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:
Adult Confirmation Classes
Save the dates if you or some adult you know never received First Communion or Confirmation. The classes will be held on eight Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30 in the Rectory Meeting Room, from February 25th until Confirmation on April 17th. This sacrament is important not only to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but also if you would like to be a godparent for Baptism or a sponsor for Confirmation. Anyone seeking to fill those roles must have received Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Here is the schedule for the classes:
February 25 — The Bible in Our Life
March 4 — What Catholics Believe
March 11 — Jesus: True God and True Man
March 18 — Sin and Reconciliation
March 25 — The Holy Eucharist and the Mass
April 1 — Confirmation and the Holy Spirit
April 8 — Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell
April 15 — Prayer and Individual Confession
April 16 — Confirmation Rehearsal
April 17 — Confirmation Mass (Fr. Brian Kiely)
Offering of the Sick for Vocation
Dear Lord, here is a new day You have given me in which to love You and to help others love You. Above all things, help me to love and accept your holy will. In giving me this cross of my illness, Lord Jesus, it was your desire to bring me nearer to your Divine Heart. I want to bring others also to know You better, to love You more, and for this I know that good and holy priests are necessary, so I will offer my cross, united with yours, for vocations to the holy priesthood. Amen.
33 Days to Morning Glory
We are going to conduct a very special program to consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary. Called “33 Days to Morning Glory,” this retreat will begin on February 20th and conclude on March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation. You can take part in this retreat at home by doing a reading and saying a brief prayer each day. The readings and prayers are contained in a booklet that will be available at the doors of the Church on the weekend of February 14th and 15th. Before taking this booklet home with you, you will be asked to register for the retreat by signing the inside back cover of the booklet. We will return the page to you at a concluding Mass on March 25th. Each week of the retreat will focus on a Marian saint — St. Louis de Montfort, Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and Blessed John Paul II. The goal of the retreat is not just to read about these holy people, but to ponder their message in our hearts. Consecrating ourselves to Mary means giving Mary our full permission to form us into the saints that God wants us to be. The answer to the evil in the world today is holiness, and “33 Days to Morning Glory” will make us holier.
Great Trip, Great Witness!
— Our pilgrimage to Washington on January 22nd was excellent, with better weather than usual. We call it a “pilgrimage” because it was really a religious journey with a very important goal: to give witness to the world that abortion is a grave sin and unworthy of those who believe in God. The Youth Rally indoors at the Verizon Center, was really inspiring, with lively music and a gifted MC who led about 25,000 young people in songs and cheers. The applause was for the many bishops, priests, and lay people who wit-nessed to God and the youth our determination to respect life and change the hearts of those who support abortion. There were more than half a million marchers this year (although you would never know it from the media cover-age), and they were happy to pray for the day when abortion will be only a sad footnote in American history and babies in the womb will be safe again. We thank all of you who made our pilgrimage possible with your prayers and donations and encouragement. Special thanks are given to Mass. Citizens for Life, the El Torito Supermarket, the Don Victor Supermarket, the IUOE Union, and Louis Rossetta for their generous donations.
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