Parish Events
New Office Location
 1880 Ash Street
Parking is available on both sides of Ash Street.
Altar Server Training for new and current servers will be at 9:00am on Saturday, December 16, 2017. 
If you child is interested in joining this ministry, please call the office to sign up or speak to Abel Duran at
The Women's Center Giving Tree
Return the gift UNWRAPPED with the gift tag attached this weekend.
When purchasing your gifts, please remember most of the families rely on public transportation and have small apartments. 
You are truly partners in the Women’s Center’s baby saving efforts as we near the birth of Jesus.
St. Stephen’s Table
If you would like to help with our December 3rd meal, we are in need of dessert for our meal and the following items for our shopping table: 1% or 2% milk, eggs, fresh fruit, ChapStick, lotion, toiletries, socks, mittens and
warm weather gear.
Donations to be dropped off in the gym between
2:00pm - 3:00pm . Thank you!
Confession during Advent will be Monday, December 4th at 6:30pm
2017 Christmas R affle
Tickets are now on sale after Mass or in the
Parish Center Office.
We are hoping for an outstanding year. 
Our goal is to sell 3000 tickets.
Tickets will be $10 each. We are asking that parishioners
sell 10 tickets.
 You will then get a “Bonus Ticket” to be put into the raffle. 
Sell them to your co-workers, family and friends .
On each night of the Christmas Novena there will be a $100 winner . December 15- 23
On December 8 th we will also have a $125 Early Bird winner
in honor of the Immaculate Conception. 
December 24 th we will have a $250 winner at the 5:00PM Mass and another winner at the 7:00PM Mass.
Christmas Day we will have the BIG WINNER for $1000
You have multiply chances of winning as the ticket will be placed back in the drum each time you win.
Tickets will be available by the confessionals or at the
Parish Center.
Please call the Parish Center if you have any questions.
Solemn Mass of the
Immaculate Conception
  A Holy Day of Obligation

December 8th
8:00am (English)
7:00pm (Bilingual)
The blessing of the new offices will be after the
7:00pm Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on
Friday, December 8th.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
We are looking for volunteers for Children’s Liturgy at the 10:00 AM Mass.
Children’s Liturgy is a beautiful way to connect with St. Stephen’s children and share the word of Our Lord with them. Please consider this ministry.  
It is not a big time commitment and is very gratifying. 
Contact Liz Gallichio: (847) 962-6420.
St. Stephen Culinaires
will be hosting a
Bake Sale
on Saturday, December 9th after the
5 p.m. Mass
and Sunday, December 10th from
9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Anyone who would like to bake is asked to bring the baked goods to the school entrance off the parking lot (door “C”)
anytime after 3:30 p.m. on the 9th and 8 a.m. on the 10th.
Please package cookies in packs of 8 to 12.
Start your Christmas shopping after Mass on Dec. 9 & 10. 

HandMades will be selling items in the corridor.
We will be selling hats, hat & scarf sets, prayer shawls, afghans, kitchen towels, and other crafted items.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration                     
The catechists and parents of religious education cordially invite you to their Kermes for Guadalupe on December 10 after the 12 pm mass in the gym. 
We will be selling food, drinks and pastries.        
Please join us!!! 
Christmas Novena Masses: December 15-23
15th: The Promise/La Promesa 6:30pm (Golden Hearts)

16th: The Expectation/ La Espera 5:00pm (Bereavement, Homeschool & Youth Group)

17th: From Darkness into Light/ De la Oscuridad a la Luz 5:00pm
Las Posadas & Pastorela (Hispanic Community Tradition)

18th: Jesus Brings Peace/ Jesús trae la paz 6:30pm (Grupo de Oración)

19th: Jesus Brings Freedom/ Jesús trae la Liberación 6:30pm (Culinaires & Fundraising)

20th: Jesus, Light of the World/ Jesús, la luz del mundo 6:30pm (Peace & Justice & HandMades)

21st: Jesus Savior of All/ Jesús, Nuestro Salvador 6:30pm (Lectors)

22nd:Jesus is the Emmanuel/ Jesús es el Emanuel 6:30pm (Eucharistic Ministers)

23rd: Meeting with the Lord/ Reuniòn con el Señor 5:00pm
Simbang Gabi Mass (Filipino Community Tradition)
Christmas Nativity Play        
We are inviting the children of our Parish to participate in the Nativity play at the family Mass on Christmas Eve (December 24th).5:00p.m.   
 We encourage children and teenagers from kindergarten through high school to join us in this year's reenactment of the story of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

There will be some practices and information for the practice dates will be given out shortly. 

For more information please call the Parish Center or Libby McGuire Giovanni at 847-298-7340.
We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers at all of the Masses, if you are interested, please call the office, talk to Shirley Dalka or Deacon Bill Warmouth.
Children’s Backpack Ministry
Backpack Ministry is always planning. We have 11 children for whom we provide weekend meals. 

We currently need to fill our pantry with: canned fruit, tasty nutritious snack bars and Rice Krispie treats, crackers with peanut butter, soup; lots of good flavors, individually wrapped cookies (lunchbox style), small bagged chips and pretzels .

Check out the little baskets at the entrances to the church for more suggestions.

Thank you for your loyal support to this important endeavor.
Peace & Justice Ministry
Don't forget to sign up for FORMED.
Go to the link on our website or go to,
click on register and enter our Parish Access Code: 3ZHPR6
Parish Center Office 
(847) 824-2026 
St. Stephen Protomartyr Church