SECOND COLLECTION FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
The second collection taken the weekend of January 25-26 will benefit our parish school to help offset operating expenses. Your generosity is appreciated.
(Posted Jan 22, 2020)
Sunday, Feb 2 is
Cub Scout Pack 540 and
Boy Scout Troop 513 of
Stoneham invite you to join us for a
cake and bagel reception following
the 10 AM Family Mass to learn
more about Scouting.
(Posted Jan 22, 2020)
On February 09, 2020 we welcome back our dear brother, Father Tom Oates, after a lengthy illness.
Father Tom called asking if he could return to celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with us even though he is over 300 years old!!
Father, we are so thankful for your generous and holy service to the family of Saint Patrick Parish. May God continue to bring you many blessings and good health as you continue your ministry with your Saint Patrick family!!!
(Posted Jan 22, 2020)
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING 2020
Help us "Tackle Hunger" by donating CASH, Gift Cards & NEW food items such as Cereal, Spaghetti Sauce, Tuna, and Peanut Butter & Jelly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Saint Patrick Parish!
Donate before or after Mass on:
February 1st @ 4 pm &
February 2nd @ 8, 10 & 12
(Posted Jan 22, 2020)
RECOGNIZE GOD IN YOUR ORDINARY MOMENTS
Drop Your Nets and Be Free
There are times I wish I had no obligations. It would be great to take my wife’s hand, hop in the car, and drive into the sunset. Where we were going would not matter as much as the fact that we would have nowhere we had to be. There would be nothing we had to do. No bills. No commitments. No problems. Freedom!
Life doesn’t work like that, however. When Jesus came along and asked some fishermen to drop their nets and follow him, they did just that. Wow! In some ways, they experienced true freedom. That is what Jesus offers all of us. Yet, true freedom looks quite different than my dream scenario.
In living in the true freedom that Jesus offers, there are things we must do and places we must go. That is because freedom only exists in following God’s will, not our own. We are called to be and called to give ourselves completely to God without reservations. We always have the free will to not respond to His call, but we will find that a negative answer may complicate our lives even further. God’s path for us calls on us to give freely of what we have been given. Saying no to that call means we carry the weight of those gifts. We were never meant to keep them. The path of God’s will may seem long and winding, but it is the one that leads us into that sunset. It is the way to true freedom.
— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
(Posted Jan 22, 2020)
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 »
GOSPEL MEDITATION (Posted Jan 15, 2020)
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 19, 2020.
On the cusp of fame, power, or influence, would you turn it down? Today’s Gospel again features John the Baptist. 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 »
LET'S SPEAK ITALIAN - BEGINNERS WANTED! (Posted Jan 08, 2020)
Registration January 29th at St. Margaret's School in Burlington. Read More »
CHRISTMAS 2019 FLOWER MEMORIALS (Updated Jan 08, 2020)
We pray for the following people for whom flower memorials were also donated by their loved ones during this Christmas season. Read More »
DIVORCECARE (Posted Jan 08, 2020)
13 weeks starting on Monday, January 13 at 7:00 pm at St. Eulalia Church, Winchester. Read More »
BAPTIZING CHILDREN (Posted Jan 08, 2020)
Why do Catholics baptize infants, while some other Christian denominations wait until adulthood? Read More »
EVENING OF HEALING & INTERCESSORY PRAYER (Posted Jan 08, 2020)
Tuesday, January 28, 6pm at St. Theresa Parish, N. Reading. Read More »
RETROUVAILLE 2020 SESSIONS (Posted Dec 30, 2019)
2020 Weekends are coming up! February 21-23, 2020, June 5-7, 2020, August 21-23, 2020, November 13-15, 2020
The program is for couples with marital problems. The program is also for couples who may be cold and distant, and believe that there is no hope for their marriage. Read More »
THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD - January 5, 2020 (Posted Dec 30, 2019)
We may walk many roads when we search for God, and He leads us all the while. The men we honor today were not Jews. The Messiah wasn’t coming for them, not in the minds of Jesus’ contemporaries. These men were astrologers. They were adept at reading portents in the sky, a practice condemned in the Mosaic covenant. Read More »
MINISTRY SPOTLIGHTS - St. Patrick Parish Food Group (Posted Dec 30, 2019)
On the third Tuesday of the month, St. Patrick Parish Food Group sponsors the weekly Stoneham Community Dinner at the First Congregational Church on Church Street. Read More »
THE HOLY FAMILY ~ December 29, 2019 (Posted Dec 26, 2019)
“‘Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you.’” 725 kilometers. That’s the distance on modern roads from Bethlehem to Cairo. Assuming one covered 40km a day on foot — ambitious for two young parents and their infant son — the journey would take well over two weeks. Read More »
THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR THANK YOU (Posted Dec 26, 2019)
Dear Fr. Mario, Fr. Frank, Patrice, and parishoners, Please accept our sincere gratitude for once again holding a Christmas gift drive for our home. 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 »
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER (Updated Dec 16, 2019)
The next Weekends are March 13-15, 2020 in Duxbury, MA and April 18-19, 2020 in Brewster, MA. Read More »
PRAYER OVER THE CRÈCHE (Posted Dec 16, 2019)
God of Mary and Joseph, of shepherds and animals, bless us whenever we gaze on this manger scene. Read More »
CLERGY HEALTH AND RETIREMENT TRUST (Updated Dec 16, 2019)
Please support our priests, who through their ministry create stronger communities for all, by making a gift to the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust at clergytrust.org or by giving generously to this year’s Christmas collection. Read More »
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! (Posted Dec 16, 2019)
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who helped make our Christmas Fair a success. Read More »
SAINT JOHN"S SEMINARY SEMESTER REGISTRATION (Posted Dec 16, 2019)
SPRING 2020 SEMESTER BEGINS JANUARY 14th. Read More »
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Posted Dec 16, 2019)
Each Advent season, we prepare to welcome Jesus into the inns and stables of our hearts. But Jesus’ coming wasn’t welcomed by everyone with choirs of angels. Read More »
DISCIPLESHIP WEEK (Posted Dec 16, 2019)
This is a great opportunity for Catholic teens (Grades 9-12) who want to go deeper in their faith and spend five days with other teens from all over the diocese. Read More »
HOLY HOUR FOR LIFE (Posted Dec 16, 2019)
Sunday, January 19th at 3:00 pm. Please join Deacon Chuck for a Holy Hour for Life in the upper Church.
NEW YEAR'S EVE VIGIL MASS WITH CARDINAL SEÁN (Posted Dec 16, 2019)
Welcome the New Year at a New Year's Eve Vigil & Mass with Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap with special prayer intentions for life, peach and vocations. Read More »
THANK YOU, SFP (Posted Dec 10, 2019)
Through the generosity of parishioner Ryan Skinner, we were able to purchase much needed blinds for Our Lady of Providence Hall. We are very grateful!! Read More »
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Posted Dec 10, 2019)
Who did you come to see? A version of this question is posed by Jesus many times in the Gospels. He asks it of Andrew and John when they begin to follow him. Read More »
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Posted Dec 2, 2019)
Let us ask God to bless our family on this Second Sunday in Advent. Read More »
ALTAR FLOWER MEMORIALS for 2020 Sunday Masses (Updated Dec 2, 2019)
You have the opportunity to have flowers placed on our altar in memory of loved ones. Read More »
STONEHAM COMMUNITY DINNER (Updated Nov 22, 2019)
Saint Patrick Parish’s Food Group ministry sponsors the third Tuesday of each month. Read More »
ADVENT WREATH (Posted Nov 22, 2019)
What’s the story behind the Advent wreath? 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 »
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER (Updated Nov 13, 2019)
Learn how to be humble in your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Read More »
MISSION OF DEEDS DRIVE THANK-YOU (Posted Nov 6, 2019)
Mission of Deeds is so appreciative of all the wonderful acts of kindness from the parishioners once again this year. Read More »
SAINT PATRICK HOLIDAY HELPERS (Posted Oct 30, 2019)
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 »
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 »
STONEHAM COMMUNITY DINNER (Posted Oct 23, 2019)
Every Tuesday a delicious and nutritious meal is served to the guests at the Community Dinner. Saint Patrick Parish’s Food Group ministry sponsors the third Tuesday of each month.
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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 »
2019 CATHOLIC APPEAL (UPDATE) (Posted Aug 21, 2019)
Please help us reach our goal! Since the launch of the 2019 Catholic Appeal, St. Patrick Parish has raised $60,060.00 toward our 2019 Catholic Appeal goal of $86,211.00, leaving a shortfall of $26,151.00. Read More »
EARN A MASTER'S IN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION at MERRIMACK (Posted Jul 24, 2019)
Acquire the knowledge and ministerial experience needed to enhance the spiritual journeys of others and meet the changing needs of the spiritual community. 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 »
WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS with Fr. Jurgen Liias - Holy Land Seminar (Posted Jun 19, 2019)
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Base Tour Price: $3498.00 ~ Optional extension to Petra & Amman: $998.00 pp/do. 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.
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. 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 »
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.
INTRODUCING THE SAINT PATRICK TREE OF LIFE (Posted Jan 9, 2019)
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.
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.