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St.

Helen Church
MARCH 12TH, 2017 |2ND SUNDAY OF LENT (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 Ext. 1

Mass Times
Saturday - 5 p.m.
Sunday - 9 & 11 a.m.

Opened - October 2, 1938 Established as a Parish - January 1, 1986

Schools Contacts
St. Mark School Reconciliation Catholic Women's League
Principal: Steven Ward Before or after mass or by appoint- Michelle Mackey 289-235-8282
Phone: (905) 563-9191 ment.
Knights of Columbus
Marriage George L. Savage 289-566-9383
St. Edward School
Principal: Adrian Bishop Six months notice; marriage prep Music Ministry
Phone: (905) 562-5531 required. Anthony van Engelen
cell/text 905-563-7067,
Anointing of the Sick Email adve1@yahoo.com

Sacraments Please let us know when someone Ministry Scheduling


has a serious or prolonged illness or Pat Savage 289-566-9383
Baptism ministryscheduling@sthelenscatholic.ca
is to have surgery. This sacrament
Available Sundays at 1:00 pm. Call
celebrates the healing of mind and Fundraising Events
parish office.
body and the forgiveness of sins. Joe Della Manna
josephdellamanna@yahoo.ca
First Communion & Confirmation
Catholic Funeral Rites
Arranged through school. If your Youth Ministry
When a death occurs in your family,
child is not in a Catholic school or is sthelensyouthministry@gmail.com
please call the Parish Office and we
not baptized in the Roman Catholic Facility & Grounds Maintenance
will assist you in making the neces-
Church, contact the Parish Office. Craig Luey 905-988-6522
sary liturgical arrangements. craig.luey@gmail.com

Kindly complete the following and place in collection basket


New Parishioner* Change of address Moving
Name________________________ 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 MASS INTENTIONS This week
the
L & D (living & deceased) March 13 - 19, 2017 Sanctuary
Lamp
Day Requested for Requested by burns In
memory
Monday No Mass of:
Tuesday
+ Lucy Adams Nancy Winslow + John
6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Hendriks
+ Christine Nation Maria & Piera Palmieri
10:00 a.m.
Thursday The
+ Vince Mambella Stella Mambella
8:30 a.m. Sanctuary Lamp
Friday Stations of the Cross burns to remind
9:00 a.m. us of Christs
10:00 a.m. presence in the
Menno Home + Maria Bonafiglia Maria & Piera Palmieri Blessed Sacra-
Saturday ment of the altar.
For the People of St. Helen Church If you wish to
5:00 p.m.
Sunday + Ted Smeenk Mary Smeenk sponsor the sanc-
9:00 a.m. tuary lamp for one
week the stipend
+ John Marchalewicz Jenny Marchalewicz is $35.
11:00 a.m.
+ Janet McGarry David & Christine Curry

Stewardship of Treasure CWL Diocesan Events


March 5, 2017: Retreat -- theme: Mary, Responding in
Offertory (177) $ 3,797 Faith - Wednesday April 5 or Saturday
Loose 229 April 8, Gethsemane Ministries, Wel-
Building Fund (28) 6.372 landport; 8:30am 2:30pm, $30/
Facility Maintenance (42) 605 person, lunch included. To register for either
MAY GOD BLESS YOU please call Piera at 905-563-4594 by Feb. 28
FOR YOUR FAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP!

Automatic Bank Withdrawal - Contact the KofC General Meeting on Tuesday


parish office if you would like to go on monthly auto- March 14th, 2017 @ 7.00 P.M.
matic withdrawal for your donations.
KofC Recruitment weekend after each
Ministry for the Sick and Homebound Mass (Coffee and Timbit social) on
March 25th and 26th
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 in- Easter Flowers
firmity. If you know of anyone who would like to re- We wonderfully enhance our worship by adorning
ceive communion in their home or while hospital- our church with glorious flowers that announce
ized at West Lincoln Hospital, please contact the Christ is risen! Envelopes for Easter Flowers and
parish office. dcor are available in the pew racks or vestibule of
the church and can be returned in the collection
Canadian Tire Money basket.
We continue to collect your Canadian Tire
money. Money collected is used to pur- Youth Ministry (Grade 3 & up)
chase raffle prizes for fundraising events. Upcoming Date - March 26th from 3 to 5 p.m.
It can be brought to the office or placed in the collec- Email: sthelensyouthministry@gmail.com
tion basket.

To receive the weekly bulletin via email, make St. Helen Cleaning Ministry needs your help.
your request by emailing us at: Can you volunteer 2 hours a month to help clean
office@sthelenscatholic.ca the church? To join our dedicated team of men
and women who are responsible for keeping our
church looking so beautiful please contact the par-
Fridays of Lent ish office. With the understanding that our team
Stations of the Cross members have busy lives, it helps to have many
on the team to keep the load lighter when shared
beginning at 9:00 a.m. by all. Can you give 2 hours a month?
March 12th - 2nd Sunday of Lent Portage St. at the Niagara Falls General Hospital,
Listen to Him holding a sign "Pray to End Abortion - 40 Days for
Gods blessing and promise to Abram. (Gn) Life". Sign up at www.wpcprolife, or 40daysfor-
God gives us strength to live the Gospel. (2 Tim) life.com/Niagara Falls - call Annette 905-325-1251.
Jesus is transfigured on the mountain. (Mt) Grounds Maintenance
Thanks to those who have re-
The transfiguration of Jesus
sponded to the call so far. Still
confirmed to the disciples that
looking for volunteers to help with
Jesus was not just a mortal
the lawn care for the upcoming
man. They saw his divinity in the
season. Anyone interested being
dazzling light. This truth was
part of a great team please contact Craig Luey @
confirmed by the voice of God
905-988-6522 or email at craig.luey@gmail.com.
which caused the disciples to
fall to the ground, overcome with
The Knights of Columbus are pre-
fear. There is a story which confirmed the harsh
selling 50/50 Raffle Tickets as part
truth to a bishop whose vanity deceived him. He
of the 2017 Ham Roll Fundraising
thought he was a great preacher. The bishop was
Event. Tickets are $5 each. The
on a campaign to preach at every parish. It was an
winning ticket will be drawn on Fri-
ambitious undertaking as there were 88 parishes in
day April 7th, 2017 at the Ham Roll Event at 10.00
his diocese. After visiting about ten parishes, he no-
P.M. 50/50 Raffle Tickets are available through:
ticed that Saint Marys, the largest parish in the dio-
George Savage (289-566-9383), Martin Marko
cese, was next on the list.
( 905-401-5646), Mario Durand (289-566-8495) of
Expecting to find a packed church when he ar-
Council 15999.
rived for the 11 a.m. Mass, the bishop was dis-
mayed to find less than a dozen parishioners sitting
in the pews. 2017 Share Lent Campaign
Didnt you give notice to your congregation that I Women are building an inclusive society in Indonesia
was coming today? he asked the pastor. This week Development and Peace is taking you to
I am sorry but I guess I did fail to give notice. he Indonesia to meet Risya, a 22-year-old Indonesian
answered. But I think the news seemed to have woman who has been blind since adolescence.
gotten out anyway. - Dc Dick Folger Thanks to a workshop in journalism offered by our
partner the Association of Independent Journalists
Diocesan-Wide (AJI), this courageous young woman started to use
her blog to write about the discrimination faced by
Reconciliation / Adoration women with disabilities. AJI has offered media
On Saturday, April 1 in every workshops to 170 women and now they can make
parish church across the dio- their voices heard. Remember in 2004, a tsunami
cese, a priest will be available hit the coastlines around the Indian Ocean, result-
from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to ing in 300,000 victims. In collaboration with its part-
celebrate Reconciliation individ- ners, Development and Peace provided emergency
ually. There will also be Eucharistic Adoration dur- relief, completed the construction of 3,500 perma-
ing this time. No matter how long it has been, you nent homes and related infrastructure, and helped
are welcome to celebrate the Sacrament of Pen- establish 26 community organizations.
ance, which assists us in spiritual discipline as we
turn away from sin and open our hearts to reconcili-
ation and healing -- or you can also simply come to CWL 50th Anniversary Quilt
pray before the Lord. CWL councils across Canada have made a quilt to
commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canadi-
2017 Bishops Gala an Catholic Organization for Development and
Peace. Our Diocesan Council has contributed a
The Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education is
square to this amazing tribute to the work of our
hosting the 14th annual Bishops Gala April 1 @
Catholic social justice advocates. This quilt will be
5:30 p.m., Club Roma, 125 Vansickle, St. Cath.
at St. Josephs Church on the morning of Monday
The event supports scholarships and students in
March 13 for the 9 a.m. mass. All are invited.
need throughout the NCDSB schools. For info.
contact Linda Marconi, 905-735-0240 ext 214.
Separated and Divorced Healing Ministry
This month's topics are The Journey of Healing,
40 Days for Life - Be part of this peaceful prolife presented by Fr. Hugh Gibson (March 13); and The
campaign by prayer and fasting during Lent, March Importance of Forgiveness, presented by Mr. Dino
1 to April 9. We ask each church to adopt ONE Sicoli (March 27). Meetings are 7 - 9 pm at Mount
DAY from 8 am-8 pm, with two or more people to Carmel Spiritual Centre, Niagara Falls. Pre-
give public witness for one or two hours standing on registration not required. Info. call 905-356-4113.