Parish Life

Our Fall 2022 speaker schedule will be announced soon!

If you’d like to enquire about being one of our speakers reach out to Elizabeth Ganey, marketing@ststephenbentonville.com.  We are always looking for people to add to our diverse group!

Discovering Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas

“Signs & Music of the Tilma”

Monday, Nov 14 6:30 pm

with Juanita Salazar Lamb

In English

Descubriendo a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Patrona de las Américas

“Señales y Música de la Tilma”

Jueves 17 de nov a las 7 pm

with Juanita Salazar Lamb

En Español

Do you want to deepen your faith and meet other adults in our parish? Join Encounter, our adult small group ministry.

Encounter is where adults at St. Stephen can meet in small groups to encounter God, our faith, and each other through fellowship, learning, and prayer.  For questions on how to join or lead a small group reach out to Desirae Cox at encounter@ststephenbentonville.com.  

It’s a new year and a new ministry! We are excited to share that a new ministry is starting at St. Stephen called Martha’s Meal Ministry. Martha’s Meal Ministry blesses families with meals in celebration of the birth of their child. Ministry members will deliver a meal to families at their home. If you would like to be involved in this ministry please sign up below.

Annulment Advocates

Annulment is the common name for a decree of invalidity of a marriage for Catholics.   After an investigation by a Church tribunal, if it is proven that the parties’ original marriage promises were invalid, then the marraige itself is null.

Rose and Joe Hartnett are here to help navigate the process.  Reach out to them anytime, (479)855-2344.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries.

For more information please reach out to Paula Winkel, (479)366-5188.

Sunday Socials

We will periodically have coffee and donuts on Sunday mornings after the 10am Mass to welcome new parishioners.  All are welcome!  Stay tuned for future dates.

For more information please reach out to Frank Whiting, (479)619-5745; whiting2@sbcglobal.net, or Geraldine (Gerry) Whiting, (479)619-5743; thewhitingfamily@hotmail.com

St. Stephen Columbarium

To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). With the Instruction Piam et Constantem of 5 July 1963, the then Holy Office established that “all necessary measures must be taken to preserve the practice of reverently burying the faithful departed”, adding however that cremation is not “opposed per se to the Christian religion” and that no longer should the sacraments and funeral rites be denied to those who have asked that they be cremated, under the condition that this choice has not been made through “a denial of Christian dogmas, the animosity of a secret society, or hatred of the Catholic religion and the Church”.

In total we have 288 niches for ashes of the faithful to be laid to rest in a sacred place.  Our Columbarium has been set aside for this purpose, and so dedicated by the competent ecclesial authority.

The reservation of the ashes of the departed in a sacred place ensures that they are not excluded from the prayers and remembrance of their family or the Christian community. It prevents the faithful departed from being forgotten, or their remains from being shown a lack of respect, which eventuality is possible, most especially once the immediately subsequent generation has too passed away.  Each year on All Soul’s Day we hold a special ceremony in which each person’s ashes held here are prayed over.

To have your ashes held here the Funeral Mass does not have to be held here.  For more information please contact Charlotte Champagne, cchampagne11@yahoo.com.  

St. Stephen Archangels Softball League

Interested in Playing Softball this Spring?  No league fees!  The league runs mid April through early June.  We play weekly double headers at 6 & 7 or 8 & 9 pm @ the Rogers Regional Sports Park.  The day of the week is still TBD, but probably Tuesday or Thursday night.  Historically we have a Men’s Church League team and COED team.  Commitment is necessary!  You don’t have to attend all games, but we need folks committed in order to field the teams each week.  Winning is great, but we are about having fun and getting to know our fellow parishioners.  Sign-up using the link below (please include your email address so that we can contact you)!

2022 St. Stephen Softball Sign-up List