Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 30th, 2011

24-Hour Adoration/Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place the first Friday-Saturday of every month. The next opportunity is from 9 AM on Friday, November 4 until 3 PM on Saturday, November 5. Please consider making a Holy Hour in Adoration of our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We all come to Jesus with our praises, our thanksgivings, and our needs. Please sign-up for your favorite time(s) on the board by the Chapel doors. Questions? Contact Bernie Wittgens (253-631-5560).

1st Mission Meeting: Sunday, Oct 30th at 5pm in the Chapel. There has been a small change for this next summer. YNIA is only offering a single week in Yakima (not the usual two). For this reason, a signed agreement form, and payment of the deposit (or conversation with Rick) are REQUIRED to reserve your spot! You will not be considered part of the mission team without it!

Mission to Yakima Pancake Breakfast November 13th after all morning Masses!

Reconciliation Retreat November 16th - REQUIRED for all students and their parents making 1st Reconciliation in December

Sr. High Youth Convention - November 5th/6th NEXT WEEKEND! Required for those in Confirmation class!

We continue with the Catholicism DVD Series on Wednesday, Nov 2 at 7:30 PM in the Church. The subject for this class is, “The Ineffable Mystery of God: That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought".  Please join us for Mass at 6:30 PM, followed by snacks, and then class at 7:30 PM. Our next classes will be: Nov 16 and Dec 7.

Come to a Gathering to Remember Your Loved One Those of us who have experienced the loss of a loved one will gather together on All Souls Day (Wednesday, Nov 2) from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM by the Baptismal Fount in the Church. Our presenter will be Jane Fleming, a professional Grief Counselor, from Providence Hospice of Seattle. Please bring a picture or memento of your loved one. A luncheon will be served in the Narthex. Please rsvp to Marijean Heutmaker (253-630-1940, X106, or

South King County Young Adults is a new opportunity for you to network with other Catholic young adults in the area! Open to all 18-35 year olds (single or married). We meet monthly on 2nd Saturdays, alternating among different local parishes. Join us on Saturday, Nov 12, here at St. Stephen's. Fr. Ed will be our guest speaker and will be sharing his conversion story. Please RSVP by 11/8 to or via our Facebook page: SKCYA (South King Catholic Young Adults).

Thank you to everyone who made and/or donated Rosaries in answer to our plea. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated. We will happily receive your Rosaries all year long, as we give them to parishioners, Nursing Homes patients, those we serve through our Mission in Honduras, and to many others. You may bring your Rosaries to the office anytime- Father Ed blesses them all before they are given out. Thank you again!

Join the St. Stephen's Christmas Choir You are invited to prayerfully consider joining the St. Stephen’s Music Ministry to sing at the 8:30 AM Mass for Christmas. This adult choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, Nov 9 at 7:15 PM in the Church. Come celebrate the Birth of Christ with song! Contact John Burton or Marijean Heutmaker (253-631-1940, X 106 or so we can count you in our music preparation.

2011 Adopt-A-Family for Christmas Program The St. Stephen Housing Association (SSHA) currently has 20 families living in our transitional housing. Coming from a homeless shelter, these families are very limited financially and may not be able to purchase Christmas gifts for their families. To help brighten their lives, we have an Adopt-A-Family Program where we request our parishioners to sponsor a family with modest gifts for Christmas. If you cannot afford to sponsor an entire family, maybe you can help a child or two; or, your financial donation of any amount will be combined with others to make this a very Merry Christmas! Please consider donating to this program; contact Barbara Brownlow (425-228-0541) for more information.

Blanket Drive This month, SSHA is hosting a blanket drive!  We need new or gently used blankets for twin and full sized beds. Donations may be dropped off in the box located in the Narthex or at our office in the Outreach Annex. Please contact us (253-638-9798) with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

Join the Lit & Latte Girl Group (Girlfriends Book Club) on Thursday, November 3 at 7 PM in the St Stephen's Room. We will discuss “Oxygen” by Carol Cassella. Please contact Mary Powers ( or 253-797-0349) with questions.

Attention All Military Veterans and Active Duty Personnel Local school assemblies are held in honor of all Military Veterans and many of us Veterans who are members at St. Stephen will attend. Details will be in next weekend's bulletin or contact Wendell Pang (425-226-6521).

Advent Retreat: Carrying God Witihin This retreat will include Eucharist, presentations, reflection time, and sharing. Please bring your bible. Presented by Sr. Carol Ann Warnke, OSF. Saturday, Dec 3 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the St. Ann Home (6602 S. Alaska St., Tacoma, WA 98408). Register by Nov 29 to 253-212-3127. $25 fee (coffee/tea provided but bring a lunch).

Advent Morning of Reflection at St. Stephen Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, how about a morning of reflection, prayer, pondering and maybe re-imagining how to replace the hectic holidays with some sacred space? Deacon Bill Eckert will return on Saturday, November 19, from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM for our annual Advent Morning of Reflection. Mark your calendars now and sign-up in the Narthex for this timely event! Cost: Freewill offering.

Marriage Retreat The purpose of life is to get to Heaven, and to bring everyone with me that I can. What have I done to help bring me and my spouse to Heaven? The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are Nov 18-20 in Centralia (more info:, 253-859-9174) and Feb 24-26 in Seattle (, 206-772-2344). Early registration is strongly recommended.

Join the Widows & Widowers’ Group at Kentridge High School Theatre on Saturday, November 5 at 1:30 PM to see the musical, “Side Show”. Tickets are $8.00.  Call Danny Hodges at 425-572-6245 to sign up. 

October 31 Monday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
5:30p – 6:00p Evening Prayer
6:30p – 7:00p Vigil MASS
7:00p – 8:00p Eucharistic Adoration

November 1 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:20a –11.45a Scripture Study
6:30p – 8:30p Fil-Am Choir
6:30p – 8:45p Scripture Study
7:00p – 7:30p MASS
7:30p – 9:00p Knight of Columbus

November 2 Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
10:00 – 11:30a beC.O.M.E.
11:00 – 1:00p Remembrance of the Dead
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 Confirmation Class
7:30p – 9:00p Catechism with Fr. Ed

November 3 Thursday
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a –3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a – 9:30a Safety Committee
11:00a – 1:00p Our Lady of Lourdes Prayer Group
7:00p –7:45p Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p – 9:00p Pastoral Council
7:00p – 9:00p RCIA
7:00p – 9:00p Girlfriends Book Club

November 4 First Friday
8:30a – 9:15a MASS
9:00a –10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a –3p Sat Eucharistic Adoration

November 5 First Saturday
7:30a – 8:00a Morning Prayer
8:10a – 8:20a Benediction
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a Fri–3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
10:00a –11:30a Council of Catholic Women
3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS
6:00p – 9:00p Girlfriends Crafts

November 6 Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a MASS (Nursery open)
9:45a –10:45a Preschool
10:00 –10:45a Youth Choir Practice
11:00 –12:00p MASS (Nursery open)
5:30p – 6:30p Life Teen MASS (Nursery open)
6:45p – 8:15p Connections, Jr. & Sr. High Life Teen
6:30p – 9:00p Charismatic Prayer Group

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