DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
March 30 - April 7, 2018
Good Friday ~ the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday
Jesus asked that a novena be said in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday. The nine days of prayer start Good Friday, March 30 and conclude on Saturday, April 7 culminating in the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8. Each day of the novena, we pray for a different intention, from all mankind to souls that are lukewarm.
Pick-up a novena pamphlet starting the last weekend of Lent and join us in this prayer of revival for mankind!
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
April 8, 2018
First Sunday After Easter
Jesus I Trust in You! The first Sunday following Easter is called Divine Mercy Sunday and that phrase is the touchstone of the day. On that day, any person who will “go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (Faustina Diary 699). Those words are Jesus’ promise shared to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, an early 20th century Polish nun canonized by Pope St. John Paul II.
From 1-5pm on April 8, 2018, Upper Church, St. Patrick will celebrate this tremendous gift of Divine Mercy with the following events:
1:00 pm ~ Reflection on Divine Mercy
1:30 pm ~ Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ~ Confessions begin
3:00 pm ~ Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary
5:00 pm ~ Benediction
Stop in for awhile and visit our Lord! Bring your family and friends! Receive the graces of Jesus’ promise!
Order your Fresh-Frozen Pasta for Easter from Deano's! Download the order form or cut it from the bulletin, and order your pasta by Wednesday, March 21st. All orders must be picked up between 2:30-3:00pm on Tuesday, March 27th in Our Lady of Providence Hall.
TWELFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOLY THURSDAY
In Honor of Our Lady of the Sorrows
Join us in prayer on March 29th, 2018
We will visit seven Churches sequentially via BUS this year. The Rosary, The Divine Mercy Chaplet and one of Blessed Mother’s prayers in honor of Her Seven Sorrows will be prayed for each church. We will visit churches in the Milton and Quincy area.
Registration for badges and gift bags begins at 5:30 am and continues until 6:00 am in the lower Church at St. Joseph’s Parish, 118 High St., Medford. Opening prayers are at 6:00 am SHARP! We are boarding our bus at 6:45 am. It is imperative that we leave ON TIME! Our return to St. Joseph’s will be approximately 1:30 pm. Please bring a snack or lunch. Please do not make any additional plans for that day as unexpected circumstances may occur delaying our return on time.
The cost is $35.00 per person. No Refunds will be given under any circumstance! Absolutely no payments will be received on that day! Please call Sandi Arjune (on her business phone, Caribbean Tastes at 781-333-4800) between 12 noon and 6:00 pm. Mon. to Fri. for more information and an application. This pilgrimage is usually Sold out! Reservations close on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018. Please call Sandi to confirm that seats are still available prior to sending your payment! Send your payments and phone number for confirmation of receipt to: Sandi Arjune, PO Box 632, Malden, MA 02148.
EVENING OF HEALING & INTERCESSORY PRAYER WITH FRANK KELLY
Tuesday, March 20th
St. Theresa Parish
63 Winter St., North Reading
Frank Kelly radiates peace and joy. His periods of prayer with individuals are powerfully accentuated by his gifts of discerning work of knowledge and healing.
6:00 pm Adoration, Rosary & Confession
7:00 pm Teaching & opportunity for personal prayer with Frank.
All are welcome!
For more information, call 978-664-3412.
EASTER FLOWER MEMORIALS
Once again we would like to give you the opportunity to share in the decoration of our Church and Altars this Easter. Contributions in memory of loved ones will be accepted between now and March 25th Donations can be left at the Parish Office or placed in the collection basket with the names of those who you wish to be listed in the Easter Bulletin.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR CANDIDATES FOR FULL COMMUNION
For our parish Candidates for Full Communion (those who are preparing to receive First Eucharist and Confirmation this Easter Vigil), these weeks leading to Easter are a period of intense personal reflection and preparation. Over the next three weeks, please continue to keep Sue, Stacey, Dawn, and Andy in prayer as they progress through the Scrutinies, the final stage of preparation before coming into Full Communion with the Catholic Faith. The Scrutinies are rites for self-searching and repentance that are meant to uncover, and then heal, all that is weak or sinful in the hearts of the candidates; and to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong, and good. Through the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent, your prayers will encourage our parish Candidates for Full Communion as they reflect on The Lord’s Prayer, through which we recognize our total dependence on God, and the Apostles’ and The Nicene Creeds, through which we profess our belief in all that the Catholic faith teaches. They, in turn, will be praying for you.
MASS AND HEALING SERVICE WITH FR. LIIAS
March 14th, at St. Patrick Parish
Please join us on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:30 pm in the Lower Church. Healing Teams will be available to pray for individual needs and healing. Fr. Liias will be available to hear confessions.
Coffee and refreshments will follow in the Parish Council Room. All are welcome!
Performed by the St. Patrick’s Family Players
Saturday - March 24th
Join us for this incredible experience of forgiveness, love and joy. “Resurrection”, a musical cantata, is the inspirational story of Simon Peter and the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. The performance leads the audience on an unforgettable spiritual journey with St. Peter as he faces his martyrdom. Peter recalls his own experiences with Christ as well as those he shared with Mary Magdalene and the disciples as they followed Jesus.
Immaculate Conception Church
600 Pleasant Street
This event is free.
MOTHER OLGA OF THE SACRED HEART
Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, founder and mother servant of Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, will be here at St. Patrick Parish on March 26th & 27th. She was born and raised in Iraq. She has lived through four wars. She has many experiences to share with us. In her homeland, Mother Olga was involved in pastoral ministry for the college students and youth in the parishes throughout Iraq. She also served the prisoners, homeless, elderly, and handicapped of war for many years. She came to the United States in 2001 for her studies where she received her master degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. In April, 2011, Cardinal Séan Patrick O’Malley, entrusted to her the mission of establishing a new religious community of sisters in the Archdiocese of Boston, Daughters of Mary of Nazareth. Also see http://www.dmnazareth.org/mother-olga-of-the-sacred-heart/.
COME TO THE WATERS OF HEALING
A Retreat for Hope & Healing After Abortion
Winter/Spring 2018 Dates:
Saturday, March 10 ♦ Saturday, May 5 ♦ Saturday, June 2
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
“Project Rachel led me to a place of forgiveness and mercy. During the retreat, I realized the lasting impact of forgiveness. I knew God had forgiven me, and now I needed to forgive myself. For the first time in 34 years of living, I sat in the chapel and felt connected to God. Through the depth of my pain, I began a lasting relationship with Him.”
~~ A Project Rachel Retreat Participant
Sponsored by the Project Rachel Ministry - Archdiocese of Boston
Location is confidential. Requested donation of $10 to cover lunch cost. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 10 participants.
For more information, contact Project Rachel at (508) 651-3100 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MASS. CITIZENS FOR LIFE EVENTS
Citizens for Life Oratory Contest
Pro-Life High School Juniors and Seniors Be part of the Mass. Citizens for Life Oratory Contest with a 5-minute speech on a pro-life topic. Compete in person on March 24 at MCFL’s 2018 Convention or by video. The state winner will be sent with a parent/guardian to the national competition in Kansas City in June. For more details: masscitizensforlife.org/oratorycontest.
Abortion's New Paradigm
Mass. Citizen's for Life's annual convention will take place March 24, 9-4pm at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brock-ton. Hear from those working directly to save lives about how we need to update our understanding about who is getting abortions and why, what kinds of abortions they're getting and where. Find out more at masscitizensforlife.org/2018convention.
SAINT PATRICK HOLIDAY HELPERS FOR EASTER
You are invited to help us help our neighbors who need to be reminded that we care! Donations to assist our projects for Easter are welcome - especially in the form of gift certificates for local supermarkets or checks made out to St. Patrick Family Ministry. If you need or know someone who needs assistance, please call the Parish Office (781-438-0960). We also need volunteers to assist us in making this program work! Please leave your name & telephone number at the office if you can help us. Thank you!
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
"For the world in its present form is passing away." If change in our lives is our lot, let us learn how to change with and for our spouses by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Feb 2-4, 2018 in Manchester, CT, Feb 9-11, 2018 in Huntington, NY, Mar 9-11, 2018 in Duxbury, MA, and Apr 21-22, 2018 in Brewster, MA. For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit them at https://wwmema.org/.
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 LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU
“The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.” –Pope Francis, (The Joy of the Gospel, 114)
Welcome! Our doors are open and the light is on. The Light is On is an initiative of the Archdiocese of Boston where all Catholic churches across the metro area are open for quiet prayer and Confession
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ St. Patrick Parish ~ Lower Church
on the following Monday evening during Lent:
Monday, March 19, 2018 ~ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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.
CATHOLICISM - THE PIVOTAL PLAYERS
Bishop Robert Barron continues his journey to explore those who shaped the Church and Western civilization. Much more information can be found on the Catholicism - The Pivotal Players page.
BENEFITS OF SAYING THE ROSARY
- It gradually gives us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ.
- It purifies our souls, washing away sin.
- It gives us victory over all our enemies.
- It makes it easy for us to practice virtue.
- It sets us on fire with love of Our Lord.
- It enriches us with graces and merits.
- It supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellow men; and finally,
- it obtains all kinds of graces for us from Almighty God.
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.
BLESSINGS OF THE ROSARY
- Sinners are forgiven.
- Souls that thirst are refreshed.
- Those who are fettered have their bonds broken.
- Those who weep find happiness.
- Those who are tempted find peace.
- The poor find help.
- Religious are reformed.
- Those who are ignorant are instructed.
- The living learn to overcome pride.
- The dead (the Holy Souls) have their pains eased by suffrages.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. Rehearsals begin Thursday, Sept.7th and our first Mass is Sunday September 10th @ 8:00 am.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Rehearsals begin Thursday September 21st.
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 ~ email@example.com
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.
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.
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 ~ firstname.lastname@example.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.