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Community of Sant'Egidio

All are welcome to join the Community of Sant'Egidio for two moments of reflection and sharing after the 5:30 pm masses at St. Stephen Martyr Church in Foggy Bottom on Sunday February 17 and Sunday March 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm downstairs in the new hall. On February 17 we will share about the Community of Sant'Egidio's service to the poor on occasion of the community's 50th anniversary, but also reflect together how each of us can live more deeply the calling to serve in our daily lives. On March 17 we will offer a special Lenten reflection. Mark your calendars now.  Typically during our reflections we gather in a circle and hear some words to reflect upon, then we open up the discussion for sharing and listening to each other. If you are interested in the spirituality of the community, these are good moments to join us. All are welcome, just let us know you are coming: RSVP or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Refreshments will be served.


Ladies of Lourdes

February 16, 2019: Father Robert Boxie, parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s in Largo, will be concelebrating the 12:10pm Mass and he will present to the Ladies of Lourdes at St. Stephen, after the 12:10pm Mass.  He will be speaking on “The Humility of Saint Bernadette.”  Fr. Bowie was very much influenced by the music at St. Stephen Martyr  and would come to the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass during his time of discernment. He then became involved with our Young Adult group.  


2019 Cardinal Foley Lecture

The Church and Social Communications From Anger to Renewal: Communications and the Crisis in the Church. 2019 Cardinal Foley Lecture.pdf

Fr. Bill Ryan's The Teak Tree Project!

The goal of this project is to *permanently* assist hundreds of subsistence farmers in Togo and their thousands of children.

Background: Twelve years ago, Father Bill Ryan returned to his former Peace Corps posting in Togo, West Africa to assist the subsistence farmers there. The poverty of the people in this    region never left his heart. 

So far he has opened a health clinic, dug eleven fresh water wells for villagers who were drinking muddy water; opened six primary schools and one middle school; built 20 latrines for hygiene; bought equipment to allow farmers to process their own cassava flour and palm oil, thereby raising their incomes. 

He now has over 1,100 students in the schools he has created. But how will all this good work be supported when he inevitably can no longer carry on?


Land is available for 100,000 teak seedlings. In ten years, ten thousand trees can be sold each year to support the clinic, the pharmacy, the schools and  other worthwhile projects.


The online link to this project, also on our website, is  Help to spread the word among your friends. Short Code: 797979 “TOGO”.  We encourage you to add the link to the Teak Tree Project to your Facebook  page.


We Need Your Help to Keep our Beautiful Music Ministry

Our commitment to maintain beautiful worship requires  half of our offertory. Music plays a major role in our being “a spiritual oasis in the city“. We are known as the church which embraces beautiful music. Recently one of the GW Knights was  home in Connecticut and mentioned that he attended Saint Stephen Martyr. The Bishop of Bridgeport, said, ”Oh, the church with the beautiful music!”. Please help us keep this tradition alive. Our Christmas Concert is coming up Thursday, December 13th. Please consider being a Supporter, Donor, Sponsor, Patron, Maestro or a member of the Leadership Circle. You may use a special envelope in the vestibule or our offertory packet, or simply write Music on the memo line of a check you drop into the offertory. I will be doing the same.

Year End Gifts of Appreciated Stock

Now is a  superb time of the year to consider a   significant gift to our Music Ministry.  This past week we have received gifts of appreciated stock and warrants amounting to $ 19,939.20. During the year we have also received significant bequests.  Gifts to the music  ministry stay  entirely within the Parish to maintain our music ministry; no part of it leaves the Parish. Please see the back page for our list of thank you premiums.


POSTPONED! 150th Anniversary Mass and Dedication of our New Renovated Hall

Dedication  postponed. No longer December 9th

Construction delays make it impossible to celebrate our 150th Anniversary and Dedication of the Crystal Room at Foggy Bottom on December 9th as planned. I sincerely apologize. We will re-schedule and announce the new Anniversary and Dedication date, probably in January, when I am certain we will have a Use and Occupancy   permit. Thank you for your patience and understanding.  Msgr. Paul



Acts of the Apostles

New Bible Study Group

Resumes, this Sunday, February 3rd after the 11 Am Mass, in the Gallery.




Deacon John Liu will lead a discussion of Pope Francis’ much acclaimed   recent encyclical calling each of us to holiness.  To access the encyclical         online type on your web search engine: Rejoice and Be Glad. Then click on Gaudete et exsultate: Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in...On Wednesdays, after the 12:10 pm Mass in the Gallery, downstairs in the rectory.

Rejoice and Be Glad is the apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate of the Holy Father Francis on the call to holiness in today's world.  The words are taken from the Gospel of Matthew (5:12) at the end of the discourse on the Beatitudes. Pope Francis uses Scripture and the witness of the saints (both canonized and those holy people we already know) to demonstrate that God's call to holiness is from each and every one of us.  Moving, inspirational, and, yes, "Rejoice and Be Glad" will surely guide our faith for years to come.  In this plain English study guide, acclaimed scholar and theologian Bill Huebsch makes Pope Francis' message even more accessible, with paraphrased summaries of each numbered section, and prayerful discussion and reflection questions that can help each of us see how Francis' words apply to our own lives.  This group reading and sharing program would help all believers       understand, celebrate, and live Francis' message of Gospel joy, love and peace.


Chapter 1: The Call to Holiness

Chapter 2: Two Subtle Enemies of Holiness

Chapter 3: In the Light of the Master

Chapter 4: Signs of Holiness in Today's World

Chapter 5: Spiritual Combat, Vigilance and Discernment


Pakistan Scholarship Report



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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



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





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