We are reminded that as followers of Jesus, we are all called to do the work of the Lord here on earth. Please be as generous as possible with your commitment to our diocesan ministries. “Pledge Sunday” is Feb. 1. The appeal supports Catholic education, evangelization, catechetical formation, pastoral outreach, services to the poor and youth ministry, to name a few. See the flyer in the Jan. 25 bulletin for names of specific ministries. A letter is being sent from the diocese with a pledge envelope to those who have contributed in the past. There will also be extra pledge envelopes on the table in the narthex next weekend (Jan. 31-Feb. 1).
Looking for an afternoon out to shake off the winter blahs? St. Stephen Ladies of Charity will go to Bordeaux Hospital on Tues., Feb. 3 to play Bingo with the patients. It is always a day they enjoy and a very rewarding one for us. All ladies and men of St. Stephen are welcome to join us. Be at the church upper parking lot to carpool by 12:30pm, to arrive at Bordeaux by 1:15pm. We play at 1:30pm. If you can attend, call Joann Doss 615-871-7269 or cell 615-427-2588 or Susan Castner 615-885-9731 or cell 615-484-1992.
St. Stephen Haiti Medical Mission leaves for our twin parish in Petit Goave on Feb. 7. Many thanks for the numerous contributions. This endeavor would not be possible without the support of the parish. Please keep the medical mission team in your prayers as they travel to Petit Goave.
Scout Sunday is Feb. 8. On that day, scouts will be recognized at the 11am Mass. If you are currently or have been involved in any of the scouting organizations in the past, you are invited to come in uniform and represent your scouting organization. If you would like to participate by helping with any of the liturgical ministries for this Mass, please contact Christopher Hoover at Chris24hoover@comcast.net.
Mardi Gras/Valentine’s Day Party to help “Burn the Mortgage” on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6:30pm in the hall of the Holy Family Center. Come and celebrate with a Wine, Beer and Food Tasting. We have 10 vendors with beer and wine you can taste and also a vast array of culinary delights for tasting as well. Adults only, you must be 21. All proceeds will go to help “Burn the Mortgage.” Tickets are $50 per person and will be on sale in the old church Jan. 24, 25, 31 and Feb. 1 after all the Masses. For more info, call Deacon Fred or Lorine Bourland 615-754-6899 or email email@example.com.
St. Stephen Catholics Returning Home Winter 2015 Session Prayer Request: Thanks for your support of Catholics Returning Home. We are pleased to welcome 10 returning Catholics to the Winter 2015 session. Please pray over the next several weeks for these new friends and any other returning Catholics as they continue on their faith journey. We start another 6 week session in September 2015. Watch the bulletin for more details in the near future. Contact Jerry Marcec (firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-362-7150) for more information.
If you are an adult who has missed receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and is interested in being confirmed by Bishop Choby during the Easter Season, please get in touch with Scott Goudeau as soon as possible (615-758-2424, Ext. 30 or email@example.com).
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!
Will you be making a pledge or payments (in the monthly pink envelopes) to the Burn the Mortgage Campaign? Please let us know by filling out a pledge card and dropping it in the collection basket or mail to: St. Stephen Catholic Community, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory, TN 37138. You can also set up Online Giving in the right hand column on our website (www.saintstephencommunity.org). Thank you for your continued generosity in helping us reduce our debt.
Online Giving to the church is now available through our website. Click on the Online Giving button located on the right side. Make electronic payments the easy way – you control the amount, the frequency, and how your donation is distributed. All of your information goes through you, not the office. Try it out!