St. Stephen's Catholic Church    Stephen, Mn


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October 14, 2018 — Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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, October 17, at 8:30 a.m. — Mass for †Christine Dziengel by Bill & Pat Kirkeby

Friday, October 19, at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac — Mass for †Blanche Smith by Mark & Becky Weber

Saturday, October 20, at 5:00 p.m. — Mass for †Robert Safranski, Sr. by Delphine Safranski

(Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration beginning at 4:30 p.m. followed by Benediction)

St. Stephen’s — Eucharistic Adoration – November 4 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Tri-Parish Mass Schedule — October, November & December, 2018

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. — St. Stephen’s

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. — St. Rose

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. — Assumption

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

St. Stephen’s — Wednesdays – Mass at 8:30 a.m.; Fridays – Mass at 10:15 a.m. at the Tamarac

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 andsisters to know the Lord.

Stewardship of Treasure

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”      Mark 10:25

Jesus uses tough language that we may not want to hear.  But, we are all called to be generous with all our gifts.  Not just the ones

we pick and choose, but all our gifts:  our time in prayer to God, our talent in participating in parish ministries and our treasure

supporting our local parish and other charities.

October 7 Collection:  $2105.75     Adult:  $2008.00      Children:  $8.00     Plate:  $89.75

Fiscal Year-End Report   Any parishioner who would like a copy, please call the parish office.

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:  $1770.00

Prayer List

Shelley Fredericks, Raymond Kuznia, Donald Narlock & 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.

Liturgical Ministry

     Saturday, October 20 (5:00 p.m.)Lector:  Roger K.      Servers:  Emily M. & Molly M.

Eucharist:  Roger K.* & Katrina H.      Greeters:  Mike & Renee B.

Religious Education

NO Religious Education Classes for grades 1-12 on Wed., Oct. 17.

High School Youth Rally Registrations are due by Oct. 19.  They can be dropped off at the parish office or with Pat at SAC High School office.

Ladies Aid

Upcoming Community Gathering, Sat., Oct. 20, after the 5:00 p.m. Mass.

Other Items and Future Events

NEEDED   Someone over the age of 18 to help with mowing and snow removal.  Please contact the parish office if you are interested in the position.

NEEDED   Someone to be the grounds maintenance person for St. Stephen’s.  If you are willing to take this on, please call Fr. Luis.

St. Stephen’s Choir  The choir will sing on Saturday night, Oct 20.  Please come a half hour early for practice downstairs.

Lector Workshops   The Office of Worship (Crookston) is offering Lector Workshops this Fall around the diocese:  Oct. 24 @ St. Bernard, Thief River Falls – 7-9 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 27 @ St. Peter, Park Rapids – 9-11 a.m.; and Sat., Nov. 3 @ Sacred Heart, East Grand Forks – 9-11 a.m.

Please visit to register as individuals to the workshop of your choice.  Bring your 2018 Lector Workbook along if you have one. Mary Dahl will be the facilitator for each gathering which will include prayer as well as best practices.  All registered participants will receive a new copy of “The Ministry of Lector” by James A. Wallace, CSsR, published by Liturgical Press.  We gather to proclaim the Word of God worthily and well!

Ignatian Spirituality Class   Fr. Vincent Miller will be offering a monthly Friday evening course on Ignatian Spirituality at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston.  Based on the Discernment of Spirits and Ignatian spiritual practices, the course is open to adults from the Diocese of Crookston.  Each class will run from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and will be held on the following dates:  10/12, 11/9, 12/14, 2/8/19, 3/8, 4/26 & 5/10. To register for this free course please call the Chancery at 218-281-4533.  This course is part of the Deacon Formation program but, as in previous years, this class is open to all.

40 Rosaries for Life & Respect Life Month   The national 40 Days for Life campaign began Wed., Sept. 26, and will conclude on Sun., Nov. 4.   The Diocese of Crookston will again be holding a “40 Rosaries for Life” campaign where a parish or parish cluster will be asked to pray a rosary for the intention of the respect for life from conception to natural death.  We at St. Stephen’s will be saying the rosary for this intention on Sat., Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m. (which is our assigned date with the Diocese of Crookston in this campaign).

Celebrate Respect Life Month!  You're invited to join Catholics nationwide in celebrating Respect Life Month this October with the message "Every Life:  Cherished, Chosen, Sent"!  Learn more at

Have you heard about Cursillo?  Would you like to deepen your faith and let Jesus become more involved in your life?  Are you looking for a way to walk more closely with God?  Cursillo may be what you are looking for.  It will change how you look at your family, work and friendships.  The Diocese of Crookston is offering a Men’s weekend Oct. 25-28 at Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp south of Fosston.  For more information contact Carol Olsonawski at 218‑689‑9081 or Bobbi Mercil at 701-866-5706.  Applications are also available at your parish office or at

Fall Festival at St. Rose of Lima   Polka Mass at 10:30 a.m.  Turkey & Ham dinner will be served from 12 Noon-5:30 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 28, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  Join them at the Argyle Mall from 12 Noon-5:00 p.m. for bingo, fish pond, and a country store (baked goods and fancywork).  A raffle will also be held.  Need not be present to win.

Cathedral Harvest Festival 2018   The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry or Turkey Dinner (take-outs available) will be served from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church, 702 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN, on Sun., Oct. 28.  Also, there will be booths:  Country Store, Candy/Fudge, Cookie Walk, Christmas/Jewelry; a Silent Auction; games for children; raffles and much more!

St. Rose of Lima Fall Bible Study will meet Wednesdays (Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5 and 12) at 7:00 p.m.  The Book of James will be the focus of this Fall’s Bible Study.  For location, call Helen at (218)201-0328.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Come and See   Father Matt Schmitz is leading a trip to Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, Minnesota, for a Come and See weekend Nov. 9-12.  The men will join seminarians for prayer time, daily Mass, holy hours, classes, meals and recreation time. They will also tour the college and seminary campuses and meet with diocesan seminarians.  Space for the trip is limited.  Anyone interested in attending should contact Fr. Matt at 218-773-0877 or as soon as possible.  A second opportunity to attend a Come and See weekend will be March 14-17, 2019.  To find out more about the Office of Vocations, go to  For more information about Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, visit

Director for the Office of Catholic Schools   The Diocese of Crookston is seeking a part-time Director for the Office of Catholic Schools.  In collaboration with pastors and under the guidance of the bishop, this position helps diocesan schools become strong in their Catholic identity.  This person is available for consultation with principals, pastors, and advisory councils in the development of philosophy, policy, curriculum and applicable school law.  Applicants should have certification and experience in educational leadership.  The qualifying candidate needs to be a practicing Catholic who understands the teachings of the Catholic Church with the desire to promote them through Catholic education.   Send resume and three references to:  Msgr. Michael Foltz, Diocese of Crookston, P.O. Box 610, Crookston, MN 56716 or by email to: Interviews begin November 1.

OCTOBER LADIES AID LEADERS:  Elaine Anderson, Rita Chwialkowski, Marilyn Hanson, Gerri Kuznia, Julie Kuznia, Theresa Kuznia & Linda Thompson