefit Seminarians
Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston is hosting its 35th Annual Lawn Party on Wednesday, September 28th, at 6:00 pm on the grounds of the seminary. This premiere fundraising event is hosted this year by Bishop Robert Reed. The evening will include a reception and dinner with music. Located on Route 30 in Weston, the seminary prepares second career candidates, men over the age of 30, for priesthood. The proceeds from the Lawn Party help to keep tuition costs affordable. For ticket information, please call the Pope St. John XXIII Development Office at 781-899-5500, or visit their website www.psjs.edu/lawn-party. You can make a difference and encourage the vocations of these men through your support of the Lawn Party.
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.
|Rehearsals for St. Patrick’s Choir began Thursday, September 15th from 7pm to 8:30pm. We are still looking for more members to expand our choir. You need not have a beautiful voice to join the choir as many ordinary voices can make a beautiful sound.|
Please consider giving your time and talent to this ministry as music adds so much to Liturgy. We sing every other week at different Masses throughout the year. Please consider joining our choir as St. Augustine said “Singing is praying twice”.
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,and a light unto my path."
CONCERT ACROSS AMERICA TO END GUN VIOLENCE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th AT 4:30
STONEHAM TOWN COMMON
(rain location: Stoneham Town Hall)
THIS EVENT IS FREE
Any donations will be given to the Stoneham Alliance Against Violence, a local organization that provides support for people in domestic violence situations. The goal of SAAV is to raise awareness about teen dating violence, sexual and domestic violence, and to promote programs that foster healthy relations.
ABOUT THE CONCERT ACROSS AMERICA
September 25th is the date designated by congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for murder victims. The nationwide concerts will bring together organizations, activists and artists with the dual goals of keeping guns out of dangerous hands and making the issue of illegal guns top of mind for members of Congress, the presidential candidates, and the American people as they go to the polls in November 2016.
More at www.RememberSeptember25.org
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
|As you begin your fall clean up and organization tasks, please save all gently used kitchen dishware, utensils, and small appliances, as well as sheets, and blankets for our annual Mission of Deeds household goods drive which will take place October 15 & 16. More details will follow.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com.
"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)
Emmaus Ministry 1-Day Retreat for Parents Grieving the Loss of a Child
Saturday, September 24
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,
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.
We hope you were able to stop by our table at Town Day! It certainly was a beautiful day for the event!
MAP testing has started for the year! The MAP assessment allows teachers to see where students are academically at the beginning of the year, address any areas of concern, and then retest at the end of the year.
Our first grade worked on beautiful projects to hang up at the Department of Revenue/CSE. In Religion, they have been talking about family and community, specifically the St. Patrick School community. They talked about how we are all part of the school community, and how special that is! They made owls to practice their shapes for math and talked about how, although each owl is different, it is special and important in list grade family means: community, school, church, love, and acceptance.
Meet God's Olympic Team! The 5th graders wrote and shared the wonderful ways they treat others and shared their responses with Mr. Fontana. They can look at their gold medals and be proud of the ways they act and think of others. Go God's Team
Please check out our new and improved website. stpatrickschoolstoneham.org or for more frequent news, like us on Facebook.
It is with our heartfelt gratitude, we announce that after more than ten years of service to Saint Patrick Parish, our Director of Religious Education (DRE), Marie Kopf, will be leaving us and accepting a new position as DRE at a another Parish located in Delaware. Marie has supported our parish families with her caring and understanding and has been the one constant and stable figure of our Religious Education Program, under the guidance of two Pastors and many Parochial Vicars. Her professionalism and hard work has crafted a Religious Education program that supported more than 1,000 children each year for Sacramental preparation during her time at Saint Patrick Parish. Marie will be missed by our catechists, volunteers, students and families. We wish Marie happiness and Blessings in her new position and her new home.
It is our pleasure to announce that Marina Memmo has accepted the position of DRE. Marina has been co-director of religious education and a Stoneham resident with her family for many years. Marina has taught catechism for many years and has volunteered in many capacities at Saint Patrick's. She is looking forward to assisting our parish children and families in growing their Catholic faith. Let us welcome Marina and support her as our new Director of Religious Education.
Registration for all grades must be completed online. Please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.