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Parish News

Deliverance, Freedom, Belonging

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!

UNBOUND is a safe, loving, effective approach to prayer that helps us unlock the healing and delivering power of the Gospel in our lives using five basic responses to the Good News called the Five Keys. Trained prayer teams are available to walk with you. Order the UNBOUND book, read chapters 1-9, and sign up for a prayer session at www.housesofmercy.net.

Contact Deacon Joe for more information: [email protected] or call the parish office at 781-438-0960.

Journey to Parenthood

Are you struggling to conceive? Or do you know someone who is? Or do you just want to learn more about the Church's teaching on struggling with infertility? Then join Marc Sherman from Organic Conceptions for his talk on a revolutionary way to help couples in a natural, holistic way that does not violate the moral law in any way.

Thursday, July 25th
6pm Mass with talk to follow

St. William Church
1351 Main St. (Route 38)
Tewksbury, MA

Full information is available in the bulletin or in the downloadable flyer.


Give Blood, Save LifeIn loving memory of Michael Cappuccio
Tuesday, July 26, 2019 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Saint Patrick Church
Our Lady of Providence Hall
71 Central Street, Stoneham, MA


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The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents is a Catholic ministry for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago. Losing a child under any circumstance is horrific. Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously. Please join us for our annual one-day, spiritual retreat offered in September each year. 

Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents
at Saint Patrick Parish
One-Day Spiritual Retreat
Saturday, September 21, 2019

For more information, contact Patrice at 781-438-0200, or call Diane, Morther of Paul, at 617-542-8057, or visit the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents website at www.emfgp.org .

Pre-registration is helpful to ensure each participant a complete experience of the retreat day and may be completed through the www.emfgp.org website. Sponsored in part through the generosity of the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main Street  Stoneham, MA  02180.  A small participant fee is requested.  Scholarships are available.

Catholic Appeal


Please help us reach our goal! Since the launch of the 2019 Catholic Appeal, St. Patrick Parish has raised $59,595.00 toward our 2019 Catholic Appeal goal of $86,211.00, leaving a shortfall of $26,616.00. A sincere thank you to all who have contributed thus far. If you have not yet contributed, please consider doing so.

To join our Parish-wide effort, please find an in-pew envelope at the back of the Church or donate online at bostoncatholicappeal.org. Please be sure to select our Parish’s town & name under the “Parish Credit” field. Please note, the list is sorted by city/town then Parish name. This will ensure St. Patrick Parish receives credit for your generous contribution towards our Catholic Appeal goal!

This is OUR CHURCH - and when you support the Catholic Appeal, you support us.

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Saturday, August 17 at 9:30 am

Please join Fr. Jurgen for the screening of Unprotected: A documentary on the Catholic Church’s teachings on Marriage and sexuality as the antidote to the tragic suffering and moral chaos produced by the Sexual Revolution. Fr. Jurgen will be leading a discussion following the showing in the Parish Council Room. All are welcome.


LIFT MinistriesSaturday, August 17th
Outdoor Chapel @ LaSalette Shrine
947 Park Street, Attleboro, MA

Mass @ 4pm
BBQ immediately following Mass
LIFT @ 7pm

Join us in celebrating 13 blessed years!

In case of bad weather, event will take place inside the Welcome Center

Free to Attend ~ Open to all Ages

BBQ is $15 per person
BBQ tickets can be ordered online thru August 11th via our website
A limited number of tickets will be available onsite the day of the event

with Fr. Jurgen Liias - Holy Land Seminar

10 Days with optional extension to Petra & Amman
February 15, 2020 - March 4, 2020

Base Tour Price: $3498.00 ~ Optional extension to Petra & Amman: $998.00 pp/do

Highlights include:

  • Celebrate Mass in the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth
  • Opportunity to renew your marriage vows in Cana and to renew your Baptismal Convenant in Yardenit, baptismal site on the Jorden River.
  • "Float" on the Dead Sea and visit the Quran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found
  • Full day at leisure to explore Jerusalem on your own

Full brochures are available in the Parish Office. Questions: call Fr. Liias @ 781-223-5611.

A Congregation Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston

Come join us for a directed retreat at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA

August 6 - 14, 2019 (8 days)
August 6 - 10, 2019 (4 days)
Chris Connolly, OP, Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ,
Marybeth Harmon, Bea Ste. Marie, SSND
August 16 - 23, 2019 (7 days)
August 16-20, 2019 (4 days)
Joan Duffy, CSJ, Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ,
Patricia McDermott, IHM, Nancy Sheridan, SASV

A Directed Retreat includes an individual, daily meeting with a director. The meeting focuses on the retreatant’s experience of God, prayer and interior movements during the previous day. Within an atmosphere of total silence, there is time for personal and communal prayer, exercise and rest.

Retreatants at Glastonbury Abbey stay in Stonecrest and Whiting House. Both are air-conditioned and feature wireless internet access, ample parking, private bedrooms and individual bathrooms. The Abbey is situated on 60 acres with woods and spacious lawns, many benches, a fountain, a labyrinth, stations of the cross, an herb garden.

4 days ~ $360; 7 days ~ $630; 8 days ~ $720

A $150 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, applicable to the total cost, is required within two weeks of acceptance to reserve a room. The balance is due 10 days prior to the retreat.

For more information contact: [email protected]; 781-227-4730 -or-
Joanne Fantini, CSJA, Spiritual Ministries' Program Manager: [email protected]; 617-746-2193


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

"And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit." Allow the Holy Spirit to fill your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.

The next Weekends are Sep 14-15, 2019 in Medway, MA, and Oct 18-20, 2019 in Laconia, NH.

For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit them at https://wwmema.org/.


Dear Church,

As you know we are privileged to be able to come together to recite the Holy Rosary everyday before we celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 12:00 noon. Beginning June 17, 2019 at 11:00 am, Monday thru Saturday, we will be exposing the Most Blessed Sacrament until 11:55 am at which time it will be reposed for the Mass. Of course on Mondays and Fridays the Most Holy Eucharist will be exposed after Mass as well. This will allow us to come together to pray before Our Lord… we will begin with the Divine Mercy Chaplet and end with the Holy Rosary before the Sacrifice of the Mass.


Pregnancy Care Center Volunteer Opportunities

Mother with BabyDid you know the Pregnancy Care Center has over 75 volunteers that keep our 3 centers up and running smoothly? Make some new friends and grow in faith by volunteering at the PCC! We are looking for volunteers who love Jesus and want to help women, save lives and make a difference! Some of the opportunities include: answering the phones, stocking food shelves, mentoring clients, preparing mailings, sorting baby clothes and indoor/outdoor maintenance projects. A typical weekly shift is 3.5 hours. We are open one Saturday a month. Call us at 978.373.5718 or visit PCCFriends.org for a full listing of paid and volunteer opportunities.

All Care Hospice Volunteer Opportunities

All Care Hospice is seeking caring individuals to companion our patients. Support may include conversation, listening to music, reading aloud, reminiscing, or holding a hand. Opportunities available close to home! All Care Hospice volunteers are an important part of the care team and receive a comprehensive training along with ongoing support.

For more information or to enroll in a training, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maureen Burge
at 781.244.1129.

Say NO to Expanded Abortion Access

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.

The Massachusetts Catholic Conference page for Let Your Voice Be Heard!


Dear Church,

We’ve recently learned that, in addition to emails, scamming attempts have unfortunately progressed to sending texts to people’s cell phones seeking donations of iTunes cards, gift cards, etc. Please know that Father Frank, Bishop Peter, nor myself nor anyone on the Parish staff would ever ask for such a donation, nor would they ever contact you in this manner. When an appeal is made we post the appeal in the bulletin (as we normally do for holiday helpers) we send a letter, or make a personal call for any help for the parish or the diocese.

~ Fr. Mario


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.

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.”

During your earthly life this spiritually adopted child of yours will be known only to God but in the world to come it is hoped that you will meet the child whose life was spared by your prayers and spend eternal happiness with them.


"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.


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Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc.
Volunteers Needed!

Have you been thinking about what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others? Come be a part of our fabulous team of volunteers at Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse and Hospice, either visiting with hospice patients in the community or providing administrative support in our Malden office!

Direct Care Volunteers are the heart and soul of our Hospice program, supporting people in the community living with terminal illnesses. Thorough training and ongoing supervision is provided.

Administrative volunteers support our VNA and Hospice staff in the office with mailings, copying, answering phones, and working on special projects. We’re particularly interested in people who have a pleasant phone manner and/or a particular gift with marketing, fundraising, computer skills, and events.

Call us and see if we’re a match for you, too! Please call Allison Manheim Caplin at 781-338-7863 or email her at -[email protected]


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. Please call the parish office @ 781-438-0960 if you are interested in donating flowers for a particular weekend.


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 [email protected].


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.


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 [email protected]. As St. Augustine said “Singing is praying twice”.


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 [email protected].


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 protected].


There are charities that I choose to support and others that I may not support. I want to see the following continue for generations to come and so I contribute to their causes; The Retired Priests of the Boston Archdiocese, St Jude Hospital, St Vincent de Paul … Read More »


Dear Church,

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.

God Bless,
    ~ Fr. Mario & Fr. Frank

Saint Patrick Parish Fiscal Year End June 2018 Actual vs. Budget
Saint Patrick School Fiscal Year End June 2018 Actual vs. Budget


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.

Sponsored by Hospice Services of Massachusetts


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 [email protected] or call (857)363-8194.


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 protected].


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.


Hand Reaching OutOur 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.


Senior Corps RSVP logoREADING 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 protected].


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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.


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.


Knights of Columbus LogoThe 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.


“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
  –- Jesus

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: [email protected] or stop by the Religious Education Office Mon.-Thurs. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.


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.


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.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul logoWe 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.


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 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.


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 protected]


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.


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


Dear Parents,

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 [email protected]. 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.

Thank you,
Deacon Charles (Chuck) G. Hanafin


1060AM Catholic Radio Logo1060AM 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.


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.

www.emfgp.org[email protected]