Our All Souls’ Candlelight Vigil Service will be held this Sunday, Nov. 2 at 7pm in the church. We will have a service that includes music, scripture, and an opportunity to light a candle(s) for those you wish to remember.
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and it is a time to give thanks for all the blessings we have. St. Stephen will give thanks on Saturday, Nov. 8 after the 5pm Mass in the hall of the Holy Family Center. Please come to break bread with your family and friends at our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. This Thanksgiving Dinner, as well as each of the monthly dinners, is sponsored for the St. Stephen Catholic Community by the Knights of Columbus Council 9282. Let us give thanks and be glad!
Election of parish council members will be held in November. If you are interested in serving as a member of the council, contact Jim Hooper at 615-519-4905 as soon as possible for more information.
Our parish mission will be held on Nov. 9-11. Our presenter is ValLimar Jansen from Oregon Catholic Press (OCP). She is a storyteller, singer, composer, and recording artist. Each night is different and will feature prayer, story and song which will help all to grow in their knowledge of God and desire to become more like Christ. Sunday – Created in the image of God for God’s purpose. Monday – Transformed and filled with love of God. Tuesday – We are sent forth to be the love of God. We will meet in in the church at 6:30pm on Sunday and 7pm on Monday and Tuesday.
When you clean out your closets this Fall, the K of C Ladies Auxiliary are asking you to donate your gently used coats to be distributed to those that don’t have any coats to keep them warm this winter. Coats for men, women, and children, of all sizes will be accepted and appreciated and collected during the month of November. The coats will be divided among several charities and left to the organizations to distribute as they see the need. The charities will include Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, Loaves and Fishes (also part of Catholic Charities), and the Clothes Closet at McMurray Middle School of Nashville. The Clothes Closet is a room of donated items that are distributed to the children at McMurray based upon need as seen and referred by the teachers. Of course, if you can’t find anything in your closet, and find it in your heart to donate, we will take new coats. Drop your donations in the tub marked for the coats in the old church. Thank you!
The quarterly Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by K of C Council 9282 will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9 in the hall of the Holy Family Center from 7:45am-1pm. If you’d like to donate, you can sign up after the Masses at the Blood Drive table in the old church or online at www.redcrossblood.org and put in sponsor code StStephen. 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, call Mark Marsh at 207-9434.
Rehearsals for the Children’s Christmas Choir will begin on Nov. 5 from 6pm to 6:45pm, in the choir rehearsal area in the narthex of the old church. The Children’s Choir will sing at the Children’s Christmas liturgy on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 4pm. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate. To join, contact Scott Goudeau at 758-2424, Ext. 30 or email@example.com.
If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister (Mass and/or Hospital/Sick), we will have 2 training sessions (you need only attend one): Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7pm and Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9am in the Narthex. Any member of the parish who has been confirmed and is in high school may serve as a Eucharistic Minister. For more information, contact Sean or Moreen Muldoon (615-495-0060) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lector Training will be held Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9am in the church. You may register by signing up on the round table outside the worship space or by calling Francie Duffield at 758-2424 or Ron and Valerie Fleitz at 773-2482.
We are collecting men’s and women’s white socks and women’s gloves as Christmas items to take to the prisons. Gloves may be in black, gray or dark brown. Magic gloves at Dollar Tree are $1 a pair. Our goal is to collect 500 pairs of sock and gloves. Contact Suzanne Visitacion 476-8112 or Sharon Kloba.