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.
Join us for the Eucharist or for any parish event.
Monsignor Dan's Weekly Message
From the Desk of Monsignor Dan
Scripture 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it." - Mk 8:34-35
Look at the life of Peter: First to first leap out of the boat, and, we know, first to deny. Peter understood that Jesus was the Messiah, but he had a false concept of what the Messiah would accomplish. Jesus wants to make sure the rest of the disciples don't follow down the wrong road. The Christian life is a difficult one, as Jesus later tells the crowds. "'Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself.'" Yet the mercy of God is abundant. If we renew our trust and our efforts after a fall, every defeat is transformed into redemptive grace. "Whoever loses his life for my sake, will save it.'"
Prayers of Reparation
Exaltation of the Holy Cross was celebrated at Holy Mass this past Friday, September 14th. It marked the beginning of special prayers of reparation in our Diocese. These prayers invite you and me to beseech the Lord to help His Church which has been so badly desecrated by the scandal of clergy sexual abuse.
Ember Days come from a long tradition which is outlined in the bulletin. May they, also, help to keep us focused on the pressing need for prayer and fasting in these days of pain and sadness. Days which must bring justice and the hope of healing for many victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Please pray for the annual Presbyteral Assembly in Wisconsin Dells this week. May it be a source of God's grace for the priests and people of our Diocese.
God Bless You!
Msgr. Dan Ganshert
September 26th-Teacher meeting at 6:30 PM in the family center.
October 3rd-Registration at 6:00 PM in the family center before the 1st class.
October 3rd-First class meeting for all students grades K-8 at 6:30-7:30 PM in the family center.
Fees: Parishioners-$50 per student; max $125 per family. Non-parishioners-$75 per student.
Fees may be paid on October 3rd at registration or at the church office Monday or Thursday between 9 AM-1PM.
Class Schedule: October 3, 10, 17, 24. No class on Halloween.
Classes are held on Wednesday evenings in St. Stephen's Family Center.
The 9th Grade Confirmation Class will again be held at OLA on Sunday mornings.
If you have questions, please call Director of Religious Education Steve Zahn (608-365-9359)
Faith Formation is still in need of one teacher for 6, 7, and 8th grade! Anyone interested, please contact Steve Zahn at 608-365-9359 or 608-346-1221
Save the Date!
Blood Drive St. Stephen's Family Center
September 24, 2018
Beloit Regional Hospice
Call and sign up for 2 days of training October 13th and 27th- 9-3
Catholic Women's Cluster
Catholic Women’s Cluster Bus Trip – Thursday, November 8th to see”Elf” at the FiresideTheater in Fort Atkinson
Meet in front of OLA at 9:15 am and return about 5:00 p.m.
Cost is $80 per person-all inclusive. Make checks payable to Catholic Women’s Cluster. Payment is required with the reservation and must be received by Sunday, October 14th
Mail to Ann Schroeder, 14795 Hansberry Rd. Rockton, IL 61072
Name (oner person per slip)______________ Phone_______ Parish _______
RESERVATION SLIPS ARE IN THE GATHERING SPACE.
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 September
Month of October
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for November
Month of December
Sign-up form 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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Discover the section on Pope Francis -
News - Reflections, Videos
Also, the "News" section of this website contains up-to-date news-feeds.
Father Bill's New Address
Fr. Bill Connell, St Mary’s Health Center, 3401 Maple Grove Dr., Madison, WI 53710
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 8:00- 1:00
Questions about website information?
Please call St. St. Stephen's Parish Office - 608-676-2241