Congratulations to the following children who received the sacrament of Confirmation and First Eucharist on Sunday, May 22nd at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Mayville:
Devin, daughter of Curt and Cassandra McDonald
Rory, daughter of Kal and Lindsay Triplett
Meredith, daughter of Michael and Mandy Hoverson
Catherine, daughter of Jesse and Jessica Gravdahl
Jack, son of Tanner and Amber Brueckner
A celebration of their confirmation was held at St. Stephen's on Sunday, May 29. They each received a certificate and a blessed candle from Fr. Bernie Schneider and from their teacher, John Gorman. Cake , coffee, and juice were served in the parish hall after Mass.
Our homegrown priest, Fr. Riley Durkin, came to St. Stephen's on Sunday, May 15th to fill in for Fr. Bernie Schneider, who was away for the weekend. Fr. Riley was ordained on August 8, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo, and had his first Mass at St. Stephen's on August 9. He is a parochial vicar at Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo. Above he is pictured with some of his family; his grandmother Lorraine Zikmund and his parents, Lisa & Kevin Durkin.
Crowning of Mary
Join us as we serve the Lord:
We invite you to "make a difference" in the St. Stephen's Parish community. Please contact Father Schneider or Teresa Gorman to find out how you can:
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous: teach me to serve You as You deserve: to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing I am doing Your will. St. Ignatius of Loyola
Please pray for the health of:
All those who suffer from the pandemic, COVID 19, for those that have thankfully recovered, for those who are sick now, and for those who have passed away.
For our Congregation, for our families, friends, neighbors, our diocese, our country, and around the world. We pray for Ukraine.
Prayer for the Sick
Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick, we turn to You in this time of illness.. O dearest Comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with Your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in Your hands. We place our sick under Your care and humbly ask that You restore Your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will and know that whatsoever You do, You do for the love of us. Amen.
Holy Rosary video
Pray the Rosary with Bishop Barron! The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, which are traditionally prayed on Wednesdays and, outside the seasons of Advent and Lent, on Sundays, are: 2:07 - The Resurrection 6:26 - The Ascension 11:08 - The Descent of the Holy Spirit 16:29 - The Assumption 21:33 - The Coronation of Mary
The Rev. William “Bill” Sherman, 94, Priest of the Diocese of Fargo; former Pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks, ND and prominent religious leader, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Valley Senior Living on Columbia in Grand Forks.
William Charles Sherman was born on July 8, 1927, in Detroit, MI, the son of William A. and Ellen K. (Lynch) Sherman. He attended grade school in Salem, OR and high school in Bryson, NC, graduating from St. Francis High School in Hankinson, ND. William enlisted in the United States Army on July 26, 1946, at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He served as a Supply Clerk with the 1st Cavalry Division during the occupation of the Philippines and Japan. He was honorably discharged from military service on December 9, 1947, at Fort Lawton, Washington.
He went on to graduate from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Philosophy. It was while attending St. Johns, that he began discerning his vocation to the Priesthood. He attended St. John’s Seminary in Collegeville and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. William was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Fargo on June 11, 1955, and served as a priest for 66 years. Fr. Sherman offered his first Mass at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Lidgerwood, ND. In 1965, he earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Dakota.
Fr. Sherman served as a Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo, ND and St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at the University of North Dakota. He served as Pastor of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Verona, ND, St. Paul’s Newman Center at North Dakota State University, St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Alice, ND, Our Lady of the Scapular’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, ND, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Enderlin, ND, National Chaplain to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks, ND from 1976 until his retirement in 2003. While Director of St. Paul’s Newman Center, Fr. Sherman taught Sociology of Religion and Sociology of the Great Plains at North Dakota State University.
Best known as Pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Grand Forks, Fr. Sherman authored several books. One of note is, “Scattered Steeples,” a historical perspective of the Diocese of Fargo. Twenty years after the publication went out of print, he along with Fr. Leo Stelton, edited a new edition entitled “Scattered Steeples Expanded.” This work is a “panoramic view” of the church from sod-house Masses to the grand liturgies of the “cathedral-like city churches.”
Fr. Sherman was named a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at North Dakota State University. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Mary. On May 17, 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of North Dakota. This honor is given to celebrate someone who has spent many years in a specific field. Fr. Sherman was nominated by the Department of Sociology.
Fr. Sherman was held in high regard and will be deeply missed by his brother priests, former parishioners and students, friends and the people of Grand Forks. A special thanks to Myrna Dyrdal for the kind care given to Fr. Sherman in his later years.
He is survived by his brother, Fr. Edward Sherman, Grand Forks, ND and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sr. Ann Sherman, O.S.F.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Michael’s Sanctuary Fund or the Fr. Sherman Scholarship Fund at St. Michael’s Catholic School, 418 North 6th Street, Grand Forks, ND 58203.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022, with a 6:30 p.m. Prayer of the Divine Chaplet and Rosary Service in St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Tuesday.
Fargo Visitation: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in the Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo, ND.
Burial: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Calvary Cemetery, Lidgerwood, ND.
Military Honors: Accorded by members of the American Legion Post 157, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817 and the North Dakota Army National Guard.
To view the livestream Funeral Mass, please go to https://www.stmichaelschurchgf.com/
The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com
Cheryl Lynn (Mostad) Bauer, Larimore ND, passed away Monday, March 7 at the Valley Senior Living Center after a long illness.
Cheryl was born on November 18, 1946 in Saum, MN to Edwin and Elna (Nelson) Mostad. She graduated from Kelliher High School. She attended Bemidji State University, Valley City State University and Lake Region CC before earning a degree as a medical assistant.
On June 11th, 1968, Cheryl married Robert (Bob) Bauer in Warba, MN. They lived in Minneapolis, Homestead, Fl, Grand Forks and Arvilla before finally settling in Larimore, ND in 1977 where they raised their three children, Jason (Jake), Nathan (Nate) and Benjamin (Ben).
Cheryl worked hard to provide for her family. She worked in the field during potato harvest and at the meat locker in Larimore. She was a fixture at the Coast to Coast for many years. Later, she worked as a medical assistant at the Larimore Good Samaritan Center and finally at Altru Hospital.
Cheryl loved nothing more than being with her family. Life was always an adventure, with frequent family trips all across the country and even the world. She was always supportive of her husband and children’s hobbies and activities including very loud band practices in the house. She rarely missed a child’s sporting event. She loved to be with family and friends and all who knew her will remember her laugh and her smile, both of which could be heard and seen from across the room. She also may have been known to dance on a table a time or two to embarrass her youngest son. She was not afraid to hop on a motorcycle, mini skirt and all, not having a clue how to actually drive it. This adventure ended 3 seconds after it began with Cheryl and the motorcycle bouncing off a pine tree, all within sight of her sons and several shocked grandsons!
Cheryl had a sign in the kitchen stating, “A woman’s place is in the kitchen, and she should go there right from work”. While that clearly was meant as a jab at a dated way of thinking, Cheryl actually did this. Every night, after work, tired or not she cooked amazing meals and monster cookies and pies and birthday cakes. She enjoyed Tuesday night golf league with her amazing friends. She spent many days in the summer camping and fishing with Bob at Stump Lake where children and grandchildren made countless memories.
In later years, Cheryl and Bob enjoyed winters in Yuma with Cheryl’s sisters and brothers. After Bob died in 2009, Cheryl spent her summers in the campground at Larimore Dam. She enjoyed the quiet time but she also enjoyed having the grandkids stay with her. According to the grandsons, some of their favorite memories involved these times with grandma spent fishing, going on nature walks and playing dominoes in the evening. Cheryl was a fierce competitor in dominoes and other card games! Above all, Cheryl was always known to be kind, inviting, loving and fun. She will be missed by all who knew her but she is now reunited with the love of her life, Bob.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her husband Bob, mother, Elna, father Edwin, brother Edsel (Gene) Mostad, sisters Donna Esterly, Arlene Mullens and Linda Bergren. She is survived by her three children Jake (Amy), Nate (Alana) and Ben (Jill), her brothers Dale (Kathy) Mostad, David (Betty) Mostad, sisters Janice Sievert, Maureen (Julian) Smischney, and grandchildren Quinn, Ian, Nathan, Noah, Nehemiah and Douglas.
A funeral service will be held at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Larimore, ND on March 19th at 10:30 AM, with a visitation 1 hour prior, and food provided by the Altar Society following the service.
Howard Julius Edwin Drewlo, age 88, of rural Arvilla, ND, passed away at home on February 25, 2022. He was born at home March 30, 1933 in Mekinock Township, to Julius and Barbara (Bauer) Drewlo.
As a child Howard enjoyed the farm life, riding his horse Sandy, and was a member of the local 4-H club, showing a winning steer. Howard attended country schools up to his freshmen year, then joined his Dad farming full time. After retiring from farming he worked for Aerial Contractors, Petsinger Farms, Larimore Elevator, and drove semi-truck part time for Brent Trosen.
At the Armistice Dance on November 11, 1955, held in the Larimore City Hall (now the Larimore Museum) Howard met his wife to be, Nola. She spotted an especially talented dancer and got a friend to introduce them. Howard and Nola then danced right into marriage on October 7th, 1961 and celebrated their 60th anniversary this past October.
In addition to farming Howard was able to live his passion for music as a self-taught accordion player and played by ear. He played in Howard’s Band and The Woody Snyder Band for many years, entertaining at community dances, weddings, anniversaries, the square dance club and house parties.
Howard really enjoyed spending time with family and friends, whether fishing, a simple BBQ at the farm, on the Ski-doo with the Arvilla Snowcat Club, or enjoying a Hamm’s with friends.
He took his gardening seriously and you would be hard pressed to find a crooked row. From his harvest, he made family favorites of salsa, sauerkraut, and potato pancakes. Howard may not always have had time to stop and smell the roses but he always stopped to smell the lilacs on the way to the shop.
Howard was actively involved in his community. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Larimore, served on the Arvilla Township Board, Bellvue Cemetery Board and the board of the Wally Mutual Insurance Company. He was a member of the Emerado-Arvilla Lions Club, and received the Melvin Jones Award of recognition for service. Howard was an instructor and member of the Arvilla Snowcat Club and a member of the Bachelor’s Grove Saddle Club.
Howard is survived by his loving wife Nola (Roch) Drewlo; children David Drewlo, Sharon (Brad) Johnson, Jean Drewlo (Bob), Joan (Randy) Crowe, Steven (Mandy) Drewlo; and many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Barbara and Julius, sisters Beverly (Drewlo) Brorby (Eldred), and Lotus (Drewlo) Jensen (Kenneth).
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2022 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Larimore.
VISITATION: One hour prior to the service.
INTERMENT: Bellevue Cemetery, Larimore.
Prayer of the Month
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love; to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division; may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Graciously hear our prayer.
Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia
Prayer for Peace
Mary, Queen of Peace, save us all, who have so much trust in you, from wars, hatred, and oppression. Make us all learn to live in peace, and educate ourselves for peace, do what is demanded by justice and respect the rights of every person, so that peace may be firmly established.
Pope Saint John Paul ll
Teresa Gorman, pictured here in her office at St. Stephen's, is our new secretary/bookkeeper as of June 1, 2019. She succeeds Kris Stark who retired after 10 years of faithful service as the church secretary.
Parish Council & Finance Council
Tom McMahon - Finance Council
Tim Pietron - Finance Council
Bob Landman - Lay Director
Greg McMahon - Lay Director
JoAnne Uglem -Northwood -Parish Council Chair
Lisa Durkin - Niagara/McCanna
Gladys Trottier - Northwood
Ronald Roch - Northwood
Rose Funseth - Music
Meg Farrell - Altar Society
Mandy Hoverson -Director of Religious Education
John Gorman - Youth Director
Administration and Maintenance
Teresa Gorman - Secretary/Bookkeeper
Mary Ann Smith - Sacristan
Sheila Denault - Church Website
Dwight Stark - Snow Removal - Parking Lots
Jim Lempe - Snow Removal - Sidewalks
Allen Farrell - Lawn Care
JoAnne Uglem -Deanery Council
Rose Funseth - Deanery Council
Click below to read the minutes from the November Parish Council meeting.
Click below to read the minutes from the April 2022 Altar Society meeting.
Click below to read "2016 St. Stephen's Projects - Make a Five Year Plan of Action" outlined by JoAnne Uglem.
Please be sure to check out the Lighthouse Catholic Media display in the foyer of the church. There are books and CD's for sale at a very reasonable price.
Click on the file below to hear Paulette sing "Ave Maria".
For Families – The Pope video 06 – June 2022
When things are going well for you, or when they aren’t going so well, there’s a place where you always know that you will find the love you need: your family. The Pope is dedicating his prayer intention to the family for the second month in a row, precisely as the World Meeting of Families draws near. And he does it reminding us that “The family is the place where we learn to live with one another, to live with young people and with those who are older”. He also reminds us of the difficulties that may arise, since “there are always ‘buts.’” Nonetheless, at these moments of difficulty “the Lord is there and accompanies us, helps us, and corrects us,” reminding us that “family love is a personal path of holiness for each one of us.” Join the Pope’s prayer and share his intention with your family. “The family is the place where we learn to live with one another, to live with young people and with those who are older. And by being united—young people, the elderly, adults, children—,by being united in our differences, we evangelize with our example of life. Of course, there is no such thing as a perfect family. There are always “buts.” But that doesn’t matter. We shouldn’t be afraid of mistakes; we have to learn from them so we can move forward. Let’s not forget that God is with us: in our family, in our neighborhood, in the city where we live, He is with us. And He takes care of us. He remains with us at all times in the swaying of the boat tossed by the sea: when we argue, when we suffer, when we’re joyful, the Lord is there and accompanies us, helps us, and corrects us. Family love is a personal path of holiness for each one of us. This is why I chose it as the theme for this month’s World Meeting of Families. Let us pray for Christian families around the world; may each and every family embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives.”
The video for the Diocese of Fargo 2022 God's Gift Appeal campaign.
The Veil Removed is a short film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church.