Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 19th, 2014

The Gift of Hope - The 3rd Annual Gift Conference - Saturday, March 8th, 9am – 3pm (with optional Mass at 8am). Hosted by St. Stephen the Martyr & My Catholic Faith Ministries. Featuring speakers Fr. Jim Northrop, Dr. Tom Curran and another very special guest who will be announced soon. For online registration go to or call 800-838-3006 (24/7) to register over the phone. Important: Discounted Parishioner Pricing for this conference is available for ALL who attend St. Stephen’s. To receive this discount, use the code “4StStephensONLY.” Why Attend? This year’s Gift Conference, The Gift of Hope, is about experiencing God’s healing power in your life. Come and join hundreds of other Catholics on this first Saturday of Lent to not only learn about God’s healing power, but to receive it and understand how to pray for healing in your family and in your relationships. This day will provide a tremendous opportunity for you to experience a personal and profound encounter with the living Lord. Catered boxed lunches are available for purchase ($10 with your registration). This will be a wonderful way to begin your Lenten season! We hope to see you there! Social and Human Concerns Commission St. Stephen's Outreach is recruiting volunteers to serve as part of the Social and Human Concerns Commission. This body will be responsible for the reflection, planning, and action process that will support and promote all of St. Stephen's Outreach Ministries. The Commission will meet for two hours once each month. Members are asked to commit to a one year term and a regional social ministry training to be held in Portland, OR in April 2014. If interested please contact Clare Ettensohn ( or 253.631.1940 ext. 131). In Need of a Volunteer to Co-Coordinate Terrific Tuesday Meals Terrific Tuesday Meals (TTM) is a community meal program for all who would like to come. It is held at St. Stephen’s on the even months and at First Evangelical Presbyterian on the odd months. TTM typically serves homeless/jobless individuals and families as well as seniors. It is a community meal where everyone is welcome! A volunteer co-coordinator is needed to work with Jeannine Torlai-Kuolt to help prepare for TTM for 2-4 hours every Tuesday during the even months when St. Stephen's hosts TTM. As the co-coordinator you will be participating in an evangelical ministry that works to serve those in our community. This is a great way to give back to the community and to build up solidarity in Christ. It is amazing how much you will receive by giving of your time and talents to share the love of God! Responsibilities Include: ▪ Gathering and setting up materials for the resource table ▪ Preparing and setting up items for dining tables: prayer request cards, prayer cards, menu cards, word search activity, coloring pages ▪ Directing volunteers in meal prep before TTM ▪ Helping with hospitality: visiting with dinner guests ▪ Helping with the Breath of Aire Concert (TTM's once a year fundraiser) If interested please contact Jeannine Torlai-Kuolt at January is Poverty Awareness Month! During Poverty Awareness Month, join the U.S. Bishops and the Catholic Community in the United States in taking up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor! For reflection, learning and action about poverty visit St. Stephen Housing Association: Many thanks to all who participated in our Christmas Adopt-a-Family program, and to those who took tags off our Christmas tree. You have made Christmas very special for the families in our housing program! A special thank you also to our program organizer Barb Brownlow and our two delivery elves! We couldn't do it without you. And thanks to those faithful supporters who always include us on their Christmas list with their generous year-end gifts. We are truly grateful to you all! Honduras Mission Team - The St. Stephen’s Honduras Mission team will be returning to Honduras in February 2014. We would greatly appreciate donations of the following items to help us support the Honduras orphanages. Please place items in the box provided in the Narthex by January 20th. Requested items of special need include: School backpacks, linen for single beds, towels/washcloths, underwear and socks for boys and girls, toothpaste/toothbrushes, bar soap, deodorant, shampoo, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, vitamins, storybooks in Spanish, sunglasses. Cash donations are always welcome as we will be working on projects at the orphanages that require purchase of needed supplies upon our arrival. Thank you for continuing to support the children of Honduras! Que Dios los bendiga! For questions regarding donations please contact: Debbie at (206) 755-6628 or Lost and Found: If you have lost a small item at the church, please come to the office and check our collection of eye glasses, jewelry, rosaries, watches, phones, prayer books, etc. We have a large collection of items, and if not claimed by February 15th they will be donated to a charitable organization. Lost and found for large items, such as clothing and umbrellas is located next to the staircase on the lower level of the building. The Lit & Latte Group (Girlfriends Book Club) is meeting on Thursday, January 23rd at 7 p.m to discuss Velva Jean Learns to Fly: A Novel by Jennifer Niven. We are meeting at Sue Hearron’s home. Contact Sue Hearron at or 253-852-6410 to RSVP, get directions, etc. Mardi Gras Fashion Show and Luncheon Fashions by Rottles of Auburn Tuesday, March 4, Cost $15, proceeds benefit Visitation Guild (funeral buffets) Selling after church: February 15,16 and February 22, 23. You can also call Carol Williams 425-235-1657 for tickets. Kennedy Catholic High School Annual Crab Feed Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:30pm in the Kennedy Catholic Cafeteria. All the crab you can eat! Tickets: $65 Please see our website for more details: Yakima Mission *July 20-26 - Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to attend this week long service camp experience. Registration deadline Jan. 31., 2014 A $100.00 non refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. Parent’s Night Out - Would you like to have a special night out with your spouse for Valentine’s Day?! The Yakima Mission participants will be providing childcare at St. Stephen’s Church. When: Saturday, February 15th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. For: Children ages 3 - 11 Cost: $15.00 per child / $40.00 per family Reservations Required: Email : January 20 Monday 8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary 10:00 -11:45a Food Bank 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 – 7:30p Candlelight Vigil Procession 7p – 9a Tues. Eucharistic Adoration 7:00p – 8:00p Boy Scout Parent Planning 7:00p – 8:30p Boy Scout Troop 714 January 21 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 7:30p – 9:00p Discernment Group for Women January 22 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 – 9:00p Returning Catholics & Adult Confirmation 7:15p – 9:00p Choir Practice January 23 Thursday 8:30a – 9:00a MASS 8:30a –12:00p Thursday Crew 9:00a – 4:00p Eucharistic Adoration 6:30p – 7:30p Girlfriends' Zumba 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 January 24 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 3:00p – 3:30p Divine Mercy Chaplet 6:30p – 9:00p Lions Fundraising Dinner January 25 Saturday 8:30a – 9:00a Morning Prayer & Rosary 9:00a – 4:00p Eucharistic Adoration 3:00p – 4:00p Reconciliation 5:00p – 6:00p Vigil MASS January 26 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 6:45p - 8:15p Jr High Life Night No Sr High Life Night due to Quest Retreat