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.  Tickets will be on sale in the Old Church Feb. 11-12 and 18-19 after all the Masses  For more info, call Deacon Fred or Lorine Bourland 615-754-6899 or email lorineb@tds.net.

Donate Your Extra Rosaries

During the month of January, St. Stephen will come together to collect rosaries to teach all our PREP, EDGE, and Life Teen students about the rosary.  Our goal is to collect a rosary for each of our almost 500 students.  Donated rosaries will be collected in baskets on the round table in the narthex.  This is a great way to use those rosaries which never get used.  If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Steve at 615-604-6059 or Bill Walsh at 615-513-6369.

Loaves and Fishes

We will be dong breakfast and lunch on Saturday, January 28.  Need 1-2 to help with breakfast from 7:30am to 9:30am, and 5-6 to help with lunch 9:30am to 1pm.  Contact Tracey Doering, 615-347-9643.  Please contact Tracey by Jan. 20 about this as she will be in Haiti starting Jan. 21, and needs to have the roster before then.  Families welcome (no age excluded) and community service hours can be obtained for this time.  Meet at Holy Name Church in East Nashville (building behind church).

Postulants Dinner

The annual K of C Postulants Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21 in the hall of the Holy Family Center following 5pm Mass.  All are welcome to come to dinner, meet the Sisters and participate in the annual dessert auction.  Please join in support of these young women who are preparing to devote their lives to serve the Lord.  We look forward to you joining the celebration.

Marriage Anniversary Celebration

St. Stephen will host our annual Celebration of Marriage on Saturday, Jan. 28 after the 5pm Mass.  The parish will provide meat and a very special cake.  Those who attend are asked to bring a side dish – salad, vegetable or casserole.  The parish will also honor marriages with special certificates if the couple wishes to have one.  The certificates are prepared with names, date of marriage, and number of years married. We need a count of those attending so that appropriate food items can be purchased.  childcare for children 1 thru 12 is available by signup.  Contact Jaime Boyer at 615-430-9805.  Deadlines for childcare and dinner is Jan. 24.  Signups are available in the narthex or by calling Francie Duffield at 615-758-2424.

Catholics Returning Home

St. Stephen Catholic Community Presents Catholics Returning Home.  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 Jan. 12, 2017.  We meet in Room 105 of the Holy Family Center from 7pm to 8:30pm.  For more details, take an information card from the poster in the old church.  Contact Jerry Marcec, marcecjj@yahoo.com or 630-362-7150, to register or for more information.

St. Stephen Families Helping Families Beginning in January

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 beginning Jan. 14, 2017 from 9am to 11am, and continuing on the second Saturday of each month.

Parish Council

We are looking for people who would like to serve on Parish Council.  If you would be interested in serving St. Stephen in this capacity or have any questions, please call Geana Larson at 615-708-1332.