Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February 26th, 2012

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.

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 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 held on Tuesdays at noon in the Church beginning this week. If you find coming to the Stations at night difficult, this is the time for you! Please join us for this special Lenten reflection. We will use Mother Teresa’s reflections on the Stations again this year.

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

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, Mar 2 until 3 PM on Saturday, Mar 3. 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).

No More Coupons Needed We are grateful for the generosity of those who clipped and donated. We are in need of "Coupon Queens" to further the project. For those Queens who know who they are, please aid in our parish efforts to make our dollars expand farther.

The Power of ONE Your donation makes a difference! This week's items are: pasta and spaghetti sauce

NEW PARISH APOSTOLATE! St. Stephen's Mission Rosary Making takes place every 1st & 3rd Friday after the 8:30 AM Mass till 11:45 AM in Social Hall. We will begin each group with a prayer for all those receiving the rosaries, as well as for our edification in making them.

Terrific Tuesday Benefit Concert, featuring the Exquisite Strings Quartet, will be Friday, Mar 16 at 7PM at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church Sanctuary (19800 108th Ave. SE, Kent). Free-will offering.

Free Tax Help United Way of King Co. is currently operating 16 free tax preparation sites throughout the county for low and medium income individuals; runs through until Apr 17. Contact Jenny Walden of UWKC at 206-461-3705 or for more information.

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.

February 27 Monday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 10:30a Parish Mission Day #2
5:30p – 6:00p Evening Prayer
6:30p – 7:00p MASS
6:30p – 8:30p Spring Festival Dance Practice
7:00p – 8:00p Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p – 8:30p Boy Scout Troop 714
7:00p – 9:00p Girl Friends Book Club
7:15p – 9:00p Respect Life Committee
7:30p – 9:00p Parish Mission Day #2

February 28 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a –10:30a Parish Mission Day #3
9:20a – 11.45a Scripture Study
12:00p – 1:00p Stations of the Cross
6:00p – 6:30p Terrific Tuesday Dinner
6:00p – 9:00p Masaka Board
6:30p – 8:00p Cub Scouts
6:30p – 8:30p Fil-Am Choir
6:30p – 8:45p Scripture Study
7:00p – 9:00p Stephen Ministry
7:30p – 9:00p Parish Mission Day #3

February 29 Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a – 10:30a Parish Mission Day #4
10:30 – 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 Confirmation Class
7:30p – 9:00p Parish Mission Day #4

March 1 Thursday
6:15a – 8:00a Morning Men's Ministry
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
6:30p – 8:00p Cub Scouts
7:00p – 7:45p Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p – 9:00p Living Stations of the Cross Practice
7:00p – 9:00p RCIA
7:00p – 9:00p Pastoral Council

March 2 First Friday
7:30a – 8:30a Reconciliation
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a – 10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a – 9a Sat. Eucharistic Adoration
5:00p – 6:00p Fish Fry
6:00p – 7:00p Stations of the Cross

March 3 First Saturday
7:30a – 8:00a Morning Prayer
8:00a – 10:00a SSTM Men's Group
8:10a – 8:20a Benediction
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
10:00a – 11:30a Council of Catholic Women
3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS

March 4 Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a MASS (Nursery open)
9:45a – 10:45a Preschool
11:00 – 12:00p MASS (Nursery open)
12:00p – 2:30p Filipino Community
2:00p – 4:00p Living Stations of the Cross Practice
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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