Human connection is a gift everyone craves! Everyone is invited to join Faithful Citizenship on Dec. 12 at 6:30pm in Room 105 of the Holy Family Center to assemble care and comfort bags for the homeless. Bring along any of the following to add to the bags: individually wrapped snacks, personal care/hygiene items, socks, gloves, tissue packs, chap sticks, etc. See the St. Stephen Faithful Citizenship Facebook page for more information.
St. Stephen PREP classes are collecting cookies for the Ladies of Charity Christmas Baskets. Their goal is 600 bags/boxes of cookies. Bring your bags/boxes (l lb. or larger) to the Religious Education office anytime between now and Dec. 14 and put them in the large blue totes. There is one in the old church and another in the entryway of the classroom building. Thank you.
Our next opportunity to serve the homeless at Loaves and Fishes is Saturday, Dec. 23. We will be doing breakfast and lunch. We need 3-5 volunteers to help with breakfast from 7:30am to 9:30am, and 10-14 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).
Please visit the Christmas Wishes Tree and help those less fortunate. Gifts will benefit two charities – Catholic Charities and Haiti Medical Mission. Directions on returning the gifts wrapped/unwrapped is noted on the tag. All gifts need to be returned and placed under the tree by Sunday, Dec. 17. Questions, contact Laura Hooper at email@example.com or 615-804-4192.
Mark your calendar. Thursday, Dec. 21, 6pm. Help needed to decorate the church for Christmas.
In search of parishioners to become a member of Parish Council. Be “in the know” of everything that is happening in this great parish community of ours! This group meets 6 times annually. If you are interested, want more details, or have questions, please email Suzanne Bingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pope Francis has named Father J. Mark Spalding, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, to be the 12th Bishop of Nashville. The appointment was publicized at noon in Rome, 5 a.m. central time, on Tuesday November 21, 2017. Bishop-elect Spalding will be ordained a bishop and installed as the Bishop of Nashville on February 2, 2018 at Sagrado Corazon at the Catholic Pastoral Center on McGavock Pike. Bishop-elect Spalding, 52, a native of Fredericktown, KY and a member of a large extended family with roots dating to the earliest days of Catholic life west of the Appalachian Mountains, was ordained to the priesthood on August 3, 1991 at the St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, KY. He is a graduate of Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, KY, and St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He received a master of religious studies and a licentiate in canon law from American University in Louvain, Belgium. He is currently pastor of Holy Trinity Parish and Holy Name Parish in Louisville. He has also served as a vicar general for the archdiocese since 2011. He has served a number of other assignments including associate pastor at St. Joseph and chaplain at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, associate pastor at St. Augustine in Lebanon, KY, associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary in Louisville, pastor of Immaculate Conception in LaGrange, KY. He has served as a judge, judicial vicar, and director of the tribunal for the archdiocese.
Each Wednesday during Advent (Dec. 13, and 20), from 7pm to 8pm, we will have a Holy Hour of Adoration. During this time, you will also have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Rehearsals for the 2017 Children’s Christmas Choir begin Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm in Room 105. The choir will rehearse at the same time and place every Saturday thru Advent. The choir will sing for the Children’s Christmas Liturgy on Dec. 24 at 4pm. Call Scott Goudeau at 615-758-2424, or email email@example.com to join.