Wednesday, August 28, 2013

September 1st, 2013

Mass on the Grass is September 8th! The Sunday night Mass moves back to it’s normal time of 5:30pm on Sept. 8th for our annual outdoor liturgy & picnic. The “Old Lifeteen Band” will be on hand to fill the air with music and the men of That Man Is You will be barbecuing burgers & dogs (for a low fee). Gather your lawn chair, picnic blanket, some of your favorite “fixin’s” and join in!

Registration for Faith Formation Classes is Sept. 7th & 8th after all weekend Masses. Questions? Call 253-631-6175.

That Man Is You kicks off it’s year on Friday, September 6th at 6:00AM in the church hall. Program closes promptly at 7:15AM. No requirement to register ahead of time, just join us for good food, the highly acclaimed “That Man Is You” video series and an opportunity to discuss important material with fellow men of our parish.  All men 18+ are welcome!

Prayer Chain - If you wish to have a name placed on the Prayer Chain Please contact  Mary Albrecht at  or 425-226-7621.

Volunteers Needed to Bring Communion to Paitents at Valley Medical Center - St. Stephen's is working with Valley City Medical Center to bring Communion to their Catholic patients on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays each month.  Parishioners go to the hospital in pairs and are asked to commit to one day a month.  Volunteers for this ministry must be Confirmed Catholic and must complete an orientation with Fr. Ed.  Orientation will be held on July 20th, from 9-10am in the Parish Office Workrom.  For additional information please contact Maurice Kinzler (253)951-3432; or Betty Brock (253) 631-4205;

Bartell Shoppers! St. Stephen the Martyr is a member of Bartell Drugs 'B' Caring program. Pick up a 'B' Caring card at Bartell's and indicate St. Stephen the Martyr as the beneficiary. Every time you shop and present your card, our Outreach program will benefit. Bartell's will donate up to 4% of your purchase. Thank you for helping Outreach!

Little Saints Preschool is opening September 2013! Join us as we begin this adventure of faith, family and learning! As a Catholic faith community, our mission is to share our blessings in the spirit of God’s love by partnering with families to educate preschool children. We will offer a two day program  for 3 year olds and a three day program  for 4 year olds. For more information, email

South King Catholic Young Adults provides an opportunity for you to continue growing in faith along with other Catholic young adults in the area! Open to all 18-35 year olds (single or married). We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month at St. Stephen's. For more information on our meeting next weekend, check out our Facebook Group, “SKCYA (South King Catholic Young Adults)," or email us at

Honduras Mission – Our February 2014 Honduras Mission team still has openings for a couple more participants.  If you are interested in hearing more about the possibilities of joining our 2014 Honduras Mission team, please contact Patrick Flanigan 206-718-3607 or Debbie Dullenty 206-755-6628.

House Painting: Need your House Painted?  Want to support the Honduras Mission Team?  We are looking for a house or two to paint as a fundraiser for our Honduras Mission.  We have professional painting experience and use professional equipment and materials.  References available. The cost of labor will go to our St. Stephen’s Honduras fund. Please contact Patrick Flanigan for more information or 206-718-3607

Adult Bible Study - Join us for Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom at St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Renton beginning September 24 at (choose 9:30 AM to noon or 6:15 PM to 9:00PM ) continuing every Tuesday.  For more information or to register for the study call Mary Ann Cullivan at 425 413 4994 or the Religious Education Office at 253 631 6175 at or email

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, September 15th from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Chapel.  Our topic will be  "Stages and Tasks of Successful Grieving" and “The Anger Within”.  For more info, contact Sharon Rasmussen at 425-228-1437.   “God, the Father of compassion encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may encourage those who are in affliction.” 2 Corinthians 1: 2,3 

Widow/widowers annual picnic 3:00 p.m. Aug. 25 at the home of Mary Moran.  Bring $5.00 and a potluck item.  Carpooling from church (lower parking lot) at 2:45 p.m. RSVP-Kitty 425-254-9124

The Lit & Latte Group (Girlfriends Book Club) is reading The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters by Jeffrey Zaslow Please join us on Tuesday, September 10th at 7 PM to discuss the book. We are meeting at Ellyn Johnson’s home. Contact her at for RSVP/directions or for general info on the Lit and Latte group – contact Vicki Kennerud at

Outreach Director Job Description Meeting Due to the retirement of our former Director the position will have to be opened for hire. Before this though Fr. Ed has called for on opportunity for anyone who has a heart for this ministry to share what they think the ministry should be. After these two meetings we will put together a job description that will be used when the job is posted. You may choose to attend one or both, please bring others you think that may want to be part of this discussion.  (Note that Mass is before both of these times at 6:30pm)  Wednesday September 11th 7:30pm  Please RSVP so that I have an idea of how many to expect. Contact Candace at 253-631-1940

K of C Soccer Challenge for all male and female youth between ages of 10 to 14. When: Saturday September 14th. Time: Between 9am toNoon. Where: Renton High School at 400 S. 2nd  in the Northwest corner of the field behind the school. Winners of that competition will go forward to District Finals on September 21st at St. John the Baptist Church at 25810 156th Ave Se, Covington.  After that State Finals will be announced later. Prizes and an awards ceremony will take place at a later Fall date. Contests will try to kick the ball at the net which has targets that have differing point values.  The contestant with the highest total scores moves on and up. Food will be provided at the Renton High School site. Come anytime between 9am and Noon as your schedule permits.  Contact persons: Pat Buckley 253-852-2155 or Steve Allen 

Thank you to all who donated to St. Stephen Housing Association in memory of Louie Boitano, a long time Board Member and parish lector. These funds go directly to our mission of helping homeless families in South King County.

There's a fire in My heart burning for you! by Fr. Dwight Lewis (Parochial Vicar, St. Mary Magdalen, Everett) Friday, Sept 20, @ 7:30 pm St. Anthony Parish hall (Renton) Sponsored by St. Anthony Friday Night Prayer Group. For info:  Marilou 253-631-3272, Mely 253-205-9900

Narthex Displays: - Reserve Your Space Please remember, parish organizations wishing to place a display or promotion in the Narthex, must schedule in advance. To assure a Godly sense of order and safety we limit the number of displays and fundraisers in the Narthex space. Generally, reservations are granted on a first come first serve basis (for choice spaces, on any given weekend). Applications are available in the parish office. Contact Betty Mencke (253-631-1940 x100). Ad hoc displays, those placed without authorization, will be removed, without notice.

Ride to Mass Needed:  Health challenged parishioner with service dog pleads for rides to Sunday evening Mass even one Sunday a month would help with several parishioners.  Call Sunny at 206-261-0204

Parishioner Needs Roommate:  Female parishioner interviewing for roommate to share apartment.  Great deal at $350 per some.  Must be there most evenings.  Nice 2-bedroom, washer/dryer wood burning fireplace.  Background check required.  Parishioner has service dog (very clean & sweet).  E-mail Sunny at

In memory of Tony Torlai, and those who have left us far too soon because of brain cancer, Springbrook Farms and the Torlai family wish to invite you to: Friends and Family for Brain Cancer Research Dinner, Fancy Dessert Auction, Raffle. October 5th 2013, Saturday at 7:00 pm. St. Stephen The Martyr Catholic Church. All proceeds from ticket sales, auction and raffle to benefit brain cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Swedish Medical Center. Tickets $25.00. No tickets sold at door. For ticket information or donations please contact Jeannine at email address:

September 2    Monday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
noon — 2:00p    Rosary Making
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

September 3    Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
6:00p – 8:00p    Baptism Class (Parents & Godparents)
6:30p – 7:00p        MASS
6:30p – 8:00p        Fil-Am Choir
7:30p – 9:00p        Knights of Columbus

September 4    Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p – 6:00p        Evening Prayer
6:30p -- 7:00p        MASS
7:00p – 8:30p    Stewardship Commission
7:00p – 9:00p        Returning Catholics & Adult Confirmation
7:15p – 9:00p        Choir Practice
7:30p – 9:00p        Catechism with Fr. Ed
7:30p – 8:45p    Job Assistance

September 5    Thursday
8:30a – 9:00a        MASS
8:30a –12:00p    Thursday Crew
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p – 8:30p    Cub Scouts
7:00p – 9:00p        Pastoral Council
7:00p – 7:45p        Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena

September 6    First Friday
6:00a – 7:30a    That Man Is You  - Begins this week!
8:30a – 9:00a        MASS
9:00a–10:00a        Reconciliation
9:00a–9a Sat.        Eucharistic Adoration

September 7    First Saturday
7:30a – 8:00a    Morning Prayer
8:10a – 8:20a    Benediction
8:30a – 9:00a    MASS
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
10a -- 11:30a        Council of Catholic Women Brunch
3:00p – 4:00p        Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p        Vigil MASS
6:00p – 6:30p    R.E. Registration

September 8    Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a        MASS
9:30a –10:00a    R.E. Registration
11:00- 12:00p        MASS
noon –12:30p    R.E. Registration
5:30p – 6:30p        MASS (on the grass)
6:30p – 7:00p    R.E. Registration
6:30p – 9:00p        Charismatic Prayer Group

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