FIRST FRIDAY St. Stephen DEVOTIONS June 5, 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.
 
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
FATHER BOB CELEBRATED 37 YEARS TO THE PRIESTHOOD ON THURSDAY MAY 21.   
WE PRAY FOR HIS CONTINUED SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE AND LEADERSHIP.
WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE HIM AS OUR PASTOR.
 
 
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION 
   Today’s celebration varies from place to place. In some parts of the United States, people gather for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while other places celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. Several years ago, regions of bishops were permitted to decide whether to retain Ascension Day on Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter, or to move the celebration to the nearest Sunday. This new flexibility in the Christian calendar has to do with the desire to gather the Church to celebrate its central feasts fully, and with the Eucharist. Increasingly, as priests serve remote and scattered parishes, this is not always possible mid-week.
 
   The Ascension is a key moment for grasping what life in Christ is all about. It is not about a departure, but rather a plan for presence. We who are nourished by the Lord’s body and blood in the Eucharist are transformed to be his abiding presence in the world. That is a truth so worth celebrating that we can adjust our calendar in order that the fullest possible gathering of the Church can be achieved.
 
Raffle
As many of you already know our annual Picnic has been cancelled. We have mailed out a letter with Raffle tickets to help offset the loss of revenue.
Please use them!! Any donations we receive will be greatly appreciated.
All the prizes have been donated and/or made by parishioners and the church pew by Father Bob. Together we can stay strong and support the parish financially.
 
STAY CONNECTED 
Be sure to check in on each other. Let folks who don’t have e-mail know that they can pick up a bulletin, missalette and/or The Word Among Us from the front porch of the church. If they have e-mail, invite them to join our list, or visit our website.
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As some of you have probably heard Archbishop Carlson is allowing public mass to resume on Monday May 18th. This is also being left to individual Pastors to decide what is best for them.
 
Father Bob has decided that we will wait a couple more weeks before opening our parish. Until then we will continue to livestream mass. 
 
 
 
You can mail your offerings to: PO Box 233 Richwoods, MO 63071
 
Parish & Community Events 
Suspended Public Masses until further notice. 
 Please join us for Sunday worship from our temporary worship space.
We are live at 10:00 am www.twitch.tv/fatherboblive.com
 
 
 
 
Registration 
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. 
 
 
CHURCH CLEANERS
Schedule:           
 
If interested in helping out contact the Rectory
Thank you Church Cleaners for your dedication!