April 2017 E-Newsletter


Parish Events
 

1st/2nd
Mulch Pickup in parking lot
- Rosary Guild Meeting, Saturday, 9 AM in the Portable Library
- Book Discussion, Sunday, 1:30 PM in the Convent
- Coupons in Flight, Sunday, 9:15 AM in the Art Room

4th
- Archdiocesan Reconciliation Day, Confessions 4-8 PM in the Church
- CRS Global Stations, 7 PM in the Convent

6th
- Eucharistic Adoration, 6 PM in the Convent

7th
- Stations of the Cross, 7 PM in the Church
- Bingo Night, 5:30 PM in the Hall 

9th
- Palm Sunday, blessing & distribution of palms at all Masses
- Youth Passion Play, 10:45 AM (Hall) & 12:15 PM Masses

11th
- Tenebrae, 7 PM in the Hall

13th
- Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7 PM in the Church
- Adoration at the altar of repose, until 11 PM in the Hall

14th Good Friday
- Ecumenical Cross Walk, begins at 1 PM at Franklinville Presbyterian Church
- Stations of the Cross, 3 PM in the Church
- Celebration of the Lord's Passion, 7 PM in the Church
- Collection for Holy Land Shrines

15th Holy Saturday
- Morning Prayer, 7:30 AM in the Church
- Blessing of Food, 12 PM in the Church
- Easter Vigil, 7:30 PM in the Church
- No 4:30 PM or 6 PM Mass 

16th Easter Sunday
- Mass in Church: 7 AM, 8 AM, 9:15 AM, 10:45 AM & 12:15 PM
- Mass in Hall: 9:15 AM & 10:45 AM

22nd/23rd
- CRS Rice Bowls due back to Church
- Divine Mercy Sunday, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, immediately after 12:15 PM Mass in the Church

24th
- Moms' Ministry Meeting, 7 PM in the Youth Ministry Office

29th/30th
- Maintenance Collection at all Masses
- Kenya Day Mass 10:45 AM in the Hall with Taste of Africa buffet after

Rosary Guild
The Queen of Families Rosary Guild meeting will be on April 1, 2017 from 9 AM to 10 AM in the Portable Library Learning Cottage on the St. Stephen School lot. Please consider joining the rosary guild ministry to pray, make rosaries for our church as well as missions throughout the world and spread devotion to Our Lady! For additional information, please contact Mary Bauer at 443-456-3498. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!   

Prayer Book Discussion “Prayer, Our Deepest Longing”
On April 2 meet in the convent at 1:30pm for a discussion of our Christmas book “Prayer:  Our Deepest Longing.” RSVP to www.ststephenspeakerseries.com or call Parish Center at 410-592-7071.

Coupons in Flight Meets! 
Please join us on April 2nd from 9:15-10:15am in the Art Room, 2nd floor of the School on the first Sunday of the month.  Please note: The coupons must be cut just inside the black dotted/solid line, please do not cut off the corners.  Coupons at our March meeting can be as old as December 2016.  For more information, please contact Ms. Mary Marston at moistureproof@verizon.net

Lenten PARISH EVENTS: Please click here for a full list of events! 

Every Thursday
Eucharistic Adoration at 6-7:30pm in convent (except for Holy Thursday)

Every Friday through April 7
Stations of the Cross at 7pm in Church

Every Saturday
Confessions heard in Church from 3:45 to 4:15

The mulch has arrived! 
The St. Stephen Boy Scouts are in the upper parking lot with your order the weekend of April 1/2. Please stop in, pay for your order and the scouts will be happy to load your vehicle or deliver it to your home. Checks should be made payable to Troop 877. Forget to place an order? Tha's ok, we have extra, but quantities are limited! If you have any questions please email Troop877mulchsale@comcast.net. Thanks for supporting the Boy Scout Troop! 

Parishioners needed for Tenebrae Service
Would you like to be part of an ancient prayer service that recalls the “Seven Last Words” Jesus spoke before he died?  We are looking for volunteers to lector, cantor, and serve in other roles for the annual Tenebrae service happening on Tues of Holy Week, 4/11, in the Hall.  If you are interested, please contact Kellie Reynolds, 410-592-7294 or (best) kreynolds@archbalt.org. “Shield the Vulnerable” training required.

Divine Mercy Sunday
In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after Easter to be “Divine MercySunday”.  It is a day where we acknowledge and venerate the unfathomable mercy of our God.  This year, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23rd with the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet immediately following the 12:15 PM mass.  Please come and join us as we acknowledge and honor God’s infinite mercy

Moms’ Ministry: *In April due to Holy Week, the Moms will only meet on the 4th Monday, April 24thPlease join us on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7p in the Youth and Young Adult Ministry office.  We will be continuing the Catholicism DVD series on the 4th Monday, and on the 2nd Monday, discussing a compilation of essays by Bishop Barron over tea.  Moms of all ages and stages are welcome and there is no cost to attend.  We look forward to meeting you!  For more information contact Liz Pippin at greenpup83@hotmail.com

St. Stephen School Invites Families to Rome: Paul and the Underground Church
A summer family event called Rome: Paul and the Underground Church will be hosted at St. Stephen School from June 19 to June 23. Families step back in time at Rome, exploring the life of the apostle Paul and the underground church. Kids and adults participate in a memorable Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig in to Roman eats, visit Paul while he’s under house arrest, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word. Each day concludes at Extollo—a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved. Rome will run from 9am to 12pm each day. For more information, call 410-592-7617 or email Rachel Ullmann at rullmann@ssschool.org.

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Young Adult Ministry

Young Adult Ministry Contact Info: Kellie Reynolds  kreynolds@archbalt.org (best) or 410-592-7294.
Follow us on twitter  @ststephenyya 

Theology on Tap in Harford County
Join us for the remaining Thursday 4/6 (Prison Ministry).  Happy half-hour at 7pm at the Tower Restaurant in Belair, speaker at 7:30, discussion and social time continues at 8pm. Entrance is off of back parking lot, ground floor private room.  For Young Adults in their 20s & 30s. Food and beverages available for purchase. Questions? Contact Kellie 410-592-7294 or kreynolds@archbalt.org (best).

Adoration at the Convent on Thursdays: Need some quiet time with Jesus? Stop in the convent on Thursdays between 6pm – 7:30pm starting Feb 23.  No rsvp necessary, come as you are.

4/4 Stations of the Cross in convent

Help Wanted: A young adult volunteer who uses/posts to social media daily. Looking for someone to help relay our activities to others. Please email Kellie if interested kreynolds@archbalt.org

Youth Ministry

Monthly Online Newsletter 
Each month we will POST ONLINE a “Youth Ministry” newsletter, and you can access this anytime from the website. Scroll down from the monthly calendar on the Youth Ministry home page.

Young Neighbors in Action 6/25-7/1
High School Youth are invited to participate in a week of service in Baltimore City with other youth from around the country!  We will be hosted at Archbishop Curley High School, participants MUST reside at the camp for the duration of the week; there will be no in/out privileges.  Each day includes 3 meals plus snacks, transportation to/from the worksite, free time, evening activity, prayer and worship experiences and community building.  Cost is $395 per person, fundraising available through Mother’s Day Flower Sale.  You can view the daily schedule and general info here.  Space is limited so please RSVP with your interest and a $100 deposit by March 31.  ADULTS: Shield trained volunteers & drivers are needed to accompany us for the week. We are not able to provide the week-long program without a minimum of 2 dedicated adults who can participate in the daily service and activities as adult participants. If interested, please contact Kellie by March 31.  410-592-7294 or kreynolds@archbalt.org (best) .

4/14 Annual Easter Basket Project for Anna’s House 
Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in filling an easter basket for each child and teen residing at Anna’s House. See the signupgenius for details and to participate.

4/22 ServeFest
Save the date for this annual nation-wide day of service “Living Proof of a Loving God” to see opportunities to serve in the Harford region! This event is for families to sign up together. More information coming soon.

4/23 Middle School Ministry 
Our monthly gathering for April will be a field trip to Holy Rosary Parish to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday!  Please meet in the Hall following 10:45 Mass/Faith Formation so we can depart immediately. The time for this month’s event will be extended due to travel times and we will eat lunch at a restaurant near Holy Rosary. Please bring money for lunch. Due to arranging carpool, you must rsvp with your permission form turned in to the Youth Ministry office by April 9.  For more information please contact the Youth Ministry office 410-592-7294 or stephenyouth@hotmail.com (best). Parents, Shield trained volunteers/drivers are needed for this event. Please rsvp by April 9 if you would like to volunteer. Thank you for your support

4/30 Kenya Day 
Youth volunteers needed to assist with baking, greeting, face painting and more for this annual partnership celebration! Event begins with 10:45 Mass in the Hall, followed by taste of Kenya lunch. Help needed also for set up and clean up. Please see the sign up genius to participate!

Faith Formation

Attention ALL High School students: Please join our small faith community!  ALL are welcome, no matter what school you attend.  Meet in the ART ROOM on Tuesdays at 7pm.  Contact Mrs. Charlene Quesenberry to register  Charlenequesenberry@gmail.com.

6 -12 grade Faith Formation Schedule: Whether your small group meets on Sunday or Tuesday, please refer to the Parish Website/Faith Formation page to see the schedule of meeting dates

Confirmation

Confirmation 2017 Date: Our Confirmation Date is Saturday, May 13th

2017 Candidates Needed for Holy Week Services 
Please sign up to participate in the annual youth-led services for Holy Week, Tenebrae & Passion Play.  We are in need of about 8 young people for each service.  For Passion Play, please contact Mrs. Renee’ Phillips at reneephilips1992@gmail.com ; For Tenebrae, please contact Ms. Cindy Godsey godsey.cindy@gmail.com

Confirmation Service Experience Forms 
Your service hour experience forms (blue or gold) were due to Mrs. Robin in the Youth & Young Adult office by 3/14.  Need more time? Please contact Mrs. Robin at stephenyouthasst@hotmail.com Lost your form? You can download and print one from the “Sacraments” page of the website, then click “Confirmation”. We will record your information and return the forms to you.