Catholics Returning Home

St. Stephen Community Presents Catholics Returning Home:  In this summer season, we often take a vacation and relax our minds and bodies.  We also might take time for spiritual reflection on our blessings and Jesus’s gift of eternal life.  If you have been away from the Catholic Church, welcome back home!  We miss you!  If you have a relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker who has been away from the Church, we need your help.  Please invite them back.  To help update Catholics that have been away from regular participation in church life, we will offer a 6-week Catholics Returning Home session starting Sept. 14.  We meet in Room 100 of the Holy Family Center  from 7pm to 8:30pm.  For more details, take an information card from the poster in the narthex.  Contact Jerry Marcec or 630-362-7150 to register or for more information.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?  RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process through which unbaptized persons become Catholic Christians, and the way that baptized Christians from Protestant or Evangelical traditions come into full communion with the Catholic Church.  Come learn more about what the Church believes and teaches and be introduced to some of our most dedicated parishioners.  We have two group options:  RCIA year-round sessions meet in the “old Chapel” every Sunday morning from 9:45am to 10:30am.  Fall-Pentecost sessions meet on Thursday nights at 7pm in the hall of the Holy Family Center.  Sessions begin on Sept. 7.  Please call or email Scott Goudeau if you would like further information:, or 615-758-2424, Ext. 30.

St. Stephen Prayer Blanket Ministry

St. Stephen has a new ministry.  We make fleece blankets for those who are seriously ill, injured, confined to either home, hospital or nursing home.  They are made prayerfully, blessed and given to express caring and concern from St. Stephen Catholic Community for our parishioners, their immediate family members or their close friends.  The following prayer is sewn on each blanket:  “May the Risen Christ bless you with HOPE, COURAGE, and PEACE.  St. Stephen Catholic Community holds you in prayer and covers you with love.”  If you know of someone who would benefit from receiving a Prayer Blanket, call or email Lorine Bourland 615-754-6899; Elaine Bustillos 615-758-8303; Joyce Davis 615-754-6899; Bettyann Tompson 615-883-3422; or Janet Youmans 615-525-3920

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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