Saint Helen Ministries

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Overview

We're blessed to be able to offer a variety of ministry opportunities to serve both the people of our community, as well as those outside it who need support or other types of social outreach. A special thank-you to all of our ministry volunteers and leaders for helping us offer these opportunities. You can search all of the available ministries below and click to learn more.
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Altar Servers

Altar service is one of the oldest ministries in the Church. Its focus is to help prepare for worship services by setting the altar table and lighting the candles. In spring and fall, the Parish recruits and trains new altar servers (generally boys and girls in Grade 3 and higher).

Interested in becoming an altar server?
Contact Adrian Soltys at [email protected]

Art of Accompaniment

The word "accompaniment" has been made popular by Pope Francis but has been part of the Catholic Church since the beginning. The basic idea is to walk alongside another spiritually.

Below is a link to the recording from the panel discussion that was held at Saint Helen on May 9th.

Continue the Conversation

We invite you to join us for four follow-up conversations on Accompaniment using the book "The Art of Accompaniment" by Bill Huebsch. We will supply you with a copy of the book. The purpose of these discussions is to discern together how we can accompany others whom we encounter both as a parish and individually.

If you are able to join us for all or some of the events please reply using the link below:
"In our world ordained ministers and other pastoral workers can make the fragrance of Christ's closeness and personal gaze. The Church will have to initiate everyone -- priests, religious and laity -- into this 'art of accompaniment' which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other." (Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel, 169)

Dates of the Conversations

Conversation 1: Accompaniment as a Pastoral Strategy

Tuesday, June 11th or
12:30 PM
Wednesday, June 26th
7:00 PM

Conversation 2: Accompaniment in the Formation of the Conscience

Tuesday, July 9th or
12:30 PM
Wednesday, July 10th
7:00 PM

Conversation 3: Accompaniment Toward Discernment

Tuesday, July 30th or
12:30 PM
Wednesday, July24th
7:00 PM

Conversation 4: Hallmarks of an "Accompanying Parish"

Tuesday, August 13th or
12:30 PM
Wednesday, August 7th
7:00 PM

Care Ministry

We provide transportation to church or appointments, visitation to the home bound, and occasional meals.

If this Care Ministry would benefit you or a loved one contact Marilyn Ryan at (908)232-1214 x 113 or [email protected]

If you would like to volunteer with the Catholic Care Ministry
please contact:
Janice Meister at [email protected] or
Susan Dodge at [email protected]

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Caregiver’s Support

This group provides support for persons who are responsible for the care of a family member or friend. We share our experiences, understanding, and suggestions for coping as you navigate this challenging and rewarding journey. It is important to take care of yourself and to know that you are not alone. We are here for you.

This group meets on the first Wednesday of every month (except July and August) at 7:30 PM in the Parish Library. For information, please contact Cathy Colon at [email protected]

Catholic Families Connect

Catholic Families Connect brings families with young children together. Our purpose is to connect with one another, connect with the less fortunate and, most importantly, connect with God!

Never feel you are alone as a parent in our community. Our parish family wants to walk with you! We believe your family has been called to make a difference in the world.

Questions? Contact Debbie Abbattista at [email protected].

Stay tuned for events for 2024-25!

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 7: Adult Cocktail Party
7:00 pm

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word for grades 1-4 takes place during the 10:00am Sunday Mass on most weekends- please see schedule. The Children’s Liturgy of the Word enriches the Liturgical experience of our children by providing an opportunity to listen to God speak to them through the Scriptures in the Children’s Lectionary, to reflect on the Word of God and to respond to God’s Word, relating it to their own life experiences. Volunteer ministers escort the children to the Chapel after the Presider calls them to the altar in the beginning of the Mass for our program. The children return to their parents after about twenty minutes before the gifts are brought up in the Mass.

We always need volunteers, if interested please contact
Nicole Murphy
[email protected]
908-232-1214 ext. 116

2023-24 Schedule:

June - 2, 9, 16 (FINAL CLOW JUNE 16)

2024-25 Schedule:

September - 22

October - 6, 13, 20, 27

November -3, 10, 17, 24 *No CLOW Thanksgiving Weekend

December - 8, 15, 22

January - 5, 12, 19, 26

February - 2, 9, 16, 23

March - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

April - 6, 27 *No CLOW on Palm Sunday or Easter

May - 4, 11, 18 *No CLOW on Memorial Day Weekend

June - 1, 8, 15 (Final CLOW of School Year)

Christ Centered Crochet Club (4C’s)

Also known as the 4C’s ~ the Christ Centered Crochet Club is a ministry of children and adults, dedicated to sharing their talents and enjoying fellowship, all while serving others. All are welcome! In the past hats have been distributed to:

Premature Babies in Newark Beth Israel Hospital
Overlook Hospital Oncology Patients
Purple Hats for Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness
Morristown Memorial’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital
Sloan Kettering Hospital
The Center for Hope Hospice
Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth

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Cornerstone

Cornerstone is a 26-hour retreat which provides you with the opportunity to reflect, renew and strengthen your faith while meeting other members of our community. The retreat is hosted by parishioners who have enjoyed the fruit of past Cornerstone retreats.

The idea of Cornerstone is simple, but its impact has been profound. Since the inception of this weekend retreat, nearly 1,700 men and women have attended Cornerstone at Saint Helen alone!

Stay tuned for our 2025 retreat dates.
There’s no big mystery to Cornerstone weekend. It is simply ordinary people sharing stories and experiences of trying to live the Gospel amidst the challenges of the modern world. It’s a simple but moving experience.

The retreat is facilitated by a team of parishioners who have previously experienced Cornerstone. During the weekend, some members of the Cornerstone team will give talks which you will have the opportunity to discuss with others in attendance. It is a very casual atmosphere, and you may share in the discussion as much or as little as you’d like – or not at all, if that is your preference.

There will also be a number of opportunities to examine your relationship with God, you family and others in your life. Most of all, it is an opportunity to think about those things that matter most to you, in an atmosphere that lends itself to reflection and contemplation.

Elementary Families Together

For Families With Children In Grades 1-4

Our Mission - “Bringing families together for fun, faith & service.”

Elementary Families Together (EFT) organizes events for students in Grades 1-4 to build friendships, foster faith, have fun, and engage in service activities!

Last year, we had some wonderful events, including our Welcome Back event, a Harvest Fest, a Family Epiphany Evening, and a children’s book drive and fair to benefit the Catholic Relief Services. We have some great things planned for next year and are looking forward to meeting you!

We need parents and families to participate, help run events, and grow the community! If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact Nicole Murphy at [email protected] or 908-232-1214 ext. 116.

Welcome Back EventSunday, Sept. 22, 11:00-12:30pm in the gym
Harvest Fest! Trunk or Treat EventSaturday, Oct. 12, 1:00-2:30pm
Advent Event (Details TBD)Sunday, Dec. 1, 11:00-12:30pm
Epiphany EventFriday, Jan. 3, 6:00-7:30pm
EFT Children’s Book Drive and FairMarch 15 & 16 - Time TBD
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Everyday Contemplatives

Wednesdays 7PM | April 24th to May 29th | Saint Helen Chapel

Do you crave a moment of calm in the midst of your busy week? Are you looking to go deeper in your prayer? Would you benefit from being part of a supportive small community? If so, come and experience the gift of contemplative prayer led by Patrick Manning.

We will gather weekly to rest in God’s love and reflect on our experience of prayer and the wisdom of the contemplative tradition. Come, be still, know God, and know that you are loved.

Patrick Manning is a Saint Helen parishioner as well as Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and the Director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University. Contemplative prayer is one of his areas of research in addition to being a personal practice. He is husband to Margaret and father to Emily, Luca, and Josie.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Parishioners are trained and commissioned to distribute the Eucharist at all Masses. They also bring the Eucharist to the homebound and the Nursing Home.

Family Support for Persons with Disabilities

The Archdiocesan Office of Pastoral Ministry to Persons with Disabilities has current information on support programs that are available for parents, as well as inclusive family Masses and other events. They can be reached via phone at 973-497-4309 or via email at [email protected].

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Funeral Support

Parishioners help with the Funeral Mass by being a welcoming presence to the family and friends of the deceased. They assist those participating in the Liturgy when proclaiming the readings and bringing up the Offertory gifts.

Their presence let the family know that they are being supported by the parish during this difficult time.

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Garden Ministry

Our parish vegetable garden is a sustainable way for our community to assist local food pantries, soup kitchens, and our neighbors in need. Our garden ministry volunteers help plant vegetables, maintain the garden, and harvest vegetables.

Interested in helping? Contact Jean Maier at [email protected] or text 908-507-0002. Please include the subject “Vegetable Garden” and provide your name, contact information, available days, and times.

Helping Hands and Hearts

Saint Helen Helping Hands & Hearts outreach program meets the spiritual, material and financial needs of the community. This program includes the Prayer Network, the Care Ministry, One-on-one Ministry, Genesis Nursing Home, and care for the poor and homeless through the Soup Kitchen and other projects.

To provide financial assistance for these projects, two special collections are taken up each year and Memorials are accepted at any time.

Hospitality Ministry

Serving our parish family is a privilege and an honor. Enhancing the Sunday Liturgy with intentional ministers who are welcoming, helpful and supportive to all is an essential role to fill at the Parish Community of Saint Helen.

If you would like more information about the Hospitality Ministry, please contact Gail Laughlin at [email protected] or Eileen Passananti at [email protected].

Kids Corner

Kids Corner is developmentally appropriate worship designed specifically for our young children during the 10:00 AM Mass. While parents attend Mass, Kids Corner provides an opportunity for children to learn about our Catholic faith. Children learn about the Mass, practice memory verses from scripture, sing songs of worship, pray together, and have FUN in a safe, Christ-centered environment.

Children age 2 attend Kids Corner Terrific Twos Worship, Kids Corner Preschool Worship is open to children ages 3-4, and Kindergarten children attend Kids Corner Kindergarten Worship.

Please reach out to Tracey Sowa, Kids Corner Coordinator, at [email protected] for more information on these programs.

Register for Kids Corner

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Media Ministry

Our media ministers, including students, use their strong technology skills to enhance Mass and events by projecting song lyrics, prayers, videos, and other content using our Mac and ProPresenter software. Basic working knowledge of apps like PowerPoint or Prezi, as well as the ability to adjust on the fly to real-time changes in events or the liturgy, is extremely helpful.

Interested in being a part of our media ministry?
Contact Adrian Soltys at [email protected]

Mental Health Ministry

The Mental Health Ministry uses theological, psychological, and social perspectives to equip the Church to support mental health and well-being. We are raising mental health awareness within our faith community and providing theologically-sound educational resources and training to promote mental wellness.

Our Mission Statement is: We are here to walk with others who are struggling with mental health in a confidential manner while using a Catholic perspective.

For more information, contact Liz Migneco at [email protected]

Child Abuse Prevention Resources

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Moms Group

Hello Beautiful Moms!!

Please join us as we begin a new ministry at Saint Helen, Moms Group! The Saint Helen Moms' Group is for moms of all ages to grow in faith through education, fellowship, and service. We will meet once a month (a calendar of dates will go out in September). Our goal is to support each other in motherhood and faith. We understand the demands of a mom's schedule and we strive to make Moms' Group a refuge, not one more thing on your to-do list.

Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 4th in Meaney Hall Rooms 102 and 103 at 7:30pm. This will be a chance for us to meet and get to know each other, share our mission statement, and discuss topics and ideas for our kickoff in October. Light snacks will be served. If you cannot make it to the first meeting, do not worry, please register to be on our mailing list and we hope to see you in October! Or join us virtually! Click on the link to rsvp and a zoom link will be sent out to all those who responded on the Friday before.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions [email protected] or 908-451-5305. Hope to see you there!

RSVP To Attend

Peace and Justice

In conjunction with Holy Trinity, the goal of this committee is to help parishioners engage in the public forum by advocating the principles of Catholic Social Teaching in the economic, political and social decisions made in our community, state, nation and world.

These principles, drawn from the Gospels and explained by the Church, offer Catholics a way to live their faith to the fullest.

Prayer Shawl

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a way for people who love to knit or crochet to use their talents to bring hope to people in our community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. The shawls are tangible signs of God’s comfort and peace and are a source of healing, hope and courage.

They meet the 1st Monday of each month at 9:30am

If interested contact Lori Gewirtz at [email protected] or 908-322-8140 for more information.

If you or a loved one would like to receive a Prayer Shawl, please contact the Parish Center.

Respect Life Ministry

The Respect Life Ministry of Saint Helen and Holy Trinity is guided by the principle that each person is a gift from God at all times through the journey of life.

We seek to educate and dialogue with parishioners about the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding human life; to open minds and hearts to believe that each life is sacred with an inherent indestructible dignity given by God. This includes the protection and sustainment of life at all stages.

Saint Helen Counseling Project

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Liz Migneco is available to assist individuals, couples and families who may be experiencing difficulties and stressors in their everyday lives. For additional information, please call 908-232-1214, ext. 105. All calls are confidential.

Service Auction

Thank you to all who helped out with our 2024 Service Auction, all in support of The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless! We warmly invite our parish families to keep an eye out for more information for our 2025 Service Auction.

Sing N Pray

Join us for our 5-week summer music program with your little one!

Experience 45-minute classes that provide an interactive environment for children to worship through singing and instrument play!

Every Wednesday & Saturday starting on July 17th. Meet at 10:00 a.m. for gathering time.
Class begins at 10:15 a.m.

Open to children 0 months - 4 years old (siblings welcome)
Cost $25 per family.

Register for Sing N Pray Wednesdays

Register for Sing N Pray Saturdays

Sister Pat’s Kids Camp

Sister Pat's Kids Camp, an outreach ministry of Saint Helen, offers a heartwarming, weeklong camp experience for children with cancer and blood disorders. Founded in 1985 in memory of Sister Patricia Daly, the camp, located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, is open to children aged 6-14 of all races and religions, free of charge. This special camp, part of The Mid-Hudson Valley Camps and an Associate Member of the American Camping Association, is a testament to the community spirit of Saint Helen's, continuing to honor Sister Pat's dedication to children's wellbeing.

For more details, please visit the Sister Pat's Kids Camp website.

Twelve

A support group for people impacted by a loved one having an addiction to or abusing alcohol or drugs. Meetings are weekly at Saint Helen on Monday evenings in the Parish Center from 7:30 to 9:00pm. Any questions call 908-232-1189. Confidentiality respected.
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Mass Schedule:
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Weekend: Sat 5pm | Sun 8am | 10am | 12pm | 6pm
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