Weekend snow greatly impacts the parishes. Fewer people are able to make it to Mass and our offertory numbers fall off dramatically. We’ve had five straight weekends now with snow and so far this season each parish has spent approximately $16,000 on snow removal and sanding.
If a weekend snow storm prevented you from coming to Mass, please consider mailing in your donation or adding it to the following weekend’s offertory. The best way to make
consistent contributions regardless of the weather is through your own automatic bill pay feature easily available if you do any online banking. At St James you can also enroll in online giving. This feature will be coming to Immaculate Conception soon. Please call one of the parish offices to learn more.
St. James and Immaculate Conception has been selected to participate in a national study of vibrant parishes conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute! We need your help !
Please help us participate by completing a 10-15 minute survey online. The survey will be emailed to
you by email@example.com. The survey will only be available from February 17 to March 10 and will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on what efforts the parish is doing to help you grow. All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole.
We are trying to get the highest response rate possible. This information will be invaluable to Father Mazzone and our various ministries as we plan ahead and try to be the best disciples we can be. We will receive the results in May/June at which time, we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.
If we don’t have an email address for you, please call your Parish office with your name and e-mail address so we can add you to the list. If you don’t use email - there will be opportunities to complete the survey after daily and Sunday Mass and you can obtain a paper copy by contacting St. James at 781-344-9121 and Immaculate Conception at 781-344-2073
Thank you for helping with this important project!
We are two Roman Catholic parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston. We are deeply committed to our Lord Jesus Christ who is the source of all our faith, hope, strength and love. We serve Catholics in Stoughton and the surrounding areas of Canton, Randolph and Avon. All are welcome to join us at one of our two parishes.
Father Joseph Mazzone
Pastor of St. James & Immaculate Conception
Last week, I shared with you "Ten Tips from Pope Francis on How to Have a Good Lent." They were compiled by Kevin Cotter, the director of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. This week, I’d like to share the second five with you.
“In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could harden our hearts, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of God’s boundless love, to taste his tenderness. Lent is a time of prayer, of more intense prayer, more prolonged, more assiduous, more able to take on the needs of the brethren; intercessory prayer, to intercede before God for the many situations of poverty and suffering.” – Homily, March 5, 2014
“We must be careful not to practice a formal fast, or one which in truth ‘satisfies’ us because it makes us feel good about ourselves. Fasting makes sense if it questions our security, and if it also leads to some benefit for others, if it helps us to cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan, who bends down to his brother in need and takes care of him.” – Homily, March 5, 2014
“Today gratuitousness is often not part of daily life where everything is bought and sold. Everything is calculated and measured. Almsgiving helps us to calculated and measured. Almsgiving helps us to experience giving freely, which leads to freedom from the obsession of possessing, from the fear of losing what we have, from the sadness of one who does not wish to share his wealth with others.” – Homily, March 5, 2014
9. Help the Poor
“In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing.” – Lenten Message, 2014
“The Lord asks us to be joyous heralds of this message of mercy and hope! It is thrilling to experience the joy of spreading this good news, sharing the treasure entrusted to us, consoling broken hearts and offering hope to our brothers and sisters experiencing darkness.” – Lenten Message, 2014
We invite you to read Father Robert Barron daily Lent Reflections. Father Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, the Rector of Mundelein Seminary, and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award winning documentary about the Catholic Faith. He received a Master's Degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America (1982) and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris (1992).
He has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He has also appeared on several media outlets including NBC, PBS, FOX News, CNN, and EWTN. His website, WordOnFire.org, has reached over 3.8 million people and his weekly YouTube videos have been viewed over nine million times. His pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, to describe him as “one of the Church's best messengers."