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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:

First Lenten Noon Hour Lunch Anthony van Engelen
When a death occurs in your family,& Talk
Baptism: please call the Parish Office and we Email
1st & 3rd Sunday at 1:00 pm. will assist you in making the neces-
Breaking Bread & Breaking into the
Call parish office. Word
Scheduling of God
sary liturgical arrangements.
Ministry & RFM:
Rachel Reid 905-941-4150
1st Communion & Confirmation
Angelina Prokich Memorial
Chronic Care Great Hall, March
Facilities: 13th
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:
You are invited, to meet
Please let us know when someone has
a serious or prolonged illness or is to
for aSteven
Principal: simpleWard bread, soup
Marceland cheese
VanRuyven lunch,
have surgery. This sacrament cele- St. Edward School
brates a short
the healing reflection.
of mind and body All are welcome.
Principal: Carla Bianco
Please let us know if
and the forgiveness of sins. Contacts
you’re coming so we can be prepared (call or email the office).
Music Ministry:
Kindly complete the following and place in the collection basket
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First Sunday of Lent - Year C
March 10th, 2019
Mass Intentions This week, the Sanctuary Lamp burns in
 March 12 - 17, 2019 memory of ERNIE BRUNET
As we gather, let us remember and pray for . . .
th The Sanctuary Lamp burns to remind us of Christ’s
Tues. ~ ………………………………………. Mar 12
presence in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.
6:30 pm + Luigi Vigoroso
If you wish to sponsor the sanctuary lamp for one
(by Maria & Piera Palmieri)
week the stipend is $35.00

Wed. ~ ………………………………………. Mar 13th Stewardship of Treasure

9:00 am + Dora Geczy & Elizabeth Barna
(by Alex Geczy) March 3, 2019 ~ Offertory (159) $ 3,170.00
Thurs. ~ ………………………………………. Mar 14th
Loose 235.00
9:00 am + Krystyna Batorski
(by Jaroszonek Family) Facility Maintenance (46) 808.00
Fri. ~ ………………………………………. Mar 15 Building Fund (17) 589.50
10:00 am + Charlie Knight (by Nancy Winslow) “May God bless you for your faithful stewardship!”
Menno hm
Sat. ~ ………………………………………. Mar 16th (even if well-intentioned) to ways of relating to others
5:00 pm For the People of St. Helen Parish that are based on unity and mutual reliance. May we
Sun. ~ ………………………………………. Mar 17th transition from habitual religious practices to a real en-
9:00 am + Rino Iannotta gagement and relationship with God and his Word. May
(by Giuseppina & Gennaro Elia) we transition away from how we want others to see us.
11:00 am + John Marchalewicz May we give our time, talent and treasures to becoming
(by Marchalewicz Family) a radical voice of love in today’s society as Christ was
in his. May we fully take on the challenge to, “Go in
SHARE LENT 2019 - A TIME OF TRANSITION Peace,” and may we glorify God in every aspect of our
Scripture tells us Jesus was in the desert for 40 days. lives. May we put people first, living in true encounter
In rejecting Satan’s temptations, Jesus refers to Moses’ with others. May we challenge social, economic and
teachings to the Israelites during their 40 years in the political structures that serve anything other than God
wilderness. Both 40 days and 40 years are periods of and the common good, both in our homes and in our
transition: in one case from slavery to freedom, and in world.
the other from private life to public ministry.
Let our own 40 days of Lent also be a period of tran- ANNUAL DIOCESAN RESPECT FOR LIFE MASS
sition: from habit to intention and from apathy to ac- Celebrant: Most Rev. Gerard Paul Bergie, Bishop of
tion. May we transition away from our own shallow un- St. Catharines, Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
derstanding of others and their intentions, and move to- at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, 67
wards a culture of encounter where we really look at Church St., St. Catharines. Reception to follow. All
and listen to others, especially those beyond our regular are welcome to attend.
circles. May we transition from self-serving practices
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I have brought you the first fruits of this land flowing
with milk and honey. (Dt)
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be
saved. (Rom)
You shall not put the Lord God to the test. (Luke)
Some of us discover how
weak we are when we try
to break a habit. The anti-
smoking patch doesn’t
work, the diet plan is im-
possible, and our Lenten ef-
forts may topple.
What Jesus did is beyond
comprehension. Jesus’ re- THE 7 DEADLY SINS
solve echoes in the closing The Catechism of the Catholic Church also refers to
words of today’s Gospel: these sins as “capital sins” and explains why they are
“Jesus said to him in reply, the most dangerous. “Vices can be classified according
‘You shall not put the Lord, to the virtues they oppose, or also be linked to capital
your God, to the test.’ When the devil had finished eve- sins which Christian experience has distinguished, fol-
ry temptation, he departed from him for a time.” lowing St. John Cassian and St. Gregory the Great.
The power of good shatters the wiles of evil. Perhaps They are called “capital” because they engender other
the glory of heaven is so great that it makes our time sins, other vices. They are pride, avarice [greed], envy,
on the earth pale into insignificance. It is probably wrath, lust, gluttony and sloth” (No. 1866).
something we will never understand until we get there. 1. Pride: an excessive love of self or the desire to be
~ Deacon Dick Folger better or more important than others.
“Respect for the human person proceeds by way of re-
Join Us This Friday . . . spect for the principle that ‘everyone should look upon
his neighbor (without exception) as “another self,”
beginning at 9:00 am for above all bearing in mind his life and the means neces-
Stations of the Cross sary for living it with dignity’” (No. 1931).
2. Lust: an intense desire, usually for sexual pleasure,
but also for money, power or fame. “The God of prom-
SEPARATED & DIVORCED HEALING MINISTRY ises always warned man against seduction by what
March topics are ‘Understanding Loss’ (March 11); from the beginning has seemed ‘good for food ... a de-
and ‘Facing Fear’ (March 25). Meetings are 7 to 9 pm light to the eyes ... to be desired to make one
at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, 7020 Stanley Ave, wise’” (No. 2541).
Niagara Falls. Pre-registration is not required. For in- 3. Gluttony: overconsumption, usually of food or
formation call 905-356-4113 or 905‑684‑0154, or drink. “The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid
email every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobac-
co or medicine” (No. 2290).
KITCHEN CREW & FOOD PREP CERTIFICATION 4. Greed: the desire for and love of possessions.
With our kitchen nearing completion, we are planning “Sin ... is a failure in genuine love for God and neigh-
to host a workshop for those who are interested in ob- bor caused by a perverse attachment to certain
taining or renewing their Food Prep Certification. goods” (No. 1849).
More details will follow but for now, we would like to 5. Sloth (or Acedia): physical laziness, also disinterest
hear from you if you’d be interested in doing this or be- in spiritual matters or neglecting spiritual growth.
ing part of the kitchen crew. The instruction would be “Acedia or spiritual sloth goes so far as to refuse the
about 3 hours and there would be a test after (don’t let joy that comes from God and to be repelled by divine
that deter you!). Please contact the office if you're in- goodness” (No. 2094).
terested. 6. Anger or wrath: uncontrolled feelings of hatred or
rage. “Anger is a desire for revenge ... The Lord says,
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of March ‘Everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable
That Christian communities, especially those who are to judgment’” (No. 2302).
persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have 7. Envy: sadness or desire for the possessions, happi-
their rights respected. (Apostleship of Prayer) ness, talents or abilities of another. “Envy can lead to
To receive the weekly bulletin via email, make your the worst crimes. ‘Through the devil’s envy death en-
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