Pastor’s Connection – November 16, 2017

“Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” –  2Co 4:15   Dear St. Stephen Parishioners,   I join with you as we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday in quiet prayer discerning the many gifts that God has given…

Pastor’s Connection – November 9, 2017

Dear Saint Stephen Parish, Last weekend was Commitment Weekend for our parish stewardship renewal process. I spoke at all of the Masses on Sunday, to share with you my vision of stewardship, to communicate a few points about our current financial situation, and to share the news about a new “building project.” For me, stewardship…

Pastor’s Connection – November 2, 2017

Dear Saint Stephen the Martyr Parish Family,   Hello again!  There are many things happening in the parish in the coming weeks.  In this Pastor’s Connection, I want to share all of these things with you and remind us all as we head into the secular holiday season that we all need to take time…

Pastor’s Connection – October 19, 2017

Dear Saint Stephen the Martyr Parish Family,   I want to take this opportunity to communicate with you about communication. We certainly have some work to do in this area, don’t we? The parish staff and the Pastoral Council are examining the current forms of communication within the parish, and we are working to develop…

Bits & Pieces – May 19, 2017

Bits & Pieces Final Issue M ay 19, 2017   When I began writing this weekly communication several years ago, I had no idea how well it would be received.  I can’t remember how long it has been since we began this effort. You’ve been very complimentary over the years.  I hope Fr. Belt will…

Bits & Pieces – May 12, 2017

Bits & Pieces May 13, 2017   Happy Mothers’ Day! Feast of Our Lady of Fatima     Our Lady of Fatima International Statue On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima in 1917, the renowned international statue of our Lady of Fatima is coming to various parishes   in the United…

Bits & Pieces – May 5, 2017

Bits & Pieces May 5, 2017     Rosary Prayed before  10:30 and 12:00 & 6:00 Masses this week-end-World Day of Prayer for Vocations.   Parish Festival Planning Dn. Ernie would like to meet with anyone interested in volunteering or heading up an area of activity. May 16, 7:00 p.m. in the GPC. Many hands…

Bits & Pieces – April 28. 2017

Bits & Pieces April 28, 2017   “Woman of the Year”, Urban Council of Catholic Women I am happy to announce that JUDY KIRST has been selected to represent our parish for the annual  awards luncheon to be held next Thursday, May 4 at Christ the King Parish Hall. Judy is a real “go to”…

Bits & Pieces – April 21, 2017

Bits & Pieces April 21, 2017 Octave of Easter     Catholic/Lutheran Prayer Service Archbishop Lucas invites you to join him at a prayer service for Christian Unity at St. Cecilia Cathedral on Monday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. This service is part of our local commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Lutheran…

Bits & Pieces – March 17, 2017

Bits & Pieces Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2017   Confirmation Commitment & Blessing This is an annual tradition here at SSM. This week-end, at each of our Masses, there will be a parish commitment for our Confirmation students. We are but 6 – 7 weeks away from celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation with…