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Helen Church
4106 Mountain St.
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B7
Ph: 905-562-7427
Fax: 905-563-0003
Opened - October 2, 1938 Est. as a Parish - January 1, 1986
Pastor: Rev. Krzysztof Szczepanik Sunday Masses:
Office Administration: Aggie Agnino Saturday: 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am, 11:00am *
*(Children’s Liturgy of the Word)
Office hours:
Tuesday to Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm Weekday Masses:
Closed on Mondays and all Statutory holidays Tuesday: 6:30pm
Wednesday to Friday: 9:00am
Website: 2nd Friday at Albright: 10:00am
Facebook Page: 3rd Friday at Mennonite: 10:00am

Sacraments Catholic Funeral Rites: Anthony van Engelen

When a death occurs in your family, cell/text 905-563-7067
Baptism: please call the Parish Office and we Email
1st & 3rd Sunday at 1:00 pm. will assist you in making the neces-
Call parish office. sary liturgical arrangements. Ministry Scheduling & RFM:
Rachel Reid 905-941-4150
1st Communion & Confirmation Chronic Care Facilities: ministryschedul-
Contact the Parish Office. Pastoral visits are made monthly.
Reception of Holy Communion is
Reconciliation: available to residence. Fundraising Events:
Every Saturday 4:00pm - 4:30pm or by Joe Della Manna
appointment with the priest. Homebound:
Notify the Parish Office when serious
Marriage: illness occurs. When the sick, aged or Facility & Grounds Maintenance:
Arrangements six months in advance. incapacitated are confined to home for Craig Luey 905-988-6522
Marriage preparation is required. an extended time, pastoral visit can be
RCIA & RCIC: Catholic Women's League:
Contact the Parish Office.
Schools Colleen Drake 905-563-8981
Anointing of the Sick: St. Mark School Knights of Columbus:
Please let us know when someone has Principal: Steven Ward Marcel VanRuyven 905-931-7556
a serious or prolonged illness or is to
have surgery. This sacrament cele- St. Edward School
brates the healing of mind and body Principal: Carla Bianco
and the forgiveness of sins. Contacts
Music Ministry:
Kindly complete the following and place in the collection basket
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Fourth Sunday of Advent - Year C
December 23rd, 2018

Mass Intentions The week of Dec. 24 - 30, the Sanctuary Lamp

 December 24 to 30, 2018 burns in memory of GIUSEPPE FABBRO
As we gather, let us remember and pray for . . . The Sanctuary Lamp burns to remind us of Christ’s
presence in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.
Monday ~ Christmas Eve Dec. 24th If you wish to sponsor the sanctuary lamp for one
5:00 pm + Maria da Gloria Pereira (by the Family) week the stipend is $35.00
11:00 pm Special Intention (by Antonella Boncori)
Tuesday ~ The Nativity of the Lord Dec. 25th Stewardship of Treasure
9:00 am For the People of St. Helen Parish December 16, 2018 ~ Offertory (158) $2,933.25
11:00 am + Steve Metelsky (by Metelsky Family)
Wednesday ~ St. Stephen, The First Martyr Dec. 26th Loose 279.85
9:00 am + Albert Stanley Baradziej (by Baradziej Family) Building Fund (51) 2,440.00
Thursday ~ St. John, Apostle & Evangelist Dec. 27th “May God bless you for your faithful stewardship!”
9:00 am Intn’s of Rosemary Daniels (by Shirley Brunet)
Friday ~ The Holy Innocents, Martyrs Dec. 28th to anyone who needs one. Please call the office to re-
9:00 am + Carmela Basile (by Maria & Tony DeStefano) quest a shawl or lap blanket or if you would like to join
Saturday ~ …………………………………... Dec. 29th this ministry. We meet monthly and welcome new
5:00 pm For the People of St. Helen Parish members.
Sunday ~ The Holy Family Dec. 30th CWL News
9:00 am + Guglielmo & Angela Ricci (by Ricci Family) The CWL meeting on Jan 1st is cancelled. Next meet-
11:00 am + Pasquale Burgio (by Giuseppina Burgio)
ing will be the 1st Tuesday in February (5th) following
the 6:30 p.m. Mass. All ladies of the parish are wel-
+ Libero Palmieri (by Maria & Piera Palmieri)
come and bring a friend.
We are grateful to those who give of Please pick up your 2019 Offertory envelopes are care-
their time and care to bring Holy Com- fully check the label notifying the office of any errors
munion to our parishioners who cannot or changes. Please wait until January to use the new
make it to church due to sickness or in- box of envelopes.
firmity. If you know of anyone who
would like to receive communion in CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE 2018
their home or while hospitalized at West Lincoln Hos- Mass times:
pital, please contact the parish office. Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve - 5:00 p.m. (children’s Mass), 11:00p.m.
Dec. 25 - Christmas Day - 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
ARE YOU REGISTERED IN OUR PARISH? Jan. 1 - New Year’s Day - 10:00 a.m.
If you are new to the parish or have been attending
Mass here, ensure that you are registered by complet- ANNUAL OFFENCE DECLARATIONS
ing the tear off section at the front of this bulletin. If you were asked to sign a declaration for this year and
Please do not take for granted that you are registered in have done so, we thank you. Anyone still needing to
the parish, just because you attend Mass here. In the sign their declaration is to do so by January 15th.
future, should you be in need of a pastoral letter Forms can found in the vestibule or sacristy. Please re-
(godparent, school, sponsor for confirmation, teacher turn your signed form to the office to keep your status
referral, etc.), it would be difficult to issue one if you current.
are not formally registered with the parish.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry continues All children are welcome to
to create handcrafted shawls for pa- participate in the dramati-
rishioners, their families and friends zation of the Gospel at the
who are coping with illness, loneli- Children's Christmas Eve
ness, pain or trouble. During the Mass, December 24th at 5:00 p.m. Those wishing to
past year, we have distributed many be angels, please wear white shirts. Those wishing to be
prayer shawls and lap blankets. The shawls are knitted shepherds, please wear bathrobes with towels. Please
with compassion and prayerfulness. They are available arrive by 4:20 p.m. to prepare.
PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS financial burdens. Children today become victims of
Hope of a ruler and shepherd who will “be peace”. the gross commercial exploitation of the day. For those
(Micah) of us struggling to make ends meet on a day to day ba-
Jesus offered himself to do God’s will. (Hebrews) sis, feeling the cultural pressure of buying for our chil-
Elizabeth acknowledges Jesus in Mary’s visita- dren things which we can't afford, can lead us to put
tion.” (Luke) more debt on the credit card in ways that simply push
When the angel Gabriel encoun- us further and further behind.
tered Mary, perhaps during her Some of us, might be really looking forward to
evening walk, he told her of God’s Christmas, and not be aware of these struggles with
plan to birth the “Son of the Most Christmas, yet feel that, in spite of our best efforts to
High” into life through her body. It make Advent different this year, there is still something
was an incomprehensible request of missing, and we still feel unready for Christmas.
preposterous proportion. Mary For all of us, the story behind these days can draw us
could have said “no,” but instead, she said “May it be in, and invite us to bring our lives to the mystery of
done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).Three how Jesus came into this world and why. Our best
months later, Mary’s cousin Elizabeth said to her: preparation for the Holy Night ahead and the Joyful
“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to Morning to follow is for us to reflect upon how he
you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” came. He came in the midst of scandal and con-
In our lives, God speaks to us and we know what he flict. He came in poverty. He was rejected before he
asks of us. May our response be the same as Mary’s was born. He was born in a feed trough. He was hunt-
so that the purpose of our lives could also be fulfilled. ed down. And he grew up in obscurity.
Deacon Dick Folger
He did not shun our world and its poverty and con-
flict. He embraced it. And he desires to embrace us to-
The whole purpose of these Advent reflections pages has been to day, in this day. Right where we are. Right where we
help us find intimacy with God in the midst of our everyday are feeling most distant. Right were we are feeling
lives. So we have focused on using the background times of our least “religious” or “ready.” If we let him come into
days to create an interior atmosphere that allows us to wait, to our hearts to be our Savior these challenging days, we
hope, to come into contact with our longing and our desire. will find ourselves entering the sacred night and morn-
ing of Christmas “joyful and triumphant” as never be-
The length of the Fourth Week of Advent depends on fore.
when Christmas Eve and Christmas fall in the week. Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people.
Perhaps we can use these days to try to heighten our We await your coming. Come, O Lord.
awareness of whatever is going on in our lives these
days, and how that can bring us to Christmas. Some CHRISTMAS IS A SEASON, NOT SIMPLY ONE DAY
examples might help. While so many of our cultures only celebrate the build-
So many of us experience the ironic reality that up to Christmas, as a faith community we celebrate
Christmas can be the most lonely time of our Christmas for the next several weeks. And, there is
lives. Some of these “mixed feelings” or “sad feelings” much to celebrate here, much to enter into more deeply.
are difficult to recognize or name. Too often, the days before Christmas are too busy to
For some of us, the Christmas we will celebrate this enter into the meaning of this feast or to reflect on the
year pales in comparison to wonderful Christmases of daily scriptures and the graces that are offered us, in
our past - perhaps because we were younger or more our concrete life circumstances. This first week is a
“innocent” then, perhaps because some of our loved time for us to enter into the stories of special saints who
ones who were central to our Christmas are no longer are associated with the Birth of our Lord because of
living or not where I am, perhaps because the burdens their innocence: our first martyr and the Disciple Jesus
and struggles of my life or the changes in our world loved. Next week, we return to stories of Jesus' life and
and the conflicts around us have robbed this Christmas ministry.
of something that was there before.
For some of us, Christmas will be just another 1 WEEK TO REACH THIS YEAR’S CHALLENGE!
day. Unable to get out to go to church to be with a All Christmas donations re-
faith community, and without family or friends to be ceived in the special Christ-
with, Christmas will be a day we are tempted to ignore. mas Basement Kitchen Cam-
For some of us, Christmas inevitably means family paign Envelope to a maximum
conflicts. Facing the days ahead, whether it be the last of $10,000 will be matched by
few remaining parties, or conflicting demands of fami- a benefactor. With your kind support, we hope to com-
ly and friends, or the friend or relative who drinks too plete the kitchen and purchasing some smaller appli-
much, or the experience I'm having that I drink too ances and dishware, glassware, dishwasher racking,
much and this season is an easy excuse. trolleys etc. Envelopes can be found in the pews.
For some of us, Christmas challenges us with terrible