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Helen Church
4106 Mountain St., Beamsville L0R 2C0 | PO Box 222 | Vineland, Ontario | L0R 2C0



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

Fr. Philip English
Office Administration
Aggie Agnino ext. 1

Mass Times
5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - St. Helen Church
11:00 a.m. - St. Mark School
Gym, Beamsville
Opened - October 2, 1938


Established as a Parish - January 1, 1986

St. Mark School

Principal: Steven Ward
Phone: (905) 563-9191

Before or after mass or by appointment.

St. Edward School

Principal: Adrian Bishop
Phone: (905) 562-5531

Six months notice; marriage prep

Available Sundays at 1:00 pm. Call
parish office.
First Communion & Confirmation
Arranged through school. If your
child is not in a Catholic school or is
not baptized in the Roman Catholic
Church, contact the parish office.

Anointing of the Sick

Please let us know when someone
has a serious or prolonged illness or
is to have surgery. This sacrament
celebrates the healing of mind and
body and the forgiveness of sins.
Catholic Funeral Rites
When a death occurs in your family,
please call the parish office and we
will assist you in making the necessary liturgical arrangements.

Upcoming Events
- CWL Annual Lincoln
Seniors Christmas Party,
Dec 5th, 2 to 4 p.m. @
Lincoln Community Center
- Christmas Angel Campaign, deadline Dec 10th
- Consecration Mass of
the new St. Helen Church,
Dec 6th @ 11 a.m.
Check our website:

Kindly complete the following and place in collection basket

New Parishioner*
Change of address
Phone__________________ E-mail___________________
Postal Code__________________
I will use offertory envelopes
If , pick up in foyer: St. Helen Church or St. Mark School
We welcome you and invite you to share in the spiritual and social activities of your parish

Year C - November 30 - December 13, 2015

L & D (living & deceased)

Requested for

Requested by

Monday November 30th to Friday December 4th - No Morning Mass

5:00 p.m.
St. Mark School
Sunday Dec 6
11:00 a.m.
Mass, St. Helen

Ursula Elia
Intns of S. Nunzio

Connie & Louis Elia

Maria DiTomasso

For the People of St. Helen - L&D

Olga DAlessio
Maria della Libera

Maria & Girolamo DiLettera

Giuseppina Elia


No Morning Mass

8:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
Albright Manor

Erminio & Lucia DeStefano

Intns of Shirley Brunet

Maria & Tony DeStefano

Pat & John Stewart

Giuseppe Sgambelluri

Sgambelluri Family

Intns of Pam de Laat & Family

Teresa Commisso
Angelina Prokich & Alex Prokich
Dora Geczy & Elizabeth Barna

Pam de Laat
Maria DArchi
Alex Prokich
Alex Geczy

5:00 p.m.

Richard Murray
Daniel Christopher Murray

Dorene Holunga
Jane Murray

Sunday Dec 13
9:00 a.m.

For the People of St. Helen - L&D

11:00 a.m.

Liz Moriarity
Rino Lannotta

Stewardship of Treasure
November 22:
Offertory Envelopes (166)
Offertory Loose
Deo Gratias (2)
Building Fund (10)

Mass Intentions


Kevin Moriarity
Tony & Carolyn Zanni
5:00 pm. Call the parish office.

Thank You
$ 3,234
$ 228
$ 440



St. Helen Annual Lincoln

Seniors Christmas Party

Thank you to our wonderful parish community who

participated in our Chili Take Out Night, including
our Chili chefs...Jean, Kaye, Corona, Colleen, Barb,
Steve, Helen, and Fr. Philip. Thank you to Sobey's
and Commisso's Fresh Foods for their donations.
We were able to raise $785.00 for our refugee family fund. Yea Chili!

Christmas Angel Campaign

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 2 p.m to 4 p.m.

St. Helen CWL cordially invites all seniors of The
Town of Lincoln to attend The 47th Annual Senior
Citizens Christmas Party. It's at the Lincoln Community Centre, 4361 Central Avenue, Beamsville.
We look forward to celebrating Christmas with all
seniors from the Town of Lincoln at this festive
event. Conveyors: Corona Jarvis 905 563-6186
and Jean Barlow 905 562-0223.

Every year over 180 Angel Wishes

are granted to the clients of Community
Care. This generally entails a recommended financial investment of $30-40
per child. Please select a profile from the display at
the church, write your name and profile number on
the list and return your gift to the church by Dec. 10.
Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Are you a high school student who needs some

volunteer hours? We need you at our Senior's
Christmas Party on Sat. Dec. 5th. from 2:30 to

Living with Christ Sunday Missals are available and

can be found at the church entrance. To cover the
cost, a donation of $5 would be appreciated.

Sunday Missals

First Sunday of Advent - Nov. 29, 2015

Liturgical Year C

Promises, Promises

Jer 33 Gods promise of a future just king.

Psalm 25 To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
1 Thess 3 Be alert for Christs return.
Luke 21 The Son of Man is coming.
In todays Gospel, the reading
provides us with a prologue for
what sounds like a grand opera.
First we will wait in darkness.
The Christ child will come. He
lives and moves among us. We
crucify him and bury him. He rises from the dead and walks with
us again. He ascends into heaven and sends the
Holy Spirit down upon us. Then the people wander,
some forgetting him, not remembering that he will
come again in glory, descending from the clouds.
The narrator then gives us final warning: For that
day will assault everyone who lives on the face of
the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you
have the strength to escape the tribulations that are
imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.
--Deacon Dick Folger

Next Weeks Readings

Bar 5 The exiles will be brought back to Jerusalem.
Psalm 126 The Lord has done great things for us.
Phil 1 Paul writes of hope to the Philippians.
Luke 3 John proclaims a baptism of repentance.

St. Helen Church Raffle Tickets

HEAR YE! Hear Ye! hear ye!

Raffle Winners for the November 22nd draw are:

# 195 Evelyn Mutis of Bancroft $1000;
# 374 Tom Grubb of Grimsby $500;
# 44 Barb Nolan of Vineland $250 and
# 129 Andrew Hendriks Jr. of Beamsville $250.
The balls were put back in the drum after every
draw. Congratulations to the winners and thank you
very much for your support! Get your tickets for the
next draw, Dec. 27th!

Syrian Refugee Sponsorship

Thank you for your positive response and support for St. Helen Church to sponsor a Syrian refugee family to our parish community. The fundraising goal is $30,000. Cheques payable to St. Helen
Refugee Sponsorship. Tax receipts will be issued.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
Matthew 25:35

Church Envelopes
Church envelopes will be available at the new

church. They will be in alphabetical order on the tables against the walls of the Church. Please check
that your name and address are correct. If you did
not use envelopes last year and wish to begin this
year or if you have changed your address, please
fill in the tear off section on the cover of the bulletin
and submit to the office. We ask you not to use old
Church envelopes from previous years. If you have
not used envelopes for a few years your number
may have been assigned to someone else. Envelope users will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.

To Parishioners

Volunteers have always

been the heart and soul of St.
Helen Church. From its earliest roots as a mission church
in 1938, a labour of love for
many who helped drag stones
from neighboring fields to
build the solid little church in Vineland, those who
serve have enriched the parish and carried forth the
It was that continued spirit of 'mission' that has
helped build the parish and today, as we prepare
for the December 6, 2015 consecration of our new
St. Helen Church, we thank all those who have
served so faithfully and answered the call to help as
a church community.
You have served in so many roles sacristans,
lectors, eucharistic ministers, altar servers, choir
members, greeters, deacons, church cleaners and
decorators, members of the Building Committee,
Childrens Liturgy, SVDP, CWL and the Knights of
Columbus, facility maintenance, ministry to homebound, various committees, fundraising in fellowship and sharing many good works too numerous to
mention all without inevitably missing someone unintentionally. Many hands have made it possible
for Mass to be celebrated in the St. Mark School
gym over the last several years. Pauline and the
late Jack OGorman organized the set up crew
eight years ago, which also added a chair set up
crew. Without all of them, past and present volunteers, we would have been unable to make it happen. We are grateful for their commitments - and
its been a weekly commitment ever since!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of St. Helen Church.
You are appreciated, loved and valued. We wouldn't be able to even open the doors without you. And
because of your willingness to donate your time
and talent, St. Helen will continue to respond to the
needs of those around us, and in our beautiful new
church, provide a space where we have room to
celebrate and serve each other as we grow together in faith.