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Walk with Jesus this Lent

Washing the Feet


This Lent, Join with Friends and Neighbors to Walk with Jesus through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection

You are invited to join with friends and neighbors, as a community of faith and prayer, to walk together with Jesus through Lent. Open your heart to Our Loving Savior and grow closer with Him by contemplating each moment of His Passion. Pray in loving solidarity for one another, for our parish, for our community, and for our country.

Prepare to make this Lent the most powerful ever! Details to follow.

(Posted Jan 20, 2021)

St Vincent dePaul Society

St Vincent dePaul Logo

During this pandemic the St Vincent dePaul Society continues to serve our neighbors in need. Please help us with your contributions using the mounted boxes in the rear of the church. Your help will be a blessing for the less fortunate in these difficult times. God bless you !

(Posted Jan 20, 2021)

Gospel Meditation
Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

It was a normal day by all accounts, but John just wasn't feeling himself. He was a little lightheaded and out of sorts. Later in the afternoon, he experienced a sharp pain in his chest and arm. Quick thinking and action brought John to the emergency department with a diagnosis of a significant heart attack. Surviving this ordeal, he found himself face to face with his cardiologist, having an honest conversation about things that needed to change. "l came close to death," John found himself thinking. Then came the remorse. He was a young man with a loving wife and children who were very close to facing life without him. John found himself with intense sorrow for living an unchecked and self-indulgent life that almost brought him to his demise. He wanted to change.

The Challenge of Living

We all have our wake-up calls. We have experiences and encou nters that force us to really think twice about choices we have made and directions we have taken. Often, we find ourselves looking at those we have hurt square in the eye and wallowing in our foolishness. We regrettably realize that we have allowed our needs to lure us into making some cruel mistakes. We impulsively say things and flippantly do things that reveal our unredeemed and unhealed self. It is a self we stumble over and try to tame but can't quite seem to master and control. Help!

We spin our wheels, naively thinking that we will somehow, perhaps through persistence, get ourselves unstuck. But, we don't. We just get out of the car, feeling very helpless, and ignorantly look at the mess we got ourselves into. Did we ever think to ask someone for help? Or, taken the advice of One who is wiser and avoid this route altogether? "Come after me," are words that Jesus says to all of us. In order to heed his invitation, we must leave our ego-self behind and follow.

When we really see and understand the freedom, peace, justice, and love he offers, we find ourselves with such sorrow in our hearts for how foolish and silly we have been. All the misguided choices and sinful actions come full view and we see how risky our random impassioned behaviors really have been. Repentance is beautiful. When done with a sincere and contrite heart, it directs us to the glory that can be ours, ignites us with the challenge of living a life in service of others and reminds us that all is well.

He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him. - Mk 1:79-20
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass 02001, 1998, 7970 CCD.

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(Posted Jan 20, 2021)

GROW+GO ~ THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Grow and Go 2021 Jan 24
January 24, 2021 | Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Jon 3:1-5, 10 | 1 Cor 7:29-31 | Mk 1:14-20
Written by
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FAITHFUL
DISCIPLE

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

On first hearing, Jonah’s warning to the city of Nineveh seems a bit extreme for my modern ears: Get your act together in 40 days or your city will be destroyed! Yet, rather than panic or rail against him, the people believed and turned away from evil. We hear a similar theme in Mark’s Gospel: “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Listening to the readings today, I hear these words not as a threat but as an invitation to get our lives back on track. We may not don sackcloth like the people of Nineveh, but we may need to fast from the distractions and skewed priorities that prevent us from loving God and one another. With the psalmist, we pray, “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.”

GO - EVANGELIZE | PRAYER, INVITATION, WITNESS, ACCOMPANIMENT

I never understood why the middle-school track coach had my son, the shortest kid on the team, run hurdles. I’d shut my eyes and cringe a bit when he’d approach each one, occasionally catching his toe but fearlessly pressing forward. Sometimes the Christian life can feel that way – while I’ve never tried hurdles, I’m known to trip on the slightest crack in a sidewalk. Likewise, I often trip up on the path to becoming a better person – blurting out unkind words, spending more time online shopping than praying … well, I won’t make you cringe by oversharing my “sin list.” In today’s readings, the Lord invites us to repent – to turn away from bad habits and choices. By turning to the Lord, we can overcome the obstacles that hold us back from living our Gospel values and sharing them with others through the witness of our lives.

INVITE
Through the sacrament of reconciliation, the Church offers us a standing invitation to experience God’s unconditional love and mercy. Whether you go regularly or it’s been awhile, consider participating in the sacrament and inviting others to do the same.

(Posted Jan 20, 2021)

OLDER ITEMS

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Posted Jan 13, 2021)

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GROW+GO ~ SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Posted Jan 13, 2021)

1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 | 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20 | Jn 1:35-42 Read More »


HOLY HOUR FOR LIFE (Posted Jan 13, 2021)

Sunday, January 24th at 3:00 pm. Read More »


Blessing of the Throats (Feast of St. Blaise) (Posted Jan 13, 2021)

February 6-7. Please note: there will not be individual blessings this year. Read More »


JOIN US TO PRAY THE ROSARY (Posted Jan 13, 2021)

Wednesdays at 3:00 pm via Zoom. Read More »


ONLINE and ELECTRONIC GIVING (Reposted Jan 13, 2021)

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. Read More »


GROW+GO ~ THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD (Posted Jan 11, 2021)

Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 55:1-11 | Acts 10:34-38 or 1 Jn 5:1-9 | Mk 1:7-11 Read More »


The Baptism of the Lord (Posted Jan 05, 2021)

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No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion (Posted Jan 05, 2021)

Wednesday Evenings 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm via Zoom; 5 Sessions: March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Read More »


Grow+Go ~ The Epiphany of the Lord (Posted Jan 11, 2021)

Is 60:1-6 | Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6 | Mt 2:1-12. Read More »


2021-01-03 Wise Men - Difference (Posted Dec 29, 2020)

Wise Men See God in the Simple Things. If you’re on social media, you have probably seen a meme going around that features this quote: “God has a plan for your life. The enemy has a plan for your life. Be ready for both. Just be wise enough to know which one to battle and which one to embrace.”

Question: What is the difference between a chastisement and a punishment? The distinction between chastisement and punishment is, in many ways, a subtle one, but which is still relevant in our Catholic tradition. Read More »


Thank You Barile Family Funeral Home (Posted Dec 29, 2020)

We would like to extend a our sincerest thanks to the Barile Family Funeral Home for providing our parish with the lovely 2021 religious calendars. Read More »


We Three Kings (Posted Dec 29, 2020)

The song "We Three Kings" details the gifts of the Magi, but do you know what you're singing? Read More »


COVID/Quarantine Prayer (Posted Dec 29, 2020)

Pray for people who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine. Read More »


2020-12-27 Family and Rosaries (Posted Dec 22, 2020)

The Gift of Family. What a year it has been! … Hopefully, even if the fears and concerns of 2020 dissipate in the future, the way we feel toward our family should never leave us.

Question: I’ve seen people hang rosaries over the rear-view mirrors in their cars and a few of them wear them around their necks. It is ok to do that? Read More »


Altar Flower Memorials for 2021 Sunday Masses (Updated Dec 22,2020)

Each weekend you have the opportunity to donate the weekend arrangement on the altar in memory of loved ones. Please call the parish office @ 781-438-0960 if you are interested in donating flowers for a particular weekend. Read More »


Project Rachel (Reposted Dec 22, 2020)

For Hope and Healing after abortion. Read More »


Emmet Cahill Concert (Posted Dec 23, 2020)

On Sunday night I recorded a very special Christmas in Ireland concert for all the churches and communities who have supported me over the years. I have uploaded the show to a youtube link which everyone can access. Read More »


Retrouvaille 2021 Sessions (Posted Dec 22, 2020)

Weekends are coming up in 20201! Visit our website! HelpOurMarriage.org. Read More »


Grow+Go ~ The Holy Family (Posted Dec 22, 2020)

Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3 | Col 3:12-21 or Col 3:12-17 or Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 | Lk 2:22-40 or Lk 2:22, 39-40. Read More »


CHRISTMAS CONCERT (Posted Dec 16, 2020)

The Music Ministry has put together a small Christmas Concert for you to enjoy. It will be aired on Stoneham T.V. and our website. Read More »


CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL FLOWERS (Posted Dec 16, 2020)

We pray for the people for whom flower memorials have been donated. We are very grateful to all of our parishioners and friends for remembering their loved ones. Read More »


THE 10 COMMANDMENTS FOR SAFE MASS ATTENDANCE {In light of the rising COVID crisis} (Posted Dec 01, 2020)

Stay at home if you are sick or not feeling well. If you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID 19 or is in the process of being tested, you cannot attend Mass for the mandatory fourteen-day quarantine period. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains lifted until further notice, especially if you are part of a vulnerable population and/or have an underlying health condition. Read More »


4 STEPS FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION (Posted Nov 16, 2020)

1 - Make an act of faith. 2 - Make an act of love. 3 - Express your desire to receive Him. 4 - Invite Jesus to come into your heart. Read More »


5 SAINTS ADVOCATES FOR PEACE (Posted Nov 04, 2020)

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SAINT PATRICK HOLIDAY HELPERS (Posted Nov 04, 2020)

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. Read More »


THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY (Posted Oct 21, 2020)

Have you ever wanted to explore the life of Jesus and Mary in a deeper way? Each decade highlights a sacred episode: Read More »


TIPS, BENEFITS, AND BLESSINGS OF THE ROSARY (Posted Oct 21, 2020)

Tips to Pray the Rosary Every Day, Benefits of the Rosary, Blessings of the Rosary. Read More »


2020 CATHOLIC APPEAL (Updated Oct 14, 2020)

We need your help! Since the delayed launch of the 2020 Catholic Appeal, St. Patrick Parish has raised $58,675. toward our 2020 Catholic Appeal assessment of $87,457; a shortfall of $28,782. Read More »


AVE MARIA STELLA (Posted Oct 01, 2020)

Hail, Star of the sea! Blessed Mother of God, yet ever a virgin! O happy gate of heaven! Read More »


THE ROSARY (Posted Oct 01, 2020)

Question: What is the story behind the rosary?

Answer: The rosary is a sacred and popular Catholic devotion, but its origins are mysterious. Read More »


ACTUAL VS BUDGET FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 (Posted Sep 23, 2020)

Following is our yearly communication of both the parish and school’s financial health for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. Read More »


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR INITIATES (Posted Sep 09, 2020)

Please pray for the members of our parish Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) Program. Read More »


REGISTRATION FOR RCIA IS CURRENTLY OPEN (Posted Sep 09, 2020)

Registration for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (known as the R.C.I.A. program) is currently underway. Read More »


WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION? (Posted Sep 09, 2020)

Answer: The practice of Eucharistic Adoration is a centuries old ritual and falls within a broader category of devotions and rituals that are associated with the Sacrament of the Eucharist. In a particular way, Eucharistic Adoration is an extension of the worship and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that occurs in every Mass. Read More »


SCAM ALERT! (Posted Aug 24, 2020)

Fr. Mario's name is being used in a scam to try and extract gift cards from parishioners. DO NOT to respond to the text. Fr. Mario would never ask parishioners to forward a picture of a gift card to him. Read More »


PRAYER DURING A HEALTH CRISIS (Posted Aug 19, 2020)

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SEEKING ANSWERS TO LIFE’S WEIGHTY QUESTIONS? (Posted Aug 05, 2020)

If you find yourself considering these deeper thoughts or seeking answers to life’s bigger questions, I encourage you to delve into the mysteries of life and seek answers in relationship with Jesus Christ. I invite you to join our gatherings of the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and explore what God might be leading you to consider. Read More »


PRAYER SHAWLS (Posted Jul 22, 2020)

Do you know someone who is sick or perhaps lonely and would benefit from the warm embrace of a prayer shawl? Read More »


HELP THE ADORATION SOCIETY OF ST. JOSEPH'S IN MEDFORD (Posted Jul 22, 2020)

The Adoration Society of St. Joseph’s in Medford kindly asks for your help in restoring Eucharistic Adoration. Read More »


OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE — INTERCESSOR OF THE UNBORN (Updated Jun 24, 2020)

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.  Read More »


PROMISES FOR WHO FAITHFULLY PRAY THE ROSARY (Updated May 13, 2020)

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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 »


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 »


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!


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!!


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 »


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 »


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.


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


BAPTIZING CHILDREN (Posted Jan 08, 2020)

Why do Catholics baptize infants, while some other Christian denominations wait until adulthood? 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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

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.