Peace & Justice

Respecting the Dignity of All Human Life

St. Stephen’s Peace and Justice Committee typically meets the third Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00 p.m. to discuss various justice issues and plan events/activities to put our faith into practice.

Subcommittees have developed under the umbrella of peace and justice. These subcommittees are devoted to more specific issues.  The current subcommittees include Life Matters and Solidarity.

Contact  Sr. Mary Anne Schaenzer, Pastoral Care Director, at 763-712-7441.

The mission of Life Matters ministry is to empower our parish to be a center of life, a parish of people who understand important contemporary life issues and who recognize the rights and needs of those among us who are most vulnerable.  We do this though prayer, education, and participation in activities that promote reverence for life.  Life Matters also collaborates with other Catholic area churches to move ahead the cause for life by sharing buses to events, knowledge of the issues, speakers and other resources.

Join the Life Matters team the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Archbishop Romero Room to discuss and prepare for upcoming events. (There may not be a meeting in December, June, or July.)  Come share your knowledge, skills, and ideas to help promote the Gospel of Life and enlighten others!


Bus to Prayer Service for Life and Minnesota March for Life

Monday, January 22, 2018

 Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda will lead the Annual Prayer Service for Life at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 10:30 a.m. This prayer service commemorates the millions of lives lost to abortion and the many women and men wounded by abortion’s aftermath. Immediately following the prayer service, everyone will walk to the State Capitol for the MCCL March for Life rally.

St. Stephen’s Life Matters ministry will NOT be having a bus to the above events in St. Paul. However, St. Patrick’s Church has invited St. Stephen’s parishioners to ride their bus and to board the bus at either of the pick-up places:

Depart 9:00 a.m. from St. Patrick’s Church (19921 Nightingale St NW, Cedar)

Depart 9:15 a.m. from Church of St. Paul (1740 Bunker Lake Blvd NE, Ham Lake)

The bus will return following the rally at the Capitol.  Registration for the bus after 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses at St. Stephen’s January 7 and after Masses January 13/14.  There may be a free will offering.


9 Days for Life Novena Begins January 18

The U.S. bishop’s annual novena 9 Days for Life takes place Thursday, January 18 – Friday, January 26. Pray for the respect and protection of all human life with new intentions, brief reflections, and more each day. Download the novena online, or participate through Facebook, email, text message or an app. Join at !










Below are some links to learn more about life issues.



Human Life Alliance:

Life Matters mission:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Life issues:

Women Source (Anoka’s pregnancy center):

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Marriage and Family Life:

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Biomedical Ethics:

Minnesota Catholic Conference (public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota):

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (secures protections for innocent human life from conception until natural death through effective education, legislation and political action):

Pro-Life Action Ministries (40 Days for Life prayer vigil, etc.):

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Twin Cities (healing after abortion):

Listening to each other with a spirit of Charity helps bring us to a common communion with others.

This took place when people from our Spanish speaking community who were struggling in difficult economic and emotional situations had an opportunity to share their reality with St. Stephen’s English speaking community’s Peace and Justice Committee.

One person was an immigrant from Central America and the other was a single mother. They knocked on the doors of our church and the Holy Spirit opened all of our hearts.

Out of this encounter in our community, and moved by faith, a Solidarity Group has been formed. The Solidarity Group offers moral, spiritual, and material support to those in need. We are convinced that encounters such as the one described above, help transform our community and give us an opportunity to live together in Faith. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:5.