St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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January 13, 2019 — The Baptism of the Lord

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


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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Since Fr. Luis will be out of the area until February 1, please call Father Xavier Ilango at (701)893-5006

in the case of a sacramental emergency.

St. Stephen’s Church Mass Schedule

Wednesday, January 16, at 8:30 a.m.  — NO Mass

Friday, January 18, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — NO Mass

Sunday, January 20, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Ralph Kuznia by Myren & Elaine Anderson (Fr. Bernard Pfau presiding)

(Rosary beginning at 8:00 a.m.)


Eucharistic Adoration at St. Stephen’s:  February 3 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — January, February & March, 2019


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — Assumption

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — St. Stephen’s

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — St. Rose


St. Rose — Tuesdays - Eucharistic Adoration at 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please Note:  There wil be no daily Masses and no confessions in the Tri-Parishes through February 1, 2019.


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 andsisters to know the Lord.

Stewardship of Treasure

January 6 Collection:  $1397.00      Adult:  $1345.00      Children:  $3.00      Plate:  $49.00

Christmas:  $10.00      Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God:  $20.00

“John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming…he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit...’” (Luke 3:16)

The Catholic Catechism states that “Jesus’ immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God’s will.” In other words, as baptized Catholics there is only one gift that we need to give to Jesus – the gift of ourselves.  Surrender yourself to God, place your trust in Him and allow the Holy Spirit to work through you for the greater glory of God.

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:  $5,040.


Prayer List


Patty Durand, Shelley Fredericks, David Haugen, Mary Koble, Karen Kuznia, Donald Narlock & John Szklarski

(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, January 20 (8:30 a.m.)Lector:  Roger K.      Servers:  Jesse C. & Ryan B.

Eucharist:  Brian A.* & Tammi A.      Greeters:  Ted & Juliet R.

Religious Education


Religious education classes will be held for grades 1-12 on January 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Safe Environment classes will be held throughout the Month of January.  All youth are required by the Diocese to attend these classes.

Thank you to Mary Kowalski for bringing the bars and for her time to help serve lunch for the retreaters.  You are much appreciated!!

Thank you to Ethan Marquis and the Confirmation students for delivering the Advent Giving Project gifts to St. Gianna’s Maternity Home this past Wednesday.  They were very thankful for all of the donations.


Other Items and Future Events

Community Sunday   We will gather in the parish hall today following Mass for food and fellowship.  All are invited to attend!

St. Stephen’s Choir   The choir will sing on Sun., Jan. 20.  Please come at 8:15 a.m. for a short practice.

Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa Collection   Next week, our parish will take up a collection for the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.  While the Church in Africa is growing, many still lack access to basic resources as well as pastoral care.  Many suffer due to high rates of poverty and unemployment, illiteracy, and poor education.  The fund supports pastoral projects that strengthen communities in their faith and foster lasting peace and reconciliation in a continent often marked by division and tension.  To learn more, visit

Parish Mission hosted by St. Joseph, St. William and Holy Family Parishes will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ada on Sun., Jan. 20-Wed., Jan. 23, 2019.  The guest speaker is Deacon Ralph Poyo, founder of New Evangelization Ministries.  Deacon Ralph in his own life has experienced how God seeks to transform us at the very core of our being, which transformation becomes “the reason for the hope that (we) have” (1 Peter 3:15).  Armed with this knowledge and over 20 years of experience, he is being sent to teach others how to become evangelists – how to bring others to Jesus and then get out of the way!  For more information, please check out the parish bulletin board.

Everett Fritz Workshop – Register Now!  On Jan. 26, the Office of Formation in Discipleship will host a workshop featuring Everett Fritz at St. Mary’s, Fosston, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The workshop is open to youth ministers, catechists, priests, parents, volunteers and anyone who works with youth.  The cost to attend is $10 and will be collected at the event.  Lunch is included.  Fritz is author of The Art of Forming Young Disciples and founder of St. Andrew Missionaries, an organization dedicated to training and equipping Catholics in discipleship of young people.  For more information about Fritz and St. Andrew Missionaries, visit and  Register here:

We invite you to come and experience an Ultreya.  St. Philip’s in Bemidji will be hosting an Ultreya on Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m.   An Ultreya is a gathering of Cursillistas, or those considering making a Cursillo weekend, who come together to share friendship and faith.  It is a great opportunity to be spiritually fed.  A time to get away from busyness and schedules and just enjoy the company of Jesus and friends.  Please bring a potluck item to share. 

Liturgical Basics Workshop – February 16th   ALL Liturgical Ministers of the Diocese of Crookston are invited to participate in this workshop being held at St. Mary’s, Fosston, on Sat., Feb. 16, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  A light lunch is included.  No fees.  REGISTER ONLINE by Feb. 8th using the form OR click on the “worship” icon at the bottom of the diocesan webpage @

Fr. Augie’s Invitation is located there as well as the Link to register!  To focus our presentations, we need YOUR input via the registration form! Thank you!

Catholics at the Capitol   Actor Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Paul, Apostle of Christ, Pay It Forward) will be joining an already stellar lineup of speakers and artists at Catholics at the Capitol on February 19.  If you are interested in attending this great event and joining two thousand Catholics across the State of Minnesota (as we make our voice known to policy makers), register soon by going to  The Diocese of Crookston will be working out transportation details for this event.  If you have any questions, please email Bob Noel at

Real Presence Radio will host Johnnette Benkovic-Williams as keynote speaker at their annual fundraising banquet on Mon., Feb. 18, in Fargo.  We invite you to join us!  Johnnette is host of EWTN’s “Women of Grace” and founder and president of the organization by the same name.

     After years as a non-practicing Catholic, Johnnette experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith. Through this conversion, she found a vocation to share the Gospel message through media. Johnnette has thirty years of experience in Catholic media, including radio, television, public speaking and writing.

     For more information about the event, or to become a sponsor, or register to attend as a guest, please call (877) 795-0122 or email!


Congratulations to the Knights of Columbus Christmas Giveaway Winners:

Gail Yutrzenka

Renee Jensen

Garry Kotts

Jim Blair

Kim Clark

Paula Osowski (Joel)

Gianna Lubarski (Nathan)

Becky Crummy

Mark Sage

Avianna Halfmann (Brent)

Brittney Kuznia

Kadence Lubarski (Nevin)


JANUARY LADIES AID LEADERS:  Carmen Beauclair, Dorothy Borowicz, Jane Jensen, Lucille Nelson, Carol Riley & Priscilla Steinke