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  • WEEKEND MASSES

    English

    Saturday: 4 p.m,

    Sunday:    7 a.m., 8:30 a.m.

     

    Spanish

    Saturday:  7 p.m.

    Sunday:    11 a.m

     

  • WEEKDAY MASSES

    English

    Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m.

     

    Spanish

    Wednesday: 7 p.m. (in Spanish)

  • HOLY DAY MASSES

    As announced

  • CONFESSIONS

    Saturdays from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

    Thursdays before First Friday 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • STAFF - Rev

    Rev. Francisco J. Anzoátegui, Pastor

    Rev. Gabino O. Macias, Parochial Vicar

  • STAFF - Deacons

    Deacon: Pedro L. Torres

    Deacon: Alfredo Nieves

  • STAFF - Seminarian Deacon:

    Seminarian Deacon: Bruce Barnett

     

  • STAFF - Music

    Music Directors:

            Kim Lisbon and Gonzalo Galan

     

    Religious Education Coordinator:

             James J. Drummey

  • STAFF - Assistant Coordinator

    Assistant Coordinator:

           Maria M. Nieves

  • STAFF - Pastoral Associate

    Pastoral Associate:

           Enrique Méndez

  • STAFF - Secretary

    Secretary: Gloria Villamil

  • STAFF - Financial Manager

    Financial Manager: Mary Sanning

  • STAFF - Sacristan

    Sacristan: Mily Nieves

  • STAFF - Building / Grounds Supervisor

    Building and Grounds Supervisor:

      Carlos Rodriguez

  • Cemetery Director: Rick Diamond

    Cemetery Director: Joseph Vielick

Blessing of Homes on Feast of Epiphany

The Church has a custom of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany and the week fol-lowing. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

 

A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk blessed during the Epiphany liturgy and write above the home’s entryway,

20 + C + M + B + 19.

The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three Magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.

They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless this house.” The “+” signs represent the Cross, and 2019 is the year.

 

We will bless the chalk at all the Epiphany Masses on January 5th and 6th and have the prayers ready for those who wish to do this blessing. Just pick up your envelope after the Epiphany Masses and do the blessing the same day or the following week. The blessing can be done by a priest, a deacon, or the head of the family.

Prayer to St. Michael

— At the request of Pope Francis, we will recite the Prayer to St. Michael at the end of all Masses in the New Year to counter the power of the Devil.

Here is the prayer. Let’s try to learn it by heart:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, drive into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Qualifications for Sponsors

for Baptism and Confirmation

 

If you have been asked to be a godparent or sponsor, you should know that 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, fulfilling the Lord’s commandment. 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.

The reason for these requirements is that the godparent or sponsor must be a role model who will inspire children to lead a holy Catholic life. One who is not doing so them-selves cannot be a worthy role model for others. If you need First Communion or Confirmation, we will begin adult classes in March.

The Five First Saturdays

Would you like to see peace in the world and have the Blessed Mother’s assistance at the hour of death? Then you should make the five First Saturdays. During her appearances in Fatima a century ago, Our Lady promised peace in the world if people, “on the First Saturday of five consecutive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the mysteries of the rosary”.

Thy five First Saturdays? Because, as Jesus explained to Fatima visionary Sr. Lucia, there are five kinds of blasphemies against His mother: First, blasphemies against her Immaculate Conception. Second, against her perpetual virginity. Third, against her divine maternity, denying that she is the mother of all humanity. Fourth, implanting in the hearts of children indifference to and even hatred for Mary. Fifth, desecrating her sacred images.

Have you ever made the five First Saturdays? Even if you have, why not make them again, beginning next Saturday, February 2nd, at the 8:00 a.m. Mass and continuing until June? This is a wonderful devotion to our Blessed Lady that can bring you closer to her and make you an instrument for bringing peace to our troubled world. Imagine having her at your side at the hour of your death!

From the Facebook Fan Page

Family Day 2018 - Homily - By Father Paco from OMC Productions on Vimeo.

Family Day at Saint Stephen Parish, in Framingham Massachusetts. Family day celebrated on August 26, 2018. Homily by Father Paco. Video recorded and edited by OMC. Osvaldo & Margarita. C.

Beware of Those Seeking Money Outside

Church — We have noticed people outside the Church

after Mass asking for money. Please do not give them

anything. We have resources here at the Parish to help

those who are truly in need, and those seeking assistance

must contact the Parish Office. We have no way of knowing

if people soliciting funds after the weekend Masses

have a genuine need, so please do not give them anything.

Tell them to call the Parish Office.

Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir — Our Children’s Choir will sing at the 8:30 a.m. Mass today, October 14th, as well as on November 11th, and December 9th. Rehearsals for those in grades 1-8 will continue on Sundays from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the St. Paul Room of the School, except for the days when the choir will be singing. We need more good singers, so we invite you to join the choir if you are in grades 1-8.

 

Our professional photographer, Osvaldo Calderon, took some wonderful pictures of our Confirmation last Friday. You can view these pictures and order the ones you want by logging on to:

http://www.omcpro.com/confirmations.html.  Or you can send an email to omc@omcpro.com to order your promotional packages that will be available until June 30, 2018.

 

First Communion Photos are now available at

Photos can be order directly through the website

 

First Communion Photos

 

Saint Stephen Parish  - Framingham Massachusetts