Advent/Christmas Schedule

December 24 Christmas Eve Masses will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m. (Candle light)

El 24 de diciembre: La misa en español a las 7:00 p.m.

December 25 Christmas Day Masses will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

El 25 de diciembre: La misa en español at las 12:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Thursday, December 5:  6-7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8:  5-6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 9:  6-7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10:  6-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11:  half an hour before and after 8:00 a.m. Mass

Saturday, December 14: Parish Reconciliation Day
10-10:30 a.m. – First Reconciliation
10:30 a.m. to noon – open to all  (Multiple priests available this day)

Tuesday, December 17: 5-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 19: 12-1:00 p.m.

Confessions also available on our regularly scheduled days:
Sundays, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
(no Confessions Dec. 25/Jan. 1)
Saturdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

December 31 – Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: 5:30 p.m.

El 31 de diciembre: La misa en español a las 7:00 p.m.

January 1 – Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Advent Parish Mission: Responding to the Incarnation – December 8, 9, 10

Multiple speakers will present, and various types of prayer will be offered and explored.

An Archdiocesan sponsored Holy Hour for Vocations will be part of the Mission on Tuesday evening, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Confession will be offered beforehand:
Sunday, December 8, 5-6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10, 6-7:00 p.m.

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.

Christian Development flyer (PDF)

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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” .

The Catholic Faith on Demand – FORMED.ORG

As part of implementing our strategic plan initiative to “Foster Disciples”, the parish is offering more opportunities for youth and adults to grow in their faith as disciples of Jesus Christ. Our parish has purchased a subscription to a great online resource for parishioners to use free of charge.

You will have religious resources at your fingertips! Check out FORMED for access to various Catholic DVD series, movies, and audio CDs for adults, children, and teens.

To create a new account with our parish:

Visit FORMED.org

Click Sign Up

Select “I Belong to a Parish or Organization”

Find our parish by typing in name or zip code

Enter your email – and you’re in!

Already have a FORMED account?

Visit FORMED.org

Click Sign In

Enter your email

Click the link in your email

You’re in!  No more passwords!

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

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.