The Pascal Candle is next to the ambo. It is lit for all the masses, even though you haven’t been in the church, we are still lighting this candle. We started lighting it at the Easter Vigil. An empty church, just like today, and have lit it for every mass we held in this sacred space. That includes a very small wedding last weekend, that had been previously scheduled.
It is a symbol for us. It tells us that Christ still shines in the world, regardless of the misery we find ourselves in. It reminds us that Christ stands next to us in our loneliness, our sadness, our fear. It reminds us that Christ rose from the dead, like a candle unlit, and now reigns in full glory, burning bright! It reminds us that He is and always will be our God and Saviour. Christ’s light still shines, regardless of what we face each day.
Today is Pentecost. Today we are rekindled in our hope and in our mission as children of God. We have nothing to fear in regard to our future. We leave the darkened upper room where we have been ‘held in shelter’ like the disciples. We move into His light and go forward into the world, with Him in our hearts to show us the way. We move among our brothers and sisters with the peace we have received; His peace as when He first returned to the disciples. We receive His spirit as when He first breathed on the disciples this very day. We posses His power and authority to change lives - to change the world. Today is the day we live in Christ like never before and bring His love to the all people. We have His Spirit now.
At our own baptism we too were baptized by fire. We received a candle lit from our Pascal Candle here and we received the light of Christ. And our Parents and God Parents were charged with ‘keeping this light of faith burning brightly in our lives.’ And you have done well. I am so proud of you. I have seen your good works and look forward to the day I can see your faces and know you are still spreading the good news to all.
Today is Pentecost and it ends our Easter season. The Pascal Candle will be out and only lit at Baptisms and Funerals. The beginning and end of our sacramental lives, our worldly existence as God’s children on earth. It is now up to us to keep the light of Christ burning brightly now - with Jesus by our sides and the help of the Holy Spirit to guide us.
With this light we can do good works in the name of Jesus.
With this light we can conquer any evil in the world.
With this light we can become true children of God.
With this light we know we belong to HIM.
And when we die, this light will lead us home to heaven.
Yes, this is the light of Jesus and of our lives.
Celebrate your life in Him.
(Posted May 31, 2020)
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HOME IS WHERE YOUR MOTHER IS by Father Jürgen Liias (Posted May 21, 2020)
I visited my mother’s grave today for Mother’s Day. She died in June 2011. Six months later I decided to become a Catholic and seek ordination as a Catholic Priest, God willing and the Pope willing (only the Pope can authorize the ordination of a married man.) Read More »
4-WEEK VIRTUAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP (Posted May 21, 2020)
Wednesday Evenings, June 3 – 24 via Zoom, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Losing a loved one and grieving during this time of pandemic can be very challenging and painful. Connecting with others who share a similar experience of grieving amid the difficulties of social distancing can provide comfort and support. Read More »
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (Posted May 13, 2020)
THE FLOWER SHOPS SEEM TO BE CLOSED Reflection by Fr. Oates 5/11/20 (Posted May 13, 2020)
In the Gospel of Luke written about 80-100 AD, we meet Mary as a young virgin married to Joseph. That story is only twelve verses long and it shows Mary as obedient to God’s will. Luke has supplied us with the most details about Mary and has become the model upon which others built to characterize the mother of God. Read More »
Livestreamed EVENING OF HEALING & INTERCESSORY PRAYER (Posted May 13, 2020)
BRING FLOWERS OF THE RAREST (Posted May 13, 2020)
Fr. Frank and Deacon Frank, Crowned Mary on May 13th, Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima. Read More »
PROMISES FOR WHO FAITHFULLY PRAY THE ROSARY (Updated May 13, 2020)
DO NOT LOSE HOPE: A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT (Posted May 06, 2020)
A story is told of an old farmer who was harvesting his agricultural crop. However, in the process he lost his beautiful wristwatch. He felt so much pain because of the value he attached to it. Read More »
MAY 13, FEAST OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA (Posted May 06, 2020)
May 13 is the anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to three shepherd children in the small village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917. Read More »
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (Posted May 06, 2020)
SUNDAY MASS VIDEOS (Posted Apr 29, 2020)
Beginning the weekend of May 9-10, Fr. Mario and Fr. Frank will be celebrating Mass which will be aired on Stoneham TV’s Public Channel (Comcast 9, RCN 3, Verizon 34) four times a week. Read More »
A REFLECTION ON TODAY’S GOSPEL BY DEACON FRANK (Posted Apr 29, 2020)
I grew up in a farm town - Walpole - well it was a farm town when I lived there. Farms and ranches are very similar in that the animals roam in the fields, contained by the fences around them. They graze in their own yards as it were. Read More »
PRAY THE ROSARY FOR PEACE IN YOUR HEART (Posted Apr 29, 2020)
We live in difficult and trying times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises including the current pandemic that fill the globe and our own community. Sadly, many are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to do this than by praying the Holy Rosary. Almost every time the Blessed Virgin has appeared in an approved apparition she has said...if you want peace in your world, pray the Rosary, if you want peace in your family, pray the Rosary, if you want peace in your heart, pray the Rosary!
RETROUVAILLE 2020 SESSIONS (Updated Apr 29, 2020)
2020 Weekends are coming up! August 21-23, 2020 and November 13-15, 2020. Read More »
FAMILY MINISTRY (Posted Apr 29, 2020)
There have been many inquiries from people would like to help those in need during this pandemic. You are invited to help us help our neighbors via donations in the form of gift cards for local supermarkets or checks made out to St. Patrick Family Ministry. If you need or know someone who needs assistance, please call the Parish Office at 781-438-0960. Thank you!!
LITURGICAL LIFE (Posted Apr 22, 2020)
Responding to the Call: Everyday Stewarship: Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments. Missouri is known as the “Show Me” state. There seem to be differing points of view as to how this motto came into existence, but today it is said to speak of a people who operate with common sense and are not easily fooled by slick-talking or show. Read More »
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER (Posted Apr 22, 2020)
Stoneham Community Dinner; Other Open Food Pantries; Organizations that You can turn to for Mental Health and Substance Abuse; School Lunch Help; Stoneham Senior Center. Read More »
LIFT VIRTUAL COLLEGE NIGHT (Posted Apr 23, 2020)
YOUNG ADULTS!!! This event is especially for YOU! Fr. Mike Schmitz is an AMAZING speaker. Please consider checking out this event. You are sure to be blessed! Read More »
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY -The History of the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy (Posted Apr 15, 2020)
In 1935, St. Faustina received a vision of an angel sent by God to chastise a certain city. She began to pray for mercy, but her prayers were powerless. Suddenly she saw the Holy Trinity and felt the power of Jesus’ grace within her. Read More »
THE MYSTERIOUS PRESENCE OF LOVE (Posted Apr 15, 2020)
A person was going through a very dark time, questioning the meaning of life, not feeling very purposeful or worthwhile, and feeling disconnected and unappreciated. Suddenly, they gazed up at the night sky, found themselves in all of all the stars and constellations, and exclaimed, "I am here on purpose and I am loved!" Read More »
PARISH REGISTRATION (Updated Apr 15, 2020)
Many people think that because they attend a particular parish they automatically belong. But membership requires signing up, formally enrolling yourself in a parish. Read More »
DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES (Updated Mar 31, 2020)
We have the following ways to keep celebrating Mass and stay connected until we can congregate again. Read More »
AN EASTER LIKE NO OTHER! (Posted Apr 06, 2020)
A humble reflection for families this Easter. I remember Easters long ago, and as recent as last year; and none of them are like this one. I feel like Mary Magdalene, running to the tomb after Jesus was crucified and was buried there. She felt alone and sad and wondering when this loss of Jesus in her life would end. When will the darkness of my days end. Read More »
PRAYER FOR THE HOME (Posted Apr 06, 2020)
Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this dwelling, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let Thy holy Angels dwell herein, to preserve us in peace; and let Thy blessing be upon us forever. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
THANK YOU (Posted Apr 06, 2020)
To all our wonderful parishioners who have signed up for online giving and those who have been mailing in your offertory, we are so grateful for your continued support!
A MILLION ROSARIES (Posted Mar 31, 2020)
During Portugal's 1974 Carnation Revolution, Our Lady said to Sister Lucia, "When a million families pray the rosary, the revolution will end." Read More »
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER (Updated Apr 06, 2020)
Do you believe that Jesus is the Lord of your marriage? Bring God into your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Read More »
2020 PASCHAL CANDLE (Posted Mar 31, 2020)
The 2020 Paschal Candle has been donated by Lois & Tim Harrington and Carol Brousseau in loving memory of Robert Doran. Read More »https://www.stpatrickstoneham.org/2020-paschal-candle
PRAYER FOR THE CONTAINMENT OF THE CORONAVIRUS (Posted Mar 31, 2020)
Lord God, threatened now by the spread of the Coronavirus, we ask that you keep us, our loved ones, and everyone, from harm. Read More »
GOD'S LOVING PLAN (Posted Mar 31, 2020)
When I was expecting my second son, I remember spending hours poring over decisions on his birth and what I wanted things to look like. Every step of the labor and delivery process was already planned out in my mind. So, when at 40 weeks pregnant and ready to make this plan reality, I experienced a partial placental abruption, I was completely blindsided. Read More »
IMPORTANT UPDATE: DIFFICULT DECISION (Posted Mar 23, 2020)
Monday, March 23, 2020
Dear Church, We write today to share the difficult news that the Church will be closed until further notice. Based on mandates from the Centers for Disease Control, Governor Baker's Emergency Order for public safety, as well as Archdiocesan regulations, the health and well-being of our parishioners and our community must be a top priority. Read More »
ONLINE & ELECTRONIC GIVING (Posted Mar 18, 2020)
As we continue to navigate through the latest restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic including the suspension of all Masses, our Parish still needs your support to meet our recurring monthly expenses. The parish is still responsible for payment of salaries and benefits for our dedicated employees, heating, electric, and water bills, routine maintenance of our Parish buildings, and other monthly bills amounting to approximately $95,000 per month. Read More »
BATTLE RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS (Posted Mar 18, 2020)
As we have been watching the news, there seems to be a cloud of darkness and fear spreading over our communities and church. But don't forget we have the spiritual weapons we need to punch back against this pandemic. Read More »
MOTHER’S GROUP (Posted Mar 04, 2020)
Fridays, 9:00am. Ladies, come join the St. Mary’s, Melrose Mom group to gain some bible study and fellowship. Read More »
SPRING FLING BINGO (Posted Mar 04, 2020)
Spring Fling Bingo has been postponed. Please check the bulletin and this web site for further details. Read More »
RISK ALERT: CORONAVIRUS (Posted Mar 04, 2020)
The Archdiocese of Boston, through the Office of Risk Management, is monitoring the situation related to the coronavirus outbreak and updating relevant planning guides should the situation warrant in the Commonwealth. Read More »
(RE)INTRODUCING THE SAINT PATRICK TREE OF LIFE (Reposted Feb 26, 2020)
The long-awaited Saint Patrick Tree of Life has been installed in the entry to our church. Read More »
STONEHAM COMMUNITY DINNER (Updated Jan 29, 2020)
(Suspended) Every Tuesday at First Congregation Church, 1 Church Street. Read More »
RECOGNIZE GOD IN YOUR ORDINARY MOMENTS (Posted Jan 22, 2020)
Drop Your Nets and Be Free (reflection). Read More »
THE PASSION PLAY IN OBERAMMERGAU PILGRIMAGE (Updated Jan 15, 2020)
August 10-19, 2020. We still have some spaces available for the Pilgrimage to Oberammergau & Central Europe. Read More »
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD -- AGAIN! Say NO to Expanded Abortion Access (Updated Jan 15, 2020)
As the state legislative enters its final six months of the session, it is time to speak out again. Read More »
BAPTIZING CHILDREN (Posted Jan 08, 2020)
Why do Catholics baptize infants, while some other Christian denominations wait until adulthood? Read More »
THE MASS AND THE SACRAMENTS - What Really Happens (Posted Dec 23, 2019)
Come back home for the HOLYdays and we will show you what you’ve been missing. Read More »
GOD IN DAILY LIFE (Posted Nov 12, 2019)
Question: How do I bring God into the work of my daily life? Answer: Read More »
COLD AND FLU SEASON (Posted Nov 12, 2019)
We are now in the cold and flu season once again. There is no requirement for a hand-shake at the ‘Sign of Peace’ if a parishioner is uncomfortable with that greeting. Read More »
PREGNANCY HELP BOSTON (Posted Oct 23, 2019)
Pregnancy Help serves anyone facing crisis pregnancy situations. Please contact us to discuss your situation and receive free support. Read More »
NEW PARISH APP! (Posted Oct 16, 2019)
Keep up to date with Saint Patrick Parish with our new app! Have instant access to hours, contacts, news items and reminder messages. Read More »
ACTUAL VS BUDGET FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019 (Posted Sep 25, 2019)
The Finance Committee is also responsible for developing and delivering a yearly communication on both the parish and school’s financial state. These figures represent your donations and how they are spent. Read More »
CORI FORMS DUE (Posted Sep 18, 2019)
It’s that time again. CORIs for the 2019 year are now coming due. CORIs are valid annually from July 1 through June 30 and all volunteers and staff must complete a CORI form each year. Please stop by the Parish Office to complete the form and be sure to bring your license. Thank you!
CANTORS NEEDED (Posted Sep 18, 2019)
Do you like to sing? Want to share your gift of music with the Lord and your community? Read More »
ALTAR SERVER PERMISSION SLIP (Posted Sep 18, 2019)
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. Read More »
TOP REASONS TO OPPOSE ASSISTED SUICIDE (Posted Sep 4, 2019)
Some polls indicate that the public is receptive to assisted suicide. But the same polls show that people’s views shift when they learn about its dangers. Read More »
CHOIR - CHILDREN'S, ADULT and YOUTH (Posted Aug 28, 2019)
We are welcoming grades 2-7 for our children's choir, grades 8-12 for our youth choir, and older members for our adult choir. Read More »
UNBOUND: Deliverance, Freedom, Belonging (Posted Jul 17, 2019)
Do you struggle with reliving past traumas? Obsessive patterns & thoughts? Unforgiveness? Addiction? Do you want deeper intimacy with God? UNBOUND prayer available at St. Patrick’s may be the answer! Read More »
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! Say NO to Expanded Abortion Access (Posted May 8, 2019)
The Massachusetts State Legislature will consider two troubling bills this session. For more information, see our Let Your Voice Be Heard! page, or download the PDF page. See The Massachusetts Catholic Conference page for Let Your Voice Be Heard!
SCAM ALERT! (Posted Mar 6, 2019)
Please do not be fooled by emails or texts seeking donations of iTunes cards, gift cards, etc. Read More »
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, INTERCESSOR OF THE UNBORN (Posted Feb 27, 2019)
To help stop the anti-life push in the world, the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen encouraged the spiritual adoption of an unborn child. Read More »
STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL SEÁN’S BLOG (Posted Feb 13, 2019)
"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.
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.
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)? Read More »
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... Read More »
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.
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.
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
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.