Saint Stephen Parish
221 Concord St,
Framingham Massachusetts 01702.
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40 Days for Life
— This Spring’s 40 Days for Life campaign began on Ash Wednesday and will conclude on Palm Sunday. There will be daily prayer vigils outside Planned Parenthood in Boston from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., English candlelight vigils on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and Spanish vigils on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Please take part.
Catholics throughout the Archdiocese are being asked once again to support the greater Church by making a gift to the Catholic Appeal. Just as the weekly collection helps support parish programs, so the Catholic Appeal helps fund more than 50 critical minis-tries throughout the Archdiocese. The campaign will kick off next weekend. Please consider making a pledge.
— Classes for First Communion and Confirmation will be held on ten Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30, in the Rectory Meeting Room. Please call the Parish Office to sign up.
March 13 — What Is the Bible All About?
March 20 — What Do Catholics Believe?
March 27 — Jesus: True God and True Man
April 3 — The Seven Sacraments
April 10 — The Holy Eucharist and the Mass
April 17 — Confirmation and the Holy Spirit
April 24 — Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell
May 1 — Mary, Mother of God, and the Rosary
May 8 — Sin and Reconciliation
May 15 — Prayer and Individual Confession
May 16 — Confirmation Rehearsal
Saturday: 4 p.m,
Sunday: 8:30 a.m.
Saturday: 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m
Monday to Saturday: 8 a.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m. (in Spanish)
HOLY DAY MASSES
STAFF - Rev
Rev. Francisco J. Anzoátegui, Pastor
Rev. Gabino O. Macias, Parochial Vicar
STAFF - Deacons
Deacon: Pedro L. Torres
Deacon: Alfredo Nieves
Deacon: Bruce Barnett
STAFF - Seminarian Deacon:
Seminarian Deacon: Bruce Barnett
STAFF - Music
Kim Lisbon and Gonzalo Galan
Religious Education Coordinator:
James J. Drummey
STAFF - Assistant Coordinator
Maria M. Nieves
STAFF - Pastoral Associate
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:
Cemetery Director: Joseph Vielick
Saturdays from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Thursdays before First Friday 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
— 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.
In the course of the centuries, our fasting discipline has undergone numerous and radical changes. Today, unfortunately, the observance of Lent is but mere formalism, reduced to abstinence on certain days and without any stress on one’s spiritual growth or the amending of one’s lifestyle. It is urgent that we return to the pristine spirit of the Great Fast, which is so badly needed in our materialistic world. Listed below are suggested practices that may be used along with your usual Lenten family penances.
Avoid TV or videos; instead, read the Passion of Christ.
Take less of what you like and more of what you dislike at meals.
Don’t make any complaints
for a whole day.
Restrain any anger and go out of your way to be kind to the person who caused your anger.
Avoid any gossip today; instead,
say an extra rosary.
Practice humility today in all your actions.
Do a job that needs to be done without being asked.
As part of your spiritual reading for Lent, may we suggest a new book by Scott Hahn entitled Signs of Life. It talks about 20 Catholic customs, including holy water, the Sign of the Cross, novenas, relics, and more. It is available for just $5 in the vestibule at the back of the Church.
Confessions During Lent
— We will be having extra Confessions on Wednesday nights this Lent from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m., just before the 7:00 Spanish Mass. The sacrament is also available of course each Saturday afternoon from 2:45 to 3:45 or by appointment. Please take ad-vantage of one of these opportunities to reconcile yourself
Why Is God’s Name
“I Am Who Am”?
When God appeared to Moses in a burning bush, Moses asked the Lord his name. God replied, “I am who am …. This what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you. This is my name forever; this is my title for all generations” (Exodus 3:14-15). What does that name mean?
God was telling Moses that He was a personal God, one who was personally and intimately interested in the well-being of His people. He was not some aloof and uncaring God.
He was the kind of God of whom Jesus spoke when He said that not even a sparrow falls to the ground “without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).
During His public ministry, Jesus on occasion associated Himself with this title for God, as when He said that He knew Abraham and that Abraham was glad when He saw Jesus’ day.
How could He have seen Abraham when Jesus was not yet fifty years old, His enemies asked, and Christ replied, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM” (John 8:58).
Claiming this title would eventually cost Jesus His life. When He was asked by the high priest on Good Friday if He were “the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One,” Christ responded, “I AM” (Mark 14:61-62). This claim to be God was considered blasphemy by the high priest and his col-leagues, so they sentenced Jesus to death.
We remind all in our Parish that Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence from meat, in commemoration of the Lord’s Passion and Death. Let us unite with the Lord by offering our sincere recollection during this sacred day, especially during the hours of 12 noon to 3:00.
Saint Stephen Parish - Framingham Massachusetts