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:
— Want a chance to win $50 a
day during December, or $100 on Christmas Eve, or a $450
Plasma TV on Christmas Day? Then you need to buy a $10
raffle ticket for our special December Parish Fund-Raiser.
If you are on the Parish envelope list, you will receive a
book of 10 tickets for yourself or to sell to family and friends.
If you did not receive a book, you may pick one up after
weekend Masses or at the Parish Office during the week.
This is a great fund-raiser for St. Stephen, and we hope
many of you will take part in it. There are more than $2,500
in prizes and you have 31 chances of winning. Good luck!
Mr. Jim Drummey, Father Peter and a group of
young parishioners from Saint Stephen went to pray in front
of the Planned Parenthood building in Boston last Sunday.
It was a wonderful time, and a great learning opportunity
for these young Catholics who are growing to be
Pro-Life Catholics, conscious of the incredible gift of life we
receive from God. We hope that many more will join us
next year and support us in our effort to build a “culture of
life”. Saint Stephen Parish is doing all we can to protect
innocent lives, for life is precious indeed.
You may think that’s an odd question, but there are Fundamentalist Christians who mistakenly believe that certain practices of the Catholic Church came from pagan cultures and, therefore, the Church is pagan.
These critics of the Church use the following quotation from Henry Cardinal Newman to illustrate their point: Temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, holidays and seasons of devotions, processions, blessing of fields, sacerdotal [priestly] vestments, the tonsure [of priests and monks and nuns], images … are all of pagan origins. First of all, these customs do stem from pagan cultures, but the Church has “Christianized” them, that is, it has taken what was once pagan and put it at the service of Jesus and the Gospel.
She has taken the good elements out of these rites and used them for the glory of God. Second, the dotted portion of the quote deliberately left out the words, “the ring in marriage,” because Fundamentalists use wedding rings and don’t want to be accused of believing in pagan traditions. Wedding rings were common in places like ancient Egypt because they symbolized eternity and were worn on the finger that purportedly contained a nerve that extended all the way to the heart.
St. John Paul II taught that using cultural elements in the service of the Gospel is not wrong as long as such elements “in no way compromise the distinctiveness and integrity of the Christian faith” (Redemptoris Missio, n. 52). So don’t believe accusations against the Catholic Church until you have checked them out.
— 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.
All Souls Remembrance
— On November 2nd, we will memorialize those dear members of our Parish family and our own families who have died during the past year. Here is a wonderful opportunity to help persons who may be in Purgatory to get to Heaven. Families and friends are invited to inscribe their names on a special Memorial Candle that will be available at the doors of the Church after all the Masses on this weekend. The cost of the candles is $6 each.
Saint Stephen Parish - Framingham Massachusetts