Fr. Jeff Stephan became the Pastor of St. Sabina on June 12, 2012. He has brought to our parish the ministry of mission even before Pope Francis started to preach of mission.  We currently help support the scholarship programs in the towns of Cinquera and La Loma, both in El Salvador. We now are beginning to form a relationship with a small town in Ecuador by providing religious education.  In addition to these mission projects, Fr. Jeff has renewed our parish’s support of the vacation bible school mission in Anapra, Mexico, which is coordinated by parishioners Dwayne and Sandy Katzer.  If you need to set an appointment to meet with Fr. Jeff, please contact Kris Larkey at 816-979-3151.

Deacon Mike and his family have been parishioners at St. Sabina since 1986. Deacon Mike was ordained deacon on June 4, 2011. He is involved with the Marian Prayer Group and the Hispanic, marriage and hospice ministries at St. Sabina. 

Bridget Hernandez – Communications

Bridget’s responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the New Theatre Restaurant shows for our Over 55 group
  • Updating our census program with new members
  • Updating the website, and social media
  • Editing our parish bulletin

Bridget is daughter of parishioners Dwayne and Sandy Katzer, and has been a parishioner at St. Sabina her whole life. She began working here in July 2013.

You can reach Bridget at 816-979-3159.

Kris Larkey – Business Manager

Kris’ responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating baptisms, weddings, marriage preparation, funerals, and Hispanic ministry
  • She is an annulment advocate
  • Working with our parish groups to assist them in planning activities and events
  • Coordinating our efforts in our relationship with Cinquera, El Salvador to sponsor scholarships for students
  • Sacramental records
  • Space reservations for classes, meetings, parties, etc.
  • Coordinating Stewardship Sunday (Pledge and Time & Talent cards)

Kris is daughter of parishioners Bob and Mary Kottenbrock, and became a parishioner at St. Sabina in 1974. She left the area in 1976 and returned in 1981. Kris has worked at St. Sabina since March of 2006 and volunteered as the hispanic choir director from 2001-2006.

You can reach Kris at 816-979-3151 or

Biagio Mazza – Pastoral Associate

Biagio’s responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating our Adult Faith Formation program
  • Teaching many of our formation classes including RCIA (in English) and Living Stones
  • Coordinating the annual Ecumenical Service

Biagio has worked for St. Sabina since May 2006. Biagio studied at Fordham University where he received his Master’s in Religious Studies. He did postgraduate work in Theology and Scripture at Maryknoll School of Theology.

You can reach Biagio at 816-979-3153.

Susan RatiganDirector of Music and Liturgy

Susan’s responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the people and items that have to do with prayer and worship for the parish
  • Working with volunteers who participate during moments of prayer in the church (liturgy) like Eucharistic ministers, ushers, lectors, altar servers, musicians
  • Coordinating music and musicians for parish liturgies (weekend Masses, weddings, funerals, other special liturgies)

Susan became a member of St. Sabina parish in 1991 and worked here as director of music and liturgy from 1993 to 2005. She returned to St. Sabina in August of 2014 and is very happy to be back. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education from UMKC and a Master of Arts in Music from UCM.

You can reach Susan at 816-979-3158.

Kirstie RobertsDirector of Religious Education

Kirstie’s responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the Parish School of Religion (PSR) and Vacation Bible School, as well as Youth Ministry
  • Coordinating community service opportunities for youth including Christmas in October, Harvesters and Project Uplift
  • She is also our Safe Environment Coordinator

Kirstie has worked for St. Sabina since 1998. She is daughter of parishioners Jim and Nancy Ruffini. Kirstie studied at Avila University where she earned her degrees in English and Secondary Education.

You can reach Kirstie at 816-979-3155.

Marta RoperPastoral Care Coordinator

Marta’s responsibilities include:

  • Working with the pastor providing pastoral care and coordinating sacraments for the sick, hospitalized, homebound parishioners and those parishioners that are facing long term health issues
  • Coordinating the parish’s sick and homebound program, ministry to Belton Regional Hospital and ministry at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Northern Cass County
  • Training and coordinating the many dedicated Special Ministers to the Sick and Homebound who provide Holy Communion to the area long term care facilities, parishioners confined to home due to age or illness and the local hospital
  • Maintaining grief follow up to families who have lost a loved one and facilitating two six week Mutual Help Grief Support Groups per year

Marta was received into the Church by a Profession of Faith in April 1993. She was hired at St. Sabina in May 1997 and served as Pastoral Care Coordinator until October 2005. She rejoined the staff in March 2011.

You can reach Marta at 816-979-3154.

Jeff Shields – Finance Coordinator

Jeff’s responsibilities include:

  • Handling the day-to-day accounting duties
  • Making and recording deposits
  • Tracking and paying invoices
  • Preparing monthly and quarterly financial statements
  • Preparing the annual budget
  • Meeting with the Finance Council quarterly
  • Recording parishioner contributions
  • Preparing annual contribution statements

Jeff is son of parishioners John and Kathy Shields, and has been a parishioner at St. Sabina since as long as he can remember. He has worked for St. Sabina since December 2013 but has volunteered in Youth Ministry since 2007. Jeff graduated from UMKC with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

You can reach Jeff at 816-979-3152.

Tracy WheelerMaintenance

Tracy handles all things maintenance!

Tracy completed the RCIA program at St. Sabina in 2014. He began working for St. Sabina in October 2013.

Berenice Zay
as – Receptionist & Hispanic Ministry

Berenice’s responsibilities include:

  •  Working with ministry leaders, helping them with their ministry needs
  •  Working with the Hispanic committee to plan special events (Guadalupe, Tres Reyes, Las Posadas, Annual Fundraiser, other celebrations that fit the needs of the parish and Hispanic community.
  •  Scheduling liturgical training, in Spanish, annually after Easter
  •  Working with the training team to implement trainings in Spanish for:
    • Eucharistic Ministers
    • Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and Homebound
    • Lectors
    • Altar Servers
    • Quinceañera Workshop

Berenice is from Honduras. She became a member of St. Sabina Parish in 2008 and works here in Family Life and Hispanic Ministry. She holds a Marketing Degree from a Honduras University. You can reach Berenice at 816-979-3150.