St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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June 17, 2018 — Eleventh 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.-4:00 p.m.; Wednesday — 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Thursday — 8:30 a.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, 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 Danielle Szklarski


The Sacramental Life


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

Sacrament of 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

Sacrament of 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


St. Stephen’s Church Mass Schedule


Wednesday, June 20, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for Special Intention by Jim & Donna Safranski

Friday, June 22, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Gloria Mickelson by John & Pat Krolak

Sunday, June 24, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †John Krolak by Ted & Rita Chwialkowski

(Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction beginning at 8:00 a.m.)


St. Stephen’s — Eucharistic Adoration – July 8 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Please Note:  Father Luis has changed the Friday Mass time at the Tamarac back to 10:15 a.m.


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — April, May & June, 2018


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — Assumption (Exception:  Sunday, June 17 (Polka Mass), at 10:30 a.m.)

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — St. Stephen’s

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — St. Rose (Exception:  Saturday, June 16, at 5:00 p.m.)


St. Rose — Tuesdays - Eucharistic Adoration at 6:00 p.m. and Mass at 7:00 p.m.

Assumption — Thursdays - Mass at 7:00 p.m. (Exception:  June 21 at 6:30 p.m.)


Please Note:  No Tri-Parish weekday Masses June 25-29


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 we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has

done in the body.” – 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10

We are all accountable for the gifts God has given us – our time, our talent and our treasure. Each of us is accountable not only for our own life but for the lives of others as well. One day God will ask each of us what did we do with the gifts we were given.  How will you respond?


June 10 Collection:  $2142.00      Adult:  $1908.00      Children:  $5.00      Plate:  $229.00

Children’s Altar Donations:  $8.00


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  As of May 31, 2018, we have reached 98.78% of our DAA goal.  Thanks to the 52 generous members of our parish who have committed $10,425 to the 2018 DAA.  We are $129 from reaching our parish goal of $10,554.  If you haven’t yet participated, please consider joining others 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.  Call toll free 1-855-397-8252 or visit


Prayer List


Ted Chwialkowski, Donald Narlock & Darlene Wesolowski


(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, June 24 (8:30 a.m.) - Lector:  Theresa K.      Servers:  Lydia B. & Kinsey B.

Eucharist:  Amy K.* & Arnette B.      Greeters:  Ted & Juliet R.


Religious Education


Jamaican Mission Trip  Please keep in your prayers those leaving for Jamaica this week for their mission trip.  We pray that they continue to grow in their faith and do great service to others less fortunate.


St. John Paul II Middle School Camp

Where:  Northern Pines Camp, 20033 County Rd. 1, Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-4713
When: Sunday, July 8th - Thursday, July 12th (WEEK ONE IS FULL - WAITING LIST ONLY) and Sunday, July 15th - Thursday, July 19th 
Cost: $325 per camper or $300 per camper for two or more members of the same family (A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e‑mail address you provide during registration. Spots are not held for registrants until deposit/payment has been received.)


Ladies Aid


Thank you to Tammi Anderson for organizing Community Sunday and to Sandy and Kayla Kuznia and Renee Borowicz for serving the delicious food.  It provides a wonderful time of fellowship for our parish family.  Your generous donation of $116 will be used to purchase a portable TV stand for our TV and DVD set.  Thank you!


Other Items and Future Events


Father’s Day Pancake & Ham Breakfast today at the Marshall County Park at Florian.  Serving 9:00 a.m.-Noon.  Free will donation.  All proceeds go toward park improvements and playgrounds.


"POLISH DAY" - Sunday, June 17 - Florian, MN.  Polka Mass @ 10:30am, Benefit Dinner in parish hall from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Dolina Polish Folk Dancers and Matt Hodek & Dakota Dutchman in P.N.A. Hall from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Water Wars & Clown for the kids.  Fun for the entire family!!!


Finance/Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thurs., June 21.  Finance Council beginning at 7:45 p.m. with Pastoral Council to follow at 8:15 p.m.



A Beginning Experience Weekend will be held June 22-24, 2018, at Hankinson Retreat Center.  "Beginning Experience" is a support program offered by the Catholic Church and open to divorced, widowed, and separated persons of all Faiths, or no Faith. For more information, or to register, contact Matt Tedrick (701-541-6095) or Marlene Wilde (218-998-4300) and/or the website


Celebrate Fr. Don Braukman in His Retirement  After all Masses June 30 and July 1, we will have the opportunity to let Fr. Don know what he has meant to our community and diocese.  We will serve ice cream after the evening Masses at St. Philip’s, Bemidji and other treats during the morning Masses.  Weekend Mass times at St. Philip’s are:  Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.


100th Anniversary Celebration

Reserve the date!  We will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the St. Stephen’s Church building on Sun., July 15.  Keep watch for future details.


Esto Vir – “Be a Man!”  Esto Vir is a vocation camp for young men (age 16+).  This camp 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.  Camp dates:  Aug. 7-9, 2018   Location:  Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp (Fosston, MN)  Cost:  FREE!  Questions can be directed to Fr. Matt Schmitz, Promoter of Vocations:  218-773-0877 or  Visit for more info!

Registration Deadline is July 23, 2018.


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!


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