Pastoral Care/Social Outreach
Pastoral Care ministers provide prayer, support, and a listening ear to individuals who are struggling with physical, emotional, marital, and/or familial issues. These trained ministers are available to visit and bring Eucharist to those in the hospital, at treatment centers, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and private homes.
Be a Part of St. Stephen's Christmas Basket Program
It’s December and Christmas will soon be upon us. Here at St. Stephen’s Church, we have done an amazing job of reaching out to over 100 of our hungry and homeless neighbors through our Christmas Basket program! Your generous donations have brought joy and hope to families struggling with unexpected hardships during the holiday season. You reach out to families in the entire Anoka County area through parish referrals, the social workers at neighborhood schools and CEAP (Community Emergency Action Program). Christmas Baskets will be distributed Friday, December 13. It is easy to be involved in this program; there is something that everyone can give!
Monetary contributions are welcome. Make checks payable to the Church of St. Stephen Christmas Basket Program. These donations are used to provide baskets of food and toys for families that are not sponsored by parishioners.
You can give through the Santa’s Gift Box collection. Look for large gift wrapped boxes placed at the three main entrances to the Faith Community Center, and drop off toys for all ages. Please consider donations that teens will enjoy as well. Santa’s Gift Box will also accept your contributions of mittens, hats, scarves and socks.
Donations of toys, mittens, hats and scarves will be accepted through December 12. Monetary donations will be accepted through the Christmas season.
St. Stephen's Parish Studies and Discusses Respect Life Curriculum
The Respect Life Curriculum for High School, College and Adult Study is a program sponsored by the Knights for Life, and approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Here at St. Stephen’s it is being utilized for Adult Faith Formation study, with groups beginning October 14, for a series of 15 weeks. If interested in learning more, feel free to drop in on a session. Meetings are held Mondays 8:45-10:15 a.m. in the Archbishop Romero Room; Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. in FCC 10; and Wednesday webinar (for you to join in on from home) 9-10:30 p.m.
Stephen Ministry has been in our parish since 1980 and in that time we have commissioned over 300 lay ministers to this Christ-centered ministry of care and compassion. Stephen Ministers have been trained to be active listeners to individuals who are experiencing pain and grief in their lives (divorce, death, miscarriage, loss of job, mental health issues, etc.). Contact Amy Chabot, Pastoral Care Director, at 763-712-7441; email@example.com.
Women of Wonder
"It's not always the understanding of life that is most important...But rather the believing in the wonder of it." ~ Flavia
Women of Wonder is a group for women of all ages dedicated to faith, fellowship, and service. >Click here to learn more.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Stephen’s began in November, 2005. Knitted or crocheted with loving hands, the shawls are symbols of God’s all-embracing love and constant presence. Regardless of religious faith, knitting or crocheting for others allows those in the Shawl Ministry to open their minds and hearts to the pain of others. The shawls are filled with prayers for the specific individual in need, providing not only physical warmth but also great spiritual comfort and an understanding of another’s struggles or grief. >Click here to read more.
WHO (We Help Others)
WHO has been very active since its inception in September of 2005. You will see our footprints throughout the St. Stephen campus as well as throughout the community. We've prepared meals, helped at St. Stephen School, volunteered at extended care facilities and assisted many families by doing chores they are unable to do. We'd like to feel we “wash the feet” of our neighbors. >Click here to learn more.
Ministry to the Community
St. Stephen’s Parish ministers to the needs of the community through its outreach to care centers, Mercy Hospital, assisted living centers, the local treatment center, correctional facility and those who are homebound. >Click here to read more.
Alzheimer's Support Group at St. Therese
An Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake every second Monday evening of the month at 6:00. Anyone welcome! The purpose of an Alzheimer’s Association support group is to offer individuals support and information that is specific to dementia. For more information please call Diane at 763-493-7006. Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake, 5200 Oak Grove Parkway, Brooklyn Park.
Amy Chabot –
Pastoral Care Director
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You have been told what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: only to do right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.
– Micah 6:8