Fall Festival


Our annual Fall Festival is Saturday, Sept. 23 starting at 2pm.

  • Activities start at 2pm (Face Painting, Cake Walk, Inflatables, Carnival Games, Dinner after 5pm Mass, Live Auction, Bingo)
  • Live Music on the Stage from 2pm-5pm, with Dinner music from 6pm-7pm.
  • Flu shots available from 3pm to 6:30pm
  • Register to be a Bone Marrow Donor from 2pm to 4:30pm (you must be between the ages of 18-44.

Parent Talk with Kary

October 1 at 9:45am in the lounge of the Holy Family Center and 6:15pm in the church.  Topic:  How to Manage your Child’s Screen Time and Inappropriate Content.  Presented by Kary Valdes, LCSW.  Kary will speak to all age groups so that any parent with any aged child will benefit from this information.  Kary will explain why starting to do these simple things now will benefit everyone and help your family to be more relaxed!  This is a free presentation.

Hurricane Relief

As we know, the recovery efforts left by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are massive and ongoing. We thank you for your part in the $13,206 that St. Stephen donated through our 2nd Collection.   Further donations to Catholic Charities USA can be made by going to http://bit.ly/CCUSADisasterReliefDonate and make your donation through their secure on-line donation site. Or you can mail a check to: Catholic Charities USA, ATTN: Disaster Relief, 2050 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 – be sure to write “Disaster Relief” on your check’s memo line. 100% of the funds received by CCUSA for disaster relief will be used for disaster relief efforts. Thank you and may God bless your generosity.

Catholics Returning Home

St. Stephen Catholic’s Returning Home Fall 2017 Session Prayer Request: Thanks for your support of Catholics Returning Home! We are pleased to welcome home 5 participants to the fall 2017 session. We will be meeting over the next several weeks. Please pray for these new friends and any other returning Catholics as they continue on their faith journey! Thank you. We start another 6-week Catholics Returning Home session in January 2018. Watch the bulletin for more details in the near future. Contact Jerry Marcec (marcecjj@yahoo.com / 630-362-7150) for more information.


Baby Bottle Campaign

In observance of October as Respect Life Month, the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and Knights of Columbus will sponsor a baby bottle campaign to benefit pro-life agencies in Middle Tennessee. Baby bottles will be handed out to St. Stephen parishioners over the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 1 after all Masses. $$$$ raised with this campaign will help support the Tennessee Right to Life and the Wilson County Right to Life Organizations.   The money given to Wilson County Pro-Life will go toward the payment of the monthly rental of the pro-life billboard on Interstate 40 between Mt. Juliet and Lebanon. Look for us after Mass and grab a baby bottle.   Fill the bottle with your spare change, cash and/or checks. Make checks payable to the KCLA.   Return the bottle(s) by placing them in the baby cradle in the old church any weekend in October. We do need the bottle(s) returned regardless of the amount in the bottles.     Thank you for your generous support of life.

Faithful Citizenship

Faithful Citizenship will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30pm in Room 105 of the Holy Family Center.  Anyone interested is invited to attend this planning meeting for upcoming events.  Your energy and ideas are welcome.

St. Stephen 2017 Treasure Hunt

Set-up Oct. 4 and 5. Sale days Oct. 6 and 7. Volunteer Sign-up Sheets are located in the old church after every weekend Mass. This is a perfect opportunity to meet fellow parishioners and become an active member of the St. Stephen family. Donated items are accepted at the POD after every weekend Mass. To schedule larger items for pickup, call Bob Young 615-772-6402. VOLUNTEER and help make this the most profitable yard sale ever! WE NEED YOU!

Renew Your Kroger Rewards

If you have been using your Kroger Plus Card to help raise money for Life Teen summer camp, you need to re-register your card in the month of August.  Go on-line at www.krogercommunityrewards.com, sign in and click on your name at the top right hand corner to see your account.  Scroll to the bottom for the community rewards section.  You will see your community rewards with St. Stephen has expired.  Click renew and enter the number for St. Stephen, 89477, in the space provided.  Until you do this, we will not earn money from your Kroger purchases.  If you would like to start supporting St. Stephen with your Kroger card, go through the enrollment process, enter your Kroger Plus card number and input the NPO for St. Stephen – 89477.  Thank you!

St. Stephen Prayer Blanket Ministry

St. Stephen has a new ministry.  We make fleece blankets for those who are seriously ill, injured, confined to either home, hospital or nursing home.  They are made prayerfully, blessed and given to express caring and concern from St. Stephen Catholic Community for our parishioners, their immediate family members or their close friends.  The following prayer is sewn on each blanket:  “May the Risen Christ bless you with HOPE, COURAGE, and PEACE.  St. Stephen Catholic Community holds you in prayer and covers you with love.”  If you know of someone who would benefit from receiving a Prayer Blanket, call or email Lorine Bourland 615-754-6899 lorineb@tds.net; Elaine Bustillos 615-758-8303 elainebustillos04@yahoo.com; Joyce Davis 615-754-6899 Joyce_davis07@comcast.net; Bettyann Tompson 615-883-3422 btompson374402@comcast.net; or Janet Youmans 615-525-3920 youmans1@comcast.net.