Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September 4th, 2011

South King County Young Adults (SKCYA) Come kick-off a new networking opportunity for Catholic young adults from South King County! Grow in fellowship with others while exploring topics relevant to living authentic Catholic lives in the 21st century. Open to all 18-35 year olds (single or married). Our first event is on Saturday, Sept 10 from 6:30 - 7:45 PM at St. Stephen's. Fr. Bryan Ochs, a newly ordained priest from St. Anthony's in Renton will be our guest speaker discussing the topic, "How to Pray Without Ceasing in a Busy World". Please RSVP to Sarah Deady ( or the "SKCYA (South King Catholic Young Adults)" Facebook page by Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Mark Your Calendars NOW!Registration will be the weekend of September 10th and 11th after All Masses! Parents of 1st grade students classes are required this year to be eligible for 1st Sacraments in 2nd grade!

RCIA - Those who are “cradle Catholics” and baptized as infants never experienced the richness of learning as adults the wonder of being Catholic. RCIA -(Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process designed to welcome adults into the Catholic Church. Participants learn about the Mass, Sacraments, moral and Catholic social teaching and much more. If you would like to enrich your faith, RCIA will be starting on Thursday, Sept 8 at 7 PM. Come with a friend, Catholic or not and let your faith grow! Contact Cynde Bosshart to sign up!

What is a "Returning Catholic"? - Do you have a friend who asks you questions about the Catholic Church and you don't know the answers? Did you grow up before or with Vatican II but no clarity on how it impacts your beliefs? Many people are raised Catholic but for a variety of reasons, quit attending Church. In order to feel better connected and to update them on current Church teaching, we have a process called Returning Catholics. This class also serves to prepare those who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation as an adult. Our next series begins on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 PM in the Outreach Annex. Contact Cynde Bosshart to sign up.

Marriage Prep - If you are considering having your wedding at St. Stephen’s, please contact Sara Hoffman in the Faith Formation Offices as soon as possible. There is a significant amount of preparation, including classes you will need to attend and documents to be gathered. You will need to contact St. Stephen’s no later then 8 Months before your wedding to ensure everything gets done on time!
Childcare during Sunday Masses The Nursery will once again be open for all Sunday Masses (8:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 5:30 PM) beginning Sept 18. Volunteers (18 and older) are still needed for Masses and events throughout the year. If interested, please contact Brigitte Gonzales at 425-351-5518 or

The beC.O.M.E. (Calling of Motherhood Explored) Program is being developed right here at St. Stephen and replaces the 8-week self-reflective program called MOMS (Ministry of Mothers Sharing). Motherhood at every stage is life-changing, and beC.O.M.E. seeks to help moms with children of all ages and stages fulfill the high calling of motherhood by digging deep into Scripture and Catechism to understand God’s design for motherhood; then explores the practical ways we live this calling in our twenty-first century lives. We support the vocation of motherhood by meeting weekly throughout the school year, as well as hosting special events and service opportunities. Join us Wednesdays from 10-11:30 AM, starting Sept 14; childcare is available starting at 9 AM, for those wanting to attend Adoration in the Chapel beforehand. An annual $30 fee contributes to the cost of materials and guest speakers. For more info, contact Abbie DeRuyter ( or 253-277-3891).

Calling Boys and Girls, Ages 10-14
The Knights of Columbus annual Soccer “Penalty-Kick” Challenge will begin with the Council Championship on Saturday, Sept 17, at 9:30 AM, at Renton High School's soccer field, followed by the District Championship on Saturday, Sept 24, at 9:30 AM at St. Stephen's Church campus. Please call Deputy Grand Knight Bob Lowenstein at 206-890-5251 to register. Thank you.

Blood Drive The Knights of Columbus and Puget Sound Blood Center are proud to announce the return of the Mobile Unit Blood Drive on Saturday, Sept 24, from 10 AM-4 PM (closed from 12-1PM) in St. Stephen's lower parking lot. To schedule your own appointment visit: For more information call Cindy Mortimer at 253-939-6566.
Eucharistic Minister Training Eucharistic Ministers provide an important ministry by assisting the priest with distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the parish community. If you are a Confirmed Catholic and interested in serving as a Eucharistic Minister, please join us at one of the upcoming Eucharistic Minister Trainings on Saturday, Oct 8 at 9 AM or Sunday, Oct 9 at 9:30 AM. Eucharistic Ministers are asked to serve at one mass of your choosing each month. Please sign-up at the back of the church or by contacting Mary Kay Elsner at 253-630-3607 or

Help End Abortion The St. Stephen Respect Life Committee invites you to pray with Helpers of God’s Precious Infants:
• First Wednesday, Sept 7, spend an hour in prayer with the Renton Helpers of God's Precious Infants at the Cedar River (abortion) Clinics, located in the Cascade Crest Building at 263 Rainier Ave. S. in Renton. Fr. Ed will lead a pro-life rosary at 11 AM. Contact Bernie ( to schedule an hour of your choosing between 7:30 AM - 5 PM so you will not be there alone.
• Second Saturday, Sept 10, pray with the Seattle Helpers of God’s Precious Infants ( starting with morning Mass at the Knights of Columbus Hall (722 E. Union, Seattle) and followed by a peaceful prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood (2001 E. Madison, Seattle). Call Louise for exact time at 425-271-7185.

Direct Aid:
For help with rent, utilities, or medical expenses contact or 253-631-1044
Food Bank Hours: Monday & Friday 10 AM - 12 PM and Wednesday 4 - 6 PM. Please Help! The food bank espeically needs fruit (canned, fresh or dried), pancake mix, syrup and vegetables.

Terrific Tuesday Meals News: A generous parishioner donated a $500 gift certificate to the program for help buy items our homeless guests have asked for such as: sleeping bags, backpacks, car parts, toothbrushes, and bicycle repairs to name just a few. Thank you!

Socks! Socks! Socks!
The Terrific Tuesday Guests and the men in the homeless shelters are requesting socks. Please bring new socks to the Outreach Annex or leave them in the wicker baskets with the food donations in the Narthex. Thank you!

The St. Stephen Job Assistance Ministry is gearing-up to help our fellow parishioners with career counseling and help returning to the work force.This new, permanent ministry is being formed to offer a job bank and resume services, and provide education on understanding the job search process, how to use the internet to find jobs, and how to do an interview. We will also provide networking opportunities, mentoring, and support (including prayer support). We need volunteers with experience in any of the above areas to help launch this program. For more info, contact Darlene at 253-631-1940, x119 or

Donations Wanted Please contact us if you have an automobile, truck or adult bicycle that you can donate (tax receipt available).
Great News! A Hoveround (riding chair) and electric hospital bed have been donated to St. Stephens and are available for use. If interested in borrowing, contact Darlene at 253-631-1940, x119 or

St. Stephen Housing Association would love your support! This is the time of year when many employers hold their Annual Giving Campaigns, and many also have gift-matching programs. Please consider making a one-time gift or author-izing a regular payroll deduction. We are a 501(c)3 program, so your donation is tax-deductible. Did you know on an average night over 8,000 men, women, and children in King County are homeless? SSHA offers affordable housing to homeless families with children. Together, we can make a difference by designating your gift to the SSHA. For those of you already giving, we appreciate your continued support! Questions? Please call our office at 253-638-9798.

Africa Mission Presentation
On Sunday, Oct 2 at 9:45 AM, a video of the December 2010 mission trip to Uganda and Kenya will be presented along with information about the upcoming mission trip next August! Please plan on attending in between the two morning masses that Sunday. For more information contact Diane Cooper at 425-652-1445 or

September 5 Monday – Parish offices CLOSED
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer and Rosary
5:30p – 6:00p Evening Prayer
6:30p – 7:00p MASS
7:00p – 8:00p Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p – 8:30p NO Boy Scouts due to holiday
September 6 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer and Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
6:30p – 8:30p Fil-Am Choir
7:00p – 9:00p Knights of Columbus
September 7 Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer and Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p – 6:00p Evening Prayer
6:30p - 7:00p MASS
7:15p – 9:00p Choir Practice
September 8 Thursday
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
11:00a – 1:00p Our Lady of Lourdes Prayer Group
7:00p – 7:45p Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p – 9:00p RCIA
September 9 Friday
8:30a – 9:15a MASS
9:00a – 10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a. – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
September 10 Saturday
8:30a -- 9:00a Morning Prayer
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS
6:00p – 6:30p Faith Formation Class Registration
6:30p – 8:00p S. King Young Adults
September 11 Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a MASS (Nursery open)
9:30a – 10:00a Faith Formation Class Registration
9:45a – 10:45a Altar Server Training
11:00a – 12:00p MASS (Nursery open)
12:00p – 12:30p Faith Formation Class Registration
5:30p – 6:30p MASS on the Grass (Nursery closed)
6:30p – 7:00p Faith Formation Class Registration
6:30p – 9:00p Charismatic Prayer Group

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