Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September 11th, 2011

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

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 Confirm-ation as an adult. Our next series begins on Wednesday, Sept 14th at 7 PM in the Outreach Annex. Contact Cynde Bosshart to sign up.

Getting Married?
- 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!

Calling Moms with Children of All Ages and Stages! The motherhood ministry at St. Stephen is now called beC.O.M.E. (Call of Motherhood Explored). We meet Wednesdays from 10 -11:30 AM beginning this Wednesday, Sept 14. Childcare is available beginning at 9 AM, for those wanting to attend Adoration in the Chapel beforehand. For more info about the group or childcare arrangements, please contact Abbie DeRuyter ( or 253-277-3891). An annual $30 membership fee contributes to the cost of materials and guest speakers (scholarships are available).

The Visitation Guild will be returning to its regular meeting schedule beginning Wednesday, Sept 14, at 9:45 AM. Meetings are held downstairs in the social hall. In addition to its primary mission of serving refreshments for funerals, the Visitation Guild also has an active social calendar. All ladies of the parish are welcome to participate, and we look forward to seeing both new and returning faces!

Calling Boys and Girls, Ages 10-14
The Knights of Columbus annual Soccer “Penalty-Kick” Challenge will begin with the Council Championship 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.

“All Hands on Deck” Pro-life Gala The Pro-life organization, Healing the Culture, and Fr. Robert Spitzer, former Gonzaga University president and Healing the Culture co-founder, invite you to attend a fundraising event Saturday, Sept 17, at the Bellevue Embassy Suites. For more information on Healing the Culture, its programs or the Pro-life Gala event, visit

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.

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

Seattle Council of Catholic Women The Central Deanery (King County) of the Seattle Council of Catholic Women are hosting a light Supper and Guest Speakers on Thursday, Sept 29, at 5 PM at Holy Family, Auburn. The topic will be "The Dignity of Dying, Practical and Spiritual Considerations". Business meeting, pre & post program will include the Treasurer & Secretary elections and Call to Annual Convention. Please RSVP to Sue (939-2155 253-833-3380 or

Help End Abortion Are you about to recycle your old iPad? Please consider selling it to the St. Stephen Respect Life Committee; we will use it to display images of babies to mothers at their own stages of pregnan-cy. For more info or if you can help, please contact Mary ( or 425-235-4911)

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. We also need unemployed volunteers who are looking for work to join this ministry in helping others as you help yourself. 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.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God.” Don’t let the world’s way tear your marriage apart. Plan to attend one of the upcoming WWME Weekends on Sept 9 - 11 in Centralia (contact John and Martha Ryland at 253-859-9174 or or Oct 7 - 9 in Seattle (contact Rory and Dawn Myers at 206-772-2344 or

September 12 Monday
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 Boy Scout Troop 714

September 13 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer and Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:30a-12:00p Scripture Study
6:30p – 8:30p Fil-Am Choir
7:00p – 9:00p Stephen Ministry

September 14 Wednesday
8:30a –9:00a Morning Prayer and Rosary
9:00a - 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:45a-12:00p Visitation Guild
10:00 -11:30a beC.O.M.E.
5:30p –6:00p Evening Prayer
6:30p --7:00p MASS
7:00p –9:00p Returning Catholics & Adult Confirmation
7:15p –9:00p Choir Practice

September 15 Thursday
8:30a –9:00a MASS
9:00a –3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
11:00a 1:00p Our Lady of Lourdes Prayer Group
6:00p –9:00p ACCW
7:00p –8:30p Boy Scout Committee
7:00p –7:45p Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p –9:00p RCIA

September 16 Friday
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a -10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a –3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
6:00p –9:00p 50+ Potluck

September 17 Saturday
8:00a-10:00a SSM Men's Group
8:30a-9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a–3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
3:00p–4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p–6:00p Vigil MASS

September 18 Sunday
8:30a –9:30a MASS (Nursery open)
11:00-12:00p MASS (Nursery open)
1:00p—3:00p Grief Support
5:30p –6:30p Life Teen MASS (Nursery open)
6:30p – 8:30p Connections, Jr. & Sr. High Life Teen
6:30p –9:00p Charismatic Prayer Group

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