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If you were in RCIA classes (Adults only) and had your sacraments at our Christian Initiation's Mass on Saturday, June 20th, your certificates are ready to be picked up at the Parish office. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 432-520-7394.
Brothers and Sisters, we have just finished celebrating the Vigil and we will post it here as soon as YouTube finishes chewing on it! Know that we miss all of you so very much, especially our candidates and catechumens. Hope is Christ's gift which we celebrate tonight. God bless you all! Fr. Rodney
Team RCIA - due the coronavirus, we are cancelling RCIA Tuesday night. We will try again next Tuesday. If we can’t meet next Tuesday in person, we will try to have the class on Facebook Live. Stay tuned for the plan. Stay safe, Bill

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Mission: To proclaim the Church of Jesus Christ and make disciples of her members.

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[03/24/17]   You are invited to St. Stephen's Women's Potluck Bunco Monday March 27 at 6:30 in the Parlor. Cost is $5 and a Potluck dish. We are also collecting soft drinks and juices for the Cancer Center. Text Mary [email protected] (432)978-9311 if you are coming- remember to put your name in case you're not already in my Contact folder. Training provided to those who haven't played before. It's easy.

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Please pray and fast with us before the election.

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Please try to do the following on Monday and Tuesday
Fast - Minimize meals, and don't eat between meals.
Pray - Preferably at least 3 Rosaries per day, but at least one. We need continuous prayer. If you can't pray 3 Rosaries, then try to take 15 to 30 seconds or so periodically during the day to say a Hail Mary or a Memorare. Even if you do pray 3 Rosaries, add in as much additional prayer as possible.

MOST IMPORTANT: Share this with everyone you can. We need to get as many people participating as possible.

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ST. JUDE NOVENA PRAYERS

Day 1 St. Jude Novena

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Fatima, Portugal

70,000 people witnessed the miracle of the sun associated with this apparition. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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Today is the Our Lady of the Rosary Feast Day.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

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Blood of St. Januarius Liquefies Again in Naples

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ncregister.com The liquefaction of the blood of St. Januarius (San Gennaro) in the Cathedral of Naples, Italy has just occurred again, on the saint's fe...

[09/15/16]   Today we rejoice as we celebrate the Feast of the Exhaultation of the Cross!
Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no cross, life itself could not have been nailed to the tree. And if life had not been nailed to it, there would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing. The legal bond of our sin would not be canceled, we should not have attained our freedom, we should not have enjoyed the fruit of the tree of life and the gates of paradise would not stand open. Had there been no cross, death would not have been trodden underfoot, nor hell despoiled.
Therefore, the cross is something wonderfully great and honorable. It is great because through the cross the many noble acts of Christ found their consummation—very many indeed, for both his miracles and his sufferings were fully rewarded with victory. The cross is honorable because it is both the sign of God’s suffering and the trophy of his victory. It stands for his suffering because on it he freely suffered unto death. But it is also his trophy because it was the means by which the devil was wounded and death conquered; the barred gates of hell were smashed, and the cross became the one common salvation of the whole world.
St Andrew of Crete

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

[09/06/16]   We will meet in the ballroom tonite due to the large turnout for RCIA last week. We are so excited! See you all tonite! If you have not signed up for RCIA, you are welcome to sign up through the end of September. All are welcome. It's going to be an exciting year!!

[08/25/16]   RCIA is for everyone, Catholics, Non-Catholics. Come to receive your sacraments, or come to receive solid Catholic teaching and loving fellowship. Just come!!

RCIA KICKOFF TUESDAY, AUGUST 30TH. ST. STEPHENS PARLOUR. FREE DINNER, FREE CHILDCARE, FREE MATERIALS, SOLID CATHOLIC TEACHING. WARM WELCOMING LEADERS. PLEASE JOIN US 6:45-8:45.

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The Stubborn Faith of St. Philomena - Chastity

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chastityproject.com St. Philomena was only 13 years old when she defied and was killed by the most powerful man in the world, Roman Emperor Diocletian. What could be so offensive about a gentle, meek teenage princess? St. Philomena simply refused to break her vow of virginity to the Lord and marry Diocletian. Because o...

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5 Reasons Why Jewish Prof. Edith Stein Became a Catholic Nun

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taylormarshall.com Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (aka Edith Stein, 1891-1942) is a saint, nun, and martyr of the Catholic Church. I have studied her life (see the chapter related to her in my book The Crucified Rabbi) and have since distilled 5 speculative reasons why Professor Judith Stein went from Jewish Prof...

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How Mary Gave the Rosary to St Dominic

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taylormarshall.com In the year 1214 Saint Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, was in anguish because he was failing in his attempt to convert the Albigensian Cathar heretics. St. Dominic attributed this to the deepness and gravity of sinfulness of the heretics and the poor example of Catholics. He went alo...

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HAPPY MEMORIAL of Blessed Titus Brandsma – July 27

After the invasion of the Netherlands by the Third Reich in May 1940, it was Brandsma’s fight against the spread of Nazi ideology and for educational and press freedom that brought him to the attention of the Nazis.

In January 1942 he undertook to deliver by hand a letter from the Conference of Dutch Bishops to the editors of Catholic newspapers in which the bishops ordered them not to print official Nazi documents, as was required under a new law by the German occupiers. He had visited 14 editors before being arrested on the 19th of that month at the Boxmeer monastery. After being held prisoner in Scheveningen, Amersfoort, and Cleves, Brandsma was transferred to the Dachau concentration camp, arriving there on 19 June.

His health quickly gave way, and he was transferred to the camp hospital. He died on 26 July 1942, from a lethal injection administered by a nurse of the Allgemeine SS, as part of their program of medical experimentation on the prisoners.

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When my mother was in Catholic school, the nuns taught her to write “JMJ” on top of all of her school papers. It stands for “Jesus, Mary and Joseph”. Writing this is a form of prayer in which she offered all that she did in school to Jesus and the Holy Family. The practice encouraged devotion to the holy family, and imitation and aspiration to their life and holiness.

If you’ve ever seen Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s show, “Life is worth living”, you will see how he always wrote “JMJ” at the top of his blackboard when he used it for illustration during his show.

There are many other similar acronyms, which are a form of prayer, such as AMDG – ‘Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam’ – ‘to the greater glory of God’, or AJPM – Ad Jesum per Mariam” – ‘to Jesus through Mary’.

Before you begin an activity (Homework, studying, paying the bills, etc.. . ), it’s a great idea to write down the acronym as you make a small prayer and invocation for assistance. Your actions are in effect offered to heaven and you are reminded to keep God in mind at all times, whatever work you happen to be doing.

Did any of you learn this as a child? I think it is so beautiful!

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Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it…and then it’s gone. But to surrender who you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying – even more terrible than dying young.

St Joan of Arc

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Two Attackers Shot Dead After Invading Normandy Church, Slitting 84-Year-Old Priest’s Throat

Please pray for this community, and the soul of this Priest. He was saying Mass when murdered. How horrible.

theblaze.com PARIS (AP) — Two attackers invaded a church Tuesday during morning Mass near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing an 84-year-old priest by slitting his throat and taking hostages before being shot and killed by police, French officials said. Another person inside the church was seriously injured and....

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

July 26th, 2016 (MEMORIAL OF STS. JOACHIM AND ANNE)

By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend and tradition.

We get the oldest story from a document called the Gospel of James, though in no way should this document be trusted to be factual, historical, or the Word of God. The legend told in this document says that after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child. Anne promised to dedicate this child to God (much the way that Samuel was dedicated by his mother Hannah -- Anne -- in 1 Kings).

For those who wonder what we can learn from people we know nothing about and how we can honor them, we must focus on why they are honored by the church. Whatever their names or the facts of their lives, the truth is that it was the parents of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. It was their teaching that led her to respond to God's request with faith, "Let it be done to me as you will." It was their example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was their faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her son was crucified and still believe.

Such parents can be examples and models for all parents.

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“The” Weapons for Our Times: The Scapular, Rosary and Purity

www.romancatholicman.com In 1251, Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel to Saint Simone Stock, General of the Order of Carmelites, holding in her hand a scapular. She directed him to

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Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Novena to Our Lady of Carmel Day 8

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"I Knelt on the Concrete Floor, Crying My Eyes Out"

veilsbylily.com It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I experienced the power of the Eucharist as the actual reality and presence of Our Lord. It was in front of the Lord in the Eucharist at a high school Catholic youth conference, adoring Him with 3,000 other high school students, that I realized that...

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Biblical MARY:

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July 14 Feast day
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
(1656-1680)
The blood of martyrs is the seed of saints. Nine years after the Jesuits Isaac Jogues and John de Brébeuf (October 19) were tomahawked by Iroquois warriors, a baby girl was born near the place of their martyrdom, Auriesville, New York.
Her mother was a Christian Algonquin, taken captive by the Iroquois and given as wife to the chief of the Mohawk clan, the boldest and fiercest of the Five Nations. When she was four, Kateri lost her parents and little brother in a smallpox epidemic that left her disfigured and half blind. She was adopted by an uncle, who succeeded her father as chief. He hated the coming of the Blackrobes (Jesuit missionaries), but could do nothing to them because a peace treaty with the French required their presence in villages with Christian captives. She was moved by the words of three Blackrobes who lodged with her uncle, but fear of him kept her from seeking instruction. She refused to marry a Mohawk brave and at 19 finally got the courage to take the step of converting. She was baptized with the name Kateri (Catherine) on Easter Sunday.
Now she would be treated as a slave. Because she would not work on Sunday, she received no food that day. Her life in grace grew rapidly. She told a missionary that she often meditated on the great dignity of being baptized. She was powerfully moved by God’s love for human beings and saw the dignity of each of her people.
She was always in danger, for her conversion and holy life created great opposition. On the advice of a priest, she stole away one night and began a 200-mile walking journey to a Christian Indian village at Sault St. Louis, near Montreal.
For three years she grew in holiness under the direction of a priest and an older Iroquois woman, giving herself totally to God in long hours of prayer, in charity and in strenuous penance. At 23 she took a vow of virginity, an unprecedented act for an Indian woman, whose future depended on being married. She found a place in the woods where she could pray an hour a day—and was accused of meeting a man there!
Her dedication to virginity was instinctive: She did not know about religious life for women until she visited Montreal. Inspired by this, she and two friends wanted to start a community, but the local priest dissuaded her. She humbly accepted an “ordinary” life. She practiced extremely severe fasting as penance for the conversion of her nation. She died the afternoon before Holy Thursday. Witnesses said that her emaciated face changed color and became like that of a healthy child. The lines of suffering, even the pockmarks, disappeared and the touch of a smile came upon her lips. She was beatified in 1980 and canonized in 2012..
Comment:
We like to think that our proposed holiness is thwarted by our situation. If only we could have more solitude, less opposition, better health. Kateri repeats the example of the saints: Holiness thrives on the cross, anywhere. Yet she did have what Christians—all people—need: the support of a community. She had a good mother, helpful priests, Christian friends. These were present in what we call primitive conditions, and blossomed in the age-old Christian triad of prayer, fasting and alms: union with God in Jesus and the Spirit, self-discipline and often suffering, and charity for her brothers and sisters.
Source: American Catholic

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10 Surprising Things That Happen When You Go To Adoration More Often

catholic-link.org The Eucharist is described in the catechism as the ‘source and summit’ of our faith.

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Blessed Feast of St. Henry!

St. Henry was born on May 6, 973, the son of Henry II, Duke of Bavaria, and Gisela of Burgundy. Both of his grandfathers were kings. As a child Henry was educated by the Bishop of Freising and later studied at the Hildesheim Cathedral. In 999, St. Henry married St. Cunegunda of Luxembourg and, by mutual agreement, they remained celibate. Henry was crowned King of Germany three years later and Holy Roman Emperor in 1014.

St. Henry defended the empire from repreated invasions. He gave generiously to schools and monasteries; he also commissioned the construction of Bamberg Cathderal. St. Henry died on July 13, 1024, and was canonized in 1147. He is the patron saint of the childless, the handicapped and those rejected by religious orders. (Source: Catholic.org)

St. Henry, pray for us!
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St Therese of Lisieux

Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, you heard the Lord's call to the vocation of marriage. You gave all glory to God through your humble and patient work, your commitment to the poor, and your family life, where reigned the happiness of loving and being loved.

You love us as your own children, with the heart of a father and mother, because you are the friends of God. Listen to our prayer as we celebrate your feast day. Amen.

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“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” Saint Maximilian Kolbe

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THE MARTYRS OF GORKUM

The Martyrs of Gorkum were a group of 19 Dutch Catholic clerics and friars who were hanged on 9 July 1572 in the town of Brielle (or Den Briel) during the 16th century religious wars in the Low Countries by The Calvinists.

The Calvinists would weave together theology and nationalism for Netherlands separatists. Dutch rebels conquering other towns started making prisoners of Catholic clergy whose loyalties were suspiciously Habsburgish. They were hanged without benefit of trial at an abandoned monastery.

"It was on the 9th July 1572 when the execution of the pious sufferers began. On their side they had fully prepared themselves for it by confession and prayer. The executioner went so slowly to work that two hours had elapsed ere the last of the martyrs had taken his place on the gallows, and many of them still lived when morning broke. But the fury of the soldiers was not yet satisfied. They mutilated the dead bodies, cut off their noses and ears, and other limbs, and, alas, shame seems to touch the pen with which we write, bound them to their hats, and returned with these melancholy trophies in triumph into the city!"

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The Martyrs of Gorkum, by Cesare Fracassini.

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