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The Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Services are conducted in English and En Español.
Bring the whole family!
Everyone is invited to our 14th annual Christmas Eve celebration! Join us for a Christmas feast at. Please bring a salad, rice, side dish or dessert to share. At we will sing carols, followed by a Christmas pageant by the children, followed by Christmas craft activities and lots of good cheer for everyone!
Located in Boston's South End, St. Stephen's is home to an active Christian community. (Read More 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 been providing neighborhood children with a safe place to go at the end of the school day. In addition, we have grown to provide successful, year-round, out-of-school time programming for approximately 800 students and about 160 teen jobs. Read About Our Youth Programs and check out Diocesan coverage of another successful summer.
St. Stephen's In The News!On October 8th, the front page of The Boston Globe featured a very moving article about the vigil held for Jorge Fuentes and about our youth programs and B-PEACE For Jorge anti-violence campaign. Read the full article here.
Remembering Nelson Mandela
We stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ in South Africa mourning the loss of the father of their nation, and celebrating his extraordinary life. Please read a letter fromour Bishops and an article in the Globe about his historic visit to Boston in 1990.
|Pictured left: Adonica with Nelson Mandela in Boston|
Residents and families of those slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School have decided not to hold a public event to mark the first anniversary. Instead, they are promoting a “year of service” and asking people to put a candle in their window on December 14th. John Woodall, psychologist and Newtown resident told interviewers at NPR "...we don’t look at grief as something you heal from like it’s an illness... grief is is a form of love, but with the loved one gone, it’s really the heartbreak of separation from the loved one. So the work of grief is to find a new form for that love, to find a new expression for it, a new commitment, a way to honor the love.... that’s where we wanted to keep the focus. And that’s something that goes beyond a day. It’s something that we want to be part of the culture of the town.” |Photo: NYT.com|
On Tuesday, November 26th, the B-READY community at St. Stephen's gathered for our annual turkey feast hosted by friends from Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester. About 250 students, family members, teen and adult staff members and volunteers shared in the fun and food. We made the turkey hats the kids love and other seasonal crafts. We also played several games designed to let everyone expend some energy and work up an appetite. The event provided teens with a safe place to gather and reconnect with alumni, and all of us with the opportunity to show our staff how much we appreciate them. |Read Diocesan coverage here.|
More Fall Photos
Parishioners recently attended the film Jerusalem at the Museum of Science's IMAX Theater. Our group of 50 included six parishioners who were fortunate enough to have traveled to Jerusalem. They ran into 32 Episcopalians from our partner church Grace Church, Newton who attended the same show. On Sunday November 10th during the regular 10:30 am liturgy, we held a special service for the children downstairs in the art room. Students talked about the many ways they use their senses to experience God.
Partnership Brings 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 abpve 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 Boston Public 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.
Upcoming Day of Remembrance: On December 14th, help Boston remember the victims of Newtown, Connecticut. The MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is holding an afternoon of activities to help remember the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, CT. The Day begins with a rally from 1:30-3:30pm on the Boston Common, followed by a march ending at First Church Boston in the Back Bay with a prayer service. Download a flyer here.
Day of Action: More than fifty B-PEACE for Jorge volunteers turned out at the Edison K-8 School in Brighton on October 26th (see photos at left). They spent the day painting, raking, cleaning, and creating thank-you cards for teachers. The day launched a new partnership with the Edison School, Jorge Fuentes' alma mater. For more information about joining this partnership please contact Charlie Emple (or 617-858-0056).
On Sunday, October 6th Suffragan Bishop Gayle Harris was on hand to help us celebrate as we rededicated our newly renovated sanctuary, and reconsecrated the altar. Church school students who have been studying the names of all the special objects in the sanctuary and how they are used, did a spectacular job of helping to redress the altar. The rest of the Bishop's day was full. The service was followed by a delicious pot luck lunch and an informal question time. Next, she met with parish and youth program leaders, and after that with our teens.
Visitation and Rededication
On Tuesday, September 10th, more than 100 family members, friends, and loved ones gathered at St. Stephen's to honor and remember Jorge Fuentes on the anniversary of his death. They spent time reminiscing and looking at pictures over a pizza dinner, then gathered in the sanctuary for a healing mass led by Reverend Tim Crellin.
The mass was followed by a candle-lit vigil around the neighborhood, which ended in front of the mural that St. Stephen's teens painted along with Jorge's family in his honor. It was a beautiful tribute to our beloved community member and the legacy he left behind.
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Farm Bill Negotiations Threaten New SNAP Cuts
47 million Americans turn to food stamps to help make ends meet. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Nearly 72 percent are in families with children; and one-quarter are in households with seniors or people with disabilities.
Despite the fact that the Institute of Medicine has demonstrated that a child’s access to food stamps has a positive impact on adult outcomes, the program was cut by $5 billion on November 1. Senate Agriculture Committee members are discussing $4 billion worth of additional cuts to the program which would lead to 500,000 losing $90 per month in benefits, the equivalent of one week’s worth of meals, according to The Nation.
For Our PrayersBishop Shaw underwent additional surgery on December 6th to treat his brain cancer. He appreciates your prayers and good wishes. Cards and letters should be addressed to him at the monastery (980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02138).
He announced at Diocesan Convention his plans to retire at the time of his successor’s consecration on Sept. 13, 2014. In January 2013 he called for the election of a bishop coadjutor to serve alongside him for a period of time prior to his retirement, but he has since decided that the overlap period will be unnecessary, and that the transfer of episcopal authority will take place at the bishop-elect’s consecration ceremony. Read more about the announcement here, and more about the election process
Blackstone Sheds Status
Mayor Manino recently announced that the Blackstone Elementary School, our partner in the South End, is one of 14 schools state-wide that have seen enough improvement in their MCAS scores to lose the designation "underperforming." |Read more| In fact, the school has been renamed Blackstone Innovation School. Congratulations to the students, teachers, administrators and community partners responsible for this accomplishment! |read more|