FIRST FRIDAY St. Stephen DEVOTIONS March 6, 2020
Monthly Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be the first Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m Please call the rectory if you would like to be scheduled for a specific hour or just feel free to drop in any time that day.
Parish & Community Events
Feb 23    Hospitality Sunday, No Council Meeting 
Feb 26     Ash Wednesday -- Masses: St. Stephen -- 5:30 pm & St. Francis -- 7:00 pm
St. Francis of Assisi will hold their annual Lenten Fish Fry every Friday
beginning this week February 28. Serving from 4:30 until 7:00 pm. 
      Many Catholics who are not active in the Church will still seek out ashes this Wednesday. Likewise, many Jews who are not otherwise observant will follow the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, with great exactness, fasting and refraining from work and entertainment. People customarily dress in white as a symbol of purity and a reminder of God’s promise that our sins will be made white as snow. While the overture to Ash Wednesday for Christians may be a festive Mardi Gras celebration, for Jews it is the New Year feast of Rosh Hashanah. Ten days before the Day of Atonement to God, people are expected to repair breaks in human life. These are days for offering forgiveness and seeking to repair harmed relationships with family, friends, or coworkers. Everyone is expected to seek out someone and “clear the air” by asking for understanding for any mean words or thoughtless deeds in the past year.
   Perhaps the ashes you receive will be invested with deeper meaning if you follow a similar plan. —James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
We are in need of QUILTERS. Due to age and failing health some members are not able to attend any more. If you have any interest in learning or already know how to quilt, WE NEED YOU.
They meet on Tuesday morning from 9:00 until Noon. If this time doesn't work for you, let them know, maybe something can be worked out.
We have noticed we are have some “regular visitors”, if you are interested in becoming a parishioner, there are registration forms in the back of the church. You can also call the rectory at your convenience 573-678-2207. 
Bud & Mary Ann Godat 2/24 - 3/1 
Sheila Adams & Susan Davis 3/2 - 3/8 
If interested in helping out contact the Rectory
Thank you Church Cleaners for your dedication!