Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 27th, 2013

October Is the Month of the Rosary - In honor of the Memorial of Our Lady of The Rosary on October 7th, the Rosary will begin 25 minutes preceding each Mass. We invite you to volunteer to lead a decade by contacting Jane Gootherts 206-229-6778. Whenever you arrive for Mass, you are invited to join.

Halloween Food Bank Collection - Great night to collect canned foods from homes expecting visitors with this trick or treat alternative. If you can volunteer Thursday, 10/31, from 5-8pm we will put together teams of 3-5 people to collect food. Saturday, 10/26, flyers will be delivered to neighborhoods. Great opportunity to reach out to our neighborhoods. Contact Jane Gootherts 206-229-6778

Thank you, Vielen Dank, Gracias!  The Honduras and African Mission Teams wish to thank everyone who participated in our Oktoberfest festivities and No-Bake Sale. You are all part of our Mission Family and we truly appreciate your generosity.  Funds raised will support projects to enhance the lives of orphaned children in Honduras and Africa.

Hello Decorators  It's time to put up the Remembrance Ribbons. Oct. 31 at 9:15 AM after mass we will  be putting them up around the font. We will alphabetise them and then staple them to rope and put them up. It shouldn't take to long. Thanks in advance.

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

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

October 28    Monday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
10:00--12:00p    Fairwood Library Children's Story Time
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
7:00p–10:00p    Dwelling Place

October 29    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

October 30    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

October 31    Thursday
8:30a – 9:00a        MASS
8:30a –12:00p    Thursday Crew
9:00–midnight        Eucharistic Adoration
6:30p – 7:30p    Zumba Fitness
7:00p – 7:45p        Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p – 9:00p        RCIA
7:45p – 8:15p    Most Precious Blood of Jesus Devotions

November  1    First Friday All Saints Day
6:00a – 7:30a    That Man Is You
8:30a – 9:00a        MASS
9:00a–10:00a        Reconciliation
9:00a– 9a Sat.        Eucharistic Adoration
10:00--11:30a    All Souls Gathering
11:30 – 1:00p    All Souls Luncheon
7:00p – 8:00p    MASS

November  2    First Saturday All Souls Day
7:30a – 8:00a    Morning Prayer
8:00a – 9:00a    Zumba Fitness
8:10a – 8:20a    Benediction
8:30a – 9:00a    MASS
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a – 2:00p    Couples for Chirst
10:00--11:30a       Council of Catholic Women
3:00p – 4:00p        Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p        Vigil MASS
6:30p – 8:30p    Girl Friends Zumba Potluck

November  3    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        Connections, Jr High Life Teen
        No Sr High Life Teen due to Convention

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