Friday, March 30, 2012

April 1st, 2012

Help Wanted! We are looking for volunteers to help guide traffic in our parking lot on Easter Morning -Sunday, April 8. Training will be provided on March 31st from 9:00- 11:00am. If interested contact Jim Toole at 253-569-0619 or

Greeters Needed for Holy Week/Easter! Extending a warm hand of welcome to all who enter our parish is an important way to demonstrate Christ's love! Please consider being a part of our parish Ministry of Welcome this Holy week and Easter. To join in please contact Jane at

6th Grade Road Trip - Formerly known as 6th grade Overnight! April 20th. Registrations will be available Soon!!!! We’ve improved! It’s no longer an overnight event, but we’ll still have just as much fun!

Jr High Quest Coming Soon! May 18-20 Registrations will be available Soon!

Vacation Bible Camp Mark your calendars now! VBC will be the week of July 23 - 27. Registrations will be available in May!!!!

Altar Server Training will be cancelled for April because of Easter. The next training will be May 6.

Youth Choir News! - Rehearsal Information and New Members Needed
The Youth Choir is looking for new members! We are preparing to sing for the 8:30am First Eucharist mass on Sunday, April 29th. One third of our current members are making their First Eucharist, and will not be able to sing with us that weekend. Our rehearsals are on Sundays March 18th, April 15th and April 22nd from 10:00-10:45 in the chapel. Materials for at home rehearsals will also be provided. Students in kindergarten through 8th grade can join us in this wonderful music ministry! Questions? Call Laurie Samora at 253-631-3473.

Marriage Help – Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi) has helped tens of thousands of couples at all stages of disillusionment or misery in their marriage. This program can help you too. For confidential information about or to register for the April program beginning with a weekend on April 20th-22nd call 206-706-2608 or visit our website at

Stations of the Cross are held on Tuesdays at noon in the Church. 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.

SSHA has an opening for a Housing Coordinator. This position is 20 hours per week, M-Th 9 AM- 2 PM. Applicants must be proficient with computers, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, great people skills, and the ability to interact with a diverse population. Two years experience in an office setting and a college degree preferred. Please submit your resume to

St Mary's Seattle School is having a reunion for all former students, teachers and parents. Saturday April 14 3-5pm Tours of the school and renovated St Mary's Church, become reaquainted with former classmates. St Mary's church community wants to honor the Holy Names Sisters by creating a stained glass window in the Eucharistic Chapel. You will see the already commissioned design. Please RSVP by April 2 to 206-324-7100 ext 10 or

Church Flowers - If you would like to donate Easter flowers please bring them to the Narthex by Good Friday, April 6th. Azaleas and other
plants that are less fragrant (and allergy inducing) are best.

The Lit & Latte Girl Group (Girlfriends Book Club) is reading Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. Please join us on Thursday, April 19 at 7 PM to discuss this book. The gathering will be helat Dana Sullivan’s home. For questions or directions contact Dana at or at 425-227-7677.

Natural Family Planning - The Church has recentlyfaced media attacks over its opposition to a government mandate requiring birth control coverage in employee heath insurance. Why? In addition to serious concerns over religious freedom (discussed in Fr. Ed’s bulletin article last week), there is an underlying and fundamental problem with birth control. Many of us know what the Church teaches, but do we know why? Come find out at an information session about Natural Family Planning (NFP) on Monday, Apr 23 from 7:15-8:30 PM (following 6:30 PM Mass) in the Narthex. Childcare available with reservation to Brigitte ( Questions? Contact Anna Skillman, Certified Creighton Model System Instructor (253-740-6659 or Learn more about the Creighton Model at

Nursery News - The Nursery will be closed during Holy Week and during Easter Weekend Masses. We encourage our families to participate in services as
these are an important part of understanding and experiencing the joy of Easter morning. Give your children opportunities after the service to
talk about what happened and share their feelings. Talk about your own feelings as well. Make "Christ is risen" banners to hang around your
home and have the children help you decorate with flowers from the garden. For more craft ideas for kids go to
Happy Easter from the nursery!

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, April 15th from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Chapel. Our topic will be “The Meaning of Healing / The Paradox of Acceptance”. For more info, contact Sharon Rasmussen at 425-228-1437. “And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing” - Luke 9:2

The Exquisite Strings Quartet performed a benefit concert Fri. Mar. 16, 2012 that was truly an exceptional evening of entertainment by some extraordinary young musicians Sarah Burwell, Haley Kovach, Jackie Hickman and Brennan Harper. The benefit raised over $5000 dollars for Terrific Tuesday Meals community meal program.

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 Sat., April 14th, here at St. Stephen's. Jessica Mendoza, Sarah Deady, and Andrea Mendoza will be presenting on Divine Mercy. We will be joining the parish for Sat. Vigil Mass at 5 PM and then meeting in the conference room in the officearea afterwards. Please RSVP via our Facebook page (SKCYA) or email us at

Divine Mercy Novena
Begins Good Friday at 1:30 PM in the chapel
Holy Saturday 3-4 pm; Easter Sunday 1-2 PM; Easter
Monday (after Mass) 7 PM; Tuesday (after Mass) 7 PM;
Wednesday (after Mass)7 PM; Thursday 6:30; Friday
6:30; Saturday 6:15; Sunday (April 15), Divine Mercy
Sunday, Celebration in the Church at 2:30pm (Note: all
are in the chapel except the service on Divine Mercy
Sunday, which is in the church)
Help Wanted! We are looking for

April 2 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

April 3 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
12:00p--1:00p Stations of the Cross
6:00p -- 6:30p Terrific Tuesday Dinner
6:30p – 7:00p MASS
6:30p – 8:30p Fil-Am Choir
6:30p – 8:45p Scripture Study

April 4 Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p – 6:00p Evening Prayer
6:00p – 9:00p Church Decorating
6:30p -- 7:00p MASS
7:00p – 9:00p Returning Catholics & Adult Confirmation
7:15p – 9:00p Choir Practice
7:30p – 8:30p Passion of the Christ Movie Showing

April 5 Holy Thursday
9:00a –3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p –6:30p Parish Potluck
7:00p –8:30p MASS of the Lord's Supper

April 6 Good Friday
9:00a–10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a–12:00p Church Decorating
1:30p—2:30p Divine Mercy Novena
3:00p—4:30p Celebration of the Lord's Passion
8:00a–-9:00p Living Stations of the Cross

April 7 Holy Saturday
3:00p -- 4:00p Divine Mercy Novena
9:00a–12:00p Church Decorating
8:30p –11:00p Easter Vigil MASS
11:00p-11:30p Easter Vigil Reception

April 8 Easter Sunday
7:00a – 8:00a MASS (Nursery Closed)
9:00a–10:00a MASS (Nursery Closed)
11:30--12:30p MASS (Nursery Closed)
1:00p – 2:00p Divine Mercy Novena
6:30p –-9:00p Charismatic Prayer Group

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