Saint Stephen Parish - Framingham Massachusetts, USA, Chatolic Parish, Church
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:
Religious Education Classes Have Begun
We started our Religious Education Program last weekend. Grades K to 6 will continue to meet in the School each Sunday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., and Grades 7 to 10 will meet from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. All children are expected to attend Mass each weekend with their families. If your children are not yet registered for the classes, please contact Mr. Drummey immediately at (508) 875-4788. The fees are $50 for one child and $75 total for two or more children. If any family has a problem paying the fees, talk to Mr. Drummey. No child will be denied admittance because of lack of money. There will also be special classes for the parents of the children, and for any interested adult parishioners. The first parent class will be next Sunday, October 4th, at 10:15 a.m. in the St. Paul Room. Our seminarian Steve Garza will discuss his vocation story. Parents are required to attend these classes.to strengthen their own faith.
Blessing of Animals Next Sunday —
We will hold our traditional blessing of animals
next Sunday, October 4h, at 3:00
p.m. in Mary’s Grotto between the Church
and the Parish Hall. You are welcome to be
part of this joyous tradition in our Parish
even if you don’t have a pet.
Our monthly adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Rectory Chapel next Friday, October 2nd, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and next Saturday, October 3rd, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Confessions will be heard in the Church from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. next Thursday, October 1st. We are grateful to those parishioners who have been so faithful to this devotion over the years, and we invite others to come forward and pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Sins That Cry Out to Heaven for Vengeance
Today’s reading from the Letter of St. James says that God heard the cries of the workers in the fields who were unjustly deprived of their wages, and He punished those who were guilty. There are three other places in the Bible where we find grave sins mentioned — murder, sodomy, and oppression of the poor — that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. Here they are: Willful murder — After Cain killed his brother Abel, God said to Cain: “What have you done! Listen: your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil” (Genesis 4:10). Sodomy — Before He destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of the homosexual behavior of their habitants, the Lord said to Abraham: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I mean to find out” (Genesis 18:20). (To those who say that the sin of Sodom was inhospitality to angels, St. Jude [1:7] says that the people of the city “indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice” and suffered “a punishment of eternal fire.”) Oppression of the poor — After the flight of Moses from Egypt, “A long time passed, during which the king of Egypt died. Still the Israelites groaned and cried out because of their slavery. As their cry of release went up to God, he heard their groaning and was mindful of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (Exodus 2:23). These are not necessarily the four worst sins — in the early Church, the worst sins included adultery, blasphemy, and apostasy — but they have been singled out in Scripture because the cries of their victims were heard by God.
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