Welcome to St. Helena Church

Dear Parish Community,

We know that Lent is a time to pray, fast and give alms. Throughout our 40-day Lenten journey, we are called also to reflect on our Baptismal promises and our call to live a life that is holy and pleasing to Our Lord…a life that mirrors His example. It’s a time for us to think about ways to be more merciful to others, including forgiving those who have hurt us. In our humanity, the act of forgiving often can be challenging but, nonetheless, it is something we should strive toward with constancy.

 

When we acknowledge our sins – when we are truly sorry – and ask for God’s pardon through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are able to experience an intimate encounter with a loving, merciful and compassionate Father, who offers us His unconditional forgiveness. Pope Francis reminds us again and again that we are to have complete confidence in this teaching, saying, “There is no sin which He won’t pardon. He forgives everything.” As Disciples of Christ, this is to be our model approach. In reciting the Lord’s Prayer, we proclaim: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.” Every act of forgiveness offers us a chance for a new beginning, a chance to unload our burdens, and a chance to grow closer in our relationships. It is a way for us to draw nearer to God, Our Father, who invites us to experience a true sense of peace and comfort that comes only through sincere Reconciliation and who rejoices when we extend that same “oil of forgiveness” to our brothers and sisters in His Kingdom on Earth. 

 

The peace of Christ be with you this Lent!

Fr. Anthony Sirianni

 

 

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 CONFESSIONS EVERY SATURDAY 
AT 3:30-4:30 PM

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays at 7:30 PM

 

MARCH 16-
Parish Penance Service 7:00 PM until as needed

 

EASTER TRIDUUM

 

HOLY THURSDAY  - April 2
8:00 PM - Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
Visit to Repository until 10:00 PM

 

GOOD FRIDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION - April 3
8:30 AM - Morning Prayer
3:00 PM - The Lord's Passion
7:30 PM - Living Stations of the Cross

 

HOLY SATURDAY - April 4
8:30 AM - Morning Prayer
11:00 AM - Blessing of the Food
8:00 PM - Easter Vigil

 

EASTER SUNDAY: THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD: - April 5
Sunrise Mass
8:00 AM Mass
10:30 AM Mass
12 NOON Mass

 

THERE WILL BE NO 5 PM MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY