The Stations of the Cross
1. Jesus is condemned to death.
2. Jesus carrying his cross.
3. Jesus falls the first time.
4. Jesus meets his blessed mother.
5. Simon helps Jesus to carry his cross.
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
7. Jesus falls the second time.
8. Jesus consoles the holy women.
9. Jesus falls the third time.
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments.
11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.
12. Jesus expires on the cross.
13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.
14. Jesus is laid in the sepulcher.
KC's Lenten Fish Fry 2023
The Knights of Columbus hosted the Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 24, 2023 in St. Stephen's Church basement. They served battered, deep-fried cod loins, baked potatoes, corn, rolls, beverage, and ice cream bars. They had a good turnout for the dinner even though the spring thaw was just beginning and it was a bit muddy outside.
Rose Funseth and Karen Landman of the Altar Society led the Friday night Rosary and Stations of the Cross at 5:30 since the Knights were busy in the kitchen.
Thank you to all parishioners who participated in the evening and to all community members who attended.
Dates to Remember
March 10, Friday, 6:00pm - Stations of the Cross, preceded by the Rosary at 5:30.
March 12, Sunday - Daylight Savings Time begins.
March 19, Sunday, 10:00am - Altar Society Meeting after Mass.
March 24, Friday, 5:00 - 7:00pm - KC's Lenten Fish Fry, St. Stephen's church basement; adults - $15.00, children - $10, preschoolers - free.
April 2, Palm Sunday, 5:00pm - Penance Service, there will be four priests available to hear confessions.
April 6, Holy Thursday, 6:30 - Mass, 8:00 - 10:00 - Night Watch/Adoration, 10:00 - Scriptural Rosary
April 7, Good Friday, 3:00
April 8, Holy Saturday, 7:30pm
April 9, Easter Sunday, 9:00am
The Rosary - 5:30 - and Stations of the Cross - 6:00 - every Friday during Lent until March 31.
Monday - No Mass
Tuesday - 6:00pm Mass
Wednesday -9:00am Mass
Thursday - 9:00am Mass
Friday - 9:00am Mass
Saturday - 5:00pm Vigil Mass
Sunday - 9:00am Mass
CCD classes -
For grades K-6 meet on Sunday morning, from 10:00-11:00am, in the church basement.
For grades 7-12 meet on Sunday morning, from 10:00-11:00am, in the church basement.
Classes started on Sunday, October 2nd.
The Word Among Us has the readings, prayers, and responses for all the daily and Sunday masses. It's available to pick up in the narthex (foyer), if you can't find a copy there ask Fr. Casey for one.
Bible readings for:
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Third Sunday of Lent
Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis for 2023
For victims of abuse
We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.
Christmas at St. Stephen's started on Sunday, Dec. 18th with Fr. Casey offering Mass at 10:00am; and then our DRE, Jenna Kyllo, and the CCD teachers presented their students in a program called "One Solitary Life". After the program we went downstairs for our parish potluck; thank you to everyone who brought side dishes and cookies and candy to share. Old fashioned Christmas treat bags were given to young and old alike to take home and enjoy. Christmas fell on a weekend this year, so Christmas Eve Mass was on Saturday at 5:00 and Christmas Day Mass was on Sunday at 9:00. The Mass for The Epiphany of the Lord will be on Sunday, January 8th.
CCD Christmas Program 2022
"One Solitary Life"
The Angel Tree is in the foyer, some tags were taken but there are still some left. You can make a child's Christmas brighter with your gift. There is a box in the entryway for the Advent Food Drive and a shopping cart up in the foyer to collect your donations. The youth and children's CCD classes went out to collect the paper bags filled with groceries from donors' doorsteps, they had great success! Thank you so much!!
Update: All the gift tags were taken from the Angel Tree and beautifully wrapped gifts were left under the tree, which have now been delivered. Thank you so much! There was also a great response to the Advent food drive!
Garage Replacement Project at St. Stephen's
Water and Sewer Replacement
Join us as we serve the Lord:
We invite you to "make a difference" in the St. Stephen's Parish community. Please contact Father Casey 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 Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, which are traditionally prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays during Lent, are: 2:13 - The Agony in the Garden 7:28 - The Scourging at the Pillar 12:10 - The Crowning with Thorns 17:05 - The Carrying of the Cross 21:46 - The Crucifixion and Death
Albert E. Tuma, 81, of Larimore, ND died March 4th, 2023 at Valley Senior Living, Grand Forks, ND surrounded by his family .
Albert was born September 22, 1941, to Mary (Lipsh) and Albert I. Tuma in Walsh County, ND.
Albert was a proud and active member of the American Legion Post #97, where he served as post adjutant and commander, he also served as District 2 Commander, and Regional Vice Commander. He was also an active member of the Sons of the American Legion, Forty and Eight - serving as Chef De Gare, and Knights of Columbus.
Albert never let life’s obstacles slow or hinder his enthusiasm for life. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren who he affectionately called “his kids” grow up.
Albert is survived by his wife Kathy of 55 years, sons Mark (Laurie) Tuma, Fargo, ND, Tim Tuma, Larimore, ND, daughter Lori (Joe) Reinhold & grandchildren Luke Reinhold and Meg Reinhold, Arvilla, ND, sisters Eunice (Earl) Walters, Janice (Jack) Weaver and Sister-in-law Judy Tuma.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George and Eugene.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 9th at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Larimore, ND. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service. Military Honors will be by the Ted Valerius Post # 97 of the Larimore American Legion. Interment will be in Bellevue Cemetery, Larimore.
*** In Lieu of Flowers, memorials can be made to Valley Senior Living of Grand Forks or Bellevue Cemetery in Larimore.
Obituary for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away in the Lord on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, which the 95- year-old Pope emeritus had chosen as his residence after resigning from the Petrine ministry in 2013. His death was a result of advanced age.
Pope Emeritus Benedict was born, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, in Marktl Am Inn, Bavaria, Germany. He was the youngest of three children born to Joseph Ratzinger, Sr., a police officer, and Maria (Peintner) Ratzinger.
Joseph Ratzinger studied philosophy and theology at the University of Munich and, along with his brother, Georg, was ordained to the priesthood at Freising, Germany, on June 29, 1951. He pursued ministry as an academic, establishing himself a renowned theologian. While a professor at the University of Münster, he was selected as a peritus (theological expert) to the Second Vatican Council. He attended the Council with then Bishop Karol Wojtyla— later Pope John Paul II. In May of 1977, Pope Paul VI appointed Father Joseph Ratzinger Archbishop of Munich. One month later, in an unusual move, the Pope created Archbishop Ratzinger a Cardinal.
In 1981, he was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important posts in the Curia, by Pope John Paul II. As Prefect, Cardinal Ratzinger was at the center of every burning debate within the Church. The ideas he championed played a vital role in the Papacy of Saint John Paul II. With Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger worked zealously to implement the teaching of the Second Vatican Council.
On April 19, 2005, following the death of John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected as the 265th Supreme Pontiff. He selected the name “Benedict,” in honor of Pope Benedict XV, who served as Supreme Pontiff during World War I. At age 78, Ratzinger was the oldest man to be elected to the papacy since Pope Clement XII in 1730. Benedict's election marked the first time there were two consecutive non-Italian Pope since the Avignon papacy during the 14th Century.
Pope Benedict is remembered for his teaching on the importance of friendship with Christ, his defense of Christian morality against relativism, promoting the integration of faith and reason, and his teachings on the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.
On February 11, 2013 Benedict XVI announced that he would resign from the Papal Office, effective February 28, 2013. He was the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and the first to do so without external pressure since Celestine V in 1294. At the time of his resignation, Benedict was the fourth oldest pope, at 85 years, 318 days. After his resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict resided in Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, a former convent, in the southwest corner of Vatican City.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Prayer of the Month
Father, you who are compassionate and merciful, Welcome with your love those who suffer the damage caused by the horror of abuse committed by those in the Church, who should have been fathers, mothers, pastors and brothers. Give us a merciful heart in the face of this human misery; a big heart to listen to those who suffer; open arms that do not get tired of embracing; clear discernment to respond to pain; generous oil to heal their wounds. May we care for those who suffer being Samaritans and keeping the inn open. Help us to help our brothers and sisters who suffer or have suffered abuse in the Church!
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 January 2023 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 parishes – The Pope Video 2 - February 2023“
Parishes are not a club for the few, which give a certain kind of social belonging.” This is Francis’ vision for parishes, which he explains in his February video, produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. It’s not a new vision, but rather the same that Christianity has had since its origins. The Pope tells us that parishes “have to become once again schools of service and generosity, with their doors always open to those who are excluded. And to those included. To all.” They must be “close-knit communities, without bureaucracy, people-centered.” And he ends his message asking us to “be daring” to make parishes be this way again. "Sometimes I think that we should put a sign on the door of parishes that says, “Free admission.” Parishes should be close-knit communities, without bureaucracy, people-centered —a place where the gift of the sacraments can be found. They have to become once again schools of service and generosity, with their doors always open to those who are excluded. And to those included. To all. Parishes are not a club for the few, which give a certain kind of social belonging. Please, let us be daring. Let us all rethink the style of our parochial communities. Let us pray that parishes, placing communion –communion of people, ecclesial communion– at the center, may increasingly become communities of faith, of fraternity and of welcoming the most in need".
The video for the Diocese of Fargo 2023 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.