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New Small Group - The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew Small Group

Starts Sunday, October 29th, after the 11am Mass.

Rosi Meza-Steel and Deacon Jon Liu will lead the study using 50 minute videos done by Jeff Cavins, followed by discussion and prayer.  A great opportunity to learn Scripture and deepen your faith live.




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Friends of the Music Ministry Campaign 2017-2018

I invite you to continue to support our yearly drive, using your  envelope in your monthly offertory or through Faith Direct, to preserve our music ministry.  

pdf Friends of the Music Premiums 2017-2018 (156 KB)


Hurricanes Harvey/Irma/Maria Relief

Hurricanes Harvey/Irma/Maria Relief

Through the Poor Box

         We realize that we have had more second collections than normal,  largely because of Hurricane Harvey. Now Hurricane Irma and Maria have devastated the southeast region of our country as well as Puerto Rico and the people and property of the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is a suffrage diocese of our own Archdiocese. Msgr. Jerome, who is often with us, is the Pastor of the Cathedral in Saint Thomas. You may have attended a daily Mass he hascelebrated here.  Any funds placed into the Poor Box until this coming Sunday will go exclusively to the victims of hurricanes





Hall Renovation’s news

On Thursday, September 7th, our architect, the permit expeditor and myself met in negotiation with the DC government to secure our renovation permit.  We agreed to move the entrance to the renovated hall to an expanded current    outside entrance in order to not threaten the pin oak growing on thesidewalk. This means our structural engineers will need to check on the strength of the new entrance. It is possible that we will receive our renovation permit in early November of this year. Then we will need to receive bids for the job, which will probably lead to a six month  renovation project. We have taken costs out of the renovation by (1) eliminating a storage facility which would have utilized the old space for our copying machines one half story up by the first men's bathroom;   (2) eliminating a gas stove in favor of an high output electric stove because bringing gas into the commercial kitchen ( Venting of a gas stove must be 15 feet from the sidewalk, so the only way to have met this criteria would have been to go through the floor of the church and up a confessional and through roof to obtain the required  distance. Very expensive and disruptive.)  (3) We are also looking at simplifying the flooring to be not only attractive but less costly.  Thank you for your patience.


From Fr. Bill Ryan of the Togo Mission

Dear Parishioners,

As I prepare to return to Togo, I want to offer a heartfelt thanks to St. Stephen’s Parish for your kind welcome and for your generous collection a few weeks ago.  The funds will soon be transferred to the mission parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe where I serve.  You have my pledge that they will be put to good use in the projects that I described in my homily.   It is truly inspiring to for me to realize how openhearted people here at home have been in their desire to help our brothers and sisters in Africa who have so little.  For more information about the mission in Togo, you can visit our website, which is  And here are the links to a TV and radio interview that I had recently with EWTN: TV interview (4 ½ minutes):

Radio interview (10 minutes – go to the 46-minute mark to start): radio/morning-glory-for- monday-august-28th-2017-with- father-bill-ryan

Please pray for the mission, as we will pray to all those here in the States who have been so generous.

May God bless each and every one of you.

Fr. William Ryan


Fr. Bill Ryan TV Interview

Father Ryan, founding pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in the Archdiocese of Lome in Togo, shares hisstories of his mission work. 


Welcome Seminarian Evan Cummings!

We’d like to introduce a future priest of the Paulist Fathers, Evan Cummings, who will be working with us this coming year,  particularly with the Young Adults.


Thank you so much to everyone for welcoming me and letting me be a part of the ministry here at St. Stephen    Martyr.  I am very excited about the opportunity to get to work with all of you, to get to know all of you, and to grow in God with you.

         To help you all get to know me better, here is a little bit about my life's journey and how I came to be a Paulist.  I was born and raised in Clearfield, Utah, which is just a little bit North of Salt Lake City, on March 14th, 1991.  I come from a small family, just my parents and one older brother.  I attended Catholic schools from kindergarten. I wanted to work for NASA in the field of space exploration. In my  second year of University something about the  Paulist   Fathers stuck because I couldn't get them out of my mind  After some time, I changed my major to Philosophy as a way to help prepare myself for the theological studies.  I also became much more involved in the campus ministry at USU.  I graduated in May, 2013, Cum Laude and finished my application to the Paulist Father's formation program.  In August of the same year, I went to the Paulist Novitiate in Washington, DC.

Since joining, I have completed four of my six years of formation, those being my novitiate, two years of school at CUA and a pastoral year at the Paulist parish and campus ministry in Berkeley, California.  I have been blessed to serve at the Paulist foundations in Austin, Texas, and Rome, Italy, during the summers of my formation.  I have also served as a chaplain in both Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and at UT Medical Center/Knoxville in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Now, I have two more years of school at CUA.  God willing, in May, 2019, I will be       ordained a priest. I look forward to being in ministry here at St. Stephen Martyr.

Evan Cummings




Togo Mission

The mission combines development projects with evangelization, bringing Christ to the poor in word, deed and Sacrament.  For more information, visit For the following two weeks, every donation in the poor box will be to help this Mission





In Celebration of our 150th Year Jubilee

The Illumination of our Cross and Bells

Through a generous gift from a parishioner, we have the cross on top of our bell tower, and the beautiful bells illuminated, which helpcreate a lovely character to our neighborhood. Be sure to notice how this illumination creates a focal point and an identifiable landmark for our Foggy Bottom/West End neighborhood; a beautiful and spiritual uplift for all who have the eyes to see.



Rarely do we have an opportunity to do so much for so long a time for so little. Father George Daniel of St. Paul’s Parish in Lahore, Pakistan recently visited us and will be returning each year.  His parish of 1600 families, includes many students too destitute to afford an education. This condemns them and their families to continued subsistence living. The Christians in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are among the world’s poorest and most discriminated against.

For twenty dollars a month you can  provide a technical education to a  student which will lift him and his family from destitution. The Salesian Fathers, the religious community to which our own Father Ledesma belongs, runs the school, the Don Bosco Technical Institute. Employers come to the Institute at the end of the two year training program to directly hire their students ! It’s life transforming in a society where Christians are typically either unemployed or perform the lowest paying tasks.

If you wish to sponsor a student, Father Daniel will make sure you learn  something about the student, probably receive a picture and periodic updates. We have established a separate  account, the St. Stephen Martyr Scholarship Fund, to provide the help these young people need. You can write a check to the Fund, provide cash ; or on the memo line of your offertory check  simply write , for example “ SSM Fund $20”. 

There are also many children whose families cannot afford elementary education ($6 a month) or junior high education ($10 a month). Memo line e.g. “SSM Fund $6”.

According to the custom of the Church in Pakistan, Father Daniel spends a great deal of time visiting homes. Every two hundred families are assisted by a trained catechist. So you can be sure that the student or students you help are well known to the pastoral staff. Are you able and willing to make a difference? If so, start as soon as you wish. I’ve  already made my contribution and will continue to do so.

Pakistan Scholarship Fund 

A  worshiper at Masson July 2nd, visiting from Texas, heard us speak of the need to help provide a life changing education to impoverished Christian youth in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This week he generously sent a check for $960 to pay for the two year training program for two students at the Saint Don Bosco Technical Institute in Lahore. So far our Pakistani Scholarship Fund has raised $18,077.



The Don Bosco Technical   Institute for Boys in Lahore, Pakistan, is a trade school,      educating mainly Christian but also some Muslim youths,  ranging in age from 15 to 22.  The center, run and heavily subsidized by the Salesians of Saint Don Bosco, opened in 2000 with 10 Catholic boarding students. The Salesian community is the religious order to which our own Father Ledesma belongs, though he works mainly in Thailand.

Spread over an area the equivalent of three football fields, the center offers technical skills to youths, most of whom dropped out of school because continuing education was beyond the financial means of their families. Salesian Father Miguel Angel Ruiz, the center's principal, took charge in 2002. The center has expanded from one to four technical trades: automotive, electrical, metalwork, and air conditioning and refrigeration. Students in its two-year program learn skills in each of these trades. 

The Institute produces skilled manpower to respond toPakistan's annual need for 1 million skilled workers in local industries. In July 2011 the Chairman of the Technical and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) visited the Institute. Impressed by the cutting edge laboratories of the institute he proposed a plan of cooperation between the Centre and the Government to replicate the advances in other institutes in the country. 

In 2012 the former principal Father Miguel Angel Ruiz, a  Salesian Father , was awarded the Medal of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholicby the King of Spain. The present principal is Father Peter Zeigo, a Salesian Father from Italy. The school was founded by Father Hans, a Salesian from Australia.


Your donation of $20 a month to theScholarship Fund will enable a destitutestudent to obtain a technical educationwhich will assure him and his familyof a decent life.


Fr. George Daniel visiting us from Lahore, Pakistan

I was born a Catholic Christian. Christians are a tiny minority in an overwhelming Muslim Pakistan, with a population of more than 200 millions. I come from a family with fourchildren; 3 boys and 1 girl.  My father works as a clerk in the flood and irrigation department, and my mother was a house-wife. For my parents, it was not easy at all to take care of us andeducate us.  They always found them self struggling to make both ends meet. I grew up in a devout, and profoundly religious family. It is within this prayerful   environment, that I heard God calling me to Himself, thus, a   vocation conceived, born and grew.  I became a priestbecause the love and mercy received and my family, and I wanted to share with everyone. 

Real challenges of Christians, in particular, the Catholic Church, are innumerable. In all walks of our life as Catholic, we encounter these every moment of every day. Apart from  hostile, oppressive, discriminatory and hateful attitude of state and society, we have to face true challenges of constant fear of our vulnerability. Any suspicion of any mal-action against   Islam can trigger an attack, burning down Christian’s properties and even killing.  This is the most crucial challenge we encounter, because the society is radical to the extreme, it doesn’t leave much room for others to exit.  It is difficult to be a Christian, “We are aware” “For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so the life of Jesus may be manifested in one mortal flesh” 2 Cor 4:11

St Stephen Martyr Parish has helped St. Paul’s Parish inLahore in various ways; by helping us furnish our church, by offering scholarship to two students: Natalie Wylde, studying in Bsc honors, and Ashbeel Shakie, studying doctor of Pharmacy.  And Yohanna bad bombing incident at two churches by   sending donations to the victims.  In this incident there were more than 1,400 injured.  St Stephen helps us constructing churches, because a church building is a source of strength, growing stronger and given Christians identity in a society which does not want to recognize their presence ever, and in giving out scholarships to students.  I am very thankful and grateful for the love, concern and  support we receive from this Parish through Msgr. Paul. Your help reminds me that “We are the Body of Christ” thus one, no matter where we are.


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