St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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August 12, 2018 — Nineteenth 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 — 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Wednesday — 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Thursday — 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

(closed all holy days and holidays)

If you have a church question or need something outside of office hours, you are to only contact Fr. Luis at (218)-242-5689.

Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator:  Cindy Hulst, LSW, at (218)281-7895 (24-hour confidential number)

As of July 1, 2018

Pastoral Council:  Britni Gajeski, Darrin Kowalski, Ethan Marquis, Donna Nelson, Carol Riley, Aggie Schindele and Lance Woinarowicz

Finance Council:  Jim Blair, Brent Halfmann and Vernon Smith

Trustees:  Amy Kowalski and Danielle Szklarski

The Sacramental Life and Spiritual Direction


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

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, August 15 (holy day of obligation), at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Andrew Riley by Eugene & Theresa Kuznia

Friday, August 17, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Robert Safranski, Sr. by Delphine Safranski

Sunday, August 19, at 10:30 a.m. — Mass for Tri-Parish Families of St. Stephen’s, St. Rose & Assumption Churches

(Rosary beginning at 10:00 a.m.)

St. Stephen’s — Eucharistic Adoration – September 2 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — July, August & September, 2018


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Rose

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — Assumption

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — St. Stephen’s

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (holy day of obligation)

Tues., August 14, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Rose

Wed., August 15, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s

Wed., August 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Assumption.   Ice Cream Social to follow Mass.

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

St. Stephen’s — Wednesdays – Mass at 8:30 a.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


“Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!” 1 KINGS 19:7

Jesus knows that our stewardship journey will be difficult; we are not designed to do it on our own. Fortunately, Jesus gave us the greatest gift of all – the gift of the Eucharist; His own body and blood. When we join our sacrifices with the sacrifice of the Mass, we find the strength and courage to be His joyful disciples.

August 5 Collection:  $2569.00      Adult:  $2459.00      Children:  $5.00     Plate:  $105.00

Children’s Altar Donations:  $6.11

Sound System Goal:  $7000.00   Contributions to Date:  $1550.00


Children’s Altar Donations  The children’s altar donations collected for the fiscal year 2017-2018 which were added to the general fund will be used for fun activities for the children.

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.


Prayer List


Jim Kowalski, 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


     Wednesday, August 15 (8:30 a.m.) - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (holy day of obligation)

 Lector:  Roger K.      Servers:  Jessie C.

Eucharist:  Roger K.* & Aggie S.      Greeters:  Ken & Arnette B.


Sunday, August 19 (10:30 a.m.)Lector:  Marilyn K.      Servers:  Kinsey B. & Emily M.

Eucharist:  Marilyn K.* & Jerry K.      Greeters:  Duane & Sandra K.

Religious Education


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the means by which individuals interested in becoming Roman Catholic may do so.  The process will begin with a simple informational meeting with Fr. Luis at St. Rose of Lima on Tues., Sept. 11, after Mass at 7:30 p.m.

Diocesan Safe Environment Certification   For anyone who is planning to volunteer with youth activities in any way for St. Stephen’s, the new required safe environment testing is available online. You may visit

Altar Servers   Congratulations to our newly trained altar servers:  Annika A., Ryan B. and Molly M.  Thank you to those altar servers who graduated this past Spring for their years of service to our parish family:  Lydia B., Kayla K. and Austin S. and thanks to those who continue to serve for Masses at St. Stephen’s Church:  Kinsey B., Jesse C., Zachary G., Emily M., Thomas P. and Joshua P.  This dedication shows your strong commitment to your faith.  THANK YOU!!

Other Items and Future Events


Our condolences to the family and friends of Llewellyn Hanson, who was recently called home to the Lord.  May he rest in the peace of Christ.

Needed   We need someone to come forward to be the grounds maintenance person for St. Stephen’s.  If you are willing to take this on, please call Fr. Luis.


Sound System   We will be updating our sound system in the church.  Our current estimate for this project is $7,000.  Anyone wishing to donate toward this project can put their donation in an envelope marked “Sound System” and drop it in the Sunday collection basket.


Wings of Hope - Cherished Children Memorial Service   Tues., Aug. 14, 2018, Altru’s Wings of Hope Bereavement Services will be hosting the annual Cherished Children Memorial Service.  This event seeks to support families who have lost a child by any means, and at any stage of life.  The event is free and open to the public.   The celebration will start at 6:00 p.m. on the hospital lawn with informational booths from local bereavement resources. 

     The theme this year is “Keeping the Memory Alive:  Honoring and Remembering Our Children.”  The program will be from 6:30‑7:30 p.m. and include speakers who have lost a child, music by “Higher Ground”, and revealing the new names on the Angel Wall.  During the program a children’s tent will be available for those 5 & up.  Activities in the tent will include music, stories, and crafts. 

     Refreshments will be served following the program.  If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Dauksavage, MS, RN or the pastoral care office at 701-780-5300.

     At 6:00 p.m. booths open:  TEARS Suicide Prevention, Camp Good Mourning, Grand Forks Library, Altru’s Bereavement, Camp Good Grief, Community Support Groups, Altru’s Pet Therapy Volunteers


Community Sunday   We will gather for Community Sunday in the parish hall next Sun., Aug. 19, following Mass for food and fellowship.  All are invited to attend!  Free-will donations will go toward the church sound system project.


Diocesan Summer Appeal   Next week you will receive a Summer Appeal envelope in your mailbox.  If you have not yet done so, it isn’t too late to support our seminarians and all the work of the Church by offering a gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal.  We must remember… “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:7


2018 Walk to Remember – Sat., Sept. 8 at Warroad Senior Living Center   Walk to Remember, Inc., strongly believes in developing and enhancing programs and services in the communities of the counties of Roseau, Lake of the Woods and Marshall in the State of Minnesota.  Our goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias and their families.   We will accomplish this through providing grants on an as needed basis.  This is the purpose of Walk to Remember!

     Grants have been given out to area individuals and organizations in the amount of just about $35,000!  These grants have been given for dementia specific uses such as respite care, support, medical needs, training, education, research and equipment.  Gifts were also given to LifeCare Roseau Manor, LifeCare Greenbush Manor and the Warroad Senior Living Center in the amount of $10,000 each for dementia specific purposes.  What a true joy it is to see these dollars put to use and to be kept local!!!

     Please consider joining us and support Walk to Remember at the Warroad Senior Living Center or you can send a donation to Paula Peterson, 303B 9th Ave. SE, Roseau, MN 56751.  We welcome any questions or comments.  Jill Wulff 218-425-7401/; Paula Peterson 218-463-2833/


Marriage Encounter Weekends   Make plans for a Fall get-away with the one you love before your calendar fills up!!  A Marriage Encounter Weekend is a private weekend away from life's distractions that allows a husband and wife to focus on each other.  The next available weekends are Sept. 14-16, 2018, in Alexandria, MN, and Apr. 5-7, 2019, in Baxter, MN.  Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: or contact Alan & Missy at or 888-455-3496.


Have you heard about Cursillo?  Would you like to deepen your faith and let Jesus become more involved in your life?  Are you looking for a way to walk more closely with God?  Cursillo may be what you are looking for.  It will change how you look at your family, work and friendships.  The Diocese of Crookston is offering a Women’s Cursillo on the weekend of Sept. 27-30 and a Men’s weekend Oct. 25-28 at Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp south of Fosston.  For more information contact Carol Olsonawski at 218-689-9081 or Bobbi Mercil at 701-866-5706.  Applications are also available at your parish office or at

AUGUST LADIES AID LEADERS:  Pam Blair, Karen Knutson, Michaela Knutson, Agnes Kuznia, Patsy Kuznia, Sandy Kuznia, Delphine Safranski, Donna Safranski & Elaine Safranski


New Parishioners   If you are interested or know someone who is interested in becoming a member of St. Stephen’s, please call the parish office.