St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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February 18, 2018 — First 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 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, February 21, at 7:30 a.m. — Mass for Special Intention by Jim & Donna Safranski

Friday, February 23, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Gloria Mickelson by Loren & Pam Kuster

Saturday, February 24, at 5:00 p.m. — Mass for †Edmund Pietruszewski by Matt & Gerri Kuznia

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

St. Stephen’s — Eucharistic Adoration – Mar. 4 from 1:00-5:00 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.

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


“After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God…”  Mark 1:14

Do you ever think about how difficult it must have been for Jesus to come into Galilee, knowing that John had just been arrested for teaching the same message that Jesus was proclaiming.  It must have taken great love and trust for Jesus to do what the Father had sent Him here on earth to do.  In the same way, following a life of stewardship takes great love and trust from us.  We must be willing to surrender completely to God, trusting that God will always give us all that we need to fulfill His plan for us.

February 11 Collection:  $1712.00      Adult:  $1655.00      Children:  $8.00      Plate:  $49.00

Church in Africa:  $5.00      Ash Wednesday:  $45.00      Solemnity of Mary:  $5.00      Children Altar Donations:  $14.06

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


Thelma Bolduc, Alice Grzadzieleski, Raymond Kuznia, Donald Narlock, Dennis Rapacz & 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, February 24 (5:00 p.m.) - Lector:  Shaun B.      Servers:  Lydia B. & Kinsey B.

Eucharist:  Shaun B.* & Katrina H.      Greeters:  Brian & Tammi A.

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., Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE!  “Reboot Live” with Chris Stefanick will be held on Wed., Apr. 18, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in TRF.  Chris Stefanick is an internationally acclaimed author and speaker who has devoted his life to inspiring people to live a bold and contagious faith.  Chris will focus his talk on the Gospel according to John.  All are welcome ages 10-110!  Tickets are $22 each.  Contact St. Bernard’s Parish at 681‑3571 for tickets.  Note:  Some of our youth heard him speak a few years ago at a Diocesan Youth Rally and some of our youth religious education materials are presented by him.  He is an “awesome” speaker!

               I am planning to take a bus with the youth of our parish.  If any parishioners purchase tickets from St. Bernard’s and would like to ride along, please give me a call at the office. — Priscilla

St. JP II Middle School Camp 2018 dates July 8–12 (Camp 1) and July 15–19 (Camp 2).  Registration is open!  Camp 1 is almost full.  For anyone interested in attending camp as a participant or as a staff/service team member please go to to apply.

Ladies Aid


What a beautiful celebration of marriage last Saturday evening beginning with the special blessing at Mass and continuing with a delicious supper including wedding cake (thank you to Deb and Butch Kraska and Bill and Danielle Szklarski and Bayli for providing and serving the meal).  Couples present were recognized for:

Married the longest:  Ted and Rita Chwialkowski- 68 years

Newlyweds:  Ted and Juliet Rogus- 6 years

Married closest to Valentine's Day:  Rick and Priscilla Steinke April 27

Most children:  Eugene and Theresa Kuznia-10

Several were also recognized for having been married at St. Stephen's.  Thank you also to all who shared their wedding pictures.  What fun to see and reminisce with our parish family. 

Other Items and Future Events


Stephen Lions Spaghetti Supper and Salad Bar to be held Thurs., Feb. 22, 4:30-7:00 p.m. at SAC – Stephen Site lunchroom. Proceeds to go to the 2018 Jamaican Mission Trip.

St. Bernard’s (TRF) 2018 Lenten Fish Fry’s   They will be serving on Feb. 23 and Mar. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 5:30‑7:00 p.m.  Menu includes: St. Bernard’s famous beer battered walleye (deep fried in peanut oil), potato, vegetable, coleslaw and fresh bread.  $13.00 for two fillets; $11.00 for one fillet.

St. Stephen’s Choir The choir will plan to sing for Community Sunday (Saturday) - March 17.  Please come a 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.


National Black and Indian Mission Collection Today, our parish will take up the 134th annual National Black and Indian Mission Collection.  Our support of this collection helps build the Church in African American, Native America, and Alaska Native communities from coast to coast.  Schools, parish religious education programs, and diocesan ministries depend on your generosity to help them spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  You can help meet unmet needs with a generous contribution today.  Thank you for your support.

2018 Diocesan Annual Appeal We are pleased to announce the beginning of the Diocesan Annual Appeal.  The Diocesan goal for the Appeal has been raised for the first time in three years by $10,000 and is now $900,000.  This goal is shared and pro-rated among our 66 parishes based on the prior year’s offertory. Our parish goal for 2018 is $10,554, which is an increase of $654.  You will each receive an Annual Appeal letter from Bishop Hoeppner at home in your mailbox.  Enclosed will be a brochure that outlines how DAA funds are spent during the year.  Envelopes and prayer cards are available here in our own parish.  Please pray about a gift to the Annual Appeal.  It feels great to support the work of the Church! Check out our website at to see what a wonderful impact your gift will make.  Prayer request cards are enclosed in all the mailings from Bishop Hoeppner. Whether or not you are able to make a gift, Bishop asks that you mail in your prayer requests so that he and his staff can pray for your intentions at daily Mass.


Cursillo 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 Feb. 22-25.  The Women's will be Mar. 15-18.

Director of Youth Ministry and Catechesis The Diocese of Crookston is seeking a full time Director of the Office of Youth Ministry and Catechesis. This office serves the pastors, parish youth ministers and parish directors of religious education and formation. The candidate is a voice in the diocese for young people. The candidate will coordinate diocesan youth activities (camps, rallies, trainings, etc.) with the assistance of parish employees and volunteers. The candidate will also conduct training sessions for catechesis in parishes. Applicants should have education and experience in the areas of youth ministry and religious education. The qualifying candidate needs to be a practicing Catholic who has an understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church and the desire to promote them. Send resume and references to: Msgr. Mike Foltz, Diocese of Crookston, P. O. Box 610, Crookston, MN. 56716 or email: Interviews begin by March 1st.

FEBRUARY LADIES AID LEADERS:  Linda Borowicz, Mindy Gerszewski, Mary Gryskiewicz, Deb Kraska & Danielle Szklarski


Come and join the Ladies Aid Group on Wednesday, February 21, for

Soup & Sandwich Supper 5:30-6:30 p.m. and

Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.