Sunday, September 29th at 3 pm In the Grotto at front of the Church
St. Francis was born in the 12th century, lived in Italy and founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.
While St. Francis is remembered for his generosity to the poor and his willingness to minister to the lepers, the thing he is most well known for is his love for animals and nature. After all, he is the patron saint of animals and the environment.
This year, his feast day falls on September 29 and people all over the world will be celebrating. In remembrance of his love for all sentient beings, families bring their pets to church for a blessing.
Here at Saint Patrick Parish, the Blessing of the Animals will be held outside by the Grotto on Sunday, September 29th at 3pm. All animals big or small are welcome!
NATIONAL FRIENDS OF THE POOR® WALK Saturday, September 28th @ 9:00 am – 10:00, Saint Patrick Parish
Help support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Saint Patrick Parish!
Join us for a one-mile walk up and down Main Street in Stoneham to support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The cost to register as a walker is $10 and all proceeds will go directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Saint Patrick Parish.
The “Walk” route is from the big parking lot behind Saint Patrick Church to the South School parking lot and back!
The St. Vincent de Paul Society provides food and other emergency assistance to local residents. The people they help are your neighbors & friends. Just think – when the winter storms begin to blow, there will be children right here in Stoneham who will have a good meal or heat in their homes as a direct result of your efforts.
Each year our Walk raises thousands of dollars for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. We hope this year will be another great success!
Religious Education students who sign up for the walk will earn 1 hour of service time for registering and an additional hour for every supporting sponsor ($10) they recruit.
All students are welcome to join us! Children in grades 1-4 must be accompanied by an adult. Older children may walk with the group, but must turn in a signed permission form before the walk in order to participate.
The walk will begin with a gathering in Our Lady of Providence Hall. Bring your registration form and donation sealed together in an envelope and drop it in one of the baskets by the door.
Walker & Sponsor Form: Please download this form and return it with your donations before the walk.
James Martin, S.J. author of “My Life with the Saints,” introduces you to his favorite saints in a new DVD “Who Cares about the Saints?” released by Loyola Productions. Fr. Martin’s lively commentary along with dramatic photos and artwork brings to life the lives of Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Joan of Arc, Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa, Ignatius Loyola, Bernadette Soubirous, Pope John XXIII, Therese of Liseux, Joseph, Peter, and Mary, Mother of Jesus.