St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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April 14, 2019 — Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

St. Stephen’s Church, Stephen


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)

Parish Membership   If you or someone you know would like to become a member of St. Stephen’s, please call or

stop by the parish office and register.

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, April 17, at 8:30 a.m.  — Mass for †Elsie Kuznia by K.C. & Sandy Kuznia

Good Friday, April 19, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — NO Mass – Communion will be distributed —

Good Friday Service at St. Stephen’s at 3:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m. — Mass for Tri-Parish Families of St. Stephen’s, St. Rose & Assumption Churches

NO Rosary Easter Sunday

Eucharistic Adoration at St. Stephen’s:  May 5 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — April, May & June, 2019


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Rose (Exception:  April 28 at 10:30 a.m.)

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — Assumption

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — St. Stephen’s (Exception:  April 27 at 5:00 p.m.)

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

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

“I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows this day, you will deny three times that you know me.”     Luke 22:34

How many times have you heard someone make a disparaging comment about Jesus or our Catholic faith?  How did you react?  Do you remain quiet not to cause a disturbance?  Or, do you remain quiet because you believe people will think negatively about you?  Pray for the courage to speak up and enter into a respectful dialogue when the opportunity arises.

April 7 Collection:  $1877.00      Adult:  $1842.00      Children:  $3.00      Plate:  $32.00

Ash Wednesday:  $40.00      Catholic Relief Services:  $60.00      Children’s Altar Donations:  $5.09      Flowers:  $305.00


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:  $5,190.00.


Diocesan Annual Appeal   Parish goal — $10,450.00   Committed as of Mar. 29, 2019 — $8,000.00   We have reached 76.56% of our goal!

Prayer List

 (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

Good Friday Service, April 19 (3:00 p.m.)Lector:  Shaun B. & Katrina H.      Servers:  Kinsey B. & Annika A.

Eucharist:  None      Greeters:  Bill & Becki S.


Easter Sunday, April 21 (10:30 a.m.)Lector:  Roger K.      Servers:  Thomas P. & Joshua P.

Eucharist:  Roger K.* (host), Brian A. & Tammi A.      Greeters:  Darin & Katie A.


Note:  After every 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays, Father Luis will be available to train any new altar servers, lectors, ushers, or Eucharistic Ministers.  Please call or text Father Luis at (218)242-5689 ahead of time to meet.

Religious Education


NO Religious education classes will be held on Wed., Apr. 17.  Youth and their families are invited to attend the Sacred Sounds Concert at 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s.  (Grade 2 will have class at 6:00 p.m.)

Ladies Aid

Thank you to these people who shared their time and cleaning talents with our parish family this last week -- which we all appreciate:  Elaine Anderson, Gary Anderson, Sue Anderson, Dorothy Borowicz, Katrina Halfmann, Marilyn Hanson, Amy Kowalski, Jerry Kuznia, Julie Kuznia, Marilyn Kuznia, Juliet Rogus, Tatiana Rotta, Aggie Schindele, and Bev Smith.

Thank you to the Ladies Aid for providing and serving our last Lenten soup and sandwich. Thank you to those who brought food and to the serving group:  Bev Smith, Sarah Marquis and Tatiana Rotta.

Other Items and Future Events

St. Stephen’s Choir will sing on Good Friday (no extra practice); and Easter Sunday (come ˝ hour early to practice in the church).

Annual Sacred Sounds Concert will be held at St. Stephen’s on Wed., Apr. 17, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  A free-will offering will be taken up for the SAC Class of 2020 and the Stephen Ministerial Fund.  We invite you to come and enjoy some prayerful music performed by the SAC students under the direction of Renee Jensen and Nathan Dalager.  Following the concert, you are invited for bars and coffee/lemonade in the parish hall (served by the SAC Class of 2020).

CRS Rice Bowl   Encounter our Neighbors.  We encounter Jesus this week in Jerusalem, a community he knew well.  We prayerfully enter our own communities too, encountering those who are hungry and thirsty and those who need our help.  How does our Lenten journey motivate us to serve those we meet in our daily lives?  Visit for more.

Good Friday Collection   Our parish will support Christians in the Holy Land through the Good Friday Collection.  Please support our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land by giving to the Good Friday Collection.  The pontifical collection allows for care of Christianity’s holiest sites and for God’s people living in the Holy Land.  Please be generous in your support!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend   "Love one another as I have loved you."  John 13:34 - Attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and experience the love of your spouse like you never have before.  The next available weekends are Apr. 26‑28, 2019 in Hutchinson, MN, and Sept. 20‑22, 2019 in Alexandria, MN.  Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: or contact Alan & Missy at or 888-455-3496.

Would you like to have your farm blessed?  John and Denise Grandstrand attended the Convocation Seminar this past November, sponsored by the Dioceses of Crookston and Fargo.  One of the things they talked about with Fr. Luis is having a day to go out and bless the farms in the Tri-Parish Community.  If you would like to be placed on the schedule to have your farm blessed by Fr. Luis, please call or text John at (218) 478-4181 to be placed on the list.  On the weekend of Apr. 27-28 John and Fr. Luis will drive around to the farms signed up and bless them.

Anointing Mass will be held at St. Stephen’s Church on Wed., May 1, at 11:00 a.m.  Mass attendees are invited to dinner following the Anointing Mass at the Stephen Community Center.  Please RSVP for your meal to the Marilee Marty at the Stephen Community Center at the 478-3092 on or before April 29 (make sure to mention St. Stephen’s Anointing Mass attendee).  The St. Stephen’s Ladies Aid will be hosting bingo and prizes following the dinner.

APRIL LADIES AID LEADERS:  Marlene Dowdle, Laura Efta, Annie Osowski, April Pietruszewski, Aggie Schindele, Autumn Schindele, Jane Schindele & Jennifer Van Horn

Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Michael Ryan Arey With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Crookston cordially invites you to celebrate the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Michael Ryan Arey, son of Stefan and Beverly Arey, through the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the Laying on of Hands by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Michael J. Hoeppner on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at ten o’clock in the morning at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston.  A reception will follow the Mass.

NOW HIRING!   Are you or a loved one seeking employment in a Catholic school or parish?  Visit for an up-to-date list of open positions in and near the Diocese of Crookston!

Sacred Sounds Concert

Wednesday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m.

at St. Stephen’s Church


April 14

April 15

April 16

April 17

April 18

April 19

April 20

Palm Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. (No Rosary said. We will gather in the basement before Mass for blessing of the palms.)

Chrism Mass at the Cathedral at 6:30 p.m.


Mass at 8:30 a.m.;

Sacred Sounds Concert at 7:00 p.m. (NO religious education classes)

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper at St. Rose at 7:00 p.m.

NO Mass at the Tamarac – Communion distributed at 10:15 a.m.; Good Friday Service at St. Stephen’s at 3:00 p.m.


Holy Saturday Easter Vigil at Assumption at 8:30 p.m.

April 21

April 22

April 23

April 24

April 25

April 26

April 27

Easter Sunday Mass at St. Rose at 8:30 a.m.; Mass at St. Stephen’s at 10:30 a.m. (No Rosary said at 10:00 a.m.)




NO Mass


NO Mass at the Tamarac – Communion distributed at 10:15 a.m.

Prom Mass at 5:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s

(Youth Prom attendees are to meet in the basement before Mass.)



Note:  There will be no confessions during Holy Week.  No weekday Masses in the Tri-Parishes from April 22-26.