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  • WEEKEND MASSES

    English

    Saturday: 4 p.m,

    Sunday:    7 a.m., 8:30 a.m.

     

    Spanish

    Saturday:  7 p.m.

    Sunday:    11 a.m

     

  • WEEKDAY MASSES

    English

    Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m.

     

    Spanish

    Wednesday: 7 p.m. (in Spanish)

  • HOLY DAY MASSES

    As announced

  • CONFESSIONS

    Saturdays from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

    Thursdays before First Friday 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • STAFF - Rev

    Rev. Francisco J. Anzoátegui, Pastor

    Rev. Gabino O. Macias, Parochial Vicar

  • STAFF - Deacons

    Deacon: Pedro L. Torres

    Deacon: Alfredo Nieves

  • STAFF - Seminarian Deacon:

    Seminarian Deacon: Bruce Barnett

     

  • STAFF - Music

    Music Directors:

            Kim Lisbon and Gonzalo Galan

     

    Religious Education Coordinator:

             James J. Drummey

  • STAFF - Assistant Coordinator

    Assistant Coordinator:

           Maria M. Nieves

  • STAFF - Pastoral Associate

    Pastoral Associate:

           Enrique Méndez

  • STAFF - Secretary

    Secretary: Gloria Villamil

  • STAFF - Financial Manager

    Financial Manager: Mary Sanning

  • STAFF - Sacristan

    Sacristan: Mily Nieves

  • STAFF - Building / Grounds Supervisor

    Building and Grounds Supervisor:

      Carlos Rodriguez

  • Cemetery Director: Rick Diamond

    Cemetery Director: Joseph Vielick

All Souls Remembrance —

 On November 2nd, the Feast of All Souls, we will memorialize those dear members of our Parish family and our own families who have died during the past year. This 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 beginning this weekend. The cost of the candles is $6 each.

Get In on the December Raffle

 — Want a chance to win $100 a day during December, or $200 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and on Christmas Eve? 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 the 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. There are more than $3,200 in prizes and you have 31 chances of winning. You must turn your tickets in by November 30th. Good luck!

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.

Thanksgiving Mass on November 22nd

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 Thanksgiving Mass will take place on Thursday, November 22nd, 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.

Knights of Columbus Museum Trip

 K of C Council 87 is sponsoring a trip to the K of C Museum in New Haven, CT on Saturday,

November 17th. The bus will leave our parking lot at 9:00 a.m. that day and return about 7:00 in the evening. The cost of the trip is $40 per person, which includes transportation, lunch, admission to the Museum, and Mass at 12 noon at St. Mary’s Church, where the K of C was founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael McGivney.

To reserve a spot on the bus, please contact Dave Pirie (774-423-4249) or Grand Knight Tony Cardarelli (508-626-8632).

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.

ART EXHIBIT

Do you appreciate art? Father Bert Stankard will have his paintings on display at OPEN STUDIOS

at Mill Contemporary Art Studios and Gallery, 2 Central St. in Saxonville, Framingham on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

each day.

Father Bert will be at his studio all those hours.

Come and see his works, bring family and friends. There is no cost for admission, “See you there”, says Father Bert.

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.

From the Facebook Fan Page

Family Day 2018 - Homily - By Father Paco from OMC Productions on Vimeo.

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.

Pilgrimage to Poland Planned

Fr. Paco will direct a Pilgrimage to Poland from May 20-28, 2019. The nine-day trip, which will follow in the footsteps of Saint Faustina and Divine Mercy, Saint Maximilian Kolbe and his desire to gain the whole world to God through the Militia Immaculata or total consecration to our Blessed Mother, and Saint John Paul II, who consecrated his whole pontificate to Mary and gave us the Feast of Divine Mercy. The trip will cost $3,599 per person from Boston. A deposit of $400 will secure a spot. For the full itinerary, go to www.pilgrimages.com/angelconnection and reserve your place on this exciting pilgrimage.

Children’s Choir

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.

 

Our professional photographer, Osvaldo Calderon, took some wonderful pictures of our Confirmation last Friday. You can view these pictures and order the ones you want by logging on to:

http://www.omcpro.com/confirmations.html.  Or you can send an email to omc@omcpro.com to order your promotional packages that will be available until June 30, 2018.

 

First Communion Photos are now available at

Photos can be order directly through the website

 

First Communion Photos

 

Saint Stephen Parish  - Framingham Massachusetts