We are collecting items to send on the sea container to our sister parish in Petit Goave, Haiti. You can drop off your donations in the old church. Last day for drop off will be Apr. 8. Items needed are: 8 oz. peanut butter (this size only), flip flops (all sizes—men, women & children), umbrellas (small or travel size), brown skin plastic dolls with hair (Barbie or youth style fashion type—no cloth dolls), t-shirts (all sizes), sport type shorts (all sizes), soccer shorts and tops, shawls, sheets and towels, fans (small), soccer balls, laptops, rosaries, hats for men and women (ball caps or straw hats), barrettes, headbands, pony tail clips (all kinds), eye drops, and sunglasses.
Our Parish Lenten Penance Service will be on Thursday, Mar. 22 at 7pm.
The Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, Mar. 31. FREE pictures with the bunny begin at 9am and continue until 9:45am, and begin again after the egg hunt. The egg hunt starts promptly at 10am. Don’t miss it – it’s over in a matter of minutes! Exact location on the church grounds of the hunt and pictures will be posted in the bulletin and by flyer as we get closer to the date (due to construction). Also, there will be signs and volunteers marking the location the day of the egg hunt. There will be a designated area this year for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. We will have workers to help, but parents must accompany the children. We appreciate your donations of candy (pre-wrapped). There is a marked tub in the old church for those donations. Sign ups for the egg hunt will begin after Mass, Saturday, Mar. 10 and end Mar 25. Children walking through 12 years of age are invited to participate. Over 12 and you want to help, contact Helen Walsh at hiwalsh@comcast. net. Every child will receive a prize. Please bring a non-perishable food item that morning to donate to the Mt. Juliet Help Center. Sponsored by the KC Ladies Auxiliary and Knights of Columbus.
Our next opportunity to serve the homeless at Loaves and Fishes is Saturday, Feb. 24. We will be doing breakfast and lunch. We need 3-5 volunteers to help with breakfast from 7:30am to 9:30am, and 12 volunteers to help with lunch from 9:30am to 1pm. Contact Tracey Doering, 615-347-9643, or 615-385-3688. Families welcome (no age excluded) and community service hours can be obtained for this time. Meet at Holy Name Church (521 Woodland St.) in East Nashville (building behind the church).
Stations of the Cross will take place each Friday during Lent at 7pm in the church starting Friday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Mar. 23.
Please join hundreds of your fellow parishioners by joining a Faith Group to discuss our Parish Christmas Book Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly. Please don’t miss this opportunity for fellowship and to benefit from this powerful Catholic book. If you are not already in a group and would like to join one, please contact MJCaldarulo@aol.com. All are welcome.
YES, WE CAN! You are invited to participate in the “St. Stephen Community 40 Cans for Lent” program. The goal of this drive is for each parish family to contribute one can of food for each of the 40 days of Lent, that’s 7 cans per week! Then, throughout Lent — the food cans will be delivered to the Mt. Juliet Help Center. As a bonus, The Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus will donate $100 for every 1,000 pounds of food that is contributed — up to a maximum of $500 per council. These proceeds will be donated by the council to the church for use with various charities. All you need to do isbring your 7 cans per week to church and put them in the box in the Old Church. A bin will also be available at the fish dinners for your convenience. Yes, it’s that simple and a great way to get the whole family involved in a charitable activity. The collection will start on Feb. 14 and run thru April 2. For questions on this, ask GK Bill Walsh 615-513-6369 or Deacon Steve Molnar at 615-604-6059. WE CAN DO THIS!
Mark your calendars for the Parish Mission starting next Sunday, Mar. 4, at 6:30pm and continuing Mar. 5 and 6 at 7pm. Fr. Roc O’Connor, SJ, Associate Pastor at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee, WI, professor at Marquette University, an author and song writer is the featured speaker. See the flyer in this week’s bulletin for details.
Fish Fry season has started and will continue each Friday from 5pm to 7pm until we end the season with our final fish fry on Mar. 23. Free shuttle bus service will be provided from the upper lot to the hall. Pickup at the church entrance. Cost: Family (parent(s) and dependents under 18) – $25; Individuals, 13 and over – $10; Ages 6-12 – $5; under 6 – free.
A Called and Gifted Workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9am to Noon. If you are interested in discovering more about the gifts that you embody and would like to attend the workshop, please sign up in the Narthex so that we can order enough workbooks.