Saint Stephen Parish
221 Concord St,
Framingham Massachusetts 01702.
Saturday: 4 p.m,
Sunday: 7 a.m., 9 a.m.
Saturday: 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m
Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m.
Monday to Friday 12:10 p.m. during Lent.
Wednesday: 7 p.m. (in Spanish)
HOLY DAY MASSES
Saturdays from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. and
Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Rev. Francisco J. Anzoátegui, Pastor
Rev. Gabino O. Macias, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Peter F. DeFazio, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Albert H. Stankard, Senior Priest in residence.
Deacon: Pedro L. Torres
Deacon: Alfredo Nieves
Music Director and Organist: Cynthia Angelini
Religious Education Coordinator:
James J. Drummey
Assistant Coordinator: María M. Nieves
Pastoral Associate: Enrique Méndez
Secretary: Gloria Villamil
Financial Manager: Robert Percheski
Sacristan: Pat Robinson
Building and Grounds Supervisor:
Family Day a Great Success !!!!!
Despite the oppressively hot day, our annual Family Day Festival was a great success — financially and socially. We can’t say enough about the dedication of our volunteers, who provided a variety of food and drink for the many hundreds who visited the festival. Only a love for this parish could have prompted this dedication and the out-pouring of support. Many thanks to all who worked at and attended the festival.
Next week we will be able to give you the totals of this fund raiser, it was a great success, and we keep moving forward as a faith community, building God’s Kingdom in our Parish. Thank you!
New CDs and Books Available in the Church
— On the kiosks in the front foyer of the church, you will find new CDs containing interesting talks on various aspects of our Catholic Faith. There are also some books available, including Catholic Replies 1 and Catholic Replies 2, Who Do You Say That I Am?, and All Generations Will Call Me Blessed — all written by our own Jim Drummey.
Will Everyone Go to Heaven?
There are people today who think that God is so loving and merciful that no matter how people live their lives, eve-ryone will go to Heaven. But that doesn’t make sense (Would you expect to see Mother Teresa standing next to Hitler?), and it sure doesn’t sound like Jesus in today’s Gospel from St. Luke.
When He was asked if only a few people would be saved, Jesus replied that the gate to Heaven is “narrow” and many will not be strong enough to enter it. And when those standing outside say, but, Lord, “we ate and drank in your company,” Christ will say, “I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!”
In Matthew’s account of the same incident, he quotes Jesus as saying, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few” (Matthew7:13-14).
There has been much speculation about what Jesus meant by “many” and “few,” but such speculation is foolish. That some people will wind up in Hell is an unpleasant fact, and it would be better for us to consider Jesus’ many warnings about Hell (e.g., chapter 25 of Matthew) as an urgent call to turn away from sin and back toward God.
God wants everyone to be saved and get to Heaven (cf. 1 Timothy 2:4) and sends no one to Hell. People choose eternal punishment for themselves by making conscious choices not to follow God and to reject His Commandments. It is up to each one of us to make only choices that are pleasing to God so that we can enjoy everlasting happi-ness with Him in Heaven.
Is One Religion as Good as Another?
In recent weeks, two Catholics have told us that God doesn’t care what religion a person belongs to, that all reli-gions are basically the same in leading us to God. This sounds reasonable on the surface, but it couldn’t be more wrong. For different religions teach many false and contra-dictory things.
For example, some say that God exists; some say He doesn’t. Some say there is a Hell; some say there isn’t. Some say it’s okay to kill babies by abortion; some say it isn’t. Can religions that hold such opposite beliefs be equal-ly true and pleasing to God? Of course not.
Or look at it this way. Would you rather live under Chris-tianity, which preaches love of neighbor, or under Islam, which preaches death to those who will not worship Allah? Would it be better to follow Jesus, who advocated love of one’s enemies, or Mohammed, who advocated the destruc-tion of one’s enemies?
The idea that one religion is as good as another is ab-surd, said Pope St. John XXIII, because it makes “no dis-tinction between truth and falsehood.” He asked, “How can God, who is truth, approve or tolerate the indifference, ne-glect, and sloth of those who attach no importance to mat-ters on which our eternal salvation depends?”
He said that this attitude “is directed to the destruction of all religions, but particularly the Catholic Faith, which can-not be placed on a level with other religions without serious injustice since it alone is true. Moreover, to contend that there is nothing to choose between contradictories and op-posites can only lead to this fatal conclusion: reluctance to accept any religion either in theory or practice.”
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