Weekly Parish Newsletter - Sunday April 4th
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton Weekly Newsletter
Sunday, April 4th
Message from our Pastor Father Carlos D. Suarez:
On the first day of the week, the third day of his Passion, Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Today is His day, and it is the day that has changed not only the history of God’s chosen people but also the fate of all humanity. Many great historical figures have led exemplary lives, taught wise doctrines, and even died for the truth. But only one has risen again.
Jesus’ resurrection makes clear once and for all that in the end light always triumphs over darkness. Just a week ago we were commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem as people expected that their earthly savior had arrived and that he would change the course of their lives. They expected a political leader who would stand in the face of injustice and right the wrongs that the chosen people faced. On the one hand, they were right in that Jesus came to right wrongs, but on the other hand, they were wrong because they hoped for too little. Jesus didn’t come to alter political structures. He came to transform hearts, to right the wrong of sin, and that is a far greater victory than taking over an earthly empire which in the course of history would surely fall again. In the eyes of the world, Jesus’ ultimate victory seemed to be His ultimate defeat. All seemed lost, but as we gather today, we celebrate the fact that Jesus’ story, and our story, does not end in darkness. Jesus Christ’s resurrection is the ultimate testament to the fact that although darkness may seem great and powerful in the end it can never triumph over light. After the darkest night, the first rays of dawn will inevitably follow.
Jesus’ resurrection is not just a historical fact, nor is it just a statement of pious devotion, it is a reality that should animate and transform the lives of each of us who are His disciples. We know that there are times when we face suffering whether it’s physical, material, or spiritual. At these times we seek freedom from this suffering and at these times we also may feel like the darkness will be with us forever. We may grumble at God and resign ourselves to our fate, but just as we’re making ourselves comfortable in our tombs Jesus comes to call us out of them. In Christ and in His resurrection, a new hope dawns for all humanity, the hope that if we stay united to him through faith and grace, we will rise with him, rise from our very tombs, and live with him forever in the never-ending glory of heaven.
Even during Lent the signs pointing to this resurrection victory are present. Sundays aren’t counted among the 40 days, because every Sunday is a feast day on which we celebrate Jesus Christ’s triumph over sin and death, and nothing can change that. This is why the Church has made Sunday Mass obligatory - to make sure we don't forget about the Resurrection!
I would like to end this week by offering a word to those of our brothers and sisters that are with us for the first time, or for the first time in a long time. Each of you is as important a part of the body of Christ as those who worship with us faithfully week to week, and the body of Christ is weakened by your absence. I would invite you to take this day, and the fifty days of this Easter season as an opportunity to reflect on what God has done for you, and what He’s asking you to do. It’s a joy to have you with us today and I hope that this joy will be repeated and multiplied throughout the rest of the year. Welcome home!—Fr. Carlos
No primeiro dia da semana, o terceiro dia da sua paixão, Jesus Cristo ressuscitou dos mortos. Hoje é o Seu dia, e é o dia que mudou não só a história do povo eleito de Deus, mas também o destino de toda a humanidade. Muitas grandes figuras históricas levaram uma vida exemplar, ensinaram doutrinas sábias e até morreram pela verdade. Mas apenas um ressuscitou.
A ressurreição de Jesus deixa claro de uma vez por todas que no final a luz sempre triunfa sobre as trevas. Há apenas uma semana, estávamos comemorando a entrada triunfante de Jesus em Jerusalém. As pessoas esperavam que o salvador terreno tivesse chegado e que ele mudaria o curso de suas vidas. Eles esperavam um líder político que enfrentasse a injustiça e corrigisse o sofremento que o povo escolhido enfrentou. Por um lado, eles tinham razão em esperar que que Jesus iria corregir os erros, mas, por outro lado, eles estavam errados porque esperavam muito pouco. Jesus não veio para alterar as estruturas políticas. Ele veio para transformar corações, para corrigir o erro do pecado, e isso é uma vitória muito maior do que assumir o controle de um império terreno que no curso da história certamente cairia novamente. Aos olhos do mundo, a vitória final de Jesus parecia ser sua derrota final. Tudo parecia perdido, mas ao nos reunirmos hoje, celebramos o fato de que a história de Jesus, e nossa história, não termina nas trevas. A ressurreição de Jesus Cristo é o testamento definitivo para o fato de que embora as trevas possam parecer grandes e poderosas no final, elas nunca podem triunfar sobre a luz. Depois da noite mais escura, os primeiros raios do amanhecer inevitavelmente se seguirão.
A ressurreição de Jesus não é apenas um fato histórico, nem apenas uma declaração de devoção piedosa, é uma realidade que deve animar e transformar a vida de cada um de nós que somos Seus discípulos. Sabemos que há momentos em que enfrentamos sofrimento, seja ele físico, material ou espiritual. Nesses momentos, buscamos nos libertar desse sofrimento e nessas horas também podemos sentir que as trevas estarão conosco para sempre. Podemos reclamar de Deus e nos resignar ao nosso destino, mas assim que estamos nos acomodando em nossos túmulos, Jesus vem nos chamar para sair deles. Em Cristo e em sua ressurreição, uma nova esperança amanhece para toda a humanidade, a esperança de que, se permanecermos unidos a ele pela fé e pela graça, ressuscitaremos com ele, ressurgiremos de nossos próprios túmulos e viveremos com ele para sempre até chegar a glória do céu.
Mesmo durante a Quaresma, os sinais que apontam para a vitória da ressurreição estão presentes. Os domingos não são contados entre os 40 dias da quaresma, porque todo domingo é um dia de festa em que celebramos o triunfo de Jesus Cristo sobre o pecado e a morte e nada pode mudar isso. É por isso que a Igreja tornou obrigatória a missa dominical - para garantir que não nos esqueçamos da Ressurreição!
Gostaria de terminar esta semana dirigindo uma palavra aos nossos irmãos e irmãs que estão conosco pela primeira vez, ou pela primeira vez em muito tempo. Cada um de vocês é uma parte tão importante do corpo de Cristo quanto aqueles que estão conosco fielmente semana após semana, e o corpo de Cristo é enfraquecido pela sua ausência. Gostaria de convidá-los a aproveitar este dia e os cinquenta dias deste tempo da Páscoa como uma oportunidade para refletir sobre o que Deus fez por você e o que Ele está pedindo que você faça. É uma alegria ter vocês conosco hoje e espero que essa alegria se repita e se multiplique ao longo do resto do ano. Bem-vindos a casa!- Pe. Carlos
SMAC will be airing our Sunday Mass on
Sunday, April 4th at 8:30 am on
Comcast Channel 9 and on Verizon Channel 28!
You can also view our weekend on our website.
Click here to view mass on our website.
Easter 2021 Paschal Candle
The Paschal candle is blessed and lit on Holy Saturday and placed by the altar until Pentecost.
This year the Paschal Candle at Saint James was donated in the memory of:
William Corbett Mulroney, Jr.
Grateful Discipleship is the way to cultivate J.O.Y
– Jesus Others You
As the Catholic Parishes of Stoughton prepare for The Grateful Discipleship Program, we are challenged to evaluate our lives and give back a just portion of our blessings to God. In spite of the difficult times, we are fortunate people. Our thanks for these and many other blessings should be reflected in what we give to advance Christ’s mission in the community.
Last week we mailed and emailed letters from Father Carlos describing the initiative and how each parishioner can be involved. It is an opportunity for all of us to take an active role in the growth of our parish and for each parishioner to practice the principle of stewardship — giving back a portion of our blessings to God.
Remember, giving opportunities come is many forms, not just financial. Give of yourself as a volunteer and set aside time for prayer and spiritual growth. You could commit a portion of your time to say the Rosary or attending daily Mass. You could commit a portion of your talents to volunteer in the parish. “What you give will be returned tenfold.”
Remember, our goal for this first year is to receive commitment forms from 300 families. Will you help us reach our goal? Please prayerfully consider what you can do and return your commitment form by April 24th and 25th.
If you did not receive the mailing/emai the documents can be found below and on our website.
Click here to visit our website.
Letter from Father Carlos
Stewardship Commitment Form
Easter Basket Raffle Winners!
Congratulations to our winners!
Kelly Gillis – Fire Pit Basket
Judy Ng- Family Game Night Basket
Christine Marcella – Garden Basket
Mary Storm- Chocolate Basket
Thank you to everyone that participated in our Easter Basket Raffle. The churches raised over $1,600!
Calling all men of faith! Are you proud to be a Catholic during a time when we might seem out of place in today’s society? Do you want to connect with other men that share your values and develop authentic friendships that will help you grow in virtue? Are you looking for opportunities to foster greater fraternity? We encourage you to join the Men’s Group of the Catholic Parishes of Stoughton. All male parishioners are welcome, whether you’re new/returning to the Church or a seasoned Catholic. Join us as we explore and discuss the fullness of Truth and the adventures of life! If you're interested, please contact Fr. Carlos at
Electronic Giving is Gaining in Popularity at Immaculate Conception and
St. James…Have You Signed Up Yet?
It benefits you and our parish!
Enrollment is friendly and trouble-free.
Never worry about writing checks to the church again!
Please visit our website
and click “Online Giving” or contact the parish office to receive more information.
Parish Offertory Numbers
for the weekend of March 28th
Offertory Weekly Average: $9,175.00
Weekly Offertory: $5,794.00
Offertory Cash Shortfall: $-3,381.00
Offertory Weekly Average: $4,293.00
Weekly Offertory: $2,038.00
Offertory Cash Shortfall: $-2,255.00
Easter Sunday Offertory
The Easter Collection supports the retirement, medical and financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. These priests have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ, the Church, and you. Please be generous to this important collection. For more information, please visit www.clergyfunds.org.
Free Will offering baskets will be located next to the offertory box for donations to the Parish for the operational needs of our spiritual home.
2021 Catholic Appeal
A few weeks ago, we launched our annual Catholic Appeal, along with all the other parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Each year, the Catholic Appeal provides the faithful with a way to help support the ministries that support our parishes, our schools, and our communities. This is our Church, and every gift makes a difference. Your gift has an immediate impact on our parish and the work of our Church.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Visit bostoncatholicappeal.org to learn more or make a donation. You can offer your support by
Thank you for your support!
Public Masses have Resumed for
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton
Sign Up for Masses for the Weekend
of April 10th/11th will begin on Tuesday, April 6th at 10:00 am please visit our website to sign up for Mass.
The Parish Office will be closed on
Monday, April 5th.
Visit our Website and Facebook page for daily updates!
on Saturday, April 3 at 4:00PM