Summer “Pick-Up Choir“ at 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, July 21

Calling all singers…we have a music ministry opportunity for you!  We will be having a summer “pick-up choir” for anyone who is interested in singing at the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, July 21. This opportunity is open to youth, teens and adults.

For this choir, there isn’t an audition or a rehearsal on a week night.  Interested singers will gather in the St. Cecilia Room at 9:30 a.m. and Aaron VanDanacker will work with the group from 9:30-10:15 a.m.

For seasoned singers, this is a great opportunity to dust off your singing voices and for people who have been considering  trying a choir, this is a great way to get your feet wet.

For more information, please contact the Choir Director, Aaron VanDanacker or the Music Director, Dr. Mary Newton .

We hope to see you July 21!

Join Us for the Backyard Theology Series

Join us for some fun summer “Backyard Theology” with Fr. Bennet Tran, Fr. Matthew Quail, Fr. Louie Floeder, and our summer guests, Deacon Tim Tran and seminarian Randy Skeate.

Mark your calendars for Tuesdays, July 23 and 30 and August 6 and 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each week we will have a different topic of discussion and share a potluck meal together. The topic for July 23 will be Spirituality of the Laity and will address questions such as: What is Catholic Spirituality? Why should we pray? How do we foster a personal relationship with God?

The evening starts with the potluck at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7:00 p.m., as well as time for sharing, questions, and socializing. Please bring a main dish, side dish, or dessert to share. The parish will provide beverages. The sessions will be held in the backyard of the rectory. Please bring a lawn chair. Enter through the side gate located by the parking lot behind the parish office.

Please RSVP to the parish office at 763-421-2471 with the number of attendees, the dish you plan to bring, and number of children needing childcare.

Additional topics:

July 30: Mary as Model of Prayer – Marian Devotion

August 6: The “Evangelical Life” – Life Immersed in the Gospel

August 13: Prayer and Christian Service

Join Us for Vacation Bible School July 29 – August 2!

Save the dates of July 29 – August 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to noon!
Every day at Roar Totally Catholic VBS, kids will learn simple Bible points and be immersed in new adventures as they travel through field-tested rotations. Together we will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers us all through this “wild” life. Just as our church and school buildings will be transformed into an African savanna full of vibrant colors and untamed grasslands, so too will the lives of all who join us be transformed as we learn to follow Jesus more closely!

Register for VBS 2019 online by July 15.

Download the VBS 2019 registration form (PDF) , print, and return to the parish office by July 15.

We look forward to a faith-filled week of fun this summer!

Please contact Maredith Toweh or call 763-712-7439 with questions.

MN Twins Family Night at Target Field – August 20

The Anoka Knights of Columbus and St. Stephen’s Church are hosting the annual Family Night at Target Field for a parish wide event.

You are invited to join our Pastor, Fr. Bennet Tran, Tuesday, August 20 to cheer on the Minnesota Twins as they battle the Chicago White Sox.  Learn more .

St. Stephen School Graduate Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the St. Stephen School Graduate Scholarship program. The deadline for returning applications is August 1, 2019.  Download the guidelines and application . (Please note that the application is two pages.) Forms are also available in the wall organizer outside of the parish office, and the kiosk in the Gathering Place.

The applicant may be a current eighth grade student at the Church of St. Stephen School who has applied for admission at a Catholic High School for the subsequent fall, and who eventually graduates in good standing. Or, the applicant must be an eighth grade graduate of the Church of St. Stephen School. The applicant’s family must be currently registered parishioners. The applicant must be currently enrolled in a Catholic high school, or any Catholic college or graduate program.

The amount of the scholarship award will depend on the financial need of the applicant and the dollar amount available from the scholarship fund.

Interested applicants must complete an application form and write a brief essay to explain their need. Completed applications should be returned to the parish office, attention Lynne Pinewski.

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.

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: Saturdays 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (except holidays and Holy Days and June 19, 2019)

Televised: QCTV Comcast cable channel 15 (Recorded Mass of the previous weekend) Sundays: 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

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.


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.

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