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:
Saint Stephen's 5k Run & Rosary Walk
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Lace up your running or walking shoes and join us on Saturday, October 22nd, to run 5 kilometers to raise funds for the Parish. The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Parish parking lot and will end in the same parking lot. Walkers are also welcome. There will be a simultaneous 1 kilometer Rosary Walk around the block. Entry fees are $25 before October 17th and $30 after that. There is a special family rate of $60 for three or more family members. That can include runners and walkers. Registration forms are available at the Rectory Office during ordinary business hours, or through the website: www.lightboxreg.com/saint-stephen
Family Day a Great Success !!!!!
Despite the oppressively hot day, our annual Family Day Festival was a great success — financially and socially. We can’t say enough about the dedication of our volunteers, who provided a variety of food and drink for the many hundreds who visited the festival. Only a love for this parish could have prompted this dedication and the out-pouring of support. Many thanks to all who worked at and attended the festival.
Next week we will be able to give you the totals of this fund raiser, it was a great success, and we keep moving forward as a faith community, building God’s Kingdom in our Parish. Thank you!
Words of Wisdom from St. Teresa of Calcutta
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish God didn’t trust me so much.”
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”
“Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches.”
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
“The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion
because Jesus said, ‘If you receive a little child, you receive me.’ So every abortion is the denial of receiving Jesus.”
“By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems …. If we accept that the mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
Is One Religion as Good as Another?
In recent weeks, two Catholics have told us that God doesn’t care what religion a person belongs to, that all religions are basically the same in leading us to God. This sounds reasonable on the surface, but it couldn’t be more wrong. For different religions teach many false and contradictory things.
For example, some say that God exists; some say He doesn’t. Some say there is a Hell; some say there isn’t. Some say it’s okay to kill babies by abortion; some say it isn’t. Can religions that hold such opposite beliefs be equally true and pleasing to God? Of course not.
Or look at it this way. Would you rather live under Christianity, which preaches love of neighbor, or under Islam, which preaches death to those who will not worship Allah? Would it be better to follow Jesus, who advocated love of one’s enemies, or Mohammed, who advocated the destruction of one’s enemies?
The idea that one religion is as good as another is ab-surd, said Pope St. John XXIII, because it makes
“no distinction between truth and falsehood.” He asked, “How can God, who is truth, approve or tolerate the indifference, neglect, and sloth of those who attach no importance to matters on which our eternal salvation depends?”
He said that this attitude “is directed to the destruction of all religions, but particularly the Catholic Faith, which can-not be placed on a level with other religions without serious injustice since it alone is true. Moreover, to contend that there is nothing to choose between contradictories and opposites can only lead to this fatal conclusion: reluctance to accept any religion either in theory or practice.”
Saint Stephen Parish - Framingham Massachusetts