St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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May 19, 2024 — Pentecost Sunday

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:  Kristin Gajeski, Katrina Halfmann, Autumn Schindele, and Danika Sundby

Finance Council:  Alex Anderson, Daniel Gerszewski, and Darrin Kowalski

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.


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


Knights of Columbus members:  If you have insurance questions, please contact Joe Caouette at 320-485-2202.


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.  Please call Father Luis.

Reconciliation:  available before Saturday evening Mass:  4:30-5:00 p.m.; before Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass:  8:00-8:30 a.m.; or by calling Father Luis for an appointment.  No Reconciliation before 10:30 a.m. Mass.  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, May 22, at 8:30 a.m. — NO Mass

Sunday, May 26, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Gene Gajeski by Ted & Juliet Rogus

(Rosary said at 8:00 a.m. before Sunday Mass)


Eucharistic Adoration at St. Stephen’s – June 2 from 1-5 p.m.


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule for May & June, 2024


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — Assumption

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — St. Stephen’s

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — St. Rose


Liturgical Ministry


Sunday, May 26, at 8:30 a.m.

Lector — Marilyn K.

Altar Servers — Jacob S. & Avery S.

Eucharistic Ministers — Jerry & Marilyn K.

Greeters — Mike & Renee B.


Rosary Leaders:

May 26 — Jerry K.


Special Prayers For


Denese Nicholls


To add a name to the prayer list — ask their permission first, then contact the parish office.  Names are left on the list for four weeks.  If you want a name kept on the prayer list, call the parish office for 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


May 12:  $1,246.00      Adults:  $1,115.00      Children:  $1.00      Plate:  $130.00


2023-2024 Budget for Sunday Offertory:  $97,050 / 52 weeks = $1,866.35


Donations while away for the weekend   When you are away from Stephen for weekend Mass you can still give to your home parish by dropping your donation envelope in the collection basket at the church where you are attending Mass and it will be mailed back to St. Stephen’s.  OR   Did you know that St. Stephen’s Church has the option for automatic debit from a checking or savings account?   Contact the parish office at 218‑478‑2231 to set this up.


St. Stephen’s 2024 DAA Goal:  $9,857     Committed as of May 7, 2024:  $10,120 by 35 donors


Building Repair Fund   If you wish to make a donation or memorial, we have the Building Repair Fund.  Funds are used to maintain and make repairs and updates in the church, rectory and grounds.


Catholic Communication Campaign   Today we take up the collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).  Your support helps the CCC connect Catholics with Christ in the United States and around the world using the internet, television, radio, and print media.  Half the funds we collect remain here in the Diocese of Crookston to support local efforts.  Be a part of this campaign to spread the gospel message.  Support the collection today!    Learn more at


Ladies Aid


Pans and Bowls   There are many pans and bowls from past events now located in the vestibule.  Please pick yours up today!


May Ladies Aid Leaders – Donna Nelson, Doris Nelson, Georgie Nelson, Sheila Peterson & Lenore Pietruszewski


Other Items and Future Events


Sabbatical   Father Luis will be leaving after Mass on May 19 for a sabbatical.  He will return in mid-August.  There will be no Tri‑Parish weekday Masses held during this time.  Monsignor Daniel Pilon and Father Pat Sullivan will be the substitute priests for the weekend Masses.  Father Illango of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Warren will be available in case of a sacramental emergency and Father Joshy Mathew from St. Patrick’s Church in Hallock will also be available after May 29.


Thank you to Agnes Kuznia for donating the Holy Spirit banner in memory of Raymond Kuznia.


Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May   For the formation of religious and seminarians.  We pray that religious women and men, and seminarians, grow in their own vocations through their human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, leading them to be credible witnesses to the Gospel.


Beginning Experience (B.E.) of Eastern North Dakota will be offering its next Weekend June 21-23, 2024, in Hankinson, ND.  The B.E. Weekend is a Friday evening to Sunday afternoon program for adults grieving the loss of a love relationship through death, divorce, or separation, who are ready to come to terms with their loss and begin to move forward with their lives.  Presented by a team of persons who have suffered the loss of a loved one, they are willing to share their experience to help others.  Team members lead participants through a program of presentations, personal private reflection and small group sharing.  The B.E. Weekend is the core program and the foundation of the Beginning Experience ministry.  The BE Weekend Application Form and, if needed, a Counselor/Therapist Approval Form can be downloaded from the website:  For more information and application, call your BE local area representative:  Fargo/Moorhead - Bonnie at 701-318-0949 or Fargo BE line 701-277-8784 (Please leave a message.), Fergus Falls BE line 218-560-1686 (Please leave a message.) or in Grand Forks – Msgr. Dan at 701-361-2051.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend    A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a private weekend away from the distractions of daily life for couples in good marriages. Give your marriage this gift!  The next available weekends are August 17-18, 2024, in Oakdale, MN, and October12-13, 2024 in Alexandria, MN.  Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: or contact Miki at or 507‑227‑8229.



“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.”      1 Corinthians 12:4-6

All of us are blessed, regardless of our own individual circumstances.  God has given each of us many gifts.  How we use those gifts is our gift back to God.  For God’s plan to work, each must do what we are called to do.  Guess what?  We are not all called to do the same thing!  For God’s plan to work you have to do what God is calling you to do and I have to do what God is calling me to do.


Diocese of Crookston Announcements


National Eucharistic Congress   There are still tickets remaining for the 10th National Eucharistic Congress, July 17-21, 2024, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Join 80,000 Catholics from across the Country for this powerful, once in a lifetime event!  Please visit  You are encouraged and invited to attend with the Diocese of Crookston delegation.  For information about how to register for the congress as a member of the Diocese of Crookston Delegation, please visit  The Diocese of Crookston is working with Corporate Travels who have arranged for hotel rooms near the venue and tickets to the event.


Natural Family Planning Introductory Session   The Crookston Diocese welcomes all couples to a free Natural Family Planning Introductory Session presented by Laura Golden, FCP and Sarah McKeown, CFCP.  Next session:  July 23, 2024.  To register, the QR code is located on the poster on the bulletin board.

May is the month we honor Mary, the Mother of God