Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 29th, 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.

St. Stephen Respect Life Committee invites you to Harvest of Mercy on Saturday, October 26th featuring Trish Short, a powerful witness to life and truth.  Trish will share the personal life story of her own life renewed through Divine Mercy.  An American dinner menu by Flame Catering will be served at 6:30 in St. Stephen Social Hall.  More info from the Harvest of Mercy link at

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

Collection Counters Needed! - We are in need of two volunteers to assist the Parish Bookkeeper with collection counting on Monday mornings.  Collection counters count and prepare for deposit all cash receipts received by Saint Stephen the Martyr Parish.  Ten key experience and an accounting background are preferred but not required. Any responsible adult with an aptitude for math is encouraged to help out!  On-the-job-training and an atmosphere of camaraderie and fellowship is provided!  Contact Clare Ettensohn at or 253-631-1940 ext. 131.

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!

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!

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 425-22

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

Widow/Widowers Oct 24th Event “And Then There Were None" at Renton Civic Theater  Mark your calendar! More information to come.

The Visitation Guild will meet on October 9th in the Social Hall.  Refreshments will be served at 9:45 A.M. and the meeting will begin at 10:15 A.M..  For further information call JoAnne Nordin at 425-277-7859.

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 30    Monday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
noon –  6:00p    Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p – 6:00p        Evening Prayer
6:00p – 8:00p    Baptism Class
6:30p – 7:00p        MASS
7:00p – 8:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p – 8:30p        Boy Scout Troop 714

October  1    Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a–11:45a        Scripture Study
6:00p -- 6:30p        Terrific Tuesday Dinner
6:30p – 7:00p        MASS
6:30p – 8:00p        Fil-Am Choir
6:30p – 8:45p        Scripture Study
7:30p – 9:00p        Knights of Columbus

October  2    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        Children's Faith Formation Classes
6:30p -- 7:00p        MASS
7:00p – 9:00p        Returning Catholics & Adult Confirmation
7:15p – 9:00p        Choir Practice

October  3    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 – 8:00p    Cub Scouts
6:30p – 8:30p        Pastoral Council
7:00p – 7:45p        Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p – 9:00p        RCIA

October  4    First Friday
6:00a – 7:30a    That Man Is You
8:30a – 9:00a        MASS
9:00a–10:00a        Reconciliation
9:00a–9a Sat.        Eucharistic Adoration

October  5    First Saturday
7:30a – 8:00a    Morning Prayer
8:10a – 8:20a    Benediction
8:30a – 9:00a    MASS
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a – 2:00p    Couples for Christ
10a -- 11:30a        Council of Catholic Women
3:00p – 4:00p        Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p        Vigil MASS

October  6    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
6:45p – 8:15p        Connections

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