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St. Stephen's Church News 2017
Pastor: Rev. Paul Nogaro
St. Stephen's Church Website
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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: Frances Trimper or Julie Davis - 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.



Parish Players' Youth Summer Theatre Workshop - June 2017

   A workshop will take place Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, starting July 17th. The workshop is for children ages 4 - 14.
    The show for the 2018 season is going to be The Lion King, Jr., which will be in Spring 2018. We are not casting at this workshop; we are teaching songs, choreography, and theatre fun! Auditions for the show will be held in the winter . Sign up for the summer program is limited to the first fifty kids, ages 4-14, who sign up. (incoming freshmen are also invited to participate in the workshop.) Sign up by emailing MaryElisabeth at mrustowicz54@gmail.com.
   Each family is expected to sign up to help with lunch one of the eight days of the workshop. There is no charge for the workshop. We will be creating a new Facebook group for The Lion King, Jr and communicating details via email and through that Facebook group. Should be a very fun summer!
   A special thanks to MaryElisabeth Rustowicz, Maggie Rustowicz, Mackenzie Barone, Taylor Kozlowski, Kevin O'Leary, David Lesinski, Bethany Kulikowski, and Sean Christian Rustowicz for running this great program for the kids this summer!




St. Stephen's Annual Rummage Sale - June 2017

   The St. Stephen's Annual Rummage Sale will be held Friday, June 30 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday, July 1 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm & Sunday, July 2 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Sunday is the Bag Sale - fill a bag for $3.00! Hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold on Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Bring your appetite!




School Supply Drive Complete - June 2017

Angelo & Barbara LaDuca

    The Ladies of Charity school supply drive recently ended and the Grand Island community donated 31 boxes of supplies for the effort. Today, June 8th, the boxes will be delivered to the Ladies of Charity headquarters on Broadway in Buffalo. Over 600 requests for supplies will be filled throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, so students will be well equipped for the new school year next fall.
   Barbara Frase of Tonawanda started the school supply drive in 2000 with the Ladies of Charity, and after her passing in 2002, family and friends took over the cause in her memory. Grand Island coordinator Barbara LaDuca would like to thank; Jim Frase, Charlene Clarke, Les Lee, Bryce Shipman and Angelo LaDuca for helping with the drive.




Friday Evening Discussion - June 2017

   Our first "Friday in June" will be the second Friday, June 9th. Our speaker will be Leonce Byimana a clinical psychologist who has assisted survivors of the 1994 genocide in his native Rwanda. Leonce has lived in Buffalo for two years and served as the program director of the Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture. Read the newspapers or listen to the TV news and one realizes that human nature has not changed, the cruelty of one man against another knows no bounds. We will meet in St. Stephen's hospitality room at 7:00 p.m. for a short social, the talk will begin at 7:30. Come and bring a friend.




School Supply Drive Ongoing - May 2017

Barbara and Angelo LaDuca collect school supplies.

   The Ladies of Charity school supply drive has been very successful. Just two weeks in, 23 boxes of supplies have been collected. The collection will run until May 27th at the Narthex of St. Stephens Church and supplies may be dropped off at the LaDuca home, 139 Parkview Dr., GI until June 2nd.
   Thanks go to Mission Club of St. Stephen's School, CCD Program St. Stephen's, Advent, Lent Small Faith Group, Read and Feed Book Club, St. Christophers Women's Discussion Program, VFW Post 9249 and many generous Grand Islanders.
    New School Supplies Needed: Book bags, erasers, ballpoint pens, highlighters, primary & regular crayons, magic markers, loose leaf paper, comp. & spiral notebooks, folders, glue sticks, scissors, rulers, #2 pencils, colored pencils, 3 ring binders and small tissue packages.




Holy Name Society Pitmaster Barbecue - May 2017

   St. Stephen's Fourth Annual Holy Name Society Pitmaster Barbecue is on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the school cafeteria, 2080 Baseline Road. Between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m., a bbq dinner is available with pulled chicken or pork, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans and "crispy" pickle for $8.00, eat in or take out. A children's menu is also available. See flyer.




School Supply Drive - May 2017


    Yearly the Ladies of Charity distribute school supplies to children, ages 5 -17, by referral from Catholic Charities case workers in several WNY counties. Recently, there has been a large increase of requests due to many family members having lost jobs due to businesses closings, merging or downsizing. Last year over 700 children were equipped for the new school year and as needed during the year. High school students can earn community service hours toward graduation. In July & August, book bags are packed and ready for distribution.
    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 May 1 - May 27th. Monetary donations are also accepted. New School Supplies Needed: Book bags, erasers, ballpoint pens, highlighters, primary & regular crayons, magic markers, loose leaf paper, comp. & spiral notebooks, folders, glue sticks, scissors, rulers, #2 pencils, colored pencils, 3 ring binders and small tissue packages. For more information contact Angelo & Barbara LaDuca at 773-2888. Supplies may also be dropped off at 139 Parkview Dr., Grand Island until June 2nd.




Parish Players Present Disney's Beauty and the Beast - April 2017

Click for larger view.

   Adult performance of Disney's Beauty and the Beast show dates are April 27 (7pm - $9). 28 (dinner show - $20). 29 (1pm & 7pm - $9) .
Director - Maura Rustowicz
Vocals and Music - Jeanne Suski
Choreography - Cathy Thomas
See flyer .
Cast List: Beauty and the Beast Cast List: (in order of appearance)
Young Prince - Joe Cali
Enchantress - Linda Burkhart
Beast - Kevin O'Leary
Belle - MaryElisabeth Rustowicz
Lefou - David Lesinski
Gaston - John Paul Bobak
Maurice - Kevin Brady
Bookseller - Mike Lombardo
Cogsworth - David Gaydosh
Lumiere - Rob Robinson
Mrs. Potts - Alaina Kulikowski
Chip - Cora Schuerholz
Babette - Wendy Kalp
Wardrobe - Taylor Kozlowski
Monsieur D'Arque - Bryce Shipman

Silly Girls: Mackenzie Barone, Sam Garcia, Caitlin Kleinschmidt, Madison MacNeil, Katie Riederer, Emma Smith
Teenage Girl Ensemble: Victoria Brawn, Cece Kubanek, Sabrina Mistriner, Sarah Moore, Taylor Raine
Men Ensemble: Chuck Barone, Anthony Brawn, Joe Cali, Hayden Carr, Rod MacNeil, Sebastian Melendez. Ryan Michki, Bob Simpson
Women Ensemble: Betsy Schopp Cali, JuneAnn Chadima, Amanda Heftka, Jen Kam, Maggie Kennedy, Sarah MacNeil, Mary Ellen Manuszewski, Andrea Melendez, Rachel Olszewski, Jeanne Percival, Stacy Person, Sara Simpson, Marijane Smith, Eileen Stone, Liz Zilbauer
Wolves: Bethany Kulikowski, Marissa Mistriner, Amanda Wellence, Grace Wenner
Children: Raven Khreis, Jayden Kleinschmidt, Hailey McMahon




Parish Players Present Shrek Jr. & Disney's Beauty and the Beast - April 2017

Cast of Shrek Jr. - click for larger view.

    Children's performance of Shrek Jr. show dates are April 20 (7pm), 21 (7pm), 22 (1pm & 7pm). Tickets are $7.
Director and Choreography - MaryElisabeth Rustowicz
Vocals - Taylor Kozlowski
Assistants - Mackenzie Barone and Kevin O'Leary
   Adult performance of Disney's Beauty and the Beast show dates are April 27 (7pm - $9). 28 (dinner show - $20). 29 (1pm & 7pm - $9) .
Director - Maura Rustowicz
Vocals and Music - Jeanne Suski
Choreography - Cathy Thomas
See flyer .




Catholic Charities Appeal - March 2017

Committee members pictured from left: Fr. Paul Nogaro, Deacon Mike Ficorilli, Jo Ann Linenfelser, Dan Linenfelser, Janet Sheehan.

   Deacon Mike Ficorilli from St. Andrews Parish in Kenmore spoke at all the masses at St. Stephens Church last weekend about the upcoming Catholic Charities Appeal. Deacon Mike, a Grand Island resident who was formerly involved with the music ministry at St. Stephens, has worked in the food pantry for Catholic Charities. He reminded the parishioners that during the Lenten season a good way to increase works of mercy is to donate to the Catholic Charities Drive. The Drive last year assisted more than 152,000 people through 70 different programs in the eight counties of Western New York. The Appeal runs through Easter and the goal is $11 Million. Donations can be made by return mail, or at the weekend masses.




First Friday Evening Discussion - January 2017

   First Friday evening February 3, 2017, St. Stephen's Hospitality Room. Join us for a health seminar for you, your family and others you care about. "Nutrition Response Training" with Dr. Thomas G. Barba, Chiropractic & Master Clinician Nutrition Response Testing. A non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or non-optimal health. We start at 7:00 p.m. with a short social and the program begins at 7:30 p.m., bring a friend.