Registration for PREP Classes

Registration for St. Stephen Religious Education Program (PREP, EDGE Middle School Ministry, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, 3-4-5 Church, Special Needs) will be held this weekend (July 23-24) after all the Masses in the old church.  A second registration weekend will be held following all the Masses Aug. 6-7.  If you are unable to register at that time, you can contact Greg Karn in the Religious Education Office for a registration form, stop by the office to pick one up, or there are forms in the pamphlet rack in the narthex.  Parish religious education classes resume on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Trea$ure Hunt POD

The POD for collecting items for the Trea$ure Hunt will arrive this weekend (July 23-24).  Volunteers will be staffing the POD following all Masses.  Drop off your small items to the POD.  For furniture and major appliance pick-up, please call Bob Young at 615-772-6402.  To volunteer your time at the POD or at the Trea$ure Hunt, contact Chip Harris at chiph9282@gmail.com or 615-289-6767.  We need your help.  The Trea$ure Hunt will occur in the upper parking lot, rain or shine, Sept. 9-10.

Quarterly Blood Drive

The American Red Cross and the Knights of Columbus will hold their quarterly Blood Drive in the hall of the Holy Family Center on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 7:30am to 1pm.  There is a critical shortage of all types of blood due to busy summer schedules.  Signups begin this weekend by going to www.redcrossblood.org and putting in sponsor code:  ststephen, or by signing up at the table in the old church.  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, please call Mark Marsh at 615-207-9434.

International Friendship Dinner

Mark your calendars, Aug. 27 is our next International Friendship Dinner.  Right now, we have 6 countries signed up to sponsor a table at the dinner.  I am still looking for volunteers to host the Italian and Asian tables.  Interested, please call Albert Go at 615-275-8805.  The International Friendship Dinner will be on Aug. 27 in the hall of the Holy Family Center after the 5pm Mass.  With all the violence going on around us, we should all join hands to unite, love and promote peace.

Summer RCIA 2016

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 music.dept@comcast.net, or simply join in on Sundays.

Christmas in July for Caring Choices

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.

Catholics Returning Home Countdown

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 6: Because we want to be healed. Some of us carry deep spiritual wounds. We struggle with anger at God over bad things that happen–a terminal illness, a debilitating injury, a broken relationship, mental or emotional problems, an act of violence against an innocent person, an unexplainable accident, some natural disaster, the death of a loved one or some other deep disappointment. The Catholic Church cannot change these situations or explain why they happened. But there are people in the Church who can assist in the process of spiritual healing and help you get on with your life.  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 marcecjj@yahoo.com or 630-362-7150 to register or for more information.

Help in the Prayer Garden

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.

New Music on the App

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.