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.
— Our Bible Study on the Book of Exodus began last Tuesday, and will continue until April 11th. The course takes place in the Rectory Meeting Room from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening.
View details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1094230717390047/
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!
The Servants of the Holy Spirit Prayer Group will be hosting a Day of Recollection in the Parish Hall on Clinton Street on Saturday, March 25th, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Fr. Paco and Fr. Scott VanDerveer will lead the program for the day, which will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and conclude with Mass at 4:00 p.m. Lunch will also be provided and the cost for the day is $20 per person.
Please, call the Office to register for the retreat. You then, will pay for your ticket at the door the day of the retreat. This is a wonderful way to observe the Holy Season of Lent, so please mark the date and invite family members and friends to participate. The theme of the Re-treat is:
Dr. Gloria Polo
“STRUCK BY LIGHTNING”
Although she was raised in the Catholic faith, as a young adult she fell away and became involved in many things contrary to the faith. After being struck by lightning her soul left her body and she went to the precipice of Hell. She experienced God’s judgment and His mercy. Dr. Polo has the support of her Bishop and Spiritual Director. Come listen to her outstanding
insights into sin, Confession, Mass, God’s gift of life, the enemy,
and God’s desire to be with us for eternity. more...
SPIRITUAL CHANGE DURING LENT
In the course of the centuries, our fasting discipline has undergone numerous and radical changes. Today, unfortunately, the observance of Lent is but mere formalism, reduced to abstinence on certain days and without any stress on one’s spiritual growth or the amending of one’s lifestyle. It is urgent that we return to the pristine spirit of the Great Fast, which is so badly needed in our materialistic world. Listed below are suggested practices that may be used along with your usual Lenten family traditions of sacrifices and penances.
- Avoid TV or videos; instead, read the Passion of Christ.
- Take less of what you like and more of what you dislike at meals.
- Don’t make any complaints for a whole day.
- Restrain any anger and go out of your way to be kind to the person who caused your anger.
- Avoid any gossip today; instead, say an extra rosary.
- Practice humility today in all your actions.
- Do a job that needs to be done without being asked.
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.
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