BRINGING CHRIST INTO RECOVERY
St. Theresa Parish
63 Winter Street, N. Reading
Tuesday, October 24th at 7:00pm
Fr. Joe White of the Archdiocesan Addiction Recovery Pastoral Support Services (AARPSS)
A resource team will begin with interfaith evening prayer, presentation on education, prevention and treatment with care and compassion for addicted persons and support for families and loved ones affected by the disease of addiction.
For more information please contact Frjoewhite@gmail.com or the parish office at 978.664.3412.
AARPSS is Strengthening Individuals, Families and Communities, Joining the Voices of Recovery with hope and healing.
PALLIATIVE CARE - ISN'T THAT HOSPICE?
Palliative Care is often misunderstood. It is, at times, thought to be exclusively for dying patients or for people who are in hospice care at the end of their lives. But Palliative Care is a model of care that greatly benefits anyone, at any time, who is diagnosed with a serious illness.
To learn more, please join us for a look at Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning on:
Saturday, October 28 at 5:15 pm
Our Lady of Providence Hall
Refreshments will be provided.
For planning purposes, please RSVP to Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.
More information is available on the flyer.
THANK YOU! FROM THE MISSION OF DEEDS
The wings of angels are often found on the backs of everyday people! Mission of Deeds is blessed every October when the parishioners respond so enthusiastically to our request for help. This year’s donations included so many much needed blankets, quilts, bedspreads and sheets. We would love to have Saint Patrick’s parishioners stop by anytime for a tour to see their generosity in action. We are open Monday- Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
God bless you ~
Bruce Murison, Executive Director
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE
Please stop by the table to the left of the altar (near the ambo) in the Upper Church over the next two weeks and inscribe in our Parish Book of Remembrance the names of departed loved ones whom you would like to be remembered in prayer. This book will be presented and prayed over during the Mass of Remembrance on All Souls’ Day, so that all those whose names are written within it may be lifted in prayer.
MASS OF REMEMBRANCE
Please join us for a special Mass of Remembrance on the Feast of All Souls, Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM
On this day, when the Church commemorates all the faithful departed, we will remember our beloved dead of Saint Patrick Parish. During the Sacrifice of Mass, we will announce the names of those who were buried from this parish over the past year. Following Mass, light refreshments will be served in Our Lady of Providence Hall.
To allow us to remember the loved one you lost during this past year in a special way, please RSVP by October 29 to Patrice at 781-438-0200 or Mary at 781-438-0960.
CORIs FOR 2018 ARE DUE NOW
It’s that time again. CORIs for the 2018 year are now due. CORIs are valid annually from July 1 through June 30 and all volunteers and staff must complete a CORI form each year. Parish Staff members will be available to assist you at the office Monday-Friday between the hours of 10:00-11:30 am and 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Thank you!
FINANCE COMMITTEE NEWS
The Finance Committee of St. Patrick Parish meets on a quarterly basis to review the financial state of parish operations. It is also responsible for assisting the parish in developing the annual parish budget, establishing and monitoring financial policies and practices, and providing the financial planning support associated with long-term capital projects, such as major repairs, maintenance, and future construction to property and parish assets. The Committee is compromised of parishioners with various financial skills who have volunteered their time and talent in support of the parish.
The Finance Committee is also responsible for developing and delivering a yearly communication on both the parish and school’s financial state. The intent of such reports is to ensure parishioners have visibility to the parish's financial health and to maintain awareness of the financial scope of the activities required to support a vibrant Catholic community. These figures represent your donations and how they are spent.
God Bless, Fr. Mario & Fr. Frank
|Parish Financial Report||School Financial Report|
Are you a Catholic married couple? Do you feel caught in the humdrum of daily life? Come, take the night off and rejuvenate! Learn more about your spouse, your marriage, and the beautiful vision of marriage taught by the Catholic Church! Enjoy each other’s company over dinner, and meet other couples who share the Faith!
Join us for a series of date nights to be held at St. Patrick Parish, Stoneham. Over the course of four Saturday evenings (Oct 14th, Nov 4th, Jan 20th & Feb 10th), you will be armed with practical tools to grow your relationship and more richly understand the gift of your marriage and spouse! Come for one or join us for all!
Don’t miss this opportunity to grow deeper in your relationship with your spouse and the Lord!
UPDATE: New price, and babysitting available! Download the updated flyer for October for more information and registration form.
HALLMARK HEALTH VNA AND HOSPICE TO HOLD KIDS AND GRIEF SUPPORT
Children react differently from adults regarding the death of a loved one. To assist in helping children process their loss, Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is sponsoring a Kids and Grief Support Group for children ages 6-12.
The next support group for children begins Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. and meets every other week for six sessions. A parents and caregivers support group meets at the same time.
According to Judy Seifert, Bereavement Coordinator at Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, the Groups provide a safe place for children to not only express their feelings, but also to share memories, meet new friends, and learn how to process their grief. Registration is required to attend. For information and to register, call Judy Seifert at (781) 338-7861.
SILVER & GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS
His Eminence, Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM invites all couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2017 to the Silver and Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury. The Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, November 19, at 3:00 p.m. and will include a renewal of vows. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. Please visit bostoncatholic.org/WeddingAnniversaryMass.
Please register by November 5 to have your name included. A formal invitation and more information will be mailed to each registered couple. Please contact Liz Cotrupi (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 617-746-5756) for more information.
LIVING MERCY, GIVING HOPE: COME AND SEE WEEKEND RETREAT
Be the hope you want to see in the world. The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, invite single Catholic women, ages 18-42, to a Come and See weekend retreat Nov. 10-12. Deepen your prayer life. Explore where God is calling you. During the retreat, you can meet with the newest members of the Sisters of Providence, learn more about foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, ask questions and learn more about the spirituality and mission of the Sisters of Providence. There is no cost to attend. Learn more or register at ComeandSee.SistersofProvidence.org, call or text Sister Editha Ben at 812-230-4771 or email email@example.com.
About the Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of nearly 300 women religious, with more than 200 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries may be found at SistersofProvidence.org.For more information, contact Jason Moon, media relations manager, at 812-535-2810, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
PROJECT RACHEL RETREAT
“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. The last Fall date is November 11. Locations are confidential. Limited to ten participants per retreat. For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
Let’s Begin the Journey.
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?
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 ~ 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.
THE TREE OF LIFE - UPDATE
The Tree of Life has been ordered; we expect delivery in the very near future. We thank you for your patience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Weekend is 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/.
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 ~ email@example.com ~ 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.