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Altar Server (Youth Grades 5-12)
Assist the priest (and deacon) at weekend Mass/Holy Days of Obligation. Training required and offered in August. Contact: Logan Hepp at (402) 861-4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMHC (Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion)
Distribute Holy Communion at Mass. Must be Archdiocesan Trained and Mandated, offered in August. Contact: Logan Hepp at (402) 861-4502 or email@example.com.
Take Holy Communion to parishioners who are homebound, hospitalized or in nearby senior care homes. Must be EMHC Mandated. Logan Hepp at (402) 861-4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proclaim the Word of God to the gathered assembly. Must be Archdiocesan Trained and Mandated, offered in August. Contact: Logan Hepp at (402) 861-4502 or email@example.com.
Adult Facilitator* for Children’s Liturgy
Program on hold.
Usher & Greeter
Entrusted with promoting a sense of welcoming, belonging, comfort and safetyty to all the faithful assembling for Mass. Assist with seating, offertory collection, and bulletin distribution. Contact: Logan Hepp at (402) 861-4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choir, Pastoral Musicians and Cantor
Sing or play an instrument at weekend Mass/Holy Days of Obligation. Note: the Children’s Choir (grades 1-8) sings once per month at the Noon Mass, the Adult Choir sings at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass and the Adult Praise Choir sings at the 6:00 p.m. Sunday Mass. Contact: Paula Bonkiewicz at (402) 861-4536 or email@example.com.
Prepare the Church for the Mass celebration. Also, coordinate, direct and monitor various Mass duties. Contact: Karen Hardy at Logan Hepp at (402) 861-4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many are asking: "how can I help those in need within our community?" Here are a few options to help us bring Christ to others!
Donation Drive. Thank you for the continued support of our Donation Drive. See flyer for more information. Take advantage of First Saturday drop-off from 10 AM to 12 PM with the Knights of Columbus.
Our Food Pantry is open to all in our parish family and the greater community who are in need. Volunteers assist in collecting donations, shopping, organizing and packaging. Contact: Deacon Denny, Pastoral Associate at (402) 861-4538, email@example.com.
Gather, pray and make Prayer Shawls/Blankets to be given to persons experiencing a crisis in their life. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 9:15 to 11:00 a.m. in the Gonderinger Parish Center. Contact: Jan Mitchell at (402) 895-3215.
Gather to make rosaries for our Becoming Catholic! RCIA candidates, those in hospitals, nursing homes, and going on mission trips. This group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Gonderinger Parish Center. Contact: Sara Klein at (402) 690-3526.
Back 2 Work
Assist fellow parishioners facing financial and personal challenges caused by unemployment or underemployment by providing your professional services in the areas of human resources, financial planning or family counseling. Contact: Deacon Denny, Pastoral Associate at (402) 861-4538, firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Care (Social Justice)
Assist in serving the needs of parish families and the broader community (food pantry, home meals, transportation, Adopt-a-Family, etc). Contact: Deacon Denny, Pastoral Associate at (402) 861-4538, email@example.com
Provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Training is provided. Contact: Deacon Denny, Pastoral Associate at (402) 861-4538, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit with a Brookside Village resident once a week. You will be matched with a person who shares your interests. Contact: Deacon Denny, Pastoral Associate at (402) 861-4538, email@example.com
Creation Care Team
The St. Stephen Creation Care Team is a member of the Catholic Climate Covenant that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops helped form in response to the USCCB's 2001 statement on climate change. Like the National Organization, our goals include providing information about the Church’s call to care for creation and care for the poor. We offer education and volunteer opportunities and publish a monthly newsletter. To join the team or be added to the newsletter list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: Deacon Denny, Pastoral Associate at (402) 861-4538, email@example.com
Commit to a daily or weekly holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament in the Reservation Chapel. Come, sit with Jesus! Contact the Adoration Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a prayer warrior for the intentions of others via email or telephone prayer requests. Contact: Beth Wetgen at (402) 669-4793.
Pray for Engaged Couples
Commit to praying regularly for the couples preparing for marriage. Contact: Lisa Goldsmith at (402) 980-3283 or email@example.com.
This group of Adults between the ages of 18-35 meets on occasion for games, food, bible studies, and fellowship. Request to join our Facebook Group. Contact: Katie Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam Ybarra at email@example.com.
National Council of Catholic Women
This Women’s Council supports, empowers and educates Catholic Women through spirituality, leadership, and service. Meets the first Tuesday of every month during the school year (except January) from 7-8 p.m. in the Parish Center. Also, enjoy Bunco nights on the third Thursday of every month from 7-9 p.m. in the Parish Center ($10 entry at the door with cash prizes). Contact: Gigi Stamp at (402) 895-6818 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn More: website.
Iron Sharpens Iron / That Man is You!
This Men’s Group addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. Meets Friday mornings in the Parish Center from 5:30 to 6:55 AM. Contact: Matt Hustedt at Matt@beyondprintomaha.com or (402) 699-7520.
This Mom’s Group gathers for social, faith-based and service opportunities. Find support as you are formed, fed and strengthened by other moms. This group currently has 6 circles, including Bible studies, playgroups, game nights and fitness. Learn More: Website, Facebook Group.
This Men's and Women’s group (age 55+) gathers for fun social events, special projects, and support. Find out about upcoming events here. Contact: Jan (402-592-1298), Moe (402-896-2577), Pat (402-201-7945) or email@example.com
Knights of Columbus
This group promotes religious vocations and supports those who express an interest in becoming a priest, deacon, sister or brother. Meets the third Saturday of every month in the Staff Lounge from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Holy hour is in the Daily Mass Chapel every Thursday from 8-9 p.m. All are welcome. Contact: Connie Cinnamon at (402) 896-4188 or Gigi Stamp at (402) 895-6818.
Right to Life
This group promotes the Right to Life through programs, activities, and education. Contact: Jason Smith at (402) 968-3002 (cell) or (402) 203-3587 (home).
Edge (Grades 6-8)
This Youth Group provides a safe, fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get faith answers and to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Meets Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8 PM the Parish Dining Room. Parents welcome! View Website. Contact: Laura Bogue at (402) 861-4509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Teen (Grades 9-12)
This Youth Group provides avenues to strengthen spirituality and become involved in our community. Meets Sunday evenings from 7 - 8:45 PM in the Gonderinger Parish Center. Parents welcome! View Website. Contact: Laura Bogue at (402) 861-4509 or email@example.com.
What About Wednesdays (Grades 8-12)
Enjoy teen-led discussion, game nights, Bible or book studies and more! No homework. Join us Wednesday evenings from 7-8 PM in the School Library. Parents welcome! View Website. Contact: Laura Bogue at (402) 861-4509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearts Open Wide Service Squad (Teens and Parents)
We invite you to join us in being the hands and feet of Christ! The Hearts Open Wide Service Squad offers many community service opportunities. View Website. Contact: Laura Bogue at (402) 861-4509 or email@example.com.
Cub Scouts (Grades 1-5)
Provides year-round program designed for boys. Contact: Frank Jones at (402) 215-2099.
Boy Scouts (Boys 11-17 years old)
Experience leadership and character building through service, activities and outdoor events designed for boys. Contact: Joel Neesen at (402) 891-8152.
Coffee & Donuts (Hospitality)
Assist in preparing, serving and cleaning-up coffee, juice, and donuts after each Sunday morning Mass in the Dining Room. Contact: Karen Hardy at (402) 861-4537 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Parishioner Welcome
Call new parishioners and welcome them to our Parish, follow up with a handwritten mailed note. Also, assist in staffing the Welcome table after Sunday Masses. Contact: Adam Ybarra at (402) 861-4507 or email@example.com.
Help design and/or change seasonal settings in the Church. Assist in caring for flowers and plants, especially at Christmas and Easter. Contact: Karen Hardy at (402) 861-4537 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grounds, Upkeep & Garden Club
Assist with Parish property beautification. Contact: Dan Koenig, Director of Operations at (402) 861-4543 or email@example.com
Votive Candle Replenishment
Help provide the "light" for others' intentions. Replace the votive candles in the Daily Mass Chapel on a regular basis. Contact: Melissa LaPesh at (402) 598-8879 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wash and iron linens. Repair altar linens, albs, and stoles as needed. Contact: Sue Klopp (402) 203-4940 or Karen Hardy at (402) 861-4537 email@example.com.
Parish Library Assistance
Catalog and shelf returned books in the Parish Library. Contact: Adam Ybarra at (402) 861-4507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assist in caring for children ages 1-4 during adult formation classes and select parish events. Must be Safe Environment trained. Contact: Adam Ybarra at (402) 861-4507 or email@example.com.
Facilitate Baptism preparation classes for new parents. Training provided. Contact: Cheri Hassenstab at (402) 894-9638; or Adam Ybarra at (402) 861-4507 or firstname.lastname@example.org..
Small Group Host
Share your faith and experience fellowship. Host a Small Group or facilitate a Bible Study. Contact: Adam Ybarra at (402) 861-4507 or email@example.com.
Ages 3-5 Catechist (Religion Education Teacher)
Teach or assist teaching 3-5-year-olds during 9 and 10:30 AM Sunday Mass times. Prepared lessons provided involving crafts and music. Must be Safe Environment Trained. Contact: Ally ZimmerMas at (402) 896-5693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grades K-8 Catechist (Religion Education Teacher)
Teach, assist teaching or be a substitute for grades K-8, weekly, on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Prepared lessons provided. Must be Safe Environment Trained. Contact: Ally ZimmerMas at (402) 896-5693 or email@example.com.
Individual Sacrament Recipient Preparation Facilitator
Prepare individual children in grades 3+ to receive Reconciliation and First Communion. Must be Safe Environment Trained. Contact: Ally ZimmerMas at (402) 896-5693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Group Core Team Member
Help lead our Youth (Grades 6-12) closer to Christ by joining Edge or Life Teen Core Teams. Contact: Laura Bogue at (402) 861-4509 or email@example.com.
Join in on the fun and help plan and execute the annual Parish Festival held in August. Contact: Dan Koenig, Director of Operations, (402) 861-4543 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Assist in planning and execution of an evening of fun, fellowship and friendly competition held in January. Contact: Contact: Dan Koenig, Director of Operations, (402) 861-4543 or email@example.com
Many hands and minds are needed to plan and execute our largest fundraiser held in March. This event includes dinner, a silent and live auction and more. Contact: Dan Koenig, Director of Operations, (402) 861-4543 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Evangelization Advisory Council
Serves as a visionary body to the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis. This team will pray together and read/discuss current Catholic literature to discern future Evangelization and Catechesis efforts. Contact: Adam Ybarra at (402) 861-4507 or email@example.com.
Pastoral/Spiritual Care/Social Justice Advisory Council
This is a welcoming community of faith where all may grow as disciples of Christ who love and serve God and neighbor. The council embraces Catholic teaching to support outreach ministries for all who are in need of love, compassion and the mercy of God. Focus is on the Corporal Works of Mercy. Contacts: Deacon Denny Dethlefs/Pastoral Associate, 402-861-4538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves as a consultative board advising and supporting the Parish Finance and Operations teams. Contact: Ed Woll at (402) 639-9487.
Acts as a consultative board advising and supporting the pastor. Applications open annually in April. Selection process required, 3-year term. Contact: Julie Tylski at email@example.com.
Religious Education Advisory Board
Serves as a consultative advising board supporting the Pastor, Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister. This team assists in the development and implementation of religious education and youth ministry programs. Meets quarterly, board members selected by R.E. Director and approved by Pastor. Contact: Ally ZimmerMas at (402) 896-5693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Advisory Board
Serves as a consultative board advising and supporting the school Principal and assists in the governance of the school. Contact: Joe Reding at (402) 618-5581.
Sign up for Soccer, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Track and Volleyball. Become a coach or help coach a team (must be Safe Environment Trained). Visit stephen.org/sports-club for a full up-to-date listing and registration information.
Enjoy Adult Men’s Basketball and Coed Recreational Volleyball. Visit stephen.org/sports-club for contact information.
We are humbled by how much these volunteers love and care for our parish… and it’s our hope they continue to be an inspiration and role model for us all!