Welcome to the
Roman Catholic Community of
Saint Stephen the First Martyr.



This month, ten years ago the St. Stephen Bereavement Ministry hosted their first reception. Today, we are bigger and better than ever. With over 40 volunteers, we have hosted more than 75 receptions and sent over 500 cards to those who have experienced a loss.  What started out as a “good idea” has blossomed into a ministry that we can all be proud of.  Thank you to Pat and Tom Johnston, Barb Garcia, Noreen Irish, Kathy Varner who were part of this from the very beginning.  And thanks to all who have served, cleaned, mailed, and prayed through the years.  

If anyone wants to become part of this wonderful group, or wants to know more about what we do, please contact Deacon Mark Westrick at deaconmaw@gmail.com or 919-499-3772.



Mass of Dedication of St.Stephen the First Martyr Catholic Church/ Misa de Dedicación de San Esteban el Primer Mártir  



In the words of Deacon Bob Bridwell, Project Superintendent of new Church Construction, the Dedication Mass of St. Stephen the First Martyr Catholic Church, was a "grand and glorious" celebration. The Most Reverend Luis Rafael Zarama, Bishop of Raleigh, presided at the Mass on March 5, 2019 attended by hundreds of parishioners and members of the greater community.  


The new church, which seats 750, was full to the brim. Representatives from the building committee handed over the keys to the Bishop at the start of the celebration, and the bilingual Mass proceeded to include the blessing, depositing of the relics, anointing of the altar and the walls of the church, incensation of the altar and the church, and lighting of the altar.


At the end of the Dedication Mass, Bishop Zarama led the community in giving Father Robert a standing ovation in gratitude for his pastoral leadership and hard work. The reception ended the evening in a spirit of unity and deep gratitude to God. 


En las palabras del Diácono Bob Bridwell, el superintendente del proyecto de la nueva construcción de la iglesia, la Misa de Dedicación fue una celebración "grandiosa y gloriosa". El Reverendísimo Luis Rafael Zarama, Obispo de Raleigh, presidió la Misa del 5 de marzo de 2019 a la que asistieron cientos de feligreses y miembros de la comunidad en general.


La nueva iglesia, con capacidad para 750 personas, estaba llena. Los representantes del comité de construcción entregaron las llaves al Obispo al comienzo de la celebración, y la Misa bilingüe incluyó la bendición, el depósito de las reliquias, la unción del altar y los muros de la iglesia, la incensación. Del altar y la iglesia, y alumbrado del altar.


Al final de la Misa de Dedicación, el Obispo Zarama dirigió a la comunidad a darle al Padre Robert una ovación de pie en agradecimiento por su liderazgo pastoral y su arduo trabajo. La recepción terminó la noche con un espíritu de unidad y profunda gratitud a Dios.