Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 20th, 2013

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.

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

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.

Sr. High Youth Convention: Nov. 2 & 3 Grades 9th and 12th  REQUIRED for those in Confirmation!  Collect a registration form at the Faith Formation Office or register on-line at:

Jr High Quest October 25th-27th - Grades 7th and 8th  Registration forms in the Faith Formation Office!

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, October 20th from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Chapel.  Our topic will be  "New Beginnings / The Promise of Hope."   For more info, contact Sharon Rasmussen at 425-228-1437.   “Hear the word of the LORD:  I will turn their mourning into joy, I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.”  Jeremiah 31:13. 

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.

Widow/widower event --attending the ACCW theater performance of And Then There Were None at Renton Civic Theater at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24th.  Call Jeannie at 206-371-1876 for information.  Tickets are $13.75.  Carpooling will be available.

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

For about 10 years, The Central Deanery has funded leadership training and deanery operations and donated to deanery charities (Seminarian Aid, Pregnancy Aid, and March for Life Buses) by having a Preview night at the Renton Civic Theater.  For $15 (lower than average cost of $18 to $22) the attendees see live theater and have dessert.  You are invited to the next Theater night is Thursday, October 24, 2013 (Doors open at 7pm) for the Agatha Christie mystery, "Then There were None."
For more information of tickets contact:  Deanery President is Phyllis Albrecht or 425-271-7165 Tickets will be sold after all Masses

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

October 21    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
6:00p – 8:00p    Facilities & Grounds
6:30p – 7:00p        MASS
7:00p – 8:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p – 8:30p        Boy Scout Troop 714

October 22    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
7:00p – 8:30p        Cub Scouts
6:30p – 8:00p        Fil-Am Choir
6:30p – 8:45p        Scripture Study
7:00p – 9:00p        Stephen Ministry
7:15p – 9:00p        Respect Life Committee
7:15p – 9:00p    Liturgy Commission

October 23    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 – 9:00p        Confirmation Class

October 24    Thursday
8:30a – 9:00a        MASS
8:30a –12:00p    Thursday Crew
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p – 7:30p    Liturgy Commission
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        RCIA
7:45p – 8:15p    Most Precious Blood of Jesus Devotions

October 25    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

October 26    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
4:35p – 4:50p    Rosary
5:00p – 6:00p        Vigil MASS
6:30p – 9:00p    Harvest of Mercy with Trish Short

October 27    Sunday
8:05a – 8:20a    Rosary
8:30a – 9:30a        MASS
9:45a -10:45a    Little Saints Pre-School open house
10:35 -10:50a    Rosary
11:00- 12:00p        MASS
12:15 -- 1:15p    Little Saints Pre-School open house
5:05p – 5:20p    Rosary
5:30p – 6:30p        MASS
6:30p – 9:00p        Charismatic Prayer Group
6:45p – 8:15p        Connections, Sr High Life Teen (No Jr High Life Teen)

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