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

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

May all the
Philip Pastor
blessings of Pastor
God’s perfect Fr. English
Fr. English
gift fill your
heart and Office Administration
homes this Office Administration
Aggie Agnino Ext. 1
Christmas. Aggie Agnino Ext. 1

Have a
joyous and
Chirstmas Mass
and a • Saturday
Saturday -- 55 p.m.
Happy New • Sunday
Sunday -- 99& & 11
11 a.m.

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.

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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 24th, 2017 - January 7th, 2018 Sanctuary
Day Requested for Requested by burns in
Christmas Eve memory
+ Mario Orlando, Carmela & Mike DeBonis, Ines DeBonis Maria Orlando
5:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. + Jean Witek Steve & Kate D’Onofrio of:
12:00 a.m. For the People of St. Helen
Christmas Day + Ricardo Huerta
For the People of St. Helen
10:00 a.m.
Tuesday Dec. 26th, Wednesday Dec. 27th, Thursday Dec. 28th, & Friday Dec. 29th
Saturday, Dec 30
+ Angela & Guglielmo Ricci Ricci Family
5:00 p.m.
Sunday For the People of St. Helen --------------------
9:00 a.m.
Jan 1 - Jan 7
+ Libero Palmieri Maria & Piera Palmieri This week
11:00 a.m.
+ Pasquale Burgio Giuseppina Burgio & Family the
New Year’s Eve Sanctuary
5:00 p.m. Lamp
For Blessings Received Mr. & Mrs. Da Silva
burns in
New Year’s Day memory
For the People of St. Helen
10:00 a.m. of:
Tuesday - Jan 2
+ Tony Macri Gaeton Robert + Monda Family
6:30 p.m.
+ Giuseppina Romasco Sharon Driscoll The
10:00 a.m.
Sanctuary Lamp
Intn’s of Mary Smeenk Helen & Andy Hendriks burns to remind
8:30 a.m.
us of Christ’s
Friday presence in the
Intn’s of Viola & Peter Izzo Helen & Andy Hendriks
8:30 a.m. Blessed Sacra-
Saturday ment of the altar.
For the People of St. Helen
5:00 p.m. If you wish to
Sunday + Luigi & Carmela Zanni & + Carmelo Elia Mary Macri & family sponsor the sanc-
9:00 a.m. tuary lamp for one
Intn’s of Peter O’Grady Sue & Ivan Zuzek week the stipend
11:00 a.m. is $35.
+ Vince Mambella Stella Mambella

Stewardship of Treasure Ministry Enrichment Sessions
Only one Session for Altar Servers - January 20,
December 17, 2017 - Offertory (180) 4,727 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Loose 186 CWL News
Building Fund (17) 1,425 Ladies please join us for the Installation of
CWL Officers at the Tuesday, January 2nd,
Building Fund - CAFT (16) 1,130 6:30 p.m. Mass. It would be nice to see as
“May God bless you for your faithful stewardship!” many members out as possible.
The CWL Meeting will follow at 7 p.m. with a very
Ministry for the Sick and Homebound brief meeting and a social hour after.
We are grateful to those who give of their time and
care to bring Holy Communion to our parishioners YOUth Blasters Winter Schedule
who cannot make it to church due to sickness or Attention all youth grades 3 and up, if you haven't al-
infirmity. If you know of anyone who would like to re- ready registered for YOUth Blast, please pick up the
ceive communion in their home or while hospitalized orange registration form on the entrance table and
at West Lincoln Hospital, please contact the parish sign up! Next meeting dates:
office. January 28th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Canadian Tire Money February 11th & 25th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
We continue to collect Canadian Tire money to pur-
chase raffle prizes for fundraising events. It can be
brought to the office or in the collection basket.
December 24 - Fourth Sunday of Advent December 31 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Obedience of Faith Holy Family - Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Promise of an heir from the house of David. (2 Samuel) Family, Faith, and Legacy
Everyone is offered salvation through Christ.. (Romans) Your very own issue shall be your heir. (Genesis)
The angel Gabriel announces the prophecy’s fulfillment. The faith of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac. (Hebrews)
(Luke) The child grew, filled with wisdom. (Luke)
For grandparents, the
younger generations When Mary looked up and saw the
are populated with angels filling the sky at Jesus’ birth,
strangers from a distant she received a confirmation from
land. They communi- God that this miracle was true.
cate on expensive Then, when the shepherds found
iPhones using acro- the infant in the manger and wor-
nyms like OMG and shipped him, Mary knew again that
LOL. They text their the power of God was upon her.
friends at blazing speed by typing on miniature cell- Luke tells us that Mary treasured
phones using only their thumbs to hit the tiny key these things in her heart.
zones. Their heroes and heroines are crooners and Today’s gospel encounter with Simeon and Anna
rappers with names like Beeber, Fifty Cent, and was yet another assurance that God’s hand was at
Snoop Dog. work, confirming it all. Simeon had waited a lifetime
Despite today’s technology, teenagers have al- to see the God-child. --Dc. Dick Folger
ways welcomed change as they transition to adult-
hood. They leave their parents and grandparents A note of THANKS from the
wringing their hands with worry. Mary was still a
teenager when she encountered the angel Gabriel
Ministry to the Migrant Workers
in today’s gospel. It is humbling to realize her im- Thanks to all the parishioners who helped this minis-
mense courage and maturity in saying “yes” to God’s try by graciously donating food, grocery gift cards, cd
preposterous proposition. --Dc. Dick Folger players, clothing, suitcases, bikes and time volun-
teering with the transportation to the Sunday Span-
ish Mass through this year. May God bless you
Christmas Campaign abundantly always. Deacon Fabio
Off to a good Start!
This year, our generous ben- Pray for the Pope’s
efactor has agreed again to January Intentions…
match Christmas donations Religious Minorities in Asia ~ That Chris-
received in the special Christmas Basement Cam- tians, and other religious minorities in
paign Envelope to a maximum of $10,000. With Asian countries, may be able to practice
your kind support, we hope to finish the church kitch- their faith in full freedom.
en or at least make it into a functional space for our
parish events. Envelopes can be found in the pews.
A New Year’s Prayer for You
May GOD make 2018 happy for you!
Children’s Christmas Pageant Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
All children are welcome to participate in the dram- But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
atization of the Gospel at the Children's Christmas Not by making your path easy,
Eve Mass, December 24th at 5pm. Those wishing to But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
be angels, please wear white shirts. Those wishing Not by taking hardships from you,
to be shepherds, please wear bathrobes with towels. But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright,
Tax Receipts - Deadline for 2017 donations for in-
even in the shadows;
clusion on 2017 tax receipt is December 31st, 4th
Not by making your life always pleasant,
Sunday of Advent (11 a.m. Mass).
But by showing you when people and their
causes need you most,
Christmas Mass Schedule 2017 And by making you anxious to be there to help.
Christmas Eve: Singing Carols before Mass GOD’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the
5:00 p.m. (Children’s Mass), year ahead.
8:00 p.m. & 12:00 Midnight In JESUS’ Name, Amen.
Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m.
New Year’s Eve:
5:00 p.m. (Vigil Mass, Mary Mother of God)
New Year’s Day:
10:00 a.m. (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God)