The church office will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents Day.
We will begin a six-week bereavement/grief program soon. The sessions are two hours in duration on six consecutive Sundays starting at 12:30pm and ending at 2:30pm. One does not need to be Catholic to attend. If you would like to attend or know someone who would like to attend, please contact Francie Duffield at 615-658-2424, Ext. 21.
Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7pm in the Old Church, there will be a training session for Children’s Liturgy of the Word. If you’d like to volunteer to help with this ministry, a table will be set up in the old church this weekend after the Masses to register for the training or ask questions.
Stations of the Cross will be prayed on the Fridays of Lent at 7pm in the church starting on Feb. 12.
Saturday, Feb. 27 is the next date for this ministry. We need 12-14 people, no age restrictions, to assist in the preparation, serving, and clean up of meals for the homeless and needy. We meet at the Holy Name Community Center at 5th and Main Street (near Nissan Stadium) at about 9am and work till about 1pm. This is a good opportunity for youth to earn service hours. Please call Walt at 615-714-4622 (c) or 615-847-8090 (h).
Our Parish Penance Service is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at 7pm. The following nearby parishes are also hosting Penance Services during Lent, all at 7pm. Our Lady of the Lake – Feb. 25; St. Ignatius – Mar. 3; St. John Vianney – Mar. 14; St. Joseph – Mar. 15; St. Frances Cabrini – Mar. 21.
Last weekend was Pledge Sunday for the 2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries. Thanks to all who have returned their pledge cards. If you have not made your commitment or donation, please do so this week. Many need your help; as do those who benefit from diocesan youth ministry, campus ministry, prison ministry and more. We ask everyone to participate. Please show your support of our Catholic community.
Mark your calendars to Save These Dates! The St. Stephen Lenten Fish Fries will begin on Friday, February 12 and run for six consecutive weeks. We will begin serving those Friday nights at 5pm. Come to the hall and meet your family and friends around a lot of good food. As always, we will serve fried and baked fish with home-made tartar sauce/cocktail sauce, hand cut french fries, onion rings, made from scratch coleslaw, home-made hush puppies and jalapeno hush puppies, shrimp gumbo, a vegetable of the week, all followed by dessert from the KCLA. We will also have a special every week. We hope to see you there.
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, Feb. 21 from 7:45am to 1pm. The Knights’ kitchen crew will be providing a light breakfast at no charge for all prospective donors and their family members provided by our friends at Waffle House. Signup by going to www.redcrossblood.org and putting in sponsor code: ststephen, or by signing up after the Masses at the table in the old church. If you have any questions, please call Mark Marsh at 615-207-9434.
Buddy Break is a free program where kids with special needs (VIP kids) and their siblings make new friends, have fun playing games, experience special events, and more! Meanwhile their caregivers get a break for 3 hours on a Friday evening each month. Our Buddy Break program takes place on the 3rd Friday of every month from 6:30pm to 9:30pm beginning in the old church. The next Buddy Break will be Friday, Feb. 19. If you have a child with special needs, or know of a family who can benefit from this program, have them contact us to register for Buddy Break. The program is open to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of St. Stephen to participate. If you would like to volunteer to help, we hold training sessions each month during Buddy Break events. Contact Jerry or Wen Marcec at email@example.com or phone (Jerry: 630-362-7150; Wen 630-917-3912).