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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 Gods 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 Rachel Reid 905-941-4150
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

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We welcome you and invite you to share in the spiritual and social activities of your parish.
This week
L & D (living & deceased) December 11 - 17, 2017 Sanctuary
Day Requested for Requested by burns in
Monday No Mass
+ Maria & Gerald Murphy Paul Murphy
6:30 p.m. + Stephanie
Wednesday + Emmy Geczy, + Lilly Torek & Ruiss &
Alex Geczy + Allan Parker
10:00 a.m. + Emerich Borchok
Thursday The
+ Vince Mambella Stella Mambella
8:30 a.m. Sanctuary Lamp
burns to remind
us of Christs
10:00 a.m. + Jadwiga Wojtas Family
Menno Home presence in the
Blessed Sacra-
Saturday ment of the altar.
+ Giuseppina Romasco Connie @ Louis Elia
5:00 p.m. If you wish to
Sunday For the People of St. Helen sponsor the sanc-
9:00 a.m. tuary lamp for one
+ Mike Borsodi Lorraine Borsodi week the stipend
11:00 a.m. is $35.
Intentions of Belinda Quinn Belinda Quinn

Ministry Enrichment Sessions

Stewardship of Treasure As it has been some time since we began celebrat-
December 3, 2017 - Offertory (183) 4,290 ing Mass in our newly built church, it is good to gath-
er together to review what the ministry entails, espe-
Loose 176 cially as we may have modified things since being in
the new location. Please take note of the selected
Building Fund (12) 665
weekend for your ministry and plan to stay after
Facility Maintenance (3) 43 Mass for a few extra minutes while Fr. Philip reviews
your ministry. Whether youve served one year or
May God bless you for your faithful stewardship! twenty years, your attendance is important.
For these ministries - after all weekend Masses:
Hospitality Ministers - Dec 9/10, 2017
Ministry for the Sick and Homebound Lector - Dec 16/17, 2017
We are grateful to those who give of their time and Only one Session for Altar Servers - January 20,
care to bring Holy Communion to our parishioners 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
who cannot make it to church due to sickness or
infirmity. If you know of anyone who would like to re- Pope Francis Prayer Intention for the Month of
ceive communion in their home or while hospitalized December - that the elderly, sustained by families
at West Lincoln Hospital, please contact the parish and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom
office. and experience to spreading the faith and forming
the new generations. (Apostleship of Prayer)
SVDP Society
MISSION - The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a
lay Catholic organization whose mission is: To live Offertory Envelopes
the Gospel message by serving Christ in the Please pick up your 2018 box of Offertory Envelopes
poor with love, respect, justice and joy. and carefully check the label notifying the office of
VALUES - The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent any errors or changes. Please wait until January
de Paul implies that as Vincentians we: see Christ in to use the new box of envelopes.
anyone who suffers, come together as a family,
have personal contact with the poor, help in all pos- Prayer Shawls
sible ways. The Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to create
Canadian Tire Money handcrafted shawls for parishioners, their families
We continue to collect Canadian Tire money to pur- and friends who are coping with illness, loneliness,
chase raffle prizes for fundraising events. It can be pain or trouble. The shawls are made with compas-
brought to the office or in the collection basket. sion and prayerfulness and are available to anyone
who needs one. Please call the office to request a
Sanctuary Lamp available dates: shawl or lap blanket or if you would like to join this
March 19 to 25, 2018, March 26 to April 1, 2018 ministry.
December 10 - Second Sunday of Advent CCWN - Ritas Angel Wishes
A Meta-Dream We hope you enjoyed shopping for Rita's
Comfort, give comfort to my people. (Isaiah) Angels. Please attach the profile card to
The day of the Lord will be unexpected. (1 Peter) the gift and return to the church before
The Baptist foretells the Messiahs coming. (Mark) Dec. 10. Gifts maybe left under the table
in the foyer. Thank you for sponsoring a child.
Among the joys of the Christ-
mas season are the many perfor-
mances of the great oratorio by St. Helens 3rd Annual
George Frideric Handel, which he Memorial Christmas Angel Tree
composed in just 24 inspired The Memorial Christmas Angel Tree
days. Now, nearly two centuries glows with lights in memory of de-
later, the world still exults to the ceased loved ones and friends. To
strains of Messiah. honour the memory of a loved one
At the beginning, long before with an angel, complete a Memorial
the familiar Hallelujah chorus erupts in ecstatic tri- Christmas Angel Tree envelope
umph, Handel recalls the world that waited in dark- available at the entrance of the
ness for the coming of the Messiah. In todays Gos- church and place it in the collection
pel, John the Baptist foretells Jesus coming, saying: basket or simply stop in at the office
One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not reception window during office
worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his san- hours with your request. The tree will
dals. be up during Advent.
The first part of the oratorio draws upon Isaiahs
prophesies: Every valley shall be exalted, and every Christmas Mass Schedule Sign-Up Sheet
mountain and hill made low, and the crooked Ministers, Sacristans, Altar Servers & Hospitality are
straight, and the rough places plain. asked to fill in your availability over Christmas if you
Now, two millennia later, the world still awaits the are able to serve at any of the Masses. We thank
coming of the Messiah. --Dc. Dick Folger you for your continued commitment to service in
Christmas Campaign Christmas Flowers & Dcor
Last year, a generous Envelopes to help pay for Christmas Flowers and
benefactor matched all dcor are available in the pews or vestibule of the
Christmas donations that church and can be returned in the collection basket.
were received in the special
Christmas Basement Cam- "OPEN BETHLEHEM" Documentary
paign Envelope up to Right in time for Christmas, Development and Peace
$10,000. With the overwhelming support, we were is delighted to invite you to view the internationally
able to complete the basement washrooms, storage acclaimed documentary, "OPEN BETHLEHEM".
areas, lighting, ductwork, drywall and painting. It is a "MUST SEE" movie for anybody who in inter-
This year, our generous benefactor has agreed ested in the current situation in Palestine and who
again to match Christmas donations received in the wants to know how the BIRTH PLACE OF JESUS
special Christmas Basement Campaign Envelope to looks today. Open Bethlehem will be shown at the
a maximum of $10,000. With your kind support, we First Ontario Performing Art Centre Film House
hope to finish the church kitchen or at least make it on December 13th at 7 PM. Open Bethlehem is a 90
into a functional space for our parish events. Enve- minute documentary which tells the story of a home-
lopes can be found in the pews. coming to the worlds most famous little town by the
Christmas Mass Schedule 2017 film's director. The film spans seven momentous
Christmas Eve: Singing Carols before Mass years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of
5:00 p.m. (Childrens Mass) astonishing beauty and political strife under occupa-
8:00 p.m. & 12:00 Midnight tion. You can view a trailer of the film at https://
Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m. . Devel-
New Years Eve: opment and Peace helped fund the making of the
5:00 p.m. (Vigil Mass, Mary Mother of God) film. NOTE: following the film, there will be a Q&A
New Years Day: Session with Wal Kabbani, Executive Creative
10:00 a.m. (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) Director, Iambic Dream Inc.
Confessions Tickets are $9.00 or $7.00 for Film House members
Saturday, December 16th and can be ordered from the Film House at the Box
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Office or online at starting this
Tuesday, December 19th Monday 27 Nov. The Film House is located at 250 St
7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Paul Street St Catharines.
Saturday Before weekend masses or by appointment