INDOOR MASS SERVICES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT ST STEPHEN

Effective immediately, we are now slowly observing full capacity and continue to follow COVID protocols mandated by State, City and Health official guidelines. All are encouraged to attend in-person our Sunday and Daily Masses: 4:30 pm Saturday Vigil, 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am and the 6:30 pm Sunday Masses and 8:00 am daily Mass (Monday-Saturday). In person confession will be available 30 minutes before the start of each Sunday Mass.

 
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Information for First Communion & Confirmation Programs

St. Stephen's Sacramental preparation programs follow the Archdiocesan guidelines so they are two-year programs.  First Holy Communion typically starts in first grade and students receive their First Communion in second grade, and Confirmation typically starts in seventh grade and students receive the sacrament in eighth grade.  Older students who need to receive the sacraments are always welcomed and accommodated.  Contact the Parish Faith Formation Office with any questions.

Confirmation Program for Fall of 2021

To register your child for St. Stephen's Confirmation Program please use our online registration form, and attend the Parent & Student Info Night meeting on September 7, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in St. Stephen Church.  Note that the students who wish to be part of the Confirmation program need to attend this meeting.  After filling out the online form please submit your child's Baptismal certificate to the office.  We will make a photocopy and return the original to you.  Registration for our program should be completed before September 28, 2021, for the 2021-2022 School Year.*

Attending Sunday Mass weekly as a family is one of the requirements of the program.

Confirmation Program Online Registration/Application

Please fill out the online registration form (click link above to go to the Google Form).

Confirmation Information Packet for Parents & Students

The information packet provided at the Parent & Student Info Night meeting will be available to download after the September 7th meeting.  This packet of information is for parents AND students.  More information is to come regarding Candidate & Sponsor meetings, special projects and community service hours.

Important Dates for the Confirmation Program:

  • Parent & Student Info Night meeting Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in St. Stephen Church

  • Confirmation application due before September 28, 2021 (via online Google Form)

  • Rite of Welcome at Mass with Sponsors and Families October 24, 2021

  • Sponsor Form due October 29, 2021

  • Retreat on November 18, 2021, in Donworth Hall

  • Confirmation Name/Saint Report due February 1, 2022

Candidate & Sponsor Nights: 

  • November 9, 2021, 7:00 p.m. in St. Stephen church
  • January 11, 2022, 7:00 p.m. in Donworth Hall
  • February 8, 2022, 7:00 p.m. in St. Stephen Church

First Communion Program for Fall of 2020

To register your child for St. Stephen's First Communion Program please use our online registration form, and attend the Parent Info Night meeting on September 8, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in St. Stephen Church.  After filling out the online form please submit your child's Baptismal certificate to the office.  We will make a photocopy and return the original to you.  Registration for the program should be completed before September 29, 2021 for the 2021-2022 School Year.*

Attending Sunday Mass weekly as a family is one of the requirements of the program.

First Communion Program Online Registration/Application

Please fill out the online registration form (click link above).

First Communion Information Packet for Parents

After the parent informational meeting Sept. 8th, the info packet will be available to download.  The parent meeting in January will have a different packet of information.

Important Dates for First Communion Program:

  • Parent Info Night - Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in St. Stephen Church
  • First Reconciliation - Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in St Stephen Church.
  • First Holy Communion Parent Meeting #2 - Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in St Stephen Church
  • "Agape Meal" First Communion Class Family Night (students & parents; siblings are welcome) - Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in Donworth Hall
  • First Communion Class Retreat - Friday, April 29, 2022, in Church & Donworth Hall (time to be determined)
  • First Holy Communion Mass - Saturday, April 30, 2022, in St Stephen Church

 

*the Faith Formation program accepts students on a rolling basis, so registration is open year round.

 

Tutorial on How to Receive Communion

Fr. Tony and Mary Molly created this short video to demonstrate how to receive Communion. 

Please practice at home with your child who is preparing for First Communion:

- remove their mask once they get up front and are next in line to receive Communion

- make a little bow before approaching Fr. Michael (they are bowing to Jesus who is present in the Eucharist)

- place their hands out properly to receive the Host, making a “little pillow” with the palm of the top hand (the dominate hand is on bottom)

- say “Amen” clearly

- step to the side then place the Host on their tongue

- replace their mask, then with “prayer hands” return to their pew to kneel and pray