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

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

St. Helen Church
Philip Pastor
presents Pastor
Fr. English
A Study: Reading Scripture Fr. English
Office Administration
Understanding how God speaks to us in the Bible can be difficult. In the Office Administration
second part of this “drop-in” discussion based study of Scripture, Dr. Aggie Agnino Ext. 1
Robert Holmstedt, Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, University of Toronto, Aggie Agnino Ext. 1
will teach helpful strategies for understanding the Old Testament Proph-

For three weeks on Thursdays, December 7, 14, and 21 from 7:00 – 8:30
p.m., we will learn together how to read the prophets as God’s instru- Mass
ments of chastisement, judgment, and even encouragement. Also, since it
is Advent, we will discuss how the prophets were used in understanding
• Saturday --55p.m.
Sunday-- 99&&11
the person and ministry of the Messiah. Meet us in the St. Helen Church • Sunday 11 a.m.
Great Hall. All are welcome to attend.

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: Carla Bianco 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
parish office. Fundraising Events
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
will assist you in making the neces- Facility & Grounds Maintenance
Church, contact the Parish Office. Craig Luey 905-988-6522
sary liturgical arrangements.

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.
This week
L & D (living & deceased) November 27 - December 3rd, 2017 Sanctuary
Day Requested for Requested by burns in
Monday No Mass of:
+ Adolfo & Gennarina Salerno Maria & Rolando Cipro + Jerry
6:30 p.m.
+ Libero Palmieri Maria & Piera Palmieri
10:00 a.m.
Thursday The
+ Fr. Dan Devine John & Ethna Clarke
8:30 a.m. Sanctuary Lamp
Friday burns to remind
Special Intention Anonymous us of Christ’s
8:30 a.m.
presence in the
Saturday Blessed Sacra-
+ Giuseppe Iannotta Antonietta Lattanzi ment of the altar.
5:00 p.m.
Sunday If you wish to
9:00 a.m. + Dora Geczy & + Elizabeth Barna Alex Geczy sponsor the sanc-
tuary lamp for one
11:00 a.m. For the People of St. Helen week the stipend
is $35.

Stewardship of Treasure Ministry Enrichment Sessions
As it has been some time since we began celebrat-
November 19, 2017 - Offertory (142) 2,898 ing Mass in our newly built church, it is good to gath-
Loose 164 er together to review what the ministry entails, espe-
cially as we may have modified things since being in
Building Fund (47) 1,345 the new location. Please take note of the selected
weekend for your ministry and plan to stay after
Deo Gratias (12) 445
Mass for a few extra minutes while Fr. Philip reviews
“May God bless you for your faithful stewardship!” your ministry. Whether you’ve served one year or
twenty years, your attendance is important.
Ministry for the Sick and Homebound For these ministries - after all weekend Masses:
Eucharistic Ministers - Dec 2/3, 2017
We are grateful to those who give of their time and
Hospitality Ministers - Dec 9/10, 2017
care to bring Holy Communion to our parishioners
Lector - Dec 16/17, 2017
who cannot make it to church due to sickness or
infirmity. If you know of anyone who would like to re-
Only one Session for Altar Servers - January 20,
ceive communion in their home or while hospitalized
2018 at 11:00 a.m.
at West Lincoln Hospital, please contact the parish
Sanctuary Lamp available dates: Feb. 19-25,
SVDP Society Feb. 26-Mar. 4, Mar. 12-18, Mar. 19-25.
MISSION - The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a
lay Catholic organization whose mission is: To live
the Gospel message by serving Christ in the All Seniors of St. Helen’s parish
poor with love, respect, justice and joy. 1967 – 2017
VALUES - The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent After 50 years,
de Paul implies that as Vincentians we: see Christ in St. Helen’s Catholic Women’s League
anyone who suffers, come together as a family, will be hosting their FINAL
have personal contact with the poor, help in all pos- Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party
sible ways. We cordially invite you to join us
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Canadian Tire Money 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We continue to collect Canadian Tire money to pur- At: Lincoln Community Centre
chase raffle prizes for fundraising events. It can be 4361 Central Avenue, Beamsville
brought to the office or in the collection basket. We look forward to celebrating Christmas with
Sunday Missals - The new Sunday Missals are you at this event.
available by the office window for $4. Please place Convenor: Helen Francavilla -- 905-563-8772
the money in the box labeled Missal.
St. Helen’s 3rd Annual Memorial
Christmas Angel Tree
The Memorial
Christmas Angel
Tree glows with
lights in memory of
deceased loved
ones and friends.
To honour the
memory of a loved
one with an angel,
complete a
“Memorial Christ-
mas Angel Tree”
envelope available
at the entrance of
the church and
place it in the collection basket or
simply stop in at the office reception
window during office hours with your
request. The tree will be up for Advent.

November 26 - Christ the King write your name and phone number on the list and
On Fire Until the End return your wrapped gift and profile card to the
I myself will look after and tend my sheep. (Ezekiel) church by Dec 10.
Paul proclaims Christ’s death, resurrection, and sec-
ond coming. (1 Corinthians) Exciting News - Christmas Campaign
The Son of Man will judge us on our acts of mercy. Last year, a gener-
(Matthew) ous benefactor
In today’s gospel, the matched all Christmas
Son of Man comes in donations that were
kingly glory to judge our received in the special
lives. Using the sheep Christmas Basement
as a symbol, we hear the Campaign Envelope
sheep do his bidding. up to $10,000. With the overwhelming support, we
They will inherit the king- were able to complete the basement washrooms,
dom God prepared for storage areas, lighting, ductwork, drywall and paint-
them. ing.
It’s bad news for the goats. They didn’t see Jesus This year, our generous benefactor has agreed
in the various opportunities for compassion and care. again to match Christmas donations received in the
When we only think about our own agenda, we are special Christmas Basement Campaign Envelope to
blind to the needs of others. This is where we can a maximum of $10,000. With your kind support, we
hear our future selves protesting: “Lord, when was hope to finish the church kitchen or at least make it
it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or into a functional space for our parish events. Enve-
thirsty and give you something to drink?” The oppor- lopes will be found in the pews next weekend.
tunities are there. The Lord asks us to see them.
--Dc. Dick Folger Prayer Shawls
The Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to create
YOUth Blasters handcrafted shawls for parishioners, their families
Next meeting Nov. 26th from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. and friends who are coping with illness, loneliness,
pain or trouble. The shawls are made with compas-
sion and prayerfulness and are available to anyone
CCWN Angel Wishes who needs one. Please call the office to request a
CCWN Angel Wishes was initiated by Rita shawl or lap blanket or if you would like to join this
Morissette, a deceased member of our ministry.
parish in her desire to make a child's spe-
cial Christmas wish come true. We thank Offertory Envelopes
those who picked up an angel last week- Please pick up your 2018 box of Offertory Envelopes
end at the 5 p.m. & 9 a.m. Masses. There will be a and carefully check the label notifying the office of
few available for the 11 o’clock Mass this weekend. any errors or changes. Please wait until January
Please select a profile from the display in the church, to use the new box of envelopes.