Outreach Programs

During the COVID-19 Crisis, St. Joseph’s Social Service Center is in need of sandwiches. They can either be delivered to St. Joseph's or dropped off at Saint Helen in the morning before 10:00 am. Each sandwich must be wrapped individually in a sandwich bag. Please do not put any condiments on the sandwiches. Thank you.

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.

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]

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

Nursing Home (presently on hold)

Volunteers assist patients at Genesis to and from the Common Room for Mass or a Communion Service.

On Sunday after the 10:00 am Mass, Eucharistic Ministers bring the Eucharist to the individual rooms.

Volunteers are always invited to visit patients throughout the week.

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.

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.

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.

Prison Ministry (presently on hold)

This Ministry shares God’s love with prisoners through Centering Prayer, Art and Spiritual support.

They lead a twenty minute centering prayer session followed by a book discussion every Monday afternoon at the prison.

Twice a year a 14 week course called “Houses of Healing” is held on Tuesday afternoons. Courses take place in September to December and February to May.

An art class for 15 people is taught every Thursday afternoon.

On Monday night a Catholic Mass is held at the prison.

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.

The bedrock principle of the Catholic Church is that life begins at conception and must be protected with utmost care from the moment of conception until natural death.

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.

Service Auction

After a hiatus of nearly five years due to the new church construction and the pandemic, the Service Auction is returning. Past service auctions have raised more than $50,000 to allow Saint Helen to help the homeless of Union County.

Join us to help restart one of the largest Saint Helen fundraisers of the year!

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