Adult Enrichment Series/Events

Parish Retreat

Faith for Life is hosting a retreat on Saturday, January 26, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in FCC 4,5, and 10.

Our topic will be Conversion and Evangelization in Today’s World. The retreat includes Mass and adoration. You will have an opportunity to pray, grow deeper in your relationship with Christ, enjoy fellowship with other parishioners, and eat a wonderful lunch provided by the Knights of Columbus. Meet new friends and catch up with old ones!

We, as disciples of Jesus, are called daily to conversion and to evangelization…we are called to allow the Holy Spirit to change our lives!

Guest speakers include Fr. Shireman, Fr. Quail, and Deacon Chuck Waugh.

The retreat is open to all parishioners and guests. To register, please call (763) 421-2471 or stop by the parish office during the week or the “Connect With Us” desk in the Gathering Place after weekend Masses. $15 suggested offering. Checks may be made payable to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church and the fee can be paid on the day of the retreat. Please register by January 23. Questions? Contact Maredith Toweh or call her at 763-712-7439.


Presence: A Deeper Understanding of the Eucharist

Parishioners are invited to develop a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Eucharist by participating in a four-session course titled “Presence”. The course explores the radical mystery of God’s love expressed in the Eucharist and shows how in this sacrament God is really present to help and strengthen us at every step of life’s journey. The course will take place between the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses (9:35-10:25 a.m.) in FCC 10 on each Sunday in February (February 3, 10, 17 and 24). Each lesson will incorporate prayer, video, large group discussion and small group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. More information can be requested at:


Marriage in Christ Seminar

Friendship with God, Friendship with Our Spouse, In the Holy Spirit
This five-week seminar is for all married couples. Develop daily habits of prayer, kind actions, and meaningful conversations to grow your relationship. Good habits and the power of the Holy Spirit transform all marriages!
God our Father has abundant blessings to bestow on your marriage through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let Him begin with yours!
The five-week seminar will be held Mondays, February 4 through March 4, 6-8:00 p.m. in FCC 7-8.  The cost is $25.  (Childcare will be available for children ages 1 and older.) Please contact the parish office at 763-421-2471 to register or stop by the table in the Gathering Place after Masses January 26/27.


Spend Your Lent “Consoling the Heart of Jesus”

In 17th century France, Jesus appeared in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament to St. Sister Margaret Mary and disclosed the anguish of His Divine Heart. He said to her and to us, “Behold this Heart which loves so much yet is so little loved.”

This is God, who has chosen to make himself vulnerable to us for the sake of a personal relationship.

Is it possible to console God? How do you do that? Does your heart want to try?

Join us on a Lenten journey of consolation and Divine Mercy with Father Michael Gaitley’s study, Consoling The Heart of Jesus.

This is a ten week, small group study reading the book and watching Father Gaitley on DVD Monday evenings from February 11 through April 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Please contact Robin at 763-421-0333 for more information and registration. You may also stop by the table in the Gathering Place after Masses January 12/13 and 19/20.  Registration deadline is January 25.


Alpha Series

Got questions about life? Try Alpha!  Visit

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 are hoping to offer another Alpha session (in the Catholic context) during winter/early spring 2019.

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 Date to be announced

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.