FIRST FRIDAY St. Stephen DEVOTIONS August 5, 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.
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Aug 07, Knights of Columbus monthly Chicken and Beef dinner.
Where our Treasure is ... Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” This statement is an invitation to reflect on what it is we truly value and treasure in our lives, for what we value is where we place our hearts. Do we place our hearts in relationship with God and others? Do we place our hearts in gratitude and peace? Do we place our hearts in self giving love? Or, do we place our hearts elsewhere? Time is short. There will come a time when our life ends. Act now to place your treasure well. 
Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Church dedicates the month of August to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is a dogma of the Catholic faith that Mary, is the immaculate conception; that is, in preparation for the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity in her womb, she was conceived without corruption of sin through the foreseen and infinite merits of her Son, Jesus Christ. Over the centuries, as saints and theologians reflected on how Mary pondered and treasured the sacred events from the life of Christ in her holy heart, as attested in Scripture, her pure heart was recognized as some- thing to be imitated. Devotion to Our Lady’s purity of heart began to flower—-so much so that in the 17th century, St John Eudes promoted it alongside the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The devotion rose to a new level after the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, when Mary revealed an image of her Immaculate heart to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco.


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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.