St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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March 26, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

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, March 29, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Wanda Chwialkowski by Rick & Priscilla Steinke

Friday, March 31, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Andrew Riley by John & Pat Krolak

Saturday, April 1, at 5:00 p.m. — Mass for Special Intention by Linda Thompson


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


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

 Sunday at 8:30 a.m. – St. Rose

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. – Assumption


PLEASE NOTE:  Tri-Parish Mass times change weekend of April 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.


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


“Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7

How often do we invest our time, talent and treasure in creating an appearance that does not matter at all to God?  We strive to

impress with our clothing, home, career, possessions, car and other marks of distinction.  But none of these illusions of greatness will

impress God.  Instead, He will look into our hearts to see how much we loved Him, how much we loved others and how we showed that love by

the way we used our time, talents and treasure here on earth.


March 19 Collection:  $1700.00      Adult:  $1383.00      Children:  $2.00      Plate:  $315.00


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.


Diocesan Annual Appeal  As of March 20, 2017, 50 generous members of our parish have committed $8,775 to the 2017 DAA.  We are $1,125 under our parish goal of $9,900.  If you haven’t yet participated, please consider joining your friends and family in supporting the DAA.  Extra DAA envelopes and prayer intention cards are located in the church entry.  You can make a gift by check or cash, by credit card or automatic withdrawal from your checking account over the course of 12 months.  For questions about online giving contact Renee Tate at or call toll free 1-855-297-8252.  View the excellent DAA video at & consider making a sustaining gift.


Extra Flower Donation Envelopes are located in the vestibule.  If you would like to donate toward the flowers, please drop your donation envelope in the Sunday collection basket.


Prayer List



Kate Anderson, Penny Jensen, Laura Kowalski, & 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, April 1 (5:00 p.m.):  Lector:  Theresa K.      Servers:  Thomas P. & Joshua P.

Eucharist:  Roger K.*, Jane S.** & Amy K.     Greeters:  Reynold & Donna N.


Religious Education


Religious Education Classes will be held on March 29 at 6:30 p.m.


Other Items and Future Events


Choir  The Choir will sing for the 7:00 p.m. Penance Service on Wed., Apr. 5, and practice in the basement following the service.

The choir will sing for Palm Sunday on Sat., Apr. 8, and for Holy Saturday on Apr. 15.


Operation Rice Bowl  We encounter Maria in Mexico, where a community of hardworking women share joys, sorrows and fellowship while growing economic opportunity at a greenhouse.  How have your communities helped you encounter Christ anew this Lent?  Visit for more.


Catholic Relief Services Collection  This week, we are taking up The Catholic Relief Services Collection to respond to Jesus in disguise.  This collection helps six Catholic agencies to provide relief and support to struggling communities and to work toward peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world.  Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection.  Learn more at


Tri-Parish Lenten Penance Service will be held at St. Stephen’s on Wed., Apr. 5, beginning at 7:00 p.m.



United States Catholic Catechism for Adults Sessions  This Lent (2017) the journey continues, a journey of discovery, a journey of deepening faith.  Come and see, come and explore your faith, come and discover hope that is the Catholic faith.  Session Dates:  April 1 & 8  Location:  St. Rose of Lima Church, Argyle, Minnesota  Format:  8:30 a.m. - Mass (Mass is followed by a light breakfast); 9:10 a.m. (approximately) – Presentation; 10:00 a.m. – Conclusion  Presenter:  Father George Noel


Egg Bake/Pancake Breakfast  The Stephen Volunteer Ambulance Service will be hosting an Egg Bake/Pancake Breakfast on Sun., Mar. 26, at the Stephen Community Center.  The breakfast will run from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  An array of egg bakes, pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice will be available.  Funds will be used for purchasing needed equipment.  Free will offering.


The Modern Day Mountain Man with Billy Molls  Friday, Mar. 31, at Our Savior’s Free Lutheran Church in Argyle.  Steak, Shrimp & Baked Potato Feed at 5:30 p.m.; Presentation at 7:00 p.m.  $15.00/ticket.  Door prizes awarded.  Must be present to win.  Tickets available the church (218-437-6476) and many local retailers.


MARCH LADIES AID LEADERS:  Jodi Szczepanski, Dana Woinarowicz, Deanna Woinarowicz, Joyce Woinarowicz & Julie Woinarowicz

APRIL LADIES AID LEADERS:  Laura Efta, Tami Miller, Annie Osowski, Aggie Schindele, Jane Schindele & Jennifer VanHorn


Lectors, Greeters, Mass Servers, Eucharistic Ministers  If anyone is interested in being trained for any one or more of these liturgical positions, please contact Father George at (218)289-1735 to schedule a training session.


March 26

March 27

March 28

March 29

March 30

March 31

April 1



Eucharistic Adoration 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Mass at St. Stephen’s at 8:30 a.m.; Lenten Soup & Sandwich Supper (hosted by Ladies Aid) 5:30-6:30 p.m.;  Religious Education classes at 6:30 p.m.; Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.


Mass at the Tamarac at 10:15 a.m.

Mass at St. Rose at 8:30 a.m.; U.S. Catholic Catechism Session at St. Rose at 9:10 a.m.;

Mass at St. Stephen’s at 5:00 p.m.

April 2

April 3

April 4

April 5

April 6

April 7

April 8



Eucharistic Adoration 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Mass at St. Stephen’s at 8:30 a.m.; Religious Education classes at 6:30 p.m.;

Tri-Parish Penance Service at St. Stephen’s at 7:00 p.m.


Mass at the Tamarac at 10:15 a.m.

Mass at St. Rose at 8:30 a.m.; U.S. Catholic Catechism Session at St. Rose at 9:10 a.m.;

Mass at

St. Stephen’s at 5:00 p.m.


Lent/Holy Week Schedule:

April 5 - Lenten Penance Service at St. Stephen's at 7:00 p.m.

April 9 – Eucharistic Adoration from Noon-10:00 p.m.; Confessions from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

April 10 – Chrism Mass at the Cathedral at 6:30 p.m.

April 12 – Sacred Sounds Concert at St. Stephen’s at 7:00 p.m.

April 13 – Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper at St. Rose at 7:00 p.m.

April 14 – Passion of Jesus Christ Service at Assumption at 3:00 p.m.

April 15 – Easter Vigil at St. Stephen's at 8:30 p.m.

April 16 – Easter Sunday Masses at St. Rose at 8:30 a.m. and at Assumption at 10:30 a.m.


Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks, MN is seeking Elementary Education teachers for the 2017-2018 school year in Second, Third and Fifth grades.  Please send letter of interest, resume, three letters of reference, college transcripts and a copy of teaching license to Jodi Vanderheiden, Principal, Sacred Heart Catholic School, 200 Third Street NW, East Grand Forks MN 56721 or email  Telephone:  218-773-0230.  Application deadline is March 31, 2017.