FIRST FRIDAY St. Stephen DEVOTIONS October 2, 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.
Priesthood Sunday 
Today we celebrate Priesthood Sunday. As a faith community, may we show gratitude to Fr. Bob and pray for him and for priests everywhere that God will grant them perseverance in their calling.
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In the stream of readings during this portion of Ordinary Time one week’s texts can often appear to pick up exactly where the previous week’s concluded. The sentiments expressed in today’s first reading seem to be a direct reaction to the Gospel passage we heard last week. In that Gospel, the landowner pays the same wages to his workers whether they worked for a full day or for only a few minutes. Today Ezekiel gives us the lament, “The Lord’s way is not fair!”(Ezekiel 18:25). These Sundays in Ordinary Time offer us a glimpse into the ways of the Lord. We see how God’s way has the tendency to turn the accepted conventions of the day upside down. Those who always expected that their way to heaven was guaranteed are disappointed. Those who thought they never had a chance are given that chance. Today offers us another opportunity to discover the abundance of God’s mercy and love. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co., Inc.
The wearing of masks is still required in the church. However, Father has decided to relax the rules. If you are comfortable you may remove your mask during mass. You MUST still wear a mask when entering and exiting the church and while walking up for communion. 
If you have any news or events you would like announced please call the office. With so many things being cancelled its hard to have a “Community Events Schedule.”
Our annual Chicken & Dumpling Dinner has also been cancelled. Let's all pray for the Advent and Christmas season.
The Church dedicates the month of September to Our Lady of Sorrows. This devotion recalls the Blessed Virgin Mary’s spiritual martyrdom in virtue of her perfect union with the Passion of Christ. This was her role in salvation history, and what merited her place as the spiritual Mother of all Christians. This is symbolized by a single sword, or seven swords, piercing Mary’s suffering heart, as foretold in Simeon’s prophecy. Traditionally the Church meditates on the “Seven Sorrows” of our Blessed Mother: the prophecy of Simeon; the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt; the loss of the Child Jesus for three days; the meeting of Mary and Jesus as he carried his cross; Jesus’ crucifixion and death; Jesus’ sacred body taken down from the cross; and Jesus’ burial. The feast of Our Lady of the Sorrows is September 15th.
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