Weekly Parish Newsletter - Sunday May 10, 2020
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton Weekly Newsletter
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Message From The Pastor - Father Joseph Mazzone
On this Mother’s Day, as we honor our mothers (and all of those who have been like mothers to us) I can’t help thinking of the patron saint of mothers, St. Monica, the mother of the future St. Augustine. I think every mother of every son has prayed to her at one time or another when their kids are getting a little bit wild or are a little (or a lot) bit lost on life’s journey. Many of us know her story. St. Monica was a devout Christian who was married to a man named Patricius, a pagan who did not share her beliefs. Most troubling to her, though, was that her oldest child, Augustine, had strayed far and wide from the Christian beliefs she tried to teach him. St. Monica has many qualities to emulate, but I think her the most enduring ones are her steadfast patience and complete trust in God. Monica could have taken a certain approach, I suppose, to dealing with her son; to badger him, and beat the faith into him, if only figuratively. She tried that for a while. At one point, she kicked him out of the house, fed up with his lifestyle. She eventually tried a different tack. She put everything in God’s hands . . . and she prayed . . . and prayed. My guess is that she was praying for herself just as much as she was praying for her son; that she would be patient with him, that he would know that no matter what happened, she would always love him, that she would trust God, and that she, too, was a sinner who needed prayers. Her steadfast faith and motherly persistence was a potent combination that eventually bore abundant fruit. Moved by his mother’s prayer, Augustine returned to the faith of his childhood and became one of its greatest defenders. Lord knows, my friends, that like Augustine, many of us have tested the patience of our mothers over the years! Perhaps the greatest gift we can give them today is to let them know we are praying for them. May our Lord Jesus Christ, who so honored his own mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, bless
our mothers on this special day.
A Mother’s Day Prayer
Loving Lord, we ask your special blessing on our mothers and those who have been like mothers to us. Their presence brings light and warmth to our lives and we thank you for giving them to us. Bless them with the same consolation that your Mother received during her life. Lord, your mother Mary found joy in her motherhood and when she discovered God's will for her she announced:
"My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior." (Luke 1:46)
We pray that this same happiness will come upon our own mothers as we honor them today. Protect them, and give them all the grace they need to serve you in good health and peace. Keep us united in mutual respect and love for one another. We ask all this in your name, for You are Lord forever, and ever. Amen.
The "Risus Paschalis" (Easter Laugh)
Hey, guess who I bumped into yesterday
on the way to get my glasses fixed?
Fifth Sunday of Easter Mass
with Father Joe ~ May 10, 2020
SMAC will be airing our Sunday Mass on
Sunday, May 10th at 8:30 am on
Comcast Channel 9 and
on Verizon Channel 28!
Saint of the Day for May 13th
Our Lady of Fatima
Click on the image below to learn more about Our Lady of Fatima.
If you would like to make a donation to help decorate the Our Lady of Fatima Statue with flowers at Immaculate Conception for her Feast day of May 13th, please mail your donation to the parish office at 122 Canton Street, Stoughton.
Witnesses for Jesus
This journey of faith is not always easy. Sometimes the greatest wounds are those we suffer when family members and friends wander away from God and leave us behind. The faith they had when they were younger is now strained, or they see the daily walking with Jesus to be too difficult. For them, Jesus becomes what Peter wrote about when he described Jesus as the stone that causes people to stumble and the rock that makes them fall. Our journey is hard enough, but watching a loved one stumble and fall is heart-breaking.
What are we to do in such a situation? Most importantly, we pray. We must realize that God is more powerful than us, and even if we can’t make them see the truth, He can. Then we witness to the transformative power of Jesus by our own lives. We need to serve him in word and deed. We should let a joy of being a disciple enlighten our faces. Allow Jesus to work through us so that others may be drawn to him. Lastly, we must never lose hope. Many have walked long journeys alone only to find God far down the road. What will it take to bring someone to Christ? It might be an action, a word, or an emotion. We never know how certain people will be touched. That loved one is a gift from God in your life. Place them back in God’s hands, and let Him pick them up if they have stumbled and fallen.
—Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS ©LPi
Gospel Coloring Page for May 10th.pdf
St. Anthony's Free
St. Anthony’s Free Market is remaining open every Friday 9:30-12noon and the 2nd Thursday of the month from 5:00-6:00pm during the COVID-19 pandemic providing pre-bagged food to Stoughton residents using a drive-thru procedure to keep clients and volunteers safe. We are making up bags of food and coordinating with the Council on Aging to have food delivered to our seniors and disabled residents at this time also.
Many thanks to all of our parishioners who have so generously supported our Parishes during these extremely difficult times. So many have signed up for online giving, mailed in your donations, and dropped them off at the parish office. Your outpouring of support is very much appreciated and enables us to continue to minister to our parishioners and also to those in need in our town.
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