Weekly Parish Newsletter - Sunday June 28 2020
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton Weekly Newsletter
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Message from our Pastor Father Joe:
Peace be with you!
My friends, it’s hard to believe but it is almost July. Time seems to be moving at a different pace these days. When the businesses, schools and, of course, the church shut down, it became hard to even remember what day it was. My friend sent me a text last month. It simply said, “It’s Wednesday.” It’s like she could read my mind. I literally had just been thinking, “What day is it again?”! It’s become a little easier for me now that we have reopened a few weeks ago. Having the churches open again on Sunday has made all the difference. And it reminds me of how important it is to “keep holy the Sabbath day.” I’ve mentioned before that it’s amazing how different Sundays feel when we don’t do anything except go to church and hang out with our families. I stopped going to stores years ago on Sunday and it not only transformed my whole day but my whole week. If one day is just like the next, the days all seem to run together and life just feels like a big blur. Sunday should be different. I’m going to suggest something. I know that the stores are open again but perhaps we might still stay home on Sunday. Perhaps we might truly try to keep it holy. The word ‘holy’ means “different, set apart.” I find that when I make Sunday different, when I set it apart from the other days, it slows life down. It helps me to appreciate the simple things more; the beauty of God’s creation, the companionship of my family and friends. And most importantly, it helps me to offer something back to the Lord; worship, of course, at Mass and my gratitude for His abundant blessings. I’m reminded of these words from Isaiah.
“If you hold back your foot on the Sabbath,”
“from following your own pursuits on my holy day; If you call the Sabbath a delight, and the Lord’s holy day honorable; If you honor it by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice; then you shall delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth.”
The origin of the sabbath is God resting on the seventh day in Genesis. Maybe, even if we didn’t have a busy week, we can just “rest,” too, rest in God’s presence and contemplate Him on His day. I encourage us all to try it. Just watch how different the week feels. Just watch how different you feel!
The 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sunday Mass with Father Joe ~ June 28, 2020
SMAC will be airing our Sunday Mass on
Sunday, June 28th at 8:30 am on
Comcast Channel 9 and
on Verizon Channel 28!
Why do Catholics call priests Father?
One of the common objections evangelical Christians have to Catholics is our practice of calling priests by the title Father. They will often cite a passage in Matthew’s Gospel in which Jesus tells his followers: “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven” (23:19). It seems pretty straightforward, but when we put this verse in context, we see that Jesus is speaking out against religious leaders who had forgotten what their proper role was and who were bad examples through their own hypocrisy and elitist attitudes.
In other Gospels, we find Jesus himself using the title father for different characters, such as in the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31]) and the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). If we put the verse from Matthew into the full scope of Jesus’ teachings, he isn’t saying that we can’t use words like “father,” “rabbi,” or “master.” Rather, he is telling us that we should be mindful of the full meaning of those titles and not to misuse them.
To call a priest “Father” is more than a sign of respect for the office of the priesthood. It goes all the way back to the way St. Paul understood his own work as a missionary and evangelizer. Paul wrote, “I am writing you in this way not to shame you but to admonish you as my beloved children … It was I who begot you in Christ Jesus through my preaching of the Gospel. I beg you, then, be imitators of me. This is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful son in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:14-17).
Yes, we have God alone as our heavenly Father, but there are also those here with us who nurture and nourish our faith through their teaching and care. This is why the title of Father has been applied to the church’s pastors in different ways since the earliest days of the Church, including monks and nuns using the title “abbot” and “abbess” (from abba) for their spiritual leaders and Christians around the world recognizing the “Holy Father” or “pope” (from papa) as the head of the family that is the Church. The title Father is a reminder that priests have a special responsibility to care for, protect, feed, listen to, and nourish those who have been entrusted to them, all after the example of our Father in heaven who never ceases to give us what we truly need.
Gospel Coloring Page
Click on the image below for fun family craft ideas for July 4th!
Knights of Columbus College Scholarship
Stoughton Council #200
The Knights of Columbus is now accepting applications for the Knights of Columbus College Scholarship. There are two $500 scholarships available. To apply you, your Father or Grandfather must be a Member of the Knights of Columbus of Stoughton Council #200 or you must be a member of St. James Parish or the Immaculate Conception Church of Stoughton. Applications can be found at the back of either Church and the deadline to apply is July 15, 2020.
BECOME A YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST MISSIONARY
What is a Year of the Eucharist Missionary?
It is someone who believes in the True Presence of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and will dedicate him/herself to pray more, participate in, and promote the Year of the Eucharist.
Who can be a Missionary?
We welcome anyone within and outside of the Archdiocese of Boston to join us as Missionaries, deepening your own love of the Eucharist, and praying for this Eucharistic Year to bear fruit in the whole Church. (If you live within the Archdiocese of Boston, we will pass your name on to your parish or school Year of the Eucharist Coordinator.)
For More Information or to sign up to become a Year of the Eucharist Missionary please
The Parishes offices
will be closed on
Friday July 3rd!
Public Masses have Resumed for
The Catholic Parishes of Stoughton
Given the social distancing restrictions, only 80 people are permitted in St. James per Mass. Parishioners must schedule in advance to attend Sunday Mass.
The deadline for signs ups is 5:30 pm the Thursday prior to that weekend's Mass.
Those without computer access can call the parish office at 781-344-2073 to sign up during office hours from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. We encourage you to share this information with those who do not have access to a computer.
Sign Up for Masses for the Weekend
of July 4th/5th will begin on Monday June 29th at 10:00 am please visit our website to sign up for Mass.
Join the growing number of people who have generously stepped up to support our parish given reduced offertory during the pandemic. Learn more at www.BostonCatholic.org/donate.
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