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St.

Helen Church
SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2016 | SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

(YEAR C)

4106 Mountain Street | Beamsville, Ontario | L0R 1B7

www.sthelenscatholic.ca

Phone (905) 562-7427 | Fax (905) 563-0003 | office@sthelenscatholic.ca
Pastor
Fr. Philip English
Administrator
Fr. Bob Colburn, CSSp

Office Administration
Aggie Agnino ext. 1

Mass Times
Saturday - 5 p.m.
Sunday - 9 & 11 a.m.
Opened - October 2, 1938

Schools

Established as a Parish - January 1, 1986

Upcoming Events

St. Mark School
Principal: Steven Ward
Phone: (905) 563-9191

Reconciliation
Before or after mass or by appointment.

St. Edward School
Principal: Adrian Bishop
Phone: (905) 562-5531

Marriage
Six months’ notice; marriage prep
required.

- April 24th ~ Next St. Helen Raffle
Draw

Anointing of the Sick
Please let us know when someone
has a serious or prolonged illness or
is to have surgery. This sacrament
celebrates the healing of mind and
body and the forgiveness of sins.

- April 30th ~ Haldimand Region
CWL Spring Conference

Sacraments
Baptism
Available Sundays at 1:00 pm. Call
parish office.
First Communion & Confirmation
Arranged through school. If your
child is not in a Catholic school or is
not baptized in the Roman Catholic
Church, contact the parish office.

- CWL Meeting Monday April 11th
@ 6:30 p.m.

- April 24th ~ Spanish Mass
Startup, 5 p.m.

- May 2nd ~ Crowning of Mary and
Living Rosary

Our Lady of Fatima Devotional
candles ~ $1 offering/candle

Catholic Funeral Rites
When a death occurs in your family,
please call the parish office and we
will assist you in making the necessary liturgical arrangements.

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New Parishioner*

Name________________________

Change of address

Moving

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We welcome you and invite you to share in the spiritual and social activities of your parish

Day

Requested for

Requested by

Mon

No Morning Mass

Tuesday
8:30 a.m.

+ John Labatte
+ Elda Argenti

Sally & Sheldon MacDonell
Hrvatin Family

Wednesday
10:00 a.m.

+ Daisy Zweck

Pat & Ken Banks

Thursday
8:30 a.m.

+ Maria & Giuseppe Guerriero

Jean Swanson

Friday
10:00 a.m.
Albright Manor

Steve & AnneMarie Metelsky

Friends

Saturday
5:00 p.m.

+ Louise & Romano Ballatori

Ricci Family

For the People of St. Helen - L&D

Sunday
9:00 a.m.

St. Padre Pio & St. John Paul II in Thanksgiving
+ Ernesto Fracchioni

11:00 a.m.

Stewardship of Treasure
Good Friday:
Offertory (120)
Easter Sunday:
Offertory (264)
Loose
Building Fund (14)

“MAY GOD BLESS YOU
FOR YOUR FAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP!”

$2,270
7,192
264
505

Ministry for the Sick and Homebound

We are grateful to those who give of their time and
care to bring holy communion to our parishioners
who cannot make it to church due to sickness or infirmity. If you know of anyone who would like to receive communion in their home or while hospitalized at West Lincoln Hospital, please contact the
parish office.

CWL NEWS

McNally House
“Where Compassion Meets Community”
The CWL are inviting women of the parish to attend
our monthly gathering at 6:30 p.m. on April 11th.
Our guest speaker will be Pamela Blackwood who
will speak to us about the special care given to
those with terminal illness at the McNally House
Hospice. We are still collecting personal care items
such as household items, knitted slippers, shawls,
throws and much more. The deadline for donations
is Friday April 8th. They can be dropped off at the
church or picked up for your convenience. For further information or contribution please contact Viola
at 905-563-8346 or Gisèle at 905-730-6416.

Maria & Tony DeStefano
Rolando & Maria Cipro

Mass Intentions

Year C - April 4 - 10, 2016

L & D (living & deceased)

Save the date - Upcoming CWL Events
April 30th, Haldimand Region Spring Conference
May 02nd , Crowning of Mary and Living Rosary

Blessed Prayer Shawls Available

The Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to create
handcrafted shawls for parishioners, their families
and friends who are coping with illness, loneliness,
pain or trouble. During the past year, we have distributed many prayer shawls and lap blankets. The
shawls are knitted with compassion and prayerfulness. They are available to anyone who needs
one. Please call the office to request a shawl or lap
blanket or if you would like to join this ministry.
Please call the office to request a shawl or lap blanket. We meet monthly and welcome new members.
Canadian Tire $$
Your Canadian Tire $$ brought to the church will be
used for raffle/door prizes at fundraising events.

Annual Respect for Life Mass

Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria
Monday April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Bishop Bergie presiding ~ Reception to follow

Pray the
Rosary
after Mass
during the week.

2nd Sunday of Easter - April 3

Jesus Lives!

The apostles worked signs and wonders. (Acts 5)
John’s vision of Christ as the Son of Man (Rev 1)
The risen Jesus appears to the disciples and to
Thomas. (John 20)
Today’s gospel takes us into the upper room,
where we huddle in fear with the
disciples of Jesus. Just a few
days earlier, they were happily
dreaming of their part in the new
kingdom of Jesus. Now all those
hopes are lost. Like criminals,
they find themselves running for
their lives.
Suddenly Jesus appears to
them, and his first words are like a comforting balm:
“Peace be with you.” Our faith reassures us that on
our last day, when we are numbed with anxiety and
fear and “running for our lives,” Jesus will suddenly
appear and take us into his care. We can breathe
easy as he says to us: “Peace be with you.”

--Deacon Dick Folger

Next weeks readings . . .
The apostles are arrested for preaching the Gospel.
(Acts 5)
John’s vision of the cosmic chorus (Rev 5)
The disciples encounter the risen Jesus on the seashore. (John 21)

St. Helen Church Raffle Tickets
HEAR YE! Hear Ye! hear ye!

Raffle Winners for the March 27th draw are:
# 146 Antoinette Coles of Niagara Falls $1000;
# 119 Jerry Hendriks of St. Catharines $500;
# 141 Connie Elia of Beamsville $250 and
# 84 Martin Read of St. Catharines $250.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you very
much for your support! Get your tickets for the next
draw, April 24th!
Since we are at the half way point, current ticket
holders may purchase additional tickets at $50
each. There are 6 more monthly draws totalling
$12,000!

Serra Club of St. Catharines
(promoting vocations to the priesthood,
diaconate, and religious life presents...)

Trivia Night -- Friday, April 8
St. Ann Church Hall, Niagara Falls
Tickets: $20/person or $160/table of 8
dinner @ 6:00 p.m.; trivia @ 7:00 p.m..
Menu: pasta, meatballs, coffee, dessert, door
prize ticket. For tickets, contact Caroline Matovic
(289/271-8954) (cmatovic@outlook.com) or Mike
Lettieri (289/296-5485) (mikejosielettieri@yahoo.ca)

Thank You

A Special Thank You to all who made our Holy
Week services such a success. We are especially
grateful to those who cleaned, decorated, read, and
served and those who donated flowers for decorating. We are happy to see our growing Music Ministry and appreciate their efforts to make our liturgy
special - thank you! Our community is truly blessed
by the many volunteers and the wonderful cooperation we receive. THANK YOU ALL!

Spanish Mass

The 5 p.m. Spanish Mass will resume for the season on April 24th. If you know a farmer who may
have some Hispanic Migrant workers, please
spread the word. Posters with details are available
at the church if you wish to provide one.

Bicycles for Migrant Workers

If you have a bicycle to donate for the migrant workers, please email or call the parish office and leave
your name and number. Arrangements to pick
them up will be made.

Live streamed to Saint Michael Catholic High
School! Friday, April 15 (7-9:15 p.m.) and Saturday, April 16 (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with a break for
lunch). Come and listen to inspiring talks from Dr.
Peter Kreeft, Christopher West, Bishop Christian
Riesbeck, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa (preacher to
the papal household), Sherry Weddell, and Angele
Regnier! Topics will include: “How to Evangelize,”
“Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization,” “Parish Renewal and the Holy Spirit,” and the
“New Evangelization.” Don’t miss this wonderful
opportunity to be inspired, receive formation, and
connect with other Catholics! Bring a friend! Register now at www.newevangelization.ca Tickets are
only $30 for adults; $20 for students and clergy and
will be sold after all Masses this weekend and April
9-10 or call 289/257-1086 or e-mail niagarafallsnes@gmail.com. This conference is being
streamed live to Saint Michael Catholic High
School.
The Niagara Catholic District School Board in partnership with the Diocese of St. Catharines presents
One Family in Christ Embracing Catholic Education Congress. An evening of learning and dialogue to enhance our Catholic education partnership between school, family, and parish in the Diocese of St. Catharines. Students, Staff, Family, Parishioners and Clergy - All are welcome. For locations and times, see the bulletin insert. Free childcare is available.