April 10, 2022 – Pastor’s Corner

Dear Parishioners:
It is hard to believe that a little more than two years have gone by
since we suffered the two month shutting down of the churches. It
has been a blessing to be open for Mass, and to have resumed all
of our religious education programs (RCIA, Adult Faith Formation,
CCD, etc.). But we are still missing an important aspect of our life
as a parish family — the social aspect.
As Catholics, our faith journey is not a “me and Jesus” experience.
We do not come to God simply as individual believers (though
there is, of course, an intensely personal element to our union with
God). We are part of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, in
which we share with one another in our joys and sorrows,
sufferings and friendship. It is important that we foster, and revive,
the “social dimension” of our life as Catholics. As I often remind
our Hispanic parishioners: “St. Helen is our Village.” And we need
to spend time getting to know each other, fostering our union with
one another in the Love of Christ, and welcoming our new
members — both converts, and those who have moved here
recently. Here’s one such opportunity:
“A Taste of Mexico”
Our Parish Hispanic Ministry will be hosting a special dinner for the
parish on Sunday, May 1st, from 5-8pm at the Parish Center. The
dinner will feature authentic Mexican food- that you won’t find in a
Mexican restaurant! All proceeds go toward the St. Helen Youth
Tickets: $20 for adults; $12 for children (4-11); children (3 and
under) are free. Tickets purchased in advance are $2 off: $18 for
Adults; $10 for kids. Tickets will be available for purchase on the
weekend of April 10th, Palm Sunday.
Come join us for an evening of great food, fellowship, and
supporting our youth!
Fr. Ben

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