Lent & Easter Special Events

 SS: St. Stephen Campus (1880 Genesee St.) ~ SH: Sacred Heart Campus (509 Oswald St.) ~ STA: St. Thomas Aquinas Campus (729 White St.) 

Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays during Lent at 6:30 pm Please note that the Wednesday evening Confessions* and Mass are canceled during Lent. 

March 11: SS ~ March 18: STA ~ March 25: SH April 1: SS (*confessions from 5:30 to 6:30 pm) 

Novena to the Irish Madonna

March 9 – 17 at 6:00 pm at SS Join us in praying a special parish devotion. 

What is the history of this novena and why is it important at our parish? During the rule of Henry VIII, Catholics in Ireland were persecuted and fled to Hungary. The pilgrims were led by Bishop Lynch who was later named Auxiliary Bishop of Gyor, Hungary. He intended to return to Ireland but was never able to do so. He died in 1663 in Hungary and in the Cathedral at Gyor, an image of the Blessed Mother was hung in his honor and remains there today. 

In 1697, Catholics in Hungary were under persecution. On March 17, the image of the Blessed Mother wept a bloody sweat which continued for three hours. This miracle was verified, in writing, by both Catholics and Protestants who witnessed the event. 

In 1914, Archbishop Schrembs of Toledo, visited Gyor in Hungary. Moved by the story, he requested a copy be made of the original painting. The copy was made and laid face-to-face against the original painting for thirty days before coming “home” to St. Stephen Church, Toledo, Ohio. Since then, the novena to the Irish Madonna has been an important tradition in our parish. 

Please join parishioners for these beautiful prayers to the Blessed Mother. Come every night or come when able. 

Family Game Night

Saturday, March 14, 5:15 pm at SS All ages welcome! Please bring a dish to share for the potluck meal. 

Afternoon of Grace

Sunday, March 22, 1:00 – 3:00 pm at STA Spiritually prepare yourself for Easter by adoring our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 


Friday, March 27, 8:00 pm at STA Saturday, March 28, 8:00 pm at STA Sunday, March 29, 1:00 pm at STA Come experience this musical depiction of our Lord’s passion. 

Deanery Penance Services

March 12, 7:00 pm at St. Ignatius; March 29, 10:30 am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel; March 31, 7:00 to 9:00 pm at St. Jerome 

Holy Week

Holy Thursday – April 9 – SH 7:00 pm Mass Adoration until Midnight Good Friday – April 10 – STA 2:00 pm Stations of the Cross 3:00 pm Service Holy Saturday – April 11 – SS 10:00 am Rehearsal for Easter Vigil 11:00 am Morning Prayer and Food Blessing 8:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass 

Easter Sunday – April 12 Normal Sunday Mass schedule 

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