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:
Canon Law Qualifications for Sponsors for Baptism and Confirmation
— If you have been asked to be a godparent or sponsor, you yourself must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation. You also must be at least 16 years of age and be leading “a life in harmony with the Faith and the role to be undertaken.” What does this mean?
It means weekly participation in Sunday Mass to fulfill the commandment of God to keep holy His day, and the command of Jesus to “do this in memory of me.” It also means that those who are married must have been married in the Catholic Church because all baptized Catholics are required to be married before a priest and two witnesses.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
— The month of June has long been designated as the month when we honor the Sa-cred Heart. This devotion can be traced back to Good Friday, when a lance pierced the heart of Jesus on the Cross, and blood and water flowed from the Savior’s side. The Church has always seen the blood as a symbol of the Holy Eucharist, and the water as a sym-bol of Baptism.
The heart is recognized as the source of love, and who has shown more love for us than the One who died for us on the Cross? Because Jesus had a truly human heart, He can sympathize with us and truly understand all our needs, worries, and sufferings. That is why during the month that begins tomorrow, we should strive to unite our hearts more closely to His.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart gained momentum when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary in 1675, showed her His heart, expressed sorrow over the ingratitude of people towards Him, and asked that reparation for this coldness be made up by receiving Holy Communion on the first Fridays of nine consecutive months.
To those who carried out this practice, the Lord said: “I promise you, in the excess of the mercy of my heart, that its all-powerful love will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the first Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance.
They shall not die under my displeasure nor without receiving the Sacraments, my Di-vine Heart becoming their assured refuge at that last hour.”
If you have not already made the nine First Fridays, next Friday would be a good time to start. You can go to Confession on Thursday between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. and receive Communion at Mass on the first Friday of June.
What About Capital Punishment?
The recent death sentence imposed on Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has sparked two reactions — a public outcry for his execution for his horrendous act of terrorism and the plea of the Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts for life imprisonment. How are Catholics to respond?
First of all, the Catholic Church has always recognized the right of society to defend itself through the use of capital punishment against persons who have committed grievous crimes. This right is based on Scripture and the teaching of the Church.
For example, St. Paul says that “it is not without purpose that the ruler carries the sword; he is God’s servant, to inflict his avenging wrath upon the wrongdoer” (Romans 1:3-4). And Pope Pius XII said in 1952 that in executing a criminal, “the state does not dis-pose of the individual’s right to live. Rather, it is reserved to the public authority to deprive the criminal of the benefit of life, when already, by his crime, he has deprived himself of the right to live.”
In recent years, however, Popes and the Catholic Bishops of the United States have come out against the death penalty, and Catholics are expected to form their consciences according to paragraph 2267 of the Catechism. While saying that “the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor,” that paragraph also says that “if, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity with the dignity of the human person.”
This paragraph concludes by quoting from Pope St. John Paul II, who said that the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare if not practically non-existent” (Evangelium Vitae, n. 56). Execution might make Tsar-naev a martyr, while life in prison would bring the case to a close.
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