St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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August 6, 2017 – Transfiguration of the Lord

St. Stephen’s Church


P.O. Box 507, 515 Fifth Street, Stephen, MN 56757

Phone:  218-478-2231

Pastor:  Father Luis Buitron      Phone:  (218)242-5689

Parish Coordinator:  Priscilla Steinke

Office Hours: Tuesdays — 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays — 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Thursdays — 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

(closed all holy days and holidays)

Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator:  Louann McGlynn      Phone:  218-281-7895


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 Vern Smith

Trustees:  Amy Kowalski and Agnes Kuznia


The Sacramental Life


Sacrament of Reconciliation:  before Saturday evening Mass:  3:45-4:45 p.m.; before Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass:  7:45-8:15 a.m. or

call Father Luis Buitron for an appointment

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

Sacrament of Marriage:  all Catholics who have made a decision to enter into marriage must see 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 fulfill 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, August 9, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Gloria Mickelson by Loren & Pam Kuster

Friday, August 11, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Alvina Krolak by Family & Friends

Sunday, August 13, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Robert Safranski, Sr. by Delphine Safranski

Tuesday, August 15, at 7:30 a.m. — Mass for †Alice Borowicz by Ted & Rita Chwialkowski


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule – July, August & September, 2017


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. – Assumption

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. – St. Stephen’s (Rosary begins ˝ hour before Mass)

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. – St. Rose


St. Rose — Tuesdays - Eucharistic Adoration at 6:00 p.m. and Mass at 7:00 p.m.; Thursdays – Mass at 9:00 a.m.


Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass Schedule (Holy Day of Obligation)

Monday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Assumption

Tuesday, August 15, at 7:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s and 6:00 p.m. at St. Rose


Please Note:  No Tri-Parish daily masses August 16-18


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


“And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.”  Matthew 17:2


Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, we should reflect Christ’s light to the world.  When we receive the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus,

we are called to be supernatural to reflect His love, mercy and forgiveness to others.  When we are grateful for all that God has given

us, generosity flows through us because we are made in God’s image.


July 30 Collection:  $1606.00      Adult:  $1412.00      Children:  $2.00      Plate:  $192.00


2017 Summer Appeal Collection  There will be Summer Appeal envelopes available on August 12/13 in the church entry.   The 2017 Summer Appeal Collection will be held the weekend of August 19/20.  If you have made a gift to the Summer Appeal in the past, you will receive an envelope in the mail at your home.  Thank you and God bless you!


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.


Prayer List





(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, August 13 (8:30 a.m.):  Lector:  Marilyn K.      Servers:  Kayla K. & Jadyn S.

Eucharist:  Gary A.*, Marilyn K.** & Jerry K.     Greeters:  Mike & Renee B.


Tuesday, August 15 (7:30 a.m.)  The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation):  

Lector:  Theresa K.      Servers:  Kayla K. & Emily M.

Eucharist:  Jerry K.** & Marilyn K.     Greeters:  Bill & Becki S.


From Your Pastor’s Desk


If you are homebound and would like me to visit you at your home, if you are having surgery, if you are in the hospital or a nursing home, please contact me on my cell phone — (218)242-5689.  If you just need to talk to a priest, feel free to give me a call.   OR  If you would like me to bless your home, farm, etc., give me a call to set up a time and I will be more than happy to do the blessing. — Fr. Luis


Religious Education


Retreats, Marriage Encounter Weekends, and Summer Camps  Check out the church bulletin board for flyers and registration forms.


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)  As we look toward Fall, we begin to think of Fall activities.  The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the process by which individuals interested in becoming Roman Catholic may do so.  The process will begin with a simple inquiry in mid-September.  Those interested or for more information are asked to call Fr. Luis at (218)242-5689.




Other Items and Future Events


Our condolences to the family and friends of John Krolak, who was called home to the Lord this past week.  May he rest in the peace of Christ.


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.  Please consider personally inviting someone from your parish in whom you sense the possibility of a priestly vocation.  Dates:  Aug. 8-10  For more information, contact Fr. Matt Schmitz; 218-773-0877 or 


Matt Maher Concert  The Diocese of Fargo is sponsoring a concert featuring Matt Maher, Sonar, and Jamison Strain on Aug. 12 in Fargo at the Scheels Arena.  Tickets are available exclusively at  For more information, check out the bulletin board.


Permanent Diaconate Application Process   All men who are considering entering the next deacon formation group are encouraged to contact Deacon Mark Krejci (formation director) if you have not already been in contact with him ( or 218-790-1675).  The application deadline is August 15 and the initial class for the first year of formation (called the Aspirancy year) begins on December 9.  It is not too late to apply and you are encouraged to be in touch with Deacon Krejci if you have not yet connected with him.


Our Lady of Fatima Celebration  (Opportunity for a plenary indulgence!!)  When:  Sat., Aug. 19, at 7:00 a.m.  Where:  Shrine of Our Lady – Huot Park.  7:00 a.m. - Eucharistic Procession, Hymns to Our Lady and Rosary, and Brief Talk on the Fourth Apparition; 7:50 a.m. - Benediction and Repose of the Blessed Sacrament; 8:00 a.m. Juice & Rolls at the Park Shelter.  All are invited to attend.


Marriage Encounter  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. 15-17, 2017 in Alexandria, MN, and Feb. 2-4, 2018 in Hermantown, MN.  Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: or contact Alan & Missy at or 888-455-3496.

Cantor/Liturgical Singer Workshops:  September 15 & 16 with Berta Sabrio (NPM Certified Cantor Trainer).  Sites:  St. Joseph – Fertile and Holy Rosary – Detroit Lakes.  For informational flyer and registration link, visit


Pre-School Teaching Assistant – Sacred Heart School is seeking a full-time position in our 3 and 4 year old program.  A degree in early childhood is preferred but not necessary.  Some experience with early childhood is required with classes in the area of education.  Please send your resume, letter of interest and 3 letters of recommendation to:  Jodi Vanderheiden, Principal, Sacred Heart School, 200 3rd Street NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721,


NEED A RETREAT?  What a great time of year to take care of your spiritual health!  Many in our parish have attended Cursillo weekends over the years and give great testimony to the power of such weekends.  Cursillo is pronounced KER-SEE-O meaning - short course in Christianity.  Weekends are being offered this Fall and next Spring at Sand Hill Bible Camp, just south of Fosston.  The weekends include quiet time, inspirational talks, and most importantly, time to be with Jesus without the many distractions of daily life.  Grow closer to Jesus by taking the time to join us.  HE will bless your sacrifice of time for HIM.  The weekend starts Thursday evening and ends Sunday afternoon.  The Men's will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 1.  The Women's will be Oct. 26-29.  If these dates do not work into your schedule there will also be weekends available next Spring.  The Men's will be held Feb. 22-25, 2018, and the Women's will be Mar. 15-18, 2018.  Contact Carol Olsonawski (218-689-9081) or Bobbi Mercil (701-866-5706) for more information.  Applications can be printed at or picked up at your parish office.


Real Presence Radio  What is keeping you from becoming Catholic?  This is the theme of a call-in show hosted by Dr. David Anders, catechist, speaker, writer, and former Protestant historian who now embraces the riches of the Catholic Church.  “Called to Communion” answers questions about the Catholic faith and is very informative for non-Catholics as well as Catholics who want to learn more about what the Church believes and teaches.  Tune in Monday-Friday at 1:00 p.m. on 820AM (Bemidji), 1370AM (Grand Forks/EGF), 1280AM (Fargo/Moorhead).


AUGUST LADIES AID LEADERS:  Agnes Kuznia, Patsy Kuznia, Donna Safranski & Elaine Safranski