71 Central St. Stoneham, MA 02180

Parish News

Parish News

PROJECT RACHEL RETREATS

“God’s forgiveness knows no bounds” – Pope Francis.

The Project Rachel ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston extends a special invitation to women suffering from the pain of a past abortion to attend a Come to the Waters of Healing one-day retreat. Fall dates are September 16, October 14 and November 11. Locations are confidential. Limited to ten participants per retreat. For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or help@projectrachelboston.com.


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.


THE REASON FOR OUR HOPE

September 30, 2017 ~ 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Lowell Memorial Auditorium

A Catholic Conference for all adults, ages 20 through 120, focused on the gift of Holy Hope! Come and join 2000+ other Catholic men and women for a full day filled with five powerful talks, incredible Christian Music, and the fellowship of thousands who unite their hearts in Holy Hope. The Holy Mass, Confessions and Adoration will all be included in this amazing day of grace. Go to www.HopeConferences.com to get more information and register.


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.


DOMINICAN SISTERS DISCERNMENT WEEKEND

The Dominican Sisters of Peace will be offering a Discernment Weekend on September 8 – 10, 2017 at Rosary Manor, 1 Rosary Drive, Watertown. Join other single Catholic women between the ages of 18 – 45 who wish to explore contemporary Dominican vowed life. This weekend will introduce you to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, their ministries, prayer and community life. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sister June Fitzgerald, OP at jfitzgerald@oppeace.org or 570-336-3991.


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.


THE TREE OF LIFE - UPDATE

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The Tree of Life has been ordered; we expect delivery in the very near future. We thank you for your patience.


PALLIATIVE CARE AND CATHOLIC TEACHING ON END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS

Learn More about Palliative Care and Catholic Teaching on End-of-Life Decisions
October 28 , 2017 following 4:00 Mass

Are you over 18? Have you or someone you love faced medical challenges? Have you wondered what the difference between palliative care and hospice care is? Have you ever wondered what the Catholic Church teaches regarding health care proxy, advance directives, or end-of-life care?

Come hear a presentation and join in a discussion on Palliative care and End-of-Life directives here at Saint Patrick Parish on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 5:00. Presented by the Archdiocese of Boston’s Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning. Stay tuned for more information.


EMMAUS MINISTRY FOR GRIEVING PARENTS - UPDATE

Losing a child under any circumstance is horrific. Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously.

A ministry for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause. Please join us. All are welcome.

At St. Patrick Parish, Stoneham, MA
One-Day Spiritual Retreat
Saturday, September 23, 2017
9:30am-8:00pm

For more information or to register, call Patrice at St. Patrick at (781) 438-0200, or call Diane, Mother of Paul, at (617) 542-8057, or see www.emfgp.org.

 


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


WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

"God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

Let God amplify and elucidate the love in your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME Weekends are Sep 16-17,2017 in Medway, MA and Oct 21-22, 2017 in Contoocook, NH. For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 1-800-710-9963 or visit us at https://wwmema.org/.


ST PATRICK SCHOOL WISHES YOU A FUN AND SAFE SUMMER

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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 Fontana!

www.stpatrickschoolstoneham.org


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/.


SAINT PATRICK SCHOOL PRE-K 3 PROGRAM

St. Patrick School is now enrolling children who turn 3 by Sept. 1, 2017 for the new PreK 3 program! Call (781) 438-2593 to take a tour and reserve your spot today.

"Instilling a love of learning and educating the whole child"


NO VACATION BIBLE CAMP

Due to staffing issues, Religious Education will not be offering Vacation Bible Camp this summer. We hope to be able to offer it in the future.


 SAINT PATRICK SCHOOL

Registration for 2017-2018 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 saintpatsoffice@comcast.net. Please note that to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten, a child must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017.


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