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St.

Helen Church
4106 Mountain St.
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B7
Ph: 905-562-7427
Fax: 905-563-0003
Email: office@sthelenscatholic.ca
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: www.sthelenscatholic.ca 2nd Friday at Albright: 10:00am
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/sthelenscatholic 3rd Friday at Mennonite: 10:00am

Sacraments Contacts
Catholic Funeral Rites:
Baptism: When a death occurs in your family, Music Ministry:
1st & 3rd Sunday at 1:00 pm. please call the Parish Office and we Anthony van Engelen
Call parish office. will assist you in making the neces- cell/text 905-563-7067
sary liturgical arrangements. Email adve1@yahoo.com
1st Communion & Confirmation
Contact the Parish Office. Chronic Care Facilities: Ministry Scheduling & RFM:
Pastoral visits are made monthly. Rachel Reid 905-941-4150
Reconciliation: Reception of Holy Communion is ministryschedul-
Every Saturday 4:00pm - 4:30pm or by available to residence. ing@sthelenscatholic.ca
appointment with the priest.
Homebound: Fundraising Events:
Marriage: Notify the Parish Office when serious Joe Della Manna
Arrangements six months in advance. illness occurs. When the sick, aged or josephdellamanna@yahoo.ca
Marriage preparation is required. incapacitated are confined to home for
an extended time, pastoral visit can be Facility & Grounds Maintenance:
RCIA & RCIC: arranged. Craig Luey 905-988-6522
Contact the Parish Office. craig.luey@gmail.com

Anointing of the Sick: Schools Catholic Women's League:
Please let us know when someone has St. Mark School Colleen Drake 905-563-8981
a serious or prolonged illness or is to Principal: Steven Ward
have surgery. This sacrament cele- Knights of Columbus:
brates the healing of mind and body St. Edward School Marcel VanRuyven 905-931-7556
and the forgiveness of sins. Principal: Carla Bianco mgvanruijven@gmail.com

Kindly complete the following and place in the collection basket
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Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph - Year C
December 30th, 2018

Mass Intentions This week, the Sanctuary Lamp burns in
 December 31, 2018 to January 6, 2019 memory of STAN KAMINSKE
As we gather, let us remember and pray for . . . The Sanctuary Lamp burns to remind us of Christ’s
Monday ~ ..…………NO MASS……….……..Dec. 31st presence in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.
If you wish to sponsor the sanctuary lamp for one
Tuesday ~ Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Jan. 1st
week the stipend is $35.00
10:00 am For the People of St. Helen Parish
Wednesday ~ ...…………..………………….….Jan. 2nd
9:00 am + Margaret Young (by Nancy Winslow) Stewardship of Treasure
Thursday ~ ..…………………………………….Jan. 3rd December 23, 2018 ~ Offertory (176) $4,293.00
9:00 am + Edward Comerton (by Clarke Family)
Loose 297.60
Friday ~ .…….………………….….…..……... Jan. 4th
9:00 am + Richard M. Cahoon (by Clarke Family) December 25, 2018 ~ Offertory (181) 5,953.00
Saturday ~ ...…………………………………... Jan. 5th Loose 809.05
5:00 pm + Vern Adams (by Frances Henriks)
Sunday ~ The Epiphany of the Lord Jan. 6th Building Fund (39) 3,226.00
9:00 am + Ingrid Rider (by Mary Smeenk) “May God bless you for your faithful stewardship!”
11:00 am For the People of St. Helen Parish
CWL News
MINISTRY FOR THE SICK AND HOMEBOUND The CWL meeting on Jan 1st is cancelled. Next meet-
We are grateful to those who give of ing will be the 1st Tuesday in February (5th) following
their time and care to bring Holy Com- the 6:30 p.m. Mass. All ladies of the parish are wel-
munion to our parishioners who cannot come and bring a friend.
make it to church due to sickness or in-
firmity. If you know of anyone who MASS January 1st, 2019, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of
would like to receive communion in God will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.
their home or while hospitalized at West Lincoln Hos-
pital, please contact the parish office. ANNUAL OFFENCE DECLARATIONS
If you were asked to sign a declaration for this year and
ARE YOU REGISTERED IN OUR PARISH? have done so, we thank you. Anyone still needing to
If you are new to the parish or have been attending sign their declaration is to do so by January 15th.
Mass here, ensure that you are registered by complet- Forms can found in the vestibule or sacristy. Please re-
ing the tear off section at the front of this bulletin. turn your signed form to the office to keep your status
Please do not take for granted that you are registered in current.
the parish, just because you attend Mass here. In the
future, should you be in need of a pastoral letter PREAUTHORIZED DEBIT (PAD) is a convenient
(godparent, school, sponsor for confirmation, teacher way to make your offerings to the church. If you’re in-
referral, etc.), it would be difficult to issue one if you terested, please complete the card found in the pews
are not formally registered with the parish. and return it to the parish office either directly or
through the collection basket. These donations are pro-
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY cessed once a month, on or about the 15th of each
The Prayer Shawl Ministry contin- month.
ues to create handcrafted shawls for A note from the Pastor . . .
parishioners, their families and I would like to extend my sincere and heartfelt
friends who are coping with illness, THANK YOU to the parishioners for their Christmas
loneliness, pain or trouble. During wishes, cards, gifts, baking and prayers. Your sup-
the past year, we have distributed port is really appreciated and as we journey together
many prayer shawls and lap blankets. The shawls are into the Christmas season, let’s remember also those
knitted with compassion and prayerfulness. They are who don’t have any family members with them to cele-
available to anyone who needs one. Please call the of- brate this awesome season when Jesus came down to
fice to request a shawl or lap blanket or if you would live with all of us. May God bless you and your fami-
like to join this ministry. We meet monthly and wel- lies in this upcoming 2019 NEW YEAR!!!
come new members. FATHER KRZYSZTOF
THE MYSTERY OF LEARNING TO LOVE The Feast of the Holy Family is often celebrated on
Hannah offers her only child, Samuel, as a gift to the the Sunday after Christmas. When a Sunday does not
Lord. (1 Samuel) occur between December 25 and January 1, this feast is
Living as a family and a community. (Philippians) celebrated on December 30 with only one reading be-
Jesus’ parents find him in the Temple among the fore the Gospel. What family or faith community can't
teachers. (Luke) benefit from reflecting upon the Holy Family? This is
In today’s Gospel, Jesus was not the time to reflect upon a "perfect family," but to
found three days later in the Temple ask ourselves how we might be blessed to reflect upon
in the midst of the teachers. His dis- Joseph, Mary and Jesus, and ask ourselves what graces
traught parents were upset that he they could offer us. This allows us a bit more time to
had done this to them. Jesus said to reflect upon the Christmas story, including the every-
them, “Did you not know that I must day reality that was part of their lives as family - the
be in my father’s house?” Perhaps patience, give and take, the self-sacrifice and the love
Mary and Joseph had been lulled by the years and had that was a part of their very human interaction together,
forgotten what they knew of Jesus’ true identity. throughout what we call "the hidden life" of Jesus. That
In our lives, we often forget about our own true can include all the growing up years of Jesus' life, what
identity. It is not who we are, rather whose we are. their village was like and what ways they spoke with
God has given us our life for a purpose and we need each other, as well as what difficulties they might have
to never forget that. God is not ours. Instead, we are experienced.
God’s own children and we are loved more than we These are all great ways for us to contemplate this
could ever comprehend. Deacon Dick Folger feast. We can imagine what Jesus learned from both
Mary and Joseph that prepared him for his life of pro-
A New Year’s Prayer for You claiming the coming of the Reign of God. Finally, we
May GOD make 2019 happy for you! can imagine the death of Joseph and the life of Mary
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain, and Jesus after his death.
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes; Tuesday, January 1st will be the Solemnity of Mary
Not by making your path easy, the Mother of God. It is also the World Day of Prayer
But by making you sturdy to travel any path; for Peace.
Not by taking hardships from you, We celebrate the Epiphany, in a week or so. We can
But by taking fear from your heart; draw great fruit from reflecting upon the readings and
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine, prayers of the days before Epiphany or the days after
But by keeping your face bright, Epiphany.
even in the shadows; This week we keep asking for the grace to celebrate
Not by making your life always pleasant, his coming among us. Each of us can keep growing in a
But by showing you when people and their sense of freedom and joy over the gift we have been
causes need you most, given to know God's love for us and presence with us
And by making you anxious to be there to help. more deeply. It is a week of gratitude.
GOD’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the However, if our celebration of the days before Christ-
year ahead. mas and Christmas Day itself were busy or even diffi-
In JESUS’ Name, Amen. cult, then this can be days of recovery and added time
to let Our Lord come into our lives where we need him
to come.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

PRAY FOR THE POPE’S JANUARY INTENTIONS
Evangelization: Young People and the
Example of Mary That young people, espe-
FINAL DAYS FOR THIS YEAR’S CHALLENGE!
cially in Latin America, follow the example
All Christmas donations re-
of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord
ceived in the special Christ-
to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the
mas Basement Kitchen Cam-
world.
paign Envelope to a maxi-
mum of $10,000 will be
matched by a benefactor. With your kind support, we FridayS @ 7:00 p.m.
hope to complete the kitchen and purchasing some
smaller appliances and dishware, glassware, dishwash-
er racking, trolleys etc. Envelopes can be found in the
pews.
Come out for A fun
night!