St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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June 19, 2022 — The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

                                    St. Stephen’s Church, Stephen                                       


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

Phone:  218-478-2231

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


Parish Secretary:  Priscilla Steinke

Office Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday — 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

(closed all holy days of obligation and holidays)

Youth Minister:  Ethan Marquis


Pastoral Council:  Britni Gajeski, Katrina Halfmann, and Darrin Kowalski

Finance Council:  Tammi Anderson, Carmen Beauclair and Brent Halfmann

Trustees:  Todd Chwialkowski and Ethan Marquis


Diocesan Victim Assistance   If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual misconduct on the part of a priest, deacon, or individual representing the Diocese of Crookston, its parishes, or its schools, your first call should be to law enforcement.  In addition, the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator is available at 218-281-7895 (24-hour confidential number).


Project Rachel Ministry:  Healing After Abortion   The Project Rachel ministry is offered to women and men who have had a past experience with abortion and wish to seek healing and reconciliation.  A trained counselor can be reached through this confidential phone number (218‑470‑0112) on Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-Noon.


Knights of Columbus Insurance   The Field Agent for this area is James Suda.  Contact him at 701-430-0604 or by e‑mail at


New to the area?   Please contact the parish office to register.  Change of address/phone number.  Please contact the parish office.


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.


The Sacramental Life


Please contact Father Luis at 218-242-5689 to schedule an appointment.


Baptism:  Pre-baptism class is required for parents.  Please call Father Luis.

Reconciliation:  available before Saturday evening Mass:  4:30-5:00 p.m.; before Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass:  8:00-8:30 a.m.; or by calling Father Luis for an appointment.  No Reconciliation before 10:30 a.m. Mass.  If you are homebound or handicapped, please call Father Luis for an in-home 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 fill the requirements of the Catholic Church for the marriage to be validly recognized by the Catholic Church.

Pastoral Visit/Anointing of the Sick:  If you or a family member would like to receive a home visit, the Holy Eucharist for the homebound, or the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call Father Luis.


St. Stephen’s Church Mass Schedule


Wednesday, June 22, at 8:30 a.m. — No Mass

Friday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. — Communion Service at the Tamarac

Sunday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. — Mass for the Tri-Parish Families of St. Stephen’s, St. Rose & Assumption Churches

(Rosary begins at 10:00 a.m.)


Eucharistic Adoration – Due to the 4th of July holiday weekend, no Eucharistic Adoration in July.


Liturgical Ministry


Lector for Sunday, June 26 — Marilyn Kuznia

Rosary Leader for June — Mary Kowalski


Greeters, Altar Servers and Eucharistic Ministers (host only) are on a volunteer basis at this time.  Any volunteer Altar Server should text Father Luis at 218-242-5689 to schedule a time to have a refresher training for altar serving.


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule for April, May & June, 2022


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Rose

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — Assumption

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — St. Stephen’s


Please Note:  Tri-Parish Mass times will change weekend of July 2/3.  St. Stephen’s will be Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.


Special Prayers For


Ted Chwialkowski, Joff Kuznia, Todd Kuznia, Janet Nysetvold, Mira Opp, and 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.


Stewardship of Treasure


June 12 Collection:  $1,513.67    Adults:  $1,430.00      Children:  $4.00      Plate:  $79.67


Budgeted Sunday offertory income for 7/1/21-6/30/22 = $92,200.00 (weekly = $1,773.08)


2022 Diocesan Annual Appeal   St. Stephen’s DAA goal is:  $9,319.00.      Committed as of June 3 by 32 parishioners:  $8,790.00


Other Items and Future Events


Reminder   All flowers should have been removed from the cemetery by June 15 to facilitate the mowing of the grounds.


Eucharistic Procession to open the Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Crookston   Join Bishop Cozzens in the Eucharistic Procession in Bemidji today, June 19.  Mass at 1:00 p.m. and the procession along Lake Bemidji beginning at 2:00 p.m.


Knights of Columbus Council 3385 will be having monthly council meeting open to all members on Monday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Rose Parish Hall.  All members are welcome.


Retreat   Father Luis will be attending his annual retreat after Mass on June 19 through June 24.  There will be no Tri-Parish weekday Masses from June 20-24.  Please call the parish office for names and numbers for those priests who will be covering for him during this time.


Community Sunday  We will gather for Community Sunday in the parish hall on Sunday, June 26, following Mass for food and fellowship.  All are invited to attend!


Mass Intentions   Please note:  Beginning July 1, 2022, the suggested donation by the Diocese of Crookston for an individual Mass intention will be $10.00 per intention, a $5.00 increase.


June Ladies Aid Leaders – Tammi Anderson, Kathy Borowicz, Renee Borowicz, Sandra Kuznia (Mrs. Duane), Tina Lacrosse & Juliet Rogus


“They all ate and were satisfied.  And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.”    Luke 9:17

The story of the Loaves and Fishes shows us that when you share what you have, even if it doesn’t seem like that much, miracles can happen!  Do not think that your gift is too small or insignificant!  Each of us has a role in God’s plan; you just need to place your trust in the Lord.  Nothing is impossible with God.  You may be the answer to someone else’s prayer.


Happy Father’s Day!!