St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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May 21, 2017 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

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, May 24 at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Wanda Chwialkowski by Ted & Rita Chwialkowski

Friday, May 26, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Alvina Krolak by Family & Friends

Saturday, May 27, at 5:00 p.m. — Mass for †Andrew Riley by David & Adell Kuznia


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule – April, May & June, 2017


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. – St. Stephen’s (Rosary begins ½ hour before Mass)

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. – St. Rose

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. – Assumption


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


“For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be God’s will, than for doing evil.”  1 Peter 3:17

The old line says “if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”  Many of us are diligent in our planning, making sure things are progressing smoothly, then disaster strikes, we don’t get the result that was intended.  An unforeseen problem arises.  Many times we may respond negatively.  Why me?  I did everything right!  Here’s the thing — God has a different and better plan in store for you.


May 14 Collection:  $922.00      Adult:  $863.00      Children:  $.00      Plate:  $59.00

Holy Thursday:  $10.00      Good Friday:  $10.00      Easter:  $300.00

Catholic Home Missions:  $25.00      Trinity Dome:  $48.00    Lawn Mower:  $150.00


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



Duane Kuznia, Brian Pilon & 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



Saturday, May 27 (5:00 p.m.):  Lector:  Theresa K.      Servers:  Kayla K. & Emily M.

Eucharist:  Carol B.*, Amy K.** & Gary A.     Greeters:  David & Kim C.


Religious Education


Congratulations to Shane B. and Tom G. on your upcoming graduation!  “… Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.”  1 Joshua 9


Retreats, Marriage Encounter Weekends, and Summer Camps  Check out the church bulletin board for flyers and registration forms.


Other Items and Future Events


Baccalaureate Service to be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Argyle on Wed., May 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m.


Our condolences to the family and friends of Florence Kuznia, who was called home to the Lord this past week.  May she rest in the peace of Christ.


Donations Needed for Lawn Mower  St. Stephen's Parish is in need of a new lawn mower to use on the church, parish house and cemetery grounds.  After much research it is estimated the cost will be about $3000.  Please make your donations as soon as possible as we know soon the grass will be growing.  Donations may be placed in the Sunday offertory basket or sent to parish office with a note “for lawn mower.”  Thank you for your generosity!  


MAY LADIES AID LEADERS:  Suzie Gajeski, Donna Nelson, Georgie Nelson, Sheila Peterson & Lenore Pietruszewski


Catholic Communication Campaign  Today, we are taking up the collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).  Your support helps the CCC connect people to Christ, here and around the world, through the internet, television, radio, and print media.  Half of the funds we collect remain in our diocese to support local efforts.  Be a part of this campaign to spread the gospel message and support the collection today!  To learn more, visit


Trinity Dome Collection  Thank you for your generous support of the Trinity Dome Collection.  Your participation will bring to completion the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, our church, America’s Catholic Church.


New to our area?  Please call or stop by the parish office to register.