St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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December 10, 2017 — Second Sunday of Advent

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 Agnes Kuznia

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, Dec. 13, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Hubert Sang by David & Darlene Wesolowski

Friday, Dec. 15, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Robert Safranski, Sr. by Jim & Donna Safranski

Sunday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. — Mass for Tri-Parish Families of St. Stephen’s, St. Rose & Assumption

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — December, 2017


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Rose

Sunday at 8:30 a.m.   Assumption

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — Stephen’s

(Rosary begins ½ hour before Mass)


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

“Prepare the way of the Lord…”  Mark 1:3

We are all called to live a holy life.  We are all called to invite others to live holy lives.  Living a stewardship lifestyle, being grateful and generous with our gifts, does just that — it puts us on the path to holiness and it invites others to be holy, too.

December 3 Collection:  $2146.00     Adult:  $2055.00      Children:  $5.00      Plate:  $86.00

Thanksgiving:  $25.00      Christmas:  $50.00      Catholic Campaign:  $25.00      Children’s Altar Donations:  $9.33

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.

Flower Donations Extra flower donation envelopes are located in the vestibule.

Prayer List

Raymond Kuznia & Donald Narlock

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, December 17 (10:30 a.m.):  Lector: Marilyn K.      Servers:  Austin S. & Zachery G.

Eucharist:  Marilyn K.** & Jerry K.      Greeters:  Brian & Tammi A.

Religious Education

Religious education classes for grades 1-11 will be held Wed., Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m.  If any youth are attending the Penance Service at St. Rose, their parents must call the parish office before then so that we know where the child/children are.

Youth Christmas Program Grades 1-6 will practice on Wed., Dec. 13, and have their final practice on Sat., Dec. 16, at 9:00 a.m. in the church.

Advent Giving Project All youth are asked to participate in this project.  Each child is to take a gift tag and bring an item for the St. Gianna’s Maternity Home OR bring a monetary donation of $5 or more toward our gift giving project.  Items will be collected at the beginning of religious education classes through December 21.

Other Items and Future Events

Retirement Fund for Religious Help religious communities.  “Your generous contribution helps us to care for our retired sisters and enables our younger sisters to continue in active ministry,” writes a religious sister.  Your gift to today’s collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious helps provide medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests.  It also helps ensure younger members can continue the good works of their elders!

Finance/Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thurs., Dec. 14.  Finance Council beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Pastoral Council to follow at 7:30 p.m.

St. Stephen’s Church Choir The choir will sing each Sunday in Advent and at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.  Please come one-half hour early to practice downstairs.

Advent Giving Project Remember to pick up a gift tag and return the item to the St. Gianna’s Maternity Home gift basket in the vestibule or any monetary donations should be put in an envelope marked “St. Gianna’s Maternity Home” and put in the Sunday collection basket.  All donations are greatly appreciated!

Annual Parish Christmas Potluck The annual parish Christmas potluck will follow Mass on Sun., Dec. 17.  Please put this on your calendar.  Hope to see you there!

2018 Donation Envelopes and Calendars are located in the church entry.  Please pick yours up today to save the parish on postage.

St. Stephen’s Church 2016-2017 Fiscal Year-End Financial Statements for parishioners are located in the church entry. 

Pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of Minnesota and Wisconsin Come on pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2018! Sites include: St. Norbert Abbey, St. Josaphat’s Basilica, Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Shrine of St. Philomena, and the ONLY approved Marian apparition in the United States - the National Shrine of our Lady of Good Help! We will travel from Wed., June 27 through Sun., July 1, at an all-inclusive price of only $1,075. We will travel on a deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach where breakfast buffet and dinner is included daily. Contact AJ Garcia ( or 218‑281‑4533) for more information.

NOW HIRING! Our Northland Diocese newspaper is seeking freelance journalists! Freelancers will attend diocesan and parish events, conduct research, and write articles as assigned. High resolution photos will be expected to accompany written articles. Work will be submitted to Our Northland Diocese via e-mail by pre-established deadlines. Freelancers will work for the newspaper as independent contractors. Possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel independently in the diocese is a must. Visit for full details or contact Janelle Gergen with inquiries at or 218‑281‑4533.

Ladies Aid


In lieu of our annual bake sale all ladies are asked to donate $20 to support our ministry.  Please place it in a marked envelope in the Sunday collection or give to one of the officers. 


Donations are needed to fill our Christmas bags for fellow parishioners on December 17.  Please leave them in the church basement marked for bags.  Items may be cans of small juice or fruit, small bags of chips, candy, cookies, lotions, chapsticks — be creative! 

Ladies Aid will be collecting small personal items (such as the ones from hotels) for the Care & Share Center.  A basket has been placed in the vestibule for these items.

DECEMBER LADIES AID LEADERS:  Sue Anderson, Amy Kowalski, Holly Kowalski, Mary Kowalski, Brittney Kuznia, Marilyn Kuznia, & Sarah Marquis


Looking Ahead 

December 10 - Deceased Knights of Columbus Mass at 8:30 a.m. at Assumption (followed by a pancake breakfast)

December 13 - Advent Penance Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Rose

December 17 - Christmas Program during Mass and Potluck at St. Stephen’s

December 20 - Advent Penance Service at 6:30 p.m. at Stes. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Warren

December 23 (4th Sunday of Advent) – 5:00 p.m. at St. Rose

December 24 (4th Sunday of Advent) – 8:30 a.m. at Assumption and 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s

December 24 (Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord) – Mass at 5:00 p.m. at St. Rose

December 25 (Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord) – Mass at 8:30 a.m. at Assumption and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s

(Please note:  Everyone is to attend one of the 4th Sunday of Advent Masses (as a regular weekend Mass) and one of the Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord Masses (as a holy day of obligation)

December 26 (Feast of St. Stephen) – Mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s

December 25-29 – Parish offices are closed

January 1 (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) (not a holy day of obligation this year) – Mass at 7:00 p.m. at Assumption