Letter from the Bishop


Dear Friends,

I invite you to join me in celebrating National Priesthood Sunday, Oct. 29-30.  Priesthood Sunday is a special day set aside to reflect upon and affirm the vocation of the priesthood in the life of the Church.  I am extremely thankful for our priests and grateful for their service, gifts, and talents.

Please take time to remember a priest who has made a positive impact in your life or the life of your family, and remember them in your prayers.  As in years past, we are having a special collection in support of the 27 seminarians preparing to serve the faithful of the Church in Middle Tennessee by continuing the legacy of our current priests and all those who came before them.  I extend my sincere thanks to all who have supported the education of our seminarians in the past.  Your renewed support will continue to provide for the education and formation of our future priests.  I thank each one of your for considering the positive impact your gift will have on the future of our Diocese of Nashville.  No gift is too small, or too large.  For those wishing to make your first offering of support, you may wish to consider making an offering of support equal to one week of your regular gifts of support to the Church.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration of my request to honor our priests and to support our seminarians.  With gratitude for your support, I am

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend David R. Choby, D.D., J.C.L.                                                                                                                                                                          Bishop of Nashville


Lector Training

Lector training will take place in the church on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9am to 11am.  Please sign up in the narthex or call Ron and Valarie Fleitz at 615-773-2482.

St. Stephen Halloween Party

Sunday, Oct. 30 is the annual Halloween Party hosted by Life Teen, Edge and the KC Ladies Auxiliary for all kids of the parish ages 0-11 (with their parents).  The party is from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Old Church.  There will be a costume contest, games, food, and CANDY…bring your bucket!  Please bring a matchbox car to donate to our Haiti Medical Mission.


Special Collection for Seminarians

Thanks to your prayers and a strong vocations program in the Diocese of Nashville, we have ordained many new priests over the past few years.  We now have 27 seminarians who are preparing to be our future diocesan priests.  To help support the cost of their education, we are holding a special collection this weekend, Oct. 29-30.  If you didn’t get one in the mail, there are envelopes and brochures on the table in the narthex.  Please give generously and pray for vocations to the priesthood.

St. Stephen Fine Arts Fair

Christmas is approaching!  St. Stephen’s annual Fine Arts Fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6.  Doors open 11am to 8pm on Saturday and includes a complimentary wine and cheese “Meet the Artists” reception from 6pm-8pm.  Sunday hours are from 9:30am to 7pm.  We will feature many original pieces of art, jewelry, and rosaries made by parishioners and other fine artists in the community.  This is an excellent opportunity to purchase unique items for yourself and those on your Christmas list.  We look forward to seeing you.

K of C Community Dinner

Come one, come all to the first St. Stephen community dinner for this season.  Our first dinner will celebrate Oktoberfest and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 after the 5pm Mass in the hall of the Holy Family Center.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Quarterly Blood Drive

The American Red Cross and the Knights of Columbus will hold their quarterly Blood Drive in the hall of the Holy Family Center on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 7:30am to 1pm.  There is a critical shortage of all types of blood in the southeast due to Hurricane Matthew.  Signups begin this weekend by going to www.redcrossblood.org and putting in sponsor code:  ststephen, or by signing up at the table in the old church.  The Knights’ kitchen crew will be providing a light breakfast at no charge for all prospective donors and their family members.  If you have any questions, please call Mark Marsh at 615-207-9434.

St. Stephen K of C Golf Classic

The St. Stephen Knights of Columbus 29th Annual Golf Classic has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Windtree Golf Course (810 Nonaville Rd., Mt. Juliet, 615-754-4653)  Registration at 7am and shotgun start at 8am.  Fee:  $80 per person.  If you cannot participate but would like to make a donation by sponsoring a hole or donating a door prize, call Pat Reilly at 615-947-4480.  Breakfast will be served starting at 7am, and lunch is being provided and will be served immediately following play.  Sign up as a team or an individual.  There will be tons of prizes.  Call Windtree if you need to rent clubs for the day.  Register by calling Pat Reilly at 615-947-4480 or email patreilly1@comcast.net.