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Project Rachel   PROJECT RACHEL
    FOR HOPE AND HEALING AFTER ABORTION
    508.651.1300

Project Rachel is a confidential Catholic outreach ministry offering hope and healing to women and men hurting from past abortions.

Project Rachel is named after the Old Testament figure Rachel, who weeps inconsolably for her children “who are no more” until God came to her, offering hope for her future.

(Jeremiah 31:15-17)

(Posted Aug 05, 2020)

28TH ANNUAL POPE ST. JOHN XXIII NATIONAL SEMINARY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Logo

The 28th Annual Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, August 31st, at The Weston Golf Club. This premier charity event is held to benefit the educational program for the seminarians. Tuition covers only half the cost of educating a seminarian and the proceeds from this tournament will help bridge the gap and keep the cost of educating them affordable. The $250 player entry includes boxed lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart, hole in one prizes and a seminary themed gift. To register, call Kate Folan at 781-899-5500 or visit www.psjs.edu.

(Posted Aug 05, 2020)

6-WEEK VIRTUAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Wednesday Evenings,
Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 – Oct. 7, & 14 via Zoom,
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Hands Hugging Heart

Grieving is a challenging and painful experience on its own. Grieving during this time of pandemic can be complicated by the isolation and loneliness of social distancing. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, whether due to COVID-19 or another cause, you are not alone. Connecting with others who share a similar experience of mourning during the isolation and uncertainty of this time can be comforting.

Please join our Grief Support Group to connect with others virtually on Wednesday evenings, September 9, 16, 23, 30 – October 7 & 14. Together, we will explore the grieving process and consider the spiritual elements of grief and healing grounded in Christian hope. For more information, please call Patrice Fitzpatrick, Pastoral Associate, at 781-438-0200 or email [email protected] to register by Wednesday, September 2.

If you are not comfortable using this technology, our Virtual Grief Drop-In Meetings on the second Monday of each month offer phone-in attendance. Please call for more information. There is no charge for participating in these groups, which are sponsored by the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main Street, Stoneham.

You will need a computer, tablet, or a smart phone that has a camera in order to participate in these virtual meetings. This technology is easy to use and we can assist you in getting started. If you are not comfortable using this technology, our Virtual Grief Drop-In Meetings on the second Monday of each month offer phone-in attendance. Please call Patrice for more information. There is no charge for participating in these groups, which are sponsored by the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main Street, Stoneham.

(Posted Aug 05, 2020)

SEEKING ANSWERS TO LIFE’S WEIGHTY QUESTIONS?
Join Our R.C.I.A. Gatherings

RCIAAdversity often leads us to consider the deeper questions of life. During this time of pandemic, we are apt to see things from a different perspective than we might have done just a few months ago. Many of us find ourselves thinking about the bigger picture: questioning what was once so clear to us, or wondering about our purpose in this life.

Illness, death, and suffering often bring these types of questions to the forefront, for obvious reasons. These past months of COVID-19 crisis, with months more of uncertainty ahead, are no different. As we face challenges to our health and finances, and witness injustice and division around us, our hearts turn to the more weighty questions of life and seek more profound answers.

The same may also be true for times of joy and new beginnings, such as surround marriage and the birth of children. In these blessings, as in times of adversity, our hearts seek the transcendent.

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.

If you are not baptized, were baptized in another Christian faith, or are an unconfirmed Catholic, call Patrice Fitzpatrick, our Pastoral Associate, at 781-438-0200 for more information about the Saint Patrick Parish R.C.I.A. program. We will meet virtually via Zoom each week beginning this fall. All are welcome and there is no commitment required to explore life’s purpose in relationship with Jesus grounded in the Catholic faith. I hope to speak with you soon.

(Posted Aug 05, 2020)

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME MEDITATION

GOSPEL MEDITATION

ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE

Be still and know that I am God. Silence is sacred. Silence speaks the language of the soul and is the foundation of all life and eternity itself. Silence takes us beyond the limits of our minds and allows us to seek and to love the essence of all love, perfect love, and being. In silence, we can be non-verbally present to things and to God in ways that words cannot accomplish. We can discover, encounter, and be present to truths that our minds struggle to conceive and then set aside the boxes we put around things when comprehending them is challenging. We can know the unknowable and touch eternity when we encounter the core silence in our souls.

We can do this even on a noisy street and in the midst of the greatest distraction. Once we have made friends with silence, the rambling noise of the world no longer seems to matter, and we can carry a deep forgiving peace within us, even when physical silence cannot be found. We know that we are loved, cared for, sustained, nourished, embraced, and carried. There is nothing to fear in silence, and I can be present to

My Soul is at Peace

myself in the same way that God is present to me. I can see myself as God sees me. All of my faults, weaknesses, imperfections, failings, and sinfulness melt away in the abundance of God’s mercy. All of the worldly things we see as being important no longer are.

It is in silence that all of the barriers that divide us disappear. There is no more “yours” and “mine” but only the oneness of “ours.” There is no longer a need to “figure things out,” and we tap into our desire to simply let things be, Silence is creative and powerful and gives us hope. Silence is God’s greatest blessing.

 

God became one with humanity in silence. It allows us to be one with all of creation, with the moon and the stars and all of the creatures God has made. The smallest particle of creation radiates with beauty. Silence allows us to soar beyond ourselves and connect in ways that the mind can only imagine. When all is quiet, we begin to that it is only our fear that keeps us from the Lord. It is our fear that causes us to sink and to fail. We can hear the gentle whisper that tells us to reach for God’s hand. We discover that we yearn for the salvation and wholeness that only God can give to us. Be still my soul and be at peace.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” - Mt 11:28-30

Exceprts from the Lectionary for Mass c2001, 1998, 1970 CCD.

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(Posted Aug 05, 2020)

OLDER ITEMS

CONGRATULATIONS ALANA AND GIANNA (Posted Jul 28, 2020)

Congratulations Alana & Gianna who received their First Holy Communion this past weekend. See More »


CONNECTING (Posted Jul 28, 2020)

“Finding creative ways to connect with some of our youngest parishioners!” Read More »


EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Posted Jul 28, 2020)

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EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME MEDITATION (Posted Jul 28, 2020)

Encourage deeper understanding of scripture. 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 »


LIFT MINISTRIES EVENT CANCELLATION (Posted Jul 22, 2020)

We have had to make the decision to cancel our Anniversary Event on August 15th. Read More »


IGNATIAN VOLUNTEER CORPS (IVC) NEW ENGLAND (Posted Jul 22, 2020)

IVC, a yearlong volunteer opportunity for women and men 50 years of age and better, is recruiting volunteers for the up-coming (September to June) year. 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 »


LIVE THE LITURGY - 17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Posted Jul 22, 2020)

Delight in Him Always. Read More »


RESPONDING TO THE CALL (Posted Jul 22, 2020)

Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments. Read More »


LET’S PRAY TOGETHER ~ THE ROSARY (Posted Jul 08, 2020)

Wednesdays at 3:00 pm via Zoom. Join us Wednesday afternoons at 3:00 to pray the Rosary via Zoom. You can join by phone or by using a smart phone, tablet or computer. Read More »


5-WEEK VIRTUAL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP (Posted Jun 29, 2020)

Wednesday Evenings, July 22 – August 12, & 26 via Zoom, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Grieving during this time of pandemic can be a very challenging and painful experience. If you have lost a loved one, whether due to COVID-19 or another cause, you may feel isolated and alone in your grief during this time of social distancing. Connecting with others who share a similar experience of mourning amid the isolation and uncertainty of this time can provide comfort and support. Read More »


MY LIFE, MY HEALTH (Posted Jun 29, 2020)

Is living with a persistent health condition preventing you from really living? Join us for a FREE six-session community workshop designed to give adults with chronic conditions (such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma) and/or their caregivers the knowledge and skills needed to take a more active role in their healthcare. 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 »


GOSPEL REFLECTION by Deacon Frank (Posted Jun 24, 2020)

Jesus tells us this week: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Putting God first - even before those you love here on earth. It’s an interesting concept, one that challenges our human thinking. Read More »


THANK YOU SO MUCH! (Posted Jun 17, 2020)

Well, we did it! We had our first weekend Masses and it was not only Holy and beautiful, it was good - Because God is Good - All the Time! Read More »


ALTAR FLOWER MEMORIALS for 2020 Sunday Masses (Updated Jun 17,2020)

Each weekend you have the opportunity to donate the weekend arrangement on the altar in memory of loved ones. The flower arrangement will be the one piece placed in front of the main altar. Read More »


REFLECTION ON THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY By Anthony Foti, Deacon Aspirant, Class of 2020 ~ (Posted Jun 17, 2020)

Today, one of the most popular Marian devotions in the Catholic Church is that of the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In celebrating the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary we commemorate the interior life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Read More »


THE PASSION PLAY IN OBERAMMERGAU PILGRIMAGE (Updated Jun 24, 2020)

Update: The Passion Play in Oberammergau is cancelled for this year. Read More »


A NOTE OF FAREWELL…… (Posted Jun 10, 2020)

Dear Fr. Mario, Fr. Frank, Deacons and all the Parishioners of St. Patrick

Peace be with you!

It has been a graced-moment to pray with God's people at St. Patrick's parish. Read More »


JUNE 19TH SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS ~ Reflection on the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Deacon Joe Cooley (Posted Jun 10, 2020)

O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, may the whole world burn with love for You!

Friends, have you ever hurt someone, really hurt someone? Read More »


THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (Posted Jun 03, 2020)

The greatest Mystery of all time is the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity cannot be fully understood, or solved, or explained like a differential equation. It is difficult to speak about the Holy Trinity, we simply do not have the language to do so. Trinity is God, and we can never fully comprehend God with a human heart and a human mind. Trinity is not to be solved. Trinity is to be believed, to be worshipped, and to be adored. Why? For the simple reason that God revealed this Divine Truth to us. Read More »


PENTECOST REFLECTION Deacon Frank (Posted May 31, 2020)

The Pascal Candle is next to the ambo. It is lit for all the masses, even though you haven’t been in the church, we are still lighting this candle. We started lighting it at the Easter Vigil. An empty church, just like today, and have lit it for every mass we held in this sacred space. That includes a very small wedding last weekend, that had been previously scheduled. Read More »


HOME IS WHERE YOUR MOTHER IS by Father Jürgen Liias (Posted May 21, 2020)

I visited my mother’s grave today for Mother’s Day. She died in June 2011. Six months later I decided to become a Catholic and seek ordination as a Catholic Priest, God willing and the Pope willing (only the Pope can authorize the ordination of a married man.) Read More »


THE FLOWER SHOPS SEEM TO BE CLOSED Reflection by Fr. Oates 5/11/20 (Posted May 13, 2020)

In the Gospel of Luke written about 80-100 AD, we meet Mary as a young virgin married to Joseph. That story is only twelve verses long and it shows Mary as obedient to God’s will. Luke has supplied us with the most details about Mary and has become the model upon which others built to characterize the mother of God. 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!


RETROUVAILLE 2020 SESSIONS (Updated Apr 29, 2020)

2020 Weekends are coming up! August 21-23, 2020 and November 13-15, 2020. Read More »


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 »


ONLINE & ELECTRONIC GIVING (Posted Mar 18, 2020)

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. The parish is still responsible for payment of salaries and benefits for our dedicated employees, heating, electric, and water bills, routine maintenance of our Parish buildings, and other monthly bills amounting to approximately $95,000 per month. 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 »


STONEHAM COMMUNITY DINNER (Updated Jan 29, 2020)

(Suspended) Every Tuesday at First Congregation Church, 1 Church Street. 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 » or see The Massachusetts Catholic Conference page for Let Your Voice Be Heard!


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 »


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 »


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.


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.