Last Call for Fall Rel Ed Registration

By now you should have registered for Religious Education for your children for the fall. Many sessions are closed. Please do not request placement in a closed out session.

Use the following link to register your child:  Register here

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Parish Basketball

basketballParish Basketball will take place September thru November.

Any child in Grade 3 thru 8th is welcome to play.

For more information please contact:

Cathy Quinn at cathyq1995@yahoo.comor Tim Quinn at 986-7528

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Consider Becoming a Catechist!

More than 75 men and women of our parish are currently serving in the Religious Education Ministry. Through their combined efforts the love of Jesus is shared with children in grades 1 – 8. We are currently looking for a few adults to help out with the upcoming year. Won’t you consider sharing the gift of faith?

The following positions are available:

  • Monday         4:30 – 6pm     Grade 3
  • Wednesday  4:30 – 6pm      Grade 8

Call 986-2231 or email Lydia for more information:  reledoffice@gmail.com

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Religious Education is a life-long endeavor: learning how to receive and give the gift of love according to the example and teaching of Jesus Christ.

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Special Events for Grade 8 Class

Hello everyone,

On Wednesday, April 6th we will be having some special presentations for our eighth graders.

A representative from Mary’s Meals will be present to discuss this very important ministry. In addition, Anna Scharfenberger will talk with the children about the Mothers’ Cupboard ministry on-going at St. Stephen’s.  As part of her presentation she will show  this youTube clip.  It is a defense of the choice of life conducted by a 12-year old girl.  We feel it is important to show the children a strong representation of the defense of life.

Looking forward to seeing your children on Wednesday!

Blessings,

Marla

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Confirmation Graduates’ Update

Dear 8th Grade Families,

Congratulations on your recent confirmation! Now what?
We have scheduled four weeks of activities for you during class time* (6:30-7:30*). It is now all about living your faith.

Here is the updated schedule for you:
NO CLASS March 30

On April 6, from 6:30 – 7:30* (2 sessions, 30 min each)
1.
     A representative from Mary’s Meals will give a talk on this ministry and how to make a difference in the life of a child. Please visit http://www.child31film.com/ <http://www.child31film.com/> to view the film and learn more about the program that St. Stephens is proud to help sponsor. Just 5 cents a day feeds a child in a place of learning.

2.     Anna Scharfenberger will present on our own Mother’s Cupboard Ministry and the people who are served. How can you as a teen help with this ministry?  As a thank you for her presentation, please bring a package of diapers or wipes and baby wash for this informative talk.

3. On April 13, from 6:30 – 7:30*, Alex Boswell from Safe Homes of Orange County will speak regarding safe relationships. An overview of teen dating violence awareness and prevention with a detailed focus of warning signs and what abuse looks like.

4. April 20, 6:30-7:30* Generation Life is a movement of young people committed to building a Culture of Life by educating peers on the pro-life and chastity messages and developing new leaders for the pro-life movement. They believe that by spreading the message of chastity, abortion can end at the root cause.

Our last gathering for the year will be on April 27, 6:30 Mass for parents and students, pizza party to follow in cafeteria with distribution of Confirmation certificates.


See you next week!

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Got Rel. Ed absences?

Come to this class with your child(ren) and we will erase an absence!

Mark your calendar! Our next Golden Ticket opportunity will take place on

Friday, February 26th

6:30-8 pm

School Cafeteria

Topic:  Catholic Prayer Traditions and Their Origins

followed by a game of Lenten Jeopardy!

(parents vs kids?!)

Hope to see you then!

Call or email if you have questions.

Marla 986-2231

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$5 Challenge for Mary’s Meals

St. Stephen’s – have you heard the news? We are participating in a $5 Generosity Challenge for the month of February!!!   We are raising money for Mary’s Meals. See the article below for the origin the Challenge

Local pastor’s lesson in helping other folks keeps on spreading

By Gittel Evangelist

United Methodist Pastor Susan Chupungco leads Sunday morning services in Goshen on Jan. 3. DAWN J. BENKO/FOR THE TIMES HERALD-RECORD

GOSHEN — It started with a pastor’s simple lesson in the joy of giving. In a week’s time, it took on a life of its own. And in a mere three months, the Goshen Generosity Challenge, as it’s come to be called, has mushroomed into a phenomenon that’s touched countless lives.

The Rev. Susan Chupungco, spiritual leader of the United Methodist churches in both Sugar Loaf and Goshen, gave a sermon in early October on the biblical scripture of Mark 10:17-31, in which a wealthy young man asks Jesus how he can enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus tells the man, “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”

Relating the sermon to a TED Talk she recently heard about whether money can buy happiness, Chupungco said the lesson is, “When you spend money on yourself it doesn’t change you. But when you spend money on others, it brings you joy.”

As an exercise, Chupungco handed out 60 envelopes, each containing a $5 bill, to congregants attending services in Goshen that Sunday. She gave just two stipulations.“ 24I told them, you can’t spend the money on yourself; and give in the name of Jesus,” she said. “Other than that, the rules weren’t terribly strict.”

One person gave to the Wounded Warrior Project, another to the Goshen food pantry, while others did things like buying coffee for the next person in line at Starbucks, Chupungco said.

Congregant Susan Armistead of Goshen had a bigger idea. “I wanted to make a pot of soup for a family and I needed $20 for the ingredients,” she said. “Then it came to me. I matched the $5 with $5 of my own, and then asked 98 friends on Facebook to each give $5, with the idea that I could collect $500 and do something really great with the money.”

Armistead got even more than she bargained for: 170 friends ponied up a total of $915, which she distributed among several local charities and school funds.

At the end of October, she put out another Facebook request for someone else to jump in and keep the challenge going. Her good friend Deborah Heppes, who lives in Goshen but does not attend the Methodist church, stepped forward “within a minute,” Armistead said.

By the end of November, Heppes had raised $1,000, which she donated to Catholic Charities’ drug rehabilitation program.

“People responded in amazing ways,” Heppes said. “I literally had random people dropping off donations in my mailbox. I left an envelope and a pen, and people would leave money and write their name, and disappear in the night.”

Lisa Forst, who does not attend any church but is a friend of both Armistead and Heppes, came forward as December’s captain. Forst collected $500 through Dec. 19, then used the money to shop for gifts that were included in holiday baskets put together by Goshen Intermediate School’s Youth Ending Hunger Club for local families.

January’s captain, Debbie Scheetz, is already on the job, Armistead said. The idea, participants hope, is that the challenge will spread not just from person to person, but from town to town. “Maybe Chester picks up on it next,” Forst said. “Maybe Middletown. Anybody can do it. You don’t have to be any kind of person; you just have to be the kind of person who wants to help. And I think that’s most of us.”     gevangelist@th-record.com

A $5 donation will feed one child for 100 days. To join our cause, please bring your donation to St. Stephen’s Rectory, School or Religious Education offices or mail cash or checks made to Mary’s Meals to St. Stephens Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick, NY 10990. www.marysmeals.org.

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