From the Pro-Life Committee: Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. Learn what you can do to help. We will have a speaker (Brenda Harper from Suicide Prevention Network) on Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 7pm in the hall of the Holy Family Center. Everyone is invited to attend.
Because the second Thursday in April is Holy Thursday, the monthly baptism class will be held on Apr. 6 in the church at 7:30pm. We will return to the regular schedule in May.
Easter Egg Hunt: When: Saturday, Apr. 15. Where: In the marked areas (by age) behind the church. Time: 10am. You don’t want to miss it – “the hunt” is over in a matter of minutes! Free pictures with the bunny begin at 8:45am and continue until 9:30am, and begin again after the egg hunt. Asking for donations of candy (pre-wrapped). Place in marked tub in the old church. Thank you! Sign-ups will begin after Mass starting Saturday, Mar. 25. We are sponsoring Buddy Break. Please bring donations of bottles of water, markers, playdough or watercolor paints the day of the egg hunt. Thank you for your support of Buddy Break. Children through 12 years of age are invited to participate. Over 12 and you want to help, contact Helen Walsh at email@example.com. In case of inclement weather, we will move to the Holy Family Center.
Make your Holy Week special by celebrating a Seder Supper on April 8 at St. Stephen in the hall of the Holy Family Center after the 5pm Mass. The Seder Supper or Passover Meal is celebrated worldwide by our Jewish brothers and sisters. Come renew our own history and celebrate the meal that Our Lord celebrated the night He gave us the Eucharist. Tickets available Mar. 18-19, 25-26, and Apr. 1-2 after the Masses. Tickets $10/person, proceeds to the preservation of the Holy Sites in the Holy Land. Free child care, infant to grade 6; reservations required; call Jamie Boyer, 615-430-9805.
Kyrie, Eleison! The Lenten 40 Hours Eucharistic Adoration will begin Apr. 4 at 12am and continue through Wednesday, Apr. 5, ending at 7pm, followed immediately by the Lenten Penance Service. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in self-directed prayer and contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament during the holy Lenten season. We need many volunteers, so please sign up early to help make this devotion possible for others. You may sign up online anytime at www.mysignup.com/40hours. Sign-ups will also be held following all Masses the weekend of Apr. 1-2.
Back by popular demand, our parish Fish Frys begin on Friday, Mar. 3 and continue through Apr. 7. We’ll have your favorites – fried and baked fish, hush puppies, fries, O-rings, coleslaw, veggie, soup and a non-fish entrée – and switch things up with a few new surprises each week. Prices remain at $10/person or $25/family. Join us for the 2017 opening night on Friday, Mar. 3 starting at 5pm. Come out and socialize with your fellow parishioners and let us make dinner for you! Brought to you by the Knights of Columbus and the Kitchen Crew/Fry Team. #whatwouldJesusfry
You are invited to participate in the “St. Stephen Community 40 Cans for Lent” program. The goal of this drive is for each parish family to contribute one can of food for each of the 40 days of Lent, that’s 7 cans per week! Then, throughout Lent, the food cans will be delivered to the Mt. Juliet Help Center. As a bonus, The Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus will donate $100 for every 1,000 pounds of food that is contributed – up to a maximum of $500 per council. These proceeds will be donated by the council to the church for use with various charities. All you need to do is bring 7 cans per week to church and put them in the box in the old church. A bin will also be available at the fish fry dinners for your convenience. For questions, ask GK Bill Walsh 615-513-6369 or Deacon Steve Molnar at 615-604-6059.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would occasionally like to take a meal to a parishioner who has been ill, please call Francie Duffield at 615-758-2424.
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 on the second Saturday of each month from 9am to 11am.