Parish Lenten Mission:
Praying through Holy Week
March 8-10, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8: Praying through Holy Week, Part I with Kellen O’Grady
Monday, March 9: Praying through Holy Week, Part II with Kellen O’Grady
Tuesday, March 10: Taize Prayer Service and Reconciliation
About our Guest Speaker: Kellen is Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hastings, MN. He holds a BA in liturgical music and an MA in Catholic Studies both from the University of St. Thomas. He has experience ranging from small to large parishes, and in an undergraduate ministry setting over the past ten years. Outside church work, he is a raging anglophile, studies Irish dance, and is always up for a spontaneous adventure.
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Lenten Reflection books will be available after Masses, while supplies last. Free will offering.
Do you sense that something is missing in your life? Do you feel that if you were not so busy, you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?
Come to the Welcome Renewal Weekend!
What is it?
Welcome (formerly known as Christ Renews His Parish or CRHP) is an overnight weekend experience given by men or women who have previously attended a Welcome weekend. Through fellowship, faith sharing, hospitality, music, Mass and more, participants have the opportunity to step back from everyday life to reflect on their lives and their spiritual journeys and build meaningful relationships with other men or women in the parish. (Men and women attend separate weekends.) An incredible experience will help you discover what is missing in your life and what to do about it.
When is it?
Men’s Welcome Weekend: April 18 arrival at 8:00 a.m. – April 19 departure at 3:00 p.m.
Women’s Welcome Weekend: April 25 arrival at 8:00 a.m. – April 26 departure at 3:00 p.m.
Print the Welcome Renewal Weekend registration form (PDF), fill it out, and return to the parish office.
The retreat is free and will take place at St. Stephen’s School.
Who should I contact for more information?
Maredith Toweh, Faith for Life Director, or call 763-421-2471.
Sign up while space is available! (25 spaces per weekend)
Here is what others have said after experiencing a Welcome Weekend…
- Welcome made me a better father!
- I knew something was missing, and Welcome helped me discover exactly what it was!
- Welcome saved my marriage!
- I really don’t know where I would be today if a friend had not invited me to Welcome years ago!
- Welcome is an incredible experience that helped me discover what was missing in my life. It made me a better father and husband.
- Three years ago, I experienced Welcome and it changed my life for the better. I took a weekend away to recharge and came back completely renewed and better prepared to face life’s challenges. Everyone can benefit from Welcome.
The Welcome weekend experience positively influences the lives not only of those who attend, but also their families as well!
Prayerfully consider taking the next step in your faith journey!
You deserve to live with passion and purpose!
Come and see what the Catholic Church is all about by going deeper into the Teachings of the Church!
Catholicism 101 is a chance to explore the Catholic faith, or to catch up on what you might have missed when you were in CCD, religion class, or faith formation back in the day!
Held on the following Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in FCC 10.
(Presenters: St. Stephen’s Clergy and Staff)
10/23: Why do we believe in God and why do we need faith?
11/6: Who is Jesus and why is He here?
11/20: How the Holy Spirit is alive in the Church and in our lives!
12/4: How do I learn more about this God who has revealed Himself?
12/18: How to prepare and celebrate Christmas as a Catholic!
1/15: Where did we come from? Looking at Church history!
1/29: Let’s talk about the book on the shelf: How to study the Scriptures!
2/5: What makes us Catholic? The four marks of the Church!
2/19: How does a calendar make us holy? The Liturgical Year!
3/4: How to stay connected to Jesus through His Church: The Sacraments
3/25: Is Jesus truly present in the Eucharist?
4/1: Why did Jesus give us the Mass?
4/15: How do we participate in Mass?
4/29: Christ heals through His Church: Confession and Anointing!
5/13: How do we serve Christ with our lives? Marriage and Holy Orders!
5/27: Does my faith matter in the real world? Catholic Social Teaching!
Come for all sessions, or just come for the topics that interest you the most and bring a friend or two!
Catholicism 101 is a chance to dig deeper into the teachings of the Catholic Church regardless of how much experience and knowledge you have with Christianity and/or the Catholic faith. Catholicism 101 is a great opportunity for any Catholic who would like to go deeper into the teachings of the Catholic Church and/or any adult who is interested in becoming Catholic, curious about Catholicism, or a baptized Catholic adult who has not yet received First Communion and/or Confirmation.
On the weeks that Catholicism 101 does not meet, you are invited to join a small faith-sharing group if you choose to. More information on faith-sharing small groups will be given out on the first night of Catholicism 101 (October 23).
If you have any questions about the series or are interested in leading a faith-sharing small group, please contact Faith for Life Director, Maredith Toweh , or call 763-712-7439.
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.
Monsignor Steven Rohlfs was one of our guest speakers 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.