St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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July 21, 2019 — Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Stephen’s Church, Stephen


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

Phone: (218)478-2231

Pastor: Father Luis Buitron      Phone: (218)242-5689

Parish Secretary:  Priscilla Steinke

Office Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday — 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-4:00 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, 2019

Pastoral Council:  Britni Gajeski, Darrin Kowalski, Donna Nelson, Carol Riley and Aggie Schindele

Finance Council:  Tammi Anderson, Carmen Beauclair and Brent Halfmann

Trustees:  Amy Kowalski and Danielle Szklarski


The Sacramental Life and Spiritual Direction


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

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.

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

Spiritual Direction:  is available Tuesdays at St. Rose from 9:30 a.m.-12 Noon; Wednesdays at St. Stephen’s from 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon; and Thursdays at Assumption from 9:30 a.m.-12 Noon.  Call Father Luis Buitron at (218)242-5689 for an appointment.


St. Stephen’s Church Mass Schedule


Wednesday, July 24, at 8:30 a.m.  — Mass for †Elsie Kuznia by Dennis Stainbrook

Friday, July 26, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Raymond Kuznia by Dennis & Shirley Rousseau

Saturday, July 27, at 5:00 p.m.  — Mass for †Dylan Krolak by Merle & Jill Adolphson

Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary at 4:30 p.m. followed by Benediction


Eucharistic Adoration at St. Stephen’s:  August 4 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — July, August & September, 2019


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Stephen’s

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.

Assumption — Thursdays - Mass at 6:30 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


"...I am a minister in accordance with God's stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God."      Colossians 1:25


We are all called to evangelize - to continuously grow in our relationship with Jesus and to share it with others.  We may not be called to evangelize

like St. Paul, but we should look for opportunities to share our faith with those closest to us, like our family, friends and neighbors.  Pray for the

courage to share your faith the next time the opportunity arises.


July 14 Collection:  $757.00    Adult:  $714.00      Children:  $1.00      Plate:  $42.00

Children’s Altar Donations:  $.55     Peter’s Pence:  $139.00      Priests’ Retirement:  $10.00


Building Repair Fund   We have the Building Repair Fund if you wish to make a special 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   To date St. Stephen’s parish has not reached its Diocesan Annual Appeal goal.   Parish goal — $10,450.00   Committed as of July 11, 2019 — $9,605.00   If you have not yet given to the 2019 DAA and would like to do so, extra DAA donation envelopes are located in the vestibule.  You may drop your donation envelope in the Sunday collection basket or mail it to the Diocese of Crookston.


Prayer List


Deacon Courtney Abel, Henry 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


    Saturday, July 27 (5:00 p.m.)Lector:  Marilyn K.      Servers:  Kinsey B. & Annika A.

Eucharist:  Marilyn K.* & Jerry K.      Greeters:  Ken & Arnette B.


Other Items and Future Events


Seminarian John Wilebski will be joining us for Mass on July 27.  John's home parish is The Blessed Sacrament in Greenbush.  We invite you to come and listen to him speak about the seminary.


Community Sunday will be held following Mass on Sat., July 27.  We invite everyone to gather in the parish hall for great food and fellowship.


Diocese of Crookston Middle School BBQ Cookout & FM Red Hawks Game with the DOC Seminarians on Tues., July 30, at St. Joseph’s Parish, Moorhead (the men's house near the church).  Starts at 3:00 p.m. with lawn games; 4:00 p.m.  Adoration; 5:00 p.m. cookout; and 7:00 p.m. Red Hawks game.  RSVP to Fr. Matt Schmitz (218) 773-0877 or by July 26.  Check out the flyer on the church bulletin board.


Marriage Encounter Weekend   Looking for a way to increase the love and romance in your marriage?  A Marriage Encounter Weekend allows a husband and wife to get away together and focus on each other.  The next available weekends are Aug. 3-4, 2019 in Cedar, MN, and Sept. 20-22, 2019 in Alexandria, MN.  Early registration is highly recommended.   For more information visit our website at: or contact Alan & Missy at or 888-455-3496.

Esto Vir Vocation Camp   Make plans for the young men in your life (ages 16+) to attend the Diocese of Crookston's "ESTO VIR" (Latin for: "BE A MAN") Vocation Camp!  ESTO VIR is an opportunity for young men who may be open to the priesthood to come together and spend some days in community with each other and the seminarians of the diocese.  The camp includes sports and games, lakeside recreation, Mass, prayer, food, and fellowship.  Date:  August 6-8, 2019    Location:  Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp (Fosston, MN)   Cost:  FREE!  For more information and registration go to


Service to our parish   If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Rosary Leader, Altar Server, Greeter, Organist, Cantor, Choir Member or a Eucharistic Adoration group member, please call the parish office or send an email to


NOW HIRING!   Are you or a loved one seeking employment in a Catholic school or parish?  Visit for an up-to-date list of open positions in and near the Diocese of Crookston!


JULY LADIES AID LEADERS:  Julie Bolduc, Arnette Borowicz, Kim Clark, Britni Gajeski, Kim Gajeski & Connie Troska