St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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March 19, 2017 – Third Sunday of Lent

St. Stephen’s Church


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

Phone:  218-478-2231

Pastor:  Father George Noel      Phone:  218-289-1735 (Cell)

Parish Coordinator:  Priscilla Steinke

Office Hours: Tuesdays — 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays — 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Thursdays — 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

(closed all holy days and holidays)

Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator:  Louann McGlynn      Phone:  218-281-7895


The Sacramental Life


Sacrament of Reconciliation:  before Saturday evening Mass:  3:45-4:45 p.m.; before Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass:  7:45-8:15 a.m. or

call Father George Noel for an appointment

Sacrament of Baptism:  pre-baptism class is required; contact Father George Noel

Sacrament of Marriage:  all Catholics who have made a decision to enter into marriage must see 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 fulfill 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 office know,

so they can be put on a visiting schedule by a Eucharistic Minister


St. Stephen’s Church Mass Schedule


Wednesday, March 22, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Alvina Krolak by Paul & Grace Helstowski

Friday, March 24, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Andrew Riley by John & Pat Krolak

Sunday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. — Mass for Tri-Parish Families of St. Stephen’s, St. Rose & Assumption Churches


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule – January, February & March, 2017


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. – St. Rose

 Sunday at 8:30 a.m. – Assumption

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. – St. Stephen’s (Rosary begins ½ hour before Mass)


St. Rose — Tuesdays - Eucharistic Adoration at 6:00 p.m. and Mass at 7:00 p.m.; Thursdays – Mass at 9:00 a.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


“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” John 4:13

Jesus reminds us that material things, even something as basic as water, can never satisfy us for long.  When we build our lives around material possessions we always want more.  True Joy and Peace only comes when we follow Jesus; when we become more “God-centered” and less “self-centered”.



March 12 Collection:  $2190.00      Adult:  $2040.00      Children:  $16.00      Plate:  $134.00

Ash Wednesday:  $235.00      Home Missions:  $152.00


Building Repair Fund  We have the Building Repair Fund if you wish to make a 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.


Diocesan Annual Appeal  As of March 6, 2017, 39 generous members of our parish have committed $6,600 to the 2017 DAA.  We are $3,300 under our parish goal of $9,900.  If you haven’t yet participated, please consider joining your friends and family in supporting the DAA.  Extra DAA envelopes and prayer intention cards are located in the church entry.  You can make a gift by check or cash, by credit card or automatic withdrawal from your checking account over the course of 12 months.  For questions about online giving contact Renee Tate at or call toll free 1-855-297-8252.  View the excellent DAA video at & consider making a sustaining gift.


Extra Flower Donation Envelopes are located in the vestibule.  If you would like to donate toward the flowers, please drop your donation envelope in the Sunday collection basket.


Prayer List



Kate Anderson, Darlene Bates, Troy Bazey, Penny Jensen, Laura Kowalski, Ron Ryden & Paulette (Halfmann) Sikora


(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



Sunday, March 26 (10:30 a.m.):  Lector:  Marilyn K.      Servers:  Austin S. & Emily M.

Eucharist:  Wendell P.*, Marilyn K.** & Jerry K.     Greeters:  Duane & Sandra K.


Religious Education


Religious Education Classes will be held on March 22 at 6:30 p.m.


Other Items and Future Events


Thanks to Brent Halfmann and his group of volunteer cooks who prepared and served the food for the Ecumenical Lenten Breakfast this past Wednesday.  What a great way to share your time and talents with the community of Stephen!


Operation Rice Bowl  We encounter Fernando in El Salvador where, despite a lack of economic opportunity, youth are pursuing their dreams of building businesses to better the lives of their families.  How have you worked to better the lives of others this Lent?  Visit for more.


Catholic Relief Services Collection  Next week, our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC).  Funds from this collection help provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refugees, and Christ’s love and respect to all people here at home and abroad.  Next week, please give generously to the CRSC and help Jesus in disguise.  Learn more about the collection at


United States Catholic Catechism for Adults Sessions  This Lent (2017) the journey continues, a journey of discovery, a journey of deepening faith.  Come and see, come and explore your faith, come and discover hope that is the Catholic faith.  Session Dates:  (Saturdays) March 25 & April 1 & 8  Location:  St. Rose of Lima Church, Argyle, Minnesota  Format:  8:30 a.m. - Mass (Mass is followed by a light breakfast); 9:10 a.m. (approximately) – Presentation; 10:00 a.m. – Conclusion  Presenter:  Father George Noel



Egg Bake/Pancake Breakfast  The Stephen Volunteer Ambulance Service will be hosting an Egg Bake/Pancake Breakfast on Sun., Mar. 26, at the Stephen Community Center.  The breakfast will run from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  An array of egg bakes, pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice will be available.  Funds will be used for purchasing needed equipment.  Free will offering.


The Modern Day Mountain Man with Billy Molls  Friday, Mar. 31, at Our Savior’s Free Lutheran Church in Argyle.  Steak, Shrimp & Baked Potato Feed at 5:30 p.m.; Presentation at 7:00 p.m.  $15.00/ticket.  Door prizes awarded.  Must be present to win.  Tickets available the church (218-437-6476) and many local retailers.


MARCH LADIES AID LEADERS:  Jodi Szczepanski, Dana Woinarowicz, Deanna Woinarowicz, Joyce Woinarowicz & Julie Woinarowicz


Lectors, Greeters, Mass Servers, Eucharistic Ministers  If anyone is interested in being trained for any one or more of these liturgical positions, please contact Father George at (218)289-1735 to schedule a training session.


March 19

March 20

March 21

March 22

March 23

March 24

March 25

Mass at

St. Stephen’s at 10:30 a.m. – Community

Sunday; Diocesan Middle School

Youth Rally at St. Bernards’s Church, TRF

12:30-6:00 p.m.



Eucharistic Adoration 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Ecumenical Men’s

& Women’s

Lenten Breakfast

& Bible Study at

6:30 a.m. at First Lutheran; Mass at St. Stephen’s at 8:30 a.m.; Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper (hosted by Finance/Pastoral Councils)

5:30-6:30 p.m.;  Religious

Education classes

at 6:30 p.m.;

Stations of the

Cross at 7:00 p.m.


Mass at the

Tamarac at

10:15 a.m.

Mass at St. Rose at 8:30 a.m.; U.S.



Session at St. Rose

at 9:10 a.m.

March 26

March 27

March 28

March 29

March 30

March 31

April 1

Mass at

St. Stephen’s at

10:30 a.m.


Eucharistic Adoration 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Mass at

St. Stephen’s at 8:30 a.m.; Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper (hosted by Ladies Aid)

5:30-6:30 p.m.;  Religious

Education classes at 6:30 p.m.;

Stations of the

Cross at 7:00 p.m.


Mass at the

Tamarac at

10:15 a.m.

Mass at St. Rose at 8:30 a.m.; U.S. Catholic


Session at St. Rose

at 9:10 a.m.;

Mass at

St. Stephen’s at 5:00 p.m.