Saint Stephen Parish
221 Concord St,
Framingham Massachusetts 01702.
Mondays - Saturdays 8:00 AM
Saturdays 4:00 PM
Sundays 7:00 AM y 9:00 AM
Espanol: Domingos 11 AM
Rev. Francisco J. Anzoátegui
Rev. Albert H. Stankard
Rev. Gabino O. Macias, Parochial Vicar
Guy J. Spiri
Pedron L. Torres
Alfredo Nieves and Mrs. Maria Nieves
James. J. Drummey
Assistant Coordinator: María M. Nieves
Building and Ground Supervisor:
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:
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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