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:
Blessing of Homes on Feast of Epiphany
The Church has a custom of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany and the week fol-lowing. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk blessed during the
Epiphany liturgy and write above the home’s entryway,
The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three Magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless this house.” The “+” signs represent the Cross, and 2017 is the year.
We will bless the chalk at all the Epiphany Masses on January 7th and 8th and have the prayers ready for those who wish to do this blessing. Just pick up your envelope after the Epiphany Masses and do the blessing the same day or the following week. The blessing can be done by a priest, a deacon, or the head of the family.
A Prayer for the New Year
(The following prayer was composed by a nun back in the 17th century. It offers good advice for those of us living in the 21st century as well.)
LORD, Thou knowest better than I know that I am growing older. Keep me from the fatal habit of think-ing I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straight-en out everybody’s affairs.
Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to want to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for the grace to endure the tales of others’ pains, but help me to endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for an improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint — some of them are so hard to live with — but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me the grace, Lord, to tell them so. Amen.
— Every January for the past 100 years, Christian churches worldwide have offered special prayers for the healing of past wounds to Christian unity. The Gospel tells us that Jesus prayed that all his disciples would be one, as He and the Father are one. So during the week from January 18th to the 25th we call upon the Holy Spirit to bring together in unity all those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
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