October 2017 E-Newsletter


Parish Events

1st
- Baby envelopes due today! 
- Altar Server Training, 6 PM in the Church

7th/8th
- Fall Festival! Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM
- Rosary Guild meeting, Saturday, 9 AM in the portable library
- 2nd Collection for St. Stephen School at all Masses
- Blessing of the Pets, after the 12:15 PM Mass outside the Rectory

9th
- Parish Center Closed for Colombus Day
- Moms' Ministry, 7 PM in the Youth Ministry Office

11th
- Catholic High School Fair at St. Stephen School, check here for flyer!

12th
- Ice Cream Social for Altar Servers, 6:30 PM in the School Hall

14th/15th
- Our Lady Of Fatima Celebration, Saturday, 12 PM in the Church
- Family Sacramental Celebration during the 10:45 AM Mass in the Hall
- St. Stephen Concert Series, Sunday, 5 PM in the Church

21st
- "A Matter of Taste" International Wine Tasting, Saturday in the School Hall at 6 PM 

23rd
- Moms' Ministry, 7 PM in the Youth Ministry Office

28th/29th
- Cub Scout Popcorn Sale after All Masses
- Maintenance Collection at all Masses

31st/Nov 1st
- All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, Masses are at 4 PM on October 31st & 7:30 AM and 7 PM on November 1st

Baby Envelopes 
To help support the Women’s Care Center and the Center for Pregnancy Concerns, and the mothers, babies, and families they serve  are due this Sunday, October 1.  Thank you to all who have already returned their envelopes—we are grateful for your generosity! Envelopes can be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the parish

Fall Festival! 
Please join us from 10am-4pm on Sat Oct 7th for a day filled with fun, friends, and food!  There will be vendors both inside and outside; Kingsville VFC will join us for a “touch a truck” event; and Ferrous from the Ironbirds is making an appearance, too!  Check out other community services such as the Library, Helping Hands Food Pantry, and parish ministries such as the Rosary Guild and Catholic Relief Services.  Stop in our service area to participate in a hands-on parish project.  Enjoy the many FREE activities, bounce houses, crafts, and face-painting for kids and teens, as well as some games of chance for a small fee. Take a spin at the baked goods & wine wheel.  And try to win one of our raffle baskets.  Of course, there will be a beautiful selection of pumpkins and flowers from local farms.  A day at St. Stephen wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the famous pit beef/ham/turkey, chicken tenders, fries, and more! We can’t wait to see you there – your support benefits youth ministry programs.

Blessing of Animals in honor of St. Francis’ Feast Day! 
Sunday, Oct 8, Join us on the lawn behind the rectory (white house) at 1:30pm for the blessing of pets. Please be sure your pet is leashed/caged/contained.  Please clean up after your pet.  We can’t wait to see all of you with your furry, feathered, or finned friends!

Ice Cream Social for Altar Servers & Their Parents!
We want to thank you for your service to our parish and welcome new altar servers! Join us Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the School Hall. RSVP on Sign Up Genius! 

Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima 
The 100th anniversary of the miracle of Fatima—will be celebrated all over the United States on Saturday—October 14th between the hours of 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM. We, at St. Stephen’s will celebrate by gathering in the church. We will be praying one rosary every half hour. The main intention for these prayers is for world peace. There will be an intention box placed in front of the Blessed Mother statue for all personal intentions. Those intentions will be burned during the fourth rosary. 

Family Sacramental Celebration: We are celebrating all families who joined our parish, were baptized, or married this year!
Join us for Mass on Oct 15 at 10:45 in the Hall.  If you have registered, had a child baptized, or gotten married at St. Stephen Church since last October, you should have received an invitation in the mail - If you did not receive an invite, please contact Mary Harkins to rsvp and join us!  410-592-7171.  If you did receive your invite and you have not rsvp’d please do so. Child care available upon request, refreshments following Mass. We look forward to celebrating with you!

St. Stephen Concert Series! 
On Sunday, October 15 join us for the next installment of the St. Stephen Concert Series, Flutopia!  The concert begins at 5 PM. Free will offering appreciated!

St. Stephen School is celebrating it's 12th Annual "Uncork and unwined" International Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Saturday, October 21st from 6-9 pm. Join us for a fun evening for a great cause hosted by Bob Stelmack and Mike Lauer. Honeygo Wine & Spirits will offer a selection of over 70 wines from around the world. Enjoy delicious food catered by Margherita Pizza, Taco Love, Good Taste Catering and Sweet As You while listening to live music by Patrick Martel. There will be great Silent Auction items, Wine Pull, Liquor Wheel, Door Prizes and a Raffle for a fully stocked wine fridge. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door (if tickets are still available). This event sells out. Please note this is an age 21 and over event. Tickets are available for purchase at St Stephen School and Honeygo Wine & Spirits.
All proceeds benefit St Stephen School. Thank you for your support!

Moms’ Ministry 
All Moms in the parish are welcome to join in any activities sponsored by the Moms’ Ministry.  Contact Liz Pippin for more information  greenpup83@hotmail.com.  Ministry meets 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month in Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office.

Undies Sunday! 
On Oct 28-29 weekend we will be collecting for children and adults: new white socks, undershirts, and underwear.  XL+ sizes especially needed for teens/adults.  Drop them off at the parish center back porch. Proceeds will benefit Stella Maris, the Franciscan Center, and other area agencies in need. Thank you for your generosity!

Support our youth through Scouting! 
Watch for Fruit, Popcorn, and Cookie Sales, as well as the Trunk or Treat Event!

Our Daily Bread Casseroles
Please consider shopping for ingredients and assembling a casserole at home to be frozen and dropped off to our pantry freezer at the Parish Center.  Recipes and pans are located in the back of the Church and Hall.

Christmas Bazaar White Elephant Sale
Mark your calendars for our annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, December 2nd, 9 AM - 5 PM. We are collecting donations for the White Elephant sale. Clean out your attic, closets, and the garage! Donations (no clothing please) may be left under the pavilion next to the school hall. Contact Karen at 410-218-1813 or mamakuta@gmail.com with questions and donations. 

Young Adult Ministry
Contact Info: kreynolds@archbalt.org (best)
or 410-592-7294.
* Like our Face Book   
* Check out our Pinterest 
* Follow us on Instagram 

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

WYD Panama 2019: The archdiocese is sponsoring a pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Panama, January 2019. Join us for an informational session on October 3rd at St. Joseph in Cockeysville or 10th at Resurrection in Ellicott City.  7pm – 8pm.  No need to RSVP or commit to the pilgrimage, just come to learn more about it. For more info contact Sarah J at 410-547-5372.

Looking to do some service? Be sure to check out the Service tab of our website and the sign up genius link to see upcoming projects! We are always in need of volunteers to support our first Sunday of the month lunch at the East Side Shelter.  This month we are also having Undies Sunday – check out the ad in this bulletin for details.

Looking to do something social? Chris Tomlin & Matt Mahar coming to Baltimore: The Good Father tour will be at Royal Farms Arena, Oct 21.  Tickets available through various sites online.  Young Adults interested in traveling as a group, please contact Colleen Sisolak at 410-592-6206, x 108.

Looking for something spiritual? Check out events happening at the Convent Chapel! A Spiritual Oasis awaits you, list of events can be found on the parish website under Parish Life, Celebrating the Liturgical Season.

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

5th Annual Fall Festival, Oct 7th, 10am – 4pm!

  • Still time to volunteer for Oct 7 Fall Fest!  Lots of volunteer spots open for youth and adults. Check out the signupgenius.
  • Want to donate items? Check out our Fall Fest Wish List on the signupgenius.

#MSYM - Middle School Youth Ministry: Youth in grades 6-8, get your permission forms in now with your choice of meeting time. Events start Oct 10th!  We hope to see you there!! 

High School Youth Ministry – Back from the Dead Night: October regional event 10/28 with Harford Area will be a trip to Back from the Dead Saint Cemetary Walk at Mount St. Mary’s University.  11am Depart from St. John, Long Green for Catoctin State Park.  Picnic lunch (bring your own) and hike to the falls.  4:30Mass followed by pizza at a local restaurant.  7:30pm Back from the Dead tour.  8:30pm stop for ice cream on the way home.  Arrive back at the parish for parent pick up by 10:30pm.  Adult “Shield Trained” chaperons/drivers needed for this event!  If you are interested in attending, please print out a permission form from the youth ministry page of the website and return it to the parish center/youth office by Fri 10/20 with $15 to cover cost of dinner/ice cream/tour. 

Confirmation Notices

Confirmation 2018 Sponsor Night & Saint Project Due! 
A packet has been sent to each candidate, which includes information about your Saint Research Project due at the Sponsor Night in October.  Please let us know if you did not receive this information. Contact Pam Franke at 410-592-8666 or pfranke@archbalt.org.  And, please choose your Sponsor Night on the signupgenius. We look forward to seeing you all!

St. Stephen School - a letter from Mrs. Patrick

Dear Friends of St. Stephen School,

Welcome back to St. Stephen School for the 2017-2018 school year. Our school is bustling with activity due to the fact that we have increased in enrollment by 4% with a total student body of 348 children across grades PreK3 -8.  In gratitude for the support of so many, we celebrate the wonderful accomplishments that took place over the summer!

  • Successful Carnival raised over $42,000 toward the school operating expenses; 
  • Increase in the outreach to alumni due to 85th Anniversary Celebrations;
  • Knott Foundation Grant to institute the new Reading Specialist position, purchase of Leveled Literacy Intervention Program, and renovated space;
  • Joyous & faith-filled Vacation Bible School traveling back to Ancient Rome following the footsteps of St. Paul and STEM Camp led by Sylvan Learning Center;
  • New bridge built by Eagle Scout, Cameron Bildstein, and outdoor classroom entrance sign built by Mr. Bob Soter;
  • New fence in front of PreK building;
  • Purchase of new laptops in Computer Lab;
  • Upgrades to all LED lighting in Main School building from MSDE Aging Schools Grant;
  • Award for the 4th of July Parade participation;
  • Chorus participation at the IronBirds game;
  • Purchase of new kitchen equipment;
  • Teachers engaged in various Professional Development opportunities.

We welcome new faculty and programs.

  • Mrs. Debbie Liberto - full-time - 2nd Grade Teacher;
  • Mrs. Julie McMahon - full-time - Math Teacher;
  • Mrs. Veda Diegel - full-time - 2nd Grade Instructional Assistant;
  • Mrs. Danielle Hart - full-time - 3rd Grade Instructional Assistant;
  • Mrs. Anne McMahon - part-time - K-8 Technology Teacher;
  • Mrs. Linda Boschert - full-time - PreK-8 Spanish and Music Teacher;
  • Arts Integration Enrichment with Mrs. Boschert and Mrs. Hurley;
  • Robotics Club hosted by Mr. Norm Discher;
  • SOAR silver award from the Maryland State PBIS Program;
  • After Care Expansion including PreK under the direction of Mrs. Mary Barron and welcoming new staff members: Mrs. Jessica Antonacci, Miss Casey Goertz, Miss Emma Johnson.

We hope you can join us for an upcoming event and learn more about our wonderful school, a Piece of Heaven in 21087!

God Bless,

Mary Patrick
Principal