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:
“33 Days to Morning Glory”
Renewal of our Consecration to the Blessed Mother — Although this year we WILL NOT BE DOING THE PROGRAM AS A PARISH, many have expressed the desire to renew solemnly our Total Consecration to Jesus, through Mary.
There will be a special Mass here where we are going to renew our Consecration on March 25, Feast of the Annunciation, at 8:00 a.m.
Our consecration calls us to renew these promises solemnly every year, that is why we invite you to begin reading from your book the 33 days Consecration to Morning Glory. If you need a book, you may obtain it from Saint Anthony’s bookstore and begin to read your daily prayers and meditation that begins the 21 of February, this coming Tuesday.
Bring your book or booklet the day of the Mass to renew your vows, thanks.
Adult Confirmation Classes
— The time is running out to sign up for adult classes for those who did not receive First Communion or Confirmation. The classes begin on Wednesday, March 1st, and continue every Wednesday night until Confirmation on April 21st. They will be held in the Rectory Meeting Room from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. If you or someone you know has not received these
sacraments, please call the Rectory at (508) 875-4788. You must have received Confirmation to be a godparent for Baptism, a sponsor for Confirmation, or to get married.
Do We Have to Love Our Enemies?
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to love our enemies, which is a very difficult thing to do. But Jesus doesn’t ask us to do anything that He didn't do first. Recall that on the Cross, when so many were jeering Him, Jesus asked His Father in Heaven to forgive His enemies.
Down through the centuries, many disciples of Jesus have followed the difficult path of forgiving their enemies. Thus, Pope St, John Paul II in 1981 went to the prison where the man who had tried to kill him was being held and forgave him.
Another remarkable disciple is Immaculee Ilibagiza, who survived the horrors of the Rwanda genocide in the 1990s, when she and six other women hid for 91 days in a hotel bathroom while her parents and nearly one million Rwandan Tutsis were killed by rival Hutus out of racial hatred.
How did Immaculee survive? “I said 27 rosaries every day,” she said. “And I counted! I had nothing else to do in the bathroom, so I said 27 rosaries every day and 40 Di-vine Mercy chaplets every day. We never spoke with each other. All we did was pray …. It helped my sanity.”
She said that while she was praying, she realized she was not being honest with God in that she was asking for His forgiveness without extending forgiveness to her enemies. So she fell to her knees and “begged God to help me. I want to feel peace, I want to forgive. I want to be part of You, but I don’t know how to forgive, and if I don’t for-give, I don’t feel like I’m being honest with You. And He did, which again is a grace. Because what helped me to forgive was when Jesus was dying on the Cross.”
To read more about this amazing woman, see her best-selling book Left to Tell.
Saint Stephen Parish - Framingham Massachusetts