Lenten Fish Frys

Back by popular demand, our parish Fish Frys begin on Friday, Mar. 3 and continue through Apr. 7.  We’ll have your favorites – fried and baked fish, hush puppies, fries, O-rings, coleslaw, veggie, soup and a non-fish entrée – and switch things up with a few new surprises each week.  Prices remain at $10/person or $25/family.  Join us for the 2017 opening night on Friday, Mar. 3 starting at 5pm.  Come out and socialize with your fellow parishioners and let us make dinner for you!  Brought to you by the Knights of Columbus and the Kitchen Crew/Fry Team.  #whatwouldJesusfry

40 Cans for Lent

You are invited to participate in the “St. Stephen Community 40 Cans for Lent” program.  The goal of this drive is for each parish family to contribute one can of food for each of the 40 days of Lent, that’s 7 cans per week!  Then, throughout Lent, the food cans will be delivered to the Mt. Juliet Help Center.  As a bonus, The Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus will donate $100 for every 1,000 pounds of food that is contributed – up to a maximum of $500 per council.  These proceeds will be donated by the council to the church for use with various charities.  All you need to do is bring 7 cans per week to church and put them in the box in the old church.  A bin will also be available at the fish fry dinners for your convenience.  For questions, ask GK Bill Walsh 615-513-6369 or Deacon Steve Molnar at 615-604-6059.

Haiti Sea Container

We are once again collecting items to send to our sister parish in Haiti.  Your assistance and generosity is greatly appreciated and makes a huge impact.  Items can be brought to the old church before the deadline of Noon on Mar. 19.  Items needed are:  folding chairs, 6 ft. fold-in-half tables, file cabinets, soccer and basketballs, solar energy inverter, sheets for double beds, sandals, flip flops, oscillating fans, travel size toiletries, hats, pocket-size umbrellas, hot wheels, small ethnic dolls.

Called and Gifted Workshop

St. Stephen will present a Called and Gifted Workshop on Saturday, Mar. 4 from 9am to noon.  We know that spiritual gifts are given to us to build us up so that we can be good workers in the Kingdom of God.  This is an opportunity to concentrate on each individual’s spiritual gifts that have been given to us to be used for others.  We have different gifts because we are unique individuals.  We will begin with breakfast items at 8am, so that we can begin at 9am.  All attendees will receive the materials that we use at no charge.  If you have questions, please contact Francie Duffield at 615-758-2424.  Signup sheets are in the narthex.  The deadline for registration is Feb. 24 so that supplies can be ordered.

Loaves and Fishes

St. Stephen volunteers will be doing breakfast and lunch on Feb. 25.  Need 1-2 volunteers to help with breakfast from 7:30am to 9:30am, and 10-12 volunteers to help with lunch 9:30am-1pm.  Contact Tracey Doering, 615-347-9643.  Families welcome (no age excluded) and community service hours can be obtained for this time.  Meet at Holy Name Church (521 Woodland St.) in East Nashville (building behind the church).

Help for the Homebound

St. Stephen is considering forming a new ministry and we need your help.  Do you know of someone who is homebound and is in need of a ride to doctor’s appointments, picking up prescriptions, etc.?  Might you be able to assist someone with a ride?  We would like to know.  We will not be able to provide rides without “St. Stephen angels” to help.  Be an angel!!  Please contact Deacon Steve at 615-504-6059 or mol4@aol.com.

Mardi Gras Party/St. Stephen Fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE:  Come and celebrate Mardi Gras with A Taste of St. Stephen Wine, Beer and Food Tasting, on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6:30pm in the hall of the Holy Family Center.  We will have vendors with beer or wine that you can taste.  The food will be a vast array of culinary delights for tasting as well.  It will be a fun party.  Adults Only, must be 21.  Free child care will be available – 1 yr thru 12 yrs. – reservations required.  Call Jamie Boyer, 615-430-9805.  All proceeds will go to fund the St. Stephen Repurposing Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the door.  For more info, call Deacon Fred or Lorine Bourland 615-754-6899 or email lorineb@tds.net.

St. Stephen Families Helping Families

St. Stephen will be providing volunteers to support the Family Empowerment Ministry of Catholic Charities.  This would be a great opportunity for families to volunteer together!  We will be providing delivery of mattresses, bedding and a welcome basket to families that have been moved from homelessness into housing on the second Saturday of each month from 9am to 11am.