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St. Stephen Catholic Church presents The Cross and the Light May 18-21

RIVERVIEW – St. Stephen Catholic Church invites the public to join in the grand opening of its new church building on its Boyette Road campus by featuring eight performances of The Cross and the Light, from May 18-21. With actors, singers and film projected on the walls of the brand-new church, audiences will be immersed in the story of Jesus from the Passion through Pentecost.

“We are delighted to open the doors of our new church to the community with The Cross and the Light – it’s a show that allows people to experience Christ’s passion in a completely new way,” said Father Robert Schneider, Pastor, “It will showcase the beauty of our new worship space and give the community a chance to see what our exciting parish has to offer.”

Since launching in 1987 in the storefront that is now Beef O’Brady’s on Bell Shoals Road, St. Stephen Catholic Church has grown to a congregation of 4,700 parish families. The interim church campus at 5049 Bell Shoals Road was designed to house the worship, celebrations, educational and service activities for about 20 years. Plans for the parish’s new home have been underway the past 10 years, with construction funded through the generosity of its parishioners and friends through the “Building Our Future Together” campaign and its ongoing Memorials Program.

The new 30,726 sq. ft. building on St. Stephen Circle has 1,100 seats and capacity to expand to 1,500 for special occasions. Coupled with the new 19,183 sq. ft. Family Life Center, St. Stephen Catholic Church is positioned to continue to grow with the community.

The Cross and the Light has been performed for over 70,000 people around the world. Uniquely, the production uses Environmental Projection technology to project incredible video imagery onto the walls of the church, 150 foot wide by 30 foot tall.  “It’s Les Miserable in Jerusalem!” exclaimed nationally syndicated talk show host and author Teresa Tomeo upon seeing the performance. Tickets and more information about the production, including video footage and cast biographies, can be found at More information about the parish, including images of the new building as it nears completion, can be found at