Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October 6th, 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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

October  7    Monday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
10:00 -12:00p    Fairwood Library Children's Story Time
12:00 – 2:00p    Rosary Making
12:00 – 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

October  8    Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:00a–11:45a        Scripture Study
11:30 – 2:00p    Odea High School
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
6:30p – 9:00p    St. Stephen's Parents Club
7:00p – 9:00p        Stephen Ministry
7:15p – 8:45p    SSTM Gabriel Project

October  9    Wednesday
8:30a –  9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a –  4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:45a—12:30p        Visitation Guild
9:30 -- 11:30a        beC.O.M.E.
5:30p –  6:00p        Evening Prayer
6:00p –  7:15p        Children's Faith Formation
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 10    Thursday
8:30a –  9:00a        MASS
8:30a –12:00p    Thursday Crew
9:00a –  4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
6:30p –  7:00p        MASS
6:30p –  7:30p    Zumba Fitness
7:00p –  7:45p        Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p –  8:30p    Scouts Senior Troop
7:00p –  8:30p    Venture Scouts
7:00p – 8:30p    Legislative Advocacy
7:00p –  9:00p        RCIA

October 11    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 12    Saturday
8:00a – 9:00a    Zumba Fitness
8:00a--10:00a    SSTM Men's Group
8:30a -- 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a–10:30a    Hospital Ministry Orientation
9:00a – 5:00p    Couples for Christ
9:00a.– 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
3:00p – 4:00p       Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p       Vigil MASS
6:15p – 8:00p       South King County Young Adults

October 13    Sunday
Knight’s of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
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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