St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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November 18, 2018 — Thirty-third 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.-8:00 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

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

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

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, November 21, at 8:30 a.m.  — Mass for †Christine Dziengel by Roger & Judy Dziengel

Friday, November 23, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Dylan Krolak by Ralph Krolak

Saturday, November 24, at 5:00 p.m. — Mass for †Richard Pawloski by Julie Pawloski

(Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration beginning at 4:30 p.m. followed by Benediction)

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service - Wednesday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s

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

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — October, November & December, 2018

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Stephen’s

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — St. Rose

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — Assumption

Thanksgiving Day Mass – Thursday, November 22, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Rose

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.; Fridays – Mass at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac

Assumption — Thursdays – Mass at 6:30 p.m. (NOTE:  No Mass on Nov. 22 or Nov. 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

November 11 Collection:  $1,033.25     Adult:  $865.00      Children:  $8.00     Plate:  $160.25

Children’s Altar Donations:  $6.00

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.

Sound System Fund   In the future 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.  Contributions to Date:  $2,386.

Prayer List

Shelley Fredericks & Donald Narlock

(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, November 24 (5:00 p.m.)Lector:  Marilyn K.      Servers:  Thomas P. & Ryan B.

Eucharist:  Marilyn K.* & Jerry K.      Greeters:  Doug & Jane S.

Religious Education

NO religious education classes will be held on Wed., Nov. 21 (Thanksgiving Break).

At this time of thanksgiving I would like to thank Katie Adolphson, Mavis Benson, Amy Kowalski, Cindy Kuznia, Ethan Marquis, Wendell Pietruszewski, Linda Thompson, and Dana Woinarowicz for coming forward to teach the youth of our parish.  Sharing of our faith grows the church of tomorrow.  Thank you! — Priscilla

Ladies Aid

Thank you to the Lazarus Committee for providing hospitality after the prayer service Monday evening.  Thank you to the November ladies group who organized the lunch after the funeral Tuesday.  To all who brought the delicious food, shared their time serving, doing dishes, and cleaning up thank you, thank you!  Our parish family is so blessed with willing people to share in this ministry that allows family and friends to gather.  God bless!     

It's coming back after a year off!  After discussing with several of the ladies it has been decided to have a Lefsa/Bake Sale on Dec. 1, 2018. This means that on Thurs., Nov. 29, we will gather to peel and rice potatoes, Friday to make the lefsa, and Saturday will be the lefsa/bake sale.  If you are able to help with any or all of these FUN days please call Mary Kowalski (478-3899) or Sarah Marquis (218-431-0033) or sign up on the sheet in the vestibule.

     All are asked to bring $15 of baked goods to help make this a successful day.

Christmas Gift Baskets Small gift items, baked goods and canned goods will be needed for the Christmas gift baskets.  Please drop items off in the church basement.

Other Items and Future Events

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


Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service   St. Stephen’s is hosting the Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service on Wed., Nov. 21, at 7:00 p.m.  All are invited to attend.


NEEDED   Someone over the age of 18 to help with mowing and snow removal.  Please contact the parish office if you are interested in the position.

NEEDED   Someone to be the grounds maintenance person for St. Stephen’s.  If you are willing to take this on, please call Fr. Luis.

St. Stephen’s Bible Study Sessions meet Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Spirit Room.  Please feel free to join the group as they continue on with The Bible Timeline sessions. 

Rosary leaders are needed for 2019   Please call the parish office if you are willing to lead the rosary before Mass on weekends.

Mass for deceased Knights   The Knights of Columbus will have their Mass for deceased members followed by a pancake breakfast at St. Rose Church on Sun., Nov. 25, at the 8:30 Mass.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development   Please be generous in this week’s second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  In the United States, one in seven people lives in poverty.  With this collection you support programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those who are struggling across the country.  In addition, 25 percent of funds collected remains in our diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects.  Please prayerfully consider how you can support this collection and work on the margins.  More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can be found at

St. Mary’s Mission Appeal   Next weekend we will take a second collection for St. Mary’s Mission in Red Lake, MN.  Because of your generosity and the work of Fr. Jerry Rogers and a dedicated team of teachers and lay ministers at the Mission, we offer 108 children a quality Catholic education.  These kids will one day be the leaders of the Red Lake Nation.  Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about their culture by seeing the NEW St. Mary’s Mission Appeal video at where you also have the option to donate online!

Live Nativity  The Parish of St. Stephen’s will be leading up the Live Nativity for the City of Stephen on Wed., Nov. 28, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend and join as one community in prayer and song.  Refreshments will be served following the Live Nativity at the Stephen Community Center.

Assumption-Florian Parish is giving away the Rectory located on the Church property.  You will need to hire a licensed contractor to remove the house/rectory from the church property by a set date.  A $1,000.00 deposit is required.  The deposit will be refunded after the rectory has been removed from the property.  If interested, please call the Parish Office at (218)478-3578 and leave a message if no answer.  Or by email:

NOVEMBER LADIES AID LEADERS:  Kathy Bazey, Mavis Benson, Mary Ann Chwialkowski, Cindy Kuznia, Julie Palowski, B



St. Stephen’s Ladies Aid Christmas Bake Sale

Saturday, December 1

Beginning at 9:00 a.m.

(Coffee, cider and goodies will be served.)