2014 Pictorial Directory


Our Pictorial Directory is underway!  Additional dates have been add (Aug. 28, 29 and 30). If you have not had your picture taken, please take this opportunity as this will be our final session. Sign up online by clicking on the following website and follow the directions:


All who participate will receive a free 8×10 color portrait and a picture directory.  Capture those memories!


Burn the Mortgage Campaign

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!

The Bottei FamilyBTM Family Image 1






The Stewart FamilyBTM Family Image 2





The Witte FamilyBMT Family Image 3





Call to Artists

Please join St. Stephen’s Annual Fine Art Festival, Nov. 1-2.  We hope to add innovative fresh artists to join or group of talented artists.  Please contact Linda Thomas at lthomasart@gmail.com by Sept. 7.


International Friendship Dinner

The International Friendship Dinner sponsored by the International Ministry and the Knights of Columbus will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 6:30pm in the hall of the Holy Family Center.  Dinner tickets will be on sale thru Sept. 7 in the old church after all the Masses.  Adults – $15/person, children (under 10 years of age) – $10/person.  Participating countries:  Asia, Cuba, India, Iran, Italy, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Middle Eastern, and Mexico..  Seating is limited to 15 per country.  We will have a different set-up this year.

Catechists Needed

Help is needed to prepare older youth for sacramental preparation.  Sessions are on Thursday evenings beginning in September.  This is a very rewarding ministry.  Call Connie 397-9255 for more information.

Fall Festival Shirts

For those people who have ordered St. Stephen golf shirts, you can pick them up after all masses the weekend of Sept. 6-7.  In addition, we will also be taking shirt orders this same weekend after Masses for those that missed the first 3 weekends.  Any questions, contact  Dan Solarz at dsolarz@insulationplastics.com.

Fall Festival 2014

Save the Date for the St. Stephen Fall Festival 2014.  It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20.  For additional information, go to http://fallfestival.saintstephencommunity.org/


K of C Treasure Hunt

The St. Stephen K of C Treasure Hunt and Yard Sale is next weekend Sept. 5 (7am to 7pm) and Sept. 6 (7am to 2pm).  Donations of items can be made after all Masses this weekend at the PODS in the upper parking lot.  What we can take:  jewelry, home décor, kitchenware, large and small appliances, holiday décor, books, audiocassettes, toys, games and baby items, garden and yard items, sports equipment, furniture, crafts, shoes, clothing, etc.  Sorry, we cannot take mattresses, baby cribs, baby car seats, old-style TVs, monitors, broken items needing repair.  *No Consignments.   If you have large items and need them to be picked up or wonder if we’ll take an item, please call Dave VanDeGejuchte at 615-268-9094 or Bob Young at 615-772-6402.

Fall Festival

Calling all St. Stephen Fall Festival Stage Entertainers!  God gives us all special talents, so let’s share them!  If you have a talent such as comedy, magic, singing, dancing, playing guitar, piano, or any musical instrument and are interested in performing for this year’s St. Stephen 2014 Fall Festival, then please join us for the celebration.  The festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20.  To sign up or for more information about stage performances, please contact:  Amanda White at ambaranski@yahoo.com or (615) 579-7490.


Catholics Returning Home

Catholics Returning Home Countdown: Top 10 Reasons to Come Back Home.  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 2: Because we want to help other people.  There are lots of opportunities within the secular world to volunteer. What’s missing is the spiritual dimension that service within the Catholic Church provides. It’s more than just a “feel good” activity. It’s part of the “great commandment” (See Mark 12:28) to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. In reaching out to others, Catholic volunteers become instruments of God’s love. The Catholic Church offers opportunities to touch the lives of people at home or around the world.  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 September 11th.  Get details from the cards on the poster in the Old Church.  Contact Jerry Marcec marcecjj@yahoo.com or 630-362-7150 to register or for more information.