Wednesday, October 30, 2013

November 3rd, 2012

Discovering the Holiness in our Families
We are excited to welcome Sister Liz Tiernan, S.N.D. as our guest speaker for this year’s Partnering to Strengthen our Catholic School Families gathering . Sr. Liz is a local, regional and national speaker on children and family catechesis. She was the Advisor for Spirituality/Mission at St. Anthony School from 1996-2003. Sr. Liz will….. Explore ideas to support families in making their homes the ‘Domestic Church; Discuss methods to engage parents in parish faith formation activities; Share how media can be used to catechize families
When? Thursday, November 14th at St. Stephens, 7:00 pm, and  Wednesday, November 20th at St. Anthony’s

St. Stephen’s Invites You to a Special Event: Potluck & Movie Night! - Join us on Friday, November 15th at 6pm in the Social Hall for a Thanksgiving potluck followed by a screening of the movie Courageous. Rated PG-13, Courageous is film about four police offers who struggle with faith and family when a tragedy strikes close to home. Bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish to share and join us for a night of food, fun, and fellowship! For additional information contact Clare Ettensohn: 253.631.1940 x 131. Sponsored by the St. Stephen’s 50+ Senior Group 

Our Faithful Response to Mental Illness Saturday, November 16, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Program starts at 9:00 am) St. Catherine of Siena  Parish Center, 814 NE 85th This event sponsored by the leadership team of the JustFaith Graduates network in western Washington will be open to Randy Revelle (former King County Executive) and Trez Buckland (Assistant Professor UW), Theological Reflection by Fr. Paul        Magnano (Pastor, Christ Our Hope), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – “In Our Own Voice” Presentation, Models of Parish Ministry and Advocacy. Please contact the Missions Office to register and for more information (, 206.382.4580 or 800.869.7028).

Attention All Veterans: The Veteran’s Day programs put on by the local schools we have supported for years through the efforts of the late Wendell Pang’s efforts are again having programs honoring veterans at the following locations:
Nov. 7 - Sunrise Elem. (9:00a program arrive 8:30a); Benson Hill Elem. (9:15a program arrive 8:30a); Kentridge High Sch. (7:00p program arrive 6:30p);
Nov. 8 - Northwood Middle Sch. (8:45a program arrive 8:00a).
The students do a great job, so please get to at least one event to show support and gratitude for the school programs. For information contact: Bob Lowenstein (425-271-0510), Paul Feider (425-226-3156), Ted Blattenbauer (253-631-5326).

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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, November 17th from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Chapel. Our topic will be"Pathways Through The Holiday Season." For more info, contact Sharon Rasmussen at 425-228-1437. “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Mt. 5, 4    

Holiday Concert  - The holidays are just around the corner. Why not start-off by attending a concert? The Boeing Employee Choir Holiday is travelling to Kampala in December and can deliver it for us. For more information, contact Diane Cooper at November 22nd at 7pm in the St. Anthony Parish Hall. Families welcome. Donation at the door.

Catholic Colleges - Please check out our new brochures from DeSales University in Pennsylvania – it is run by the Salesians.  “Desire to be very well what you are!”  - St. Francis de Sales

Christmas for a Ugandan  Seminarian! Emmanuel, who is one of the seminarians sponsored  directly by our parish, is in need of a laptop for completion of his studies. If you are considering upgrading to a new laptop, Emmanuel would love the used laptop.  A staff member at Seattle University

Free Seminar - Secure Your Good Intentions Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also  (Matt 6:21)  Learn how easy it is to assure your resolutions after you are gone — if you act while you are healthy  Learn from local experts about ….
“Putting your affairs in order” — it’s easier than you might think ; Assuring your legacy; Guardianship issues; Increasing your retirement income and more!  When? Thursday, November 21 Choice of times: 3pm-4:30, or 7pm-8:30 Where: St. Stephen the Martyr, Narthex

Wine Tasting Fundraiser! You are cordially invited to St. Stephen Housing Association’s Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser, benefiting homeless families with children. Saturday November 9, 2013 from 7-10 pm St. Stephen the Martyr Social Hall 13055 SE 192nd St Renton, WA 98058 Tickets are $15 at or $20 at the door. Questions? 253-638-9798 Come taste wines from around the world, savor sumptuous desserts, bid on the silent auction and enjoy the tunes of local favorite Steve Olson. This is a 21 and over event. All proceeds to support families transitioning into housing from homelessness. Hope to see you there!

Breakfast with Santa at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish: Bring your family & friends and join the St. Stephen Parent Club for breakfast, a visit with Santa, entertainment & a raffle on December 8th from 9:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Advanced tickets only to this event.  The cost is $15 individual, $45 for household, and $95 to purchase a table for 8.  Look for ticket sales in the narthex beginning next weekend. Event helps fund Student Scholarships for continuing Catholic Education.  Contact Abbie DeRuyter, or 425-829-5584 for further information.

Funeral Planning Information - There is a time for everything—a time to be born, a time to die—a time to weep and a time to laugh…
Invitation to plan -  a time to look at different choices for Catholics and ways to celebrate the funeral of a non-Catholic spouse or non-Catholic relative or friend. There are many options for Scripture readings, music selections, and options for a Mass with the body present or for cremated remains at the Liturgy. A panel will be on hand to answer questions.  Three different funeral directors will be present and a guest from the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese. They are coming at Fr. Ryan’s invitation and coming to answer your questions regarding services and estimated costs. This information session will be offered in the St. Anthony, Renton, Parish Hall on November 7 at 9:00 am and repeated at 7:00 pm. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.  Your relatives and friends from other parishes are most welcome.

Holiday Concert  -The holidays are just around the corner.  Why not start off by attending the Boeing Employee Choir Holiday Concert?
November 22nd at 7pm in the St. Anthony Parish Hall.  Families welcome.  Donation at the door.

All Parish families are invited to check out the new Little Saints preschool downstairs after Sunday Masses on October 27th from 9:45-10:45 and again from 12:15-1:15.  There are still a few openings available for this school year.

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

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.

Young Adults!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. Our Next meeting is October 12th, following the 5 pm Vigil Mass.  We will be having a night on Pope Francis.  Check out our Facebook Group, “SKCYA (South King Catholic Young Adults)," or email us at

Fall is typically the time of year that Employees can designate a specific charity through their work place giving campaigns.  Many Employers have a gift-matching program.  SSHA offers affordable housing to homeless families with children. Please consider making a one-time gift or perhaps a regular payroll deduction.  We are a 501 (c) 3 program, so your donation is tax-deductible. For those of you who are already giving, we appreciate your continued support!  Questions?  Please call our office (253) 638-9798.

Thanksgiving Dinner - This year we'd like to try something different in hosting our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Instead of a few people doing most all the work we thought it would be nice to try pulling together a committee to give others who normally aren't involved an opportunity to serve in a new way. There are many ways to serve in this parish and I can't think of a more rewarding way to be able to do that in such a way as serving during this special time of year for those who may not have any other family but us. In forming this committee it will not take too much considering  we've been serving these dinners for years and we have it pretty much down pat. It just takes willing servants to help put it all together. Below are listed some of the opportunities to serve on the committee. Some would require a person to be present during the dinner and and other not. If you feel as though this may be a way the Lord is asking you to serve his children then please contact Candace in Outreach or if you have any questions.  Needed Service Positions: -Meal Prep Coordinator -Food Donations Coordinator -Shopper -Decoration Coordinator -Media Coordinator-Volunteer Coordinator

Men's Shelter Through the month of November St. Stephen's families and ministries will be serving at the men's shelter hosted at King of Kings Lutheran on the Benson. If you and your family or ministry would like to volunteer to supply and serve a meal on evening during the month please see the sign up board in the narthex and pick up an informational sheet there as well.

Women's Shelter Though our parish family is not yet directly serving the women's shelter at Holy Spirit in Kent we were invited to take part if this would be something you were interested in.  All coordination of the women's shelter going on at this time is done by                                Holy Spirit. 253-859-0444

The Girlfriends are having a potluck on Saturday, November 2 from 6:30 – 8:30 in the parish hall.  All women of the parish (age 18+) are invited to this fun casual event to get to know each other and meet new friends. Questions? Or RSVP to Stephanie Firth at (425) 246-7367 or or Vicki Kennerud at

November  4    Monday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
10:00--12:00p    Fairwood Library Children's Story Time
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

November  5    Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a–11:45a        Scripture Study
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

November  6    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

November  7    Thursday
8:30a – 9:00a        MASS
8:30a –12:00p    Thursday Crew
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
6:30p – 7:30p    Zumba Fitness
6:30p – 8:30p    Cub Scouts
7:00p – 9:00p        Pastoral Council
7:00p – 8:30p    Cub Scouts
7:00p – 7:45p        Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p – 9:00p        RCIA

November  8    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

November  9    Saturday
8:00a – 9:00a    Zumba Fitness
8:00a--10:00a    SSTM Men's Group
8:30a -- 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 2:00p    Couples for Christ
9:00a.– 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
3:00p – 4:00p       Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p       Vigil MASS
6:00p – 9:00p       South King County Young Adults
7:00p -10:00p    St. Stephen Housing Association Wine Tasting

November 10    Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a        MASS
9:30a -10:45a    Mission Breakfast
11:00- 12:00p        MASS
12:00p -1:00p    Mission Breakfast
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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