When you clean out your closets this Fall, the K of C Ladies Auxiliary are asking you to donate your gently used coats to be distributed to those that don’t have any coats to keep them warm this winter. Coats for men, women, and children, of all sizes will be accepted and appreciated and collected during the month of November. The coats will be divided among several charities and left to the organizations to distribute as they see the need. The charities will include Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, Loaves and Fishes (also part of Catholic Charities), and the Clothes Closet at McMurray Middle School of Nashville. The Clothes Closet is a room of donated items that are distributed to the children at McMurray based upon need as seen and referred by the teachers. Of course, if you can’t find anything in your closet, and find it in your heart to donate, we will take new coats. Drop your donations in the tub marked for the coats in the old church. Thank you!
The quarterly Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by K of C Council 9282 will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9 in the hall of the Holy Family Center from 7:45am-1pm. If you’d like to donate, you can sign up after the Masses at the Blood Drive table in the old church or online at www.redcrossblood.org and put in sponsor code StStephen. The Knights kitchen crew will be providing a light breakfast at no charge for all prospective donors and their family members, provided by our friends at Waffle House. If you have any questions, call Mark Marsh at 207-9434.
Rehearsals for the Children’s Christmas Choir will begin on Nov. 5 from 6pm to 6:45pm, in the choir rehearsal area in the narthex of the old church. The Children’s Choir will sing at the Children’s Christmas liturgy on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 4pm. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate. To join, contact Scott Goudeau at 758-2424, Ext. 30 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister (Mass and/or Hospital/Sick), we will have 2 training sessions (you need only attend one): Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7pm and Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9am in the Narthex. Any member of the parish who has been confirmed and is in high school may serve as a Eucharistic Minister. For more information, contact Sean or Moreen Muldoon (615-495-0060) or email@example.com.
Lector Training will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9am in the church. You may register by signing up on the round table outside the worship space or by calling Francie Duffield at 758-2424 or Ron and Valerie Fleitz at 773-2482.
Sunday, Oct. 26 after the Life Teen Mass, Life Teen, Edge and the KC Ladies Auxiliary will host our annual Halloween party for all the little spooks of the parish, ages 0-11, and their parents. Games, candy and snacks will be provided from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Wear your favorite costume and participate in the costume contest.
Please note time change for the Nov. 1 Haiti Sewing Workshop! In order to accommodate those wishing to attend the 10am Saturday Mass for the holy day, All Saints Day, the Sewing Workshop will begin immediately afterward, around 11am on Nov. 1. We will work until around 4pm. Thank you for your continued generosity with donations. There is still a need for ribbons, bias tape, and boy-sized tee-shirts and shorts. We hope you can join us at the workshop. For more information, please call Linda (883-5961) or Bettyann (883-3422).
We are collecting men’s and women’s white socks and women’s gloves as Christmas items to take to the prisons. Gloves may be in black, gray or dark brown. Magic gloves at Dollar Tree are $1 a pair. Our goal is to collect 500 pairs of sock and gloves. Contact Suzanne Visitacion 476-8112 or Sharon Kloba.
We will be hosting our 9th Annual Fine Arts Festival on Nov. 1-2 in the old church. A portion of the receipts will go to St. Stephen. Hours will be : Saturday, 4pm to 6pm, with an Artists” Reception from 6pm to 8pm; Sunday, 9:30am to 6:30pm. A variety of fine art and jewelry will be available for sale, so come support the church and do your Christmas shopping.
The Burn the Mortgage Campaign completed its first year on 6/30/14. Thanks to all of you for your continued donations! We are on track to complete the campaign on schedule in 2016 and this would not be possible without your generosity. Thirteen families have already completed their campaign pledge donations ahead of schedule and we are so grateful to them and to all of you who are helping us meet our goal. Below are some of our donors who have completed their campaign pledges. Please continue your support and generous gifts. We want to encourage all parish members to donate to this campaign so that we can reach our 50% participation goal by the end of the year. Please keep us on track to “Burn the Mortgage” in 2016!