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Helen Church
4106 Mountain Street | Beamsville, Ontario | L0R 1B7

Phone (905) 562-7427 | Fax (905) 563-0003 | |

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

Sacraments Please let us know when someone Ministry Scheduling

has a serious or prolonged illness or Pat Savage 289-566-9383
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
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
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.

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We welcome you and invite you to share in the spiritual and social activities of your parish.
L & D (living & deceased) April 17-23, 2017 Sanctuary
Day Requested for Requested by burns In
Monday No Mass of:
Tuesday Intns of Hendriks & deKoning Fam. - L&D Helen & Andy Hendriks
6:30 p.m. + Alfred Landin Nancy Winslow + Steve
+ Sharon Hands Lorraine Martin
10:00 a.m.
Thursday Sanctuary Lamp
+ Vince Mambella Stella Mambella
8:30 a.m. burns to remind
Friday us of Christs
10:00 a.m. + Bernadette Driscoll Sharon Driscoll presence in the
Menno Home Blessed Sacra-
Saturday + Sam Ippolito Karie Ippolito ment of the altar.
5:00 p.m. + Jan Williams Carolyn & Sharon If you wish to
sponsor the sanc-
Sunday For the People of St. Helen Church tuary lamp for one
9:00 a.m. week the stipend
is $35.
11:00 a.m. + Donato Romasco & + Silvestro Leva Giuseppina Romasco

Stewardship of Treasure be called Sons of God

April 9, 2017:
Offertory (188) $ 3,717 CWL Haldimand Region
Loose 362 Spring Conference
Building Fund (61) 2,130 Wednesday May 3rd at St. Stephens Parish, Cayu-
Facility Maintenance (4) 455 ga; 6:00 pm Mass, dinner, guest speaker; cost $10.
Development & Peace (6) 630
MAY GOD BLESS YOU St. Catharines Diocesan CWL
Annual Convention
Automatic Bank Withdrawal - Contact the Keynote Speaker: Teresa Tomeo, author and co-
parish office if you would like to go on monthly auto- host of EWTN's "The Catholic View for Women"
matic withdrawal for your donations. Tuesday, May 23, St. Alfreds, St. Catharines, 6:30
pm Mass; Wednesday May 24, Holiday Inn Confer-
Ministry for the Sick and Homebound ence Centre, St. Catharines, various registration
packages available from $15 to $75; deadline is April
We are grateful to those who give of their time and
24. Theme is "Inspired by the Spirit: Women Re-
care to bring Holy Communion to our parishioners
spond to Gods Call". For more details please call
who cannot make it to church due to sickness or in-
Piera 905-563-4594 (evenings).
firmity. If you know of anyone who would like to re-
ceive communion in their home or while hospitalized
at West Lincoln Hospital, please contact the parish Youth Ministry
office. Practice on Saturday April 15th from 9-10:30 a.m.
Canadian Tire Money Next meeting - Sunday April 23rd - 3-5:00 p.m.
We continue to collect your Canadian Tire
money. Money collected is used to pur- St. Helen Annual General Meeting
chase raffle prizes for fundraising events. Sunday April 23rd at 12:15 p.m.
It can be brought to the office or placed in the collec- Following the 11 a.m. Mass, you are invited to at-
tion basket. tend the Annual General Meeting where we will give
an overview of the parish finances over the last year.
CWL Events Financially, we have faced some challenges, and
We would like to extend an invitation to the planned out how to meet those needs. We are
entire parish to answer the call from Bishop grateful to this parish for your continued support not
Bergie to pray the Rosary as a community on the only financially but also for your efforts to assist
first Saturday of each month. Let us begin our united where needed giving graciously of your time and tal-
prayer, this coming Saturday April 1st; take some ents. Without every effort, we wouldnt have had the
time on this day to sit quietly and pray the Rosary for year we did! May God Bless you for your kindness,
Peace. Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall generosity and commitment to St. Helen Church.
April 16th - Easter Sunday of the Easter Greetings - from our Bishop
Lords Resurrection My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
Desolation to Hope When we reflect upon the Resurrection of Our
We ate and drank with him after he rose from the Lord, a word that comes to mind is amazement. All
dead. (Acts) of those individuals who encountered the Risen
Seek the things that are above, where Christ is. Lord, or heard about the Resurrection, were truly
(Colossians) amazed. Amazement is the overwhelming of the
According to the Scriptures: Jesus must rise from mind by something beyond expectation. This is very
the dead. (John) different than simply being shocked, which is to be
surprised by something very unpleasant. Unfortu-
As we struggle to comprehend the great mystery nately, many of us experience far more shock than
of Christs resurrection, we find clues in all the Gos- amazement.
pels which are proclaimed on this day. We see from the Resurrection account that
If there were a trial to prove the Resurrection, the amazement leads to joy and shock leads to sorrow.
interrogating attorney might call upon the apostle Mary Magdalene was initially shocked when she
John and Jesus other disciples as witnesses to this came to the tomb and found it empty. She wept
extraordinary event: Mr. John, according to the New tears of sorrow because she thought somebody had
American Bible translation, you tell us the burial taken the body of Jesus. When Mary encountered
cloths of Jesus were found in the tomb. Then you the Risen Lord, she was truly amazed and her sad-
say the burial cloth that covered Jesus head was ness turned to overwhelming joy. She then had to
rolled up in a separate place. Are you implying that share her joy with others as she announced, "I have
Jesus himself rolled up that cloth? seen the Lord."
The attorney might further interrogate by saying: Today we live in a world where we are shocked
Mr. Cleopas, in the account of these events written more often than we are amazed. We need to be
by Mr. Luke, is it true that you encountered Jesus on overwhelmed by things beyond expectation rather
the way to Emmaus from Jerusalem? than be surprised by what is unpleasant. The Resur-
If you were the foreman of the jury, what verdict rection teaches us that God wishes to amaze us ra-
ther than create shock, and all we need to do is
will you give in this case regarding the resurrection open our eyes and ears.
of Jesus Christ? -- Dc. Dick Folger During our Easter celebrations let us take a mo-
ment to be amazed. Look at nature and the beauty
St. Helen Migrant of life springing forth in bud and leaf, the love of fam-
Worker Outreach ily and friends, and the goodness of God. Listen to
the sounds of harmony, words of encouragement,
We continue our special Mass and power of silence. There are simply so many
for migrant workers on Sundays amazing things around us, and all we need to do is
at 5:30 p.m. beginning April 23rd recognize them and give thanks.
so that they may have the oppor- It is my hope and prayer that, like Mary Magda-
tunity to come together as a community of faith lene, we will encounter the Risen Lord in the world,
while away from their homeland. each other, and in the Easter liturgies throughout
Were asking for your support. In order to pro- our diocese. May we all be truly amazed by what we
vide a meal, we ask you to bring any of the items: experience and share the Good News with others: "I
Rice, tortillas, Tostitos, salsa, pop, hot chocolate, have seen the Lord."
bottled water, cookies/crackers, tuna, salad dress- May Our Risen Lord grant you a grace-filled Easter.
ing, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, canned roma- Yours sincerely in Christ,
no/black/red kidney beans, canned corn, disposa- (Most Rev.) Gerard Bergie
ble plates, cups, cutlery or A GROCERY GIFT
CERTIFICATE to cover the cost of sausage, St. Mark School Pilgrimage Walk
chicken, ground beef, hot dog/hamburger buns, & Fundraiser
pastries, potatoes and fruit. On Tuesday April 18th, St. Mark School welcomes
Personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, Bishop Bergie who will celebrate school mass at 12
shampoo and soap are also welcome. Mens noon at St. Helen Church. Following Mass, Bishop
gently used shirts, pants, shoes and hoodies are Bergie will lead the students on a pilgrimage walk of
welcome. CD players for English classes are witness through the streets in Beamsville followed
needed. Gently used bicycles are still needed - by a barbeque for all students.
please call the office if you have one to donate.
Cash donations are tax receiptable if your name
and address or church ID # are on the envelope. Welcome to New Parishioners
Volunteer Drivers will be needed again. We are happy to welcome new Families to our Par-
ish Community. If you have not yet registered as
Muchas muchas gracias! Parishioners, please call or come to the Parish Of-
fice to meet us and give us your family information.