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:
Reasons to Go to Confession
With extra Confessions available during Lent, this might be a good time to remind everyone of the importance of bringing our sins to the Lord for forgiveness. It was Jesus’ command that we experience His mercy by telling our sins to a priest, and here are some reasons to do so:
You shower to show respect for those around you; cleaning your soul makes you better to be around.
Love means having to say you are sorry to the one you love, in this case, God.
If you are hoping to convert on your deathbed, that’s not very likely. It is more likely that you will die as you lived.
Don’t be scared to death of Confession. Be scared of death without Confession.
There is nothing you can tell the priest that he has not heard before, and he cannot tell anyone what you have confessed.
Be strong, deal with your sins, and then move on.
As the Lord told the prophet Isaiah: “Come now, let us set things right. Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool” (Isaiah 2:18).
“Your sins are forgiven, go in peace!” — these are the most beautiful words you will ever hear!
FROM YOUR PRIESTS!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Blessed and Joyous Easter! This is the greatest feast of our Faith, and we are happy to celebrate it with you. Your sincere devotion and generous spirit are a source of great joy for us. May the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ be an endless fountain of many blessings and much strength in your lives.
He is risen as He promised, and we rejoice in His victory over sin and death. His triumph is our triumph, His victory our hope, and His promise our inspiration. Happy Easter to all!
Memorial Day Mass at St. Stephen Cemetery — We will be holding our traditional outdoor Mass at our cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 29th, which is Memorial Day. Every year, more of our parishioners join us for this beautiful Mass. We hope that you will consider being there. (There will be NO 8:00 a.m. Mass in the Church that day, nor any prayer group that night.)
The cemetery is located at 111 Fenwick Street, off Brook Street, in Framingham. The Mass will begin promptly at 10:00. Please bring folding chairs and umbrellas for sun protection.
Plenary Indulgence During Year of Fatima
— A special opportunity to gain remission of all temporal punishment due to forgiven sins is possible by participating in Fatima devotions on the 13th of each month from June through October. We will celebrate the 8:00 a.m. Mass on each of those days for the indulgence. The usual conditions for obtaining the indulgence are to receive Holy Communion on that day, be free from all attachment to sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
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