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Tiny Thomists

Tiny Thomists: Catholicism for Families with Young Children

St. Stephen is very excited to announce we are partnering with the Dominican Institute to provide families with young children a new way to share their Catholic faith - on the go! It works with the ebb and flow of constant activity and allows families to ground themselves in short, 5-10 minute blocks of Catholic prayer time that can be infused in your everyday life! 

Just head over to https://dominicaninstitute.com/shop/tiny-thomists-parish-level-access/ and enter the following password: 3rE245Te. 

You’ll have access to a private parenting community, coloring pages, family games and activities, arts and crafts ideas, plus much, much more!

Don't hesitate! Join today!

Mom's Thursday Evening Group

St. John Paul II put it best when he said, "In the family women have the opportunity to transmit the faith in the early training of their children. They are particularly responsible for the joyful task of leading them to discover the supernatural world. The deep communion uniting her with them allows her to guide them effectively to Christ."

We can't, and are not expected to, do it alone! Come join us for prayer and companionship every other Thursday evening - moms of all ages are welcome to join us! Please contact Brittany Renne for more information at . Click the link below to sign up!

Mom's Group Signup

SCHEDULE
November 1: Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner in the Parish Office
November 15: 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Office
November 29: Advent by Candlelight at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Center
December 13: 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Office

Friday Morning Playgroup

Parents and kiddos of the parish are invited to join our Friday Morning Playgroup! This fun group will meet every other Friday morning in the Youth Room of the Parish Office and periodically for special family-themed parish events. Feel free to come and go as you please.

Please contact Brittany Renne for more information or to join the group at

SCHEDULE
October 24: Family Fun - Youth Ministry Fundraiser at Pietro's 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
October 26: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Office
October 28: Family Fun - Trunk or Treat in the Franklin Street Parking Lot at 7:00 p.m.
November 9: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Office
November 16: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Office
December 6: Family Fun - Project 177
December 7: 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. in the Parish Office

Young Families Group

Grow your St. Stephen Community! If you'd like to meet other families in a social setting outside of church, join us for a monthly gathering at the home of Adam & Amanda Rogalski on the second Sunday of each month from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Bring a snack to share! Contact Amanda at or (616) 540-9231 with questions or interest.

LOCATION
920 Lakeside Dr SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506