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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Happy Thanksgiving !

Come join us for a Mass of Thanksgiving

at 8:30am on thanksgiving morning,

in the Upper Church.

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Prayer of Thanksgiving

God of all blessings,
source of all life,
giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath that sustains us,
for the food of this earth that nurtures us,
for the love of family and friends
without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty that the eye can see,
for the joy that the ear may hear,
for the unknown that fills the universe with wonder,
for the expanse of space that draws us beyond our selves.

We thank you for our families who nurture us,
for friends who love us by choice,
for companions at work who share our burdens and daily tasks,
for strangers who welcome us into their midst,
for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding,
for children who lighten our moments with delight,
for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you for this day:
for life and one more day to love,
for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace,
for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom be loved,
for your grace and one more experience of your presence,
for your promise to be with us, to be our God, and to give us salvation.

For these, and all blessings,
we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,
through Jesus Christ we pray.   

Amen.

 

 

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Did you Know?

The Journey of Advent

            One of the best ways to begin the very special season of Advent is to "get in touch with ourselves."  It may sound odd, but one symptom of our contemporary lives is that we can often be quite "out of touch" with what is going on in our very own hearts.  Advent starts right at the time our Western culture begins Christmas preparations.  It is a busy time, and our heads are filled with details and distractions. 

Beginning today and throughout the next four weeks, we will read and pray about the expectant hope of Israel, as expressed through Isaiah.  The images we will experience are about darkness and gloom, about hunger and thirst.  They are images that attempt to capture a sense of what we feel when we are distant from our God.  They express the powerlessness and anxiety we experience when we feel vulnerable and defenseless.  Most of all, they are images of hope for the future, hope for a day when all tears will be wiped away, when there will be plenty to eat and drink, and when there will be no more conflict and no more war.  God's salvation will be made known.  God's victory will be complete.

These are very precious days for us to come into intimate contact with our own need for God and the salvation he offers.  What is missing in my life?  What eludes my grasp?  What name can I give to the "restlessness" in my heart?  What is the emptiness I keep trying to "feed" with food, with fantasy, with excitement, with busyness?  What is the conflict that is "eating at me"?  What is the sinful, unloving, self-centered pattern for which I haven't asked for forgiveness and healing?  Where do I need a peace that the world cannot give?

            On this First Sunday of Advent, let us open our hearts to the coming of our Lord.  Let us pray for the freedom, healing and peace that only the Lord can give.  Let us begin the journey.

For daily Advent prayers and other resources, visit:  http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/

 

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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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