St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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January 26, 2020 — Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Stephen’s Church, Stephen


Please note change:  Father Luis Buitron is away from January 13-February 14, 2020.  In case of a sacramental need/emergency, please call Fr. Emmanuel Sylvester (Hallock) at 218-230-5690 or Fr. Anthony (Warren) at



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

Phone:  (218)478-2231

Pastor:  Father Luis Buitron

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)


Pastoral Council:  Britni Gajeski, Darrin Kowalski, Donna Nelson, Carol Riley and Aggie Schindele

Finance Council:  Tammi Anderson, Carmen Beauclair and Brent Halfmann

Trustees:  Ethan Marquis and Danielle Szklarski


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).


Struggling after an abortion?  The Diocese of Crookston has a confidential phone line to assist those suffering in the aftermath of an abortion. 

218-470-0112 (Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-12 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.


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, January 29, at 8:30 a.m.    NO Mass

Friday, January 31, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — NO Mass – Communion will be distributed

Sunday, February 2, at 10:30 a.m. (Rosary at 10:00 a.m.)  — Mass for the Tri-Parish Families of St. Stephen’s, St. Rose & Assumption Churches


Eucharistic Adoration at St. Stephen’s:  February 2 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — January, February & March, 2020


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Rose

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — Assumption

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — St. Stephen’s


No Tri-Parish weekday Masses will be said from January 13-February 14.



Religious Education


Religious education classes will be held on January 29. 


Liturgical Ministry


Sunday, February 2Lector:  Todd C.      Servers:  Joshua P. & Emily M.

Eucharist:  Amy K.* & Darin A.      Greeters:  Mike & Renee B.


Prayer List


Alice Knutson & Donald Narlock


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


“He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.”     (Matthew 4:22)

Just as Jesus called the first apostles, He calls each of us to follow Him, too.  Not everyone is called to leave their business or family

 behind, but we are expected to put God first in everything.  Everything from our time in daily prayer, our talent in participating

in one of our parish ministries, and our treasure to support the financial needs of our parish mission.


January 19 Collection:  Mass cancelled due to storm


Note:  If anyone is interested in starting automatic deposit donations to the church, please contact the parish office.


Other Items and Future Events


Our condolences to the family and friends of William “Bill” Field, who was recently called home to the Lord.  May he rest in the peace of Christ.


Marriage Enrichment Weekend Retreat:  Marital Tenderness   Married couples from the Diocese of Crookston are invited to a weekend marriage retreat beginning Friday night, Mar. 6, through Noon on Sun., Mar. 8.  Deacon Mark Krejci, Office of Formation in Discipleship and author of the Praying with the Family column in the Our Northland Diocese newspaper, will lead couples through a series of reflections on the Spirituality of Marital Tenderness with Monsignor Michael Foltz offering Mass and leading prayer (Sunday Mass will be offered).  The retreat will be held at Trapper’s Landing on Leech Lake outside of Walker, Minnesota.  Accommodations will be in their modern family cabins with each couple having their own bed and bath rooms.  The retreat begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday and will conclude by Noon on Sunday.  The cost for the retreat is $115/couple and includes Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast.  To register for the retreat please email Deacon Krejci at 


Seminary "Come and See" Retreat Weekend   Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary (Winona, MN) is hosting a “Come and See” retreat weekend.  This is an opportunity to experience what seminary life is like and to learn more about a vocation to the priesthood.  Fr. Matt Schmitz will attend the retreat weekend with a group of young men (high school sophomores through young adulthood) from the Diocese of Crookston.

Retreat weekend:  Mar. 13-16, 2020 (Friday-Monday)    Registration deadline:  Mon., Feb. 10, 2020.  Contact:  Fr. Matt Schmit​z at mschmitz@sacred​ or by calling 218-773-0877.

Cursillo Retreat   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.  Cursillo 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.  Cursillo Spring Weekends:  The Men's Cursillo will be held Feb. 20-23.  The Women's Cursillo will be Mar. 26-29.  Cursillo Fall Weekends:  The Men's Cursillo will be Oct. 22-25.  The Women's Cursillo will be Sept. 24-27.  Contact Bobbi Mercil (701-866-5706) for more information.  Applications can be printed at or picked up at your parish office.


Knights of Columbus 12 Days of Christmas Winners:   Day 1.  Annika Adolphson, Day 2.  Renee Borowicz, Day 3.  Leo Kowalski, Day 4.  Amanda Murphy, Day 5.  Mark Sage, Day 6.  Jason Hillman, Day 7.  Richard Gratzek, Day 8.  Richard Gratzek, Day 9.  Brandon Mochrle, Day 10.  Mike Adamski, Day 11.  Ashley Adolphson, and Day 12. Mike Peterson


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

FEBRUARY LADIES AID LEADERS:  Linda Borowicz, Mindy Gerszewski, Mary Gryskiewicz, Rose Marie Price & Danielle Szklarski


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