St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn

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website contact:  ststephens@wiktel.com

Assumption Bulletin       website contact:  assumption@wiktel.com

St Rose Bulletin                website contact: stroser@wiktel.com

October 25, 2020 — Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

                                    St. Stephen’s Church, Stephen                                       

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

Phone:  218-478-2231      ststephens@wiktel.com      www.wiktel.net/ststephens

Pastor:  Father Luis Buitron     lbuitron@wiktel.com      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)

Pastoral Council:  Britni Gajeski, Darrin Kowalski and Todd Chwialkowski

Finance Council:  Tammi Anderson, Carmen Beauclair and Brent Halfmann

Trustees:  Ethan Marquis and William Safranski

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

Newcomers   Contact the parish office to register.

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

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

St. Stephen’s Church Mass Schedule

Wednesday, October 28, at 8:30 a.m. – Mass for †Alice Grzadzieleski by Jerry & Marilyn Kuznia

Friday, October 30, at 8:30 a.m. – Mass for †Rita Pagnac by Gary & Sue Anderson

Sunday, November 1 (Solemnity of All Saints), at 10:30 a.m. – Mass for Tri-Parish Families of St. Stephen’s, St. Rose & Assumption Churches

(Face covering required as per Minnesota Executive Order 20-81.  A maximum limit of 50 attendees.)

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule for October, November & December, 2020

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. – St. Rose (Exception:  Nov. 7 & 14 — Deer Hunters’ Mass at 7:00 p.m. in lieu of 5:00 p.m. Mass)

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. – Assumption

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s

Tuesday Mass at 5:00 p.m. — St. Rose

Wednesday and Friday Mass at 8:30 a.m. — St. Stephen’s

Thursday Mass at 6:00 p.m. — Assumption

Prayer List

Jim Blair, Raymond Borowicz, Traci Chwialkowski, Patty Durand, Doris Harris, Donald Narlock, Rev. Msgr. Michael Patnode, Brooklyn Poe & all those affected by the Covid-19 virus

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

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.”  – Matthew 22:37

Do you put other “gods” before God?  Is your love of money, power, status, comfort or some personal possession greater than your love for God?  Do you really recognize that everything you have and that everything you are is a gift from God?  The good news – it’s not too late to put God first in all things in your life.

Budgeted Sunday offertory income for 7/1/20-6/30/21 = $91,950.00

Average weekly amount needed to meet church operations = $1,768.27

Donations  For those who wish to make a donation to the church, a donation drop box is available under the bulletin board in the church entry or mail your donation to St. Stephen’s Church, PO Box 507, Stephen, MN.

Fiscal Year-end Report   Any parishioner wishing a copy of the 2019-2020 fiscal year-end report, please call the parish office at 478‑2231 and you will be provided with a copy.

Other Items and Future Events

Our condolences to the family and friends of Thelma Bolduc, who was recently called home to the Lord.  May she rest in the peace of Christ.

Eucharistic Adoration   Monthly Eucharistic Adoration at St. Stephen’s will begin on Sunday, November 1.  Adoration will be from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  We invite you to come and spend some special time with the Lord.  We are putting together a new calling list of prayer volunteers.  If you would like to be added to this list, please sign up in the church entry or call the parish office.

Ladies Aid   Due to the uncertain times we are currently going through, new booklets will not be reprinted at this time.  All monthly leaders will remain the same. 

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Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month.  You are invited to answer the Holy Father's request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month.  Month of October:  The Laity’s Mission in the Church.  We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

At St. Stephen’s Church due to the Covid-19 Pandemic:

·         As of July 25, 2020, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, including churches, but with some exceptions.  If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of sickness, we ask that you do not attend Mass.

·         Masses will be said with a maximum limit of 50 attendees. 

·         We will be following social distancing seating guidelines.

·         There will be no food served at St. Stephen’s Church until further notice.

·         Feel free to use the church for personal prayer.  Please use one of the pews which are not taped off.  When finished, please clean the area you used with the cleaning supplies at the top of the entrance steps.

·         Church bulletins can be viewed online at wiktel.net/ststephens.

For Men who are interested in becoming a Deacon  If you are interested in entering the Deacon Formation program an initial “Discerning the Diaconate” session will be held via zoom on Saturday, November 21, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. This session is for men and, if married, their wives, who are considering to apply for the next deacon formation group which will begin formation in January of 2022.  You will meet with Deacon Mark Krejci, Director of Deacon Formation and Personnel and others to join in prayer, reflection, and a chance to ask questions about the program. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Deacon Mark at mkrejci@crookston.org.

Project Rachel:  Confidential Care for Post-Abortive Women and Men  The Diocese of Crookston has a confidential phone service for women or men who are seeking healing, hope and reconciliation after abortion. Staffed by a female counselor trained in Project Rachel ministry - a ministry of the Catholic Church showing that there is hope after abortion.  Calls are answered Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The confidential phoneline is 218-470-0112.

Drive-Thru To-go Harvest Festival at the Cathedral Church on Sunday, October 25, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Fish Fry Meal to-go cost is $14.  Big money raffle tickets, virtual silent auction, etc.  Check out the flyer on our church bulletin board.