Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 22nd, 2013

HEALTH ALERT! - We have had a couple of cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the parish. Infants under 2 months are especially vulnerable because they haven’t received an inoculation yet at that age. Adults can help by double-checking your immunization records. The inoculation typically comes with a tetanus shot every ten years.

Child Care Volunteers Needed  -  We are in need of 18 volunteers to begin assisting in the nursery as soon as possible. Experience with infants and toddlers is preferred. Teen & adult volunteers welcome. Volunteers will assist with Mass and special events. A child care volunteer is also needed time for mom's group which meets every Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 18th. All Volunteers 18 and older are required to complete a background check take Called to Protect. Next Called to Protect Class is September 28th 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. here at Saint Stephens.  If interested please contact Clare Ettensohn at

That Man Is You is off and running for another year! Join us Friday mornings 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!

Healing the Culture's "Stand Up for Life Gala" and 10th Anniversary Celebration.  When: Saturday, September 28th, Reception 5:30pm Dinner at 6:30pm, Where: Bellevue Hilton 300 112th Ave SE, Special Guests: a Rock-n-Roll priest and a Flying Nun! Come join in an evening of fun, inspiration and entertainment!  Your support helps distribution of Principles & Choices, a pro-life education program for faith-based high schools and churches. For more info: or call 425-481-6563

Faith Formation Welcomes Debbie Blomquist! As you may know, Sara Hoffman will be leaving us in October to get married. Debbie is taking over her administrative duties, while her
Marriage and Baptism duties are currently in the interview process. You may have seen Debbie around at Registration these past couple of weeks. Please take the time to stop in and get to know her!  Congratulations Debbie, and we look forward to working with you!

Save the Date! Saturday, September 28th, 9:00AM until Noon, a workshop regarding services for Kent’s homeless will be held in St. Stephen’s social hall.  KentHOPE is preparing to open a day center this fall. Many volunteers will be needed. This meeting will provide vital preparation.  Terry Pallas, Union Gospel Mission’s outreach coordinator will be the presenter.

RCIA has begun! If you or someone you know is interested in the Catholic faith, please contact Abbie DeRuyter or 253-641-1940

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

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!

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

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

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 display.

he beC.O.M.E. (Call of Motherhood Explored) Program will begin our weekly meetings starting this Wednesday, September 18th.    Motherhood at every stage is life-changing and beC.O.M.E. seeks to help moms with children of all ages and stages, fulfill the high calling of motherhood by digging deep into Scripture and Catechism to understand God’s design for motherhood; then explores the practical ways we live this calling in our twenty-first century lives. We support the vocation of motherhood by meeting weekly throughout the school year, as well as hosting special events and service opportunities. We meet Wednesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 AM. Childcare is available during meeting hours. For information about the group, childcare arrangements, or other details, please contact Abbie DeRuyter ( or 253-277-3891). An annual $30 membership fee contributes to the cost of materials and guest speakers (scholarships available).  We also encourage a small donation for use of the childcare services.

Life Chain Sunday is October 6th.  Life Chain is a prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing together as visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children.  Please stand with us on Rainier Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets from 2 until 3:30 on Sunday October 6th.   Watch next weekend's bulletin or download details from   More info at and

Dwelling Place returns Monday September 23rd following evening mass from about 7:30 to 9:30 PM.  This is a new healing prayer ministry from WWCCR and hosted by St. Stephens. Come join us for soft music, quiet prayer and be filled with the supernatural touch of the Holy Spirit.  If you are suffering and need physical, emotional, or spiritual healing or if you would just like to pray quietly in an environment of love and support, come experience Dwelling Place.  All are welcome.  Trained prayer groups will be available to those that are interested.

Honduras and Africa Missions Oktoberfest Dinner is coming October 19th!  SAVE THE DATE!
The Honduras/Africa Mission teams are sponsoring an Oktoberfest Dinner festival on the evening of October 19th in the St. Stephen’s social hall.  The festival will include live music, fantastic authentic German food, the finest locally brewed beer, silent auction items, and a festive atmosphere.  All proceeds will be used to directly support children of Honduras and Africa.  Please mark your calendars and watch the upcoming bulletins for further announcements.

Octoberfest at St. Anthony’s Get your polka on for St. Anthony's "Octobearfest" 2013!  This year it's on Saturday, October 5th,  10-5 pm at the St. Anthony Parish Hall.  This is a community event open to everyone.  There will be homemade Filipino and Mexican Food (Torreros) , brats and beer, and plenty of sweets at the St. Stephens Parents Club bake sale.   We'll have carnival-type games, a cake walk,  and good old-fashioned family fun. Tickets are $4/1 at the door, 5/$1 in advance, forms at St. Anthony school.  Contact: Carrie 206-406-1374, or /206.579.9563

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture  where faith engages the world and reason illuminates tradition
Come hear Philipp Renczes, S.J. Director, Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies Gregorian University, Rome “A Vision Meant to Stay ‘Centered’: Cardinal Augustin Bea, S.J., Vatican II and the Cardinal Bea Centre” October 8, 7 PM Pigott Auditorium. RSVP at Questions? Emily Holt at 206-220-8270

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 23     Monday
8:30a – 9:00a       Morning Prayer & Rosary
noon –  6:00p       Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p – 6:00p       Evening Prayer
6:00 p – 8:00p     Facilities and Grounds Commission
6:30p – 7:00p       MASS
7:00p – 8:00p       Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p – 8:30p       Boy Scout Troop 714
7:00p – 9:00p       Dwelling Place

September 24     Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a       Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p       Eucharistic Adoration
9:20a–11:45a       Scripture Study
6:30p – 7:00p       MASS
7:00p – 8:30p       Cub Scouts
6:30p – 8:00p       Fil-Am Choir Practice
6:30p – 8:45p       Scripture Study
7:00p – 9:00p       Stephen Ministry
7:15p – 9: 00p      Respect Life Committee
7:30p -9: 00p        St Vincent de Paul Presentation

September 25     Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a       Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p       Eucharistic Adoration
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
7:00p – 9:00p       Returning Catholics & Adult Confirmation
7:15p – 9:00p       Choir Practice
7:30p – 8:45p       Job Assistance

September 26    Thursday
8:30a – 9:00a       MASS
8:30a –12:00p      Thursday Crew
9:00a – 4:00p       Eucharistic Adoration
6:30p – 7:30p       Zumba Fitness
7:00p – 7:45p       Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p – 8:30p       Venture Scouts
7:00p – 9:00p       Finance Council
7:00p – 9:00p       RCIA
7:45p – 8:15p       Most Precious Blood of Jesus Devotions

September 27     Friday
6:00a – 7:30a       That Man Is You
8:30a – 9:00a       MASS
9:00a–10:00a       Reconciliation
9:00a – 4:00p       Eucharistic Adoration

September 28     Saturday
8:00a–10:00a       SSTM Men's Group
8:30a – 9:00a       Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a –12:00p      Kent HOPE Wprkshop
9:00a – 2:00p      Couples for Christ
9:00a – 4:00p       Eucharistic Adoration
3:00p – 4:00p       Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p       Vigil MASS

September 29     Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a       MASS
11:00--12:00p       MASS
5:30p – 6:30p       MASS
6:30p – 9:00p       Charismatic Prayer Group
6:45p – 8:15p       Jr. & Sr. High Life Teen, Connections

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