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:
" 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."
Servants of the Holy Spirit Healing Mass
— Our Holy Spirit Prayer Group will celebrate a Healing Mass this Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. All are more than welcome to take part in this opportunity for healing of physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. Please join with us as we pray for the needs of each other.
Nov. 27 Although each day is a good day to say “Thanks!”, there is a special day when we gather in our Church to give thanks to God for all His grace and favor; we are hoping you will join us again this year to give thanks to our loving God. Our special Thanksgiving Mass will take place on Thursday, November 27th, at 9:00 a.m. Please join us at that time to give thanks to God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us. There will be no 8:00 a.m. Mass that day.
As you may have noticed last weekend, our seminarian Mark Matthias is now a deacon. He was raised to the di-aconate in Brooklyn, NY on November 1st. We look forward to having him continue to serve us at St. Stephen until his ordination to the priesthood next June. Please keep him in your pray-ers. Deacon Mark also had another accomplishment this past weekend as he led his seminary baseball team, “The Relics”, to victory over a team from St. John’s Seminary. Mark hit two home runs in the same inning and was voted the Most Valuable Player of the game. Maybe the Red Sox could use a chaplain/designated hitter next year.
The Parable of the Talents
Sometimes the parables of Jesus are puzzling. They don’t seem to make sense when viewed through the lens of modern-day society. That is true of today’s Gospel in which we see how three servants were treated by a master who gave them varying amounts of talents. A talent in the time of Christ was a unit of money, so we can see how the master would be pleased with those serv-ants who doubled the amount of money they were given and, conversely, how he would be displeased with the serv-ant who buried his money. What we find hard to understand, however, is why the master would take the talent from the man who had only one and give it to the man who had ten. Or what Jesus meant when He said, “For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” The parable is not about money, however. It is about the gifts that God has given to us, and how we use those gifts. If God has given us great talents in the sense of abilities to achieve great things for Him, and we squander those tal-ents, God will not be pleased. Each of us has a part to play in the grand scheme of the Creator, and our failure to play that part well out of laziness not only hinders the growth of the kingdom, but it puts our own salvation in jeopardy. At first, it doesn’t seem fair that more will be given to those who have more, but Jesus is talking about those who respond enthusiastically to His words. They will be given greater understanding of the kingdom, while those who shirk their responsibilities will lose even the little under-standing that they have. So use your talents wisely!
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