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St.

Helen Church
DECEMBER 25, 2016 | NATIVITY OF THE LORD

(YEAR A)

4106 Mountain Street | Beamsville, Ontario | L0R 1B7

www.sthelenscatholic.ca

Phone (905) 562-7427 | Fax (905) 563-0003 | office@sthelenscatholic.ca | www.sthelenscatholic.ca
Pastor
Fr. Philip English
Office Administration
Aggie Agnino

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

Schools

Established as a Parish - January 1, 1986

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.

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.

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.

Contacts

Catholic Women's League
Michelle Mackey 289-235-8282
Knights of Columbus
George L. Savage 289-566-9383
Music Ministry
Anthony van Engelen
cell/text 905-563-7067,
Email adve1@yahoo.com
Ministry Scheduling
Pat Savage 289-566-9383

ministryscheduling@sthelenscatholic.ca

Fundraising Events
Joe Della Manna
josephdellamanna@yahoo.ca

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.

Youth Ministry
sthelensyouthministry@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/
sthelenscatholic

Kindly complete the following and place in collection basket

New Parishioner*

Name________________________

Change of address

Moving

Phone_________________

E-mail___________________

Address______________________________________________

City_____________________

I would like to use offertory envelopes*

Postal Code______________

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

Year A
L & D (living & deceased)

MASS INTENTIONS
December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017

Day

Requested for

Monday
Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Wednesday
10:00 a.m.
Thursday
8:30 a.m.
Friday
8:30 a.m.

No Mass

This week
the
Sanctuary
Lamp
burns In
memory
of:

Requested by

No Mass

+ Steve
Metelsky

No Mass
No Mass
+ Vittorio & Rosa Hrvatin

Hrvatin Family

Saturday
5:00 p.m.
Dec 31st

+ Angela & Guglielmo Ricci
+Pasquale Burgio
+ Libero Palmieri

Ricci Family
Giuseppina Burgio & Family
Maria & Piera Palmieri

Sunday
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

For the People of St. Helen Church
For the People of St. Helen Church

Stewardship of Treasure

Dec. 18:
Offertory (164)
Loose
Building Fund (13)

“MAY GOD BLESS YOU
FOR YOUR FAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP!”

The Sanctuary
Lamp burns to
remind us of
Christ’s presence
in the Blessed
Sacrament of the
altar. If you wish
to sponsor the
sanctuary lamp
for one week the
stipend is $35.

Knights of Columbus

$ 4,476
339
2,532

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.

Canadian Tire Money

We continue to collect your Canadian Tire money.
Money collected is used to purchase raffle prizes
for fundraising events. Feel free to drop by the office or place it in the collection basket.

CWL News
CWL Memberships -- 2017 is almost here! For
those who have not yet paid the $25 fee for 2017,
please submit it by December 18 to keep your CWL
membership up-to-date. Cheques should be made
out to "St. Helen's CWL", and may be put in the collection basket.
The next CWL gathering will be on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 7 p.m., following mass. Please
note we will not be meeting in January!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Knights of Columbus are tentatively planning a ham roll scheduled
for Friday April 7th, 2017 beginning at
6 p.m. We are looking for volunteers
to be on the planning and organizing
committee for this event. If you would
like to volunteer, please contact George Savage,
Grand Knight @ 289-566-9383.
Pot Luck General Knights of Columbus, Tuesday
January 10th @ 7 p.m. and the Executive Meeting is Jan 24th at 7:00 p.m.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society would like to
thank the parish for their continued support. We have been able to supply six
Christmas Hampers this year to local families. We wish you a Merry Christmas and
all the best in 2017.

Annual Offence Declarations

If you have signed your declaration for this year, we
thank you. Anyone in Ministry who has previously
had a police check is required to complete the Offence Declaration Form. Forms can found in the
vestibule or sacristy. Please return your signed
form to the office to keep your status current.

Change of Information

Have you moved or changed your phone number
or email address? Please notify the office to keep
our records accurate. You can also use the tear off
on the front of the bulletin to notify us.

To receive the weekly bulletin via email, make your request by emailing us at
office@sthelenscatholic.ca or check out our website @ www.sthelenscatholic.ca

December 25th - Nativity of the Lord

Christ Fulfills the Prophecies

Isaiah announces revolutionary news. (Is 52)
God’s final word to us is his own Son. (Heb 1)
Jesus is the true light; the Word made flesh. (Jn 1)
In virtual reality video
games the player become an
imaginary god. In selecting
an avatar to represent themselves, they choose the gender, skin color and style of
dress. With goggles and ear
buds, the high definition reality is even more hypnotic. It is a virtual world ready to be explored.
God chose to come into the reality of his creation,
and become Jesus. But, God’s act was not just an
illusion – it was absolute reality.
In today’s beautiful Gospel from John, the words
of the prologue roll like thunder: “In the beginning
was the Word and the Word became flesh and
made his dwelling among us.”
John is saying that God, the almighty maker of
the universe and everything
that is in it, decided to become a human of his own
creation. In his coming into the world as Jesus he
brings the gifts of grace and truth. Jesus gives us
the power to become the actual sons and daughters of God.
- Dc Dick Folger

Church Office Holiday Hours

The parish office will be closed
December 24th through January 2nd.

Christmas Mass Schedule

Saturday Dec. 24, 2016:
5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Midnight Mass
(Children’s Mass)
Sunday Dec. 25, 2016: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Saturday Dec. 31, 2016: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Church Christmas Décor and Flowers

A special note of Thanks to everyone who donated
through the Flower Envelopes, for the donated
Crest Trees, orchids, and painted tree branches.

Bazaar Proceeds - Total Update

We are pleased to announce the net proceeds from
the Bazaar Fundraiser was $4058.11. A special
thank you goes out to Rebecca Monte, organizer of
this event, and everyone who supported and contributed or participated in one way or another! It
was another great bazaar.

Holy Days of Obligation

Holy Days of Obligation are special feasts on which
Catholics who have reached the age of reason are
seriously obliged, as on Sunday, to assist at Mass

and to avoid unnecessary work. In Canada Christmas, December 25 and the Solemnity of Mary,
Mother of God, January 1 are Holy Days of Obligation.

Longest Married Couple
Do you think you the the Longest Married
Couple in Canada?

Nominating a couple is easy! Just send their
names, wedding date, where they live, and your
contact information to wwme.cet@hotmail.com.
Nominations accepted until January 10, 2017. Winners will be announced in February 2017 to celebrate World Marriage Day. wwme.org

A Heartfelt Thank You
to the People of St. Helen’s

As we reflect over the year, we wish to extend a
heartfelt thank you to all our parishioners at St. Helen for their generosity of time, treasure and talents.
This parish is growing and thriving on the generosity of its parishioners.
We thank those who serve in some capacity at the
Mass, those who greet, children’s liturgy instructors,
music ministry, coffee brewers for our social gatherings, cleaning ministry, decorating ministry, weekly
garbage removal (yes you too!), watering the
plants, straightening out the pew books and envelopes, money counters, groundskeepers, window
cleaners, building and finance committees, CWL,
Knights of Columbus, SVDP, Ministers to the
Homebound, helpers at the Mennonite Home and
Albright Manor, and many more that I’m sure we
may have unintentionally missed to mention but
you know who you are. Your involvement makes a
world of difference here and without all of you, it
would be not be possible.
We thank you for inviting your friends and family to
visit at our beautiful new Church; our parish grows
primarily by word of mouth!
We thank you for stepping up your donations - and
continuing to answer the call for financial support.
It seemed like a stretch to make this work - but its
happening - thanks to you!
We thank you for your patience and support with
the many changes we have undergone over the
passed year; it hasn’t been easy, but it has been a
necessity.
We wish all a very Merry and Blessed Christmas
and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Fr. Philip & Aggie

Pew Missals

Special thanks to our special “friend” who furnished
the Church with the St. Joseph Missals in the pews
at no cost to the parish.

OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

Christmas 2016
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light...For a child has been born

for us, a son given to us."
When we look to the Christmas stable what do we see? Our God came to us not in
magnificence and power; he came to us in poverty and simplicity. He was born in a barn with
straw and animals, with a manger for his crib. This image shows us that our God accepted so
little in order to give us so much. What an incredible gift of love!
Sadly, what we see in our world today is something completely opposite to what Jesus
has modeled for us. People seem to demand much and give little. This is especially true

regarding our relationship with God. The darkness of this world is often the result of selfishness and a rejection of God's love.
Christmas gives us the opportunity to focus on God and others, especially those most in
need. Gifts of love are offered, knowing that it is far better to give than to receive. We savor
the simplicity of family and friendship as we gather to celebrate God's gift to us. This feast has
the power to transform us as we open our hearts to Jesus who accepted so little in order to give
us so much.
I wish to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a truly blessed Christmas.

May our darkness be dispelled by the light of Christ and our hearts filled with the Good News
of Christmas: 'The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light...For a child has
been born for us, a son given to us."
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, D.D.
Bishop of St. Catharines
P.O. Box 875, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2R 6Z4
905-684-0154 • Fax:905-684-7551
Email: bishop@saintcd.com

Year A
L & D (living & deceased)

MASS INTENTIONS
January 2 - 8, 2017

Day

Requested for

Monday
Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Wednesday
10:00 a.m.
Thursday
8:30 a.m.
Friday
8:30 a.m.

No Mass

Saturday
5:00 p.m.
Sunday
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

Requested by

Intn’s of Hendriks & deKoning Families L& D

Helen & Andy Hendriks

+ Dora Geczy & Elizabeth Barna

Alex Geczy

+ Maria & Gerald Murphy

Paul Murphy

+ deceased members of D’Iorio & Elia Families

Gennaro & Giuseppina Elia

For the People of St. Helen Church

+ Assunta & Arturo Compagnone

Lina & Giuseppe Compagnone

+ Vince Mambella

Stella Mambella

January 1st - Maternity of Mary

Mary Pondered

God’s loving presence is announced to Moses and
Aaron. (Numbers)
God sent his Son that we might receive adoption as
heirs. (Galatians)
Mary ponders all that has happened. (Luke)
There is a story about a
woman, pregnant with
twins, who went into
labour. Her husband was
away on a business trip, so
she had to drive herself to the hospital. On the way
she got into a bad accident. The twins were safely
delivered in the emergency room but the mother
lapsed into a coma.
To avoid a mix-up the hospital staff insisted that
the twins be named immediately. When the mother’s “loose cannon” brother showed up as next of
available kin, he was asked to name the babies.
The next day when the mother awoke from her
coma, she was worried that her brother would have
named the twins something absurd or stupid. He
explained: “The first one was a girl. I named her
Denise!” The mom breathed a tentative sigh of relief. “What about the second one?” she asked. Her
brother replied: “The second one was a boy, so I
named him Denephew.”
In today’s gospel we are reminded that there
were no problems with selecting the name of Jesus.
He was named by God, through an angel, as foretold in Joseph’s dream.
- Dc Dick Folger

UPDATE Calling all Youth (Grade 3 &up)
to Join our New Youth Group!

Registration forms are available at the entrance
table. Please complete and return your forms to
the church. Our next gathering dates will be January 15, 29, February 12, 26 and March 26th 2017

This week
the
Sanctuary
Lamp
burns In
memory
of:
+ Teresa &

Michael
Commisso
The Sanctuary
Lamp burns to
remind us of
Christ’s presence
in the Blessed
Sacrament of the
altar. If you wish
to sponsor the
sanctuary lamp
for one week the
stipend is $35.

from 3 p.m. to 5 pm. For more
information please email: sthelensyouthministry@gmail.com Registration is required to attend.

Church Basement
$ for $ Campaign

Construction on the
church Basement will
begin in January. At this
point, we can’t give you a total of money raised for
this campaign but it is going well thanks to YOUR
generosity! All donations received in the Christmas Gift Envelope will be matched $ for $ to a
maximum of $10,000. A total amount raised will be
published in the next bulletin.
A special thanks goes out to St. Mark School for
their generous donation for the church basement.

Children’s Liturgy Program will not
be running on New Year’s Day
Separated and Divorced Healing Ministry

This month's topics are ‘Welcoming the New
Year’ (Jan 9); and ‘Journey from Anger to Forgiveness’ (Jan. 23). The presenter for both is
Kathryn McMorrow. Meetings are 7:00 pm to 9:00
pm at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, 7020 Stanley
Ave, Niagara Falls. No registration required. For information call 905-356-4113 or 905-684-0154, or

email separatedanddivorced@saintcd.com
BINGO - resumes January 12th!

Come out and join our community and fellow
parishioners at our weekly bingo. Loads of fun,
$1000 in prizes weekly! Thursday’s at 11 a.m. at
the Canadian Legion on King St. in Beamsville.
Lunch is available...free coffee! Hope to see you
there.