Parish Fall Festival This Weekend


Our Annual Fall Festival will be held this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 24 from 2pm to 9pm in the back parking lot.  Games and activities from 2pm to 7pm.  Dinner starting at 5:30pm.  Silent Auction from 2pm to 6:30pm in the Vendor’s Tent with proceeds benefiting the Haiti Medical Mission, and a live auction at 6:45pm.  There will be live local musical acts on stage from 2pm to 9pm.  Don’t miss Bingo in the old church starting at 7pm.

Voter Registration

You can register to vote from 2pm to 5pm at the Parish Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24. You can also register after each Mass that weekend (Sept. 24-25).  There will be a table in the old church.  If you’d like to read more about how your faith relates to voting, click here for a pdf version of the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. 


Parish Fall Festival

Our annual Parish Fall Festival will be held on September 24 starting at 2pm.  Volunteers are needed to help work games and events.  Cake walk and cookie donations are also needed.  You can sign up to volunteer or to donate cakes and cookies after the Masses this weekend in the old church at the Deacon Jim table.  You will be able to register to vote in this year’s election or get your flu shot during the festival.  There will also be a silent auction with proceeds going to the Haiti Medical Mission.  Make plans to attend.

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2pm in the Prayer Garden, with Fr. Pat officiating.  All animals welcome with proper restraints.  Blessed St. Francis medals for each animal.  Donations for the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter will be a blessing for their animals.

Doors of Mercy: Exploring God’s Covenant with You

We invite you to join us as we participate in a parish-wide program, Doors of Mercy.  Take this opportunity to discover ways we need mercy from God and from others, and about God’s remarkable love and tender mercy for us.  There are 8 simple sessions that will allow you to experience the intimacy of God’s hope, healing and loving mercy in this once-in-a-lifetime program.  There will be an information session on Sept. 14 at 7:15pm in the hall of the Holy Family Center. The first session begins Oct. 4 at 7pm in the old church.  You can register to attend after all the Masses Sept. 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25.  For more information, contact Kellye Burke at 615-305-5721 or email

Loaves and Fishes

Our next opportunity to feed the homeless and indigent at Loaves and Fishes is Saturday, Sept. 24.  We start at 9am at the Holy Name Community Center at 5th St. and Main St. (near the football stadium), and are usually done around 1pm.  12-14 volunteers are needed to assist in the preparation and serving of the meal.  This is a good opportunity for those who need service hours.  Please call Walt at 615-714-4622 (cell) or 615-847-8090 (home).

Catholics Returning Home.

Catholics Returning Home Fall sessions continue on Thursday at 7pm in Room 105 of the Holy Family Center thru Oct. 13.  Pick up an information card from the poster in the church narthex or get in touch with Jerry Marcec, or 630-362-7150.

Haiti Sewing Workshop

Donations of gently used and new pillowcases, various colors of ribbon and double bias tape continue to be needed and collected in the donation box located in the old church area.  We also continue to collect boys-sized t-shirts and shorts.  Don’t forget the Goodwill Store’s half-price sale on the first full weekend of every month as a great items resource for donations.  Workshops scheduled for this Fall are on Oct. 8 and Nov. 12.  Our hearts are full of appreciation and gratitude for the many supporters of this ministry who have made it “a go” over the last 5 years.  We’re looking forward to our 6th year of service.  Questions?  Call Linda (615-883-5961) or Bettyann (615-883-3422).

New Music on the App

Check out the St. Stephen Parish App which has been updated with some new music.  We’ve added a Lent Playlist!  As each liturgical season changes, we will create a playlist for you to enjoy for prayer, reflection and appreciation of the season.