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St. Stephen's Church News 2012
Pastor: Rev. Paul Nogaro
St. Stephen's Church Website
Previous News

2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
fax: 716-773-5792

Karen A. Cammarata - Business Manager
businessmgr@adelphia.net 716-773-7647 ext #104

Office: Sandy Beyer or Helen Lemme - 716-773-7647 ext #100
ststephenswny@adelphia.net

Mission: To enable the people of Grand Island to encounter Jesus by sharing Word and Sacrament with a loving concern for one another.
Events: Daily Mass Monday - Friday 7:30 A.M. and 12:05 P.M. Saturday 9:00 A.M., and 4:30 P.M. Sunday 7:00 A.M., 9:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Open to All
Help: Promote and support our church and promote and support the events that we sponsor!
Strengths: A strong, stable, faith filled community that has open arms for all who enter through our doors.




Invitation to Pray for Our Nation - Oct. 2012

   St. Stephen Church and the Respect Life Group would like to invite you, your family, friends and neighbors to join in a “Prayer for our Nation” at 7 p.m., October 11, 2012 in the main church, 2100 Baseline Road on Grand Island. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. "We recall Jesus in the “Garden of Gethsemane” and we do not want to leave Him alone to pray by Himself. We gather to pray for all our nation’s needs during this difficult time when so many people are struggling with illness, and economic difficulty (people are struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table), a spokesman said. "We are praying for peace within our nation and among all nations. We pray for those suffering due to religious persecution, the marginalized, the oppressed, the imprisoned, and people suffering from addiction, depression, and mental, emotional and physical challenges. There are so many needs and we are asking God to strengthen us and our nation to assist so many people in need and to strengthen us to accept our challenges with grace. Many people have died for our freedoms so that we would have the privilege to live with our freedom. Join us in exercising our right to pray together," she said.
   “I have told you these things so that in Me you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world!” John 16:33
   See
information





St. Stephen's Parish 150th "Kids" Birthday Party - Sept. 2012

St. Stephen's Parish is celebrating its 150th Birthday. A Kids party is planned for Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine) Featured will be games for all ages, face painting, bounce house and more.... Bring a decorated wagon for the Birthday Parade at 3 p.m. followed by wagon judging and cake! Want to sponsor a game or volunteer, call Eileen Klein 774-0120





St. Stephen's Bible Study Programs - August 2012


    St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island is offering four different Bible studies beginning in September. Registrations need to be in by August 22. Please go to the parish web site www.ststephenswny.com and go to the ministries link for full details and applications.





3rd Annual Junk In The Trunk Sale - June 2012

    St. Stephen's will host its Third Annual "Junk In The Trunk" Sale on Saturday, June 30th, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The cost is $15.00 per space. All proceeds will benefit the St. Stephen Youth Group Ministry. See flyer for complete information.





St. Stephens Sizzling Spring Meat Raffle - April 2012

   A St. Stephens Sizzling Spring Meat Raffle will be held on Friday, May 4 at the school. Doors open at 6 p.m. and drawing starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $5 in advance/$7 at the door. For information please call 982-2120 or 906-2038 - Information





Ladies of Charity Book Bag Program -April 2012

   Yearly the Ladies of Charity distribute school supplies to children ages 5-17, by referral from Catholic Charities case workers in several WNY counties. Families of all faiths are eligible because of low income, victims of house fires, domestic abuse, and new immigrants. About 12 years ago the program started with 50 requests. Last year over 700 children were equipped for a new school year and as needed throughout the school year. An eligible student entering a community college also received help. Olmstead students received work experience by helping with sorting and counting the donated supplies. In July and August Book Bags are packed and ready for distribution.
(New) School Supplies Needed
Book bags, erasers, ballpoint pens, highlighters, primary & regular crayons, magic markers, loose leaf paper and composition notebooks.
Also folders, glue, scissors, #2 pencils, rulers & colored pencils, 3-ring binders and small tissue packages
   This is a Spring Project for families, school children, discussion and prayer groups or anyone wishing to assist the Ladies of Charity. Place your donations in specially marked boxes in the St. Stephen's narthex, from April 9 through May, 14, 2012. Monetary donations are also accepted.
   For more information, call Angelo and Barbara LaDuca, 773-2888. Supplies may also be dropped off at 139 Parkview Drive, Grand Island, NY 14072.





End of Life Seminar at St. Stephen Church - March 2012

   Thinking about the end of our lives is probably no one’s favorite topic. However, in an age of changing health care, technological advancements, and political pressures, it is important to know what Saint Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church teaches about end of life issues. Whether you are concerned for a loved one who is growing older or are growing older yourself, it is important to understand these issues before you are faced with difficult decisions.
   The Respect Life Committee at Saint Stephen Church is presenting a seminar on End of Life issues from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Jann Armantrout, Diocese of Rochester Life Issues Coordinator, will be the speaker. The church is located at 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Refreshments will be served.





Divine Mercy Mission - March 2012

   St. Stephen's church will host a Divine Mercy Mission at two retreats that will be held starting Wednesday, March 28, 2012. A two-day morning retreat or a three-day evening retreat will be available. The retreats will be presented by the Marian Fathers from the National Shrine of Divine Mercy located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. See
information for more details.





St. Stephen's Catholic Charities Drive Begins - March 2012


Members of the committee pictured from left are Maria Schory, George Minton, Eileen Minton, Jo Ann Linenfelser, Dan Linenfelser, Fr. Nogaro.

   Katie Crombe from Catholic Charities spoke at the masses at St. Stephen's Church (March 10-11 weekend) about the upcoming Catholic Charities Drive. Ms. Crombe is part of a small group of young people with Catholic Charities who works with immigrants. She spoke about the work she does as part of the many diverse services provided by Catholic Charities to people of any ethnic or religious background. Fr. Paul Nogaro, pastor of St. Stephen's said that last year the people of Grand Island contributed over $180,000 to the Drive, and that total was up some from the previous year. He said that in the 12 years he has been at St. Stephen's, Grand Islanders have donated a total of over 2 million dollars.
    The goal of this year's Drive is $10,600,000, the Patron is Blessed John Paul II, and the theme is "With your help, We are strong." The drive runs through Palm Sunday, April 1, and donations may be made at the weekend masses, or by contacting the rectory at 773 7647.