Helping the Community

St. Stephen’s Parish seeks to assist those with physical/material needs through several ministries

A hot delicious meal is served in St. Stephen’s Faith Community Center the third Saturday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  The meal is free of charge and open to anyone in need of a warm meal and companionship.


November 2019 (printable PDF)

St. Stephen’s parish receives requests from parishioners, community members, social service organizations and schools 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.

Anoka County residents may request a basket by filling out a printable application (PDF) Basket request forms must be returned to the parish office by November 18, 2019.

The Christmas baskets will be distributed Friday, December 13, 2019.

We are in need of many “sponsors” to assist these families in need.

Those who wish to sponsor a family may fill out an online sponsor form .

If you are interested in helping, please contact the parish office at 763-421-2471.

WHO has been very active since its inception in September of 2005. You will see our footprints throughout the St. Stephen campus as well as throughout the community. We’ve prepared meals, helped at St. Stephen School, volunteered at extended care facilities and assisted many families by doing chores they are unable to do. We’d like to feel we “wash the feet” of our neighbors.

We meet every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. for half a day to do outreach or perform some tasks on the St. Stephen campus. You will find us in the Archbishop Romero Room sharing prayer and hospitality before we begin our activities.

If you are looking for a way to give back for blessings received or if you would like to pay it forward, consider spending half a day a week (or when your schedule permits) participating in this enjoyable ministry.

We are always looking for more volunteers as well as for more people to assist, so check with your friends and neighbors to see if they have tasks they are unable to do.

If you or someone you know needs help, please email the WHO Group with contact information and the type of project/assistance needed.

If you would like to get involved with the WHO group, contact Sister Mary Anne Schaenzer; Ph. 763-712-7441.

Our parish supports various organizations throughout the course of the year by taking a second collection on the second Sunday of each month.  Past recipients have included ACBC Food Shelf, WomenSource, Franciscan Brothers of Peace, Catholic Relief Services (for natural disaster relief efforts), the Parish Charity Account, Stepping Stone Emergency Housing, Sharing and Caring Hands, Missionary Fraternity of Mary of Guatemala (for their mission in Kenya), Alexandra House, the archdiocesan Venezuelan Mission, ProLife Across America, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and the Mission Trip for parish youth.

Thank you for your generosity!

St. Stephen’s conducts food drives for the local foodshelf each March, August and November.  The food is given to ACBC (Anoka County Brotherhood Council).

Food Drives:

August 24/25, 2019

November 16/17, 2019

March 7/8, 2020

This ministry is a combination of friendly visitors and home delivered hot meals for individuals who cannot prepare their own food.  Volunteers pick up meals at Mercy Hospital and deliver them to several homes on a pre-determined route throughout the western Anoka/Champlin area.

community outreach

St. Stephen’s Parish also ministers to the spiritual and emotional needs of the community

Second and Fourth Mondays: Rosary and Communion at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesdays: Rosary and Communion at 2:15 p.m.

First and Third Wednesday: Word and Communion Service at 10:15 a.m.

Thursdays: Word and Communion at 10:00 a.m.

Thursdays: Word and Communion Service at 10:00 a.m. in Chapel 1 on First Floor.

First Friday:  Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Chapel 1 on First Floor (Anointing of the Sick will be offered twice a year with emergency anointing available as needed.)

Third Friday: Word and Communion Service at 9:30 a.m. in Chapel 2 on Second Floor.

Thursdays: Word and Communion Service at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesdays: Word and Communion Service at 2:30 p.m.

Second and fourth Tuesdays: Word and Communion Service at 1:00 p.m.

Mondays:  Word and Communion Service at 1:30 p.m.

Mass or Word and Communion Service offered weekly. One-on-one visits scheduled upon request, through the Chaplain at the treatment center.

Word and Communion Services offered two times each month.

One-on-one visits may be arranged by request through the Activities Coordinator at the jail.

St. Stephen’s brings Holy Communion to all Catholic patients on Mondays, Thursdays, and one Sunday a month. Please be sure that you list your religious affiliation as Catholic when you go through the check-in process at the hospital.  (Other parishes are also involved in serving this need so that on most days, communion is available.) Additional visits upon request by calling the Parish Office at 763-421-2471.

Volunteers are assigned to bring Holy Communion to the homebound.  This can be long-term or temporary.  To make a request, call the Parish Office at 763-421-2471.

Other Opportunities to Serve in the Community

serving others who need our help

ACBC Food Shelf  located in Anoka.  Call 763-422-0046 to sign up for hours before volunteering.  Work includes stocking shelves and packing groceries.

Alexandra House located in Blaine.  Teens must be accompanied by a parent or other adult.  Work includes sorting and shelving donations.  Contact their Volunteer Coordinator at 763-656-1368.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) located in Coon Rapids.  People can volunteer alone at various times throughout the day or with WHO group the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m.  Work includes packing food.  Contact FMSC at 763-951-7310 or you can also register to volunteer online at

Hope 4 Youth in Anoka. This is a drop-in resource center for homeless youth.  The volunteer positions they are formally accepting applications for are directly in the Drop-In Resource Center. They are always in need of knowledgeable and compassionate Center Leads and Center Mentors who want to help our youth get their basic needs met and personal goals reached.  For more information, call 763-323-2066 or visit

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing in Anoka.  Stepping Stone is the only adult homeless shelter in Anoka County.  It’s a dormitory-style shelter that provides a primary, yet temporary, address for 60 men and women.  For more information call 763-323-7006 or visit

Will you step up and volunteer?

Our Parishioners make our community outreach possible!