Fr. George Daniel is 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.

 

FORMED

The Archdiocese is Encouraging all Parishes to subscribe to the FORMED Catholic Internet Service. This ministry has joined together many Catholic  on-line services. Subscribing to this service gives every parishioner anduniversity student  free access to Catholic movies and videos, all the talks in the Lighthouse Ministry series ( whose discs are available in the vestibule),  Catholic Answers (so parishioners and students can provide reasons for Catholic belief when we are challenged by professors or grandchildren), children’s Catholic videos and talks on the saints, a full course on the Catholic Faith, sacramental preparation on line, Catholic documentaries, Scripture studies, audiobooks,  videos on the Sunday readings, downloadable books, materials for the Spanish speaking, etc., with new ministries joining the common effort all the time. The subscription cost is about $1600 a year, which would also make a great gift to the community if a donor is so inclined.

 

June 21st is National eGiving Day

St. Stephen Martyr Church can take particular joy in this celebration, as the  response to eGiving in our church has been wonderful.  To build on this  success, we are setting a National eGiving Day Challenge. Our goal is for St. Stephen Martyr Church families to put envelopes on a permanent summer   vacation and make the switch to eGiving. This is especially important in the summer months, when many families may be out of town some weekends and St. Stephen Martyr Church does not receive their envelopes, our weekly  offertory can fluctuate as a result , making it harder to predict how much we will have to sustain our year-round ministries. Being part of this challenge is simple: Visit www.faithdirect.net and use our church code: DC576. Thank you for your continued support of our parish family with your time and talents.

 

No Justice without Life

Renovation of our Parish Hall

 

Update on the Hall Permit Process  

 

A flow test is scheduled for 6-15-17.  The flow test results will determine if the existing water service for the sprinkler is adequate for the additional heads in the hall. The existing service is 4" and that serves only the boiler room and the rectory. The additional heads, we believe, will not tax that service but we won't know for sure until the flow test is completed. We are getting close to having all the evolving requests met. We are working to make sure everything is in order to    receive our hall renovation permit.

The Bible Timeline Series

The Story of Salvation

by Jeff Cavins, Tim Gray and Sarah Christmyer                                                                                                                   

Facilitated by Rosi Meza-Steel and Deacon Jon Liu

You Can Understand the Bible!

Sundays after the 11am Mass. Not meeting on Easter Sunday.

If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should join us for The Bible Timeline Study. By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our parish, as we all grow closer to Christ.This is the foundation study in The Great Adventure Bible Study Series that has helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics learn to read the Bible.  The Bible Timeline is a fascinating study that takes participants on a journey through the entire Bible. They will go deep into each period of salvation history and discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. Using a unique color-coded system, they will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and see how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith. The Bible Timeline has been granted the Imprimatur.

 

Friends of the Music Ministry 2017-2018

We invite you to continue to support our yearly drive to preserve our music ministry, and to become a Friend of the Music Ministry if you have not yet done so. God Bless You!

 

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