Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 10th, 2013

“Masaka Orphanage” Dinner  The Knights of Columbus are proud to announce the Masaka Orphanage Dinner event to be held the evening of April 13, 2013 at 6pm, in the social hall.  There will be live entertainment, door prizes, and a dessert auction.  The menu will include Salmon, Chicken and Bbq. Rib’s.  All proceeds benefit the Masaka Children’s Orphanage in Uganda. Tickets are now on sale at $12.50 per person.  Any questions, contact your favorite Knight or Bob Lowenstein at 206-890-5251.

WANTED WANTED WANTED - Masaka Childen's Fund Board of Directors has an opening for another board member, due to the retirement of one of the original members. If you have a  desire to serve the poor, an interest in East African cultures and might be interested, please fill out an application in the main office or you may request a digital copy.
Questions? Contact Diane Cooper at

SSHA needs some household items for families:  beds (no king size), indoor paint (off-white color), dressers, hangers, and small microwaves.  Please contact SSHA at 253.638.9798 or e-mail for donations.  Thank you.

Image & Likeness is St Stephen’s Own “Pseudo-Radio” Show!
Have you heard it yet?! Go to and listen in! Designed to highlight and discuss many ministries and areas of interest to our parish community. these sound files present interviews which explore all manner of topics and issues. Our latest instalments feature Fr Ed White and Dr. Timothy Mullner discussing the Second Vatican Council. Check back often as new interviews will be added regularly!

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 17th 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 Corinthians 1, 4 

Liturgy Environment Helpers Needed
Holy Week is coming and we need help to decorate the church for these unique liturgies. Many hands are necessary to make each celebration sacred and special.  The times and dates are:
Friday, March 22nd at 9:30 AM – Preparing palms and church for Palm Sunday
Thursday, March 28th at 9:00 AM – Preparing for Holy Thursday
Friday, March 29th at 9:00 AM – Preparing for Good Friday and removal of Holy Thursday pieces.
Holy Saturday, March 30th at 9:00 AM – Decorate the church, chapel, narthex & social hall for Easter.

Give Up a Saturday for Lent - This Lent, consider committing a Saturday (or more) to building our faith community. Join in enhancing the grounds and buildings of our parish. Take this opportunity to build fellowship, prepare our campus for Easter, and do a positive penance.
Sign-up cards are in the pews. This year’s dates are Saturdays, March 16th and 23th, 9:30—3pm.
Talents needed: Hands, eyes and smiles — and a little muscle. There will be landscaping improvement projects, grounds clean-up, window cleaning, interior painting, interi-or cleaning, and some carpentry. Folks will also be needed to help feed everyone and make sure beverages get out to workers on the jobs.

Yakima Mission - Mandatory Mission Meeting. March 10th at 5pm in the Chapel.  Please be sure to attend, as we will be going over the schedule for the remainder of the year!

First Eucharist - Mandatory Parent/Child
Eucharist Retreat! - For all of those in the First Eucharist classes, please note the retreat on Wednesday, March 13 from 6-8:30pm. This is a required part of your child’s Eucharist preparation.

Weekday Pre-School Coming this Fall! Please e-mail (and not the office) for more information!

Our annual Lenten Reconciliation service will be held on Thursday, March 14th at 7pm. There will be priests  available for individual  confession after a  communal celebration of the Word and examination of conscience.

Devotion to the Most Precious Blood  We meet every Thursday (except First and Second Thursdays) for prayers and devotions to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Prayers start at 7:50pm in the chapel. You are welcome to join us for these powerful prayers.

The All Saints Adoration Ministry continues to expand the daily schedule of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel. Father Ed would like to increase all current hour to at least two adorers. Please see the green sign-up forms by the chapel doors and consider being a member of this important ministry. Thank you. Questions? contact Bernie Wittgens (253-631-5560)
Visitation Guild will meet on Wednesday March 13th.  Snacks are provided starting at 9:45 A.M. with the meeting starting at 10:15 AM.  All women of the church are invited to attend.  For more information contact JoAnne Nordin at 425-277-7859.

Adopt a Cardinal! - As a part of the Church militant we have a big part in the Conclave starting in early March just as much as the Cardinals entrusted to elect our next Holy Father this is through our unique role of prayer. Please consider adopting a Cardinal in prayer during the time the Conclave is going on. It's fun too, kind of like winning the lottery we'll see who's prayers are doing there job in the end when we find out who our next Holy Father will be. Visit  give your name and email and after a quick prayer to the Holy Spirit click the big green button and the name and a picture of your adopted Cardinal along with a small bio will appear before you. Pray well and hard!

Rosary Makers Our mission is to love and serve Our Blessed Mother by making rosaries for the missions and our ministries.
No experience required only a willing heart. We meet 1st & 3rd Friday’s of the month. 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM in the Social Hall

Garage Sale - This year sadly we here in Outreach through the advise of trusted commissions have decided not to host our annual Garage Sale. As a fundraiser we have done well with this event in the past so we've decided to take this year off so that we could have a greater opportunity to invest ourselves in our ministries that are continuous throughout the year. Sorry for the inconvenience  If you need a place to drop off your produced items from spring cleaning remember the St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores, the proceeds go to the Seattle SVDP Ministry to assist in the needs of our struggling greater community.

Job Assistance Ministry! We continue to meet each Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in the Outreach Building. Everyone is welcome to attend and provide support or share the challenges of the job hunt. Currently we are putting plans together for the  South King County Job Fair here at St Stephens on May 15th from 10 to 2pm.  We are asking for your help to provide names of employers to invite to the job fair as well as places to advertise this event.  Different from most job fairs, we will be having mini seminars for job seekers to attend during the job fair.  More information will be coming so keep watching.  Thanks for your support.

SSHA needs some household items for families:  beds (no king size), indoor paint (off-white color), dressers, hangers, and small microwaves.  Please contact SSHA at 253.638.9798 or e-mail for donations.  Thank you.

Theology of the Body for Teens will be presented Sunday, April 14 during Life Night  following the Life Teen Mass. All teens, grades 9-12 are welcome!

The Lit & Latte Girl Group (Girlfriends Book Club) is reading The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde..   Please join us on Thursday, March 21th at 7 PM to discuss the book. We are meeting at Christine Fiore’s home.   Contact her at for RSVP/directions or for general info on the Lit and Latte group – contact Vicki Kennerud at

Calling Active Seniors! Including 50+ and Widow & Widowers:  With Fr. Ed's encouragement, a new ministry for active Senior Citizens and their guests begins this spring at St. Stephen the Martyr.  Short trips will be offered through, Travel Center. Priceless Senior Jaunts are market priced to include deluxe motor coach transportation, a  snacks, admission, taxes, on-board guide and sometimes lunch. They will be offered on the fourth or last Thursday of alternate months.  Excursion will include prayer, snacks, and jovial fun. Attendance at the Thursday morning Mass is encouraged with a light breakfast provided. The First Bus Trip departs at 9:30am on May 23, to the Shrine at Mossyrock and Veteran's Museum in Chehalis.  Sign-up is $70 which includes lunch and admission. Fliers available in reception. Write your check to Travel Center and hand deliver to Kathleen Tansey (253-630-7755) or Mail to: 20825- 142nd Ave. S.E. Kent, WA 98042.

Save the Date: Friday, April 5th - Breath of Aire Concert to support Terrific Tuesdays Meals!

March 11      Monday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
noon –  6:00p    Eucharistic Adoration
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
7:30p – 9:00p    Discernment Group for Women

March 12      Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:20a–11:45a        Scripture Study
12:00 –12:45p    Stations of the Cross
6:30p – 7:00p        MASS
6:30p – 8:45p        Scripture Study
7:00p – 9:00p        Stephen Ministry
7:00p – 8:30p    SSTM Gabriel Project

March 13      Wednesday
8:30a –  9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a –  4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:45a—12:00p        Visitation Guild
9:30 -- 11:30a        beC.O.M.E
5:30p –  6:00p        Evening Prayer
6:00p –  7:15p        Religious Education Classes
6:30p -- 7:00p        MASS
7:15p – 9:00p    Third Week Group
7:15p – 9:00p        Choir Practice
7:30p – 8:30p    Job Assistance

March 14      Thursday
8:30a –  9:00a        MASS
8:30a –12:00p    Thursday Crew
9:00a –  4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p –  9:00p    Reconciliation Service
7:00p –  8:30p    Venture Scouts
7:00p –  9:00p        RCIA

March 15      Friday
6:00a – 7:30a    That Man Is You
7:30a – 8:15a    Reconciliation
8:30a – 9:00a        MASS
9:00a–10:00a        Reconciliation
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
10:00a-- noon    Rosary Making
5:00p – 6:30p    Knights of Columbus Fish Fry   
7:00p – 7:45p    Stations of the Cross

March 16      Saturday
8:00a--10:00a    SSTM Men's Group
8:30a - 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
3:00p – 4:00p        Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p        Vigil MASS

March 17      Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a        MASS
11:00- 12:00p        MASS
1:00p – 2:30p        Grief Support
2:00p – 4:00p    Living Stations Rehearsal
5:30p – 6:30p        MASS
6:30p – 9:00p        Charismatic Prayer Group
6:45p – 8:15p    Jr. & Sr. High Life Teen
6:45p – 8:15p        Connections

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