Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 19th, 2012

The St. Stephen's Youth Choir will be providing the music for the 5:00 Ash Distribution service on Ash Wednesday, where they will also present, "The Tale of Three Trees". This 18-minute musical story tells of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Please come experience this wonderful piece! Youth Choir members should meet at 4:30 PM, in the choir area. All choir members are asked to wear something purple. March rehearsals will be in the Chapel on 3/4 and 3/18, from 10:00 -10:45 AM. New members are welcome to come join us! Call Laurie Samora (253-631-3473) for more information.

We are in need of Masters of Ceremony and Altar servers, especially for the Sunday evening Mass. This is a ministry for children (3rd grade and older) and adults. The next training will be Sunday, Mar 11 at 9:45 AM. Please prayerfully consider this ministry. Contact Beth (253-630-5367) for more info.

Help End Abortion! Renton 40 Days for Life is a campaign of prayer, fasting, and community outreach to end abortion. Respect Life Committee asks you to pray to end abortion with people of faith throughout the world Feb 22–Apr 1. Learn more by coming to our Kick-Off celebration at St. Stephen Tuesday, Feb 21: 6:30 PM Mass with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers; 7:15 PM Refreshments; 7:45 PM Deacon Harold's Presentation; Q & A will conclude the evening. Sign up to join Renton 40 Days for Life in the narthex today and see for more info.

St. John Respect Life Committee invites all parishioners of South King County Deanery of Western Washington to a South End Respect Life Meeting. The Thursday, Feb 23 evening begins with 6:30 PM Mass at St. John parish (Covington). After refreshments, 47th District Rep. Mark Hargrove will speak about Life Issues coming before the Washington State Legislature in 2012. RSVP by Monday, Feb 20 to Mary K. ( or 253-631-2088).

What are Catholic Teens Saying About Pro-Life? Polls consistently show that Catholic-schooled teens are as likely as their public-schooled counterparts to be pro-abortion (50%). Catholic Professionals of Seattle presents Camille Pauley, co-founder of Healing the Culture. Come and learn what teens are saying about abortion and how their attitudes are shifting. Friday, Mar 2 at the Newman Center at UW (Seattle). 6:30 AM Check-in and Reconciliation available; 7:00 AM Mass, followed by breakfast; 8:30 AM Presentation. $15 students/$20 members/$35 non-members. Learn more and register (by Feb 29) at Or call 206-841-0487.

Women’s Lenten Retreat Day: “The Feminine Ethos”  Every society needs both the masculine and the feminine identities to work together to connect the culture. Join Camille Pauley, a nationally recognized speaker from Healing the Culture, for a retreat day from 10 AM - 2 PM on Wednesday, Mar 14 as she discusses the differences between the feminine and masculine ways of approaching the world, some of the problems that arise in culture when women attempt to approach the world like men, and offer some solutions on how men and women can use those identities to help heal our culture. Lunch and childcare are provided and the cost is $20/person. Be sure and mark your calendars now! Childcare will be available with reservations only (contact Brigitte at 425-351-5518 to reserve your child's spot).

Lenten Mission Talks The topic this year is, "Our Walk in His Footsteps". See bulletin insert and page 3 here for more information.

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).

Stations of the Cross will be offered on Tuesdays at noon in the Church, beginning Feb 28. If you find night driving difficult, this is the time for you! We will be using Mother Teresa’s reflections. Come and join us!

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 this Tuesday, Feb 21 at 11:00 AM. Call Elsie Lowenstein at 425-271-0510 for tickets ($15). This fun social event is sponsored by the Visitation Guild; proceeds support efforts to provide funeral buffets.

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).

February 20 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

February 21 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:20a – 11.45a Scripture Study
11:00a – 2:00p Mardi Gras Fashion Show Luncheon
6:00p – 6:30p Terrific Tuesday Dinner
6:30p – 7:00p MASS
6:30p – 8:45p Scripture Study
7:15p – 9:00p 40 Days for Life Kick-Off/Deacon Harold
7:30p – 9:00p Knights of Columbus

February 22 Ash Wednesday
8:30a – 9:30a MASS with Ashes distribution
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:30a – 11:30a beC.O.M.E.
5:00p – 5:30p Distribution of Ashes with Children's Choir
7:00p – 8:00p MASS with Ashes distribution
7:00p – 9:00p Returning Catholics & Adult Confirmation
7:15p – 9:00p Choir Practice

February 23 Thursday
6:15a – 8:00a Morning Men's Ministry
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p – 7:45p Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p – 9:00p Finance Council
7:00p – 9:00p RCIA

February 24 Friday
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a –10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
5:00p – 6:00p Fish Fry by Knights of Columbus
6:00p – 6:30p Stations of the Cross

February 25 Saturday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS

February 26 Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a MASS (Nursery open)
9:45a – 10:45a Preschool
11:00 – 12:00p MASS (Nursery open)
2:00p – 3:00p Living Stations Meeting for Teens
5:30p – 6:30p Life Teen MASS (Nursery open)
6:30p – 9:00p Charismatic Prayer Group
7:00p – 8:30p Lenten Parish Mission

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