St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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November 11, 2018 — Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Stephen’s Church


515 Fifth Street, PO Box 507, Stephen, MN 56757

Phone: (218)478-2231

Pastor: Father Luis Buitron      Phone: (218)242-5689

Parish Coordinator:  Priscilla Steinke

Office Hours:  Tuesday — 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Wednesday — 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Thursday — 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

(closed all holy days and holidays)

If you have a church question or need something outside of office hours, you are to only contact Fr. Luis at (218)-242-5689.

Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator:  Cindy Hulst, LSW, at (218)281-7895 (24-hour confidential number)


As of July 1, 2018

Pastoral Council:  Britni Gajeski, Darrin Kowalski, Ethan Marquis, Donna Nelson, Carol Riley, Aggie Schindele and Lance Woinarowicz

Finance Council:  Jim Blair, Brent Halfmann and Vernon Smith

Trustees:  Amy Kowalski and Danielle Szklarski


The Sacramental Life and Spiritual Direction


Baptism:  pre-baptism class is required; contact Father Luis Buitron

Reconciliation: before Saturday evening Mass:  4:30-5:00 p.m.; before Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass:  8:00-8:30 a.m. or call Father Luis Buitron for an appointment

Marriage:  all Catholics who have made a decision to enter into marriage must meet with a priest six months before the proposed wedding date; if a Catholic is contemplating marriage to a non-Catholic, the Catholic must still contact a priest to full the requirements of the Catholic Church for the marriage to be validly recognized by the Catholic Church

Anointing of the Sick:  please call the parish office during serious illness or before surgery

Shut-ins:  if you know anyone who cannot come to church, please let the parish office know so they can be put on a visiting schedule by a Eucharistic Minister

Spiritual Direction:  is available Tuesdays at St. Rose from 9:30 a.m.-12 Noon; Wednesdays at St. Stephen’s from 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon; and Thursdays at Assumption from 9:30 a.m.-12 Noon.  Call Father Luis Buitron at (218)242-5689 for an appointment.


St. Stephen’s Church Mass Schedule


Wednesday, November 14, at 8:30 a.m.  — Mass for †Ralph Kuznia by Matt & Gerri Kuznia

Friday, November 16, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Tom Sczepanski by Eileen Sczepanski

Saturday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m. — Mass for †Adelle & Dolores Kostrzewski by Rick & Priscilla Steinke

(Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration beginning at 4:30 p.m. followed by Benediction)


St. Stephen’s — Eucharistic Adoration – December 2 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — October, November & December, 2018


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Stephen’s

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — St. Rose

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — Assumption


St. Rose — Tuesdays - Eucharistic Adoration at 6:00 p.m. and Mass at 7:00 p.m.

St. Stephen’s — Wednesdays – Mass at 8:30 a.m.; Fridays – Mass at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac

Assumption — Thursdays – Mass at 6:30 p.m.


Mission Statement of St. Stephen’s Church


We the community of St Stephen’s are believers in Jesus Christ; striving to proclaim His Gospel in word and in deed.  Through worship, evangelization, formation and service we invite our brothers and

sisters to know the Lord.


Stewardship of Treasure


November 4 Collection:  $1248.00     Adult:  $1180.00      Children:  $2.00     Plate:  $66.00

All Saints’ Day:  $523.36      Children’s Altar Donations:  $2.36





Building Repair Fund   We have the Building Repair Fund if you wish to make a special donation or memorial.  This fund is used for general repairs to the church and rectory.  Thank you to all who have donated to this fund, either as a general donation or as a memorial.


Sound System Fund   In the future we will be updating our sound system in the church.  Our current estimate for this project is $7,000.  Anyone wishing to donate toward this project can put their donation in an envelope marked “Sound System” and drop it in the Sunday collection basket.  Contributions to Date:  $2356.00


Prayer List



Shelley Fredericks, Raymond Kuznia & Donald Narlock

(To add or remove a name, please call the parish office.  Names will be removed after four weeks.  You may call and request

an additional four weeks.)


Prayer Chain Please call the parish office with prayer requests.

Prayer Blankets Please contact Theresa Kuznia if you know of anyone who needs comfort and prayers and would like a prayer blanket from the Ladies Aid.


Liturgical Ministry





Saturday, November 17 (5:00 p.m.)Lector:  Roger K.      Servers:  Jesse C. & Molly M.

Eucharist:  Brian A.* & Tammi A.      Greeters:  Ted & Juliet R.


Religious Education


NO religious education classes will be held on Wed., Nov. 14 (SAC parent-teacher conferences).


Ladies Aid


It's coming back after a year off!  After discussing with several of the ladies it has been decided to have a Lefsa/Bake Sale on Dec. 1, 2018. This means that on Thurs., Nov. 29, we will gather to peel and rice potatoes, Friday to make the lefsa, and Saturday will be the lefsa/bake sale.  If you are able to help with any or all of these FUN days please call Mary Kowalski (478-3899) or Sarah Marquis (218-431-0033) or sign up on the sheet in the vestibule.

     All are asked to bring $15 of baked goods to help make this a successful day.  


Monthly Community Gathering will be following Mass on Sat., Nov. 17.  Everyone is invited to come together as one family for food and fellowship.


Other Items and Future Events


St. Stephen’s Choir will sing for 5:00 p.m. Mass next Saturday, Nov. 17, for Community Sunday.  Please come early for practice downstairs.


NEEDED   Someone over the age of 18 to help with mowing and snow removal.  Please contact the parish office if you are interested in the position.


NEEDED   Someone to be the grounds maintenance person for St. Stephen’s.  If you are willing to take this on, please call Fr. Luis.


St. Stephen’s Bible Study Sessions meet Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Spirit Room.  Please feel free to join the group as they continue on with The Bible Timeline sessions. 


Book of Remembrance   During the month of November, we traditionally remember deceased family and friends.  Please feel free to add the names of your beloved dead to the Book of Remembrance at the back of the church.


Rosary leaders are needed for 2019   Please call the parish office if you are willing to lead the rosary before Mass on weekends.


Stephen Lions Big Money Bingo will be held on Sun., Nov. 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Stephen Community Center.  Door prize and free lunch.


Are You Divorced, Widowed, Separated?  "Beginning Experience" is a support program offered by the Catholic Church and open to divorced and widowed people of all faiths, or no faith.  A Beginning Experience Weekend will be offered at Maryvale, Valley City ND, Nov. 16-18, 2018.  For more information contact Vickie 701-866-5682 or Val 218-415-0101, or leave a message at 701-277-8784.  See also the website:<>


Catholic Campaign for Human Development   Next week, our second collection will be for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Over 43 million people in the United States live in poverty.  This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to bring permanent and positive change to their communities.  Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at


3 Great Saints for Marriage, Family & Life   Why did God create marriage and the family?  To show us how to live as children of God and to show us how to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.  The lives of three great saints will show us how we can form a communion of love, reflect the mercy of God, and live our life as a gift.  Of course, we are to do these in our marriages and across our family life, but whether you are married, single, widowed, divorced, young, old or middle aged - we are called to live such a life.  Join Deacon Mark Krejci, Ph.D. of Formation in Discipleship for the Diocese of Crookston for this one-hour time for prayer and reflection. 

     Join us at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roseau, MN, on Nov. 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Cost is FREE!  A Marriage Retreat is offered afterwards for an additional cost.  For more information about the retreat contact the church at #218-463-2441.


St. Mary’s Mission Appeal   Please keep in prayer the 2018 St. Mary’s Mission Appeal which will be taken up on Nov. 24 and 25, the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Our gifts to the Appeal are especially meaningful this year after the loss of the parish building. Providing some additional financial security helps Father Jerry carve out time from his fundraising schedule to invest in plans for the new parish building and school. Please take a few minutes to view the NEW St. Mary’s Mission Appeal Video at You’ll be glad you did!


NOVEMBER LADIES AID LEADERS:  Kathy Bazey, Mavis Benson, Mary Ann Chwialkowski, Cindy Kuznia, Julie Palowski, Becki Sczepanski, Katie Sczepanski, Nicole Sczepanski