News and Events
News and Events
Please click on the link below for the letter from Fr. Jay about the Parish Transformation Prayer Initiative.
This week's update on the Parish Transformation Process:
The Parish Transformation Team continued its discussion of the “Mission Building Blocks” this week by focusing on Communio, Missionary Spirit, and Call to Holiness.
When we talk about Communio, we move to a deeper level of community than that which is formed by our human efforts of hospitality and fellowship. We use the Latin word “communio” to distinguish what we mean by this more profound union we share with and in Christ.
Being an effective missionary begins with learning to listen carefully to others in our community, including those who are not part of our circle of engaged believers. Our task is not to impose our spirituality on others, but to draw out the good from others by sharing the joy of our own faith.
The most important goal of every parish is to assist its people in responding to the call to holiness. Living a holy life is being faithful to our vocation as children of God. Growing in holiness is doing the will of God. Like the saints we have come to know and love in our Catholic tradition, we can draw closer to God through our daily work, the care we give our families, and the sacrifices we make for others.
Please continue to pray for your Parish Transformation Team and be sure to share with us any additional thoughts that you may have to improve our Parish.
It’s coming to be that time of the year! Wreaths will soon be here! During the weekends of October 18-19 and October 25-26, the St. Stephen Men’s Club will be selling Christmas wreaths in the Narthex after masses. The proceeds from the wreath sale will be utilized to support various church projects and ministries, such as the St. Vincent DePaul Society and P.A.D.S.
Wreath orders will be available for pick up on November 29th, from 9:30 am until 11:00 am near the garages in the southwest corner of the parking lot.
Key to our fund raising at St. Stephen is our Annual Parish Raffle. The grand raffle winners will be drawn at our Annual Spaghetti Dinner on November 7, 2014. The grand prize will be $5,000 with additional prizes of $1,000 and $500. An early bird prize of $500 will be drawn this Sunday, October 12. Tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50. A maximum of 2,500 tickets will be sold. We will be selling our raffle tickets this Sunday after all the Masses. Come see us the next time we are in the narthex…November 1 and 2. Remember you can always visit us in the parish office to purchase your tickets 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.
The Golden Opportunities 2015 Coupon Book is now available for purchase for $25. Come see us the next time we are in the narthex…November 1 and 2. Remember you can always 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.
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.