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What's been happening?

Along with everyone else in the UK, we've been impacted by covid during the last year and a half.  Some activities were suspended, and some of those have been resumed.  We've had to find new ways of ministering within our parish, and to our community as well.  We'd love to share some of our experiences with you, and invite you to read on....

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Thoughts small and great....

Food for thought and prayer ... and sometimes perhaps a bone of contention upon which to chew.

Diocesan honours & our heartfelt thanks

Bp. Elmer Belmonte has awarded two of our parishioners for their "extraordinary work and support to build God's kingdom". Elena Berdos and George Monteflor have been awarded Diocesan Honors for their faithful service to St. Stephen CEC during the 18 months of covid lockdown and recovery.

Elena Berdos

St. Stephen was required to suspend public celebration of the Mass during lockdown, yet whenever we met Elena was almost always present and on time. She consistently arrived early to help set up and disinfect, operated the projection system for the Mass, and remained behind afterward to tear down and disinfect once more. She has hosted a small fellowship meal in her residence (when allowed by government guidelines) and has consistently provided fresh altar linens. Elena always has a smile on her face, eager to help out.

George Monteflor

Although family and employment responsibilities (and testing positive for covid at one point) have prevented him from regular attendance, George has stepped forward to meet both usual and unusual needs on more than one occasion. He has arranged overnight camping activities for the parish, served as the primary cook for a number of church activities, helped the church move materials when we needed to relocate our venue for Sunday Mass, assisted in arranging lectors, and generally served as an acolyte when available. George is often sharing ideas as to how we can evangelise more effectively.

These two have enabled St. Stephen CEC to continue functioning during this challenging period, and we are very grateful for their service. May God continue to bless the works of your hands, Elena and George!