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St. Stephen's Church News 2020

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2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
fax: 716-773-5792

Karen A. Sweet - Business Manager
businessmgr@ststephensgi.com 716-773-7647 ext #104

Office: Micahlena or Fran - 716-773-7647 ext #100

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 7:30 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.

St. Stephen's School Chicken BBQ - August 2020

   St. Stephen's School is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Friday, August 21, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, roll w/butter and pre-wrapped plastic silverware. Drive - thru only.

Ladies of Charity School Supply Drive - August 2020

Pictured are Diane Lee, Charlene Clarke, Les Lee and Barbara LaDuca.

    For 20 years, the Ladies of Charity has been distributing school supplies to children, ages 5 -17, by referral from Catholic Charities case workers in several WNY counties. This years effort to collect bookbag supplies for children in need was an outstanding success. Over 33 boxes of supplies and over 60 book bags were collected making this a record year. Over $500 in donations were also collected.

St. Stephen's Trunk Sale - July 2020

    St. Stephen's Church will hold a trunk sale in place of their annual Rummage Sale. It will take place on Saturday, July 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot. See flyer.

Ladies of Charity School Supply Drive - July 2020

Barbara & Angelo LaDuca shown with supplies donated.
Collection ongoing until Saturday, July 25th.

    For 20 years, the Ladies of Charity has been distributing 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 immigration. CLOSING THE GAP is a program in Buffalo Public Schools run by Catholic charities that identifies students in need.
    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 July 1 - July 25th. 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 22 country Club Ct, Grand Island.

Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ - June 2020

    St. Stephen School is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Saturday, June 13th from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dinners are $10.00 each, pick-up only. Come wave hello to your teachers who will be there from 12:30-1:30!! St. Stephen’s greenhouse grown plants also available for only $2 each.

Encouraging Message for GI Students - April 2020

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   St. Stephen School recently posted a special message for their students to encourage them during this distance learning time. It spells out We Miss You!. School Phys Ed teacher Karen Figler wrote, "I thought it might be a nice picture to encourage not just our students, but also other children in schools around the island and their families to stay positive. We wanted them to feel a little bit of the love that teachers have for their students during this challenging time."

Friday Fish Fry Dinner Update - March 2020

    St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Update - As of March 15, 2020:
    In consideration of the press conferences of Sunday, March 15, 2020, from both the Erie County and New York State leadership related to the pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in communication with the leadership of St. Stephen School and St. Stephen Home School Association, we have decided to POSTPONE our Friday Lenten Fish Fry Dinners for March 20, 2020 until later notice.
    We will decide each week as it comes whether to resume our Fish Fry Dinners based on current events/changing conditions – and whether to offer Fish Fry as Take-Out ONLY (possibly to include “curbside take-out”). Please stay tuned for future notices on the church website, the school website and Facebook page, the electronic sign in front of the school, the feather flag signs in front of church/school, and other communications.

We thank you for your continued support, we wish you continued good health, and remain committed to our community’s strong sense of fellowship.

Friday Fish Fry Dinners at St. Stephen School - February 2020

    St. Stephen School of Grand Island will host its famous Lenten Fish Fry Dinners each Friday from February 28th through April 10th. Come join us for a great meal! This delicious, family-friendly tradition has continued for over three and a half decades!
    Dinners will be served from 4:30pm - 7:00pm in the school cafeteria (2080 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY, 14072). Take-Out orders will be taken by phone at 716-773-4347 from 3:30 to 7:00pm. On April 10th (Good Friday), dinners will be available for Take-Out only (no Dine-In).
Dinner choices include:
• Deep fried beer-battered haddock or oven baked haddock ($10.75 for whole size)
• Deep fried shrimp ($10.75 for whole size)
• Deep fried scallops ($10.75 for whole size)
• Captain’s Combo (1/2 piece fish with shrimp and scallops, $11.25)
• Macaroni & cheese ($6.00 for whole size)
• Kids’ sizes of all dinners including a cheese pizza ($4.50)
   All dinners include coleslaw and a choice of homemade potato salad, french fries, rice pilaf, or macaroni & cheese. DiCamillo’s fresh bread is also served for dine-in guests. Delicious homemade desserts and a range of beverages including beer, wine, and assorted soft drinks are available for a nominal charge. Coffee and tea are complimentary for our dine-in guests.
   Discounts available for senior citizens. We also offer a special children’s menu with non-seafood options. For additional information, visit http://www.ststephensgi.org.

Parish Players Announce Auditions - January 2020

    St. Stephen's Parish Players' will be holding open auditions for their 30th season on January 6, 9, and 11, 2020! Please be prepared to sing a song, preferably from a musical, for auditions. The youth show is "Frozen Jr." and the adult show is "9-5".

*Youth Show: Frozen Jr.: April 16, 17, and 18, 2020 - Directors: MaryElisabeth Rustowicz, Maggie Rustowicz, David Conboy.
FROZEN JR. AUDITION INFORMATION: Monday, January 6th: 4:00-6:30 in the St. Stephen School Cafeteria; Thursday, January 9th: 3:30-6:30 in the Hospitality Room; Saturday, January 11th: 1:00-4:00 in the Hospitality Room.
   The production of Frozen Jr. is for those ages 7-18. There are limited parts for younger kids, and high school girls will be casted as Older Anna and Elsa. Those auditioning for the role of Elsa, prepare the song, Let it Go. Those auditioning for the role of Anna, prepare the song, For the First Time in Forever.
   All school-age children auditioning for Frozen Jr who do not attend a public or private school must provide proof of immunization at auditions. If you are unable to make any of the Frozen Jr. audition times or have any questions, feel free to contact MaryLis. Email - mrustowicz54@gmail.com, Cell Phone - (716)773-1335.

*Adult Show: 9 to 5: April 30, May 1, and 2, 2020 - Director: Maura Rustowicz, Vocal Director: Mason Cancilla, Choreographer: Cathy Thomas, Pit Director: Kevin Michki.
9-5 AUDITION INFORMATION: Monday, January 6th: 6:30-8:30 in the St. Stephen School Cafeteria, Thursday, January 9th: 6:30-8:30 in the Hospitality Room, Saturday, January 11th: 10:00-1:00 in the Hospitality Room.
    The production of 9-5 is for those in high school and above. If you are unable to make any of the 9-5 audition times or have any questions, feel free to contact Maura. Email - macorust@gmail.com, Cell Phone - (716)773-2422.