Parish Events
All Saints
Altar of the Dead
Various ways to commemorate our faithful departed during the Month of November:
* Offer a Mass
* Light a candle of commemoration
* Offer a corporal work of mercy
* Write the name of the deceased in the Book of the Faithful Departed.
* Place a picture of the deceased on the Altar of the Dead.
Fatima – Hope of the World!
Our Lady of Fatima needs YOU to help win the world back to God!!
1 st Saturdays:
Nov 2, Dec 7, Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 7
Holy Mass
8:00 AM
Rosary with special Fatima prayers
Immediately after the 8:00am Mass in front rows of church
15 minutes before Mass or after Rosary
Confession at
St. Stephen’s
Wed: 5 – 5:30pm
Sat: 4 – 4:30pm
1 st Friday: 5 – 5:30pm (Can go to confession anywhere)

Please join St. Stephen’s … As we say “Yes” to Our Lady of Fatima to the five First Saturday devotion and obtain graces to help her bring souls back to God and Peace to the world!
For more information on the Five First Saturday’s
Our Lady is requesting, please go to:
2019 Christmas raffle
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 and on
Christmas we will have the BIG WINNER for $1000

You have multiple 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. 847-824-2026
Monday Night Mass Schedule in honor of St. Joseph at 6:00pm

First Monday of the Month: November 4 - Polish
Second Monday of the Month: November 11 - Italian
Third Monday of the Month: November 18 - Tagalog
Fourth Monday of the Month: November 25 - Spanish
Seven Tuesdays in
Contemplative Prayer
Fr. David Arcila is offering guided moments of prayer, meditating some biblical and spiritual texts.

Next session is Tuesday, November 5th at 9:00am in the
St. Joseph Room. All are welcome.    
You can join at any of these sessions.
8th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive
For the 8th year, our parish community is preparing 25 Thanksgiving meals for needy families in our area. The meals will be distributed by Catholic Charities in Des Plaines. This weekend, food donation reminder slips are located at all entrances to the church. Envelopes for monetary donations to purchase the turkeys and dinner rolls are also available.   You may bring your food donations starting next weekend (Nov. 9th & 10th) and place them on the tables located at the back of the church Since potatoes can spoil, please do not bring those until Nov. 16th or 17th You may deposit your monetary donations in the Sunday collection basket. 
These are the food items needed:
·   boxed stuffing mix
·   canned vegetables (corn, green beans and cranberries)
·   canned or packaged turkey gravy mix (no glass containers please)
·   cake mix and frosting
·   5-pound bags of white potatoes or sweet potatoes (bring Nov. 16th & 17th
                              THANK YOU once again for your generosity. 
St Stephen’s Table - November 10th
A free dinner for individuals and families in need.
We are in need of cooks and bakers for our upcoming dinner. Our dinner menu needs are:
Ready to Serve Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Steamed Vegetables, Fruit Salad,
1% or 2% Milk, Eggs & Dessert
Contact Terri Dahm at or call 847-824-2721
Contact Laura Rodriguez at
Meet Me in St. Louis
St. Stephen’s Gaslight Players are holding auditions/sign up for their
40th Annual Production
Sunday November 17, 2019
 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There are main character roles available for ages 5 and up.
Auditions will be in St. Stephen’s Hanley Hall
 1835 Spruce in Des Plaines
Show Dates March 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21
 Rehearsals begin in January
Directed by : Joanna Fosco and Libby Giovanni
For more information call or text:
Jill Vana 847-828-6391
Casting actors, singers and dancers. Musicians also needed. Bring your own music or you will be taught a portion of a song and dance from the musical. We are also in need of people who have theater experience setting up sound and lights or working backstage.
Help the Gaslight Players celebrate their 40th Year
 We are trying to make it the best production yet.
If you Sponsor a new café table for $40
Your sponsorship will be acknowledged with a label permanently affixed to the table.
Any donation is appreciated! Check donations are to be made payable to St. Stephen Protomartyr
D onation envelopes can be found at all the doors and dropped in the collection basket or in your own envelope marked
Gaslight Players.

The production this year is on March 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21.  

Auditions November 17th.
PADS Wishlist 2019-2020
Public Action to Deliver Shelter
Please direct any questions regarding the 
St. Mary PADS Wish List to:
This year we are requesting the following, but not limited, to the following donations.
* Mens/ Womens - Winter snow coats - any size 
* Mens/ Womens - Winter snow boots or walking shoes - any size 
* Mens/ Womens - Thermal Underwear - all sizes
* Mens Undershirts - Medium and Large
* Mens Hoodies - Large , Xtra Large, 2XL
* Mens Belts - 36 and larger
* Back Packs
* Small Kleenex Packages 
* Ear plugs 
* Cough Drops
* Chapstick 
HandMades is a group of volunteers that create handmade items which we donate to local charities. 
This year, HandMades has taken on two new missions. One is making prayers shawls for hospice patents.
The second is “Lemons of Love” which is a support group for chemo patients. We are making hats, bags, and assorted items. We also donate Chemo hats to Loyola Hospital Cancer Center and Rush pediatric intensive care patients
We continue to make and donate hand crafted items for children, veterans, Des Plaines Pantry and other groups.
We meet at 1:00 p.m. on Thursdays in the St. Joseph Room. We have materials for people who cannot attend our meeting but would like to participate. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. Phone Avila at
847-824-1206 or Betty at 847-824-9693 and we will supply you with materials.
School Days are here.

You can help the Backpack Ministry provide weekend meals for needy kids. 
Lists of items we need are at the church doors so that you can add a few to your weekly shopping list. God bless your generosity.
Backpack Ministry
Peace & Justice
Quinceanera Photo
The Young Women who will celebrate their fifteen years in the spring or summer, should call the office and sign up for their preparation classes.

Classes are January 17, 24, 31 at 7:00 pm.
Join us on Wednesdays at 5:45pm for the
Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help,
followed by Mass at 6:00pm.
Parish Office 
(847) 824-2026 
St. Stephen Protomartyr Church