This has been the major parish summer event since 1980. Summerfest 2013 is set for Saturday, June 22. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Festivities include food, inflatable rides and games for all ages, bingo and 5K Run/Walk - all capped off by the giant raffle winners being named on Saturday evening. Summerfest has become a key event in the City of Anoka. >Click here for more information.
Parish Garage Sale Taking a Breather in 2013
The Parish Garage Sale typically takes place on a Friday and Saturday in July or August.
For all of you devoted garage sale leaders and volunteers, this is your summer to take a break from the heat. Due to the school being painted and a need for more leaders to be developed, we have decided to take a year off.
If you have been saving items for the garage sale, we would like to encourage you to consider donating your items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or Bridging.
Bridging is a twin cities organization that has been helping individuals and families transition out of homelessness and poverty since 1987. It is the largest furniture bank in North America and has locations in Bloomington and Roseville. More information regarding donations to Bridging can be found at www.bridging.org.
The Salvation Army has donation drop boxes all over the Anoka area or you can call 1-800-728-7825 to have a truck come to you. More information regarding donations to the Salvation Army can be found at www.satruck.org.
The Goodwill has locations in Coon Rapids, Champlin and Blaine. More information regarding the Goodwill can be found at www.goodwilleasterseals.org.
If you are interested in being a leader for the sale in 2014, please call Monica Freeman at 763-712-7438. We are looking for several leaders to come together to create a strong team and continue this ministry.
Lenten Fish Dinners
The ever-popular Lenten Fish Dinners are held at St. Stephen’s on Fridays during Lent. Dinner is served from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This event, hosted by the Anoka Knights of Columbus, will be held in the Faith Community Center. The menu consists of generous servings of baked and deep fried fish, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls and apple crisp. Beverages include coffee, milk and lemonade. This event is open to everyone and all are welcome. "To-Go" boxes are available. Adults are $7.00, children ages 4 to 12 are $4.00 and children age 3 and under are free.
If you would like to volunteer for the fish dinners, please contact Carole S. at 763-421-1971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This annual gala takes place the Saturday preceding Ash Wednesday. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 1, 2014! This is an evening full of fun, food and festivities. The evening includes a Social Hour, Silent Auction, Gourmet Dinner, Games, Live Auction, Music and Dancing! It is truly a Gala Evening for anyone 21-90+ years of age. Dress is from Sunday best to Fancy Dress and everything in between.
We are hoping to have a Mardi Gras Family Carnival Sunday, March 2 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. There will be fun foods, games, prizes, adult raffle, Mardi Gras décor and cash and carry items.
Meet new friends and enjoy the company of old friends as we kick off our journey to Easter!
Advance ticket sales. For more information, >click here.
St. Stephen's School has its annual Craft Boutique typically the weekend before Thanksgiving. Plan to attend the new one-day 2013 Craft Boutique format on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the school. Now you may shop just before Saturday evening Mass! Get a start on your holiday shopping with unique homemade gifts. The boutique includes 100 exhibitors, bake sale, all day café service, pictures with Santa and a new mini spa as well as entertainment.
>Click here for a sample of last year's registration form, liability release and floor plans.
Brunch With Santa
Come enjoy a delicious brunch and visit with Santa on a Sunday morning in early December after all the morning Masses. This year's event is set for December 1, 2013! Ticket sales begin approximately three weeks prior to the event. They are typically sold after Masses and in the Parish office. If there are tickets remaining, they will be available at the door on the day of the brunch. The menu includes eggs, sausage, french toast sticks, pancakes, milk, juice and coffee. And of course, Santa will be coming through to chat with children of all ages!
For more information on any of St. Stephen's Annual Events, please call the parish office at 763-421-2471.