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Kenya Partnership

 

ST. STEVEN KENYA PARTNERSHIP

 

 

~~ CURRENT EVENTS!! ~~

 

Kenya Weekend! A celebration of Kenyan artisans - fair-trade handicrafts are for sale along with delicious homemade treats to enjoy while you shop. All proceeds benefit our partnership's initiatives such as the health-care ministry, well maintenance, building improvements, sacramental needs, and Bibles.  There will be a beautiful item raffled off!  Get some Christmas shopping done and support the partnership at once, after every Mass in the Church basement! 

11/3-11/4 Kenya Partnership Weekend: Join us after all Masses in the Church basement.  Beautiful hand-crafted soapstone and other items for sale which make great gifts! Your purchase supports our sister parish in Bomu, and the ethical trade of goods so that artisans are paid a living wage!  A lovely religious statue will be raffled off.  Bakers & volunteers needed to assist! Go to the Parish website and click on the Sign Up Genius logo to see volunteer opportunities. Thanks/ Asante!

  CLICK HERE to see the flyer!

CLICK HERE to Sign Up

~~ ANNUAL & ONGOING EVENTS ~~

Watch bulletin for current announcements and dates of events!

Spring: Kenya Day celebration with Taste of Kenya food sampling, held at 10:45 Mass in the Hall.

Summer: Partnership anniversay tea, usually held the Sunday closest to August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Fall: Fair-Trade Gift Sale & Raffle, first weekend of November after all Masses, Church basement.

 

Please call Mary Bauer at 443-456-3498 or marybob73@aol.com for more information on the Kenya committee.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


May we be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.   Romans 1:12

The St. Steven Kenya Partnership Committee was officially formed on the feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15, 1999 between St. Stephen Church in Bradshaw and St. Steven’s Church in Mombasa, Kenya. This relationship developed through the power of the rosary, when in the year 1998 mission rosaries were sent to St. Steven’s Kenya. Eighth grade CCD students made the rosaries as a service project and selected St. Steven’s, Kenya in honor of our patron, Saint Stephen.

Fr. Joseph Okech, A.J. parish priest at St. Steven’s accepted the mission rosaries on behalf of the entire parish community and immediately saw an opportunity to develop a relationship between our parishes. Fr. Larry Kolson embraced this proposal and the catechist teacher, with the assistance of the Parish Council, proceeded to pursue volunteers to form the Kenya Partnership Committee.

The Kenya Partnership has flourished taking on many projects, sponsoring an annual wood carving fund raiser event, establishing culture exchanges through pen-pal letter writing among the youth, and joining our parishes together in spirit on our “Kenya Day” celebration. The concern to assist with some of the material needs of the faith community in Kenya brought forth much generosity from our parish, school and benefactors.

Over the years the committee initiated many projects to build our relationship with St. Steven’s Bomu in Kenya. Contributions have been sent to our sister parish to complete their new church, dedicated on December 26, 2001. To better serve the needs of the Bomu community, a water well was installed, a four story bell tower built with the installation of digital carillon bells while monthly stipends continue to provide for the sick and the first family bibles were distributed. 

The cultural exchange between parishes strengthened when in August 1999, Fr. Joseph Okech visited our parish for the first time with subsequent visits by the Archbishop of Mombasa, The Most Reverend John Njenga.  In June 2005, five ambassadors from our parish traveled to St. Steven’s Bomu community and experienced firsthand the deep faith and African spirituality we have felt from afar.  This memorable trip has forever changed our partnership as these ambassadors brought with them this spirituality that has united our parishes in an extraordinary way.  Since then, visits between our parishes continue and are encouraged.

Our hope for the future is to continue to grow and develop our partnership in ways the Holy Spirit and Our Lady of the Rosary will lead us!  Please consider joining the Kenya Partnership Committee and becoming part of this vibrant cultural ministry!  Please contact the committee for additional information.

Chairperson - Mary Bauer;   443-456-3498  -  marybob73@aol.com

Co-Chairperson - Alex Wall; 443-834-2853  -  alexanderthewall.0809@yahoo.com

Secretary - Duffy Laws;       410-592-6312  - duffylaws@comcast.net

Treasurer - Kellie Reynolds; 410-592-7294 -  stephenyouth@hotmail.com