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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

"St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and its community support each other in doing God's work.  Together, we bridge the gap between urban and suburban, and between rich and poor."

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Please Join Us!
The Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Services are conducted in English and En Español. 

Located in Boston's South End, St. Stephen's is home to an active Christian community. (Read About Us.We participate in a wide-range of community outreach activities, with a special focus on helping school-aged young people along the road to successful adulthood. 

Since 2000 we have provided neighborhood children with a safe place to go at the end of the school day. Today we provide successful, year-round, out-of-school time programming for 800 students and about 160 teen jobs. Read About Our Youth Programs and check out a recent video about our partnership with Boston Public Schools.


Holy Week & Easter at St. Stephen's
Please plan to join us as we commemorate the saving events of the final week in the life of our Lord.
 Palm SundayApril 13 at 10:30 am
"Hosanna to the Son of David."

Join us for our procession through the neighborhood and the reading 

of the Passion Gospel. All young people are invited to 

a Last Supper-Seder during church school!

 

Maundy ThursdayApril 17 at 6:00 pm

"Unless I wash you, you have no share with me."

Join us for dinner at 6:00 pm, followed by 

the Maundy Thursday liturgy at 7:00 pm.

 

Good FridayApril 18 at Noon

"Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified."

 The proper liturgy for Good Friday will be followed 

by the Stations of the Cross, which invite us to participate 

in each moment of Christ's final hours.  


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Easter SundayApril 20 at 9:00 am AND 11:00 am

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,  
"I have seen the Lord."

We will have TWO services 
on Easter Sunday again this year!  
9:00 am will be Holy Eucharist.  
11:00 am will be Holy Eucharist and Baptism.  
This is meant to relieve overcrowding and give everyone an option on time.  

Childcare will be provided at both services for younger children.  

The choir will sing at the 11:00 am service.



Read Across America Day
On March 2nd parishioners, partner church members, and SSYP staff again participated in this annual event which honors Dr. Seuss on his birthday.  They visited every classroom at the Blackstone Innovation School, our South End neighbor. |Read more about our partnership with the Blackstone here.|  Participants brought their favorite books with them, or had help from volunteer librarians in picking a book that
was "just right" for the classroom they were visiting. Several of the guest readers donated their books, adding to the school's 1,000 title lending library.


Mother's Day Walk For Peace
This annual event is coming up on May 11th. Members of the St. Stephen's community will again be walking in Jorge's memory. Sign up today here!  For more information on how you can help contact Julia
McMahon
.




Teens Rally At The State House
The Youth Jobs Coalition rallied more than 1,000 teens from across the state to march on the State House demanding that lawmakers create more opportunities for summer employment. The successful event was covered by local and national media.|Read here.| More about recent efforts to create teen jobs.

MLK Day of Action
As part of our ongoing partnership with the Blackstone Innovation School, St. Stephen's hosted our 4th annual service day on Monday, January 20th. This year 125 volunteers, including Representative Tom Conroy and Bishop Gale
Harris
 joined us for this national day of service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We observed the event with a morning of projects and mural painting followed by an afternoon workshop developed and presented by our teens.

Tania Ortiz, an organizer with the B-PEACE Campaign and Jennie Msall, former SSYP JOIN For Justice Intern helped the teens plan this year's workshop on civic engagement: what it means, how we practice it, and how public involvement can shape changes to Massachusetts' gun laws. Two teens spoke about their personal experience with gun violence, and others played interactive games with the audience testing their knowledge of Massachusetts’ gun laws. It was another successful day of service and partnership for St. Stephen’s and the Blackstone School.


Bringing Technology Home

An innovative partnership between Comcast and Northeastern University is proving to be a successful model for corporate-academic collaboration. Through their Internet Essentials Program, both institutions are working to help close the "digital divide," or lack of access to technology, in low income communities. Northeastern volunteers recently held training sessions for program participants and families at each of our program locations. |Read more|

On Tuesday, November 19th, the partners kicked off a new program year with a celebration at Northeastern University.
Vickiana Santana (pictured at left with Tyler Jedrey SSYP's 
media arts specialist) is one of our program parents who participated in the class. She was featured in a question and answer session at the event held in Blackman Auditorium and attended by hundreds of BostonPublic School students. Through an interpreter, she shared her experience with the class, and described the impact she believes it will have on her family's future. 









New Bishop Elected

At the special electing convention held on Saturday, April 5, clergy and lay delegates elected the Rev. Alan M. Gates, the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, to succeed the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE as the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.  The electing convention took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.  | Read Diocesan and Globe Coverage|


For Our Prayers
A committee of State Legislators recently made recommendations to stem the flow of illegal weapons in the state. Read them here.

Bishop Shaw 
appreciates your prayers and good wishes. Cards and letters should be addressed to him at the monastery (980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02138).


New Teen Group
We're trying something new this spring for teens in 8th grade and up. Marisa, our Christian Education Coordinator will be gathering interested teens to talk about matters of God and the Spirit. The group will meet at St Stephens on six Sundays from from 12:00-2:00 pm for lunch and conversation. Upcoming dates will be:

April 27
May 11 (lunch in Dorchester following the Mothers Day Walk for Peace)
June 15

Please contact Marisa for more information.