News and Events
News and Events
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. The special Paschal fast, as well as abstinence, are prescribed for Good Friday and encouraged for Holy Saturday.
Our Lenten Schedule:
Masses: 8am, Noon, 6:30pm (English), 7:30pm (Polish)
Services: 7am, 3:30pm 5pm
Masses during Lent:
Daily 8am; Every Thursday at 7pm in the Daily Chapel (English), Every Friday at 8:15pm (Polish)
Sunday Liturgy: Saturdays at 5pm; Sundays at 7am, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am. 6:15pm (English); 1pm (Polish)
Stations of the Cross:
Every Tuesday at 8:45am (Daily Chapel); Every Friday at 6:30pm (Church) (English)
Every Friday at 7:30pm (Church) (Polish)
Confessions every Saturday at 8:45am-9:30am (Bi-lingual)
In addition we will have confessions on: Saturday, March 28 from 8:45 – 10am;
Monday, March 30 from 7:30 – 8:30pm; Tuesday March 31 from 7:30 – 8:30pm;
Thursday, April 2 from 11am – 12 Noon
Lenten Reconciliation Service:
March 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
(Note: there will be no confessions heard on Holy Saturday)
Want to have a good Lent this year? St. Stephen is having Lenten small group faith sharing.
Come and follow a simple format for faith sharing during the time your child/children attend religious education. This is open to all members of the parish; you do not have to have children enrolled in religious education in order to be part of the small group faith sharing. All parish adults are invited! Also, if you would like to facilitate a group at one of these times, plesae contact the parish office at 708-342-2400.
Monday, February 23, March 9 and March 23
Tuesday, February 24, March 10 and March 24
Wednesday, February 25, March 11 and March 25
Times: 4:30-5:30pm and 6:15-7:15pm
These groups wil lmeet in church for one hour. Chairs will be set up on the west side of the church in the St. Jude area. A format wtih readings and prayers will be provided for all participants and it is FREE, no charge for materials!
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
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!
Men’s Club St. Joseph Day Dinner
Our Annual St. Joseph Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 14 from 6 to 9pm. Italian and Polish dishes and desserts will be served. Children 5 and under are free; 6-12 years $6; 13 and over, including adults $12. This is a “bring your own beverage” for those who wish to do so, but cans of soda will be available for purchase. As always, coffee, tea and water will be provided free of charge. We are setting rooms aside for people on walkers or in wheel chairs. Our young people will try to be of service to you. Tickets are on sale at all Masses the weekends of February 28, March 1, March 7/8. For more information or to reserve a room, please tell the ticket sellers or call Joe at 708-738-0597.
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.