St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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January 16, 2022 — Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

                                    St. Stephen’s Church, Stephen                                       


515 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 507, Stephen, MN 56757

Phone:  218-478-2231

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


Parish Secretary:  Priscilla Steinke

Office Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday — 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

(closed all holy days of obligation and holidays)

Youth Minister:  Ethan Marquis


Pastoral Council:  Britni Gajeski, Katrina Halfmann, and Darrin Kowalski

Finance Council:  Tammi Anderson, Carmen Beauclair and Brent Halfmann

Trustees:  Todd Chwialkowski and Ethan Marquis


Diocesan Victim Assistance   If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual misconduct on the part of a priest, deacon, or individual representing the Diocese of Crookston, its parishes, or its schools, your first call should be to law enforcement.  In addition, the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator is available at 218-281-7895 (24-hour confidential number).


Project Rachel Ministry:  Healing After Abortion   The Project Rachel ministry is offered to women and men who have had a past experience with abortion and wish to seek healing and reconciliation.  A trained counselor can be reached through this confidential phone number (218‑470‑0112) on Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-Noon.


Knights of Columbus Insurance   The Field Agent for this area is James Suda.  Contact him at 701-430-0604 or by e‑mail at


New to the area?   Please contact the parish office to register.  Change of address/phone number.  Please contact the parish office.


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.


The Sacramental Life


Please contact Father Luis at 218-242-5689 to schedule an appointment.


Baptism:   Pre-baptism class is required for parents.

Reconciliation:  Confessions are available in the sacristy.  The confessional will not be used.  Being that the sacristy is a small area we want more time for the air to exchange between people.  Everyone is encouraged to go to confession in your home parish or another area church.  Here at St. Stephen’s confessions will be heard Sundays from 8:00-8:20 a.m. or by calling Father Luis at 218-242-5689 for an appointment.  Entrance to the sacristy can be through the side door at the front of the church, basement, or southwest door by the garage.  There are chairs at the top and bottom of the steps if the sacristy is in use and you need to wait. We highly recommend but do not mandate wearing a mask.  Use of a mask is optional.  If you are homebound or handicapped, please call Father Luis for an in-home 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 fill the requirements of the Catholic Church for the marriage to be validly recognized by the Catholic Church.

Pastoral Visit/Anointing of the Sick:  If you or a family member would like to receive a home visit, the Holy Eucharist for the homebound, or the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call Father Luis.


St. Stephen’s Church Mass Schedule


Wednesday, January 19, at 8:30 a.m. – Mass for †Roger Zack by Ted & Rita Chwialkowski

Friday, January 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Tamarac – Mass for †Robert Safranski, Sr. by Jim & Donna Safranski (private Mass for

Tamarac residents only)

Sunday, January 23, at 8:30 a.m. (Rosary at 8:00 a.m.) – Mass for †Daniel Kuznia by Gayle & Annette Kuznia


Eucharistic Adoration on February 6 from 1-5 p.m.


Liturgical Ministry


Lector for January 23 — Todd Chwialkowski

Rosary Leader for January — Mary Kowalski


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule for January, February & March, 2022


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. – Assumption

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. – St. Stephen’s

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. – St. Rose


Tuesday Mass at 5:00 p.m. — St. Rose

Wednesday Mass at 8:30 a.m. — St. Stephen’s

Thursday Mass at 6:00 p.m. — Assumption


Special Prayers For

Joff Kuznia, Brooklyn Poe and an end to the COVID virus pandemic


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.


Stewardship of Treasure


“To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.”     1 Corinthians 12:7     St. Paul tells us that God has blessed each of us for a reason.  How has God blessed you?  Are you using your gifts according to God’s plan?  How are you helping to build God’s kingdom here on earth?  Remember that if you don’t do the work God planned for you, no one else can do it.  Live the life God has intended for you.  Take time to discern your charisms (gifts from the Holy Spirit).  Experience the supernatural Peace and Joy God desires for each of us.


January 9 Collection:  $1,385.00    Adults:  $1,375.00      Children:  $.00      Plate:  $10.00

Solemnity of Mary:  $100.00


Budgeted Sunday offertory income for 7/1/21-6/30/22 = $92,200.00 (weekly = $1,773.08)


Basement Renovation Fund and Building Repair Fund   We have the “Basement Renovation Fund” and the “Building Repair Fund” for anyone who wishes to make a special donation or memorial to St. Stephen’s Church.


Other Items and Future Events


Thank you to all of those who helped with decorating and taking down the decorations in the church for Christmas.  Many individuals helped with both.   Thank you — your service to our parish is very much appreciated.


9 Days for Life   Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in the annual 9 Days for Life novena, January 19-27.  Sign up at! 


March for Life   Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 12:00 Noon at the Beltrami County Courthouse.  Bring the whole family, as this is a pro-life march for all age groups, from the youngest to the oldest.  Bring your own sign (some signs will be provided), invocation and speakers before and after the march, soup and sandwiches will be served following at St. Philip’s Social Hall -- 49th Anniversary of 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision of legalizing abortion. 


Men’s Cursillo   Are you looking for a way to walk more closely with God?  Cursillo may be what you’re looking for.  The Diocese of Crookston is offering a Men’s Cursillo on the weekend of February 24-27, 2022, at Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp south of Fosston.  Applications are also available at your parish office or at


Real Presence Radio invites you to attend the annual fundraising banquet in Fargo, ND, on Monday, February 7, at the Delta Hotels by Marriott.  This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Stacy Trasancos.  For more information about the event check out the flyer on the parish bulletin board, to register as a guest, host a table or to sponsor the banquet, please call (877) 795-0122 or email  Sponsorship packages are available at the $250, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or higher levels.


January Ladies Aid Leaders – Dorothy Borowicz, Carmen Beauclair, Yesenia Cantus, Jane Jensen, Carol Riley & Priscilla Steinke