FIRST FRIDAY St. Stephen DEVOTIONS August 7, 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.
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Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God,
will make a person go to heaven.
—St. Camillus de Lellis
RAFFLE  Winners are:
Pat Kirn from Desoto. She chose the $500.00. She intends to help needy families in her area.
Margaret Cavey from Sullivan chose the hand made quilt.

The pew was donated back to the church by the winner. It is now going to be used for the First Prize at a horseshoe tournament to be held at the Knights of Columbus in Old Mines on August 1st.
All proceeds raised are being donated to recover the loss of the stolen property.
More information regarding the tournament is pending.
The seed is the word of God. The agricultural metaphors in all of today’s readings give richness to the message that the word of God, cultivated in our hearts, bears much fruit in our lives. Creation itself awaits the redemption of all, even as our bodies await the resurrection. Just as we will rejoice in the fulfillment of God’s word, so will all of creation sing for joy in the Reign of God. The word of God is effective and holy; it brings about exactly what it says. It is not futile or empty, but rich in meaning for those who hear and are healed. Those who hear the word of God and keep it will, with all creation, bear much fruit and sing for joy.
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Welcome back into the churchIt feels good to be home.  We will continue for now, to have one Mass on Saturday and one Mass on Sunday.
Saturday mass at ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI 5:00 pm.
Sunday Mass at ST. STEPHEN 9:00 am.
If you are sick or your immunity system is compromised, please refrain from attending public Mass!
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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. 
If interested in helping out contact the Rectory
Thank you Church Cleaners for your dedication!