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St. Stephen's Church News 2019

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

Karen A. Sweet - Business Manager
businessmgr@ststephensgi.com 716-773-7647 ext #104

Office: Micahlena or Fran - 716-773-7647 ext #100

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 7:30 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 Announce Auditions - December 2019

    St. Stephen's Parish Players' will be holding open auditions for their 30th season on January 6, 9, and 11, 2020! Please be prepared to sing a song, preferably from a musical, for auditions. The youth show is "Frozen Jr." and the adult show is "9-5".

*Youth Show: Frozen Jr.: April 16, 17, and 18, 2020 - Directors: MaryElisabeth Rustowicz, Maggie Rustowicz, David Conboy.
FROZEN JR. AUDITION INFORMATION: Monday, January 6th: 4:00-6:30 in the St. Stephen School Cafeteria; Thursday, January 9th: 3:30-6:30 in the Hospitality Room; Saturday, January 11th: 1:00-4:00 in the Hospitality Room.
   The production of Frozen Jr. is for those ages 7-18. There are limited parts for younger kids, and high school girls will be casted as Older Anna and Elsa. Those auditioning for the role of Elsa, prepare the song, Let it Go. Those auditioning for the role of Anna, prepare the song, For the First Time in Forever.
   All school-age children auditioning for Frozen Jr who do not attend a public or private school must provide proof of immunization at auditions. If you are unable to make any of the Frozen Jr. audition times or have any questions, feel free to contact MaryLis. Email - mrustowicz54@gmail.com, Cell Phone - (716)773-1335.

*Adult Show: 9 to 5: April 30, May 1, and 2, 2020 - Director: Maura Rustowicz, Vocal Director: Mason Cancilla, Choreographer: Cathy Thomas, Pit Director: Kevin Michki.
9-5 AUDITION INFORMATION: Monday, January 6th: 6:30-8:30 in the St. Stephen School Cafeteria, Thursday, January 9th: 6:30-8:30 in the Hospitality Room, Saturday, January 11th: 10:00-1:00 in the Hospitality Room.
    The production of 9-5 is for those in high school and above. If you are unable to make any of the 9-5 audition times or have any questions, feel free to contact Maura. Email - macorust@gmail.com, Cell Phone - (716)773-2422.

St. Stephen Parish Seminar - October 2019

UPDATE: In addition If you would like to participate in a Meet & Greet dinner with Fr. Wilde on Saturday, October 26th, please RSVP to Dave Anderson, with your name and number attending by Tuesday, October 22nd at daveanderson@respectlifeny.com. Note: 1) Dinner attendance is limited. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis. 2) If you are planning to only attend the Oct 27th event; reservation are not necessary and all are welcomed.
   Meet and Greet dinner with Fr Denis Wilde: Date: Saturday, Oct. 26th, Time: 7PM, Format: sit down dinner (order from the Buffalo Launch Club menu; separate checks will be provided). Agenda: Dinner & informal discussion. Place: Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Rd, Grand Island NY 14049.
   St. Stephen R. C. Church is hosting a Parish Seminar on Sunday, October 27th, at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., titled "The Pianist & Pro Life Ministry", featuring Rev. Denis G. Wilde, O.S.A., PH.D. (Associate Director Priest for Life). Rev. Denis is from Philadelphia Pa, and is a professional pianist that will use a piano to deliver a gospel of life message. Rev Denis has traveled to over 750 venues delivering the gospel of life. All are welcomed. Cost: free will offering. Dessert and coffee will be available after the talk. Call Dave for more info. at 716-773-4908. See flyer for more details.

St. Stephen Bible Study Classes - September 2019

   St. Stephen Church is hosting five bible study classes this fall. They are Tuesday am & pm, Wednesday am & pm and Thursday pm. They range from seven to 20 sessions. See flyer for details.

Rockin the Grounds Photos - August 2019


Story & photos by Mary Stewart.

   Many people enjoyed St. Stephen's "Rockin the Grounds" on Wednesday, August 21st. Cars filled the parking lot and were also parked on the street. Hot dogs, ice cream and very tempting baked goods were available to satisfy everyones appetite. The Parish Players entertained, along with Grand Island band Yasgur Project. Kids enjoyed various games, face painting and being able to pet some chickens. A raffle was held during the event. The event proved to be very successful for the church.

Rockin The Grounds at St. Stephen - August 2019

    St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road is hosting a parish community event on Wednesday, August 21st from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. There will be live music by the Yasgur Project, Parish Players performances, dinner, basket raffle, face painting, games and more. See flyer. Admission is free, bring your lawn chairs! Open to all.

St. Stephen Annual Rummage Sale - June 2019

    The St. Stephen Annual Rummage Sale will be held in the air-conditioned school gym on Thursday - Sunday, July 27-30, see details and times here.

Successful Ladies of Charity School Supply Drive - June 2019

Angelo & Barbara LaDuca with boxed supplies.

    The Ladies of Charity school supply drive recently ended and the Grand Island community donated 27 boxes of supplies for the effort. Island residents Angelo & Barbara LaDuca coordinate this event each year at St. Stephen Catholic Church. On June 10th, the boxes were delivered to the Ladies of Charity headquarters on Broadway in Buffalo. Over 700 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 thanks the community for their generous donations.

Ladies of Charity School Supply Drive - May 2019

Barbara LaDuca organizes supplies gathered in 2018.

    For 19 years, the Ladies of Charity has been distributing school supplies to children, ages 5 -17, by referral from Catholic Charities case workers in several WNY counties. Each year over 700 children are equipped for the new school year and as needed during the year. Families of all faiths are eligible because of low incomes, victims of house fires, domestic abuse and immigration.
    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 1st - May 31st. 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.

St. Stephen's Parish Players Youth Workshop - May 2019

    St. Stephen's Parish Players will have a workshop this summer for their April 2020 youth musical, Frozen Jr.. There will be ten workshops starting Monday, July 8th, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. each day. Children who will be in 2nd - 12th grade in the 2019-2020 year are eligible. See Flyer for details.

Catholic Charities Drive - March 2019

Pictured L-R Rev. Paul Nogaro, William Sukaly, Dan Linenfelser.

    William Sukaly, Director of the Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program for Catholic Charities, spoke at all the masses at St. Stephens Church last weekend about this year's Catholic Charities Drive. Mr. Sukaly talked about the many ways Catholic Charities provides needed services to the people of Western New York with programs ranging from counseling and substance abuse services, education and job training, to specialized services for the elderly. He said that last year the monies raised made it possible to help over 153,000 people in the areas eight counties, many of them from Grand Island, and stressed the need for all who can to increase their donation. The patron for the Drive is Saint Maria Faustina and donations can be made at weekend masses through Easter Sunday or by contacting the rectory at 773 7647.

Parish Players Present Hello Dolly - February 2019

Aaron Bobeck photo.
Press Release & Cast List

   St. Stephen's Parish Players are presenting "Hello Dolly" on Thursday, February 28th and Friday and Saturday, March 1 & 2. See poster for details. For tickets call Mary 998-3446 or Nicole at 609-3563.

Parish Players Present Mary Poppins - February 2019

   Mary Poppins - tonight, February 14th at 6:30! Friday, February 15th at 7:00 and Saturday at 1:00 and 7:00! There are 56 kids in the cast, ranging in age from 4 to 16. Directed by MaryElisabeth Rustowicz and David Conboy and assisted by Maggie Rustowicz and Mackenzie Barone. For tickets call Nicole at 609-3563 or at the door.

Holy Name Society Breakfast Fundraiser - January 2019

   St. Stephen Holy Name Society presents the 2nd Annual Parish Community Breakfast Fundraiser. It will be held on Sunday, January 27th from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m,. in the hospitality room. It includes, eggs, sausage, and all you can eat pancakes. See flyer for ticket prices.