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Parish News

March - Month of St. Joseph

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR ELECT AND CANDIDATES FOR FULL COMMUNION

EucharistFor our parish R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) participants, the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent are a time of intense personal reflection and preparation. Over these next weeks leading to Easter, please continue to keep Moxi, Jake, Christine, Dustin, and Dave in prayer as they progress through the Scrutinies, the final stage of preparation before coming into Full Communion with the Catholic Faith. Holy Spirit DoveThe 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.

Your prayers during this time will help these converts as they reflect on The Nicene Creed, our profession of belief in all that the Catholic faith teaches; and The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’ perfect prayer by which we recognize our total dependence on God. Our new converts, in turn, will be praying for you.


OUR SACRED STORY—GOD’S SIGNATURE

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston invite you to
“Our Sacred Story—God’s Signature.”
Join us for a Morning of Prayer
Friday, April 5, 2019, from 9:15 am - 12:30 pm
Sisters of St. Joseph Chapel, 637 Cambridge Street, Brighton
Presenter: Jeanette Gaudet, MFIC

Come and hear Sr. Jeanette explore Pope Francis’ statement: “The entire material universe speaks of God’s boundless affection for us…everything is, as it were, a caress of God.” (Laudato Si, 84) Register at: spiritual.ministries@csjboston.org or call 781-227-4730.


EASTER FLOWER MEMORIALS

Easter Cross with FlowersOnce again we would like to give you the opportunity to share in the decoration of our Church and Altars this Easter. Con-tributions in memory of loved ones will be accepted until April 12th.

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.


SAINT PATRICK HOLIDAY HELPERS

Holiday HelpersSaint 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 or checks made out to St. Patrick Family Ministry are welcome. Thank you.


ABIDE IN ME

St. Mary Parish, 158 Washington St.
Winchester, MA

Mother Olga of the Sacred HeartSt. Mary Parish Family is pleased to present Mother Olga, founder of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth. She will offer a Lenten Mission with the theme "Abide in Me" inspired by John 15:4. Traveling throughout the world, Mother Olga shares her unique lifetime experiences and her message of hope and healing to all she encounters.

All are welcome to attend on the evenings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 7:00 pm. There will be a reception immediately following Mother Olga's talk on Wednesday night. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for admission but a free will offering will be gratefully accepted.

For more information about Mother Olga, please access the link below:

http://www.dmnazareth.org/mother-olga-of-the-sacred-heart/


LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

Little Sisters of the PoorDuring the weekend of March 30-31, the special second collection will support the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Together with a diverse network of collaborators, they serve the elderly poor in Somerville. They offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please visit www.littlesistersofthepoorboston.org for more information.


DIGNITY MATTERS DONATIONS

Dignity Matters LogoDignity Matters (www.dignity-matters.org) is a Wayland-based nonprofit organization that supplies feminine hygiene products and undergarments to women who are homeless or otherwise in need of help to stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity. Dignity Matters is filling one of the cracks in the system that many don’t realize exists. It is hard to imagine, but there are almost 15,000 homeless women in Massachusetts alone. Every month, these women, often accompanied by their children, face the humiliating reality of no access to feminine hygiene products. Their dilemma of having to choose between buying food to survive and sanitary napkins is common.

Why SPECIFICALLY feminine hygiene products and undergarments?

Food stamps do not cover feminine hygiene products, people rarely donate them to charities, and shelters cannot cope with the demand for them. Gently used Bras and new underpants are also needed, yet these too are rarely donated. Redistributing gently used bras not only helps women in need but it also decreases the number of bras, which are made of non-biodegradable spandex, nylon, wire, etc. from entering our landfills.

During the weekends of March 30 & 31st & April 6 & 7th, donation boxes will be located in the foyer of the Church. Items being collected are feminine hygiene products; tampons, pads, new underwear, and new or gently used bras. If you would like to make a monetary donation (please make checks payable to Dignity Matters, Inc.) all proceeds go to the purchase of needed products from wholesalers. No woman should know what it is like to go without feminine products or underwear; we are asking the people of Saint Patrick's Parish to reach out and lift these women up, because no matter where life has brought you, dignity matters!

If you have any questions or would like to get involved please feel free to call or email please contact me directly! Christina~ 617 285 9262, Email: cdaly3691@gmail.com.

Thank you for your generosity!


SCAM ALERT!

Dear Church,

We’ve recently learned that, in addition to emails, scamming attempts have unfortunately progressed to sending texts to people’s cell phones seeking donations of iTunes cards, gift cards, etc. Please know that Father Frank, Bishop Peter, nor myself nor anyone on the Parish staff would ever ask for such a donation, nor would they ever contact you in this manner. When an appeal is made we post the appeal in the bulletin (as we normally do for holiday helpers) we send a letter, or make a personal call for any help for the parish or the diocese.

~ Fr. Mario


WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Are there times in your life or marriage relationship when you judge you are in a spiritual desert? Bring life to your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Apr 13-14, 2019 in Brewster, MA and Jun 8- 9, 2019 in Medway, MA.

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


Catholic Appeal2019 CATHOLIC APPEAL

Thank you for your generous support of the 2019 Catholic Appeal. Thanks to your generosity, we can continue to advance programs for evangelization and pastoral outreach in our parish communities and schools, and in the lives of those who turn to us for assistance.

For those of you still interested in making a pledge to this life-changing work, please find a donation form available in the back of the Church or visit the website at bostoncatholicappeal.org to view our latest video about the Appeal. Thank you!

(You can also find the links below).

This is OUR CHURCH - and when you support the Catholic Appeal, you support us.

A Message from Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley

"Like many moments of difficulty and challenge in our lives, the current circumstances of the Catholic Church are a test of our resolve. Now more than ever, I ask for your support of the 2019 Catholic Appeal, a critical source of funding for life-changing ministries, many of which are led by the faithful people like you with vision for stronger parish communities and schools, as well as compassion for others.

Your support makes an immediate impact on the vibrancy of our parish communities and schools, and in the lives of those who turn to us for assistance."

~ Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley
Archbishop of Boston

 

Watch this video to see the impact of your gift to the 2019 Catholic Appeal

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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
INTERCESSOR OF THE UNBORN

To help stop the anti-life push in the world, the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen encouraged the spiritual adoption of an unborn child. This is done by praying that one particular, but unknown child’s life, be spared abortion and be allowed to continue to live.

To help accomplish this, it was recommended, an individual say the following daily prayer for a period of one year.

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.”

During your earthly life this spiritually adopted child of yours will be known only to God but in the world to come it is hoped that you will meet the child whose life was spared by your prayers and spend eternal happiness with them.


40 Days for Life

HELP SAVE LIVES IN BOSTON!
March 6 - April 14

You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization to pray and fast for an end to abortion!

Through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach, 40 Days for Life has inspired 750,000 volunteers!

With God's help, here are the proven results in 23 coordinated compaigns:

  • 15,256 babies saved from abortion
  • 186 abortion workers converted
  • 99 abortion centers closed

Here's how to take part in 40 Days for Life in our community:

  • Vigil location: Outside Planned Parenthood, 1055 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
  • Vigil hours: 7 am to 7 pm daily
  • Local contact: 781-294-4472 donbryant@hotmail.com
  • Learn more ... get involved ... and sign up for prayer times by visiting our campaign at the web address show below!

40daysforlife.com/boston

Praise and Worship Vigils, Thursdays, 6 pm
March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11
Led by Pastor Don Bryant and Pastor Brian Watson


PROJECT RACHEL ONE-DAY RETREAT

“My spirit was broken and as far as I knew, beyond repair. I was consumed with feelings of remorse. During the retreat, I realized the lasting impact of forgiveness. I knew God had forgiven me, and now I needed to forgive myself.” – A Project Rachel Retreat Attendee.

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. Winter/spring dates are March 23 and April 27. Locations are confidential. Limited to ten participants per retreat. For more information, contact Project Rachel at help@projectrachelboston.com or call 508.651.3100.


CHOIR REHEARSAL FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER

Treble ClefCome share the gift of your voice by singing with the Choir this Holy Week and Easter Season. No long term commitment. Rehearsals begin Thursday March 7th and will run every Thursday evening from 7:00-8:30 pm in the music room on the lower floor of the Church. All are welcome!


STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL SEÁN’S BLOG

"I was very disappointed to read the opinion piece by Governor Cuomo of New York published in Wednesday’s New York Times regarding the law recently enacted in that state. I have penned a few thoughts on the issue, which I would like to share with you here:" Read the rest on Cardinal Seán’s blog.


SPIRITUAL HELP FOR GRIEVING PARENTS

Draped Cross
One-Hour Brown Bag Lunch Retreat
Wednesday, 3/27/19 12:15 pm-1:15 pm

Keeping Ashleigh Alive: My Spiritual Journey after the Death of My Beautiful Daughter

Presented by: Genevieve Baudin
Bring a lunch; we provide beverages.
No pre-registration or cost requires.

For more information, see www.emfgp.org
or call 617-542-8057

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PLEASE NOTE: A One-Day Retreat for Grieving Parents will also be held at St. Patrick Parish on September 21, 2019. For more information, contact Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.


COME AND SEE THE SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE

Where is God calling you? Are you a single, Catholic woman between the ages of 18 and 42? The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, invite you to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for a Come and See Retreat. The retreat begins at 7:00 p.m., April 12, and concludes at 2:00 p.m., April 14. Explore where God is calling you. Learn what life is like as a Sister of Providence. Meet the newest sisters in the Congregation. Get to know more about foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, and spend time in prayer and reflection.

Register online at ComeandSee.SistersofProvidence.org or contact Sister Editha Ben at 812-230-4771 or eben@spsmw.org.

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., which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 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.


TRUE DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Blessed Virgin MaryAnyone desiring to make or renew the total Consecration to Jesus living in Mary according to Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, it begins on February 20 and ends March 25. This 33 day preparation is done privately and on Monday, March 25 we will make our consecration during Eucharistic Adoration in the lower Church. Our Lady will use us and all that we give her to the furthering of the glory of God and His kingdom on earth. For further information or to obtain a book, please call Mary Powers at 781-438-3752.


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.


HALLMARK HEALTH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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

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 -acaplin@hallmarkhealth.org


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.


65th U.S. NATIONAL ROSARY PILGRIMAGE

Our Lady of LourdesYou 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.

For more information, download this handout. Visit http://lourdes-pilgrimage.com/ for registration forms and additional information. You can also email lourdespilgrimageoffice@comcast.net.

To insure a place on this pilgrimage, please book by March 15, 2019!


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.


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 catherinedipirro@msn.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.


ADULT CHOIR

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 st.patsmusic@aol.com. As St. Augustine said “Singing is praying twice”.


YOUTH CHOIR

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 st.patsmusic@aol.com.


 CHILDREN'S CHOIR

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 st.patsmusic@aol.com.


SAINT PATRICK PARISH GRAND ANNUAL 2018 - 2019

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FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS

Dear Church,

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

Saint Patrick Parish Fiscal Year End June 2018 Actual vs. Budget
Saint Patrick School Fiscal Year End June 2018 Actual vs. Budget


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 cobrien@hospiceserviesofma.com 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 cconnelly@rcab.org.


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.


PLEASE, CAN YOU HELP?

Hand Reaching OutOur 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.


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.


MEDICARE COVERAGE OF THE SHINGLES VACCINE

Mystic Valley Elder Services Logo
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.


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

Knights of Columbus LogoThe 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.


THE SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL NEEDS YOU

Society of St. Vincent de Paul logoWe 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 ~ staff@stpatreled.org


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

1060AM Catholic Radio Logo1060AM 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.

www.emfgp.orginfo@emfgp.org