Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 12th, 2012

Do you speak Laotian? St. Stephen Housing is in need of an interpreter for a one-time short meeting. We greatly appreciate your help! Please phone 253-638-9798 for more information. Thank you.

Unemployed? Trying to Keep Your Head Above Water?! Let's talk about it. Tuesday, February 21st at 6:45 pm in the New Classroom Wing. (Immediately following the Terrific Tuesday Meal). A second introductory meeting will also be offered Sunday, Feb 26th at 10:00 AM.

Bulletin Editors Needed! We are currently seeking more members for our editorial staff. Basic computer, internet and layout/design skills would be desireable. Work would be done on your own computer between Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings. Training is provided. If interested please contact Bill Swedberg at 253-631-1940 or

The Faith Formation Office Will be closed Thursday, February 16th to Monday, February 20th, as the staff is on holiday.

The Living Stations of the Cross First Meeting: 2pm Sunday February 26th

Church Decorating help needed Lent, Holy Week, and Easter offer lots of opportunities for individuals and groups to help decorate the Church and can also be applied to community service hours. Below is a list of days and times. No experience is necessary- just a desire to help! Please contact Cynde (253-631-1940, X104 or or sign up in the Narthex if you can help:
Tue, Feb 21, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Ash Wed/Lent decorating)
Thurs, Mar 29, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (separating palms)
Fri, Mar 30, 9:30 AM - noon (Palm Sun decorating)
Wed, Apr 4, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Holy Thurs preparation)
Fri, Apr 6, 9:00 AM - noon (Good Fri preparation)
Sat, Apr 7, 9:00 AM - noon (Easter decorating)

Lenten Mission Talks Brian Casey, a national speaker with a warm personality and a clear message that is easy to understand for all ages, will be here to present a series called, “Our Walk in His Footsteps”. The first talk will be after the evening Mass on Sunday, Feb 26. After that, he'll give his talks twice daily (in morning and evening sessions) from Monday, Feb 27 through Wednesday, Feb 29. None of the talks will be repeated. Childcare arrangements are currently ‘in the works’. See the bulletin insert for complete details.

Women’s Lenten Retreat Day Camille Pauley, a dynamic national speaker for Healing the Culture will be at St. Stephen’s for a women’s retreat day on Wednesday, Mar 14 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Lunch and childcare are provided and the cost is $20/person. Be sure and mark your calendars now! Childcare will be available the entire time (contact Brigitte at 425-351-5518 to reserve your child's spot).

Lenten Day of Reflection at St. James Cathedral (Seattle) “Journey of Faith: From our Baptism, Called to be Light”, sponsored by the Seattle Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, will take place on Saturday, Mar 17 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Fr. Raymond Cleaveland will speak, hear confessions, and lead prayer. In addition, communal prayer, lunch, ACCW mission information, and a tour of the cathedral are included for $35. Visit or call registrar Sue Bregel (253-350-1874).

Do you wish to do Stations of the Cross this Lent but can’t attend at night? Stations of the Cross will be held in the Church on Tuesdays at noon, beginning Feb 28. We will be using Mother Teresa’s reflections this year and Mary Ann Cullivan will lead them. See this week's bulletin insert for evening Stations information and other Lenten opportunities.

The Lit & Latte Girl Group (Girlfriends Book Club) is reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Please join us on Monday, Feb 27 at 7 PM in the St. Stephen's Room to discuss the book. Questions? Contact Suzy Riordan at or 253-630-8474.

The Annual Mardi Gras Luncheon and Fashion Show will be Tuesday, Feb 21 at 11:00 AM. Tickets ($15) will be available in the Narthex after all Masses this weekend (Feb 11-12) or call Elsie Lowenstein at 425-271-0510. This fun social event is sponsored by the Visitation Guild; proceeds support efforts to provide funeral buffets.

Due to lack of space, we can no longer accept donations here for Pregnancy Aid or the Clothing Bank (except for special programs offered a few times during the year). Please consider donating directly to Pregnancy Aid, located at 1209 Central Ave S , # 204, Kent (call ahead, 253-852-1201, for their donation hours). Heavy Coats, Blankets, and Sleeping Bags will still be accepted here. All other items can be donated directly to the Kent Clothing Bank; their drop-box is at Kent Phoenix Academy (11000 SE 264th St, on East Hill.)

February 13 Monday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
10:00a – noon Facilities & Grounds Commission
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

February 14 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:20a –11.45a Scripture Study
6:00p – 6:30p Terrific Tuesday Dinner
6:30p – 8:30p Fil-Am Choir
6:30p – 8:45p Scripture Study
7:00p – 9:00p Stephen Ministry
7:00p – 8:30p SSTM Gabriel Project

February 15 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 – 8:30p Catechism with Father Ed

February 16 Thursday
6:15a – 8:00a Morning Men's Ministry
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
6:00p – 9:00p Boy Scouts Banquet
6:30p – 8:00p Cub Scouts
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 Stewardship Commission

February 17 Friday
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a –10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
6:00p – 9:00p 50+ Potluck

February 18 Saturday
8:00a –10:00a SSTM Men's Group
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a –11:00a Strengthfinders
3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS

February 19 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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