News and Events
News and Events
Christmas Mass Schedule and Reconciliation Schedule
Christmas Eve: 3 PM
5 PM – includes presentation of the Christmas Gospel by the Children
10 PM – Solemn Christmas Mass with choir
12 MIDNIGHT – Solemn Christmas Mass in Polish
Christmas Day: 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 1PM in Polish
We will not allow “saving” pews for the Christmas Masses. This is especially a concern for the early Christmas Eve Masses.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Communal Reconciliation Service – Tuesday, December 16 – 7:30PM
|Thursday, December 18||
Saturday, December 20
Monday, December 22
Confessions will be available in English and Polish
There will be no confessions on Christmas Eve
New Year's Schedule
Mass on December 31 at 5pm
Masses on January 1 at 8:30am and 11:30am (English); 10am (Polish)
The Parish Office and RE Offices will be closed on December 24 at noon, will be closed Christmas Day and December 26. The Parish Office will re-open on Saturday, December 27 at 9am.
The Parish Office and RE Offices will be closed on December 31 at noon and will be closed New Year's Day. The Parish and RE Offices will re-open on Friday, January 2 at 8:30am.
Our Parish Transformation meetings concluded on Thursday, November 20. Father Jay will begin informing the parish of the outcome of these meetings and our objectives and action plans. Please watch the bulletin and this website for more information. Thank you to all for your prayers during these 11 weeks of meetings...we could not have done it without all of your support.
Below is our Mission Narrative that was written by 3 participants and approved by our Transformation Team.
The Parish Transformation Team submits the following Mission Narrative which will supplement our current Mission Statement and expand on the “spirit” of who we are here at St. Stephen.
ST. STEPHEN, DEACON AND MARTYR
To grow God’s Kingdom by living, learning, teaching and speaking the Good News
We the people of St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish believe that, through our Baptism and Confirmation, we are called to spread the Gospel and bring Christ’s love to our families, workplaces and communities. We model ourselves on the example of our patron, St. Stephen – a beacon of fearless evangelism – whose deep faith was expressed in his witness to Christ and in his service to those in need. Through our dedication to active stewardship, we strive to follow St. Stephen’s lead by celebrating and nurturing God’s gifts and sharing our time, talent and treasure with love and gratitude.
On April 14, 2013, Pope Francis said, “Those who listen to us and observe us must be able to see in our actions what they hear from our lips, and so give glory to God.” To share the faith, we must know our faith. Our commitment to catechesis will deepen the knowledge and understanding of our parishioners at all stages and will encourage even closer relationships with Christ. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19) We respond to this command through catechesis.
In our mission to live Christ’s example, we need the nourishment offered through prayer and worship. Here at St. Stephen we have abundant opportunities to participate in giving thanks and praising our Lord through enriching prayer services, beautiful music, children’s liturgy and masses presented in both English and Polish.
All of these efforts move us toward our call to holiness, exemplifying Christ’s love to all who enter His church or call out for help. Together we will strive to help our parishioners live their Catholic vocations, strive to create missionaries who reach out to others and offer a fertile ground on which saints will grow. The multitude of ministries here that educate, serve and share attest to the fact that we are a parish blessed with a wealth of gifts and talents and are alive with the Holy Spirit. As stated in 1 Corinthians 12: “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”
We are an Easter people, whose lives are filled with joy. We thank God for the sacrifice of His Son for our salvation. Strengthened by Jesus’ love for us, we seek to grow in our own relationship with the Lord and in our bringing Christ’s love to others.
As we celebrate our 15th anniversary as a parish family, we reflect on the faithfulness of those who worship in our church, celebrate our parish blessings and strive to be the best followers of Jesus that we can be. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we will continue to grow God’s kingdom by living, learning, teaching and speaking the Good News throughout the world!
Trivia Night January 10, 2015 at 7pm...
Comedy Night February 7, 2015 at the Orland Chateau...
More information on these events will be available soon!
The Golden Opportunities 2015 Coupon Book is now available for purchase for $25. You can visit us in the parish office to purchase your coupon book during normal Parish Office hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8:30pm; Fri 8:30am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm. On Mon-Fri we are closed from 12:30-1pm for lunch. Thank you for your support of St. Stephen. We only have two left!
Save the Date…
Thy Kingdom Come…
March 21 & 22, 2015… St. Stephen’s Church
Thy Will Be Done on Earth… only if YOU are there!
Kingdom is a two-day spritual renewal that is open to anyone 18 years of age or older (no overnight). (Single, married, divorced, separated or widowed).
Come alone or bring a friend and discover GOD working in your everyday life.More information and registration forms will be in the bulletin starting in January.
It is a weekend of Faith, Friendship, Fun and Food!
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2015.
“…The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3:2
The Archdiocese of Chicago hasl launched its fourth year in the Archdiocesan Strategic Pastoral Plan with the Year of the Sacraments. Please go to the Archdiocese website at www.archchicago.org for more information on this year!
Registration for the Parish is available on the following days:
The second and fourth Sundays of the month following the 10am Mass. Registration is held in our Education Wing and no appointment is necessary
For the following days, please call the parish office at 708-342-2400 to make an appointment:
Mondays at 2pm
Tuesdays at 11am
Wednesdays at 8:30am
Thursdays at 6:45pm
Please click on the link below to view pictures from our Red Carpet Runway Fashion Show 2013. Enjoy!
Welcome to the St. Stephen Giving Program
We have multiple ways that you can use to make your donations to St. Stephen.
1. Weekly Parish Envelopes. These envelopes are mailed out every other month to those who have chosen to use this way to make their contributions. We are currently updating everyone to be sure that those who wish to use the envelopes receive them. If you are not receiving them, please call me at the number listed below.
2. Give Central. We can accept your Sunday offerings, Sharing Parish donation, Holyday contributions, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin donations, Religious Ed tuition and fees, Growing with God tuition, St. Vincent De Paul donations, Baptism fee, Parish based Marriage Prep fee and Church wedding fee via Give Central. Give Central allows you to make these payments via credit card, debit card or electronic check withdrawal from your bank account. You can choose weekly, monthly, etc. for your contribution. You will receive an email each time you make a donation to confirm your transaction. To use this payment method, please click on the Give Central link below. Please follow the instructions.
3. Electronic Donation via our bank. If you wish to use this method, please click on the link below for an electronic donation form. Please complete the form and attach a voided check and return both to our parish office.
If you have any questions, please call Karen in the parish office at 708-342-2400.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous donations to St. Stephen. It is with your contributions that we are able to do the work of our parish. God bless you and your loved ones.