St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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October 8, 2017 — Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Stephen’s Church

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 — 8:30 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:  4:15-4:45 p.m.; before Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass:  7:45-8:15 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 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 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, Oct. 11, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for Special Intention by Jim & Donna Safranski

Friday, Oct. 13, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Adam Grzadzieleski by Linda Thompson

Sunday, Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m. — Mass for Tri-Parish Families of St. Stephen’s, St. Rose & Assumption Churches

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — October, November & December, 2017

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Rose (Exception:  Mass on Oct. 29 @ 10:30 a.m.)

Sunday at 8:30 a.m.   Assumption

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — Stephen’s (Exception:  Mass on Oct. 28 @ 5:00 p.m.)

(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

“The stone the builders rejected has become the corner stone…”  Matthew 21:42

Jesus was the corner stone and He was rejected by the religious and political leaders of His day, as well as ordinary citizens.  Living a stewardship lifestyle may cause you to be “rejected” by others in today’s society.  For example, saying grace before a meal in a restaurant may attract some strange looks from some.  But to others it is a sign that God is alive and well!

October 1 Collection:  $1466.00      Adult:  $1393.00      Children:  $4.00      Plate:  $69.00

Church in Latin America:  $55.00

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

(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, October 15:  Lector:  Shaun B.      Servers:  Lydia B. & Kinsey B.

Eucharist:  Shaun B.** & Aggie S.      Greeters:  Brian & Tammi A.

From Your Pastor’s Desk


If you are homebound and would like me to visit you at your home, if you are having surgery, if you are in the hospital or a nursing home, please contact me on my cell phone — (218)242-5689.  If you just need to talk to a priest, feel free to give me a call.  OR If you would like me to bless your home, farm, etc., give me a call to set up a time and I will be more than happy to do the blessing.  — Fr. Luis

Religious Education

Religious education classes for grades 1-11 will be held on Wed., Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Host homes needed for NET Ministries Team I am in need of 2-3 host homes for the NET Ministries Team who will be arriving for the Fall Youth Retreat at St. Stephen’s.  The host homes are needed for the evenings of November 5 and 6.  Please call Priscilla at the parish office if you are willing to open up your home to these young adults.

High School Youth Rally The Diocesan High School Youth Rally for those in grades 9-12 will be held at Holy Rosary Church in Detroit Lakes on Sun., Oct. 29.  Registration forms are due back to me by October 19.

Other Items and Future Events

Our condolences to the family and friends of Angel Sczepanski, who was recently called home to the Lord.  May she rest in the peace of Christ.

Saint John’s Bible Exhibit   The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County has announced the opening of the largest exhibit in its history.  It will feature 68 original folios of The Saint John’s Bible. This is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years.  The exhibit will also include tools, sketches and rare books which tell the story of The Saint John’s Bible.  The exhibit will be open from Oct. 1-Dec. 31 at the Hjemkomst Center located at 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead.  It is open from 12-5 p.m. on Sundays and Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with the exception of Tuesdays when it is open until 8 p.m.

According to information provided by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn.  It was executed by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office.  Its 1,130 pages were made using vellum, ancient inks, gold and silver leaf and platinum.  It was written by a team of scribes using quill pens cut from goose, turkey and swan feathers.  Each volume of The Saint John’s Bible is 2-feet by 3-feet and weighs 30 to 40 pounds. The imagery in the Bible reflects the images, passions and multiculturalism of the modern world.

Let Us Share the Journey   On Sept. 27, 2017 Pope Francis launched a global campaign to support migrants and refugees around the world.  In collaboration with the annual celebration of Respect Life Month in October, the bishops in the U.S. are asking Catholics around the country to help kick off the campaign by taking part in a week of prayer and action for migrants and refugees from Oct. 7-13.  You can join with Pope Francis in this campaign by using the prayer and commitment form provided in this bulletin during the week of Oct. 7-13.

Eucharistic Adoration will be held from Noon to 10:00 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 8, at St. Stephen’s.  Come spend some time with the Lord and listen to what he is telling you.  Confessions will be heard from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

St. Ann’s Catholic Church Annual Fall Dinner (Goodridge, MN) on Sun., Oct. 8.  Serving from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Menu:  Pig roast,parsley potatoes, vegetable, salad, dinner roll and assorted desserts.  Everyone is welcome!

Our Lady of Fatima On Fri., Oct. 13, the Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima.  St. Josep’s Church in Red Lake Falls will be celebrating by reciting the Rosary at 6:30 with Mass to follow at 7:00 p.m.

40 Rosaries for Life The next 40 Days for Life campaign will run from Sept. 27-Nov. 5.  This year the Diocese of Crookston will attempt to have a Diocesan-wide 40 Days for Life campaign.  The program is called “40 Rosaries for Life” and the goal is to have at least one rosary prayed by a group of parishioners in every parish in the Diocese of Crookston on a specifically assigned day so that each of the 40 days will be covered by one parish-based rosary. The scheduled date for St. Stephen’s Church is:  Sat., October 21, at 7:00 p.m.  All are invited to join together for this rosary.

Need a retreat?  What a great time of year to take care of your spiritual health!  Many in our parish have attended Cursillo weekends over the years and give great testimony to the power of such weekends.  Cursillo is pronounced KER-SEE-O meaning — short course in Christianity.  Weekends are being offered this Fall and next Spring at Sand Hill Bible Camp, just south of Fosston.  The weekends include quiet time, inspirational talks, and most importantly, time to be with Jesus without the many distractions of daily life.  Grow closer to Jesus by taking the time to join us.  HE will bless your sacrifice of time for HIM.  The weekend starts Thursday evening and ends Sunday afternoon.  A Women’s retreat will be Oct. 26-29.  If this date does not work into your schedule, there will also be weekends available next Spring.  The Men’s will be held Feb. 22-25, 2018, and the Women’s will be Mar. 15-18, 2018.  Contact Carol Olsonawski (218-689-9081) or Bobbi Mercil (701-866-5706) for more information applications can be printed at or picked up at your parish office.

Fall Festival at St. Rose of Lima on Sun., Oct. 29.  Polka Mass at 10:30 a.m.  Turkey & ham dinner served from 12:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  Raffle – need not be present to win.  Bingo, fish pond, baked goods and fancywork at the Argyle Mall!

Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary Information Weekend  This is an opportunity to learn more about priesthood and seminary life, to meet the students and faculty of the seminary, and to become familiar with St. Mary’s University.  Dates:  Nov. 11-13, 2017, and Mar. 17-19, 2018.  Registration forms are located on the church bulletin board.  Registrations are due two weeks prior to the session.

OCTOBER LADIES AID LEADERS:  Marilyn Hanson, Julie Kuznia, Theresa Kuznia & Linda Thompson

OND ANNOUNCEMENT: Has your parish recently celebrated Rite of Confirmation or First Holy Communion?  Are you or a loved one celebrating a significant wedding anniversary or birthday?  Email a photo and caption to: and it will be published in a digital photo album at:


October is Respect Life Month

“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20