St. Stephen, Deacon & Martyr - St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr

St. Stephen, Deacon & Martyr
C a t h o l i c C h u r c h
A Catholic community of faith striving to witness to the Gospel. Our Baptism and Confirmation calls us to bring Christ’s
Love to our families, our work places and our community. Grateful for God’s gifts, we seek to nurture those gifts and to
give back to the Lord by sharing our time, talent and material treasure. In all of our parish activities we seek to develop
a personal relationship with the Lord who directs our lives and a vision that sees the world with the eyes of Christ and that
leads to a commitment to justice. We seek a sense of unity in Christ that leads us to be an open and welcoming people and
a sense of joy in being graced by the gifts of God’s Love.
November 30, 2014
1st Sunday of Advent
Monday—Saturday: 8am (English)
Saturday Liturgy: 5pm (English)
Sunday Liturgy:
English: 7am, 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am, 6:15pm
Polish: 1pm
November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent
We at St. Stephen, are striving to be good
disciples of Christ. We focus on the spirituality
of stewardship, through the grateful sharing of
our time, our talent and our treasure, to help us
become better disciples of Christ. As good
stewards, we share our gifts responsibly with
charitable groups and with our church. We urge
our parishioners to consider remembering St.
Stephen in their wills. Please phone Fr. Jay in
the church office at 708.342.2400 for more
Will be available next week
Thank you for your continued Stewardship in support of St.
Stephen. Please visit our website to find other opportunities
for generosity through planned giving by remembering St.
Stephen in your will or living trust.
TIME, TALENT & TREASURE In addition to printing the collection, we are printing
the Sunday and Holy Day collections from the previous month and for the fiscal year to
date as well as budgeted amount needed for us to meet both our expenses & mortgage
payments. Mortgage payments are $41,500 per month (interest and principal).
The Archdiocese loaned us the money to start our parish and build our facilities on the basis of
a commitment to Stewardship by the parish. We thank everyone whose support enables us to
do the work of our
Last Month October
$117,377 $112,500
Year-to-Date July 1—October 31 $471,966 $459,600
BAPTISMS are celebrated every Sunday at 3pm in English and 1pm in Polish. Please contact
Deacon Ken in the parish office for the necessary preparations.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION is available on Saturdays, from 8:45—9:30am in the
church or by appointment.
FUNERALS can be arranged with the parish office.
MARRIAGES St. Stephen Parish welcomes the celebration of the weddings of both registered
parishioners and the children of registered parishioners. Information is available from one of
the priests or deacons.
PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK can be arranged for the sick, elderly and handicapped
desiring Communion by calling the parish office.
BULLETIN ARTICLE DEADLINE Articles are to be in the parish office noon on Friday for the
following week’s bulletin. E-mail: [email protected]
REGISTRATION OF NEW PARISHIONERS is held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays every month after
10am Mass. New parishioners unable to register at Sunday registration, may register at the
parish office on Mondays at 2pm, Tuesdays at 11am, Wednesdays at 8:30am or Thursdays
at 6:45pm. Please phone 708.342.2400 to make an appointment. We warmly welcome
new parishioners and cordially invite you to join us on our life-long journey to the Lord.
~ O UR
Parish Office
17500 South 84th Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60487
Office Hours: 8:30am-8:30pm Mon-Th;
8:30am-7pm Fri; 9am-5pm Sat
Office Closed: 12:30-1pm Mon-Fri
Office Phone: 708.342.2400
Office Fax 708.342.1545
Religious Ed. Phone: 708.342.1544
email: [email protected]
~ O UR
~ O UR
Rev. James Finno, Pastor
Rev. Grzegorz Warmuz, Associate Pastor
William Engler, Deacon
Chuck McFarland, Deacon
William Schultz, Deacon
Joseph Stalcup, Deacon
Pete Van Merkestyn, Deacon
Kenneth Zawadzki, Deacon
Karen Opyd, Administrative Assistant to Pastor
Mary Jeanne Pazin, Director of Religious Education
Leslie Krauledis, Assoc. Director of Religious Education
Tammy Burns, Admin. Assistant for Religious Education
Mark Gorka, Music Minister
Karen Dillon, Youth Minister
Dave Prete, Maintenance Director
Cardinal Joseph
Bernardin Catholic School
9300 167th Street
Orland Hills, IL 60487
Phone 708.403.6525
Fax 708.403.8621
Ms. Mary Iannucilli,
November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent
From Our Pastor
ear People of St. Stephen,
Happy 15th anniversary to all of
you who are part of St. Stephen
As we celebrate our 15th anniversary as a
parish this weekend, we also begin a new
liturgical year as we celebrate the first
Sunday of Advent. The first Sunday Masses
of our parish were celebrated on the first
Sunday of Advent, November 28/29,
1999, at Prairie View Junior High across
the street from our church. For me, this
weekend is a time both to be grateful for
the blessings that the Lord has given us and
to renew our commitment to strive to be
all that the Lord calls us to be both as
individuals and as a parish. Our Advent
theme this year, “Lord, shape us to
transform our hearts and our community”,
comes from the first reading of this
Sunday’s Mass. The prophet Isaiah uses the
image of God as the potter and God’s
people as the clay, calling us as the Lord’s
people to allow the love and values of Jesus
to transform and shape us. We pray that
the gift of Christ’s love will continually be
present and life-giving to us.
This weekend we have particular reason to
be thankful for God’s blessings as we look
back on the growth of our parish over these
past 15 years. 15 years ago this weekend
about 200 people attended a 5 PM Saturday
Mass and a 10 AM Sunday Mass in Prairie
View’s cafeteria. Deacons Joe and Ken,
Karen Opyd, and I - our original staff –
were thrilled that so many people came.
Over the years we have been blessed by the
efforts of so many people who have helped
our parish family to grow. This weekend
for me is an opportunity to thank God for
the deacons, priests, lay staff, and many,
many parishioners whose commitment of
their time and talent have enabled us to do
the Lord’s work here at St. Stephen. The
people are too numerous to name without
leaving someone out. The people of St.
Stephen have always been our best
resource. This weekend I ask you to join
me in praying for our parishioners who
have died over these years. Many who have
contributed greatly to our parish have
joined the multitude of the saints in
heaven. We remember and pray for them
on this special occasion.
The readings of this Sunday’s Mass and the
spirit of Advent call us to renew our
commitment to growing in Christ’s love.
In reflecting on Archbishop Cupich’s
comments during his installation week, I
find a number of ideas that give direction
to a renewed commitment as a parish. The
Archbishop encouraged us to proclaim the
message of the Lord’s love with conviction
while at the same time having an openness
to listen to others, seeking to be alert to
wherever the Holy Spirit is revealing God’s
love. The Lord calls us to continue to strive
to be a welcoming community. Jesus
especially is present to the brokenness in
life, bringing his message of mercy and love
not to perfect people (there are none) but
to all of us in our weakness and need,
inviting us to grow to be all that God wants
us to be as individuals and as a parish. Jesus
is always present to us, walking with us as
we move through life with all its joys and
struggles. The Advent theme of being
mindful and alert reminds us to keep our
hearts open to the Lord. Staying connected
to Christ and seeking to help others to find
their own connection with the Lord is a
good focus for the mission that we can
embrace for our parish’s future. The Parish
Transformation process that we are
completing has generated some specific
ideas on growing as a parish in response to
the Lord’s call to live his love in our world.
This process will help to give some
direction for our future efforts as a parish. I
will be sharing more with you about the
ideas in the Parish Transformation process
in the weeks ahead.
As we embrace our future as a parish, a
final thought emphasized by Archbishop
Cupich is very important to me. One of
Jesus’ continuing messages to His disciples
is “Do not be afraid.” The future does
present real challenges to our church and
to our parish. Remembering that the Lord
is always with us and being open to the
Lord and His strength will sustain us as we
seek to live the Gospel and will open our
hearts to the new ways in which the Lord is
leading us as we seek to respond to His
In gratitude for all God’s blessings in our
first 15 years, and with trust in God’s
presence with us as we move into our
future, we celebrate our 15th anniversary
this weekend. I invite you to take a look at
the pictures from the life of our parish
displayed in the narthex and in the large
meeting room. Thank you to everyone
who has contributed in any way to the
work of St. Stephen parish in our first 15
years. Please pray that the Lord may bless
us and strengthen us as we continue our
journey of faith together.
May God bless you and your loved ones.
Fr. Jay
2015 Golden Book
We are again offering the New 2015 Golden Opportunities coupon book for only $25. It has hundreds of discounts at numerous
local merchants that you shop at everyday. The Dining Pleasures and Casual Dining section offer 2 for 1 dining, with many of them
having offers Valid Once A Month for the entire year. Please stop by the Parish Office to view a sample or to purchase this great gift
that you can begin to use immediately. WE ONLY HAVE A FEW COPIES LEFT!
November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent
Pastoral Ministries
Reflecting on 15 Years …
Contact Deacon Ken Zawadzki Celebrating 15 years as a parish doesn’t seem like a milestone when you hear of
Pastoral Ministry Director
parishes celebrating their 50th, 75th and 100th Anniversary as a parish but when
Phone: 708.342.2400 Ext. 136 you give 15 years of your life to one parish, yes, that is a milestone. From our
Email: [email protected]
Donating to
Vincent de Paul has
become easier
through our new
Go to and
click on the ONLINE GIVING logo to
the left of the screen to register and
make your donation. Thank you from
our St. Vincent de Paul Society.
If you or a parishioner close to you is in
need, please contact SVdP
at 708-342-2400 ext.205.
A representative will return your call
as soon as possible to arrange a
confidential conversation.
Confidentiality and Compassion
are cornerstones of our ministry
There is an Advent spirit in the
heart of every human person. It
is one of longing, of yearning
for a fulfillment that somehow
lies beyond ourselves; for we long for the
coming of the Lord. As you put your gift in the
St. Vincent de Paul Poor Box, your heart will
discover the true meaning of Christmas as you
help those who are suffering and poor to long
for the coming of the Lord.
humble beginnings in a house on Mallow Drive and weekend Masses at Prairie
View Junior High to our present day facility, I wouldn’t trade the experience for
anything. My 15 years here as a deacon have given me the opportunity to meet
so many faithful people that I have ministered to from Baptisms, Weddings, 1st
Communions to Funerals. I have shared my personal life with you through my
homilies and bulletin articles. I have shared in your lives and you have shared in
mine. We have made so many lasting friendships together. I have been blessed to
have worked with many people in this parish from day one, namely Deacon Joe
Stalcup, Karen Opyd and most of all Fr. Jay Finno. The four of us started this
adventure together with the Holy Spirit’s guidance and have never looked back.
We have been blessed to have been joined by other Deacons and their wives and
Priests and staff along the way.
Everyone loves our stained glass window behind the altar not only because it
tells the story of our faith but when I look at that window, it has a lot of
symbolism for me as well. When you look at that window, you see hundreds of
pieces of stained glass, which represents the people and staff at St. Stephen. It’s
all held together by a massive frame and that’s Fr. Jay. He is the framework who
holds everything together. All those pieces of glass would fall if it weren’t for the
massive frame holding us together. We have been blessed to have a spiritual
leader in Fr. Jay all these years of our existence as a parish. We don’t know what
the future holds for us all but when you put your life in God’s hands and let the
Holy Spirit work within you, you just know things will work out ok.
On a personal note, this journey wouldn’t have been complete without my
beautiful wife Laurie by my side every step of the way. She worked behind the
scenes in ministering with me in forming the ministries we have been associated
with here at St. Stephen. Laurie and I have both been blessed to have shared in
your life experiences with us throughout
these 15 years and you have shared in ours.
May we share many more memories
together doing God’s work here on earth.
Deacon Ken Zawadzki
St. Vincent De Paul Food Collection
Next Saturday/Sunday, December 6 and 7, will be our monthly food collection for the St. Vincent
De Paul Ministry to help support the Tinley Park food pantry. Non-perishable items such as breakfast
cereal, pasta, pancake mixes, canned goods should be bagged and left in the church Narthex. Paper
towels, toiletry paper, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies are always welcomed. St. Stephen
Parish has created a section of the food pantry for gluten free foods. Please mark your bag “gluten free
items” if you include those in your donations. Please help our parishioners in need and thank you so
much for your continued generosity and support .
Please label your bag if it’s GLUTEN FREE !!
November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent
Book Discussion “Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody”
The final session of the book discussion “Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody”, will be this Sunday, November 30. Like our book
discussion on “Rediscover Catholicism” last winter and spring, we will begin with a light supper at 4:30pm and conclude about
5:50pm on time for the 6:15pm Mass.
Infant Jesus of Prague healing service and mass
Everyone is invited to attend the Infant of Jesus of Prague prayer group healing service and mass on Monday, December 1, 2014 at
7:30pm. We are wheelchair accessible. We are located at Flossmoor Road and Leavitt Avenue in Flossmoor. For more information,
call Bettyann Hall at 708-799-1234.
Our Lady of Fatima PILGRIM Statue
Please come join us for the Rosary on Saturday, November 29 at 8 pm; on Sunday, November 30 through Saturday, December 6 at
7:30 pm in the Daily Chapel. The traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be with us. This is a wonderful family way to begin
Seeking help for the 7am Mass
If you attend the 7am Mass each Sunday, you might notice an absence of an altar server. The fact is that we do not have boys or girls
willing to sign up for such an early Mass. To that end, I’m appealing to adults to become an adult server to help serve at the 7am Mass
on Sundays. John Lisicich has been serving in their place for a number of years. John only serves because his wife Pat is one of the
Mass coordinators for that Mass. We are grateful for his service. If we could get four adults to volunteer at the 7am Mass, it would
mean you would serve once a month. John would be willing to sit with you during Mass for a few weeks and show you the way to
serve. Please consider this appeal for help serving at the 7am Mass and make the Mass flow more smoothly helping the priest and
deacon. Please contact Deacon Ken Zawadzki at the parish office for more information 708-342-2400 ext. 136.
Gluten Free Hosts Available
The Benedictine Sisters, who have been providing our altar breads since we began as a parish, have developed a communion host that will benefit all
those who suffer from celiac disease. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. Since Church
law and tradition require that the Eucharistic bread be wheat based, some Catholics have been unable to receive the host because they cannot tolerate the
gluten in altar breads. Some Catholics can receive only the cup because the gluten in the host is a danger to their health. The Benedictine Sisters have
developed a low gluten host that is safe for most people with celiac disease and which meets all Church requirements and is approved for use at Mass.
The gluten content of these breads is 0.01%, a level which the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland calls perfectly safe for the vast
majority of celiac sufferers. The Sisters still recommend that individual celiac sufferers consult with their doctor before using the breads. These hosts have
now been improved to the point that we can keep a small supply of consecrated hosts in the tabernacle for anyone who needs them. If you have this
need, please mention it to the priest, deacon, or one of the ushers before Mass. However, if for some reason you do not see someone before Mass, just
mention to whoever is distributing communion that you need a gluten-free host. We will always have a small supply available.
Military Corner
Please pray for our Military men and women on a daily basis for their safe return.
Capt. Anthony J. Cesaro
Major Vincent Cesaro
1st Lt. Michael Chimienti
Lt. Amanda Griffith
Lcpl. Evan Grober
Capt. Michael Gryczka
Sgt. Joseph Malone
Capt. Christopher Mazurek
Sgt. Dominic Messina
Tsgt. Laura Langley
Ssgt. Carl Langley
PFC Matthew O'Boyle
Capt. Thomas Pierczynski
Tsgt. Stephen Vlaming
LCDR Marilyn Walsh
Major Thomas Walsh
November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent
First Week of Advent
Be Mindful
First Sunday in
Advent Honor
the Lord - Our
Come to the
Lord's Houseattend daily
Pray that all
may live in
St. Nicholas
Pray the Rosary Give an older The Lord is
Day Give small
daily during
person a ride to my light and
religious gifts
daily Mass.
to Children.
Advent Reflections—Week 1—Mindful
Jesus said, “Anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back is of no use for the Kingdom of God”, Luke 9:62. Be mindful, be
conscious of each moment, growing in an awareness of God’s presence in every moment of each day.
“Lord, shape us to transform our hearts and our community”
Advent Season
The word “Advent” (Coming) indicated how Christians view the four-week
period preceding the Nativity of our Lord. It is a time of preparation for an
even more intimate coming of the Lord to you and all of us.
When I come to visit a friend, I am present to him. Coming results in
presence. Of course, the Lord is already present to his people. Therefore,
his coming at Christmas should result in a more intimate presence. People
(friends, lovers) who get to know and love one another better are becoming
more intimately, more personally, present to one another. It is a question of
opening up and sharing one another’s personality. Our preparation for
Christ’s coming should consist in an ever more opening up to him who wants
to share our human condition in loving care.
By preparing for the Lord’s coming time and again at Christmas, Christians
prepare for his final coming which will be decisive for you and all human
beings. “Now we watch for the day hoping that the salvation promised us
will be ours when Christ our Lord will come again in his glory” (Preface of
Advent). St. Joseph Daily Missal
Using a purple ribbon for each week, (except a
pink ribbon for the third week), attach the
ribbon at the end of each tag and tie the ribbon
around the wreath near the candle.
Be careful not to start a fire.
Week 1: Be Mindful
Week 2: Be Prepared
Week 3: Rejoice
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Communal Reconciliation Service
Tuesday, December 16 – 7:30pm
In Addition to the Communal Reconciliation service
on December 16, the Sacrament of Reconciliation
will be offered at the following times:
Thursday, December 18
7:00— 8:00pm
Saturday, December 20
8:45— 9:45am
3:00— 4:15pm
Monday, December 22
8:45— 9:45am
7:00— 8:30pm
Confessions will be available in English & Polish.
There will be no confessions on Christmas Eve.
Week 4: Behold the Glory of God
November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent
Dear Families of St. Stephen,
As we are about to begin the Advent season, it is time for us at St. Stephen to begin to prepare to
celebrate the birth of Jesus. Your children, grades 1 and up, are invited to be a part of the Christmas Eve
Nativity Liturgy. This year St. Stephen will be celebrating a 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve, at which the
children will be presenting the Christmas Gospel. We hope to involve many of our children in this
experience. All parts are non-speaking. A few special parts, grades 3 and up, will be selected by lottery.
While we have a few costumes, families will need to provide most costumes which are all
very basic.
Please consider the schedule of rehearsals below. All rehearsals are mandatory. Rehearsals will be
in church on the following dates:
Rehearsals for Christmas Eve Mass at 5 PM:
Thursday, December 11—6:30-7:00 PM (assignment of parts) - 125/126
Thursday, December 18—6:30-7:00 PM- Church
Monday, December 22—6:30-7:00 PM (dress rehearsal) - Church
At the dress rehearsal on December 22 costumes must be worn.
If your child(ren) are interested in participating in this special Mass, please come to the first practice for the Mass on December 11 at
6:30 PM. Adult helpers are needed and welcome.
If you have any questions, please call Fr. Jay at 708-342-2400 or Mary Jeanne Pazin at 708-342-1544, ext. 147.
Thank you and God bless, Fr. Jay and The Family Mass Team
As part of our Advent observance we invite everyone to write a prayer expression, personal intention or gratitude for
blessings on the sheets that are available on the table in the narthex. Please write your prayer and family name on the
sheet (copies are in one basket) and place the sheet in the second basket. These intentions will then be placed in a basket
placed by the altar. By posting our prayers we show our willingness to let “The Lord, shape us to transform our hearts
and our community” during Advent.
Advent Candle Lighting Sign-up Sheet
There is a sign-up sheet for those wishing to light the Advent Candles at the beginning of Mass.
Please check in with the usher no later than 10 minutes before Mass starts. This way they know that you are here;
otherwise, they will look for someone to take your place. The sign-up sheet will be in the back of the church on the
usher’s table. Please remember to honor your commitment.
“The Little Blue Book” - An Advent Prayer Book
Advent begins on Sunday, November 30TH which is just around the corner. By the way, “Happy New Year”, the first Sunday of
Advent begins a new year for the Church based on the Church’s calendar. Advent is a time of preparation for and reflection upon the
birth of Jesus. To aid in the prayerful preparation for Advent “The Little Blue Book” written by Bishop Untener of Saginaw Michigan
offers a brief prayer for each day of Advent. “The Little Blue Book” is available in the magazine racks on the west wall of the narthex.
Please take one and use it for daily prayer during Advent. A donation of $1 is requested to pay for “The Little Blue Book”.
Walk to Bethlehem
Relive that special night with a walk through the halls of the motherhouse at St. Francis Woods, 9201 W St. Francis Rd, Frankfort on
Saturday, December 6 at 6:30pm. The cost is $20 per person and dinner will be served in the auditorium. Come hear the choirs from
St. Jude & St. Christopher. For further information, please call Gerry at 815-464-3682.
November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent
Happy Thanksgiving from Your Parish School
On behalf of the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School, please know that we appreciate and are grateful for
the prayers, friendship, and support of the parishioners of our sponsoring parishes -- St. Elizabeth Seton, St.
Francis of Assisi, St. Julie Billiart, St. Stephen Deacon & Martyr.
In particular, during this season of
THANKSGIVING, we especially give thanks for your support of Catholic education. We wish you blessings as you celebrate with
family and friends on this special holiday. Mary Iannucilli, Principal
National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Ten eighth grade students were inducted into the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin
Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Members have excelled in the
areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Father
William Corcoran (pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Seton Parish, Orland Hills)
and Ms. Mary Iannucilli (Principal of CJB) presided over the ceremony. As
members of the NJHS, students will participate in projects that benefit the
community, parishes, and school. The NJHS Program is overseen by Ms.
Barb Kristin and the Faculty Council is Mrs. Janet Dubina, Mrs. Sharon
O’Toole, Mrs. Marnie O’Neill, Mrs. Maria Niemiec and Ms. Julie Martin.
(Pictured – front row) Ms. Barb Kristin, Mary Iannucilli (Principal), Deirdre
Flanagan, Mikayla Thomalla, Haley Smith, Tina Soltis and Fr. William
Corcoran (Pastor, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish)
(Pictured – back row) Colleen Murphy, Allison Brankin, James Calcagno, Giovanni Kozel, Ryen Meuris and Elise Houlihan
Cardinal Bernardin School takes
1 st Place in Brother Rice Academic Bowl
14 teams competed in the Second Annual Academic Bowl at Brother
Rice High School. The CJB team of Jim Calcagno, Patrick DuMais,
Gino Kozel, Jonathan Laxamana, and Michael Nacik won first place in
the competition. A plaque for the Academic Bowl at Brother Rice High
School hangs by the Math classroom. Our school's name will be added to
the plaque for the second year in a row as the Champion of Brother Rice
Academic Bowl.
(Pictured) Jonathan Laxamana, Michael Nacik, Patrick DuMais,
Gino Kozel and Jim Calcagno.
Cardinal Bernardin 6th Grade Girls Basketball
CJB 6th Grade Girls Basketball Team dedicated their
basketball playoff game last month to breast cancer
awareness by wearing pink.
(Pictured) Teresa Topolski, Katianne Soltys, Nora Whitten,
Faith Coverick, Julianna Johnson, Natalie McGrath,
Ariana Hazemi, Alis Krabbe and Madeleine Viz
November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent
Teens Growing in Faith Upcoming Events
If you are interested in more information about the Youth Ministry, please contact
Karen Dillon at: 708-342-2400, ext. 149 or at [email protected]
Teens 7th grade through high school are invited to teen activities the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month following the 6:15 pm
mass from 7-9 pm! Come help us plan our activities for the year!
Wednesday, December 10th: Service Project at Catholic Charities Meal Program-St. Blasé Church. Meet in the Narthex at
4:30pm. We will drive together and return to church by 7:30pm. YOU MUST CALL TO RESERVE A SPOT AS SPACE IS
LIMITED! A PERMISSION SLIP IS REQUIRED. Counts as 3 hours of service.
Saturday, December 13th: Mom & Dad’s Night Out 6-9pm in Large meeting room. We play games, watch a movie, do crafts, have
a snack with younger kids(BABYSITTING). Lots of FUN and Counts as 3 hours community service.
7th Grade Service Opportunity: Babysitting At 10am Mass
Confirmation Candidates: Get an early start on your service hours for next year! We are presently scheduling babysitting for 2015,
and you can begin doing your projects in February. Sign up now for your first choice in dates; 3 Sundays are needed to count for 1
project. 7th/8th/HS Students, please contact Babysitting Coordinator Pat Mullin at [email protected] to sign up. Babysitting for
children ages 15 months to 5 years is provided at 10am Mass. Parents, please come to room #158 ten minutes before mass to sign in;
directly following mass please return to sign out your child. For the safety of all, if your child is ill please do not bring them to the
babysitting room and food is not permitted at any time.
Once again the St. Stephen Teen Group is sponsoring a collection of stocking stuffers and small gifts for the teens who live at Mercy
Home for Boys and Girls. There will be collection boxes in the Narthex the weekends of Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 6 & 7. Everything
will be picked up by Mercy Home on Monday, December 8th. Items they have specifically requested this year are listed below:
The gifts are best left unwrapped. Wrapping paper or medium to large gift bags are also welcome.
Please submit your unwrapped gift by Sunday, December 7th. Thank you!
Small games like Uno, Jenga,
Kid’s Sports Illustrated
Disposable cameras
The Lego Movie
Water bottles
Head Phones/Ear Buds
Planners, Journals
Magazine subscriptions to Mercy
ESPN Magazine
Game Pro
Small cologne and perfume
Body Lotions
$15 Walmart gift cards
Slippers all sizes
Scrapbook supplies
Baseball Caps
Twin Size sheet sets.
Movie DVD’s
Muppets Most Wanted
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Facing the Giants
The Amazing Spiderman 2
Captain America Winter Soldier
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014
$15 Best Buy gift cards
Godzilla 2014
National Geographic’s
$15 Target Gift Cards
Socks- athletic for boys and more
colorful/playful for girls
Video Games for:Xbox 360 or
Wii rated E or sports game
Moms and Tots
Join us at Moms and Tots! Moms and Tots is a casual playgroup that meets on Tuesdays between 9:30am
and 11am. It is a fun free way to get out with your little one(s). New moms, dads, tots, and babies are
always welcome! We meet in the church, Room 158, however, if fall weather permits we may move to
Kiwanis Park. It is located near the southwest side of the church parking lot. We hope to see you there! If
you have any questions feel free to contact Julie at [email protected] or (708)299-9404.
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Welcome to the Marriage Center
Marriages: Michael & Lauren Benavides
Banns II
Nick Billone & Michelle Musial
“God’s Big Hug” Prayer Shawl Ministry
Our first meeting after summer break
will be Thursday December 4, at
10am in room 125/126 of the parish
offices. The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a
group of women from the parish who
meet monthly to knit or crochet
shawls for the sick, homebound, those
with terminal illnesses, and other
illnesses and to celebrate a happy
occasion. Our meetings are optional!
We meet on the 1st Thursday of each
month at 10am in room 125 of the
parish offices. Our ministry is open to
everyone—even if you don't have the
time to attend the meetings! Shawls
can be created at home on your own
time and own speed. The purpose of
the prayer shawl is to let the recipient
know that others care for them in
difficult times and are thinking of
them. On the knitter's part, it is a
prayerful process—from the selection
of color to the blessing of the yarn and
needles. The love of making knitted
and crocheted items and a deep caring
for others has been combined into a
prayerful ministry which reaches out
to those in need of comfort and
St. Stephen’s F.A.I.T.H. (faith and inspiration to
hope) Spiritual Healing Ministry continues with a
monthly prayer service at 7:30pm. The next
date is Wednesday December 10. The goal of
this ministry is to bring Christ’s healing love to
people struggling with illness and to support their
loved ones and caregivers. The foundation of this
ministry is an expectant faith, trusting that the
Lord Jesus will give us what we need. Through
our prayer, we put ourselves in the hands of
God, seeking His will and listening to His voice in
the depths of our hearts. Through prayer and
offering support, we seek to bring Christ’s
healing love to our parishioners who are
struggling with illness. The prayer service will
include quiet music, Scripture reading, a
reflection, intercessory prayer and an
solace. Donations of yarn as well as
monetary donations are always
welcome. It was noted that those
making shawls, to please keep our
measurements of 25” x 60” as our
guideline. This size makes for a perfect
fit for those receiving shawls. Please
come to our next meeting and find out
what we are all about. For more
information on our ministry please
contact Dorothy at 708-614-2588.
opportunity for a few minutes of personal prayer
with one or two members of the F.A.I.T.H.
ministry team. This prayer time will focus on
whatever intentions that the person brings. The
F.A.I.T.H. ministry is founded on belief in the
power or prayer and on four key attitudes of our
3. We recognize the
grace of redemptive
embrace the Cross of Christ in our lives
makes a difference.
1. We come to God with an expectant
4. We ask for healing in order to be better
faith, trusting that God will provide what
servants of the Lord. Healing prayer asks
we need in our lives.
for help of God in our times of need and
2. We come to God with the attitude of helps us to recognize that God walks with
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane us in facing the pain of life.
“Father Thy Will be Done”. God’s healing
may come in a way that we do not expect
and that is different from our desire, but We invite anyone who wishes to join us on
we must trust in the ultimate care of the Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 pm.
Semi-Retired? Retired? Eager to “give something back?”
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps may be for You! Members of this Jesuit service program volunteer in poor and marginalized
communities 2 days per week (Sept-June), grow deeper in their Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Jesuit Catholic
tradition and meet monthly with other IVC members and a spiritual reflector. IVC members serve as tutors, employment counselors,
food pantry volunteers, elderly companions, hospital chaplains and more! Detailed information is online at
Chicago. To inquire, please contact Jacqueline Fitzgerald at 312-961-6206 or [email protected]
CJB is looking for a part-time custodian who will assist with general cleaning within the school during the evening shift (Monday
through Friday). The candidate must be adaptable and flexible and able to respond to situations and problems as they arise. The
ability to handle basic tools for light maintenance and repairs is necessary. The work week is a maximum of 20 hours. Please email
resume to [email protected] or to [email protected]
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Pamięć i oczekiwanie
„Rzecz ma się podobnie jak z człowiekiem, który udał się w podróż.” Podróże są domeną wakacji, a te już dawno za nami. Możemy jedynie wracać do
nich pamięcią, ożywianą chociażby przez oglądanie zdjęć i pamiątek, albo czekać z utęsknieniem na następne, snując marzenia i plany. Pamięć i
oczekiwanie. Przeszłość i przyszłość. Dwa wymiary, obejmujące o wiele więcej niż czas wakacyjnego odpoczynku. Przeszłość i przyszłość to kategorie,
którymi możemy także opisać działanie Boga w naszym życiu. A teraźniejszość? Czy ona również może być przestrzenią działania Boga w świecie i w
moim życiu?
Dzisiejsza Ewangelia ukazuje nam Jezusa, ukrytego pod postacią pana domu, który opuścił swoją własność i „udał się w podróż”. Jak łatwo możemy
ten obraz odnaleźć w swoim życiu. Bóg rzeczywiście „udał się w podróż”, opuścił mnie. Gdyby był ze mną nie spotkałyby mnie takie nieszczęścia, nie
cierpiałbym z powodu choroby, nie popadł w sidła alkoholizmu. Gdyby Bóg był ze mną lepiej pokierowałbym swoim życiem, wybrał lepszego
partnera, nie miał problemów z moimi dziećmi. Gdyby Bóg był ze mną nie byłbym teraz całkiem sam, opuszczony i zapomniany przez bliskich.
Bóg opuścił jednak nie tylko moje życie, opuścił także świat. Jak bowiem można inaczej wytłumaczyć głód, wojny, obozy zagłady, cierpienie
bezbronnych? Kiedyś, owszem, Bóg był obecny w tym świecie. Stworzył go, posłał swojego Syna, Jezusa, działał nawet w początkach Kościoła. Wierzę
w to, jestem przecież chrześcijaninem. Bóg był także obecny kiedyś w moim życiu – przyjąłem chrzest, byłem u Komunii Świętej.
Jako chrześcijanin wierzę również, że Bóg powróci z tej podróży. Mówi przecież dzisiaj w Ewangelii: „Czuwajcie (…), bo nie wiecie, kiedy pan domu
przyjdzie”. Wierzę, że jeszcze zainterweniuje w moim życiu i w historii świata, ale dopiero na końcu czasów. Co jednak pozostaje mi dziś, kiedy Bóg cały
czas jest w podróży?
Adwent, który właśnie rozpoczynamy tą niedzielą jest dobrą okazją do spojrzenia na swoje życie i szukania w nim Boga. On, choć może wydawać się
nieobecny na scenie mojego życia, nigdy tak naprawdę jej nie opuścił.
Jesteś chrześcijaninem! Czy wiesz, co to oznacza? Jesteś tym, który jest podobny do Chrystusa, mało tego – tym, który nosi Jezusa w sobie. Adwent w
porządku roku liturgicznego przygotowuje nas na Narodzenie Pana, na radosne uobecnianie tej tajemnicy w liturgii. Adwent jednak w moim i Twoim
osobistym życiu jest po to, abyś zatęsknił za Bogiem i przypomniał sobie, że On stał się Człowiekiem.
Jezus przychodząc na świat odmienił całkowicie bieg historii. Nie można już wydzielić tego, co święte i tego, co świeckie, sacrum i profanum. Jego
przyjście na świat sprawiło, że wszędzie można odnaleźć Boga, że On jest blisko każdego stworzenia, jest blisko Ciebie. Bliżej niż myślisz.
Zapytasz jednak, jak mogę tego doświadczyć? Przecież to w żaden sposób nie zmienia mojego życia i jego historii. Przecież nie czuję, że Bóg jest obok
mnie. Pozwól jednak, że ja też Ciebie zapytam: czy szukasz Boga w swoim życiu, obok siebie?
Człowiek z dzisiejszej Ewangelii, który udał się w podróż nie zostawił swojej posiadłości na pastwę losu. Owszem – zostawił dom, ale „powierzył
swoim sługom staranie o wszystko, każdemu wyznaczył zajęcie, a odźwiernemu przykazał, żeby czuwał.” Jego samego już tam nie ma - jest w podróży.
Teraz jednak kto inny zajmuje się jego dziedzictwem. Ten niedoskonały obraz pozwala nam spojrzeć na nasze życie, na moje i Twoje życie, w zupełnie
innym świetle. Bóg nie opuścił świata, ale pozwala działać człowiekowi, dał mu wolność. Właśnie ta wolność sprawia, że dużo bardziej niż poprzez
cudowne interwencje i łamanie wszelkich możliwych praw Bóg chce być obecny w świecie w sposób cichy i pokorny, bez świateł i krzyków, w cichej
przestrzeni ludzkiej miłości, dobroci i zaangażowania w ten świat.
Wezwanie do czuwania, które skierował dziś do każdego z nas Jezus, nie jest czymś abstrakcyjnym. To wezwanie, które domaga się osobistego
zaangażowania. Uważaj i czuwaj, czyli bądź uważny, szukaj Boga obok siebie, w swoim życiu. Może tam, gdzie do tej pory widziałeś tylko przypadek
dzięki Jego łasce zrozumiesz, że Przypadek to jedno z imion Boga, pod którym chce się Tobie przedstawić.
Tak często jednak o Nim zapominamy, oddalamy się od Niego, szukając własnych dróg. Może Ty też oddaliłeś się od Boga i myślisz, że jesteś już za
daleko, że nie ma już powrotu. Jak mogę dziś doświadczać Boga w moim życiu? Jak się do Niego zbliżyć? Przez dobre uczynki? Prorok Izajasz mówi dziś,
że „wszystkie nasze dobre czyny jak skrwawiona szmata”. Nie tędy zatem prowadzi droga do Boga. On proponuje Ci dzisiaj zmianę perspektywy
patrzenia. To nie Ty zbliżasz się do Boga, ale to On zbliża się do Ciebie. Bóg jest na tyle wielki, że pozwala się ograniczyć naszej ludzkiej wolności.
Szanuje ją do tego stopnia, że zbliża się do każdego z nas, jednocześnie pytając, czy dopuścimy Go do siebie. Decyzja należy do każdego z nas.
Bóg jest obecny także dziś, Jezus żyje. On pragnie być bardzo blisko Ciebie, Twoich problemów i codziennych spraw. Chce, abyś dzielił się z Nim
swoimi trudnościami i radościami, abyś przedstawiał Mu swoje marzenia i plany. Czeka jednak na Twoją uwagę i na Twoje zaproszenie. Nie musisz od
razu zmieniać wszystkich swoich czynów i planować poprawy całego życia. Zacznij od zmiany jego kierunku – na chwałę Boga Ojca, w jedności z
Jezusem. A jeśli tego chcesz, powtórz w swoim sercu za prorokiem Izajaszem: „Obyś rozdarł niebiosa i zstąpił”. Jezu, rozedrzyj niebiosa i zstąp do
mojego życia!
Michele L. Nowak, LCPC, is available to provide counseling to individuals and couples right here at St.
Stephen parish! Michele is an experienced professional counselor who has worked with all age groups and
issues. She is a staff member of The Hollbrook Counseling Center of Catholic Charities. Blue Cross / Blue
Shield accepted. Those without insurance are eligible for sliding scale fees based on income & number of dependents. Appointments
can be made by calling (312) 655-7725. The first session is free for all who are members of St. Stephen.
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Sun 11-30
Baby Nursing #153 |10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Babysitting #158 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Baptism | Narthex...Oplatki
Mon 12-01
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Book Discussion "Forgiveness" LMR | 7:30 PM Our Lady of Fatima Daily Chapel
Instructional Mass Gr 3 Daily Chapel | RE 4:15-5:30pm; 6-7:15pm Educ. Wing
Tues 12-02
7:30 PM Our Lady of Fatima Daily Chapel | 7:30 PM Parish Worship Team #125
Instructional Mass Gr 3 Daily Chapel | RE 4:15-5:30pm; 6-7:15pm Educ. Wing
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Moms & Tots #158 | 7:30 PM Highlanders #171,172,173,174
Wed 12-03
7:30 PM Our Lady of Fatima Daily Chapel | 7:30 PM SVDP #126
Instructional Mass Gr 3 Daily Chapel | RE 4:15-5:30pm; 6-7:15pm Educ. Wing
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Adult Choir Church/Choir Room | 7:30 PM CJBS Rosary #126
7:30 PM Our Lady of Fatima Daily Chapel | 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM Portrait of Jesus book study #154
Thurs 12-04 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM Adoration of Blessed Sac Daily Chapel with Rosary @ 8:30am
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Shawl Ministry #125/126
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Children's Choir Church | 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM CJBS Scouts Den 2 #167
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Benediction Daily Chapel followed by Divine Mercy Prayers
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Parish Transformation Steering Comm LMR
Fri 12-05
Sat 12-06
Sun 12-07
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Praise Band Church | 7:30 PM Our Lady of Fatima Daily Chapel
7:30 PM Parish Transformation Mtg LMR
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM Scripture Study #126 | 6:30 PM 1st Fri Mass (Polish) Church
7:30 PM Our Lady of Fatima Daily Chapel
Baby Nursing #153 | Narthex...Oplatki
Narthex...TGIF Mercy Gifts Return | 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Taking Care of the Woman's Spirit #167
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Portrait of Jesus book study #126 | 11:00 AM 1st Reconciliation Church
1:00 PM 1st Reconciliation Church | 7:00 PM 1st Sat Mass (Polish) Church
7:30 PM Our Lady of Fatima Daily Chapel
Baby Nursing #153 | Narthex...Oplatki
Narthex...TGIF Mercy Gifts Return | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Babysitting #158
10:00 AM Family Mass Church | 10:00 AM Growing with God #162/163/164/165/166/167
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM RCIA #125 | 1:00 PM Kingdom Mtg #126 |3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Baptism
5:00 PM
Eucharistic Bulvan,Christine
Flo Simosky
Joan Beck
Geraldine Casey
Peg Schmidt
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
10:00 AM
Family Mass
Family Mass
11:30 AM
Kathy Stephens
Jim Stephens
Mike Tyrrell
Eileen Tyrrell
Barb Ridge
Bob Ridge
John&Mike Vasek
Patricia Vasek
B. J. Witry
Charlene Mueller
Rose Romano
Natalie Sims
Sun 11-30
Team #2
Sun 12-7
Team #3
November 30, 2014 1st Sunday of Advent
11/30 Sunday
7:00am For the People
Anne Lisicich
8:30am Hugh Twomey
Ralph Provenzano
10:00am Joseph Saloman
Ronald Joyce
11:30am Marie Pliley
Dan Hattan
1:00pm Za Dusze W. Czyscu Cierpiace
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Pray for Our Sick
The Family
Celia Twomey
Gerald & Mary Jeanne Pazin
Wife & Sons & Family
Jean @ Vista Hotel
Maureen & Ed Kwiatkowski
Emily Johnson
Jozef Kowalczyk
Maxine Bean
Margaret Page
Jim Dwyer
Grace & Richard Byer
Mary Brasky
Thanksgiving for Diloy & Puray Families
John Hamilton, Jr.
James McCauley
Mary Guewa
Adolfo Sumera
John Kinney, Sr.
Estelle Latas
Dorothy Lipinski
Victoria Wasag
Emmet Curme
Peter Aldeza
Stanley Brazausky
Pat & Katherine Murphy
Patrick & Bridget Cantillon
D.J. Zimmerman
Cheryl Zibits
Deltina Sepulveda
7:00am For the People
Lawerence Menconi
8:30am Patricia Mitus
Thomas Rogan
10:00am Ann Vidinich
Maury Kane
11:30am Cynthia Kinney
Lorraine Tateyama
1:00pm Nellie Rafacz
Wojciek & Anna Juraszek
6:15pm Johanna Silbernagel
Virginia Biegel
The Family
Sr. Altar Servers
Dcn Pete & Jan Van Merkestyn
Lucy Lamargo
Dolores F. Michalski
John & Janet Hamilton, Sr.
The Family
M/M G. Patula & Son
Connie Sumera
The Galvin Family
Toni Twarok
Ray Lipinski
The Family
Mike Abramowicz
Albert Agresti
Kristen Baldyga
Julie Barth
Josephine Basie
Arlene Beavan
Augustina Braccolino
Frank Braccolino
Kathie Brosius
Tammy Burns
William Callahan
Raymond Callahan
John Czerniak
Janice Dorff
Joe Dorff
John Drahos
Cardinal George
Sue Gildea
Caroline Grady
Fran Grousnick
And for all for whom our parish is asked to pray
To help keep the list of names read at Mass and placed in
the bulletin accurate and current, we will keep the name
of a non-parishioner who is an immediate family member
of our parishioner on the list at Mass for two weeks and
in the bulletin for two weeks. For a parishioner, we will
keep the name on the list at Mass for four weeks and in
the bulletin for 60 days. We ask that an immediate
family member call after 4 weeks if you wish to have the
name continued to be read at Mass.
Terri Lloyd
The Family
Elissa Kara
Mary Cantillon
The Family
Mom & Dad
The Sullivan Family
Judy Menconi
Tom Mitus
The Family
The Family
The Family
Krystyna Soprych
Mary Schroder
Paul & Nancy Madigan
Alex, Helen & Family
The Goodrich Family
Marion Kummer
Lillian Kurzawski
Ed Malone
Jim O'Donnell
Nathan Parry
Carmen Pignatiello
Judy Ratkovic
Kevin Renderman
Betty Ruzich
Terry Ryan
Mary Lou Schoettler
Nicole Siedschlag
Rachel Swallow
Joseph Tierney
Ruth Ann Tomaszeski
Alex Udaykee
Jane Van Duch
MaryBeth Vasquez
Maeve Walsh
Kelly Weiss
Pray for Our Deceased
Weekly Readings
Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
Is 2:1-5/Mt 8:5-11
Is 11:1-10/Lk 10:21-24
Is 25:6-10a/Mt 15:29-37
Is 26:1-6/Mt 7:21, 24-27
Is 29:17-24/Mt 9:27-31
Is 30:19-21, 23-26/Mt 9:35—10:1
Welcome to Our Newly Baptized
Anthony P. Mikolajczyk
John W. Pietraszek
Duncan Jack Reidy
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Nancy’s Pizza at 171st Street and 80th Avenue (in the Family Dollar Plaza) is making an offer to St. Stephen Parishioners. On any Monday through Wednesday,
present this coupon and 20% of the pre-tax amount (10% if a discount coupon is used) will be donated to the St. Stephen Parish Center Fund. You can enjoy a
pizza and support our parish. Nancy’s Pizza’s number is 708-614-6100.
Nancy’s Pizza and St. Stephen Pizza Coupon
20% of the pre-tax amount (10% if a discount coupon is used) to be donated to the
St. Stephen Parish Center Fund on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays!
E a r n $ $ $ $ f o r S t. S t e p h e n ’ s Pa r i s h ! ! !
Have lunch or dinner at Gatto's on the 2 or 4 Wednesday of the month and help in
raising funds for St. Stephen’s parish. The parish will receive 15% of the before tax cost of
your meal. Please present this coupon to your server or ask your server to write St.
Stephen's Men's Club on your bill. This applies to Dine-in or Carryout!!
Gatto’s Restaurant & Bar
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Present this coupon to your server
Dine-In or Carryout
Pop Tabs collection to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Chicago .
A collection bin for pop tabs is located in the nw corner of the narthex and in all RE classrooms.
Thank you for your support!
Please Recycle Your Newspapers, Magazines, etc. into our green and yellow recycling bins located in the Parking Lot.
Youth Ministry of St. Stephen will earn money from your donation.
Thank you to all who advertise in our bulletin. Please patronize our advertisers!