The United States Bishops have asked the parishes throughout the country to conduct Fortnight activities again this year. Fortnight for Freedom is a period of time where all Catholics are asked to pray for both or Christian and American heritage of religious liberty. St. Stephen Council 9282 will continue to host daily rosary in support of this activity at 6:15pm from June 21 to July 3 in the chapel. On Monday nights, it will be in conjunction with the regular Monday night rosary. Wednesday night rosary starts at 6pm so that it doesn’t conflict with our regular 6:30pm Mass. Questions, contact Bill Walsh 615-513-6369 or email@example.com.
The church office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
Are you, or someone you know, interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith? Are you considering becoming a Catholic? We have started Sunday morning sessions for RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) from 9:45am to 10:30pm between the Sunday morning Masses. Call or email Scott Goudeau at 615-758-2424, Ext. 30 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply join in on Sundays.
The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring Christmas in July for Caring Choices of Catholic Charities. Items most needed are baby wipes, diapers – all sizes, powder formula – any kind, clothes – newborn to 4t, and car seats – can only accept new. Place items in the old church under the Christmas tree any time in July.
Leading up to our first Catholics Returning Home session in September, we are sharing the Top Ten Reasons to Come Back to the Catholic Church from Our Sunday Visitor. Enjoy! Number 9: Because childhood memories surface. Some people say childhood memories of feeling connected to God surface in later life. We begin to ask ourselves, “Is it possible to recapture that simplicity of faith? Can I ever really believe that God is watching out for me?” The secularization of our society leads people away from the spiritual side of themselves. The Catholic Church offers BOTH religious and mystical experiences that feed the heart, the mind, the body and the soul as well as an array of active lay ministries that interface and interact with the secular world in order to make it a holier world in which to live. If you have been away from the Catholic Church, welcome back home! We miss you! If you have a relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker who has been away from the Church, we need your help. Please invite them back. To help update Catholics that have been away from regular participation in church life, we will offer a 6-week Catholics Returning Home session starting on Sept. 8. Get details from the cards on the poster in the narthex. Contact Jerry Marcec email@example.com or 630-362-7150 to register or for more information.
In July, we need to move the Baptism Class to Thursday, July 21. This class meets in the church at 7:30pm. If there are questions, please contact Francie Duffield at 615-758-2424.
Save the Date! Bishop Choby will join us for the Saturday evening Mass on July 2 to Burn the Mortgage! An “Independence Day” style dinner will follow with music from the Nashville Vocal Jazz Quartet. Come and celebrate this milestone in the life of the parish!
Prayer Garden work has started again. Help is welcome on Wednesdays, 6pm until dark. Need some folks with trucks to haul brush to the burn pile. We also need some helpers 18 or older to trim wisteria on top of the arbor. Consider just giving an hour this Spring! If you want to help other than on Wednesdays, call and we will set up a time. Rose Wathen 615-516-7965.
Check out the St. Stephen Parish App which has been updated with some new music. We’ve added a Lent Playlist! As each liturgical season changes, we will create a playlist for you to enjoy for prayer, reflection and appreciation of the season.
To find the Parish App go to: www.parishsolutionsco.com/stephen