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St. Stephen’s Fall Festival
Saturday September 24, 2016
God our Father, we give you thanks for the gift of marriage: the bond of life and love, and the font of the family. The love of husband and wife enriches your Church with children, fills the world with a multitude of spiritual fruitfulness and service, and is the sign of the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, for his Church. The grace of Jesus flowed forth at Cana at there quest of the Blessed Mother. May your Son, through the intercession of Mary, pour out upon us a new measure of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as we join with all people of good will to promote and protect the unique beauty of marriage.
May your Holy Spirit enlighten our society to treasure the heroic love of husband and wife, and guide our leaders to sustain and protect the singular place of mothers and fathers in the lives of their children. Father, we ask that our prayers be joined to those of the Virgin Mary, that your Word may transform our service so as to safeguard the incomparable splendor of marriage.
We ask all these things through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
O God our Creator,
From Your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as Your people and given us the right and the duty to worship You, the only true God, and Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of Your Holy Spirit, You call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society. We ask You to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of Your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all Your sons and daughters gathered in Your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and very danger overcome – for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us – this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Calling for new Altar Servers. If you are ten years old (or older) and you would like to join our great team of Altar Servers, please call Deacon Rick at 770-923-9828 for more information.
The Choirs invite you to join the Music Ministry. The Sunday 8:30 a.m. choir practices on Wednesday evenings. The Sunday 11:00 a.m. choir practices on Thursday evenings. If you play an instrument or sing, please consider joining the choirs. Contact Andy Hoeckele at 770-921-8391or email@example.com for the 8:30 a.m. choir and Carol Rehonic for the 11:00 a.m. choir at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-925-3070.
The Children’s Choir practices on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. All children from K-12th grades are welcome. Contact Carol Rehonic if you have any questions at email@example.com or 770-925-3070 or Angelle Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-979-0700