Weekly Parish Newsletter - Sunday December 27th
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton Weekly Newsletter
Sunday, December 27th
Message from our Pastor Father Carlos D. Suarez:
This weekend the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. The holy family, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus are important models for us of what family life and love should look like, but to grab onto the lessons they teach us we need to keep away from the temptation to write the Holy Family off as being too perfect and unrealistic a model for the rest of us. Yes, it’s true that Jesus is fully God along with being fully human. It is true that Mary was born without original sin and therefore free from our usual myriad of temptations. It’s also true that Joseph received visions and directions from angels. These are all great and awesome realities, but rather than setting the Holy Family apart from the rest of humanity these realities about the Holy Family show us the heights of perfection that can be ours if only we trust in God’s promises and live accordingly.
This feast was instituted in 1893 by Pope Leo XII, making it a relatively recent addition to the Church’s calendar when one considers that the Church is almost two thousand years old! However, in instituting this feast Pope Leo wasn’t creating something new. He was rather confirming a devotion that had been present in the life of the Church in one way or another for many centuries. Honoring the Holy family appears in our Catholic culture in many ways from something as simple as writing JMJ at the beginning of any written work to praying a novena in devotion to the Holy Family.
Fidelity to God’s will is one of the virtues which marked the life of the Holy Family. This same virtue should mark our own personal and family lives. As we enter into 2021, we have a great opportunity to examine the priorities we’ve marked out for our lives and how well they match up with the desires God has for us. Whenever we feel God knocking at the door of our heart with an opportunity for us to embody His love in a particular way it may be tempting to write such invitations off as too inconvenient or difficult for us to fulfill. However, if we allow ourselves to be guided by the example of the Holy Family, we discover that while we may face difficulty in following the path God marks out for us through this path, we’ll also find great love and a sure entrance into glory. — Fr. Carlos
Neste fim de semana a Igreja celebra a festa da Sagrada Família. A sagrada família, José, Maria e Jesus, são modelos importantes para nós de como a vida familiar e o amor devem ser, mas para nos agarrarmos às lições que eles nos ensinam, precisamos nos manter longe da tentação de descrever a Sagrada Família como sendo um modelo demasiado perfeito e irreal para nos. Sim, é verdade que Jesus é totalmente Deus e também totalmente humano. É verdade que Maria nasceu sem pecado original e portanto, foi livre de nossa habitual miríade de tentações. Também é verdade que José recebeu visões e orientações dos anjos. Todas essas são grandes e impressionantes realidades, mas ao invés de separar a Sagrada Família do resto da humanidade, essas realidades sobre a Sagrada Família nos mostram o auge da perfeição que pode ser nosso se apenas confiarmos nas promessas de Deus e vivermos de acordo.
Esta festa foi instituída em 1893 pelo Papa Leão XII. Na vida da igreja podemos dizer que é uma adição relativamente recente ao calendário da Igreja quando se considera que a Igreja tem quase dois mil anos! No entanto, ao instituir esta festa, o Papa Leão não estava criando algo novo. Ao contrário, ele estava confirmando uma devoção que estava presente na vida da Igreja duma forma ou outra por muitos séculos. Honrar a Sagrada Família aparece em nossa cultura Católica de muitas maneiras particularmente em orações, novenas e outras devoções.
A fidelidade à vontade de Deus é uma das virtudes que marcaram a vida da Sagrada Família. Essa mesma virtude deve marcar nossa vida pessoal e familiar. Ao entrarmos em 2021, temos uma grande oportunidade de examinar as prioridades que definimos para nossas vidas e como elas correspondem aos desejos que Deus tem para nós. Sempre que sentimos que Deus esta batendo à porta do nosso coração com uma oportunidade para nos incorporar no Seu amor duma maneira particular, podemos sentir a tentação de descartar esses convites como sendo muito inconvenientes ou difíceis de cumprir. No entanto, se nós deixamos guiar pelo exemplo da Sagrada Família, descobrimos que, embora possamos enfrentar dificuldades para seguir o caminho que Deus traça para nós, é só por este caminho que encontraremos grande amor e uma entrada segura na glória. - Pe. Carlos
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Father Carlos in Portuguese
The Holy Family of Jesus,
Mary and Joseph
Tragedy and disappointment are inevitable. What sees you through this? There will be challenges, changes, unexpected circumstances, interrupted plans, hurts, and injustices experienced by every human being at some point in their lives. We will be asked to adjust our plans, change course, and even encounter suffering and death. Where do we learn all of the lessons we need to live life well? Some of them we learn along the way but much of what we bring to life, positive and negative, comes from our early beginnings, our families. This is our early world and provides the blueprint for how we see the bigger, more inclusive world, which unfolds before us.
Our families of origin can be sources of grace, heartache or a combination of both. Families are intended to be pivotal in providing us with proper social structure and understanding, a support system, lessons about relationships and communication, and the unconditional acceptance and love we so desperately crave. They can also determine whether we have an accessible and healthy relationship with God. Many of life’s challenges can literally bring us to our knees and require that we possess a strength of character that resides well beyond the superficialities of our world. At some point we will all need three coping gifts that can be given to us only by God: faith, hope, and love. Our families help us learn that we are not the ones responsible for their creation, but God!
Our experience of early family life colors all of our relationships and what we expect to achieve from life in general. Resolving conflicts, dealing with difficulty and suffering, celebrating accomplishments, prioritizing our needs, listening to God’s call, understanding relationships, understanding disappointment, learning about the virtues and living a centered focused life are all lessons our families either succeed in teaching or do not. To succeed, as God has designed and ordered our world, is to discover his presence and then trust that Presence. The Holy Family can teach even the most dysfunctional family how to best use God’s gifts of faith, hope, and love to find him and do his will. Their simple humble example is always before us, showing us the way. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!
The Parishes offices will be open with limited hours
Monday, December 28th through
Friday, January 1st.
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The Giving Tree gift cards and the Advent Calendar were both a huge success again this year for St. Anthony’s Free Market. Thank you to everyone who donated so generously to make Christmas special for hundreds of Stoughton families. This labor of love is done to honor the memory of Anne Havlin. God Bless.
Parish Offertory Numbers
for the weekend of December 20th
2019 Immaculate Conception
Offertory Weekly Average: $9,175.00
December 20th Immaculate Conception
Weekly Offertory: $6,302.00
Offertory Cash Shortfall: $-2,873.00
2019 St. James
Offertory Weekly Average: $4,293.00
December 20th St. James
Weekly Offertory: $2,572.50
Offertory Cash Shortfall: $-1,720.50
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Daily Morning Mass will be canceled if we receive more than 4 inches of snow. Please bear in mind that when there is even a physical inability to make it to Mass (such as hazardous driving conditions from too much snow), the obligation to attend Mass does not apply. Please use your best judgment in these circumstances.
Public Masses have Resumed for
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton
Sign Up for Masses for the Weekend
of January 2nd/3rd will begin on Monday, December 28th at 10:00 am please visit our website to sign up for Mass.
St. James Children's Choir Virtual Christmas Eve Concert!
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on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12:25PM