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St. Stephen's Church News 2016
Pastor: Rev. Paul Nogaro
St. Stephen's Church Website
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2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
fax: 716-773-5792

Karen A. Cammarata - Business Manager
businessmgr@adelphia.net 716-773-7647 ext #104

Office: Sandy Beyer or Helen Lemme - 716-773-7647 ext #100
ststephenswny@adelphia.net

Mission: To enable the people of Grand Island to encounter Jesus by sharing Word and Sacrament with a loving concern for one another.
Events: Daily Mass Monday - Friday 7:30 A.M. and 12:05 P.M. Saturday 9:00 A.M., and 4:30 P.M. Sunday 7:00 A.M., 9:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Open to All
Help: Promote and support our church and promote and support the events that we sponsor!
Strengths: A strong, stable, faith filled community that has open arms for all who enter through our doors.



First Friday Evening Discussion, January 6th - December 2016

   First Friday evening January 6, 2017, St. Stephen's Hospitality Room. Join us for a trip to Poland. We will visit Warsaw, Czestohowa, the home of Karol Wojtyla, Krakow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczla, a salt mine with a church carved from salt and a lot more. We start at 7:00 p.m. with a short social and the program begins at 7:30 p.m., bring a friend.




First Friday Evening Discussion, Dec. 2 - November 2016

   Author, Bill Donohue will present an informal talk on his book, "Himself: A Civil War Veteran's Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils". The story begins in the First Ward of Buffalo in the 1850's and follows the lives of two brothers in the second half of the 19th century. Born and raised in South Buffalo, New York, Bill Donahue attended St. Bonaventure University and the University of Louvain, Belgium. He was named New York State Commerce Commissioner in 1983 by Governor Mario Cuomo and worked as a community change agent in Flint, Michigan from 1988 to 2000. He and his wife Maryalice have six daughters. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room with a short social. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. See you there and bring a friend.




First Friday Evening Discussion - October 2016

   St. Stephen's First Friday Evening Discussion will be held on November 4th. Tim DePriest, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will discuss the recent Niagara River Habitat Improvement Projects developed through collaboration with NY State DEC, US Fish and Wildlife Service and other local groups. The Projects are intended to improve and restore critical habitat for fish and wildlife. Tim will describe the goals and objectives for the various projects and summarize the design and construction process as well as the current status of each project. The discussion will be held in the Hospitality Room, a short social will begin at 7:30 and the discussion will begin at 8:00, come and bring a friend.




First Friday Evening Discussion - September 2016

    Brian Castner, explosive ordinance disposal officer, author and Grand Islander will kick off a new series of First Friday Evening discussions at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road on Friday October 7th. He will talk about writing about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, traveling to Liberia to cover Ebola and how he got into writing and where story ideas come from. Brian will have books he authored for sale. We will meet in the hospitality room and begin with a short social at 7:30 p.m., the discussion will begin at 8:00 p.m.. Come and bring a friend.




Successful School Supply Drive - June 2016

From left: Jim Frase, Barbara LaDuca and Angelo LaDuca.

   This year's Ladies of Charity School Supply Drive, headed on Grand Island by Barbara LaDuca, was a huge success. 33 boxes of supplies were collected at St. Stephen's Church throughout the month of May. These supplies will be distributed to children in need, ages 5-17, by referral from Catholic Charities case workers. Last year over 700 children received supplies to start their school year off right.




School Supply Drive - May 2016


    Yearly the Ladies of Charity distribute school supplies to children, ages 5 -17, by referral from Catholic Charities case workers in several WNY counties. Families of all faiths are eligible because of low incomes, victims of house fires, domestic abuse, and new immigrants. SAY YES & CLOSING THE GAP are two programs in the Buffalo Public Schools run by Catholic Charities that identify students in need. 16 years ago, the program had 50 requests. Last year over 700 children were equipped for the new school year. In July & August, book bags are packed and ready for distribution, then and as needed during the year.
    This is a Spring Project for families, school children, discussion and prayer groups or anyone wishing to assist the Ladies of Charity. Place your donations in specially marked boxes in the St. Stephen's narthex, From May 1 - May 27th. Monetary donations are also accepted. New School Supplies Needed: Book bags, erasers, ballpoint pens, highlighters, primary & regular crayons, magic markers, loose leaf paper, comp. & spiral notebooks, folders, glue sticks, scissors, rulers, #2 pencils, colored pencils, 3 ring binders and small tissue packages. For more information contact Angelo & Barbara LaDuca at 773-2888. Supplies may also be dropped off at 139 Parkview Dr., Grand Island until June 2nd.




St. Stephen Vacation Bible School - May 2016

   St. Stephen RC Church Vacation Bible School (VBS), "Cave Quest", will be held August 1-5, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.at St. Stephen School, 2080 Baseline Road. Registration deadline is June 3, 2016. See flyer. Call Dave at 773-4908 or go to the website - https://goo.gl/ajPxzM. Volunteers are needed - adults/teens/pre-teens.




Learn About Islam - April 2016

    St.Stephen Church, 2080 Baseline Road is hosting Imam Chawla and Father Francis Mazur on Friday, May 6th in a discussion on what every Christian wishes to know about Islam. There will be a short social starting at 7:00 p.m. and the discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the hospitality room.





Catholic Charities Fund Drive - February 2016

Members of committee seated from left: Helen Vickers, Dorothy Lew, Lee Bower, Sue Robinson, Dorothy Depew and Mary Domogala.
Standing from left: Fr. Paul Nogaro, and Dan Linenfelser

   The Catholic Charites Committee at St. Stephens Church on Grand Island has been busy preparing for the upcoming Catholic Charities Fund Drive. The Drive, founded in 1923, provides 70 programs at 61 professionally staffed locations in the 8 counties of Western New York. Last year Catholic Charities provided services to 131,784 people, including 56,863 children, 60,665 adults, and 14,256 seniors and of that total over 50% were non-Catholic. The Drive runs until Palm Sunday, March 20th, and the goal is $11,000,000, and the patron is Saint Nicholas. Donations can be made at the weekend masses from March 5 & 6 to March 26 & 27 (Easter), or by contacting the rectory at 773 7647.