Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November 13th, 2011

Youth Choir Accompanist Needed The St. Stephen's Youth Choir is seeking an accompanist for rehearsals, which are two or three Sundays per month, October - June, from 10-10:45 AM in the chapel, masses (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, for a First Eucharist Mass), and a variety of other parish functions. If you are interested in volunteering please call Laurie Samora (253-631-3473).

Blanket Drive Many thanks to all who generously donated to our blanket drive! SSHA accept donations all year - please bring new or gently used blankets to our office in the Outreach Annex, Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 2 PM. Questions? Call 253-638-9798. Thank you!!

50Plus Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Friday, Nov 18, at 6 PM in the Social Hall. Turkey and dessert will be provided. Feel free to bring a friend! If you can attend, please call Priscilla Witters (253-852-5864) to RSVP and sign-up for a dish.

Advent Morning of Reflection “Prepare our Homes, Prepare our Hearts” is the theme that Deacon Bill Eckert will speak to on Saturday, Nov 19, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Take this time for prayer, reflection and sharing as we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Savior. Sign-up in the narthex or contact Contact Brigitte (425-351-5518) to arrange childcare.

2012 Entertainment Books The SSPC will be selling 2012 Entertainment Books in the Narthex after all masses Nov 19 - 20 and Dec 3 - 4. If you would like to buy a book, please contact Krista Whalen (425-961-0492 or They make great Christmas gifts!

Grief Support If you are grieving the death of a loved one, come find strength and compassion with the St. Stephen’s Grief Support Group on Sunday, Nov 20 from 1-2:30 PM in the Chapel. Our topic will be "Pathways Through The Holiday Season". For more info, contact Sharon Rasmussen (425-228-1437). “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mt. 5, 4)

Thanksgiving Candle Exchange On Thanksgiving Day at St. Stephen’s we encourage people to bring a 3” candle to Mass to exchange (each family takes home another person or family’s candle) and use for prayer during Advent. Please write your name on your candle and place it on the baptismal font when you come to the Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9 AM. This is a great chance to reach out to others in our faith community!

Help Decorate the Church Decorating the church is very important but requires lots of help. We will especially need help on the following days. No experience is needed, just a desire to help. If interested, please contact Cynde ( or 253-631-1940 x104).
• Advent decorating: Saturday, Nov 26, 9 AM – noon
• Christmas decorating: Sunday, Dec 18, 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM AND Monday, Dec 19, 9 AM – noon
• Christmas decoration removal: Monday, Jan 9, 9 AM – noon

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, 8:30-3 PM, at the St. Ann Home (6602 S Alaska St, Tacoma). Register by Nov 29 to 253-212-3127. Cost is $25/person. Coffee and tea will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

The Lit & Latte Girl Group (Girlfriends Book Club) is reading Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent. Please join us on Monday, Dec 5 at 7 PM in the St Stephen's Room to discuss the book. Questions? Contact Pam Redmond ( or 425-235-8790).

Coupon Queens Needed We are going to begin couponing for a cause. Contact Darlene (253-631-1940 or

Donations Wanted Please contact Parish Outreach if you have an automobile, truck or adult bicycle you can donate (tax receipts are available). We are also in need of a working freezer. If you can help with any of these things, we can arrange to have it picked-up!

Homeless Backpacks We are still collecting items. Please see last week’s bulletins for more details.

ARISE Men’s shelter will be at King of Kings Lutheran Church on Benson during November. Corrected instructions will be the Narthex.

Seeking a special, empathetic and compassionate person to work in Direct Aid. Contact Darlene (253-631-1940 or

Outreach Programs that need help:
• Homeless backpacks: collecting stuff, organizing, etc.
• Extreme Couponing for a Cause: collecting, cutting, and shopping for the Food Bank
• Thanksgiving baskets for Seniors: Info on the "needed items" will be on a list in the Narthex
• Annual Thanksgiving Dinner: November 24, 1-3 PM (all are invited)

ADVENT MORNING OF REFLECTION - With Deacon Bill Eckert - Saturday, November 19th 9:30 am – 12:30 pDo you want to make this season of Advent different than
previous years? Be intentional and start it with a morning of prayer and reflection. Sign-up in the narthex or contact or 253-631-1940.

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

Mission Pancake Breakfast November 13th after all morning Masses!

We continue with the Catholicism DVD Series on Wed, Nov 16 at 7:30 PM in the Church. Please join us for Mass at 6:30 PM, followed by snacks and class at 7:30 PM. Our next classes will be Dec 7.

November 14 Monday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & 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

November 15 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
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 – 9:00p Girlfriends Bunco Night
7:30p – 9:00p Knights of Columbus

November 16 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
6:30p -- 7:00p MASS
7:15p – 9:00p Choir Practice
7:30p – 9:00p Catechism/Confirmation w/Fr Ed

November 17 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 – 8:30p Boy Scout Committee
7:00p – 9:00p RCIA
7:00p – 9:00p Adult Yakima Mission Team

November 18 Friday
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a – 10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a -- 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
6:00p – 9:00p 50+ Potluck

November 19 Saturday
8:30a -- 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:30a – 12:30p Advent Morning of Reflection
3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS

November 20 Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a MASS (Nursery open)
9:45a – 10:45a Preschool
11:00 – 12:00p MASS (Nursery open)
1:00p – 2:30p Grief Support
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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