Helen Church
4157 Maple Grove Rd. | PO Box 222 | Vineland, Ontario | L0R 2C0

Phone (905) 562-7427 | Fax (905) 562-7789 |

Pastor Fr. Philip English Office Administration Aggie Agnino ext. 115

Mass Times
Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sundays 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: Dean Stunt Phone: (905) 563-9191 St. Edward School Principal: Adrian Bishop Phone: (905) 562-5531

Reconciliation Before or after mass or by appointment. Marriage Six months’ notice; marriage prep required. 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 Meeting—Wed April 2nd, 6:30 p.m. Office Closed - Wed. April 2nd Sacrament of Penance April 5th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Movie Morning - April 3rd, Lectio Divina Part 3 April 11th - Knights of Columbus Ham Roll held @ St. Mark School Beamsville

Baptism 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.

Kindly complete the following and place in collection basket New Parishioner* ☐ Change of address ☐ Moving Name________________________ Phone__________________ E-mail___________________ Address______________________________________________ City_____________________ 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 A - March 31 - April 6, 2014
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. Wednesday 9:30 a.m. CWL /6:30 p.m. Thursday 8:30 a.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. St. Mark School

Mass Intentions

Requested for
No Morning Mass
† Carmen Redman † Helen Wilton For the widowed, separated and divorced † Dora Geczy & Elizabeth Barna Intn’s of Florence Hartman & Bill Siegner STATIONS OF THE CROSS For the People of St. Helen † Giuseppe, Filomena & Giaconda Elia Pope John Paul † Eugenia Ceco

Requested by

Kolleen & Ken Forstinger Staff of St. Mark School CWL Alex Geczy

Nancy Winslow

Iannotta Family Aniello & Louisa DeStefano Hrvatin Family

Stewardship of Treasure
Mar. 16

Offertory Fac.Maint.
$3,091 $


Volunteer Your Feet Holy Thursday for Washing of the Feet
How would you like to lend your feet for the Holy Thursday foot washing ceremony within the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on April 17 at 7pm. Twelve individuals are needed: child, youth or adult. (The water will be warm!)

“Give and it shall be given to you for the measure you measure with will be Measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

Diocesan Wide Sacrament of Penance
On Saturday April 5, 2014, in every parish church across the diocese a priest will be available from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to hear individual confessions. No matter how long it has been, you are welcome to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance, which assists us in spiritual discipline as we turn away from sin and open our hearts to reconciliation and healing.

CWL Meeting Wednesday April 2nd starting with Mass @ 6:30 p.m. followed with the Installation of the new Executive. Mater Care Video. CWL 55th Anniversary Celebration Tickets will be available for purchase, $15 includes brunch. All ladies of the Parish are welcome.

Something to think about . . .
In today’s second reading, Paul quotes an early baptismal hymn, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!” In our baptism, God reaches out to us to anoint us, to heal us, and make us whole. This overflowing of grace calls us to be children of light and to do great things for God. In confession we allow the light of Christ to expose the darkness in our life so that we can be set free to do God’s will. Action: Reach out and touch someone in your life, or a stranger, by performing a random act of kindness.

SVDP Meeting
Monday March 31 @ 1 p.m. ~ church basement Any interested new members welcome to attend.

One Step at a Time Through Grief
8 weeks starting Wednesday, April 2nd at 7 pm Tallman Fireside Room, 3277 King St. Vineland

Sunday March 30 ~ 4th Sunday of Lent Scripture

Parish Office Closed
Wednesday April 2nd

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Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7b) Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side (Psalm 23:4) "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light." (Ephesians 5:14b) “Surely we are not also blind, are we?” (John 9:40)

Share Lent collection April 5-6 “One human family, Food for all”
"Share Lent" is the annual fundraising campaign of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. Compassion goes hand-in-hand with solidarity: it means to suffer with Jesus’ felt compassion, when faced with human suffering. We are called to feel that same depth of compassion when faced with the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Through your generous donations to DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE this and every Lent, you contribute to building a world of justice.

How is the man “blind from birth” able to find Jesus?  Why are the Pharisees blind in the gospel story?  How do you find your blind spots if you can’t see?  When did you lose your way? How do you get it back? We are all convinced that we desire the truth above all. Nothing strange about this. It is natural to man, an intelligent being, to desire the truth. (I still dare to speak of man as “an intelligent being”!) But actually what we desire is not “the truth” so much as “to be in the right.” To seek the pure truth for its own sake may be natural to us, but we are not able to act always in this respect according to our nature. What we seek is not the pure truth, but the partial truth that justifies our prejudices, our limitations, our selfishness. This is not “the truth.” It is only an argument strong enough to prove us “right.” And usually our desire to be right is correlative to our conviction that somebody else (perhaps everybody else) is wrong.1 1Merton, Thomas, Conjectures of a Guilty

Altar Servers Awards
Last Wednesday evening, three altar servers from St. Helen’s received the “Bishop’s Award For Service” from the Most Rev. Gerard Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharine’s during the 3rd Annual Altar Servers Awards Ceremony at St. Julia Church. We offer our sincere thanks and congratulations to the following altar servers from our parish for the honour they received: Marissa Palumbo, Matthew Memme, & Andreas Zambakkides. Each year, altar servers from parishes throughout the Diocese are selected for this special recognition in light of their dedication, sense of responsibility and display of leadership in the performance of their duties. The parish is truly grateful to all of its altar servers for their participation at the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgical functions throughout the Church year.

Bystander, Doubleday, NY, 1989 p. 78. For the Ride Home by Ted Bergh, ParishVision Llc 2014 © Visit

St. Mark School Ice Dogs Fundraiser
A note of ‘THANKS’ to the staff, students and parent community of St. Mark School and to parishioners who supported this fundraising event. St. Helen’s received a donation in the amount of $259 from the Ice Dogs ticket fundraiser. Congratulations to the prize winners.

Ham Roll Fundraiser
Take a break and have some fun!!! Join us for a Ham Roll on Friday April 11th, 7 – 11 p.m. Doors open at 6 @ St. Mark School Gym, Beamsville . Licensed event with the LLBO FREE ADMISSION Contact Martin @ 905-562-9838 for more info. 50/50 Tickets available after all masses or at the parish office.

Film Mary of Nazareth
Journey with our Lord and our Blessed Mother this Lent. Branches Catholic Ministries will be hosting the film Mary of Nazareth at Landmark Cinemasformerly Empire Studios- in St. Catharines on Saturday, April 12th at 10AM. Mary of Nazareth is a new epic motion picture on the remarkable life of Mary, mother of Christ, from her childhood through to the Resurrection of Jesus. Purchase tickets for $12 online at For more information, call Branches Catholic Ministries at (905) 685-7000 or email

Words of Wisdom . . .
“The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.” St. Julian of Norwich, English mystic

Morning at the Movies
Join us in the church basement for coffee and a Movie Morning featuring Lectio Divina Video Series by Cardinal Collins on Thursday April 3rd @ 9:30 a.m. Part 3 will be shown.


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