221 Concord St,

Framingham Massachusetts 01702.

Tel. 508-875-4788

 

Mass Hours

English Mass

Mondays - Saturdays  8:00 AM

Saturdays 4:00 PM

Sundays 7:00 AM y 9:00 AM

Espanol: Domingos 11 AM

 

Bulletin

Bulletin of the Week March 22

 

 

 

Staff

Staff

Team Ministry

Rev. Francisco J. Anzoátegui

Rev. Albert H. Stankard

Rev. Gabino O. Macias, Parochial Vicar

 

Senior Deacon:

Guy J. Spiri

 

Deacons:

    Pedron L. Torres

    Alfredo Nieves and Mrs. Maria Nieves

 

Religious Education Coordinator:

James. J. Drummey

Assistant Coordinator: María M. Nieves

 

Pastoral Associate:

Enrique Méndez.

 

Secretary:

Gloria Villamil

Financial Manager:

Robert Percheski

 

Sacristan:

Pat Robison

Building and Ground Supervisor:

Julio Alonzo

Cemetery Director:

Rick Diamond

 

 

News / Informations

 

The Importance of Fasting

As you know, the three pillars of Lent are prayer, fast-ing, and almsgiving. What are some reasons for fasting?

1. It is a way of imitating Christ, who fasted for 40 days and nights in the desert prior to beginning His public life. If Jesus thought fasting important, so should we.

2. It is a way of making personal reparation for our sins. We are obliged to repair for the sins we have committed so that our stay in Purgatory will be shortened.

3. It is a way of making reparation for family members who have left the Church and who are either indifferent to God or maybe even hostile to Him. Our Lady warned at Fatima that many souls go to Hell because there is no one to pray for them. Perhaps our acts of penance and fasting could save some of these souls.

4. It is a way of making social reparation for the moral evils in our country and the world, such as the scourge of abortion, the plague of pornography, the horrors of war, the trafficking of children, and the persecution and murder of fellow Catholics in the Middle East and Africa.

5. It is a way of casting out the power of the Devil. Recall the time in the Gospels when the disciples were unable to exorcise a demon from a young boy, and Jesus told them that some demons can only be cast out by prayer and fasting.

St. John Vianney, the parish priest of Ars in France, fasted totally from food some days and slept only three hours a night. His prayer to God was: “Lord, send me suffering, but save the souls of my parishioners.:

We may not be able to fast as St. John did, but we can certainly do more to save our soul and the souls of others.

Adult Confirmation Classes

Save the dates if you or some adult you know never received First Communion or Confirmation. The classes will be held on eight Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30 in the Rectory Meeting Room, from February 25th until Confirmation on April 17th. This sacrament is important not only to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but also if you would like to be a godparent for Baptism or a sponsor for Confirmation. Anyone seeking to fill those roles must have received Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Here is the schedule for the classes:

 February 25 — The Bible in Our Life

 March 4 — What Catholics Believe

 March 11 — Jesus: True God and True Man

 March 18 — Sin and Reconciliation

 March 25 — The Holy Eucharist and the Mass

 April 1 — Confirmation and the Holy Spirit

 April 8 — Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell

 April 15 — Prayer and Individual Confession

 April 16 — Confirmation Rehearsal

 April 17 — Confirmation Mass (Fr. Brian Kiely)

Offering of the Sick for Vocation

Dear Lord, here is a new day You have given me in which to love You and to help others love You. Above all things, help me to love and accept your holy will. In giving me this cross of my illness, Lord Jesus, it was your desire to bring me nearer to your Divine Heart. I want to bring others also to know You better, to love You more, and for this I know that good and holy priests are necessary, so I will offer my cross, united with yours, for vocations to the holy priesthood. Amen.

The Truth About the Crusades

With the President saying that the current atrocities committed against Christians by Islamic terrorists are no different from the Crusades, when “people committed terri-ble deeds in the name of Christ,” there is a need to correct this falsehood. Here are some facts about the Crusades:

  1. The Crusades were a defensive war against Muslim jihadists who for 450 years had been slaughtering Christians while waging an offensive war against Jerusalem and other holy places where Jesus walked.
  2. Christians from the time of St. Paul had spread the Faith peacefully and prayerfully throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and southern Europe, but the Muslims, beginning in the seventh century, overran those Christian lands with the sword.
  3.  Mohammed, the founder of Islam who died in 632, had told his followers “to fight all men until they say, ‘There is no god by Allah.’ ”
  4. Pope Urban II organized the First Crusade in 1095, and the Crusaders recaptured Jerusalem in 1099, but the holy city fell again to the Muslims in 1187.
  5. Some Crusaders committed criminal and sinful actions, but the great majority of them marched with the highest motives, fighting and dying out of love for Christ.
  6. The Crusades ended in 1291, but the Muslim jihad has continued until the present day, and we are witnessing its genocide of Christians on our TV screens.
  7. There may exist moderate Muslims, but the Islamic ideology is not moderate. One of its leading spokes-man in the United States said in 1998: “The Koran should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”

33 Days to Morning Glory

We are going to conduct a very special program to consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary. Called “33 Days to Morning Glory,” this retreat will begin on February 20th and conclude on March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation. You can take part in this retreat at home by doing a reading and saying a brief prayer each day. The readings and prayers are contained in a booklet that will be available at the doors of the Church on the weekend of February 14th and 15th. Before taking this booklet home with you, you will be asked to register for the retreat by signing the inside back cover of the booklet. We will return the page to you at a concluding Mass on March 25th. Each week of the retreat will focus on a Marian saint — St. Louis de Montfort, Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and Blessed John Paul II. The goal of the retreat is not just to read about these holy people, but to ponder their message in our hearts. Consecrating ourselves to Mary means giving Mary our full permission to form us into the saints that God wants us to be. The answer to the evil in the world today is holiness, and “33 Days to Morning Glory” will make us holier.

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