Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 11th, 2012

Are you unemployed or supporting someone in transition? Join our Job Seekers Support Group, March 21 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel. OR Sunday March 25 at 10:00 am in Room 125. Dr. Timothy Mullner will offer reflections from his recent book, A Spiritual Guide for the Unemployed. Timothy is a parishioner at St. Stephens and presenter across the United States. Sessions are FREE of charge!

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 please contact Jim Toole by phone (253-569-0619) or email (

The Visitation Guild will meet on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in the downstairs social hall. Refreshments will be served starting at 9:45 a.m. The meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. We are always ready to welcome new members. All women of the parish are eligible to join our guild. If you have any questions, please contact our president, Shirley Boucher, at 425-430-8784.

Central Deanery (King County) of the Seattle Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women invitation to fellowship with us on Saturday, March 24, 2012 between 10am and 2:00pm in the Father Lane Room at St. Anthony Parish. Learn how council women pray, serve and lead in the Catholic Community. Lunch donation $6. Call Phyllis Albrecht 425-271-7165 or email for information or RSVP.

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

Opportunity for Good Lent
What is this opportunity? Consider giving-up a Saturday for Lent. Come join fellow parishioners as we do improvement projects around our church campus, making it more welcoming for Easter. When? March 24th and 31st. What type of improvements? Teams will be painting, cleaning, weeding, trail building –all sorts of good things. Other folks will put on a great lunch, and make sure water and beverages get to the teams throughout the day. Sign-up cards are in the pews. Put your completed card in the collection basket or give to an usher.

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 upcoming Meetings are Thursday evenings at 7:00 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00.

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, March 18th from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Chapel.Our topic will be“Pain, Pain Go Away”. For more info, contact Sharon Rasmussen at 425-228-1437. “God comforts us in all our troubles so that we will be able to comfort others.” 2 Corinthians1, 4

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., Mar. 10th, at St. John the Baptist Parish in Covington (25810 156th Ave. SE, Covington, WA, 98042). We will be joining the parish for Sat. Vigil Mass at 5:30 PM and then meeting in the Parish Center afterwords. Simon and Maria Rillera, a young adult newly-wed couple, will be sharing their testimony of how hardship and suffering has strengthened their love for God and each other. Please RSVP via our Facebook page (SKCYA) or email us 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.

Computers Needed! - Did you get a new computer for Christmas? Not sure what to do with the old one? We've got the answer! St. Stephen Housing Association is in need of computer and computer software donations for their families. Many of these families are looking for work or are going back to school to help them find better employment and could use a computer to help them accomplish these things. Your old computer can be put to great use and help out a struggling family! We are looking for the following:

Desktop computers 2.4mghz and larger; Laptop computers 1.7 mghz and larger; Flat screen monitors; Software: Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 or newer. Software programs also must have the accompanying 25 digit key code. Please call Ann Allen at 253-638-9798 for more information and drop off location. Thank you!!

March 12 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
7:00p – 8:30p Boy Scout Troop 714

March 13 Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:20a–11.45a Scripture Study
12:00p—1:00p Stations of the Cross
6:30p – 8:45p Scripture Study
7:00p – 9:00p Stephen Ministry

March 14 Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
9:45a--12:00p Visitation Guild
10:00a--2:00p Lenten Women's Retreat
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

March 15 Thursday
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 –8:30p Boy Scout Committee
7:00p –9:00p RCIA
7:00p—9:00p Living Stations of the Cross Practice
7:00p—9:00p Finance Council

March 16 Friday
6:15a –8:00a Morning Men's Ministry
7:30a – 8:15a Reconciliation
8:30a – 9:00a MASS
9:00a–10:00a Reconciliation
9:00a - 3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p – 6:30p Fish Fry by Knights of Columbus
7:00p – 7:45p Stations of the Cross

March 17 Saturday
8:00a-10:00a SSTM Men's Group
8:30a - 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a.–3:00p Eucharistic Adoration
3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS

March 18 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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