Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 18th, 2011

Flu shots - St. Stephen the Martyr is considering hosting a flu shot clinic on Thursday October 20 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. If enough parishioners participate, Maxim Health Systems will provide a nurse to administer flu shots at a cost of $ 25.00 each. If you are interested, please let the St. Stephen the Martyr office know by October 5.

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.

Infant Baptism - Please contact the Faith formation Office to sign up, as space for classes is limited. Baptisms are held on weekends predeter-mined by the Faith Formation and Liturgy Staff members, in conjunction with Fr. Ed. Families are not permitted to select their own dates.

New Roman Missal - Come see what it’s all about! Informational class
Saturday, September 24th from 9 AM -1 PM. Contact Cynde for sign up or questions!

1st Grade Parents - Classes are required this year to be eligible for 1st Sacraments in 2nd grade!

Faith Formation Classes start October 5th 6-7:15 PM

Confirmation Classes - Informational Meeting Teen Confirmation October 5th, 7:30pm in the Social Hall

Help End Abortion 

• South-End Parish Pro-Life will meet at St. Stephen Monday, Sept 26. All are welcome to come for 6:30 PM Mass followed by a social hour and Sidewalk Counseling presentation by Seattle Archdiocese Gabriel Project Coordinator, Paul Robertson. For more info, contact Mary ( or visit:

• Life Chain Sunday is October 2nd, 2-3:30 PM in Renton. Please join other Americans peacefully and prayerfully standing for Life on Rainier Ave. between 2nd and 3rd Streets. For more info, see and watch for the insert with map in next Sunday's bulletin.

• St. Stephen's 2011 4US (for ultrasounds) donation campaign has ended. However, donations still qualify for the Knights of Columbus Matching Program to help pregnant mothers make informed choices. Please donate online at: or by check payable to "4US" with "Fr. Ed's Team Fiat" on the memo line, mailed to: 4US, 401 North E St., Tacoma, WA 98403. More info at Thank you for your support!

the Word of Life quote from the U.S. Bishops' site... One need only consider the harm to our society and culture when science, technology and medicine proceed without respect for the innate and inalienable dignity of human life. A culture of death, sown by totalitarian regimes in the last century, is also sown in democratic societies when freedom’s dependence on truth is denied. ~Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Message to Graduates, May 11, 2011

UPDATE - The Knights of Columbus Soccer “Penalty-Kick” Challenge The District Championship on Saturday, Sept 24 will take place at St. Stephen's Church campus from 1- 4 PM (not at 9:30 AM as previously printed). 

Join Girlfriends & join in the fun! Join us Thursday, Sept 29 at 7 PM in the St Stephen’s room to gather together and discuss plans for future Girlfriends events. Women age 18 to 108 are invited! Questions? Contact Mary Powers at or 253-797-0349.

A New Treat for Catechism Nights Message from Father Ed: I would like to encourage all to deepen their knowledge and love of our Catholic faith through what is considered by many as the best 'Catechism' they have ever seen. I'm referring to the new Catholicism DVD series by Father Robert Barron (who was my Academic Advisor at Mundelein Seminary). We will start on Wednesday, Oct 5th, at 7:30 PM. I recommend this series for those age 13 to 113! "This is the most important media project in the history of the Catholic Church in America. A stimulating and compelling exploration of the spiritual, moral, and intellectual riches of the Catholic world." - George Weigel, Biographer of Blessed John Paul II

Attention all Ushers and Helpers The Annual Ushers Dinner will be Friday, Oct 7, at 6 PM. Please sign-up in the back of the Church. For more info, please contact Wendell Pang (425-226-6521) or Bob Ball (425-271-8182).

Widow/Widowers Bunko and Potluck on Saturday, Oct 8 beginning at 6:30 PM. Cost is $3/person. For more info or to RSVP, contact Hilda at 253-638-1815.

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

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

Save the Date for the Oktoberfest Dinner The Honduras/Africa Mission teams are sponsoring an Oktoberfest Dinner festival on Saturday, Oct 15th in St. Stephen’s Social Hall. The festival will include: live music, authentic German food, locally brewed beer, a raffle and silent auction, and a festive atmosphere. All proceeds from the event will be used to support the children of Honduras and Africa. Please mark your calendars and watch upcoming bulletins for more details.

Couples Night Out with Guest Speaker Dr. Tom Curran St. Stephen's is hosting a Couples Night Out dinner event Saturday, Oct 8 at 6 PM. The evening begins with dinner at 6 PM, followed by a presentation by Dr. Tom Curran at 7 PM titled, “Marriage: A Gift from God.” Come and learn the secret to a great marriage and discover what will forever change how you view your marriage, spouse, and yourself. The cost is $20/couple; and childcare is available with a reservation. To register for the event, contact; to make a childcare reservation, contact Brigitte (425-351-5518 or Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct 5.

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 (253-833-3380 or

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), pastas, soups, pancake mix, syrup and vegetables.

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

September 19 Monday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
10:00 – noon Facilities & Grounds
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
7:00p – 9:00p Girl Friends Book Club

September 20 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:30a – noon Scripture Study
6:00p – 8:00p Baptism Class
6:30p – 8:30p Fil-Am Choir
7:00p – 9:00p Scripture Study
7:30p – 9:00p Knights of Columbus

September 21 Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
10:00 – 11:30a beC.O.M.E.
5:30p – 6:00p Evening Prayer
6:00p – 7:15p Religious Education Classes
6:30p – 7:00p MASS
7:00p – 9:00p Returning Catholics & Adult Confirmation
7:15p – 9:00p Choir Practice
7:30p – 9:00p Catechism Class

September 22 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 Finance Council
7:00p – 9:00p RCIA

September 23 Friday
8:30a – 9:15a MASS
9:00a – 10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration

September 24 Saturday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a – 1:00p New Roman Missal Class
10:00a – noon Blood Drive
1:00p – 4:00p Blood Drive
3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS
6:00p – 9:00p Girl Friends Craft Group

September 25 Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a MASS (Nursery open)
9:45a – 10:45a Preschool
11:00 – noon MASS (Nursery open)
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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