Saturday, October 26, 2013

All Souls Day

Saturday, November 2 is All Souls Day. It is a special day to pray for our beloved departed.  Mass will be offered on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.A Novena of Masses will be offered for our beloved departed. Please write your intentions on the All Souls envelope and drop it in the collection or return it to the parish office.

All Saints Day

Friday, November 1 is All Saints Day. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered on Thursday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 1 at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Bishop Lagonegro is scheduled to offer the Friday 7:30 p.m. Mass.


I will be preparing for a colonoscopy on Monday, October 28. You know what that means! The procedure is Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. So, I will be away from the parish on Monday and Tuesday. See you Wednesday!

Parish Planning Survey

A parish planning survey has been included in this week's bulletin. Please take the time to fill it out and return it by next weekend. Your participation will help us to plan for the future of St. Stephen's.

Funeral Mass - Maureen T. Worhach

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Maureen Worhach on Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for her and for her family.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Funeral Mass - Richard Hefner

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Richard Hefner on Tuesday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for Richard and for his family.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pastor's Convention

The annual Convention of Pastor's will be held Monday afternoon, October 21 to Friday, October 25 at Spring Lake, New Jersey. We attend classes mornings and afternoons. We pray together at Mass and for Morning and Evening Prayer. There is time to socialize and walk. The Cardinal will spend a day with us. It is a good chance to regroup and learn new things. Please remember daily Mass this week is at 9:00 a.m. only. You will be in my prayers.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Another Busy Weekend!

Wow! Another active weekend at your parish. All of our 7th Grade Confirmandi will participate in Enrollment Masses Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Please pray for them. There will be a Bake Sale after all Masses. We will also distribute a book (Growing In Age and Grace) from the Bellvale Community. Richard Kurtz will speak about the beauty of the aging process. Detective Stephen McDonald, brother of our own Dolores Murphy, will speak to our 7th & 8th Graders on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the church. Stephen has a important message about non-violence and forgiveness to share. All parishioners are very welcome to come and hear him speak. In the evening, we will have our 1st Youth Group Meeting of the year. It is for Grades 7-8-9 and we meet on Sundays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the school. High School students in Grades 10-11-12 are welcome to be on CORE Team.

Funeral Mass - Stephen A. Dunn

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Stephen Dunn on Friday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for him and for his family.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Columbus Day

Monday, October 14 is Columbus Day, a National holiday. There will be one parish Mass at 9:00 a.m. All offices are closed on Monday. The church will be closed after Mass.

Blessing of the Animals

Our annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 p.m. Please come to the area in front of the church. Each pet will receive an individual blessing. All pets are welcome!

Wedding - McGovern & Rowan

The Sacred Vows of Marriage will be exchanged during a Nuptial Mass for Scott P. McGovern and Megan Rowan on Friday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. Please pray for this couple about to be married.

Funeral Mass - Margaret M. Quinn

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Margaret M. Quinn on Friday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. Please pray for Margaret and for her family.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Big Weekend!

The weekend kicks off on Friday as our Holy Father goes on pilgrimage to Assisi and our Confirmandi go on pilgrimage to the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Please pray for a safe journey. On Saturday, Father Andrew Apostoli CFR and of EWTN will lead a Women's Day of Recollection. Over 50 women have registered. Our catechists will attend the Catechetical Congress in Monroe. In the evening, we will have our great Harvest Festival. On Sunday, our community celebrates Applefest. Our parish will have a booth for the first time in a number of years. Look for me from 11-5. A big weekend!!!

Funeral Mass - Mary L. Goodman

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Mary Goodman on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. Mary and her husband George were long time and outstanding parishioners. Please pray for Mary and for her family.