BLESSING OF THE THROATS
The weekend of February 2nd and 3rd, Ministers will be available before and after all Masses to bless throats.
A second collection will be taken the weekend of January 26th and 27th to benefit our parish school to help offset operating expenses. Your generosity is appreciated.
2018 TAX STATEMENTS
Please note, the Parish does not automatically send out tax statements. If you would like a copy of your 2018 contributions, please call the parish office at 781-438-0960 and request one.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING 2019
Help us "Tackle Hunger" by donating food or money at Mass on Super Bowl weekend.
All proceeds will go directly to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Saint Patrick Parish!
We will be collecting donations before & after Mass at...
4 pm, February 2nd & 8, 10, & 12 on February 3rd
Bring cash, gift cards & new food items, especially cereal, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter & jelly & tuna
LEARN HOW TO HELP PEOPLE HEAL!
MEET KATHY HILL
Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:00 pm
St. Augustine’s Parish Center,
Fr. Smith Hall, Andover, MA
Come hear Kathy speak about abortion’s consequences and the heartbreak of losing a child through abortion - come to learn about how to heal!
Kathy, who was complicit in an abortion of a friend, is currently the MA Regional Coordinator of ‘Silent No More.” She is also the National Leader/MA State Ambassador of Surrendering the Secret, a Post-Abortion Healing Bible Study Program, and Counselor for Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, Attleboro, MA.
If you or someone you know was harmed by a past abortion, this may be the place to begin the healing process. This is open to everyone - all men and women. Come and bring a friend. For more information call Theresa Gorey at 978-886-2911.
LIFE ALLIANCE PETITION
Are you aware that in Massachusetts, the law says you can obtain an abortion "on demand" up to 24 weeks? If this does not seem right to you, please go to our webpage at www.LifeAlliance.life to sign our petition (located at the top of our menu) and learn what we are doing to try to get the law changed. Life Alliance is a community based, pro-life, grassroots organization which is trying to change legal "on demand" abortions from 24 weeks to 12 weeks as a start.
We will be presenting a Bill by Request to MA legislators this month in January and have started a petition to let our law makers know that the citizens of Massachusetts are interested in seeing the law change from 24 to 12 weeks and will continue to fight for "0" weeks. You can also access our petition link from our facebook page Life Alliance/Billerica. Please consider signing this petition and let your voice be heard. Thank you from Life Alliance.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES
The Burlington Sons of Italy is once again offering Italian Language classes. Registrations will take place on Wednesday, January 30th at St. Margaret's School located on Winn Street in Burlington from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The 12 week fall semester will begin on Wednesday, February 6th. Classes offered range from Beginner to Advanced, something for everyone. For complete details and instructor profiles, please visit the following web site: www.burlingtonsonsofitaly.org or call 781- 272-0529.
ECOLOGICAL AWARENESS GROUP
February 10, 2019
Saint Patrick Parish Ecological Awareness Group will be hosting a month-long Art Exhibit Fundraiser to benefit Saint Patrick’s Food Group and St. Vincent de Paul ministries. The opening reception is Sunday, February 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Cutter Gallery at 611 Mass Ave., Arlington.
The photographs being sold were taken by members of Saint Patrick Ecological Awareness Group and their friends and relatives. If you have liked our calendars, cards, and posters from previous years, you will love these new amazing photographs. Please come and support these very worthy ministries.
HALLMARK HEALTH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc.
Have you been thinking about what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others? Come be a part of our fabulous team of volunteers at Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse and Hospice, either visiting with hospice patients in the community or providing administrative support in our Malden office!
Direct Care Volunteers are the heart and soul of our Hospice program, supporting people in the community living with terminal illnesses. Thorough training and ongoing supervision is provided.
Administrative volunteers support our VNA and Hospice staff in the office with mailings, copying, answering phones, and working on special projects. We’re particularly interested in people who have a pleasant phone manner and/or a particular gift with marketing, fundraising, computer skills, and events.
Call us and see if we’re a match for you, too! Please call Allison Manheim Caplin at 781-338-7863 or email her at -email@example.com
Starts Friday, January 18
Our Lady’s in Lynnfield (lower church)
This course taught by Nina Pension will introduce, in a group setting, a form of prayer which originated with St. Ignatius of Loyola. “Gospel Contemplation” involves approaching Jesus in a particular Gospel story with grace-filled receptivity of mind and heart. St Ignatius wanted his companions “to find God in all things,” or as Pope Francis says “To see things as the Lord does, to be where the Lord wants us to be.”
Five Friday mornings: January 18 - February 15, (9:45 – 11:30). Course fee: $25 per person / $40 per married couple. Money should not be an obstacle to the study of the Word of God. If this is the case, you are invited to come free of charge or make a small donation. Advance registration not required. For questions please call 978-304-0273.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT FOR MARRIED COUPLES
Are you a Catholic married couple? Read on...Who is the Holy Spirit to you? How is He present in your marriage? Husbands and Wives, we are called to THRIVE in our marriages--not just to survive--and the Holy Spirit is the secret! Come join Deacon Joe and his wife Ceci for a three evening Life in the Spirit Seminar for Married Couples. Further uncover God’s great design and plan for you and your spouse. Encounter the Third Person of the most Holy Trinity working in and through your marriage. Allow the Holy Spirit to bring your family from glory to glory! Babysitting will be provided. A social hour will follow each evening.
|Who:||Catholic married couples|
|Where:||St. Patrick Upper Church|
|When:||3 Friday evenings: Jan. 25, Feb. 1 & Feb. 8
(Snow date Feb. 15)
|Time:||7:00 - 9:00 pm + social hour|
|Cost:||Free (donations accepted)|
Please RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at 781-438-0960. Please
include the babysitting count.
THANK YOU FROM THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
The Little Sisters of the Poor and the residents of the Jeanne Jugan Residence and Pavilion wish to thank the Saint Patrick community for the many wonderful gifts provided to the residents for Christmas. Thanks to your generosity, our residents enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and received multiple thoughtful and fun gifts.
Please stop by the tables in the downstairs foyer to see pictures of the Little Sisters organizing the gifts for the residents.
We hope 2019 brings you much peace and happiness!
HEALING SERVICE WITH DEACON JOE COOLEY
and St. Patrick’s Prayer Community
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7:30 pm
The Healing Mass series will continue this month with an Adoration Service led by Deacon Joe Cooley on Wednesday January 9th at 7:30 pm in the lower church. The topic is marital sexuality and will cover Natural Family Planning and Infertility. Healing Prayer will be available, and refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Fr. Jürgen will be attending to his wife following her surgery this month, so please keep them in your prayers.
ALTAR FLOWER MEMORIALS
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.
MASSACHUSETTS CITIZENS FOR LIFE
ANNUAL ASSEMBLY FOR LIFE
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019, 2:00 PM
FANEUIL HALL, BOSTON
Featured speaker: Stephen Mosher of The Population Institute, will speak on the abortion situation around the world, especially the new developments in Ireland and China.
The 1973 Roe v Wade abortion decisions made the U.S. one of the seven most pro-abortion countries in the world.
Come out and join the movement to restore respect for every human being, especially our unborn.
65th U.S. NATIONAL ROSARY PILGRIMAGE
You have the opportunity to take a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France from June 30 to July 9, 2019. Take an all-inclusive trip to Lourdes, St. Jean de Luz and Gavarnie. Father Thomas Powers and Father Matthias Wamala from St. Anthony of Padua and St. Barbara Parish of Woburn are your Spiritual Directors.
To insure a place on this pilgrimage, please book by March 15, 2019!
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
May the peace of Christ be with you this Christmas! Savor Christ's presence in your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.
The next Weekends are Jan 18-20, 2019 in South Kingstown, RI and Mar 8-10, 2019 in Duxbury, MA.
For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit them at https://wwmema.org/.
PARISH OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
Monday, December 31st the office will close at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, January 1st, the office will be closed
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR RCIA CANDIDATES
Last weekend, we celebrated the combined Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming for two people who are preparing to be baptized and two others who have committed to growing in knowledge of our faith as they prepare to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Please join us in saying the prayer below for our candidates over the next few months as we ask God to guide them and us as, together in community, we continue to grow in faith and work to follow Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Your servants have received the sign of the cross: make them living proof of its saving power and help them to persevere in the footsteps of Christ.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
CORI FORMS ARE PAST DUE
If you serve the parish as a volunteer in any capacity, the Archdiocese of Boston requires that you complete a CORI form each year. CORI forms are now past due. Please stop in the Main Parish Office any weekday between 10:00 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 4:00 to complete a form. If you are unable to make it into the office at these times, call Patrice at 781-438-0200 to make other arrangements.
Again, a very special thank you to all who walked the "Walk for Hunger" for those in need of food and assistance through our St. Vincent de Paul Society. The results of your efforts enable us to continue our ministry and your generosity grows with each year! These are difficult times for so many and you continue to embrace the giving spirit of St. Vincent...his love and respect for the poor!
May God bless you and keep you in His loving arms.
THE PASSION PLAY IN OBERAMMERGAU PILGRIMAGE
The Passion Play of Christ in Oberammergau
& Shrines of Central Europe
August 10-19, 2020
Fr. Liias & Fr. Armano, Spiritual Directors
Join Fr. Liias and Fr. Armano on a pilgrimage to the beautiful cities of Prague, Regensburg, Salzburg, Munich, Altotting, Vienna, Mariazell, and Oberammergau. We will be attending the world famous performance of the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. This Passion Play is only performed every 10 years, so reserve your spot now! An Early Bird Discount will be offered for all deposits received before June 10, 2019. For more information or to obtain a brochure, please contact Cathy DiPirro at 781-307-2474 or email email@example.com.
NOTIFICATION FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON
We have an important notification from the Archdiocese of Boston related to the clergy sex abuse scandals. The complete notification is available on its own page. It includes contact information to use if you need help.
SAINT PATRICK HOLIDAY HELPERS
Saint Patrick Holiday Helpers Program is back this year, geared at helping those among us who are having difficulty making ends meet during this holiday season. This program is offered to registered parishioners of Saint Patrick Parish, who find themselves in need, and is made possible through the generosity of our parishioners and friends. If you are in need, please call the Parish Office at (781) 438-0960. Donations to the program, in the form of gift cards to local supermarkets or checks made out to St. Patrick Family Ministry are welcome. Volunteers are also needed to assist us in making the program work. Please leave your name and phone number at the rectory if you would like to help. Thank you.
Come join the Choir! Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. We bring prayerful music to our week-end Masses and for special occasions such as: Thanksgiving, Christmas, other Holy Days and the Sacraments. Anyone high school age or older is invited to join. If you are interested in joining or have questions please see Susan Columbus in the music area after Mass or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. As St. Augustine said “Singing is praying twice”.
Choir rehearsal has begun. Kids age 8 and up are welcome! Rehearsals are every Sunday morning at 9:00 am in the upper church. The Children’s Choir sings 2 times a month at the Sunday 10:00 am Family Mass as well as Christmas and Easter. If you are interested in joining or have questions, please see Susan in the music area after Mass, or send an email to email@example.com.
SAINT PATRICK PARISH GRAND ANNUAL 2018 - 2019
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FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS
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.
~ Fr. Mario & Fr. Frank
FOOD GROUP HELP NEEDED
In need of volunteers for Stoneham Community Dinner
Are you recently retired or have a couple of hours a month to volunteer? If so, please consider volunteering with St. Patrick Food Group. We serve at the Community Dinner on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Congregational Church. Currently we are in need of servers, dishwasher help, and a person to make reminder calls one week before.
If you have any questions, please leave your name at the rectory at 781-438-0960.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Sponsored by Hospice Services of Massachusetts
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Hospice Services of Massachusetts is in strong need of volunteers to provide supportive care to hospice patients and their caregivers who are facing a life-limiting illness. Volunteers are invited to participate in a comprehensive training program after which they will be assigned to care for hospice patients in your area. Volunteers will also be offered on-going training, support and educational programs for specialized volunteer roles. Make a difference!
For further information and registration, please contact Colleen O’Brien, Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (857)363-8194.
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 email@example.com.
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
Are you or do you know someone who is 65 years of age or older with limited assets? Are you looking for sociability in a safe, warm, Catholic environment? At this time we have availability in our Rest Home. Come to visit the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Somerville and consider joining our family. For more information please contact Mary Segalla, SW at 617-776-4420 ext. 317.
Youth Choir Are you in Grades 8-12? Do you like to sing? If so, we want you! We would like to create a new Youth Choir that will sing at two 6:00 pm Sunday night Masses per month, following a rehearsal earlier in the day from 4:30 – 5:45 pm. If you are interested in joining, or want more information about the group, please see Susan or Phyllis in the music area after Mass, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE, CAN YOU HELP?
Our parish 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. We currently have 20 active Pastoral Visitors who minister to the residents of the 4 nursing and assisted living facilities in Stoneham and over 60 individual parishioners. As you can imagine with these numbers, we are a very active ministry and we need you. If you can commit to less than 1 hour once a month, the Holy Spirit may be inviting you to share his loving comfort through the beautiful ministry of Pastoral Care. We provide extensive training and preparation. For more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.
CATHOLIC APPEAL UPDATE
As of this weekend, St. Patrick Parish has raised $64,907.53 toward our 2018 Catholic Appeal Assessment of $83,643.09. Thank you to all who have contributed thus far. If you have yet to give, we need your help! We still need to raise $18735.56. Please give today to help us reach our assessment, any shortfall will have to be paid directly by the Parish. Gifts can be made online at BostonCatholicAppeal.org or by completing a pledge form available at the Church exits. On behalf of Cardinal Seán O’Malley and all who will benefit from your generosity, thank you for your support.
SENIOR CORPS RSVP READING PARTNERS
READING PARTNERS serve as volunteer tutors who make a four hour weekly commitment to help elementary school students improve their literacy skills in Everett, Malden, Medford, Reading, Stoneham, and Waltham. If you like to read with children and want to support them in becoming stronger readers, please contact Linda Cornell, Literacy Coordinator, 781-388-4839 or email: email@example.com.
MEDICARE COVERAGE OF THE SHINGLES VACCINE
Did you know that all Medicare Part D plans cover a shingles vaccine, such as Zostavax or the newly released shingles vaccine, Shingrix, which is recommended by the CDC (center for Disease Control and Prevention)?
The cost for the vaccine will vary for each Part D plan and even by the pharmacy where you get the vaccine. You can contact your Medicare drug plan or Medicare Advantage Plan for more information on which vaccines are covered and the co-pay at your preferred pharmacy.
For assistance with any Medicare issue, contact the SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. Call the Regional SHINE office at Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden at 781-388-4845. Please leave a message and a counselor will return your call within two business days.
PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE
Walking in the Footsteps of St. Paul
March 15, 2019
Fr. Liias & Fr. Armano, Spiritual Directors
Join Fr. Liias and Fr. Armano on an 8 day Pilgrimage to Greece, with an optional 3 day, Greek Island Cruise. Come and journey in the footsteps of St. Paul, as we travel to Thessalonika, Philippi, Corinth and Athens. The optional cruise will include visits to the islands of Santorini, Crete and Mykonos. We will also dock in Turkey for the day, to visit the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, and then on to the Isle of Patmos, where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. An Early Bird Discount will be offered for all deposits received before July 15, 2018. For more information or to obtain a brochure/registration form, please pick one up in the Parish Office, from Fr. Liias or contact Cathy DiPirro at 781-307-2474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WITH APPRECIATION FROM ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
Words cannot fully express our gratitude for the overwhelming generosity of our parishioners, individually and collectively. From our ministries to our youth, through their fundraisers throughout the year, the daily mass attendees who so generously gave to the free will collection and also to those who just stop in for a visit, we are so thankful.
These are very difficult times for so many and your gifts these past months have enabled us to serve the needs of more people than ever before!! Each one of you truly embraces the giving spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and we are so very blessed because of that. Our ministry continues because of all of you.
May God bless and keep you in His loving arms.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2002, Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to all Catholics regarding the Rosary. In this letter, which was entitled The Most Holy Rosary, Pope John Paul II announced the addition of the Luminous Mysteries to the Rosary history in addition to the traditional mysteries of the rosary...
The Luminous Mystery Rosary or the Mysteries of Light, as they are also called, focus on the public life of Jesus, the years He was preaching spanning the time between His Baptism and His death. They are called the Mysteries of Light because Jesus is the light of the World.
Pope John Paul II felt that it was important to add these mysteries to the history of the rosary because there was a gap between the childhood of Jesus that is meditated upon during the Joyful Mysteries and the suffering and death of Jesus that is meditated upon during the Sorrowful Mysteries.
The Luminous Mystery Rosary is as follows...
- The Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan,
- Jesus first miracle at the wedding at Cana,
- Jesus proclamating the Kingdom of God, his preaching and teaching
- Transfiguration of Jesus on Mt. Tabor when He revealed Himself as God's Son
- The institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper
Just like the other mysteries, you can meditate on the mysteries of the life of Jesus with His mother, Mary mother of God.
It was Mary who asked Jesus to perform His first miracle at the wedding at Cana. When the bride and groom ran out of wine, Mary went and told Jesus. She told the servants to, "Do whatever he tells you" -John 2:5. Because of Mary's prompting, Jesus turned water into wine at this wedding.
According to Pope John Paul II, this event, in the history of the rosary, is the foundation to all the Mysteries of Light because the role Mary played as "intercessor" at the wedding continues throughout the other four rosary mysteries.
The Knights of Columbus is seeking a field agent for a career opportunity representing their Insurance, Annuity and Long Term Care Program. We offer a complete benefits package with this full-time position. In order to qualify, one must be eligible for membership in the Knights of Columbus. For more information on this exciting career opportunity, please contact Michael R. Capobianco, General Agent at (508) 238-2300.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE HOSPITALITY TEAM
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Have you ever enjoyed a cup of coffee in Our Lady Hall after Mass? Might Jesus be calling you to share your time with our parish family?
St. Patrick’s Religious Education hosts a reception for the entire congregation on a monthly basis. We rely upon volunteers to assist us with this undertaking. Currently we are in need of a Hospitality Team to make these events run more smoothly. We will teach you all that you need to know. Sign up with a friend…many hands make light work!
Please contact Anne Dooley for more information: email@example.com or stop by the Religious Education Office Mon.-Thurs. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GIVE BACK?
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.
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.
THE SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL NEEDS YOU
We feed the hungry. We visit the sick. We clothe those in need. We help keep the lights on. We help provide heat.
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.
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 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
Deacon Charles (Chuck) G. Hanafin
1060AM CATHOLIC RADIO
1060AM Catholic Radio is a great source to learn more about our faith, a devotional support for your prayer life and a source for information about the moral questions of our time. This Radio Station is not funded by the Archdiocese of Boston and thus totally dependent on private donations. Share your experience of the blessing of this station with others.
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.