Saint Stephen Parish
221 Concord St,
Framingham Massachusetts 01702.
Parish Information Center
Saturday: 4 p.m,
Sunday: 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m.
Saturday: 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m
Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m. (in Spanish)
Saturdays from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Thursdays before First Friday 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Rev. Francisco J. Anzoátegui, Pastor
Rev. Gabino O. Macias, Parochial Vicar
Deacon: Pedro L. Torres
Deacon: Alfredo Nieves
Seminarian Deacon: Bruce Barnett
Kim Lisbon and Gonzalo Galan
Religious Education Coordinator:
James J. Drummey
Maria M. Nieves
Secretary: Gloria Villamil
Financial Manager: Mary Sanning
Sacristan: Mily Nieves
Building and Grounds Supervisor:
Cemetery Director: Joseph Vielick
INDULGENCES FOR THE
SOULS IN PURGATORY
I. On All Souls Day (November 2), a plenary indulgence that is applicable only to the Poor Souls is granted to those who visit any parish church and there recite one Our Father and one Apostles' Creed. This act can release one soul from Purgatory if all of the conditions listed below are met.
II. On all the days from November 1st through November 8th, inclusive, a plenary indulgence applicable only to the Poor Souls is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed.
Here are the conditions for both indulgences:
1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.
2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace at the time the work is completed.
3. Freedom from attachment to a particular sin, even venial sin, is necessary, or the indulgence is only partial.
4. Holy Communion must be received each time the inadulgence is sought.
5. Prayers must be recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. For example: the Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and at the end, "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen."
6. A sacramental Confession must be made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. One Confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, is sufficient.
Soap for Those in Prison — As we have done in past years, we will be collecting bars of soap to be distributed to inmates in area prisons in time for Christmas. There are baskets at the doors of the Church. All the donations must be in by December 1st. Your help in this work of mercy would be welcomed.
Praying for the Souls in Purgatory
All Souls Day next Friday reminds us of our duty to pray for the souls in Purgatory. This is a place or state where persons who died in God’s friendship are detained for a time before going to Heaven. They will eventually get to Heaven, but only after undergoing a period of purification because of unforgiving venial sins on their soul or because they had not made up for the temporal punishment due from mortal sins that had been forgiven.
For example, a person who had been in serious sin, but repented just before death, would not be holy enough to go right to Heaven, but would need to atone after death for his sins. Or perhaps a person had no mortal sins on her soul when she died, but still had engaged in lesser sins for which she had not properly atoned.
Jesus said that there are some sins that cannot be forgiven “either in this age or in the age to come” (Matt. 12:32). Persons in Heaven do not need forgiveness in the age to come, and those in Hell cannot get forgiveness, so Jesus must have been talking about Purgatory.
Think of it as removing nails from a board, with the nails representing our sins. The removal of the nails means that our sins have been forgiven, but the holes still have to be filled in. We fill them in and make up for our sins by prayer, fasting, and penance. If we don’t do enough in this life, then we will have to make up for our sins in Purgatory.
Family Day at Saint Stephen Parish, in Framingham Massachusetts. Family day celebrated on August 26, 2018. Homily by Father Paco. Video recorded and edited by OMC. Osvaldo & Margarita. C.
Children’s Choir — Our Children’s Choir will sing at the 8:30 a.m. Mass today, October 14th, as well as on November 11th, and December 9th. Rehearsals for those in grades 1-8 will continue on Sundays from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the St. Paul Room of the School, except for the days when the choir will be singing. We need more good singers, so we invite you to join the choir if you are in grades 1-8.
Saint Stephen Parish - Framingham Massachusetts