Adult Enrichment Series/Events

Funeral Pre-Planning Workshop

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 24, 9:00-11:00 a.m. in FCC 10, 5, and 4.

9:00 a.m. Check-In and Hospitality
9:15 a.m. Opening Prayer and Presentation

Presenters and Resources are from the following departments:
Clergy, Faith for Life, Liturgy and Music, Pastoral Care, and Calvary Cemetery

• Learn about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
• The Funeral Mass or Word Service and Rituals
• How should I Plan and Prepare and what should I consider
• Funeral Liturgy Planning

This is a great opportunity to understand, reflect and plan for the end-of-life for yourself or your loved ones. Funeral planning can be very overwhelming; we are here to help ease some of the stress and give support.

This workshop is being provided as a response to many parishioners who asked about funeral planning when they attended our End of Life Series this past spring. For questions or to RSVP, please contact the Parish Office at 763-421-2471.



Join Us for Father Michael Gaitley’s “The One Thing Is Three” and “You Did It to Me”

Join us for a group study that delves into the Most Holy Trinity as the key to bringing the faith from our heads to our hearts and out into our lives. This study will provide you with a big-picture vision of the theology that undergirds our spirituality. Then learn about tools that will assist you in concretely living your faith by putting mercy into action.

“The One Thing Is Three” study group will be offered on Monday evenings, 6:30-8:00 p.m., starting September 9 and running for ten weeks. This will be immediately followed by reading “You Did It To Me” and meeting for one more Monday evening session. The study will include a book and workbook, DVD talks by Father Michael Gaitley and group discussion.

To register, please call the parish office at 763-421-2471 by August 30 to leave your contact information for the group facilitator, Laurie Keller.



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.  We are in the process of determining whether Alpha will be offered in the fall/winter of 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.


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.