Outreach Ministries

Service to the poor and advocacy on behalf of justice is a major ministry at St. Stephen. Catholics put their faith into action in helping to continue Christ's mission on Earth. 

In addition to donating food, money, etc. many parishioners seek out a way to get more involved.  Many volunteer opportunities await new workers, either serving behind the scenes or with direct person-to-person contact.  Most who have an initial experience of helping those less fortunate say that it was richly satisfying and a most meaningful expression of their faith. 

  • Alcoholics Anonymous - This group meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. in Room 3 at the Church. There is also a women-only meeting Tuesday at 12pm in Room 3.
  • Anointing of the Sick - If you or a loved on is sick, preparing for a surgical procedure, in hospice or hospitalized and would like to receive this Sacrament for the Sick, please call the Parish Office 689-4900 to make arrangements.
  • Bereavement Group - The death of a loved one is always a difficult time. The Pastoral Care Ministry offers assistance, when requested, to families. Services provided can include house sitting, baby-sitting, running errands, housing out-of-town guests and preparing food. A training program is provided to assist committee members in dealing with emotional situations. Parish members are invited to assist or request this service.
    Ministry Contact: Rene Vojnovic (813) 657-9588 or renebereavement@aol.com
  • Caregiver Support Group - Often the stress of care giving can be overwhelming, resulting in frustration and diminished capacity to care for your loved one. Our community of Caregivers is designed to support the Caregiver in the struggle to give care without suffering from "burn out." Through discussion, prayer, scripture, learning and sharing of resources, this group will enhance your understanding of your role as the hands and feet of Christ to your loved one and support you as you face the challenges of everyday care giving. The group will walk with you as you grow through the process and help make you more aware of the importance of caring for your needs as well.

    Contact Anna Mae DuCharme: 677-7297 or ducharme11@verizon.net

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - The Community Emergency Response Team is a federal program that trains citizens how to prepare for and respond to emergencies that may arise in their community.

    In the event of a major disaster, such as a hurricane, emergency services personnel can initially be overwhelmed, leaving citizens to manage on their own. CERT training enables citizens to help themselves and their neighbors by applying basic response, organizational and communicational skills (Ham Radio) during an emergency. CERT members can also serve as first responders to an emergency unit until such time professional emergency services arrive.

    The CERT team meets once a month on the third Thursday. If you are interested, please contact Chuck Lusky: 643-5587.
  • Food for Friends - This ministry provides dinners to parish families with children of an ill or hospitalized parent, on a temporary basis. If you would like to be a part of this worthwhile ministry, please call Maria Hammond (677-7744) or the Religious Education Office (671-4434). You will be responsible for preparing and delivering a meal when needed. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. What a great way to see the Corporal Works of Mercy in action! But in return, if you are in need of assistance, please call the Religious Education Office. We will set up a schedule of dates and times that dinners will be delivered. Arrangements can also be made for the Holy Eucharist to be brought to your home, and for your name to be placed on the parish prayer list.
  • Greeters - Friendly people offer us a warm smile and a cheerful hello as we come to Mass. If you have questions, or need direction. Just ask. Greeter teams are scheduled every fourth weekend. Please contact the Parish Office at 689-4900 to volunteer.
  • Ministry to the Sick- Members of this group, which includes the parish nursing ministry, reach out in a variety of ways to parishioners who are hospitalized, home bound, or in nursing homes. They perform regular home visits; bring the Eucharist; provide advice, counsel, and prayer. If you or a family member would like such a visit, contact the Parish Office.
    Ministry contact: Deacon Dan 689-4900 deacondan@ststephencatholic.org

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  • Hospitality- The Hospitality Team provides coverage for the church office for 15 minutes before and after each Mass. We provide the following services: Answer questions, provide a drop off/pickup location, monitor lost and found, Mass intentions and preliminary parish registration. Contact Barb McCarty for further information at 813-546-8166 or barbierose@earthlink.net.

  •   Young Adult Connection -  The Young Adult Connection (YAC) exists as an outreach from St. Stephen parish family to our young adult parishioners who are studying at a post-high school level. We provide hospitality, spiritual encouragement and invitation to continue the faith journey begun at St. Stephen through care packages mailed quarterly from the parish. Ministry Contact: Doreen Radder at 4radders@msn.com or 643-7730.
  • Lunch Bunch - The Lunch Bunch meets every third Thursday of the month (September through May) at 11:30 am in the multi-purpose room for a covered dish luncheon prepared by members. Thanksgiving and Christmas luncheons are extra special. Varied entertainment or games such as cards and bingo are enjoyed after lunch. A few car-pooling trips are held during the year. This congenial group consists of the married, singles, widows, and widowers. All parishioners over the age of 50 are cordially invited to join this fun group. Annual dues are $5.00.
    Ministry contact: Dianne McElmury 689-3106 or diannekm@aol.com.

  • Marriage Encounter - Marriage Encounter offers married couples with GOOD marriages, the opportunity to revitalize their relationship and learn new communication skills to make a GREAT marriage! The Encounter weekend, is a weekend focused on the individual couple attending, and not a group sharing experience. It is private weekend between the couple, spent away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life. It is a transforming experience, and married couples truly benefit from the closeness and communication skills learned coming out of the weekend. Weekends are scheduled at various times throughout the year. Those couples who have already been Encountered, also have an opportunity to join one of the Marriage Encounter communities that serve our area.

    To get more information on attending an upcoming weekend, or joining a local Marriage Encounter community, please contact
    Charlie and Gayle Gaither 813 681-4732  or email D2nacouple@msn.com

  • Meals on Wheels - St. Stephen parish is one of 14 churches participating the Greater Brandon Meals on Wheels program. We meet every Thursday morning in the church kitchen from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. to assemble the meals. Volunteers are always needed to cook, serve and/or deliver meals for 20-30 homebound people. Those who cook are reimbursed for their food expenses.
    Ministry Contact: Call Mary Lemar at 685-7385 or lemarmary@yahoo.com to vilunteer.

  • Quarterly Blessings- This is a newsletter published on a quarterly basis to keep parishioners and other members of the community informed about current events and other important issues in the Church. For more information or to submit an article, contact: Scott Huetteman 685-6185 or fl.huetterman@verizon.net.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society - As the principal person-to-person, charitable hands and heart of our parish, the volunteers of St. Vincent de Paul reach out and respond to those in our area who are in greatest financial need.  The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a worldwide movement of parish volunteer groups.  Members respond to all who need help and are living within the boundaries of the parish, without regard to race or religious denomination.   If someone requests assistance to help pay for rent, mortgage, utilities or food, this society responds to their needs. All work is strictly confidential and does include a home visitation.

    This group meets monthly. Food is collected at our church throughout the year. Baskets are located in the east and west entrances. In addition, the Thanksgiving collection is earmarked for St. Vincent de Paul. We open our Food Pantry every Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to help those in need.  
    St. Vincent de Paul Society Ministry Contact:
    Camille Riggings 689-4900
    Food Pantry Ministry Contact: Graciela Langan 689-4900

  • Web Leadership Team-The purpose of the web team ministry is to serve as a partnership with other parish ministries in an effort to communicate our living faith. Ministry Contact: Donne Gluvna (689-4900) dgluvna@ststephencatholic.org

 

 

 

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