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Lazarus Center for Healing Shrine March Schedule

Lazarus Center for Healing Shrine March Schedule

(Posted Feb 21, 2024)

Lazarus Center The Shroud of Turin

Lazarus Center The Shroud of Turin

(Posted Feb 21, 2024)

Catholic Appeal - Forward in Faith

Catholic Appeal Forward in FaithThe weekend of March 2nd-3rd, the 2024 Catholic Appeal will officially launch here in our parish and across the Archdiocese. One of the most meaningful ways that we witness the presence of Christ and deepen the impact of our Church’s ministries is by supporting the Catholic Appeal. As your pastor, I strongly encourage you to join me in giving a gift to this year’s appeal. Many of you have already done so and I am deeply grateful. As a parish, I am hoping for 100% participation! When our parish reaches its goal of $85,600, a portion of the additional funds received will be returned to us for use in our parish.

To make a gift online, please visit www.bostoncatholicappeal.org.

On behalf of Cardinal Seán and all those who benefit from your generosity, Thank you!

(Posted Feb 21, 2024)

Lazarus Center Pray for Healing

Lazarus Center Pray for Healing

(Posted Feb 21, 2024)

Grow+Go ~ Second Sunday of Lent

Grow and Go 2024 Feb 25
February 25, 2024 | Second Sunday of Lent

Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 | Rom 8:31b-34 | Mk 9:2-10
Written by
THE
FAITHFUL
DISCIPLE

GROW - AS A DISCIPLE | PRAY, STUDY, ENGAGE, SERVE

Just two weeks ago, when Christians walked around all day with a cross of ashes on our foreheads, we may have received puzzled looks. Who bothers with fasting and almsgiving for 40 whole days? Many of us live with great abundance in this country; the only time we actually need to fast might be for lab work. With this in mind, it’s helpful to remember the why: because Christ sacrificed himself for us, and he calls his followers to participate in his redemptive mission through our own sacrifices. Without sacrifice, we simply cannot be like Christ, nor will we see our own transfiguration in the resurrection to come. So Lent is a blessed season of reorienting our lives to Christian sacrifice: that of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Perhaps this season can also dispel some of the complacency that has a tendency to creep into our lives. The poor and hungry and disenfranchised still exist, and Christ depends on us to be his hands and feet to serve them. But how can we serve them if we do not embrace Christ’s example as a living sacrifice? Ask the Lord for the grace to see and hear what he is asking us to do for him.

GO - EVANGELIZE | PRAYER, INVITATION, WITNESS, ACCOMPANIMENT

Today’s readings show an incredible arc from Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for God to Christ’s Transfiguration after his Passion. Without Abraham’s willingness to give up that which he wanted most and finally obtained, he would not have earned his greatest blessing from God in having countless descendants; and without Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, all of mankind would not have been saved. Maybe we aren’t called to great sacrifices such as these in our own lives, but we as Christians are called to offer our lives as a living sacrifice to our family, our neighbor, those in need, and God himself. Lent is a reminder not only to help us reorient our lives to God and his call for our lives, but to live it, too. By our own witness and prayer we have the ability to help bring others to the Lord and his promise of eternal life.

ACCOMPANY
What is something you have always appreciated being done for you? What is a specific sacrifice, large or small, that you know has been made on your behalf? Make an effort this week to identify a specific need you know someone has, pray for that person/need, and offer to God a sacrifice of treasure, time or even your suffering for the fulfillment of that need.

(Posted Feb 21, 2024)

The Light Is On For You

The Light Is On For You

Experience the power of God’s healing love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Join us on Monday evenings during Lent for Exposition, Confession and Benediction beginning at 6:30 pm. 

Saturday Holy WeekPriests will be available to hear Confessions on the following Monday evenings during Lent:
March 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 6:30 -7:30 pm in the lower Church

(Reposted Feb 21, 2024)

Emmaus Ministry Retreat

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Serving the Spiritual Needs of Grieving Parents Whose Children of any Age Have Died by Any Cause, No Matter How Long Ago

A one-day spiritual retreat will be held at St. Patrick Parish on Saturday, April 27, 2024 for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago.

To register for the retreat please visit :
https://www.emfgp.org/04-27-24-stoneham-one-day-retreat-registration-form/.

We are looking for volunteers to help plan and facilitate this very worthwhile and healing ministry. Volunteers do not need to be grieving parents in order to assist. A big aspect of the day is hospitality because three simple meals will be served.

Please contact Diane McCarthy by email: [email protected] or at 781-438-0200 for more information.

(Reposted Feb 21, 2024)

Project RachelProject Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Retreats
(March 23, May 11)

Are you – or someone you know – suffering from post-abortion pain? The Project Rachel ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston extends a special invitation to women experiencing regret from a past abortion to attend a Come to the Waters of Healing one-day retreat. Spring dates are Saturday, March 23 and Saturday, May 11. Locations are confidential.

For more information on the retreats or other services, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or [email protected].

(Reposted Feb 21, 2024)

Easter Flower Memorials

Easter Flower CrossOnce again we would like to give you the opportunity to share in the decoration of our Church and Altar this Easter.

Contributions in memory of loved ones will be accepted until March 14th.

Donations can be mailed, brought to the Parish Office or placed in the collection baskets with the names of those who you wish to be listed in the Easter Bulletin.

(Reposted Feb 21, 2024)

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