Adult Enrichment Series/Events

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. 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.


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



In March and April of 2019, St. Stephen’s parish hosted an informative series called What to Do: A Conversation on Life and Death Issues.

On March 12, Monsignor Steven Rohlfs was our guest speaker and his topic was Respecting Life at its End: Principles and Problems. Monsignor Rohlfs his doctorate in moral theology and shared with us Catholic moral teaching on the meaning of life, the meaning of death, and examined real-world cases when cases were not so clear-cut. We invite you to watch this engaging and informative presentation  on Facebook.



On Monday, April 8, 2019, Fr. Matt Shireman served as one of our parish mission speakers. He shared information about particular types of prayer that one could offer throughout the course of the day.

The evening concluded with a Taizé prayer service led by Fr. Matthew Quail, Maredith Toweh (Director of Faith for Life), and parish musicians. St. Stephen’s parish was fortunate to have been able to display the Taizé cross during our parish mission.

We invite you to watch this parish mission presentation and prayer service on Facebook.



Alpha Series

Got questions about life? Try Alpha!

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith over food, an engaging video, and a small group discussion. Alpha is open to all—parishioners and guests! Millions of people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and the course has been translated into 112 different languages.

We have offered the Alpha series a number of times at St. Stephen.  The dates for the 2019-2020 academic year have not yet been determined.

We ask for your prayerful support for the Alpha leaders and participants:

Heavenly Father,
We entrust the Alpha course to you.
We pray for those who are searching for meaning in their lives and want to know who You are.
May they encounter You through the radical hospitality, the video presentations, and the small group discussions of Alpha.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Alpha sessions build on topics from previous session(s), but you are welcome to join any sessions you would like.

For more information, contact Fr. Matt Shireman .


Session Topics

Is There More to Life than This?

Who is Jesus?

Why did Jesus Die?

How can I have Faith?

Why and How Should I Pray?

Why and How Should I Read the Bible?

W: Weekend Session – Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

W1:  How Does God Guide Us?

W2:  Who is the Holy Spirit?

W3:  What does the Holy Spirit Do?

W4:  How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?

How Does God Guide Us?

How can I Resist Evil?

Why and How Should I Tell Others?

Does God Heal Today?/What About the Church?

Alpha Testimony with Father Matt Shireman from Proclaim on Vimeo.