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    ST. STEPHEN LADIES' SODALITY

    Meetings and Events
    The St. Stephen Ladies' Sodality has been in existence almost as long as the Parish (1922) under various names. Under its present title it was founded by the late Pastor, Fr. James J, Gilligan, when he reopened the Parish in 1984 after it had been a chapel of ease for eight years following the exodus in America of people from the downtown and urban areas to the suburbs. Since then it has been an integral part of the life of the Parish. Among its activities the Ladies' Sodality is affiliated with the National Council of Catholic Women and the Diocesan Cuncil of Catholic Women (NCCW and DCCW) under the protection of Our Lady of Good Counsel of Gennazzano. The Ladies help to clean and maintain the physical appearance of the parish Church and Hall as well as the linens for liturgical use. Thus there are teams of volunteers who clean the Church each week and wash and iron the linens for Mass. They are also in charge of the Flower Fund for the Parish. They are involved in the pro-life movement and are benefactresses of the local Alpha Center which helps young women in so-called unwanted pregnancy situations. Every year they send supplies for the young mothers as needed. They are co-sponsors with the St. Stephen Holy Name Society of the Thursday evening Holy Hour, on the eve of First Firday of each month and also every Thursday of Lent. They promote the First Saturday of the month and Novena to Our Lady of Fatima which has been in use in this Parish for almost eighty years and composed under the sponsorship of the late and venerated Archbishop, Bishop of Mobile (under which the Florida panhandle was until 1975), Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen. Originally it was recited on Wednesday evenings along with Benediction. Now it is recited every Saturday and incuded in Benediction Rites on the First Saturday of the month. To promote this the Society has its monthly meeting after this devotion on the First Saturday of every month, with some exception according to schedules. The Ladies' Society also sponsors two bake sales, one in the Fall another in the Spring, to raise money for its causes. All women of the Parish are asked and encouraged to be members. The membership dues, because of Diocesan and National affiliation, are ten dollars per calendar year. But money is no object.

    The Society mainly wishes to include all the Ladies of the Parish in the fullness of Parish life. In fact, all the women of the Parish 13 and up are encouraged to belong and actively participate. For young mothers who need to, it is OK to bring the smaller children and infants as well. We want EVERY woman included ! The officers are members of the Parish Advisory Council and Advisory Finance Committee.

    The sanctification of the members is its most important role. As such, the Ladies have a Mass offered each month for both its living and deceased members. Please consider joining us. You will reap more benefits than you can imagine. To see a schedule of upcoming meetings and other events please the yearly calendar of events, the bulletin and click here.

    Fr. Héctor R.G. Pérez y Robles, S.T.D.
    Pastor