Lent at St. Stephen
Welcome to Lent at St. Stephen! On Ash Wednesday, we begin a 40 day journey of penance in peparation for the Lord's resurrection. Below you will find helpful resources to encourage you to keep a holy Lent this year.
And don't forget about our Lenten Newsletter! This easy-to-navigate newsletter is a condensed version of this webpage and is recommended to be used as a quick reference guide to all that St. Stephen has to offer this Lenten season. Download it here! (2 MB, PDF)
EASTER FLOWER DEDICATION
If you would like to dedicate an Easter Flower or Flowers in honor of or in memory of a loved one, please fill out this form (86 KB, PDF) and submit it to the Parish Office no later than Sunday, March 25.
Holy Week Liturgical and Confession Schedule
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Saturday, March 24, 4:30p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 8:30 and 10:30a.m.
Chrism Mass, Tuesday, March 27*
Cathedral of St. Andrew
*This is a ticketed event and therefore not open to the public.
Holy Thursday, March 29
Living Stations of the Cross with St. Stephen Students at 1:00p.m.
Mass at 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday, March 30
Liturgy at 1:30 p.m.
Holy Saturday, March 31
Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m.
Easter, Sunday, April 1
8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconcilliation
Tuesdays*, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Saturdays*, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m., or by appointment.
*No Confession Times Scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 and Saturday, March 31
Lenten Guidelines for Fasting and Abstinence
Forming Our Faith
Fr. Scott Nolan, Brittany Renne (our Coordinator of Religious Education and Youth Ministry), and many dedicated volunteers have been working diligently to offer parishioners many opportunities for spiritual growth and community this Lenten season. You are welcome to participate in one, many, or all of them!
During the Liturgical Season of Lent, all are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross inside the church. This time of prayer allows us to truly understanding the meaning of Jesus's Passion and Death.
The Stations will be prayed every Friday during Lent at 6:00 p.m. inside the church.
Stations with Students
Join the students of St. Stephen as they pray the Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoons.
February 16 at 2:15 p.m.
February 23 at 12:45 p.m.
March 2 at 1:30 p.m.
March 16 at 2:15 p.m.
March 23 at 12:45 p.m.
The Stations of the Cross will not be prayed with our school students on Friday, March 9 at they are not in session that day.
The 8th grade students will perform the Living Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the church.
On Friday evenings during Lent, parishioners (and guests!) enjoy a simple supper of soup and bread following the Stations of the Cross at 6:00 pm. Each week a different group of the parish provides several pots of delicious vegetarian soup.
2018 Lenten Soup Supper Host Schedule
February 16 - CANCELLED
February 23 - School Faculty
March 9 - St. Stephen Choir
March 16 - Ladies' Thursday Morning Bible Study
March 23 - Parish Office Staff
Volunteers are always needed to make these suppers a success! If you are interested in helping with set up or clean up, please contact Kigman Davis at moc.em@skaizuk.
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Once again, Bishop Barron will be offering daily email reflections throughout the season of Lent. Each day from Ash Wednesday through Easter, Bishop Barron will send you a short email with an uplifting reflection pertaining to the daily Gospel reading, uniting us all even more with the Church's sacred liturgy. The best part? It's TOTALLY FREE! Sign up online at www.lentreflections.com and join Bishop Barron and over 300,00 people on this journey through Lent.
Lent is a season of penance and preparation. During Lent, we prepare for the highest Holy Day on our calendar. There is no better way to prepare our hearts for our Risen Lord, then to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This Lenten season, there are additional opportunities to celebrate the sacrament here at St. Stephen and within our diocese (see below). Click here (2 MB, PDF) for a great how-to guide if you are unsure how to participate in the sacrament.
The Light is ON for You: An Evening of Penance - March 15
We invite you to come and experience the healing love of Christ through the sacrament of reconciliation. On Thursday, March 15, nearly every Catholic church in our diocese (including St. Stephen) will open their doors from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to offer the sacrament of reconciliation. Priests will be readily available to hear confessions during that time.
UPDATE: Due to a last-minute scheduling change, our parish will not be participating in this event. Please contact Immaculate Heart of Mary or St. Paul the Apostle for details on how they will be participating in this evening of penance.
Giving alms or contributing to charity is one of the three pillars of Lenten practice. During this Lent, we have several special opportunities for almsgiving. Special collections are conducted during the Lenten season are listed below.
This Lent, our parish will once again participate in the CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that will help you experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with the people in need around the world. Use your cardboard CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar to guide your Lenten prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We will be collecting the CRS Rice Bowls at the end of Lent.
The CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Campaign will be held March 10 & 11. The CRS Collection supports Catholic organizations carrying out international relief and solidarity efforts. Programs include relief and resettlement for victims of persecution, war, and natural disasters, development projects to improve living conditions for the poor, legal and support services for poor immigrants, peace and reconciliation work for people suffering from violence, and advocacy on behalf of the powerless.
Did you know there are Children's Offertory Envelopes in the back of the church? Take an envelope or grab a whole box for your child to fill out their Time, Talent, and Treasure as they begin to learn the importance of good Stewardship.
Please click on the links below if you would like to enroll in electronic giving or update your existing offering.
Electronic Giving Form (102 KB, PDF)
Other Important Dates
March Baptisms - Sunday, March 11 following the 10:30 a.m. Mass
Worldwide Marriage Retreat - March 16 through March 18, 2018. Looking for more understanding, closeness, and romance in your marriage? Join a Worldwide Marriage Encounter to renew and enrich your marriage. For more information and to apply, please visit www.wwme.org or call the Wohlner's at (734) 531-9191.
Family Promise Volunteer Week - February 25 through March 4. We are still in need of volunteers to help with moving, meals, babysitting, and desk coverage. Sign up to volunteer now! For more information, contact Sean and Kristie Burns at moc.liamg@5snrbnaes (the "u" is left out intentionally) or moc.liamg@03snrubeitsirk.
40 Days for Life - Can you spare one hour of your time to end abortion? Once again, St. Stephen will be participating in the peaceful prayer campaign 40 Days for Life. Our day to pray is Wednesday, March 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sign ups will soon be available. Please contact Hank Milanowski at (616) 243-2595.