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Parish Bulletin / Boletin Parroquial

Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church
Pastor: Rev. John J. Szczepanik
Address: 20 William St. South River N.J 08882
Phone: (732)-257-0100 / Spanish (732)-766-3452
Whats App: (732)-766-3452
Web Site:  / You Tube




Saturday, September 23:

6:00 p.m. – Carl, Jenny, Ralph Rossi Sr.      Mass in English

7:00 p.m. – Juan Vargas Pacheco           Mass in Spanish


Sunday, September 24:   

8:30 a.m. – Dennis Hayden          Mass in English

10:00 a.m. – Julio Cesar Cabrejos         Mass in Spanish

11:30 a.m. – God’s continuous protection over Mexico and Guatemala       Mass in Spanish

12:30 p.m. – CCD classes      in English

1:00 p.m. – CCD classes        in Spanish

4:00 p.m. – God’s continuous protection over Danny Mercado             Mass in Spanish  


Our Anniversary Banquet # 2:   All parishioners, former parishioners and friends of the parish are warmly invited to this special event, honoring all our parish organizations and hundreds of volunteers who in the course of St. Stephen’s 116-years history have tirelessly worked for its good and development.  The banquet will take place on October 28 this year from 7:00 to 11:30 p.m. in our Parish Center. # of seats will be limited to 70 and your $70.00 entrance ticket will include plenty of American food, pastry, refreshments, alcoholic beverages, American music and dancing.  For reservations, please contact Fr. John at 732-766-3452.

Weekly Offerings:     You can make your weekly donation to the Church at the end of each Mass by placing it in the collection basket situated on top of the white pillar on the right side of the exit door.  Also, you can mail your check directly to the parish office at 20 William Street, South River, N.J.  08882.   With many thanks to all our parishioners for your continuous financial support of the parish.     Fr. John

Parish Bingo:  All are invited to our Bingo on Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. in our Parish Center.

Sacrament of Confirmation         will be administered to our teenagers on November 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Centennial anniversary of the construction of our church – main projects:    * installation of the new Main Altar of Christ the High Priest – completed on August 11, 202;  * creation of a new chapel in the church ( Chapel of the Crucified Lord ) with His images coming from various parts of the world ( situated on the left side of the staircase leading us to the choir loft ) – completed on July 4, 2021;   * construction of a new sidewalk behind the church – connecting the existing sidewalk on both sides of the church ) – completed on August 14, 2021;      * erection of a statue of St. Joseph the Worker in the garden area on the right side of the church – completed on September 2, 2021;     * installation of the Praying Angel on the left side of the church on August 20, 2022;      * renovation of the parish parking lot’s wall on August 21, 2022;      * installation of a new welcoming sign in front of the church on October 7, 2022;      * renovation of the kitchen and the stage in our Parish Center ( April 2023 );     * renovation of the sidewalk in front of the church and the staircase that leads to its front entrance door ( April 2023 )    

 Confessions –   any day at any time upon one hour telephone notice.

Our Lady of La Salette Candle-light Procession      will take place on Friday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m.

First Holy Communion   this year will be celebrated on the Feast of Our Lady of Rosary, October 7 at 11:00 a.m.

CCD Program:    Registration for the school year 2023 / 24   after each Sunday Mass. Classes resumed have already resumed with the following three choices:  1) Sundays at 12:30 p.m. in English;     2) Sundays at 1:00 p.m. in Spanish;    3) Sundays at 4:45 p.m. in English;     4) Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in English.     Our program is free if charge, however, your child is required to be at Mass every weekend.   

South American Food Festival     will be held on Sunday, October 1 after our 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses. All are invited. All proceeds for the Parish.

Young Adults Group invites new members to join, For more information, please contact Maria Reyes  at 732-648-6210.

All businesses in our area are invited to place ads in our parish bulletin in its paper version and on-line – it appears every week in two languages  ( in English and in Spanish ). Our rate is $120.00 per year.      More info in our parish office ( 732-257-0100 ). With many thanks to the following businesses, that have already advertised with us:

Bella Puebla Pizzeria & Mexican Cuisine:  714 State Rt. 18 in East Brunswick ( 732-238-1078 & 732-238-1258 )

Ben Construction LLC:   sidewalks, curbs, patios, Belgium blocks, service walks, handicap ramps, driveway  ( 908-720-0407 )

Better Life Pharmacy:  54 Main Street in South River ( 732-257-0069 );      free delivery           Wael Isaac, CEO

DBA Law Offices of Maribel J. Allen, Esquire:  292 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick ( 732-887-5739 )

Dental Arts Studio, LLC:    15 West Prospect Street in East Brunswick ( 732-254-5600 );     Svetlana Steinberg

El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant:   42 Min Street in South River ( 732-432-4941 )        delivery         catering

Healing Road Counseling Services:    27 South 5th Ave., Highland Park, N.J. ( 215-688-5116 )    Yudelka Columna, MSW, LSSW

K & C Bookkeeping Services LLC:     852 Easton Ave., Somerset, N.J. 08873      ( 732-648-4210 )        Maria Reyes

Latin Flavor:  empanadas, rice, roast, chicken and pork;   ( 347-683-7036 )

Maliszewski Funeral Home:  218 Whitehead Avenue, South River    ( 732-254-0428 )          Carmen Spezzi, Manager

Matamoros Tax Services:   210 New Street in New Brunswick ( 732-846-0050 )        authorized IRS provider

Mia’s Pizza Restaurant:  4500 Bordentown Ave., Sayreville ( 732-651-9888 )      delivery available

Milina Cuisine LLC Restaurant:    2909 Washington Road in Parlin ( 732-952-8226 )

New City Fresh Market Carniceria:  48 Main Street in South River ( 732-210-2888 )

NOVA Paving & Masonry: ( 908-455-5367 + 609-509-3094 )        free estimates

Peopleready skilled trades:   1945 Morris Ave., Unit 3, Union, N.J. 07083 ( 201-419-9692 );   Denise Martinez, Manager

PNC Bank:  289 Rt. 18 North in East Brunswick ( 732-390-6207 )         Sandra Nielsen, Branch Manager

Portuguese Fisherman Restaurant:      11 Jackson Street in South River ( 732-238-5188 )         Mark Silva, Owner

Reny’s Unisex Hair Salon:  91 Jackson Street in South River ( 732-390-0600 )

Rezem Funeral Home, Inc:   457 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick ( 732-257-1191 )       James T. Fife, Manager

Texas Road Pharmacy:    1183 Englishtown Road in Old Bridge ( 732-726-1101 )       free delivery

Tex Mex  Panaderia y Pasteleria Mexican Bakery:   19 Main Street in South River ( 732-955-6360 )

The Class Barbershop:  58 Main Street in South River ( 732-360-7379 )

Wadie’s Hair Salon:  716 Route 18, East Brunswick ( 732-432-9004 )



Parish registration              You are warmly invited to join our old, small Parish with a Big Heart. Please, print / complete the below listed mini-form and mail it to the parish office ( 20 William Street, South River, N.J. 08882 ), or simply drop it off in our Sunday collection basket.

If you live far away – you can become an Honorary Member of Saint Stephen’s, supporting it spiritually and financially.

registration form

Please include your phone number or email in order to contact you.