How to Help
THE INCREASED OFFERTORY CAMPAIGN
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH - NOT A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN!
198 parishioners indicated their intentions to increase their giving on their Commitment Forms for St. Patrick Increased Offertory Campaign. These commitments totaled an average of $7 in increased weekly gifts, which would equate to an increase of 36% in their annual support of the parish. To those of you that made your commitment, thank you for your generosity and dedication to St. Patrick.
Some of you have not yet responded to the request from Father Mario. You will find in church a commitment form for your use. Simply indicate your intended increase and include it with your new, increased offertory in the basket today. Our parish has responded with great generosity and enthusiasm. We hope to have all parishioners involved by the end of this weekend.
“What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me?’”
~ Psalm 116:12
Electronic Giving Is Catching on at St. Patrick…Have You Signed Up Yet?
If you haven’t done so already, please join us! It’s easy to sign up. Simply enroll on-line below under ONLINE DONATIONS. Please contact the parish office at 781-438-0960 to receive more information.
WHAT IS AN ACOLYTE:
One definition states: An acolyte is a cleric promoted to the fourth and highest minor order in the Latin Church, ranking next to a subdeacon. The chief offices of an acolyte are to light the candles on the altar, to carry them in procession, and during the solemn singing of the Gospel; to prepare wine and water for the sacrifice of the Mass; and to assist the sacred ministers at the Mass, and other public services of the Church.
This may sound overwhelming, but I promise you, it is not. Nothing in the service of God and neighbor is overwhelming because God always helps us through.
One of the most important ministries here at Saint Patrick Church is the ministry of Funeral Servers or “Acolytes” as we sometimes call them. When we read from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (12:26) “If one member suffers in the body of Christ which is the Church, all the members suffer with that member” we may find ourselves being called into God’s service. We who are baptized into Christ and nourished at the same table of the Lord are responsible for one another. When a member of Christ’s Body dies, we, the faithful, are called to offer consolation to those who have suffered the loss of one whom they love. This ministry is part of the pastoral care by the community to those who have lost a loved one.
Adult parishioners act as altar servers at the Funeral Mass of a fellow-parishioner. They accompany the celebrant as he greets the family and receives the body in the entrance procession and assists the priest during the Mass.
If you feel this call, give Deacon Frank Dello Russo a call @781-438-2498 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support for our church!
IS GOD INVITING YOU?
Our parish currently needs Pastoral Visitors who are willing to bring Holy Eucharist to and pray with the many faithful homebound parishioners who, due to illness or advanced age, are no longer able to join us for Mass. If you have considered serving in this manner, God may be inviting you to share his loving comfort through the beautiful ministry of Pastoral Care. For more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.
Online Giving is Here !
Saint Patrick parish now provides A convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring donation.
Getting started is easy: just click the link below. When you participate, your gift will be securely transferred directly into the parish bank account. You won't have to remember to write a check or stop by the ATM on Sundays.
(Click on the image to download the form as a PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file)
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!
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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - PART-TIME DRIVER/GARDENER
The Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville, MA is currently seeking a Part-time Driver/Gardener.
Position requires experience transporting large groups, though CDL license not required. Mainly days, though some evening or weekend work occasionally needed. Must have excellent driving record. This position also includes gardening work during the spring through fall seasons. General knowledge of seasonal plant care necessary.
Please contact Kathy Rice at 617-776-4420 Ext. 318 or email@example.com.
MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS DRIVERS
The Mystic Valley Elder Services Nutrition department delivers and serves approximately 2000 meals every weekday. The success of this program depends, in large measure, on our "meals on wheels" drivers. Our drivers are so much more than "just a delivery person." They are the face of Mystic Valley to many elder and disabled clients who are unable to leave their homes. Without the meal delivery, some of our clients may have neither a visitor nor a meal that day. Our drivers also alert our case managers if they feel that something is different, or is cause for concern, for clients on their routes. Our drivers, then, deliver not only nutrition, but a few moments of kindness and personal contact to those who may otherwise live in isolation.
During the past few months, as our local economy has improved, we have begun to experience difficulty in hiring drivers. I'm writing today to ask for your help in our effort to hire drivers for our service area that includes Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winthrop.
With your assistance, I am confident that we will be able to continue to hire those individuals who will truly make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Please contact Eliana Pena, HR Generalist, Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc. at (781) 388-2338 or (781) 324-7705, est. 598 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.