St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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March 11, 2018 — Fourth Sunday of Lent

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.-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:  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

CONFESSIONS - PLEASE NOTE DURING LENT ONLY:  confessions before Saturday evening Mass:  4:00-5:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s; before Mass on Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Rose; and before Mass on Thursdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. at

Assumption, Florian

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, March 14, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for Prayer of Thanksgiving by Linda Thompson

Friday, March 16, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — NO Mass

Saturday, March 17, at 5:00 p.m. — Mass for †Arnold Kostrzewski by Rick & Priscilla Steinke

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — January, February & March, 2018

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Stephen’s (Rosary begins at 4:30 p.m.; Benediction at 4:50 p.m.)

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — St. Rose

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — Assumption

Tri-Parish Lenten Penance Service — Assumption — Wed., March 14, at 7:00 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.

Tri-Parish Holy Week Mass/Service Schedule

Holy Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. — Mass at St. Stephen's

Good Friday, March 30, at 3:00 p.m. — Service at St. Rose

Holy Saturday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m.— Mass at Assumption

Easter Sunday, April 1 — Masses at 8:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s and 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose

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, evangeliation, formation and service we invite our brothers and sisters to know the Lord.

Stewardship of Treasure


“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”  John 3:16

Of all the wonderful gifts that God has given to us, the gift of His own Son is truly the greatest.  How can we ever thank God for a gift like that?  God does not ask us to sacrifice our own precious firstborn, but He does ask that we are grateful and generous with our God-given gifts.  That we nurture and develop them and return with increase

March 4 Collection:  $1651.00      Adult:  $1644.00      Children:  $2.00      Plate:  $5.00

Children’s Altar Donations:  $2.87

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 2, 2018, 22 generous members of our parish have committed $3,980 to the 2018 DAA.  We are $6,574 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


Donald Narlock, Joy Reopille & 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


Saturday, March 17 (5:00 p.m.) - Lector:  Theresa K.      Servers:  Jesse C. & Zachery G.

Eucharist:  Katrina H.* & Gary A.      Greeters:  David & Kim C.

Altar servers will need to be in the sacristy by 4:30 p.m. for instructions and set-up for Benediction and Mass.

Religious Education

Religious Education Classes will be held on Wed., Mar. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Other Items and Future Events

Ecumenical Lenten Bible Study and Breakfast to be held at St. Stephen’s on Wed., Mar. 14, beginning at 6:30 a.m. All are invited to attend!

Finance/Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thurs., Mar. 15.  Finance Council beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Pastoral Council to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Vatican Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles of the World will be in Bemidji at St. Philip’s Church on March 15-18. Check the parish bulletin board for the exhibition and presentation times. The following links provide more information about this traveling display: (about the exhibit) and (how it was started)

Community Sunday March 17 will be our community gathering after 5 p.m. Mass.  Supper will be served by the March Ladies group.  Please plan to attend and share in this fellowship.

 St. Stephen’s Choir The choir will plan to sing for Community Sunday (Saturday) - March 17.  Please come one-half hour early for practice.


Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls are available in the church entry.  Anyone may take a bowl home, put donations into the bowl and pray for those in need around the world.  Bowls will be collected April 4.


Annual Sacred Sounds Concert to be held on Wed., Mar. 21, at St. Stephen’s Church at 7:00 p.m.  A free-will offering will be taken up for the SAC Junior Class for their 2019 Class Trip and the Local Food Shelf.  We invite you to come and enjoy some prayerful music performed by the SAC students under the direction of Renee Jensen and Nathan Dalager.  Following the concert, you are invited for refreshments in the parish hall (served by the SAC Junior Class). 


Bible Study Sessions at St. Stephen’s - The Bible Timeline:  The Story of Salvation You will go deep into salvation history and discover the incredible story woven throughout all of Scripture.  Jim Blair will be leading bible study sessions at St. Stephen’s beginning in April.  If you are interested in attending, please call the parish office to order your book. 


Walleye Fish Fry in Tabor A Walleye Fish Fry will be held in Tabor, Minnesota, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Hall (Bohemian Hall) on Fri., Mar. 23.  The meal will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Meal options include:  #1) Fish Dinner; #2) Fish & Shrimp Combo; #3) Shrimp Dinner; or #4) XXL Fish Dinner.  All meals include a baked potato with all of the fixings, coleslaw, and dinner rolls.  Carry out meals are available, and children's meals, including chicken fingers or walleye fingers and fries, will also be available.  Coffee, water, lemonade, and beer are included with the meal.  All proceeds from this event will help support the church hall.  For additional information, please call Susie Novak at (701) 739-0224.

Capitol 101 The Minnesota Catholic Conference has started a new initiative called “Capitol 101”.  Registration ahead of time is required, and each event has a limited number of spots.  Learn more by visiting this site: Capitol 101.  Arrangements are being made for people of the Diocese of Crookston to attend Capitol 101 on Tues., Apr. 17.  Please register by visiting the link above and contact AJ Garcia at or T: 218-281-4533 ext. 439 if you would like information about traveling with the diocesan group.

Elementary Education Kindergarten Teacher Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks, MN is seeking Elementary Education Kindergarten teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.  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.


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 about the collection at

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


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Ecumenical Bible Study at St. Stephen’s at 6:30 a.m.; Mass at 8:30 a.m.; Religious ed classes (gr. 1-11) at 6:30 p.m.; Penance Service at Assumption at 7:00 p.m.

NO Soup & Sandwich Supper/Stations of the Cross

Finance Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.; Parish Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

NO Mass at the Tamarac at 10:15 a.m.

Mass at 5:00 p.m.; Community Sunday following Mass




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