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Parish News

WITNESS TO LIFE

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Witness to Life Rally in Framingham
Thursday, January 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

at St. Stephen parish in Framingham. All are invited to help launch the Witness to Life pilgrimage at a Rally with Bishop Mark O’Connell, the Catholic band Delmore, prayer and adoration, plus two dynamic pro-life speakers: Sarah Mary Toce (Director of the New England Life and Leadership Project) and Dr. Paul Gondreau, Professor of theology at Providence College, and father of Dominic Gondreau, the young boy with cerebral palsy who was embraced by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday, 2013. For more information on this free event, contact Margaret Wakelee at mwakelee@rcab.org.

Witness to Life Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
Thursday, Jan. 18 - Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

The Archdiocese of Boston Witness to Life pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. begins with the Witness to Life Rally on Thursday, January 18, 7:00 pm at St. Stephen parish in Framingham. The Rally is open to all—even if you’re not going on to the March for Life in D.C. Pilgrims will board the bus after the Rally and travel overnight to D.C. The $180.00 pp/(quad occupancy) package includes transportation, hotel, meals, tours, and WTL apparel. Join Cardinal Seán O’Malley, and hundreds of others from RCAB Catholic schools and parishes as we march with thousands in our nation’s capital to stand up for life. For more information, visit bostoncatholic.org/witnesstolife.


LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GIVE BACK THIS SEASON?

If so, All Care Hospice needs you! All Care Hospice is currently seeking caring, compassionate people to offer comfort and support to our patients and families through companionship. As part of the care team, volunteers serve a vital role in affecting the quality of our patients’ lives. All Care Hospice serves the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston. Volunteer opportunities available close to home!

For more information or to enroll in a training, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maureen Burge at 781-244-1129.


CLERGY HEALTH AND RETIREMENT TRUST CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2017

Next week there will be a diocese-wide collection to benefit the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust which cares for the health and well-being of our 590 priests. Our priests are always there for us; they share Christ’s good news, perform good works, and build communities of faith.  Your support helps care for their health and well-being in retirement. You can learn more about the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust and make a gift online at clergytrust.org or you can donate $25 through your cell phone by texting the word PRIEST25 TO 20222 (msg. & data rates may apply). Follow us on Facebook @ClergyTrust.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.


RETROUVAILLE - MARRIAGE HELP AND SUPPORT

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CASH CALENDARS

St. Patrick’s Mothers Club will be sponsoring Cash Calendars once again.
Cash Calendars will be sold following each Mass, in the foyer of the Church, on the weekend of December 15th and 16th.


BUY YOUR CHRISTMAS ICE CREAM BON BONS
and support St. Patrick School at the same time!

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The cost for a box of 12 Bon Bons is $12.00. Cash or checks payable to Philip R's will be accepted. A generous percentage of the sales will benefit St. Patrick School. Orders are to be picked up in Our Lady of Providence Hall on Wednesday, December 20th at 2:30 pm. Any questions? Contact Erica Rotondo at 781-820-6986 or ericarotondo@hotmail.com.


INTRODUCING THE SAINT PATRICK TREE OF LIFE

The long-awaited Saint Patrick Tree of Life has been installed in the entry to our church. The Tree of Life page provides more details. Thank you for shining your light, enabling us to shine for others.


JOY TO THE WORLD!

76mwm62yfptd3ookpomh9ui7s8l.pngThis Advent Season, I invite you to reserve some time to reflect on the Scripture accounts of Christ's Birth, which appear only in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. For each of three weeks, we will read, discuss, and pray with selected verses from the first two chapters of these Gospels. Spending time in prayerful reflection of scripture not only helps to enhance your understanding of God's word, but can also enrich your relationship with God and others. Please conside joining us:

Wednesdays, 7-8pm,
December 6, 13, and 20
Youth/Multi-Purpose Room

There is a fee of $10 to cover the cost of the books. To register for more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.


SAINT PATRICK HOLIDAY HELPERS

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THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE LORD

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Come share the gift of your voice by singing with the choir this Advent/Christmas season. No long term commitment. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm in preparation for the 10:00 pm Christmas Eve Vigil Mass. All are welcome!


CORIs FOR 2018 ARE DUE NOW

It’s that time again. CORIs for the 2018 year are now due. CORIs are valid annually from July 1 through June 30 and all volunteers and staff must complete a CORI form each year. Parish Staff members will be available to assist you at the office Monday-Friday between the hours of 10:00-11:30 am and 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Thank you!


FINANCE COMMITTEE NEWS

Dear Church,

The Finance Committee of St. Patrick Parish meets on a quarterly basis to review the financial state of parish operations. It is also responsible for assisting the parish in developing the annual parish budget, establishing and monitoring financial policies and practices, and providing the financial planning support associated with long-term capital projects, such as major repairs, maintenance, and future construction to property and parish assets. The Committee is compromised of parishioners with various financial skills who have volunteered their time and talent in support of the parish.

The Finance Committee is also responsible for developing and delivering a yearly communication on both the parish and school’s financial state. The intent of such reports is to ensure parishioners have visibility to the parish's financial health and to maintain awareness of the financial scope of the activities required to support a vibrant Catholic community. These figures represent your donations and how they are spent.

God Bless, Fr. Mario & Fr. Frank

Parish Financial Report School Financial Report

DATE NIGHT!

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Join us for a series of date nights to be held at St. Patrick Parish, Stoneham. Over the course of four Saturday evenings (Oct 14th, Nov 4th, Jan 20th & Feb 10th), you will be armed with practical tools to grow your relationship and more richly understand the gift of your marriage and spouse! Come for one or join us for all!

Don’t miss this opportunity to grow deeper in your relationship with your spouse and the Lord!

UPDATE: New price, and babysitting available! Download the updated flyer for October for more information and registration form.


PERMANENT DIACONATE INFORMATION AND INQUIRY SESSIONS

If you are single or sacramentally married, and discerning God's possible call to serve the Church as a minister of Charity, Word, and Sacrament as an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston, you and your wife (for those who are married) are invited to take part in the upcoming Inquirer Program. If you would like more information, you can download the flyer, or contact Deacon Christopher Connelly, Director of Diaconate Formation at 617-746-5649, or via email at cconnelly@rcab.org.


THE SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL NEEDS YOU

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Come join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. For more information, contact the Parish Office at 781-438-0960.

 


PROMISE TO PROTECT - PLEDGE TO HEAL

The Archdiocese of Boston is committed to maintaining a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Through its Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach, the Archdiocese continues to make counseling and other services available to survivors, their families and parishes impacted by clergy sexual abuse, and in particular those who may need additional support at this time, are encouraged to contact the Archdiocese's Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach at 617-746-5995.


ADULT CHOIR

Please come and join St. Patrick’s Adult Choir this year! Rehearsals are every Thursday night from 7:00 - 8:30 pm and the choir sings every other week at different Masses throughout the year. 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. As St. Augustine said “Singing is praying twice”. If you are interested in joining or have questions please see Susan Columbus in the music area after Mass or send an email to st.patsmusic@aol.com. Rehearsals begin Thursday, Sept.7th and our first Mass is Sunday September 10th @ 8:00 am.


CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Please come and join our Children’s choir this year! We welcome new members from Grade 2 and up. Keeping in mind everyone’s busy school and sports schedules, we will implement a new format that is sure to be family friendly and make it possible for more participation! We will rehearse every Thursday from 4:00 - 5:00 pm and sing twice a month at the 10:00 am Family Mass. We will have a lot of fun singing and praying, learning about music, teamwork and our faith. If you are interested in joining or have questions, please see Susan in the music area after Mass, or send an email to st.patsmusic@aol.com. Rehearsals begin Thursday September 21st.


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

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Are you, a loved one, or a friend interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? If you are an un-baptized adult, an adult baptized in another Christian tradition, or a baptized Catholic who has not yet received the sacraments of First Communion and/or Confirmation, this journey is for you. I invite you to consider the RCIA process. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a period of formation through which we walk together on a journey of faith to help us understand and appreciate our Catholic beliefs, values, and practices. It is a time of study and reflection through which you are invited to deepen your relationship with God as you prepare to become a full member of the Catholic Church.

The RCIA group meets on Sunday mornings for the 10:00 Mass and then gather for prayer and faith discussions from 11:00 – 12:30 and we would love to welcome you. It is our hope that through the sacraments you will experience God’s grace in an entirely new way as you continue growing in faith throughout your life.

If you are considering this opportunity, please join us in the Parish Council Room following the 10:00 Mass on September 10 or call me at 781-438-0200 so I can answer any questions you have. Our program begins on October 15. The Holy Spirit might just be calling you today. Are you ready to respond?

Blessings,
Patrice Fitzpatrick, Pastoral Assistant


OUR SUNDAY VISITOR WEBCASTS

Our Sunday Visitor has a series of free webcasts that will deepen your knowledge and faith. Visit https://www.osvcatholicbookstore.com/webcasts for more information and links to register.


"GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS..."

At the end of every Mass, we are reminded to "go" into the world to gather and make disciples of God's children. How often do you reflect upon how you have followed Christ's command to do this? Today we invite you to do just that. As you celebrate the magnificent glory of God & the incredible mercy of Christ, stop for a moment to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in your heart. You are being called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with a friend, neighbor or child who is not yet aware of God's great love for them. How will you answer that call?

The Religious Education Program invites you to become a catechist for the 2017-2018 school year!

Call or Email Us:
781-438-1093 ~ staff@stpatreled.org


IS GOD INVITING YOU?

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PREGNANCY HELP

Pregnancy Help serves anyone facing crisis pregnancy situations. Our staff of nurses and case workers is trained to give individualized care to help you through this difficult time. Please contact us to discuss your situation and receive free support.

Call Us: 617-782-5151 or Text Us: 617-903-7960

All services are free and strictly confidential.


HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
February 15-25, 2018
Fr. Armano & Fr. Liias, Spiritual Directors

Join Fr. Armano & Fr. Liias on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will experience the Scriptures come alive and see where Jesus began his ministry. As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we will discover this unique and spiritual land with visits to Galilee, Tiberius, Nazareth, Caesarea, Capernaum, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

A deposit is due by upon time of registration.* Early bird discount for deposits received before July 15th. Final payment is due by December 15, 2017. For more information and to obtain a brochure, contact Cathy DiPirro @ 781-307-2474 or catherinedipirro@msn.com.


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

If anyone is in need of a prayer square and/or a shawl, they can contact the rectory who will let me know. The recipient's name(s) are entered into our book which we pray over every week.

Thank you in advance,
    Carol Johnston on behalf of the Ladies of the Prayer Shawl Ministry


ALTAR SERVER PERMISSION SLIP

Dear Parents,

Starting in the third grade, children from Saint Patrick Parish are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the Altar Server Ministry. Saint Patrick’s is in need of altar servers. They are a very important part of our parish liturgy celebrations. Altar servers participate at weekend liturgies, but they may also participate at daily Mass, funerals, and weddings if needed.

Becoming an altar server is a great way for your child to learn, at an early age, to serve God and their parish. What an example they would be to their peers as well as other members of the Church. God created us to serve Him and that is exactly what your child would be doing.

If your child is interested in becoming an altar server for Saint Patrick Parish, or if you have any questions, please email me at Chashanafin@verizon.net. Also please fill out the permission form available here and return it to the Parish Office.

I would also like to extend this invitation to any adult who may want to serve. What an expression of faith if an entire family served Mass together.

Please give prayerful though in allowing your child to become an altarserver. Please consider becoming an altar server yourself. Practice will be held on Wednesday afternoons at 3:00pm in the upstairs Church.

Thank you,
Deacon Charles (Chuck) G. Hanafin


1060AM CATHOLIC RADIO

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MEMORIAL FLOWERS

You have the opportunity to have flowers placed on our altar in memory of loved ones. The flower arrangement will be the one piece placed in front of the main altar. The name of your loved one will be placed in the bulletin for that weekend.

The parish makes arrangements for the flowers. The donation is $75. Please call the parish office @ 781-438- 0960 if you are interested in donating flowers for a particular weekend. Please note: the Sundays of Advent and Lent are excluded as flowers are not permitted during these Liturgical Seasons.


MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS NEEDED PART-TIME

Mystic Valley Elder Services ~ www.mves.org ~ info@mves.org ~ 781-324-7705

Our Meals on Wheels Drivers deliver 2000 healthy meals, every weekday, to elders and adults living with disabilities. Our drivers may deliver the only meal of the day to our homebound clients in addition to providing critical social contact and safety check. These few moments of kindness make this service so much more than just the delivery of a meal.

Today additional drivers are needed to meet the increasing demand for home delivered meals in our service area that includes 11 cities and towns. If you are interested in giving back to your community through this part-time job, apply today! Please call Sara at 781-324-7705 ext. 689 or visit our website www.mves.org/join-us/.


EMMAUS MINISTRY FOR GRIEVING PARENTS

St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch St. Boston, MA

Serving the Spiritual Needs of Parents Whose Children of Any Age Have Died By Any Cause

One-Hour, One-Day, and Weekend Retreats, in Cooperation with the Archdiocese of Boston. Call Diane, Mother of Paul, at (617) 542-8057.

www.emfgp.orginfo@emfgp.org