71 Central St. Stoneham, MA 02180

Parish News

Parish News

CATHOLIC APPEAL UPDATE

As of this weekend, St. Patrick Parish has raised $64,592.53toward our 2018 Catholic Appeal goal of $83,643.09. Thank you to all who have helped make our campaign a success. If you have yet to give, we need your help! We still need to raise $19,050.56. Please give today to help us reach goal by June 30, 2018. 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

Senior Corps RSVP logoREADING 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: lcornell@mves.org.


HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING

Hallmark Health Systems logo   Hallmark Health
Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc.

VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEART OF HOSPICE

Hospice volunteers make all the difference. They offer a supportive presence to patients and their families at a challenging time by providing companionship, veteran to veteran visits, pet therapy and respite to caregivers... and so much more.

Our next Hospice Volunteer Training will take place at our Malden office starting this September

COME MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS

To set up an interview, contact
Allison Manheim Caplin, Volunteer Coordinator
acaplin@hallmarkhealth.org or (781) 338-7863


FROM THE OFFICE OF BISHOP MARK O'CONNELL

Bishop Mark O’Connell invites all to a summer discussion: “Women in the Catholic Church” -Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm at Saint Theresa Church Hall, 63 Winter Street, North Reading. The format will be three 10 minute talks by three different Catholic women and then an open forum. There is no other agenda for this meeting except to give this important topic a place to be examined and heard.

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Are you or someone close to you married but not with the blessing of the Church? Would you like to be married by a bishop? Bishop Mark O’Connell has organized a group wedding for those in the North Region of the Archdiocese of Boston: Friday, October 19, 2018, at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere beginning at 6:00 pm. The ceremony will be designed for couples not married in the Church to validate their marriages before Bishop Mark. During the wedding ceremony, each couple will say their vows separately before the bishop and their two witnesses. To sign up, each of the couples should be endorsed by their parish as free to marry and adequately prepared. Please register ahead of time with the Office of the Regional Bishop - North Region, 978-531-1013. There will be no cost to the couples. Dress as you are comfortable. The number of guests allowed will be determined by the number of couples registered.

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Seminar about the Mental Health of Our Youth: “The Kids Healthy Minds Initiative” This program is run by the Archdiocese of Boston and the “Franciscan Children’s” which is a Catholic pediatric hospital in Boston. The Seminar will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Saint Theresa Church Hall, 63 Winter Street, North Reading. The program strives to increase community awareness on the downstream effects of untreated youth mental illness including; substance abuse, suicide, early involvement in criminal justice system and increase in school drop outs. With 50% of all mental illness being present by age 14 and 75% by age 24, it is essential that our parish staff and parishioners understand signs and symptoms of mental illness to help increase early detection.


HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST PREP

Arlington Catholic High School logoThis summer Arlington Catholic High School is offering High School Placement Test (HSPT) Preparation for rising 7th and 8th grade students. The HSPT is the official test used for applying to Catholic High Schools in the area. The one-week sessions will be held July 23-27. Classes run from 8:30 am-12:00 pm and are open to students entering 7th and 8th grade. You may register for this course or other Arlington Catholic Summer Sessions by visiting the following link: www.achs.net/summer.

Matignon High School logoMatignon High School will be offering a FREE prep course for current 8th grade students taking the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The course is Saturday October 13, 20, & 27 from 8:30 – 10:30 am. Visit www.matignon.org/hspt to download the registration form and submit with $25 materials fee. For questions or more information, please contact Emily Neuberger, Director of Admissions at admissions@matignon.org or (617) 876-1212 x11.

Saint Joseph Prep logoSaint Joseph Prep in Boston, a co-ed, Catholic, independent school will offer a five session Test Prep for the Catholic High School Entrance Test (HSPT) in the fall for students who seek to maximize performance for admission and scholarship opportunities. Space is limited and registration is available on a first come, first serve basis. The HSPT will be offered at Saint Joe’s on November 17th and December 1st. Registration is available on www.saintjosephprep.org.


EVENING OF HEALING & INTERCESSORY PRAYER

Tuesday, July 31st
at
St. Theresa Parish
63 Winter Street, North Reading, MA

We welcome all who are seeking healing in mind, body and spirit.

Celebrant: Fr. Thomas Reilly

6:00-6:45pm Adoration, Rosary & Confession
6:45pm Benediction and Reposition
7:00pm Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick
8:15pm Opportunity for personal or intercessory prayer

Come, Lord Jesus!
(Rev 22:20)

For more information please call: 978-664-3412


"BE NOT AFRAID"

St. Patrick Charismatic Prayer Community Retreat
Previously scheduled for March 2nd through March 4th has been rescheduled to September 28, 29 & 30th. It will be held at the

Notre Dame Spirituality Center
30 Jeffrey’s Neck Rd. Ipswich, MA

Cost: $150.00 and includes 2 nights (private room) and 5 meals. Leading the retreat will be Deacon Ed Giordano.

(Due to the date change, we are able to accept new registrations, deadline September 1st). All are welcome as we join together in praise & worship, Liturgy, healing prayer, listen to spiritual talks and join in warm fellowship with other members of the Church. To register, mail your check with name, address and phone number to:

Ann Marie Staffier, 12 DiNanno Rd, Stoneham, MA 02180

(Make checks payable to Notre Dame Spirituality Center)
For more information please call: Ann Marie at 781-662-9644


CATHOLIC QUEST HUMANAE VITAE

50th Anniversary Series

In his letter dated 25 July 1968, His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, stated:

The transmission of human life is a most precious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships.

Wed, July 25 at 7 pm
St. Patrick Church
71 Central St., Stoneham, MA

Opening Mass with Fr. Jurgen Liias. For more info: catholicquest@gmail.com or www.catholicquest.com

Followed by a talk by Leila Lawler
Humanae Vitae: Defending God's Original Plan for Human Happiness

Leila's own journey of learning the faith has given her an appreciation for the difficulties and excitement today's family faces in living its Christian calling. She encourages all kinds of audiences to commit to the renewal of family life.


RESILIENCE, RECOVERY AND REMEMBRANCE

Summer Liturgies for individuals and families impacted by addiction

Join us as we gather with other women, men, and their families seeking freedom from addiction. Pray with us as we seek God's grace for all those impacted by addiction and remember with love the lives lost to addiction.

Celebrate with us as we rejoice in the resilience and hope of the Boston recovery community.

St. Anthony Shrine
100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110
stanthonyshrine.org ~ (617) 542-6440

Saturdays, June 16 & July 21
7:00 p.m.
St. Anthony Shrine
100 Arch Street in Downtown Crossing
Music from the Arch Street Band
Reception to follow

Saturdays, August 18 & September 15
7:00 p.m.
Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage
51 Sleeper St in the Seaport
Reception to follow

An initiative of love and support from The Father Mychal Judge Center for Recovery at St. Anthony Shrine (stanthonyshrine.org), The Archdiocesan Addiction Recovery Pastoral Support Services (aarpss.org) and the South Boston-Seaport Catholic Collaborative.


ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOLERS!

3bne313vjlrud5a7we3k5zjt4sl.pngMass. Citizens for Life has opened registration for the Pro-Life Summer Academy. What can you do to protect life? Come learn the facts about the life issues and what you can do in your school or community. The program takes place Tuesdays, July 10 - Aug 14, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at St. Stephen's Parish in Framingham. Sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the program includes free tuition and dinner is provided. Learn more www.masscitizensforlife.org.


ANNUAL SILVER AND GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY MASS

hjnwbx43ztybllnt7bde2ew2vzl.pnghjnwbx43ztybllnt7bde2ew2vzl.pngIf you are celebrating your 25th or 50th wedding anniversary this year, please join Cardinal Seán O'Malley on Sunday, Oct. 28 at St. Mary Parish in Waltham at 4:00 pm for the annual Anniversary Mass with renewal of vows. Couples can register at bostoncatholic.org/weddinganniversarymass.
For more information, contact Kelly Tolman at ktolman@rcab.org or 617-746-5803.


MISSIONARY SISTERS OF ST. COLUMBAN

"Let us be Christ's, not our own" ~ St. Columban

Sister Virginia Mozo, MSSC a member of the Missionary Sisters of Saint Columban will speak to our parish family during the celebration of the Mass on weekend of July 21 - 22, 2018. Sister Virginia will enlighten us to the struggles and needs of the frail, neglected and forgotten in the remote southern area of the Philippines.

The Columban Sisters are following the footsteps of St. Columban, continuing to preach the Gospel with zeal. Your financial support will enable them to continue to spread the good news and offer love, comfort, care and supportive services to those in need. Please keep the Sisters and their ministry in your prayers.


THANK YOU FOR THE CATHOLIC ITEMS!

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WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

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Learn what graces God bestows on your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Sep 15-16, 2018 in Medway, MA and Dec 7-9, 2018 in Duxbury, MA.

For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit them at https://wwmema.org/.


R.C.I.A. SUMMER CONVERSATIONS

Want to Learn about the Catholic Faith?

z5gwvunzg5355a1cpp9rk42kz5l.pngAre you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Do you know someone who the Spirit is calling to Catholicism, or a baptized adult who would like to receive the Sacraments of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation?

During the summer months, we welcome adults who are interested in learning more about Catholicism to join us for informal conversations about our Catholic faith and traditions. We will also answer questions about the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program beginning this fall.

Please join us on the following Sundays: July 22, and August 5 in the Parish Council Room following the 10:00 Mass. For more information, call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200 or just plan to drop in.


 SUMMER RETREATS IN HINGHAM

Sisters of St. Joseph
host Summer Retreats in Hingham

The Sisters of St. Joseph, in collaboration with the monks at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham invite you to the following Directed Retreats being held at the Abbey in Hingham, MA. A Directed Retreat includes an individual daily meeting with a director and time for personal prayer, exercise, rest, and liturgy.

June 28 - July 6, 2018 or June 28 - July 2, 2018
July 9 - 17, 2018 or July 13 - 17, 2018
July 18 - 26, 2018 or July 18 - 22, 2018
July 28 - August 1, 2018
August 7 - 15, 2018 or August 10 - 15, 2018
August 18 - 25, 2018 or August 18 - 22, 2018

To receive an application, more details or to ask any question, please email or call spiritual.ministries@CSJBoston.org, 781-227-4730.


MEDICARE COVERAGE OF THE SHINGLES VACCINE

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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.


UNABLE TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS IN PERSON?

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(Public Access Channels: Comcast Ch. 9, RCN Ch. 3, Verizon Ch. 34)

Wednesday at 2:00 pm, Sunday at 9:00 am, Monday at 5:00 pm, Tuesday at 9:00 am.

Each new cycle begins on Wednesday so the past Sunday's Mass will air for the first time on Wednesday.


ALTAR 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. Currently the available weekends are July 22nd and September 2nd. Please call the parish office @ 781-438- 0960 if you are interested in donating flowers for a particular weekend.


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 catherinedipirro@msn.com.


WITH APPRECIATION FROM ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY

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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.


REGINA CAELI

The Easter prayer Regina Caeli (“Queen of Heaven” in Latin) is a wonderful tribute to our Lord’s resurrection and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although its origins are unknown, it dates back to the 13th century.

Traditionally, it is prayed standing, often at noon, in place of the Angelus, during the Easter Season from Holy Saturday until Pentecost.

Regina Caeli

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.
For He, whom thou was worthy to bear, Alleluia.
Has risen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray

O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life, through the same Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

 


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW CATHOLICS!

Congratulations and a heartfelt welcome to the newest members of the Catholic faith who were received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church in our parish this Easter:

Amanda, Andy, Dawn, Stacey, and Sue

These new Catholics celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil and are now full members of our faith community. Please continue to hold them in your prayers as they grow in faith through a continuous, life-long conversion of ever deepening love with God and others.


EASTER COLLECTION
Clergy Health & Retirement Trust

The 590 diocesan priests in our Archdiocese are always there for us, sharing Christ’s good news, performing good works and building communities of good faith. All are welcome to learn more and make a gift online at clergytrust.org or you can donate $25 through your cell phone by texting the work PRIEST25 to 20222 (msg. & data rates may apply). Don’t forget to find and follow the Trust on Facebook by searching “@ClergyTrust.” Our priests thank you for your prayers and support.


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.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

zjm6bpzx59qgb4nnu5vcm5kve0l.pngThe 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.”
  –- Jesus

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: staff@stpatreled.org 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.


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 cconnelly@rcab.org.


THE SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL NEEDS YOU

rhwgdm6fi6svp0lkvd2oie4blhl.pngWe 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.


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.


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.


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

u2kcn9ypvsqm1csvl7qrvnf34kl.png1060AM 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.


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