Lenten Faith Sharing Small Group
This Lent our parish Lenten resource is the book Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly. This book was given out to parishioners and guests at Christmas, courtesy of Dynamic Catholic. We encourage you to meet with family and/or friends to discuss the book this Lent. If you would like to participate in a discussion group at the church, a group will meet in FCC 6 Tuesday mornings, 10-11:30 a.m. February 27 through March 27. No need to register, just come. You may download a study guide to help you dive deeper into the book as well.
Catholic Update: The Big Picture of Christianity
Presented by Fr. Joe Kuharski
Has it been a while – maybe even since grade school – that you’ve really delved into your Catholic faith? Does it ever seem difficult to know where to start and easy to get lost in the details or the tough theological language? And yet our children, grandchildren, and friends often look to us for answers. As St. Peter says in Scripture: “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Pt. 3:15). In this series, I hope to present the “Big Picture of Christianity”, with the help of dynamic catechetical resources. The final session will be held February 27, 6:15-7:30 p.m. in FCC 10. Wine and cheese will be provided.
Got questions about life? Try Alpha! Visit (https://alphausa.org/catholic)
This past fall, a group of 45 people tried Alpha in the first course offered here at St. Stephen’s. Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith over snacks, 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.
Another “Alpha at St. Stephen’s Church” course launched Wednesday, January 31. There will be eleven Wednesday night sessions (6:15-7:30 p.m.) through May 2 (no sessions February 14, March 14 and 21). Consider attending the next Alpha course with family members and friends. We are compiling an e-mail list for those interested in learning more about attending Alpha. To get on the e-mail list, contact Deacon Matt via email or call him at 763-712-7490.
Sessions build on topics from previous session(s), but you are welcome to join any sessions you would like.
1: Is There More to Life than This?
2: Who is Jesus?
3: Why did Jesus Die?
4: How can I have Faith?
5: Why and How Should I Pray?
6: Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
7: How Does God Guide Us?
W: Weekend Session
W1: Who is the Holy Spirit?
W2: What does the Holy Spirit Do?
W3: How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?
W4: How Can I make the Most of the Rest of My Life?
8: How can I Resist Evil?
9: Why and How Should I Tell Others?
10: Does God Heal Today?
11: What About the Church?
A Biblical Walk through the Mass
Join us for this DVD and discussion study program this winter. The series will take place between the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Masses in FCC 10 on the following dates: February 18 and 25, March 4, 11, and 25. You are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Study aids and refreshments will be provided.
Take a Fascinating Tour of the Mass in this Five-Part Study!
• Learn the biblical background to the words, prayers, and gestures of the Liturgy
• Discover how the Mass is a “true re-presentation” of Christ’s redeeming sacrifice on the Cross.
• Explore the three key aspects of the Mass as sacrifice, real presence, and Holy Communion.
• Gain helpful insights for getting the most out of every Mass.
Hosted by the Anoka Knights of Columbus.
David Rinaldi will be our guest presenter for the parish mission. David’s powerful presentations have been life-changing moments for thousands of teens and parents across the country. With over 20 years of experience working with youth, David communicates the love of God and the truths of the Catholic faith with a boldness and humor that teens and adults alike can appreciate.
Musician Luke Spehar will also join us the evenings of March 18-19 to begin with music and his story. As a modern folk recording artist, Luke is on a journey in search for more of God. His unplugged honesty and transparency of often taking the road less travelled is made evident in his music and ministry. Audiences find themselves drawn into an authentic faith experience that both captivates and enriches lives.
The sessions will be held in the Faith Community Center and hospitality will be provided.
March 18, 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Topic: The Potter’s Field
There will be a special session for youth and young adults from 7:15-8:45 p.m.
Topic: Put on the Full Armor of God
March 19, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Topic: The Victory
March 20 – Parish Reconciliation Day from noon to 8:00 p.m. No presentations. Come celebrate God’s mercy and grace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
March 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Topic: Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done
Please register for child care by contacting Katie Gebhard or call her at 763-712-7439.
Early Catholic Family Life
We are excited to offer a new program for parents with young children ages 1 1/2 – 5!
Join us Saturdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m. March 24, April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5.
There will be time for parents and children to grow in their spiritual lives.
There will also be time for parents alone for fellowship and ideas on parenting and raising children in the faith.
Cost: $15. Fifteen spots available. Download the registration form .
To register or ask questions, contact: Katie Gebhard or 763-712-7439.