Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February 5th, 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.

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 contct Bill Swedberg at 253-631-1940 or

Yakima Mission Pancake Breakfast NEXT WEEKEND!!! Sunday, February 12th, after both Masses!

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

South King County Young Adults (SKCYA) is an 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. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, Feb 11, at Holy Family Parish (505 17th Street SE Auburn, WA 98002). We will be joining the parish for Saturday Vigil Mass at 5 PM and then meeting in the Parish Center afterwards. Please check our Facebook page (SKCYA) or email us at for meeting details and to RSVP.

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)

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, Feb 19, from 1:00 - 2:30 PM in the Chapel. Our topic will be “Family and Friends Grieve, Too.” For more info, contact Sharon Rasmussen at 425-228-1437.
I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. - Is 41:13

NEW PARISH APOSTOLATE! St. Stephen's Mission Rosaries. In imitating our Lord, we want to share our rich faith tradition by honoring His most Holy Mother so that, in turn, she may teach us how to love her Son more. Rosary-making will start in February, every 1st & 3rd Friday after the 8:30 AM Mass till 12:00 PM. We will begin each group with a prayer for all those receiving these rosaries as well as for our edification in making them. Coffee and treats will be provided. Contact Candace Ochoa in Outreach (253-631-1940). Ave Maria!

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.)

St. Anthony School registration All families interested in sending their children to St. Anthony for a quality, Catholic education, should call the school office at 425-255-0059 and be added to the pre-registration mailing list. Pre-registration applications will be mailed on February 13, 2012.

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 on Sunday, Feb 5; Saturday, Feb 11; and Sunday, Feb 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.

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’. Watch the bulletin insert next week 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! NOTE: Last weekend's bulletin incorrectly indicated limited childcare hours but childcare will be available the entire time (contact Brigitte at 425-351-5518 to reserve your child's spot).

The Visitation Guild will meet on Wednesday, Feb 8, in the downstairs Social Hall. We will have refreshments at 9:45 AM and the meeting begins at 10:15 AM. We will finalize all the details for our Mardi Gras Luncheon and Fashion Show (details on that event below). Please plan on attending this meeting. This Mardi Gras event requires a lot of help, so please come and help make it a success.

February 6 Monday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
5:30p – 6:00p Evening Prayer
6:00p – 8:00p Baptism Class
6:30p – 7:00p MASS
7:00p – 8:00p Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p – 8:30p Boy Scout Troop 714
7:00p – 9:00p Liturgy Commission

February 7 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
7:30p – 9:00p Knights of Columbus

February 8 Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:45a--12:00p Visitation Guild
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

February 9 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 RCIA

February 10 Friday
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a –10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
6:00p – 8:00p Faith Formation

February 11 Saturday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – noon Assemble Backpacks for Homeless
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a – 11:00a Living Your Strengths
3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS

February 12 Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a MASS (Nursery open)
9:30a – 10:30a Mission Pancake Breakfast
9:45a – 10:45a Preschool
9:45a – 10:45a Altar Server Training
11:00 – 12:00p MASS (Nursery open)
12:00p – 1:00p Mission Pancake Breakfast
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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