Weekly Parish Newsletter - Sunday January 17th
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton Weekly Newsletter
Sunday, January 17th
Message from our Pastor Father Carlos D. Suarez:
This past week we began the days of ordinary time. Ordinary time runs from this past Monday until Ash Wednesday and then ordinary time resumes on the Monday after Pentecost until the first Sunday of Advent. Therefore, these two periods of ordinary time form the bulk of the liturgical year. However, the season of ordinary time is poorly understood. The name “ordinary” is given to this season not because this is a season when no feasts are celebrated, nor because this is a time when we dedicate ourselves to reading the ordinary and unremarkable things that Jesus did when He wasn’t walking on water or multiplying loaves or raising the dead. The name of this season comes from ordinal numbers (first, second, etc.) which is how the weeks in this season are denoted. In the Tridentine Rite, as well as in many of the Eastern Churches this season is referred to as the Season of Pentecost or the Sundays after Pentecost. This name more readily captures the significance of this season, and perhaps looking at Ordinary Time through this slightly different lens can help us understand some of its power.
On the feast of Pentecost, we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. As the Spirit touches them, they are transformed from weak and fearful men who are hiding away from persecution to bold heralds of Jesus’ saving message. They know their weaknesses, but they know that if they submit their weakness to God’s grace it can become a great strength. Due to their being filled with the Holy Spirit the apostles are tremendously successful, even in the face of great persecutions, and through their labors, the Church experiences tremendous growth. The key is that the apostles and the other disciples become channels through which the Holy Spirit flows to future generations. The feast of Pentecost, therefore, celebrates the birthday of the Church and the season of Pentecost, or ordinary time, is a season that invites us to reflect on all the gifts we’ve received through Christ and on how we should use them.
Our lives are not meant to be common and bland any more than ordinary time is. As we journey through these weeks let us ask God to make us more mindful of the gifts He has placed in us and the ways He is inviting us to cultivate them. Let us pray that the fire of Pentecost will burn brightly in each of us so that the Church may truly unleash the full potential of the Holy Spirit upon the world! — Fr. Carlos
Esta semana passada, começamos os dias do tempo ordinário ou tempo comum. O tempo ordinário vai desta segunda-feira passada até a quarta-feira de cinzas e, depois o tempo ordinário recomeça na segunda-feira após o Pentecostes até o primeiro domingo do Advento. Portanto, esses dois períodos de tempo ordinário constituem a maior parte do ano litúrgico. No entanto, o período do tempo ordinário é mal compreendido. O nome “ordinário” é dado a esta época não porque esta seja uma época em que não se celebram festas, nem porque este é um momento em que nos dedicamos a ler as coisas ordinárias ou banais que Jesus fazia quando Ele não estava andando sobre as águas ou multiplicando pães ou ressuscitando os mortos. O nome desta temporada vem dos números ordinais (primeiro, segundo, etc.) que é como as semanas nesta temporada são denotadas. No Rito Tridentino, assim como em muitas das Igrejas Orientais, esta temporada é referida como a Temporada de Pentecostes ou os Domingos após do Pentecostes. Este nome capta mais prontamente o significado desta temporada, e talvez olhar para o tempo comum através dessa ideia ligeiramente diferente possa nos ajudar a entender melhor seu poder.
Na festa de Pentecostes, celebramos a descida do Espírito Santo sobre os apóstolos. Ao serem tocados pelo Espírito, eles são transformados de homens fracos e temerosos que se escondem da perseguição em corajosos arautos da mensagem de salvação de Jesus. Eles conhecem suas fraquezas, mas sabem que se submeterem suas fraquezas à graça de Deus, a fraqueza pode se tornar uma grande força. Por serem cheios do Espírito Santo, os apóstolos são tremendamente bem-sucedidos, mesmo em face de grandes perseguições, e por meio de seu trabalho a Igreja experimenta um crescimento tremendo. A chave é que os apóstolos e os outros discípulos se tornem canais pelos quais o Espírito Santo flui para as gerações futuras. A festa de Pentecostes, portanto, celebra o aniversário da Igreja e a época de Pentecostes, ou tempo ordinário, é uma época que nos convida a refletir sobre todos os dons que recebemos por meio de Cristo e sobre como devemos usá-los.
Nossas vidas não devem ser comuns e insípidas mais do que o tempo ordinário o é. Ao longo dessas semanas, vamos pedir a Deus que nos torne mais conscientes dos dons que Ele colocou em nós e das maneiras como está nos convidando a cultivá-los. Oremos para que o fogo do Pentecostes queime brilhantemente em cada um de nós para que a Igreja possa realmente liberar todo o potencial do Espírito Santo sobre o mundo! - Pe. Carlos
SMAC will be airing our Sunday Mass on
Sunday, January 17th at 8:30 am on
Comcast Channel 9 and on Verizon Channel 28!
You can also view our weekend on our website.
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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our faith is not just about ideas. It’s really about having an encounter with God and, in particular, the Risen Christ! Once we give ourselves over to the notion of God’s presence, we have to train ourselves to listen for God’s voice and be attentive to God’s call. Having companions on our faith journeys is so incredibly important as they can help us fine-tune our listening skills and discern God’s voice from others we may be hearing. Faith is all about having these profound encounters not only with God but with our brothers and sisters, and creation itself. Anyone or anything that is alive with God’s presence becomes an occasion for God to speak and call us to deeper graces and experiences. “Come, and you will see.”
The example and teaching of Jesus, the lives of the saints, those living among us and those glorified in heaven, and the wonder and beauty of creation can all serve to help us listen more clearly and assist in positioning ourselves for this profound God meeting. It is an encounter that can quickly and easily lead to a friendship and intimate intertwining of our souls to their Maker, making a claim on us like no other. Then, the Word of God moves from being just a body of ideas to something we simply accept and do. The person of Jesus Christ swiftly moves from being just a good prophet in word and deed to the incarnate presence of God Himself, the Lamb of God. The voice leads us to the Person behind it.
The Gospel is hard to follow. We can intellectually debate whether what Jesus said is really what we are asked to do. The Gospel ideas do not always make sense in our practical, secular world. The person of God always does. We can debate the practicality and sense of ideas and doing so often keeps the more difficult ones at a safe distance away from us. Jesus said to love our enemy, but we really don’t need to do that, our minds try to convince us. It just doesn’t make sense. Yet, if we are truly in love with the God who is behind the voice of those words, they make perfect sense. Our deep and intimate love of this God would even find us laying down our lives for Him if necessary. Speak Lord, your servant is listening.
Parish Census Form
Attention new and established parishioners! Please fill out the below Census Form. Please complete and drop in the offertory box. For more information or to have a form mailed to you, please call the parish office at
781-344-2073 or email us at
2021 Parish Census Form
2021 Parish Census Form Portuguese
Volunteer urgently needed.
St. Anthony’s Free Market needs a volunteer to drive a box truck to the Greater Boston Food Bank drop site in New Bedford on the 2nd Wednesday of each month to pick up 6500 pounds of food and deliver it to 2 Park Ave where volunteers will unload it. This takes about 5 hours from 7:30AM-12:30PM. Please call Christine Gallagher at 781-344-6390 if you can help or would like more information.
Click here to view Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019-2020
Parish Offertory Numbers
for the weekend of January 10th:
Offertory Weekly Average: $9,175.00
January 10th Immaculate Conception
Weekly Offertory: $6,785.00
Offertory Cash Shorfall: $-2,390.00
Offertory Weekly Average: $4,293.00
January 10th St. James
Weekly Offertory: $3,405.50
Offertory Cash Shortfall: $-887.50
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.
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 18th. Parish offices will be closed this day in observance of the holiday.
We are looking for volunteers to help out with snow removal at both parishes, If you are interested in lending a hand in shoveling the entrance ways to the Churches or putting out ice melt we would greatly appreciate your help!
Please contact Rachel at
Charitable Contribution Letters for the year 2020
It is that time of year to organize records for tax returns! Cash contributions that are not in a parish envelope cannot be tracked by the parish and will not be included in the year-end contribution statement.
Written confirmations of your 2020 donations will be available after February 1st.
To have your donation record sent to you, please contact:
Rachel Camarra at
Please include your full name, address, the way you contribute (envelope, online giving, loose check), and please allow one week for us to get your written verification to you.
Public Masses have Resumed for
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton
Sign Up for Masses for the Weekend
of January 23rd/24th will begin on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00 am please visit our website to sign up for Mass.
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