Mardi Gras Madness

St Stephen Catholic School will be hosting their annual school fundraiser during the Mardi Gras parades.  Please patronize the school by purchasing food and drinks through the windows of the school facing Napoleon Avenue.  They will also offer bathroom passes for those wishing to avoid the Port-o-Lets.  They clean the bathrooms continuously throughout each day.  Please support our school that serves some of the neediest members of our community! … [Read more...]

5 Benefits of Frequent Confession

It's almost Lent! This season provides us as Catholics an opportunity to "repent and believe in the Gospel." One of the ways we can best do this is by going to Confession, where we have the opportunity to accept the many graces God has in store for us through this beautiful – and often underutilized – Sacrament. But Lent isn't the only time to make Reconciliation part of your schedule. Frequent Confession has so many benefits, including: Confession helps us to better “know thyself.” St. Augustine and countless other saints and doctors of the Church talk about the importance of knowing ourselves well. Through coming to know ourselves better, we realized how fallen we are, and how badly we need God’s help and grace to get through life. Frequent Confession helps remind us to rely on God … [Read more...]

Apostolate Fair

The Respect Life Apostolate spreads the Gospel by giving witness to respect for life from conception to natural death by means of peaceful presence of prayer and/or vocal support for human life in situations that disregard human dignity. Among other activities, the Life Apostolate meets each Saturday at 11:00 am to pray the Rosary at the Women's “Health Care” Clinic (abortion clinic) on the corner of General Pershing and Magnolia. They also maintain a presence at the proposed Planned Parenthood site, and support Archdiocesan policy regarding the site. Altar Servers play a very important role in the liturgy. They are part of the procession, handle incense, help prepare the altar for Mass, aid with baptisms, and help with the sacred vessels. Our parish has a great need for more servers as … [Read more...]

St. Joseph Altar Cookies!

In preparation for the St. Joseph Altar on Thursday, March 19, we will begin collecting ingredients for the traditional Italian cookies and for the meal itself.  We would greatly appreciate donations of these ingredients on the following dates: February 1 & 2               All purpose flour February 8 & 9               Sugar (regular & powdered) February 15 & 16           Crisco shortening (not butter) February 22 & 23           Spaghetti March 7 & 8                  Wine March 14 & 15               Fresh vegetables & fruit Because we know that some parishioners find it difficult to get to St. Stephen Church during the Mardi Gras parades, you are more than welcome to bring food donations on other than the assigned days. Thank you for your … [Read more...]

Bible Marathon at Notre Dame Seminary

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) Notre Dame Seminary Bible Marathon 2020: A Public Reading of The Bible for 100 Continuous Hours Tuesday, January 28th at 12:30 PM- Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 PM Front Lawn of Notre Dame Seminary The Celebration of Candlemas will follow the Bible Marathon with Mass at 6:00 PM in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at NDS. Bible Marathon 2020 Sign Ups are NOW OPEN! Visit nds.edu to view available proclamation times. … [Read more...]

Sacramentum Caritatis

The Sacrament of Love: the Holy Eucharist (part 1 of 3) On March 13, 2006 the Vatican released an Apostolic Exhortation of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI entitled Sacramentum Caritatis – the “Sacrament of Love” – in which the Holy Father offered “some basic directions aimed at a renewed commitment to Eucharistic enthusiasm and fervor in the Church.” The document offers the Holy Father’s reflections on the Synod of Bishops called by Pope John Paul II at the conclusion of the Year of the Eucharist (October 2004 - October 2005). Sacramentum Caritatis is the second major document of the Pontificate of Pope Benedict and must be read in the context of his first Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est – “God is Love” – itself a meditation on the nature of love. Although the Holy Father uses many … [Read more...]

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church.  Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up immersed in New York society. In spite of her high society background, Elizabeth's early life was quiet, simple, and often lonely. As she grew a little older, the Bible was to become her continual instruction, support and comfort; she would continue to love the Scriptures for the rest of her life. In 1794, Elizabeth married the wealthy young William Seton, with whom she was deeply in love. The first years of their marriage were happy and prosperous. Within four years, Will's father died, leaving the young couple in charge of Will's seven half brothers and sisters, as well as the family's importing business. Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

Feast of the Holy Family

December 29 Consecration to the Holy Family O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou protect us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace and concord in Christian love: in order that by living according to the divine pattern of Thy family we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness. Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by the kindly intercession make this our humble … [Read more...]

What are the “O Antiphons?”

The Church has been singing the "O" Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer in the Divine Office from December 17-23, a time called the “Golden Nights.” They are part of a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative "Come!" embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah. The seven "O Antiphons" (also called the "Greater Antiphons" or "Major Antiphons") are prayers that come from Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours during the Octave before Christmas Eve, a time which is called the “Golden … [Read more...]

Poinsettias!

Poinsettias in the Sanctuary during Christmas make for a beautiful display.  We appreciate a suggested donation of $25 in memory of departed loved ones whose names will be recorded in the bulletin and on the parish website. Thanks for helping us decorate the altar! In Memoriam: Marie Louise Brown, Bernard & Patricia Caillouet, Yvonne Brown Collier, Mr & Mrs "Bill" Collins, Leonard Evans, Richard Gaiennie, Leslie Guise, George T. Hamrick, Lester & Ethel Heidingsfelder, Earline Johnson, Percy Johnson, Irene King, Evelyn & Louis Lenfant, Florencia Loffredo, Paul W. Sanderson Sr, Thereas Sanderson, Maurice & Natalie Sciortino, Linda Smith, Vetter Amadeo Taylor, Gary Wilfong, Mary & Merlin Wilson, the Burmeister & Medina Families, and the Wetzel/Sullivan Family. … [Read more...]