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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
Office hours: Sunday: 9:00am, 11:00am *
Tuesday to Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm *(Children’s Liturgy of the Word)
Closed on Mondays and all Statutory holidays Weekday Masses:
Tuesday: 6:30pm
Website: www.sthelenscatholic.ca Wednesday to Friday: 9:00am
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/sthelenscatholic 2nd Friday at Albright: 10:00am
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

☐ New Parishioner* ☐ Change of address ☐ Moving
Name________________________ Phone_________________ E-mail___________________
Address______________________________________________ City_____________________
☐ I would like to use offertory envelopes* Postal Code______________
Gaudete Sunday - Third Sunday of Advent - Year C
December 16th, 2018

Mass Intentions This week the Sanctuary Lamp burns in memory

 December 17 to December 23, 2018 of PAOLO SETTIMO
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 ~ ……………. NO MASS……..……..Dec. 17th
If you wish to sponsor the sanctuary lamp for one
Tuesday ~ ..…………..………………….……..Dec. 18th
week the stipend is $35.00
6:30 pm Intn’s of Hendriks & deKoning Families
living and deceased (by Andy & Helen Hendriks) Stewardship of Treasure
Wednesday ~ ……..……………………….…….Dec. 19th
December 9, 2018 ~ Offertory (170) $3,704.50
9:00 am + Elia & D’Alessio families
(by Connie & Louis Elia) Loose 233.05
Thursday ~ …………………………………….Dec. 20th
9:00 am + Manual DaSilva Jr. & Sr. Building Fund (16) 889.00
(by Maria daSilva) “May God bless you for your faithful stewardship!”
Friday ~ ……….……………….….…..…….... Dec. 21st
10:00 am + Ivan Zuzek (by Kerec Family) Please call the office to request a shawl or lap blanket
Menno Home
or if you would like to join this ministry. We meet
Saturday ~ ..…………………………………... Dec. 22nd monthly and welcome new members.
5:00 pm + Rachelle Greco (by Marlene Bourdeau)
Sunday ~ …………………………………….. Dec. 23rd OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
9:00 am + Anna Zona (by Viola & Peter Izzo) Please pick up your 2019 Offertory envelopes are care-
11:00 am For the People of St. Helen Parish fully check the label notifying the office of any errors
or changes. Please wait until January to use the new
We are grateful to those who give of
their time and care to bring Holy Com-
munion to our parishioners who cannot ST. HELEN’S 4TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL
make it to church due to sickness or in- CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE
firmity. If you know of anyone who The Memorial Christmas Angel Tree
would like to receive communion in glows with lights in memory of deceased
their home or while hospitalized at West Lincoln Hos- loved ones and friends. To honour the
pital, please contact the parish office. memory of a loved one with an angel,
complete a “Memorial Christmas Angel
ARE YOU REGISTERED IN OUR PARISH? Tree” envelope available at the entrance
If you are new to the parish or have been attending of the church and place it in the collec-
Mass here, ensure that you are registered by complet- tion basket or simply stop in at the office
ing the tear off section at the front of this bulletin. reception window during office hours
Please do not take for granted that you are registered in with your request.
the parish, just because you attend Mass here. In the
future, should you be in need of a pastoral letter CHRISTMAS FLOWERS & DECOR
(godparent, school, sponsor for confirmation, teacher Envelopes to help pay for Christmas Flowers and décor
referral, etc.), it would be difficult to issue one if you are available in the pews or vestibule of the church and
are not formally registered with the parish. can be returned in the collection basket.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to create hand-
crafted shawls for parishioners, their families and
friends who are coping with illness, BINGO GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR PURCHASE
loneliness, pain or trouble. During Looking for that perfect gift? Stumped for gift ideas for
the past year, we have distributed someone? Purchase a St. Helen Bingo Gift Certificate,
many prayer shawls and lap blankets. only $20.00 for Thursday Bingo (at the Legion) or
The shawls are knitted with compas- $25.00 for Friday Bingo (Angelina Prokich Memorial
sion and prayerfulness. They are Great Hall). Certificates available at the Bingos or the
available to anyone who needs one. parish office.
JOY: METANOIA IN ACTION We may experience the Light shining into dark places
The Lord will rejoice over you with gladness. of our lives and showing us patterns of sinfulness, and
(Zephaniah) inviting us to experience God's mercy and heal-
The Lord is close at hand. (Philippians) ing. Perhaps we wish to celebrate the Sacrament of
The crowds asked, “What should we do?” (Luke) Reconciliation this week. We may want to make ges-
tures of reconciliation with a loved one, relative, friend
In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist or associate. With more light and joy, it is easier to
invites the people to make a peaceful say, “I'm sorry; let's begin again.”
world of harmony and sharing. He Each night this week we want to pause in grati-
told them to be honest and fair and tude. Whatever the day has brought, no matter how
also satisfied with what they have. busy it has been, we can stop, before we fall asleep, to
Because this was John’s message, give thanks for a little more light, a little more freedom
they began to regard him as the Christ, which he de- to walk by that light, in joy.
nied, announcing the one to come and the one whose Our celebration of the coming of our Savior in history,
sandal straps he was unworthy to loosen. is opening us up to experience his coming to us this
In a world of nuclear warheads, we need peace and year, and preparing us to await his coming in Glory.
harmony. In a world where politics, power and position Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people.
seem to rule, we need to be honest and fair and willing We await your coming. Come, O Lord.
to share. And, instead of being driven by greed and an
unending quest for “more,” we need to be happy with 2 WEEKS TO REACH THIS YEAR’S CHALLENGE!
what we have. Deacon Dick Folger Once again, our generous
benefactor has challenged
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE 2018 parishioners and agreed to
Mass times: match Christmas dona-
Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve - 5:00 p.m. (children’s Mass), 11:00 p.m. tions received in the special
Dec. 25 - Christmas Day - 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Christmas Basement Kitchen Campaign Envelope
Jan. 1 - New Year’s Day - 10:00 a.m. to a maximum of $10,000. With your kind support,
Confessions: we hope to complete the kitchen including purchasing
Thursday December 20th , 7:00 p.m. and Saturday’s at 4:00 p.m. some remaining smaller appliances and dishware,
glassware, dishwasher racking, trolleys etc. Envelopes
3RD WEEK OF ADVENT - GAUDETE WEEK can be found in the pews.
Preparing our Hearts and asking for Grace
We prepare this week by feeling the joy. We move Dr. Robert Holmstedt, Professor of Hebrew Scripture,
through this week feeling a part of the waiting world Presents an Advent Conference
that rejoices because our longing has prepared us to be-
lieve the reign of God is close at hand. And so we con-
sciously ask:
Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that What is the purpose of Advent? Why are the Sunday
hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which his Gospels readings chosen for this time of year? What
presence will bestow. do these Scripture readings prepare and equip us for
Each morning this week, in that brief moment we what God calls us to do? Join us for a lecture on Ad-
are becoming accustomed to, we want to light vent in which we will discuss these questions. Tues-
a third inner candle. Three candles, going from expec- day, December 18, at 7:00 p.m. (right after Tuesday
tation, to longing, to joy. They represent our inner evening Mass). Please bring a Bible!
preparation, or inner perspective. In this world of
“conflict and division,” “greed and lust for power,” we PREAUTHORIZED DEBIT (PAD) is a convenient
begin each day this week with a sense of liberating way to make your offerings to the church. If you’re in-
joy. Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say, terested, please complete the card found in the pews
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and return it to the parish office either directly or
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” through the collection basket. These donations are pro-
Each day this week, we will continue to go through cessed once a month, on or about the 15th of each
our everyday life, but we will experience the difference month.
our faith can bring to it. We are confident that the Friday @ 7:00 p.m.
grace we ask for will be given us. We will encounter
sin - in our own hearts and in our experience of the sin
of the world. We can pause in those moments, and feel
the joy of the words,
“You are to name him Jesus, because he will save his
Come out for A fun
people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 night!