Escondido, CA





Parish activities this week begin with 1st Communion Parent-Child retreat, then the high school and middle youth faith formation, Baptism Seminar in Spanish, RCIA, CCD, Rosary and Divine Mercy devotions, Bible Study on the Book of Psalms, Confessions, Catholic Men’s Fellowship, St. Vincent food distribution, Spanish Faith Formation, Adult Faith formation with Gloria, Bible study at the home of Hannah and Daphne Boyd, and a Valentine’s party.

Father John Struzzo will celebrate a Mass for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13. To receive the Sacrament of the Sick, you need to have a diagnosable illness whether it be physical emotional, mental or have a serious spiritual problem. Also if you are going to be hospitalized or undergo outpatient surgery of any kind, you need this sacrament. You need to be in the state of grace to receive the sacrament. Everyone is strongly urged to go to confession beforehand.

The Welcome Committee has received Prayer Booklets from Miles Christi, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church. The booklets include over 50 different prayers included as well as information on understanding the Ten Commandments, the Precepts of the Church and how to make a good Confession. Stop by the Welcome table and pick up one of these free booklets while also checking out the rolling Library Cart. There might be something of interest to you.

Catholic Music artist Sarah Kroger and Catholic Youth Minister and Lifeteen Blogger and Speaker Dom Quaglia,

Jr. are coming to St. Stephen’s for a night of worship, message and Adoration on Monday, February 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Come at 6 for food, games and fellowship. After a powerful conversion in high school and a year as a full-time missionary with Life Teen International, he began exploring his passion for sharing the Gospel on a larger scale. He also plays bass for the Sarah Kroger Band. The youth are encouraged to invite their friends, as all are welcome. There is no cost; however a love offering will be taken to offset the cost.

There is still time to purchase SCRIP for your favorite Valentine! Whether it be See’s candy, a night at the movies with dinner at your favorite restaurant or a shopping spree at Macy’s, come to see what is available at the SCRIP table after Mass.

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HEALTH NUGGET: The Green Pharmacy sums up the benefits of eating beans, especially for diabetics. “Many studies demonstrate that eating foods that are high in soluble fiber, notably beans, reduces the rise in blood sugar after meals and delays the drop in blood sugar later on, thus helping to maintain blood sugar at close to desired levels.

Add 2 cups whole raw cashews (not pieces, which are often dry), rinsed very well under cold water. Put the cashews in a bowl and add cold water to cover them. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight. Drain the cashews and rinse under cold water. Place them in a blender with enough fresh cold water to cover them by 1 inch. Blend on high for several minutes until very smooth. (If you’re not using a professional high-speed blender such as a Vita-Mix, which creates an ultra smooth cream, strain the cashew cream through a fine mesh sieve). To make a thick cashew cream, reduce the amount of water when placed in the blender so the water just slightly covers the cashews.

The church offers complimentary Bible studies in English or Spanish if you would like a deeper understanding of what the Bible teaches and to know about last day events. Questions? Email VC_ or call 760-975-4707.

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