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WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER

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 Weekend isOct 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/.


 NATIONAL FRIENDS OF THE POOR® WALK

FootprintsSaturday, September 28th
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us for a one-mile walk up and down Main Street in Stoneham to support local families in need. The cost to register is $10 and all proceeds go directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Saint Patrick Parish.

The walk will begin in Our Lady of Providence Hall at 9 am. Bring your walker registration form and donation sealed together in an envelope & drop it in one of the baskets by the door.

To download forms, visit our website at http://www.stpatreled.org/friends-walk/


6-WEEK GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Offered at Saint Patrick Parish this Fall

Wednesday Evenings, October 16 – November 20,
6:00 – 7:30 pm
here at Saint Patrick Parish

Please call Patrice Fitzpatrick at 781-438-0200 for information and to register. More information will follow.


PALLIATIVE CARE AND ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

The SANCTITY OF LIFE MINISTRY of the Reading Catholic Community will host a Palliative Care presentation this month by Diane McCarthy, Parish Education Coordinator for the Archdiocesan Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning.

Palliative care is often misunderstood. It is sometimes thought to be exclusively for people who are receiving hospice care at the end of their lives, but palliative care is actually a comprehensive approach to care for those with serious illness from the moment of their diagnosis. It is a way for people to live better with serious illness that is entirely consistent with Catholic teaching, continuing the holistic healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Please join a discussion and presentation by the Archdiocese of Boston’s Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning at the Saint Athanasius Parish Activity Center on Wednesday September 18th at 7:00-8:30 PM, with RSVP to Ken Charest at [email protected] or 781-572-5535 for refreshment planning purposes.


#Mercy

HOPE Conference 2019 -- #MERCY

Steeped in Catholic tradition, this full day conference promises to refuel hungry hearts and ignite the cooling ashes of smoldering faith. With four powerful talks, praise and worship music, the celebration of Holy Mass, Adoration, and Reconciliation, attendees will experience the joy and Holy Hope that comes from sharing the fullness of faith with community. COME - and be engulfed in the glorious #MERCY of the One true Source :

#MERCY
October 5, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 8:00)
Lowell Memorial Auditorium


Retrouvaille

Is your marriage going down the right road … or is it a little off track? Life can be difficult, and so can the challenges you face in marriage.

Does the distance between you seem wide? Are you already separated? Looking for a better way? Retrouvaille can help and offers hope for a better relationship. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication, build intimacy and heal, just as they have done in their own marriages. Retrouvaille is Christian-based, and Catholic in origin, but welcomes couples of all faiths as well as non-religious couples. Retrouvaille can help get your relationship back on track.

For more information about an upcoming Retrouvaille Weekend program for couples,contact [email protected] or visit our website: HelpOurMarriage.org

The next weekend is November 8-10


PLEASE PRAY FOR GRIEVING PARENTS OVER THE NEXT WEEK
Emmaus Retreat for Grieving Parents -- Saturday, September 21

We invite all parishioners to keep participants of our upcoming Emmaus Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parent’s, which will be here at Saint Patrick next Saturday, in their thoughts and prayers over the next week.

A bereavement novena that can be said for these parents who are suffering after the loss of a child is available online at:

http://gravestones.ie/memorial-verses/memorial-prayers/bereavement-novena/

or see Patrice for a printed copy. You may start the novena at any point over the next week, and please keep in special prayer all those grief-stricken parents who will be with us next Saturday.


WHO IS THE DEACON?

Have You Ever Wondered “Who is the Deacon and Am I One to be Called?”

If you are single or a sacramentally married, faith filled Catholic man, who loves the Church, would love to serve Christ and the Church as a minister of Charity, Word and Sacrament, you may discern God’s possible call to the Permanent Diaconate.

St. Maria Goretti Parish is hosting Session 1 of a 3 session Permanent Diaconate Inquirers Program September 30th, 2019 at 7pm. The following 2 sessions will be held at the Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, Tuesday, November 5 at 7pm and Saturday, November 16, 9am-2pm. This is a half day Discernment Retreat. Lunch will be provided.

If you are married, you are strongly encouraged to attend all 3 events with your wife.

This first session will discuss “Who is the deacon”, and address any questions you may have regarding the role and work of the deacon in the Church and community.

The Diaconate Formation Program is 4 years in length and is open to single and married men who will be between the ages of 35-65 at the time of ordination.

St. Maria Goretti Parish is located at 112 Chestnut Street, Lynnfield, MA

To register or for more information please call: Deacon Christopher Connelly at 617-746-5649 or email: [email protected] or Deacon Tom O’Shea at 781-910-7263/ email at [email protected]


TOP REASONS TO OPPOSE ASSISTED SUICIDE

Read the full version at
respectlife.org/reasons-against-assisted-suicide.

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 -- especially the dangers for those who are poor, elderly, disabled, or without access to good medical care. Consider that, in Oregon and California, some patients’ health insurance offered to pay for assisted suicide but not treatment. And in states where assisted suicide is legal, often no psychiatric evaluation or treatment is required. Additionally, assisted suicide fosters discrimination by creating two classes of people: those whose suicides spend millions of dollars to prevent and those whose suicides we assist and treat as a positive good.

This is a summary of a USCCB Respect Life Program article by the same name
and is reprinted with permission. © 2019, USCCB Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.


POPE ST. JOHN XXIII NATIONAL SEMINARY LAWN PARTY

Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts is hosting its 38th Annual Lawn Party on Wednesday, September 25th, at 6:00 P.M, on the grounds of the Seminary. This premiere fundraising event is hosted by His Eminence, Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap. The evening will include a reception and dinner with music. Located on Route 30 in Weston, the Seminary prepares second career candidates, men over the age of 30, for priesthood. The proceeds from the Lawn Party help to keep tuition costs affordable. You can make a difference and encourage the vocations of these men through your support of the Lawn Party.

For tickets: https://psjs.edu/lawn-party or call 781-810-1923.


Choir
CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Calling all children…..come and join our Children’s choir this year! We welcome new members from grade 2 and up. Rehearsal is every Sunday at 9:00 am and we sing twice a month at the 10:00 am Family Mass. We will have a lot of fun singing and praying, learning about music, teamwork and our faith. 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].

Rehearsals begin Thursday September 22nd and our first Mass is October 6, 2019.


ADULT CHOIR

Please come and join St. Patrick’s Adult Choir this year! Rehearsals are every Thursday night from 6:30pm until 8:00pm and the choir sings every other week at different Masses throughout the year. You need not have a beautiful voice to join the choir as many ordinary voices can make a beautiful sound. Please consider giving your time and talent to this ministry as music adds so much to Liturgy. As St. Augustine said “Singing is praying twice”. 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].

Rehearsals begin Thursday, Sept. 12th and our first Mass is Sunday September 15th @ 6:00 pm.


YOUTH CHOIR

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].


Catholic Appeal

2019 CATHOLIC APPEAL (UPDATE)

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. 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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 FREE CHRONIC PAIN SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Is living with chronic pain affecting your life? Chronic pain may cause sleep loss, increased stress and loss of motivation around everyday activities. Learn to manage pain and continue living a fulfilling life through this FREE six-session evidence-based self-management program. Wednesdays, September 25th - October 30th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Mountain View Terrace Apartments, 200 Mountain View Drive; Stoneham. Sponsored by Melrose Wakefield Healthcare, Inc. Registration is required SPACE IS LIMITED please call 781-338-7823.


EARN A MASTER'S IN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

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  • Spiritual Direction (Certificate)
  • Interfaith Spirituality (Certificate)

Acquire the knowledge and ministerial experience needed to enhance the spiritual journeys of others and meet the changing needs of the spiritual community.

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UNBOUND:
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.


SERVING THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF GRIEVING PARENTS

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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
9:30am-7:30pm


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.


WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
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.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.


LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
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!


SCAM ALERT!

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


OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
INTERCESSOR OF THE UNBORN

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.


STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL SEÁN’S BLOG

"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.


HALLMARK HEALTH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Hallmark Health Systems logo   Hallmark Health
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]


ALTAR FLOWER MEMORIALS

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 IN OBERAMMERGAU PILGRIMAGE

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].


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.


SAINT PATRICK PARISH GRAND ANNUAL 2018 - 2019

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 »


FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS

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


FOOD GROUP HELP NEEDED

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.


HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Sponsored by Hospice Services of Massachusetts

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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.


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. 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].


LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

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.


PLEASE, CAN YOU HELP?

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 READING PARTNERS

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].


MEDICARE COVERAGE OF THE SHINGLES VACCINE

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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.


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...

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.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

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.


VOLUNTEER FOR THE HOSPITALITY TEAM

“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.


 LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GIVE BACK?

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.


INTRODUCING THE SAINT PATRICK TREE OF LIFE

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

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.


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.


"GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS..."

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

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.


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


ALTAR SERVER PERMISSION SLIP

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

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.


EMMAUS MINISTRY FOR GRIEVING PARENTS

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]