Welcome to St. Stephens! Our parish, of about 100 families, is clustered with the three churches in Beloit. We are a parish with great spirit, and have many parishioners who are involved in the general upkeep of the parish, teaching our children Faith Formation, and offering a number of social and fundraising events . We boast of being a “Catholic Faith Community,” taking pride in our Catholic witness to the Clinton Community.
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Monsignor Dan's Weekly Message
From the Desk of Monsignor Dan
Thoughts for the Week
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated on Saturday this week with Mass at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 7th and 8 am on Saturday, December 8th. This Holy Day of obligation is another gateway to open our hearts in this Advent season as we anticipate the feast of Christ’s birth.!!
Advent communal penance is scheduled here at St.Stephen’s on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30pm. This will also include the celebration of first reconciliation for our faith formation class. Let us include this important sacrament of confession in our personal priorities for this holiday preparation.
God Bless you!
Monsignor Dan Ganshert
ADVENT-ure Sunday at OLA—Ages K4 - Grade 5 Welcome
Mark your calendars for our annual “ADVENT-ure SUNDAY” for young children to prepare for the holidays in the true spirit of the season. Sunday, December 9, 1-5PM for K4 thru 5th grade with older kids as helpers. Fun, music, snacks, crafts and more! Contact the Faith Formation office at OLA (Rob Olson—608-362-9066) if you need more info.
Greetings from Father Bill
Since I retired in October 2017, I have had four different addresses. I’m currently at St. Mary’s Health Care Center and hope it is my final address. I was impressed last Sunday to be visited by Laura, the Activity Director at Alden Meadow, and her landlady Mary Lou, from Oregon. She had been to the Pork Chop Dinner with some of the residents at Alden Meadow and said how delicious it was. Some things stay the same even with different leadership because the nuts and bolts stay the same. Thanks to all of you who participated in the Pork Chop Dinner. I am sure the dishwasher helped, too. I understand from Fr. Dan that St. Stephen’s is going well. You make a great team, and keep it up. Kathy Ferguson does a wonderful job of sending me the weekly bulletin even when she is waist deep in preparation for the dinner. Arlene McMorran has done a fantastic job of maintaining and changing the weekly bulletin. I enjoy seeing how the parish changes on a week to week basis. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for and it is important to express ourselves.
God bless you and keep you.
November Food Drive
For the next few weeks we will be filling our sanctuary around the altar with non-perishable food items as well as hats, mittens, and gloves for distribution for the Clinton Community Outreach Program. The baskets will be assembled at St. Stephen Family Center on December 6th-7th and distributed on the 8th. Please be generous and feel free to bring your gifts directly to the front of the altar before mass.
Giving Tree is set up in the church entrance. Please take a tag and buy a gift for victims of domestic violence or Alden Meadows residents. (Thank you to Arlene McMorran and Mary Ann Luety for organizing again this year!)
Christmas Mass Times
Cluster-Parish Christmas Masses
St. Stephen- Dec. 24 5:00 p.m., Dec. 25 9:00 a.m.
OLA-Dec. 24 5:00 p.m. Children’s Liturgy10:30 pm, Dec. 25 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
St. Jude-Dec. 24 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. Spanish, 9:00pm, Dec. 25 8:45 a.m
St. Thomas-Dec. 24 4:00 p.m, Dec. 25 11:00 a.m.
Sunday - 9:00 am
Monday - No Mass
Tuesday - 5:00 pm
Wednesday - 8:00 am
Thursday - 10:45 @ Alden Meadow Nursing Home
Friday - 8:00 am
Monthly Cleaning Volunteers
Thank You to the Family Volunteers for the
Month of November
Month of December
Sign-up form along with cleaning instruction sheet is in the Gathering Space at Church
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Spiritual Lending Library
There are spiritual reading books available in the hanging book holder in the Gathering Space next to Monsignor’s sacristy. Feel free to borrow any book/books you want to read. If you have spiritual reading books you would like to contribute, please bring them to the office. Trade or Share the joy of a good religious book with your parish family. Happy Reading!
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Father Bill's New Address
Fr. Bill Connell, St Mary’s Health Center, 3401 Maple Grove Dr., Madison, WI 53719
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 8:00- 1:00
Questions about website information?
Please call St. St. Stephen's Parish Office - 608-676-2241