Young people interested in being an Altar Server? Contact Kim Wilhelm at kimwilhelm@comcast.net for more information!

 

Miscarriage Support and Information

If you or a loved one has suffered a loss due to miscarriage, we would like to offer our deepest sympathy along with our support.

 

  • For a visit at home or in the hospital, Please notify the parish office.  ststephen@archbalt.org or 410-592-7071
  • Angel Gown ministry, free burial gowns for those who leave this world before they get to meet their parents. You can obtain a gown, donate, or volunteer. CLICK HERE for the Facebook Page

 

Respect Life

Do you have a concern for mothers and their unborn children, for those who are frail or dying, or who are disabled, that the culture of death that surrounds us may be replaced by a culture of life? God may be calling you!  Please consider joining the Parish Respect Life Committee, or volunteering to help with one of more of the events listed below.

Youth and adults are welcome! Contact Anne Fox 443-402-0711 or agf1461@gmail.com  for more information.

 

Annual Baby Shower (every January)

Join us each year as we collect items for local pregnancy centers’ wish lists!  Details are published in the bulletin and volunteers are always welcome to help us collect donations at each Mass, and later deliver the gifts to the centers.  Check the bulletin in January each year to see details from the Wish List and to sign up to help!

 

 

March for Life & related events (every January)

High School Youth and Young Adults are invited to travel to the March for Life with the Harford Area Youth ministries by train.  We have a limited number of tickets to attend the pre-march rally and concert. Please see bulletin for rsvp deadline and date of events. Contact Mrs. Kellie Reynolds for more information 410-592-7294 or kreynolds@archbalt.org (best)

 Adults interested in attending: please see the bulletin for information about traveling by bus, meeting location, and times.  Or, contact Anne Fox at agf1461@gmail.com

Can't attend the Annual March for Life in DC? On the day of the March, St. Stephen will have Eucharistic Adoration and prayer for healing from the wounds of abortion, concluding with Benediction at 7:00pm. Since 1973, when the Roe vs. Wade decision made abortion legal throughout pregnancy, more than 59 million babies have lost their lives through abortion in the United States. The result is deep wounds—for women, for families, and for our country.  Project Rachel (http://hopeafterabortion.com/) is a healing ministry for women and men who grieve after an abortion, sometimes years later. Prayer is another powerful tool for healing.  We’ll have prayers available and we’ll pray the rosary together at 4:00pm.  Come pray for yourself, or for someone you know, and for our nation

 

40 Days for Life (Spring and Fall)

The mission of 40 Days for Life is to bring together the body of Christ in a 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion. 

In our area, 40 Days for Life volunteers pray peacefully near the Whole Women’s Health abortion clinic on the public sidewalk in front of the Belair Beltway Plaza, 7600-7700 Belair Road in Fullerton. You can pray for one hour, a few hours, or one hour a week to help save lives and convert hearts. 

For more information, contact Tina Bauman, at tinab220@yahoo.com or (443) 695-0103.  Learn more, sign up on the calendar and get involved by visiting our campaign at 40daysforlife.com/fullerton.  

 

Maryland March for Life (every March)

This is a family and student friendly late afternoon/evening event right in Annapolis! It begins with a youth rally at St. Mary’s High School, followed by Mass at 5:15 at St. Mary’s Church; a short peaceful, prayerful walk to Lawyers’ Mall to hear dynamic speakers; and a free Chick-fil-A meal back at St. Mary’s School. Buses are available; visit https://www.mdmarchforlife.com/ or check the bulletin in February for information.

We are looking for adults to take interested youth to Annapolis for this family-friendly event.  If you are “VIRTUS” trained and a registered driver, please contact Kellie Reynolds 410-592-7294 or kreynolds@archbalt.org (best). 

 

October is Respect Life Month!

Follow this link for Rosary prayers for life you can do at home, as a family, or with friends!

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/pro-life-rosaries.cfm

 

Annual "Baby Bottle" Project (every October)

Please help support babies and mothers in need by donating during October, Respect Life Month.  And be sure to pray for life during the month of October.

We distribute decorated envelopes at the Masses on a fall weekend, and they are due about a month later. Donations returned in these envelopes help raise money for nearby pregnancy centers.  Cash and checks are both appreciated, and the envelopes can be put in the collection basket or mailed to the parish.   If you don’t receive an envelope, simply write out a check made payable to St. Stephen Parish with “baby envelope drive” in the memo line, and put it in a plain envelope with “baby envelope” written on the outside. We’ll divide the donations equally between the two centers. 

 Thank you for your generosity!   

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Prayer to St. Rita, Patron of Abused Women
St. Rita, you understood the sorrows of the human heart. By the grace of God, you overcame domestic violence and lived in faith and hope. 
Through your intercession, may families overcome conflicts and tensions and build peace in their homes. Inspire us to reach out to those who suffer physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.  
Pray for us, that we may discover ways to help restore the spiritual well-being of our families, our friends and our community. With you, we believe that all things are possible for God.
Amen.

http://www.catholicsforfamilypeace.org/prayer.html

 

 

Angel Gowns Ministry

This nearby ministry makes and donates free burial gowns for miscarried and stillborn babies to hospitals and families.  Volunteers are needed to help sew, crochet, cut fabric, package Angel Gowns, etc.  Donations of materials and money are most welcome, as well. Contact Anita Schatz (aka Baba) at 410-817-4659.  Weekly workshops take place during the day and in the evening at Anita’s home across from Huber's Farm at 7103 Mt Vista Rd.  Call for dates and times. Visit the Facebook page Angel Gowns by Baba  to see how you can help: ...VIEW THE FACE BOOK PAGE FOR ANGEL GOWNS

 

 

Oppose Assisted Suicide

The deadly and dangerous practice of assisted suicide is now legal in five states (Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California, and Colorado) and the District of Columbia. Assisted suicide proponents are pursuing a campaign to make the practice legal in Maryland, as well.

When the public learns about the dangers of assisted suicide, especially for those who are poor, elderly, disabled, or without access to good medical care, their views shift against the practice. The following dangers are among the top reasons to oppose assisted suicide:

  • A Deadly Mix with Our Profit-Driven Health Care System: Some patients in Oregon and California have received word that their health insurance will pay for assisted suicide but will not pay for treatment that may sustain their lives.
  • Puts Vulnerable Persons (the elderly, the disabled, those suffering from mental illness) at Risk of Abuse and Coercion by relatives, heirs, and medical personnel.
  • Terminal illness definition is dangerously broad; predictions of life expectancy are notoriously inaccurate.        

Pain can be treated and controlled in almost all cases. Great progress has been made in palliative care (comfort and pain relief for patients nearing the end of life).   

To learn more, visit

 

*For details of any events, please consult the bulletin weekly!