Holy Week Liturgy Schedule

Come celebrate Holy Week at the sacred liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday!

Holy Thursday – April 18

Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. (Chapel)

Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.  (Church)

Incense will be used Holy Thursday evening.

Following Holy Thursday Mass, there will be prayer at the Altar of Repose until 11:00 p.m.

 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Holy Cross Chapel 11:00 p.m. Thursday through 3:00 p.m. Good Friday.

Good Friday Morning Prayer will be at 8:00 a.m. in the Holy Cross Chapel in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

El Jueves Santo – 18 de Abril

La Misa en español (FCC) a las 7:00 p.m.

La Adoración al Santísimo –

Después de la misa del Jueves Santo, comenzara la oración en el Altar de reposo hasta las 11:00 p.m.

 La adoración en silencio del Santísimo Sacramento tendrá lugar en la capilla de la Santa Cruz de las 11:00 p.m. del Jueves Santo hasta las 3:00 p.m. del Viernes Santo.

La oración de Laudes del Viernes Santo por la mañana será a las 8:00 a.m. en la capilla de la Santa Cruz en presencia delSantísimo Sacramento.

Good Friday – April 19

Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. (Chapel)

Stations of the Cross (Spanish) at 12:00 p.m. (Spanish Stations held in School Parking Lot)

“Living” Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m. presented by St. Stephen’s Youth Ministry  (Church)

“Live” Stations of the Cross (Spanish) at 4:00 p.m. (Gym)

Good Friday Service at 7:00 p.m.  (Church)

Good Friday Service (Spanish) at 7:00 p.m.  (FCC)

El Viernes Santo – 19 de Abril

El Viacrucis (español) a las 12:00 p.m.

El Viacrucis en vivo (inglés) a las 3:00 p.m.  (La Iglesia)

El Viacrucis en vivo (español—Gimnasio) 4:00 p.m.

Servicio de Viernes Santo (inglés) 7:00 p.m.  (La Iglesia)

Servicio de Viernes Santo (español—FCC) 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday – April 20

Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m.  (Chapel)

Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00 p.m.  Please note that incense will be used.

No 3:30 p.m. Confessions

No 5:00 p.m. Mass

El Sábado de Gloria – 20 de Abril

La Vigilia Pascual (bilingüe) a las 8:00 p.m.

*No habrá confesiones a las 3:30 p.m.

*No habrá misa a las 5:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday—April 21

Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.   (Church and FCC)

Mass in Spanish at 12:30 p.m.  (Church)

No 6:00 p.m. Mass

El Domingo de Pascua – 21 de Abril

 Las Misas en inglés – 8:30 y 10:30 a.m.  (La Iglesia y FCC)

La Misa en español a las 12:30 p.m.  (La Iglesia)

*No habrá misa a las 6:00 p.m.

Join Us for the April 27 Spring Festival of Flowers and Annual Fundraising Raffle

Join us Saturday, April 27, as we celebrate spring, growth, and new life!

We will kick off the event with a Festival Choir leading us in song at the 5:00 p.m. Bilingual Mass.

Mass will include a procession of flags representing countries of origin of our parishioners.  All are invited to bring a flower to place near the display of the Divine Mercy and you are also encouraged to wear floral prints.

Following Mass, there will be food (tacos with rice and beans/salsa and chips/hot dogs with toppings and chips), ice cream, beverages (including Men in Black Margaritas), DJ, dancing, children’s area, Candy Shoppe, Folkloric Dancers, gift basket raffle, and grand raffle.

The raffle drawing will cap off the evening at 9:00 p.m. April 27. Over $10,000 will be awarded in cash prizes with the Grand Prize of your choice of a TORO zero-turn mower (MSRP $6,299) or $5,000 cash!

Please pick up your raffle ticket packets at the Lenten Fish Dinners or before/after weekend Masses. Selling or buying your tickets helps support our various parish ministries. This annual raffle is a key component of our parish budget and we appreciate everyone’s participation! You may remember that in more recent years our annual raffle was done in May at the Spring Fiesta. Prior to that, it was done in June at Summerfest. This year’s Festival of Flowers raffle in April replaces those raffles. Please return raffle tickets no later than 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

We are in need of the following donations: cases of canned soda (Coke and Pepsi products), and cases of 16.9 FL OZ of bottled water. Donations may be dropped off in the Parish Office by April 23.

Thank you for your continued support!

Calvary Cemetery Columbarium – Plan Ahead for End of Life Decisions

Come and see the newly completed columbarium structure at Calvary Cemetery in Anoka. A columbarium is a permanent structure made up of spaces or niches for urns containing the ashes (cremated remains) of loved ones.

This focal point at Calvary Cemetery includes a brass crucifix above the center structure and four wings which give witness to the evangelists of our faith: “Matthew,” “Mark,” “Luke,” and “John.” A patio and benches give family and friends an opportunity to reflect on precious memories of loved ones.

Purchase now at 2015 pricing before the prices go up June 1, 2019.  We invite you to call Mary Jane Beberg at the parish office (763-421-2471) to meet with her regarding pricing and other details.

Learn more about the Calvary Cemetery Columbarium .

Alpha Series at St. Stephen

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. NO pressure. NO follow-up. NO charge! It’s FREE!

Alpha runs in churches, coffee shops and in homes all over the world. Typically, Alpha has around 10-11 sessions. Alpha will include FOOD, a short video/talk and time at the end where you can share your thoughts.

St. Stephen’s Church will be offering Alpha in the Catholic context Wednesday evenings, March 20 through June 5 (except April 17), 6:15-7:30 p.m. in Faith Community Center Room 10.  You are also invited to bring a friend or two and they don’t have to be Catholic to join Alpha…all are welcome!

Learn more about Alpha at St. Stephen .

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.

Calvary Cemetery Clean Up

Fall decoration cleanup at Calvary Cemetery is currently complete.
During the cleanup, staff removed all items except for one plant stand per grave site containing one pot of flowers. Unsightly arrangements will be removed.
One wreath for the Fall/Christmas season may be placed on the plant stand and removed by April 1, 2019.
Thank you for helping to keep our cemetery beautiful!

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.

On Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, the interpreter will be present at the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the church.

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)

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.

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 – 12:00 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 – 12:00 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.

All are welcome!

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