St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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March 17, 2019 — Second Sunday of Lent

St. Stephen’s Church, Stephen

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)

Parish Membership   If you or someone you know would like to become a member of St. Stephen’s, please call or

stop by the parish office and register.

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, March 20, at 8:30 a.m.  — Mass for †Brothers & Sisters of Don & Arlene Wald

Friday, March 22, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Edmund Pietruszewski by Ted & Rita Chwialkowski

Sunday, March 24, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †John Krolak by Carol Bolduc

Rosary beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Eucharistic Adoration at St. Stephen’s:  April 7 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 p.m. and Mass at 7:00 p.m.

Assumption — Thursdays - Mass at 6:30 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

“I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession.”    Genesis 15:7

Just as the Lord gave Abraham, Moses and the Israelites a land to possess, He has also given each of us a home.  Whether your home is grand or humble, it is a gift from God.  Abraham prepared a great sacrifice to the Lord in gratitude for the home God gave him.  How do you show your gratitude to God for the home He has given you?  Do you make a sacrifice of any kind?  Do you return any of your finances to God, investing equally in your eternal home just as you invest in your earthly home?

March 10 Collection:  $1160.00      Adult:  $1145.00      Children:  $2.00      Plate:  $13.00

Ash Wednesday:  $584.00      Home Missions:  $130.00

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:  $5,190.00.


Diocesan Annual Appeal   Parish goal — $10,450.00   Committed as of Mar. 4, 2019 — $4,950.00   We have reached 47.37% of our goal!

Prayer List

Abigail Loff

(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, March 24 (8:30 a.m.)Lector:  Katrina H.      Servers:  Jesse C. & Ryan B.

Eucharist:  Marilyn K.* & Jerry K.      Greeters:  Daniel & Lenore P.

Religious Education

Religious education classes will be held on Wed., Mar. 20 at 6:30 p.m. 

Parents please note   The Lenten Penance Service at St. Rose has been changed from Wed., Apr. 3, to Tues., Apr. 2.  Make this notation on the schedule I sent out last week. ~ Priscilla

2019 Middle School Youth Rally   Mark your calendars for the 2019 Middle School Youth Rally.  This year, the rally will be held at Fosston High School on Sun., Apr. 28, 2019.  Tentatively, we are looking at a 11 a.m.-7 p.m. timeframe for the youth rally.  The theme for this year’s rally is entitled Follow Me and will focus around the idea of becoming a lifelong disciple of Jesus Christ.  The cost will be $50.00.  More information will be coming soon.

Ladies Aid

Thank you to Deanna Woinarowicz for organizing the parish brunch to honor our confirmation students and their families.  Thank you to Kristen Gajeski and Jodi Szcepanski for helping her to serve it and to all who provided food.  It was a wonderful PARISH time together to share with our newly confirmed young people.

Thank you to Jodi Szczepanski and Deanna Woinarowicz for organizing the first Lenten Soup and Sandwich Supper of the season and for all of those who prepared the food even though it was canceled due to the weather.  Your sharing of your time and talent with our parish community is very much appreciated.

Other Items and Future Events

St. Stephen’s Bible Study Sessions are held Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Spirit Room.  Please feel free to join the group for The Bible Timeline sessions.

Operation Rice Bowl   Encounter Annet.  In Uganda, we encounter Annet and her family, children forced to flee violence, searching for stability.  How are we called to welcome the stranger in our midst?  How can you support those worldwide who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities?    Visit for more.  PICK UP YOUR RICE BOWL FROM THE VESTIBULE NOW!

  50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Ham Dinner   Stes. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Warren will be serving on Sun., Mar. 17, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Take out dinners will be available in the church.  Menu:  Baked ham, raisin sauce, baked potatoes, homemade baked beans, corn, coleslaw, relishes, dinner rolls, and dessert.  Cost:  $10.00


REBOOT Live   Internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and TV host Chris Stefanick will be speaking at St. John’s Catholic Church in Grafton, ND, on Wed., Mar. 20 (6:30-9:00 p.m.).  Tickets are $25 and available at or by calling (701)352-1648.   Only a few tickets are left.  Call for your ticket today!

I AM      REWRITE YOUR NAME   Chris Stefanick will be back at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in TRF on Thurs., Mar. 21, at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25.00.  For more information or to purchase tickets call 218-681-3571 or for purchasing tickets online go to  It can also be found on – under events.

Cursillo Weekend   Are you looking for a deeper relationship with Jesus?  Is the busyness of life suffocating you?  Consider stepping away from life for a weekend and spending it in the peaceful presence of Jesus and other like-minded Catholics.  A Cursillo weekend has the power to redefine your life.  Pray about attending a weekend.  It is an investment of time that is well spent.  The Women’s weekend will be held at Sand Hill Bible Camp in Fosston, MN, Mar. 21-24.

St. Stephen’s Choir   The choir will sing next Sun., Mar. 24. Please come 15 minutes early to practice.

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast at St. Stephen’s   Knights of Columbus - Catholic men banded together, united by charity and unity, to strengthen their faith, their families, and their communities.   The Knights will be hosting a pancake breakfast at St. Stephen’s Church after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sun., Mar. 24.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Our Savior’s Free Lutheran Church in Argyle is pleased to announce that Chad Shearer, founder of Central Montana Outfitters and Shoot Straight TV is returning as their presenter for the 11th Annual Family Sportsman’s Event.  The event will be held Sun., Mar. 24, at Our Savior’s Free Lutheran Church.  The banquet of steak, shrimp, baked potato and many other food items begins at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at many local retailers or mail your ticket request to Our Savior’s Free Lutheran Church, PO Box 261, Argyle, MN 56713.

Polish Food Festival will be held on Sat.Mar. 30, at the Minto Community Center from 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Entertainment at 2:30 p.m., Polish store and silent auction.  

Tri-Parish Lenten Penance Service will be held at St. Rose on Tues., Apr. 2, at 7:00 p.m.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter   "It felt like a honeymoon... I couldn't wait to get home and see her at the end of the day." - husband who attended a Worldwide Marriage Encounter.  Bring back the honeymoon in your marriage.  The next available weekends are Apr. 5-7, 2019, in Baxter, MN and Sept. 20-22, 2019, in Alexandria, MN.  Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: or contact Alan & Missy at or 888-455-3496.

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MARCH LADIES AID LEADERS:  Kristin Gajeski, Pat Osowski, Jodi Szczepanski, Dana Woinarowicz, Deanna Woinarowicz, Joyce Woinarowicz, & Julie Woinarowicz

Soup & Sandwich Supper served by the St. Stephen’s Pastoral and Finance Councils and Trustees on Wednesday, March 20, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and

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


March 17

March 18

March 19

March 20

March 21

March 22

March 23

Rosary at 8:00 a.m.; Mass at 8:30 a.m.



Mass at 8:30 a.m.;

Soup & Sandwich Supper 5:30-6:30 p.m. & Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.; Religious ed for gr. 1-10 at 6:30 p.m.


The Bible Timeline study sessions at 7:00 p.m.


Mass at the Tamarac at 10:15 a.m.


March 24

March 25

March 26

March 27

March 28

March 29

March 30

Rosary at 8:00 a.m.; Mass at 8:30 a.m.; Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast after Mass



Ecumenical Lenten Breakfast & Bible Study at First Lutheran at 6:30 a.m.; Mass at 8:30 a.m.;

Soup & Sandwich Supper 5:30-6:30 p.m. & Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.; Religious ed for gr. 1-10 at 6:30 p.m.


The Bible Timeline study sessions at 7:00 p.m.


Mass at the Tamarac at 10:15 a.m.


Holy Week Schedule (Note:  There will be no confessions during Holy Week):

Sun., Apr. 14 – (Palm Sunday) Mass at St. Stephen’s at 10:30 a.m. (NO Rosary at 10:00 a.m. – people meet in the basement for blessing of palms and


Mon., Apr. 15 – Chrism Mass at the Cathedral at 6:30 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 17 –Sacred Sounds Concert at St. Stephen’s at 7:00 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 18 – (Holy Thursday) Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper at St. Rose at 7:00 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 19 – (Good Friday) Service of the Passion of Jesus Christ at. St. Stephen’s at 3:00 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 20 – (Easter Vigil) Mass at Assumption at 8:30 p.m. (Trent Youngstrand will be joining the Church and his home parish will be


Sun., Apr. 21 – (Easter Sunday) Masses at St. Rose at 8:30 a.m. and St. Stephen’s at 10:30 a.m.