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St.

Helen Church
DECEMBER 17TH, 2017 | THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR B)
4106 Mountain Street | Beamsville, Ontario | L0R 1B7 www.sthelenscatholic.ca

Phone (905) 562-7427 | Fax (905) 563-0003 | office@sthelenscatholic.ca | www.sthelenscatholic.ca

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-
ets.

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
MassTimes
Times
ments of chastisement, judgment, and even encouragement. Also, since it
is Advent, we will discuss how the prophets were used in understanding
Saturday
• Saturday --55p.m.
p.m.
Sunday-- 99&&11
the person and ministry of the Messiah. Meet us in the St. Helen Church • Sunday 11 a.m.
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 adve1@yahoo.com

Sacraments Please let us know when someone
Ministry Scheduling
has a serious or prolonged illness or Rachel Reid 905-941-4150
Baptism ministryscheduling@sthelenscatholic.ca
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 josephdellamanna@yahoo.ca
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
will assist you in making the neces- Facility & Grounds Maintenance
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
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We welcome you and invite you to share in the spiritual and social activities of your parish.
This week
Year B MASS INTENTIONS the
L & D (living & deceased) December 18 - 24th, 2017 Sanctuary
Lamp
Day Requested for Requested by burns in
memory
Monday No Mass
Intentions of Hendriks & deKoning Families of:
Tuesday
Helen & Andy Hendriks
6:30 p.m. L&D + Gino Cipro
Wednesday +Peter MacDonald and the intentions of his
Shirley & Ernie Brunet The
10:00 a.m. family
Sanctuary Lamp
Thursday burns to remind
Special Intention Anonymous
8:30 a.m. us of Christ’s
presence in the
Friday + Cindy Smith Mary Smeenk Blessed Sacra-
10:00 a.m.
Albright Manor + Rachelle Greco Marlene Bourdeau ment of the altar.
If you wish to
Saturday sponsor the sanc-
+ dec. members of D’Alessio & Elia Fam. Connie & Louis Elia
5:00 p.m. tuary lamp for one
Sunday For the People of St. Helen week the stipend
9:00 a.m. is $35.
+ Angelo Agnino & + Benito Boncori Family
11:00 a.m.

Stewardship of Treasure Ministry Enrichment Sessions
As it has been some time since we began celebrat-
December 10, 2017 - Offertory (175) 4,436 ing Mass in our newly built church, it is good to gath-
er together to review what the ministry entails, espe-
Loose 255 cially as we may have modified things since being in
Building Fund (51) 2,297 the new location. Please take note of the selected
weekend for your ministry and plan to stay after
Facility Maintenance (4) 190 Mass for a few extra minutes while Fr. Philip reviews
Deo Gratias (2) 50 your ministry. Whether you’ve served one year or
twenty years, your attendance is important.
“May God bless you for your faithful stewardship!” For these ministries - after all weekend Masses:
Lector - Dec 16/17, 2017
Only one Session for Altar Servers - January 20,
Ministry for the Sick and Homebound 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
We are grateful to those who give of their time and
care to bring Holy Communion to our parishioners Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of
who cannot make it to church due to sickness or December - that the elderly, sustained by families
infirmity. If you know of anyone who would like to re- and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom
ceive communion in their home or while hospitalized and experience to spreading the faith and forming
at West Lincoln Hospital, please contact the parish the new generations. (Apostleship of Prayer)
office.
SVDP Society Offertory Envelopes
MISSION - The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Remaining 2018 Offertory Envelopes are in the
lay Catholic organization whose mission is: To live board room. Please wait until January to use the
the Gospel message by serving Christ in the new box of envelopes. For new parishioners or
poor with love, respect, justice and joy. those who wish to use envelopes, fill out the tear off
VALUES - The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent section at the front of the bulletin or call or drop by
de Paul implies that as Vincentians we: see Christ in the parish office.
anyone who suffers, come together as a family, Prayer Shawls
have personal contact with the poor, help in all pos-
sible ways. The Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to create
handcrafted shawls for parishioners, their families
Canadian Tire Money and friends who are coping with illness, loneliness,
We continue to collect Canadian Tire money to pur- pain or trouble. The shawls are made with compas-
chase raffle prizes for fundraising events. It can be sion and prayerfulness and are available to anyone
brought to the office or in the collection basket. who needs one. Please call the office to request a
shawl or lap blanket or if you would like to join this
ministry.
December 17 - Third Sunday of Advent Christmas Mass Schedule 2017
The Question of a Lifetime Christmas Eve: Singing Carols before Mass
The prophet announces glad tidings and vindication. 5:00 p.m. (Children’s Mass)
(Isaiah) 8:00 p.m. & 12:00 Midnight
Awaiting Christ’s promised return. (1 Thessalonians) Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m.
“There is one coming among you...” (John) New Year’s Eve:
5:00 p.m. (Vigil Mass, Mary Mother of God)
If John the Baptist were going
New Year’s Day:
through a security check at the
10:00 a.m. (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God)
airport, he might have grumbled
as he removed his sandals and Confessions
put them in the carrier. He might We encourage each person of the parish to make
have said: “Here are my sandals, efforts to be reconciled more deeply in this season of
but I am not worthy to unloose love and expectation. Try to participate in this Sac-
the strap of the sandals of one rament of Mercy and Peace, in preparation for the
who is coming.” Christmas feasts.
The security officers might have looked at his Saturday, December 16th - 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
passport, questioning if he was the Messiah or Eli- Tuesday, December 19th - 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
jah. They might have patted him down and asked Saturday Before weekend masses or by appointment
him to step into an adjoining room where they could
question him further. “Who are you?” “Why do you St. Helen’s 3rd Annual
baptize?” Memorial Christmas Angel Tree
After the security team gave up, finding nothing, The Memorial Christmas Angel Tree
John was cleared. As he headed for his gate, John glows with lights in memory of de-
may have dared to call back: “There is one among ceased loved ones and friends. To
you whom you do not recognize, the one who is honour the memory of a loved one
coming after me.” --Dc. Dick Folger
with an angel, complete a “Memorial
Christmas Angel Tree” envelope
Christmas Campaign available at the entrance of the
Off to a good Start! church and place it in the collection
This year, our generous basket or simply stop in at the office
benefactor has agreed reception window during office hours with your re-
again to match Christmas quest. The tree will be up during Advent.
donations received in the special Christmas Base-
ment Campaign Envelope to a maximum of $10,000. The Christmas Readings
With your kind support, we hope to finish the church The readings for the three Masses of Christmas
kitchen or at least make it into a functional space for have formed part of the liturgy of the day by long tra-
our parish events. Envelopes can be found in the dition.
pews. The Mass at Midnight originates from the 5th cen-
Children’s Christmas Pageant tury celebration in the “cave” chapel at St. Mary Ma-
All children are welcome to participate in the dram- jor in Rome.
atization of the Gospel at the Children's Christmas The Dawn service (sometimes called the Mass of
Eve Mass, December 24th at 5pm. Those wishing to the Shepherds) originated from a service to honour
be angels, please wear white shirts. Those wishing the Byzantine Greeks who lived in Rome and was
to be shepherds, please wear bathrobes with towels. celebrated in their church of St. Anastasia.
The Day Mass is the oldest and original celebration
and centres on the reading of John’s Prologue and
Christmas Mass Schedule Sign-Up Sheet the light that comes into the world.
Ministers, Sacristans, Altar Servers & Hospitality are Texts for the Vigil Mass (celebrated in the evening
asked to fill in your availability over Christmas if you before the Night service) are also included in the
are able to serve at any of the Masses. We thank Missal.
you for your continued commitment to service in Mediaeval writers saw in the three Masses of Christ-
Ministry. mas a reflection of Jesus’ threefold birth or coming:
Tax Receipts - Deadline for 2017 donations for in- Jesus as the eternal Word of the Father (coming in
clusion on 2017 tax receipt is December 31st, 4th eternity), as Son of Mary (coming in time), and his
Sunday of Advent (11 a.m. Mass). birth (coming) today in the hearts of believers.
Holy Family reflects on Jesus’ childhood and family
Christmas Flowers & Décor life.
Envelopes to help pay for Christmas Flowers and The Solemnity of Mary speaks of the mystery of her
décor are available in the pews or vestibule of the motherhood and the naming of Jesus.
church and can be returned in the collection basket. Epiphany reflects on the universal call to salvation.