Remember to Register for 2019-2020 Faith for Life Sessions

St. Stephen’s Church offers great programs for helping children and teens grow as disciples of Jesus in the Catholic faith.  We have Sunday School for ages 3 1/2 to Kindergarten, Tuesday and Wednesday evening Faith for Life sessions for elementary school students, Wednesday evening EDGE sessions for middle school students, and our Sunday evening Confirmation preparation program for students in ninth grade and older.  There’s also sacramental prep for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, as well as a special sacrament prep program for children and teens over the age of seven who have not yet received Baptism, Reconciliation, or Eucharist.  Visit our Faith for Life registration page to register.

Parents and older teens: join our wonderful group of catechists who share the faith. Contact Maredith Toweh or call 763-712-7439 with any questions.

Forming Intentional Disciples

From Fr. Bennet Tran, Pastor: One of the more significant books that has influenced my thinking and ministry is Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus. I hope that we as a parish will engage with the insights offered by Weddell. I hope this book will spark interest in our discussions about what is happening in the Church among our family members and friends and to take action to respond to the signs of the time. The book is readily available on line.

Download a printable PDF of chapter summaries.

Catholicism 101

Come and see what the Catholic Church is all about by going deeper into the Teachings of the Church!

Catholicism 101 is a chance to explore the Catholic faith, or to catch up on what you might have missed when you were in CCD, religion class, or faith formation back in the day!

Learn more about “Catholicism 101” .

You Are Invited to Participate in the Archdiocesan Synod

Join in a prayer and listening event for the Archdiocesan Synod!

Why should I go?
You know what’s working and what needs work in your parish and this Archdiocese. This is your opportunity to shape the future of your local church.

What’s this for?
Archbishop Bernard Hebda is seeking your feedback to help discern and establish focus areas for this Archdiocese. He plans to attend all 20 events.

What will happen?
We will pray together for the Synod and our Archdiocese. We will discuss what’s working as well as our challenges and opportunities.

Where and When?
There are 20 Prayer and Listening Event options throughout the Archdiocese – choose one that works for you. St. Stephen’s Catholic Church will host a Prayer and Listening Event Tuesday, February 18, 6-9:00 p.m. For more information and additional dates, print out this flyer , or visit archspm.org/synod .

What do I do?
Just show up. All are welcome! The Church needs your voice.

Strategic Plan – Our Bright Future at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church

In the fall of 2016 a team was formed to develop a Strategic Plan that flowed from and supported our mission statement to “Seek, Love, and Serve Jesus Christ”. In the late winter/early spring of 2017 the Strategic Planning Committee held three listening sessions and posted a survey online to allow them to gather the valuable feedback of parishioners.

St. Stephen’s Church is happy to present the strategic plan document to guide the parish as we move into the future.

Strategic Plan Document (printable PDF)

We are listening and responding to the input of our parishioners and want to keep you informed of the parish’s implementation progress.

The weekend of February 16/17, 2019, John Seibert, one of the parish trustees, gave an update on the implementation of the Strategic Plan. The presentation has been posted on St. Stephen’s Facebook page

We are committed to updating parishioners about the implementation process through bulletin articles, the e-newsletter, Facebook, and parish website.

Clergy Abuse Resources

Archdiocesan Bankruptcy Settlement

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda announced May 31, 2018 that the Archdiocese had reached an agreement with survivors of sexual abuse to resolve the bankruptcy that had been filed in January of 2015. The agreement both provides compensation to survivors and resolution of all related claims against individual parishes.

Read the letter from the Archbishop (PDF).
Bankruptcy Settlement Question and Answer sheet (PDF).

 

From Thomas J. Abood, Chair, Archdiocesan Reorganization Task Force and Archdiocesan Finance Council:  On Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Archdiocese and the Unsecured Creditors Committee filed a joint Plan of Reorganization which marks an important step in effectuating the recently announced $210 million settlement. The key element of this plan is that it is a consensual agreement among all parties working to resolve the bankruptcy and bring a measure of financial justice to those who have been harmed while also allowing this local Church to continue in its mission.

Read the full statement on the archdiocesan website.

 

All are welcomed. Find out what it’s like to be a parishioner of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, and how you can join us.

Become a Parishioner

Wedding, baptism, confirmation, and reconciliation celebrations as well as funerals are held at St. Stephen’s throughout the year. Learn more.

Sacraments & Worship

Accredited St. Stephen’s Catholic School integrates faith with academics, preparing children to make solid Christian choices.

Our School

Our parishioners are making a real difference in our community. Join our team of volunteers and find out where your help is needed most.

Community Service

mass times

Regular Mass Schedules: Mondays – Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. (with some exceptions for Holy Days or Holidays), Saturdays: 5:00 p.m. (except the Easter Vigil), Sundays: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (en español) and 6:00 p.m. (No 6:00 p.m. Mass for Easter, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve/Day).

Visit the Mass times page for special liturgy schedules for holidays and Holy Days.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter: Saturday: 5:00 p.m.

Low Gluten Hosts: For those sensitive to wheat, St. Stephen’s offers low-gluten hosts. The gluten content of the low-gluten hosts is 10 ppm. To receive a low-gluten host, please check in with the Sacristan or Communion Team Leader before Mass, and they will direct you on where and how to receive a low-gluten host during Communion.

La Misa en Español: Domingo a las 12:30 p.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 9:30-10:15 a.m. (except holidays and Holy Days)

Televised: QCTV Comcast cable channel 15 (Recorded Mass of the previous weekend) Sundays: 3:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

A recording of the Saturday evening Mass is also posted on St. Stephen’s YouTube Channel .

For those who do not have cable, there is a Mass that is televised on “antenna” TV at 11:00 a.m. on Channel 45 or 5.2.  That particular Mass comes from the Diocese of St. Cloud.

OFFICE HOURS:

Academic Year:  Monday and Thursday – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;  Tuesday and Wednesday – 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. when Faith Formation is in session, otherwise closing at 5:00 p.m.;
Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.;  Saturday – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.;  Sunday – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Summer:  Monday through Thursday – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;  Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Welcome to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Anoka, Minnesota!

Hospitality, warmth, and friendly reception are high priorities around here.

St. Stephen’s celebrates the sacraments with joy-filled liturgical celebrations that lead the worshipping assembly to the full, conscious and active participation called for by the Catholic Church.  Sunday Mass, Weekday Mass, Baptisms, Funerals, Weddings, bi-weekly Reconciliation services and bi-yearly Masses with Anointing are among the many liturgical opportunities here. Together with additional devotional prayer times, there is a discipline and rhythm to our prayer life that deepens the spirituality of all who praise and worship God here.

Our parish offers various faith formation, sacramental preparation and youth ministry programs for children, teens and adults. We are all called to discipleship and to make Jesus Christ known and loved. All are invited to participate in opportunities for understanding the faith, celebrating sacraments, building community and giving service.

Pastoral Care exists to assist the priests in visits to the homebound, sick, elderly and anyone in need of spiritual or emotional care. St. Stephen’s has many trained, compassionate volunteers who help with these ministries.

Calvary Cemetery is owned and operated by St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.  It is located on the west end of the city of Anoka on the north side of Highway 10.  A beautiful granite Columbarium was added to the cemetery in the spring of 2015.

Please take some time to browse through our web site. Check out the Mass times, meet the staff, discover St. Stephen’s School, learn about our Faith for Life offerings for all ages, and explore other aspects of our parish.