71 Central St. Stoneham, MA 02180

The Story of the Stained Glass Windows at St Patrick Parish

The Story of the Stained Glass Windows at St Patrick Parish

At the entrance of the church from the parking lot is the Saint Benedict Door. It features a stained-glass window of St. Benedict with the Benedictine greeting, “PAX” (peace). This window of St. Benedict, with the Abbey of Monte Cassino in the background, is a commissioned piece by the St. Patrick Parish in recognition of the large number of our parishioners who trace their family roots to the town of Cassino where St. Benedict established his monastery. This window honors our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. Stained Glass Window - Jesus with the ChildrenThe windows in the upper section of the St. Benedict Door come from St. Aidan Parish in Brookline. They depict the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, Jesus with the Children, and the Easter Sunday appearance of the Risen Christ to Mary Magdalene.

The plaza in front of the St. Benedict Door features a Shrine for the Unborn Child. The statue of Jesus with the children is a place of solace and remembrance for families who have lost children through miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion. We commend these little ones to the loving embrace of Jesus. The Shrine of the Unborn is a gift of the Stoneham Council, #489 of the Knights of Columbus. The bench at the shrine area honors Father John Mark Hannon for his long-standing commitment to the pro-life cause.

Stained Glass Window - The AnunciationThe upper section of the tower on Central Street features four stained-glass windows from St. Aidan Parish in Brookline with depictions of the Annunciation, the Agony in the Garden, St. Joseph and St. Catherine. The focus of these windows in Christian Vocation as Our Blessed Mother, at the Annunciation and Jesus, at Gethsemane challenge us with their total openness to God’s will. St. Joseph and Stained Glass Window - Saint Catherine of SienaSt. Catherine of Siena represent all of the men and women of faith who have sought to discern God’s will in the course of their daily lives. The window of the Agony in the Garden has been designed as our lasting memorial to the men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

As you look to the back of our sanctuary, the beautiful oak-carved reredos is a gift from the Immaculate Conception Parish in Cambridge. The tabernacle, placed at the center of the reredos is the gift of St. Joseph Parish in Hyde Park. Providentially, the green marble base of the tabernacle coordinates perfectly with the connemara marble of our own base that includes sections of the altar rail from St. Margaret Parish in Brockton. It is possible to peer through the spiral columns of the base to view the altar stone with the relics. The relics in our church altar are those of St. John Bosco, St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

The magnificent stained-glass window in the center of the sanctuary is a ‘glimpse into heaven’ as Christ the King is surrounded by the saints and angels. This extraordinary window comes from St. Aidan Parish in Brookline.

Stained Glass Window - Saint Therese of LisieuxThe windows that flank the Christ the King window honor our patron, St. Patrick and St. Brigid of Kildare. There were stained-glass windows of these two saints in the sanctuary of our early church and there were statues of them enshrined in the niches of the gothic altar during a later period of time. These windows are a gift of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Brockton, along with the other windows of the saints that line the Pomeworth Street wall of the church. From left to right, the windows depict St. Michael the Archangel, St. James the Apostle, St. Patrick and St. Therese of Lisieux. The window of St. Michael the Archangel honors our architect, Angelo Michael Petrozelli.

Most recently, after the renovation of the lower Church, we utilized some of the stained-glass windows from our Parish Convent which was located on Pomeworth St.

Please take an opportunity to view the beautiful stained-glass windows which have been placed in the hallway to the lower Church as well as on in the altar area.