Our Lord asked, “Could you not stay with me for even an hour?”
Please come and pray with us as we spend time in the divine presence of our Lord. Deacon Joe Cooley will lead us in Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm in the upper Church.
CHRISTMAS FAIR 2018
Our Lady of Providence Hall
Friday November 16th: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday November 17th: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Take care of all your Christmas shopping and try your luck at the Raffle Table!
Pick up some delicious desserts at the Bake Table while the kids have a blast at the Kids Corner!
Come by after school Friday and enjoy kid-favorite snacks and meals at the Kid Café from 3-5!
Stop by Santa’s Café for all your meals on Friday and come back Saturday for a pancake breakfast from 9-11, to visit with Santa from 11-1, and shop our exclusive vendor tables - now both Friday AND Saturday!
More information is available in the attached flyer.
Your cooperation please!
If you have donations for the Christmas Fair, please call or email the contact persons listed in the flyer. Unfortunately, we live in a world where we have to be extra cautious about items being left unattended. Last week items were dropped off and because no one knew where they came from, we were forced to call the police to come and check it out for the safety of all. Thank you for your cooperation.
SING WITH THE CHOIR FOR ADVENT/CHRISTMAS
The Perfect Gift For The Lord: Come share the gift of your voice by singing with the choir this Advent/Christmas season. No long term commitment. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm in preparation for the 10:00 pm Christmas Eve Vigil Mass. All are welcome!
COLLECTION FOR RETIRED RELIGIOUS SISTERS
The weekend of November 17th and 18th, the Archdiocese will take up the Collection for Retired Sisters. Since 1988, the collection has provided needed financial support for religious communities who have served the Archdiocese of Boston as educators and health care and social service providers. Please give generously in recognition of the Sisters’ years of dedicated service. For more information, please contact Sister Marian Batho, CSJ, Delegate for Religious at 617- 746-5637 or Sr_Marian_Batho@rcab.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY BON BONS TO SUPPORT ST. PATRICK SCHOOL
Once again, you have the opportunity to support St. Patrick School by purchasing the delicious Bon Bons available from Philip R's. The Holiday Ice Cream Bon Bons come in a 12-count box for $13.00 in assorted flavors (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and cappuccino). Orders are due to the school office by Wednesday, November 14th, and can be picked up Friday or Saturday, November 16th or 17th. Download the order form to print, or cut out the form from the bulletin! Don't delay!
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.
NOVEMBER COMMUNITY DINNER
Most Blessed Sacrament Parish
1155 Main Street, Wakefield, MA
Please join us for dinner and fellowship
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:00-6:30pm
For our neighbors who would benefit from a good meal and friendly conversation
All Welcome - Families, Individuals, Couples
Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, and pie
Call 781-486-3927 with questions
or email: email@example.com
Accessible by #136 and 137 MBTA Bus from Oak Grove/Orange Line
Future dinners on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
To volunteer or donate at this or future Community Dinners, visit:
HEALING MASSES WITH FR. JURGEN LIIAS, DEACON JOE COOLEY
AND ST. PATRICK’S PRAYER COMMUNITY
Please join us on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the lower Church. The special theme of the homilies of the Masses this year will be will be the Catholic Churches sacred teaching regarding sex and sexuality. Topics will include: Marriage, Divorce, Family Planning, The Right Ordering of our sexual selves, and Healing from infertility, abuse, pornography, and sexual disorders.
The November 14th theme will be: THE HEALING OF OUR MARRIAGES.
Healing Prayer and the Sacrament of Confession will be available. A time of refreshments and fellowship follows Mass.
THANK YOU FROM THE MISSION OF DEEDS
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel!
Mission of Deeds is so blessed by the wonderful generosity of the parishioners at the recent linens and household goods drive. Many needy individuals and families will benefit greatly from this spirit of giving. We would love to have you stop by anytime for a tour and see your generosity in action.
We are open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
God bless you,
Bruce C. Murison
SAINT PATRICK HOLIDAY HELPERS
Saint Patrick Holiday Helpers Program is back this year, geared at helping those among us who are having difficulty making ends meet during this holiday season. This program is offered to registered parishioners of Saint Patrick Parish, who find themselves in need, and is made possible through the generosity of our parishioners and friends. If you are in need, please call the Parish Office at (781) 438-0960. Donations to the program, in the form of gift cards to local supermarkets or checks made out to St. Patrick Family Ministry are welcome. Volunteers are also needed to assist us in making the program work. Please leave your name and phone number at the rectory if you would like to help. Thank you.
A THANK YOU FROM EAGLE SCOUT CHRISTOPHER BURNS
Dear Father Mario & St. Patrick Parish,
Thank you for your generosity and your support of my coffee hours and my Eagle Scout Project to build a handicapped ramp for the Stoneham Historical Society. For more information about this project please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/chris-burns039-eagle-scout-project.
Stoneham Troop 513
Come join the Choir! Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. We bring prayerful music to our week-end Masses and for special occasions such as: Thanksgiving, Christmas, other Holy Days and the Sacraments. Anyone high school age or older is invited to join. If you are interested in joining or have questions please see Susan Columbus in the music area after Mass or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. As St. Augustine said “Singing is praying twice”.
Choir rehearsal has begun. Kids age 8 and up are welcome! Rehearsals are every Sunday morning at 9:00 am in the upper church. The Children’s Choir sings 2 times a month at the Sunday 10:00 am Family Mass as well as Christmas and Easter. If you are interested in joining or have questions, please see Susan in the music area after Mass, or send an email to email@example.com.
SAINT PATRICK PARISH GRAND ANNUAL 2018 - 2019
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FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS
The Finance Committee of St. Patrick Parish meets on a quarterly basis to review the financial state of parish operations. It is also responsible for assisting the parish in developing the annual parish budget, establishing and monitoring financial policies and practices, and providing the financial planning support associated with long-term capital projects, such as major repairs, maintenance, and future construction to property and parish assets. The Committee is compromised of parishioners with various financial skills who have volunteered their time and talent in support of the parish.
The Finance Committee is also responsible for developing and delivering a yearly communication on both the parish and school’s financial state. The intent of such reports is to ensure parishioners have visibility to the parish's financial health and to maintain awareness of the financial scope of the activities required to support a vibrant Catholic community. These figures represent your donations and how they are spent.
~ Fr. Mario & Fr. Frank
FOOD GROUP HELP NEEDED
In need of volunteers for Stoneham Community Dinner
Are you recently retired or have a couple of hours a month to volunteer? If so, please consider volunteering with St. Patrick Food Group. We serve at the Community Dinner on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Congregational Church. Currently we are in need of servers, dishwasher help, and a person to make reminder calls one week before.
If you have any questions, please leave your name at the rectory at 781-438-0960.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Sponsored by Hospice Services of Massachusetts
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Hospice Services of Massachusetts is in strong need of volunteers to provide supportive care to hospice patients and their caregivers who are facing a life-limiting illness. Volunteers are invited to participate in a comprehensive training program after which they will be assigned to care for hospice patients in your area. Volunteers will also be offered on-going training, support and educational programs for specialized volunteer roles. Make a difference!
For further information and registration, please contact Colleen O’Brien, Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (857)363-8194.
PERMANENT DIACONATE INFORMATION AND INQUIRY SESSIONS
If you are single or sacramentally married, and discerning God's possible call to serve the Church as a minister of Charity, Word, and Sacrament as an ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston, you and your wife (for those who are married) are invited to take part in the upcoming Inquirer Program. If you would like more information, you can download the flyer, or contact Deacon Christopher Connelly, Director of Diaconate Formation at 617-746-5649, or via email at email@example.com.
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
Are you or do you know someone who is 65 years of age or older with limited assets? Are you looking for sociability in a safe, warm, Catholic environment? At this time we have availability in our Rest Home. Come to visit the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Somerville and consider joining our family. For more information please contact Mary Segalla, SW at 617-776-4420 ext. 317.
Youth Choir Are you in Grades 8-12? Do you like to sing? If so, we want you! We would like to create a new Youth Choir that will sing at two 6:00 pm Sunday night Masses per month, following a rehearsal earlier in the day from 4:30 – 5:45 pm. If you are interested in joining, or want more information about the group, please see Susan or Phyllis in the music area after Mass, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE, CAN YOU HELP?
Our parish needs Pastoral Visitors who are willing to bring Holy Eucharist to and pray with the many faithful homebound parishioners who, due to illness or advanced age, are no longer able to join us for Mass. We currently have 20 active Pastoral Visitors who minister to the residents of the 4 nursing and assisted living facilities in Stoneham and over 60 individual parishioners. As you can imagine with these numbers, we are a very active ministry and we need you. If you can commit to less than 1 hour once a month, the Holy Spirit may be inviting you to share his loving comfort through the beautiful ministry of Pastoral Care. We provide extensive training and preparation. For more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200.
CORI FORMS ARE DUE FOR THE 2019 FISCAL YEAR
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 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.
ST. PATRICK PARISH 6-WEEK GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
October 3 – November 14,
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
If you have suffered the death of a loved one and would like to participate in prayerful reflection and conversation in a supportive Christian environment, please join our Grief Support Group which will meet here at Saint Patrick Parish for six consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning October 3 (with the exception of Halloween, October 31). Together, we will explore the grieving process and consider the spiritual elements of grief and healing. As part of these peer support group meetings, participants are invited to share their experiences in an environment of understanding, acceptance, and support grounded in Christian hope. For more information and to register, please call Patrice at 781-438-0200. There is no charge for participating in this group, which is sponsored by McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, Stoneham.
CATHOLIC APPEAL UPDATE
As of this weekend, St. Patrick Parish has raised $64,907.53 toward our 2018 Catholic Appeal Assessment of $83,643.09. Thank you to all who have contributed thus far. If you have yet to give, we need your help! We still need to raise $18735.56. Please give today to help us reach our assessment, any shortfall will have to be paid directly by the Parish. Gifts can be made online at BostonCatholicAppeal.org or by completing a pledge form available at the Church exits. On behalf of Cardinal Seán O’Malley and all who will benefit from your generosity, thank you for your support.
SENIOR CORPS RSVP READING PARTNERS
READING PARTNERS serve as volunteer tutors who make a four hour weekly commitment to help elementary school students improve their literacy skills in Everett, Malden, Medford, Reading, Stoneham, and Waltham. If you like to read with children and want to support them in becoming stronger readers, please contact Linda Cornell, Literacy Coordinator, 781-388-4839 or email: email@example.com.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 338-7863
HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST PREP
Saint 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.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
"Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God."
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 is 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/.
MEDICARE COVERAGE OF THE SHINGLES VACCINE
Did you know that all Medicare Part D plans cover a shingles vaccine, such as Zostavax or the newly released shingles vaccine, Shingrix, which is recommended by the CDC (center for Disease Control and Prevention)?
The cost for the vaccine will vary for each Part D plan and even by the pharmacy where you get the vaccine. You can contact your Medicare drug plan or Medicare Advantage Plan for more information on which vaccines are covered and the co-pay at your preferred pharmacy.
For assistance with any Medicare issue, contact the SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. Call the Regional SHINE office at Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden at 781-388-4845. Please leave a message and a counselor will return your call within two business days.
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 email@example.com.
WITH APPRECIATION FROM ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
Words cannot fully express our gratitude for the overwhelming generosity of our parishioners, individually and collectively. From our ministries to our youth, through their fundraisers throughout the year, the daily mass attendees who so generously gave to the free will collection and also to those who just stop in for a visit, we are so thankful.
These are very difficult times for so many and your gifts these past months have enabled us to serve the needs of more people than ever before!! Each one of you truly embraces the giving spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and we are so very blessed because of that. Our ministry continues because of all of you.
May God bless and keep you in His loving arms.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2002, Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to all Catholics regarding the Rosary. In this letter, which was entitled The Most Holy Rosary, Pope John Paul II announced the addition of the Luminous Mysteries to the Rosary history in addition to the traditional mysteries of the rosary...
The Luminous Mystery Rosary or the Mysteries of Light, as they are also called, focus on the public life of Jesus, the years He was preaching spanning the time between His Baptism and His death. They are called the Mysteries of Light because Jesus is the light of the World.
Pope John Paul II felt that it was important to add these mysteries to the history of the rosary because there was a gap between the childhood of Jesus that is meditated upon during the Joyful Mysteries and the suffering and death of Jesus that is meditated upon during the Sorrowful Mysteries.
The Luminous Mystery Rosary is as follows...
- The Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan,
- Jesus first miracle at the wedding at Cana,
- Jesus proclamating the Kingdom of God, his preaching and teaching
- Transfiguration of Jesus on Mt. Tabor when He revealed Himself as God's Son
- The institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper
Just like the other mysteries, you can meditate on the mysteries of the life of Jesus with His mother, Mary mother of God.
It was Mary who asked Jesus to perform His first miracle at the wedding at Cana. When the bride and groom ran out of wine, Mary went and told Jesus. She told the servants to, "Do whatever he tells you" -John 2:5. Because of Mary's prompting, Jesus turned water into wine at this wedding.
According to Pope John Paul II, this event, in the history of the rosary, is the foundation to all the Mysteries of Light because the role Mary played as "intercessor" at the wedding continues throughout the other four rosary mysteries.
The Knights of Columbus is seeking a field agent for a career opportunity representing their Insurance, Annuity and Long Term Care Program. We offer a complete benefits package with this full-time position. In order to qualify, one must be eligible for membership in the Knights of Columbus. For more information on this exciting career opportunity, please contact Michael R. Capobianco, General Agent at (508) 238-2300.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE HOSPITALITY TEAM
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Have you ever enjoyed a cup of coffee in Our Lady Hall after Mass? Might Jesus be calling you to share your time with our parish family?
St. Patrick’s Religious Education hosts a reception for the entire congregation on a monthly basis. We rely upon volunteers to assist us with this undertaking. Currently we are in need of a Hospitality Team to make these events run more smoothly. We will teach you all that you need to know. Sign up with a friend…many hands make light work!
Please contact Anne Dooley for more information: firstname.lastname@example.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
We feed the hungry. We visit the sick. We clothe those in need. We help keep the lights on. We help provide heat.
Come join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. For more information, contact the Parish Office at 781-438-0960.
PROMISE TO PROTECT - PLEDGE TO HEAL
The Archdiocese of Boston is committed to maintaining a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Through its Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach, the Archdiocese continues to make counseling and other services available to survivors, their families and parishes impacted by clergy sexual abuse, and in particular those who may need additional support at this time, are encouraged to contact the Archdiocese's Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach at 617-746-5995.
OUR SUNDAY VISITOR WEBCASTS
Our Sunday Visitor has a series of free webcasts that will deepen your knowledge and faith. Visit https://www.osvcatholicbookstore.com/webcasts for more information and links to register.
"GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS..."
At the end of every Mass, we are reminded to "go" into the world to gather and make disciples of God's children. How often do you reflect upon how you have followed Christ's command to do this? Today we invite you to do just that. As you celebrate the magnificent glory of God & the incredible mercy of Christ, stop for a moment to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in your heart. You are being called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with a friend, neighbor or child who is not yet aware of God's great love for them. How will you answer that call?
The Religious Education Program invites you to become a catechist for the 2017-2018 school year!
Call or Email Us:
781-438-1093 ~ email@example.com
Pregnancy Help serves anyone facing crisis pregnancy situations. Our staff of nurses and case workers is trained to give individualized care to help you through this difficult time. Please contact us to discuss your situation and receive free support.
Call Us: 617-782-5151 or Text Us: 617-903-7960
All services are free and strictly confidential.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
If anyone is in need of a prayer square and/or a shawl, they can contact the rectory who will let me know. The recipient's name(s) are entered into our book which we pray over every week.
Thank you in advance,
Carol Johnston on behalf of the Ladies of the Prayer Shawl Ministry
ALTAR SERVER PERMISSION SLIP
Starting in the third grade, children from Saint Patrick Parish are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the Altar Server Ministry. Saint Patrick’s is in need of altar servers. They are a very important part of our parish liturgy celebrations. Altar servers participate at weekend liturgies, but they may also participate at daily Mass, funerals, and weddings if needed.
Becoming an altar server is a great way for your child to learn, at an early age, to serve God and their parish. What an example they would be to their peers as well as other members of the Church. God created us to serve Him and that is exactly what your child would be doing.
If your child is interested in becoming an altar server for Saint Patrick Parish, or if you have any questions, please email me at Chashanafin@verizon.net. Also please fill out the permission form available here and return it to the Parish Office.
I would also like to extend this invitation to any adult who may want to serve. What an expression of faith if an entire family served Mass together.
Please give prayerful though in allowing your child to become an altarserver. Please consider becoming an altar server yourself. Practice will be held on Wednesday afternoons at 3:00pm in the upstairs Church.
Deacon Charles (Chuck) G. Hanafin
1060AM CATHOLIC RADIO
1060AM Catholic Radio is a great source to learn more about our faith, a devotional support for your prayer life and a source for information about the moral questions of our time. This Radio Station is not funded by the Archdiocese of Boston and thus totally dependent on private donations. Share your experience of the blessing of this station with others.
EMMAUS MINISTRY FOR GRIEVING PARENTS
St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch St. Boston, MA
Serving the Spiritual Needs of Parents Whose Children of Any Age Have Died By Any Cause
One-Hour, One-Day, and Weekend Retreats, in Cooperation with the Archdiocese of Boston. Call Diane, Mother of Paul, at (617) 542-8057.