St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn

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website contact:  ststephens@wiktel.com

Assumption Bulletin       website contact:  assumption@wiktel.com

St Rose Bulletin                website contact: stroser@wiktel.com

January 7, 2018 — The Epiphany of the Lord

St. Stephen’s Church

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

Phone: (218)478-2231      ststephens@wiktel.com      www.wiktel.net/ststephens

Pastor: Father Luis Buitron      Phone: (218)242-5689      lbuitron@wiktel.com

Parish Coordinator:  Priscilla Steinke

Office Hours:  Tuesday — 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:  Cindy Hulst, LSW, at (218)281-7895 (24-hour confidential number)

As of July 1, 2017

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

Finance Council:  Jim Blair, Theresa Kuznia and Vernon Smith

Trustees:  Amy Kowalski and Agnes Kuznia

The Sacramental Life

 

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

Sacrament of 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

Sacrament of 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

St. Stephen’s Church Mass Schedule

Wednesday, January 10, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Theresa Kleinwachter by Daniel Kuznia

Friday, January 12, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Edmund Pietruszewski by Jim Kuznia

Saturday, January 13, at 5:00 p.m. — Mass for †Kenneth & Ronald Price by Rose Marie Price

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — January, February & March, 2018

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Stephen’s (Rosary begins at 4:30 p.m.; Benediction at 4:50 p.m.)

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — St. Rose

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — Assumption

Please Note:  Tri-Parish weekend Mass times changed weekend of January 6/7

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

Assumption – Thursdays – Mass at 7:00 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

 

“…they fell down and worshipped him.  Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh…”  Matthew 2:11

Notice the order of events in the Magi’s visit.  First, they knelt before Jesus and prayed to Him.  Then they presented Him with their gifts.  We, too, must take time to pray before we present our gifts to the Lord.  We never know what God may be asking us to share!

December 24 Collection:  $4024.00      Adult:  $1830.00      Children:  $3.00      Plate:  $2191.00

Children’s Altar Donations:  $36.16

Christmas:  $3861.00

 

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.

Prayer List

 

David Haugen, Raymond Kuznia, Donald Narlock, Carol Sunsdahl & Jack Thompson

(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, January 13 (5:00 p.m.) - Lector:  Theresa K.      Servers:  Jessie C. & Zachery G.

Eucharist:  Brian A.* & Tammi A.      Greeters:  Reynold & Donna N.

 

Religious Education

Religious education classes will be held on Wed., Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m.  Supper and safe environment training for grades 4-6 this week.

Other Items and Future Events

Rosary/Benediction  The rosary will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. before Mass on Saturdays.  Also, beginning January 6 we will begin doing Benediction on Saturdays starting at 4:50 p.m.  Altar servers will need to be in the sacristy by 4:30 p.m. for instructions and set-up.

 

Eucharistic Adoration  Instead of Eucharistic Adoration being done every three months, St. Stephen’s will now have Eucharistic Adoration on the first Sunday of each month from 1:00-5:00 p.m. beginning January 7.

Thank you to Jerry and Marilyn Kuznia for helping me get the word out last weekend that Mass was canceled due to the extremely cold weather. ~ Priscilla

For the Homebound or Sick  We do have a Eucharistic Minister who brings the Eucharist to the homebound.  If you would like to have the Eucharist brought to you, please call the parish office.  Also, if you are sick or hospitalized, please feel free to contact Fr. Luis or the parish office and we will see that a personal visit is made.

The Flu Season is upon us.  Some people may not wish to shake hands during the sign of peace or hold hands during the Lord’s Prayer.  Please respect their decision.

Thank you to all who gave this year to our parish Advent giving project. All items have been delivered to St. Gianna’s Maternity Home in Minto, ND.

Immigration Sunday  Since 2009, the Catholic Bishops of Minnesota have designated the Feast of Our Lord’s Epiphany “Immigration Sunday MN.”  This commemoration coincides with the Share the Journey campaign, which is a co-effort by Caritas Internationalis, the United States Conference of Catholic BishopsCatholic Charities USA, and Catholic Relief ServicesShare the Journey is a two-year migration campaign that launched on Sept. 27, 2017.  Share the Journey has at its heart the vision of a united global human family. The focus is on our joint journey as people on the move in departure, transit, and host communities.  This campaign promotes opportunities and spaces for migrants and communities to come together and share stories and experiences, with the aim of strengthening the bonds between migrants and communities.

     The campaign encourages people to take action, raise awareness, and strengthen relationships between migrants, refugees, and communities. This campaign is in response to Pope Francis’ call to promote a culture of encounter – to see people on the move with humanity, to open hearts and minds, to change perceptions.

       If you want to help, pick up and complete a card from the church entry and send it to a Minnesota legislator asking them to pass legislation that would provide DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) protections.  For more information, go to the Minnesota Catholic Conference website at www.mncatholic.org.

JANUARY LADIES AID LEADERS:  Carmen Beauclair, Dorothy Borowicz, Jane Jensen, Carol Riley & Priscilla Steinke