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Chrism Mass:  April 1, 6:00pm at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (No 6:30pm Mass or Communion Service at St. Stephen)

Holy Thursday, April 2, 7:00pm –  Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  (Church office closes at noon)

Good Friday, April 3, 7:00pm – Passion of the Lord.  Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence.  (Church office closed)

Holy Saturday, April 4, 7:30pm – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 5 – Sunrise Mass at 6:30am on the soccer field.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Masses at 8:30am and 11:00am .       No 5:00pm Life Teen Mass on Easter.

Easter Monday, April 6 – Church office closed.

NOTE:  The nursery will be closed for all Masses Easter weekend.

 

Liturgical Ministers

Liturgical ministers are needed for Holy Week and Easter.  Signup sheets are in the narthex.  Please consider volunteering to help with the liturgical life of our parish.

Decorating the Church

Help is needed to decorate the church for Easter.  We will meet on Saturday morning, April 4 at 9am.  Many hands will be needed.  Questions – call Connie Blevins, 615-397-9255.

Help Needed in the Prayer Garden

We need help to get the St. Stephen Prayer Garden ready for Easter.  If you can give an hour or two, it would be really appreciated.  We will be weeding, raking, picking up sticks, cleaning statues/benches and moving mulch.  And, enjoying the conversations.  Weather permitting, we will be working in the prayer garden:  Wednesday, March 25, 5pm-dark; Saturday, March 28, 8:30am-12pm; Wednesday, April 1, 5pm-dark; and Good Friday morning April 3, 8:30am-12pm.  This is a great time for service hours!  No experience is needed…..all ages are welcome.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the KC Ladies Auxiliary will be Saturday, Apr. 4.  Children MUST be at the starting line no later than 10am.  Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10am.  Pictures with the Easter Bunny FREE with a donation of canned food for the Help Center.  Pictures begin at 8:45am until 9:30am and then begin again after the egg hunt.  The egg hunt will be in the marked areas (by age) behind the church, and all children through 12 years of age are invited to participate.  In case of inclement weather, we will move to the Holy Family Center.  Please consider helping with the success of this hunt by donating candy (pre-wrapped only) and placing it in the marked tub in the old church.  Sign-ups for your child’s participation will be available after all Masses.

Haiti Sea Container

We will be collecting the following items to be sent on the sea container to Petit Goave until April 5:  Canon S35 black toner cartridges, copy paper, soap, small deodorants, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, lotions (for care packs), flip flops, t-shirts, dolls, hot wheels, and peanut butter.  Fr. Bo has also requested the following for the shelter and rectory:  folding chairs, toilet paper, towels, sewing machines for school, fabric for table cloths in yellow, blue and burgundy, wedding rings, wedding dresses, leather shoes in varying sizes, and lanterns.  Please place these items in the marked container in the old church.  We will also be collecting monetary donations for shipping expenses and to send money for those articles requested that are too large to ship.  Please send monetary donations to the church office or note that the donation is for “Haiti Sea Container” if you drop it in the collection basket.

Burn the Mortgage Campaign

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!

The Bottei FamilyBTM Family Image 1

 

 

 

 

 

The Stewart FamilyBTM Family Image 2

 

 

 

 

The Witte FamilyBMT Family Image 3

 

 

 

 

Help Us Plan

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

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!

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