Christmas Basket Sponsorship Opportunities

St. Stephen’s parish receives requests from parishioners, community members, and social service organizations to assist families in need of food and gifts for Christmas.  Parishioners can “sponsor” families and provide a Christmas Basket by purchasing food, toys, clothing, etc.

Many “sponsors” are needed to assist these families.  If you are interested in helping, please read and fill out the 2018 Christmas Basket Sponsor Registration.

Mass Schedule for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary/ La Inmaculada Concepción de Santa María Virgen

A Vigil Mass December 7 will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

El 7 de diciembre, la misa en español a las 7:00 p.m. en la capilla.

Mass December 8 will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. in the church.

Parish Christmas Social is Friday, December 7

Mark your calendars for a parish Christmas Social the evening of December 7!

Join us for the 7:00 p.m. Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Mass in English will be in the church and Mass in Spanish will be in the chapel.

Following 7:00 p.m. Mass, all are invited to the Faith Community Center for a dessert social. We will have festive desserts, coffee, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and wine. We hope you will join us!

Advent Reconciliation Day is Tuesday, December 18

This year we have some groups celebrating the sacrament at particular times of the day and we want you to be aware of their presence.
From noon to approximately 2:00 p.m., many school students will celebrate the sacrament.
From 2:00-6:00 p.m., all are encouraged to participate. We understand that some may have scheduling challenges which might preclude participation between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m., but it is hoped that as many as possible will participate. (Confessions are also available Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.)
From 6:00 to approximately 8:00 p.m., many First Reconciliation students and their families will celebrate the sacrament.
Come celebrate God’s mercy and love in this healing sacrament as you prepare for the great feast of Christmas.

Christmas Eve/Day Mass Schedule – NOTE NEW TIMES FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

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

El 24 de Diciembre – La Misa en Español – 7:00 p.m. en la iglesia.

Christmas Day Masses on December 25 will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.   There will be NO 6:00 p.m. Mass.

El 25 de Diciembre – La Misa en Español – 12:30 p.m. en la iglesia.

Calvary Cemetery Clean Up

Fall decoration cleanup at Calvary Cemetery is currently underway.
During the cleanup, staff will remove 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!

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 most Wednesdays through December 19, 6:15-7:30 p.m. in FCC 10.  (No session November 21.)  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 .

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.

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.

Strategic Plan

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 banners hung in the church will be reminders of the eight key initiatives that will be our guide in the years to come.

Some highlights of improvements/additions include:

  • Benches have been added in the hallways so that seating is available for parishioners and guests.
  • High resolution security cameras have been added in the parking lots.
  • The parish mission statement, Seek, Love, and Serve Jesus Christ, has been stenciled on the wall above the doors in the Gathering Space.
  • The youth ministry program has been revamped and will have consistent Wednesday evening youth group nights in addition to special events each month.
  • A full time staff person has been designated to serve as Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

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

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 Formation offerings, and explore other aspects of our parish.

All are welcome!

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