Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 15th, 2013

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Sr High Quest Retreat! - January 24-26 For all high school youth, (required for all Confirmation Candidates).  Registration will begin soon!

Grief Ministry - 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, December 15th from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Chapel.  Our topic will be "Depression / Getting the Help You Need."  For more info, contact Sharon Rasmussen at 425-228-1437.   “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”  Isaiah 40:31   

You are Invited to Explore the
Catholic Faith With Us! - Want to Grow Deeper in Your Catholic Faith?  Want to Return to the Catholic Church?  Seeking Adult Confirmation? Adult Confirmation and Returning Catholics Classes start on Wed. January 8th 2014.To register, or for more information contact Clare Ettensohn at or 253.631.1940 ext. 131

St. Anthony School Open House on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm.  There will be opportunities to tour the school, hear from our Principal and visit with teachers and current parents.

Parish Snow Policy
Our campus may close unexpectedly due to snow or other winter-related events.
Fr. Ed will do his best to offer Masses at scheduled times, even when we are unable
to remove snow and make access safe and easy. Weekday evening meetings and events are most likely to be adversely impacted by a weather event and therefore will be cancelled.
Sources of Info
▪    Parish Website: (see Parish News Twitter-box)
▪    FlockNotes text messages
▪    Kent School District website and TV closure announcements (during the school year St. Stephens generally follows the district’s closure determinations for weekdays)
▪    Parish phone message. Note, we are not able to update our message via remote
▪    Thus, an overnight weather event could result in closure without the possibility of updating the message
▪    Failure of phone message to play will mean that power is out and our campus is closed
▪    Signs on 192nd Street: cones blocking driveway or sign at gate indicating closure

Safety is top priority. Stay home if you do not feel you can get to and back from St. Stephens, safely – even if our campus is open.

Advent and Christmas Liturgy Schedule
Advent Reconciliation Service Thursday, December 19th at 7:00p
Christmas Eve  Tues. Dec. 24th  
4:00 Mass (Music: Life Teen), Carols and blessing of the Creche before Mass.
6:15p "Lessons and Carols" followed by the 7:00p Mass (Music: Schola - Janet & Women)
Midnight Mass 12:00 (Music: 8:30 choir) Carols start at 11:30 prior to Mass.
Christmas Day Wed. Dec. 25th    8:30 Mass (Music: 5:00 Choir) with Carols at 8:00,
11:00 Mass (Music: Filipino Choir) with Carols at 11:00.
Vigil for New Years Tues. Dec. 31st   Mass 6:30p
New Years Day Wed. January 1st      Mass 9:00a

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.

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.

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

Baptism Class Schedule - Thursday, Dec. 12 * 6:00pm - 8:00pm; Saturday, Jan. 11 * 10:00am-12:00pm Parents and godparents are required to attend a Baptism class prior to having your child baptized. Pre-registration is necessary. Call Abbie DeRuyter in the Faith Formation Office 253-631-6175.

Attention High School Youth - It is Time to REGISTER for Yakima Mission!!! Pick up your registration form at Lifeteen, Confirmation Class or from the Faith Formation Office. There isa $100.00 deposit due with registration.

You are invited to serve God at St Stephen's by greeting people before Mass. Often overlooked, this Ministry of Welcome is highly valued by Father Ed as the first contact people have to the Mass and how it is important to extend the gift of hospitality to others as they arrive! It has been said that "the warmth of love greeted me the first time I visited St Stephen's and so I came back." This is exactly what the Year of Faith desires to accomplish…inviting people to come to the Lord! It is so easy- arrive early for the Mass you attend, select an entrance and welcome people with the Peace of God. Join us before the end of November as we prepare to greet many visitors during the Christmas season. Contact Jane 206-229-6778 or

December 16    Monday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
10:00 -11:45a    Food Bank
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 – 8:00p    Cub Scout Parent Planning
7:00p – 8:30p        Boy Scout Troop 714

December 17    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
7:30p – 9:00p    Discernment Group for Women

December 18    Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:30 -- 11:30a        beC.O.M.E
4:00p – 5:45p    Food Bank
5:30p – 6:00p        Evening Prayer
6:30p -- 7:00p        MASS
7:00p – 9:30p    Saturday Choir Practice
7:15p – 9:00p        8:30 Sunday Choir Practice
7:30p – 9:00p        Catechism with Fr. Ed

December 19    Thursday
8:30a – 9:00a        MASS
8:30a –12:00p    Thursday Crew
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
6:30p – 8:30p    Cub Scouts
6:30p – 7:30p    Girl Friends
7:00p – 7:45p        Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena
7:00p – 8:30p        Boy Scout Committee
7:00p – 9:00p        Finance Council
7:00p – 9:00p        RCIA
7:45p – 8:15p    Most Precious Blood of Jesus Devotions

December 20    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
10:00 –11:45a    Food Bank
6:00p – 9:00p         50+ Potluck

December 21    Saturday
8:00a--10:00a    SSTM Men's Group
8:30a - 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
3:00p – 4:00p        Reconciliation
5:00p – 6:00p        Simbang Gabi Vigil MASS
6:00p – 8:00p    Simbang Gabi Reception

December 22    Sunday
8:30a – 9:30a        MASS
11:00- 12:00p        MASS
5:30p – 6:30p        MASS
6:30p – 9:00p        Charismatic Prayer Group

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