Saint Stephen Parish - Framingham Massachusetts, USA, Chatolic Parish, Church
Saint Stephen Parish
221 Concord St,
Framingham Massachusetts 01702.
Mondays - Saturdays 8:00 AM
Saturdays 4:00 PM
Sundays 7:00 AM y 9:00 AM
Espanol: Domingos 11 AM
Rev. Francisco J. Anzoátegui
Rev. Albert H. Stankard
Rev. Gabino O. Macias, Parochial Vicar
Guy J. Spiri
Pedron L. Torres
Alfredo Nieves and Mrs. Maria Nieves
James. J. Drummey
Assistant Coordinator: María M. Nieves
Building and Ground Supervisor:
Sins That Cry Out to Heaven for Vengeance
Today’s reading from the Letter of St. James says that God heard the cries of the workers in the fields who were unjustly deprived of their wages, and He punished those who were guilty. There are three other places in the Bible where we find grave sins mentioned — murder, sodomy, and oppression of the poor — that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. Here they are: Willful murder — After Cain killed his brother Abel, God said to Cain: “What have you done! Listen: your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil” (Genesis 4:10). Sodomy — Before He destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of the homosexual behavior of their habitants, the Lord said to Abraham: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I mean to find out” (Genesis 18:20). (To those who say that the sin of Sodom was inhospitality to angels, St. Jude [1:7] says that the people of the city “indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice” and suffered “a punishment of eternal fire.”) Oppression of the poor — After the flight of Moses from Egypt, “A long time passed, during which the king of Egypt died. Still the Israelites groaned and cried out because of their slavery. As their cry of release went up to God, he heard their groaning and was mindful of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Exodus 2:23). These are not necessarily the four worst sins — in the early Church, the worst sins included adultery, blasphemy, and apostasy — but they have been singled out in Scripture because the cries of their victims were heard by God.
Those in Need at Thanksgiving and Christmas
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is once again inviting your generosity in aiding members of our Parish who in need of assis-tance during the holiday season. We will be providing a full dinner at each holiday, as well as children’s gifts at Christmas. We will be as discreet as possible and treat all requests with confidentiality. If you are aware of a parishioner who needs help, please call the Rectory Office at 508-875-4788 before October 29th for Thanksgiving and before November 28th for Christmas
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 that are 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
indulgence 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.
Petition to End Public Funding of Abortion —
There will be petitions at the doors of the Church next
weekend to ask the State Legislature to stop public funding
of abortion in Massachusetts. To sign the petitions, you
must be a registered voter in Framingham. Please support
this petition drive to end the use of taxpayer money to
pay for the killing of unborn children in this state.
Call for New Catholics —
We will be starting classes for those interested in joining the Catholic Church on November 15th. Classes in English will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday and will be taught by Deacon Jonathon Frels. Classes in Spanish will take place at 12:45 p.m. on Sundays and will be taught by Deacon Freddy Nieves. For more information, please call the Rectory office.
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