FIRST FRIDAY St. Stephen DEVOTIONS February 4, 2022
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.
This is a NEW YEAR!! We would like to get back to some sort of normal. Hospitality Sundays and Parish Council meetings will resume.

We have been blessed with a couple of sizeable endowments to be used for the parish. Maintenance, improvements and upkeep are at the top of the list.

We would like to share and discuss ideas with others in the parish. We will set a date for our first meeting and we hope to see you there. You don’t have to be a “member” of the council to listen in or share ideas.
The winner of the beautiful quilt of the month was Ellen Thebeau. Many of you know her personally. Her son’s company, Thebeau Builders has completed many of the improvements here at the church and the dining hall. Congratulations to Ms. Ellen.
Month of the Holy Name of Jesus
The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. After the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, the angel Gabriel appeared to St. Joseph and told him that the child’s name should be called Jesus, meaning “God Saves.” According to Jewish law, on the 8th day after his birth a male child was to be circumcised, receive his name, and become a full member of God’s covenant people. According to the old calendar, the Feast of the Circumcision was celebrated on January 1st, eight days after Christmas, the same day He was given his sacred name. Currently we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary of God on January 1st and honor the Holy Name of Jesus on January 3rd. For Catholics, Jesus’ scared name is the object of a special devotion symbolized by the monogram “IHS,” (sometimes called a Christogram). Which is the first three letters of the Greek spelling of His name.
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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.