St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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June 25, 2017 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.-5:00 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, June 28 at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Hubert Sang by David & Darlene Wesolowski

Friday, June 30, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for Special Intention by Jim & Donna Safranski

Sunday, July 2, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Alvina Krolak by Paul & Grace Helstowski


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule – July, August & September, 2017


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. – Assumption

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. – St. Stephen’s (Rosary begins ½ hour before Mass)

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. – St. Rose

Please Note:  Tri-Parish Mass times will change the weekend of July 1/2.


St. Rose — Tuesdays - Eucharistic Adoration at 6:00 p.m. and Mass at 7:00 p.m.; Thursdays – Mass at 9:00 a.m. (June 29, Feast of Stes. Peter and Paul, Apostles)


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 acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.”  Matthew 10:32

Do you share your Catholic faith with others?   Do you defend your Catholic faith or do you remain silent when the situation arises?  Do you pray in public before meals?  Pray for the strength and courage to be a joyful witness of our Catholic faith when the opportunity presents itself.


June 18 Collection:  $1406.01      Adult:  $1340.00      Children:  $3.00      Plate:  $63.01

Lawn Mower:  $450.00


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



Paulette (Halfmann) Sikora & Kevin Taylor


(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, July 2 (8:30 a.m.):  Lector:  Marilyn K.      Servers:  Jesse C. & Zachary G.

Eucharist:  Aggie S.*, Marilyn K.** & Jerry K.     Greeters:  Doug & Jane S.


Religious Education


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


Other Items and Future Events


Our condolences to the family and friends of Edmund Pietruszewski, who was called home to the Lord this past week.  May he rest in the peace of Christ.


Cemetery  Please remember to remove all flowers and decorations that are not attached to the gravestone by June 30.


Thank you  Thank you to Marilyn Kuznia who has given of her time and talents to the Parish Council over the last six years!  Thank you to the following parishioners for saying “yes” to being on our councils beginning July 1:  Britni Gajeski, Darrin Kowalski and Aggie Schindele (Parish Council) and Jim Blair (Finance Council)!


Thank you to John, Darrin and Jim Kowalski and Jerry Kuznia for use of their equipment and for their time in bringing the soil and leveling the rectory lawn!  It is very much appreciated.


Real Presence Radio  Known as one of the first televangelists, Venerable Fulton Sheen was an American Bishop known for his preaching and especially for his work on radio and later, television, from 1930 through 1968.  He was loved and admired by people of all faiths as he tackled the important topics of that time.  His message is just as relevant today and we are blessed to have recordings of those broadcasts which are aired weekly on Real Presence Radio.  He combines humor with solid Catholic teaching on topics which continue to impact our lives and the world in which we live.  Tune in each Saturday evening, 8:00 p.m. on 1280 AM, 1370 AM and 820 AM.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend  "Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good, love one another with mutual affection." - Romans 12:9-10.  A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a private weekend for married couple to grow in their love.  The next available weekends are Sept. 15-17, 2017, in Alexandria, MN and Feb. 2-4, 2018, in Hermantown, MN.  Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: or contact Alan & Missy at or 888-455-3496.


Matt Maher Concert  The Diocese of Fargo is sponsoring a concert featuring Matt Maher, Sonar, and Jamison Strain on Aug. 12 in Fargo at the Scheels Arena.  Tickets are available exclusively at  For more information, check out the bulletin board.


JUNE LADIES AID LEADERS:  Tammi Anderson, Kathy Borowicz, Renee Borowicz & Sandra Kuznia

JULY LADIES AID LEADERS:  Arnette Borowicz, Kim Clark, Britni Gajeski & Kim Gajeski


Busy traveling this summer?  Don’t forget your weekly contribution to your local church.  You can drop your donation in the Sunday collection basket the weekend before, mail it to or drop it off at the parish office, or drop it in the collection basket of the church you are attending on the weekend.   It will be forwarded back to our parish.


Director of the Office of Youth Ministry and Catechesis  The Diocese of Crookston is seeking a full-time Director of the Office of Youth Ministry and Catechesis.  This office serves the pastors, parish youth ministers and parish directors of religious education and formation.  The candidate is a voice in the diocese for our young people.  The candidate will coordinate all diocesan youth activities (camps, rallies, trainings, etc.) with the assistance of parish employees and volunteers.  The candidate will also conduct training sessions for catechesis in parishes.  We are seeking a candidate with an educational background and experience in the areas of youth ministry and religious education.  The qualifying candidate needs to be a practicing Catholic who has an understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church and desires to promote them.  Send resume and references to:  Msgr. Mike Foltz, Diocese of Crookston, P.O. Box 610, Crookston, MN 56716 or email:  Interviews begin by June 30th.


Development/Stewardship Director  Sacred Heart School and Parish is seeking a Development/ Stewardship Director.  This position is responsible for executing the development plan, promoting volunteerism, and facilitating financial growth for the school and parish.  Full job description can be found at:  Application deadline is July 21, 2017.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, reference list and letters of recommendation to:  Carl Adolphson, School President, 200 3rd St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 OR



Thank you Fr. George for your spiritual leadership over the past few years.  May God

bless you on your new journey in service to others.