Prayer & Support

for our parishioners

Pastoral Care ministers provide prayer, support, and a listening ear to individuals who are struggling with physical, emotional, marital, and/or familial issues. These trained ministers are available to visit and bring Eucharist to those in the hospital, at treatment centers, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and private homes.

Stephen Ministry has been in our parish since 1980 and in that time we have commissioned over 300 lay ministers to this Christ-centered ministry of care and compassion. Stephen Ministers have been trained to be active listeners to individuals who are experiencing pain and grief in their lives (divorce, death, miscarriage, loss of job, mental health issues, etc.).

Contact:
Sr. Mary Anne Schaenzer
Pastoral Care Director
Ph. 763-712-7441

The Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Stephen’s began in November, 2005. Knitted or crocheted with loving hands, the shawls are symbols of God’s all-embracing love and constant presence. Regardless of religious faith, knitting or crocheting for others allows those in the Shawl Ministry to open their minds and hearts to the pain of others. The shawls are filled with prayers for the specific individual in need, providing not only physical warmth but also great spiritual comfort and an understanding of another’s struggles or grief.

This ministry is extremely rewarding for those making the shawls as they realize that they are helping themselves and the repetitive nature of knitting and crocheting and the attention to detail combine to create a meditative state, putting the knitter at peace with her own life.

We have a group of people from the parish who meet the second Friday of the month to share stories and bring their finished projects.  Since our beginning we have given 1000+ handmade prayer shawls to people who are going through difficult times in their lives.  After the shawls are finished they are blessed by the priests of the parish.

If you know of someone grieving, undergoing surgery, in need of healing, divorce, job uncertainty or loss, or facing another kind of deep loss due to health or other burden in their life and could use the comfort of a warm, cozy shawl, please contact this ministry so that a shawl might be made for them.

Meeting Time and Place:  Second Friday of each month at 12:00 noon in the Archbishop Romero Room.  Our June and December meetings include a potluck in the Faith Community Center.  The group does not meet in July or August.  You will have the opportunity to meet members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry and see some of the many beautiful shawls already made by members of our community.

Contact:
Sr. Mary Anne Schaenzer
Pastoral Care Director
Ph. 763-712-7441

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 Sr. Mary Anne Schaenzer; Ph. 763-712-7441.

St. Stephen’s Parish ministers to the needs of the community through its outreach to care centers, Mercy Hospital, assisted living centers, the local treatment center, correctional facility and those who are homebound.

Visit our Community Service page to read more