Parish Mission Statement
By the grace of the Holy Spirit and united by the Eucharist, the community of St. Helen is one of teaching, ministering, and worshiping, bringing all closer to God.

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    St. Helen Catholic Church Services

Mass Schedule | Devotions | Sacraments | Christian Service | Christian Education |
Youth Ministry


MASS SCHEDULE

Sunday Obligation

Saturday Vigil: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am
9:00 am
11:00 am
1:00 pm (Spanish)
5:00 pm

Weekday Masses



Mon, Wed

7:00 pm only
in Chapel

Tues, Thur,
***Fri

8:00 am only
in Chapel

First Friday


8:00 am & 7:00 pm
in Chapel

First Saturday:

8:00 am
in Chapel 

 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Tuesday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

*** Weekday Masses are held in the Chapel, except on Friday mornings during the school year when they are held in the Church.

Reconciliation
English & Spanish
Tuesday 8:45 - 9:15 am
Saturday 3:30 -4:30 pm
Or by appointment

Holy Days of Obligation
As announced in the bulletin.

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DEVOTIONS

Divine Office Prayers
30 Minutes Prior to Morning Daily Mass Tues, Thur, Fri

Morning Meditation
Every Tuesday at 6:45 am in Oblate Center

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Every Tuesday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm in the Chapel

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotion
Every Tuesday following Mass

Vocations Prayer Group
Every Wednesday following Mass

Spanish Prayer Group
Every Thursday at 7:00 pm

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SACRAMENTS

Baptism (English)
Baptismal preparation classes are usually held on the first and second Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Cafeteria (Middle School.) Parents and godparents are required to attend both baptismal classes. For more information on the Baptism requirements, please call the church office.

Please fill out our Baptism Application (English / Spanish) and bring it with you to the first class you attend or e-mail it to laura@sthelenchurch.org.

Baptisms are held on the third Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm in the church.
NOTE: No Spanish Baptisms in December

Bautismo en Espanol
Las clases de bautismo son el primer y segundo martes del mes a las 7:15 pm en la Cafeteria (Middle School.) Favor de llamar a la oficina para registrar el bautismo de antemano. Los padres y padrinos deben asistir a las dos clases. Los padrinos deben practicar la fe catolica y ser casados por la iglesia catolica.

Los bautismos se celebran el cuarto domingo de cada mes a la 1:00 pm en la iglesia.

Confession (Reconciliation)
We seek forgiveness of our sins through this sacrament. Confession is held in the church on Saturdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, Tuesdays, 8:45-9:15 am, and by request.

Communal penance is celebrated twice a year, usually during the seasons of Advent and Lent.

Holy Eucharist
Christ gives us His Body and Blood as our food and drink to share in His eternal life.

Eucharistic Ministers help in the distribution of communion during Mass and are available to bring communion to the sick and local hospital.

Confirmation
Confirmation confers upon us being sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit, to live out fully and give witness to our Catholic faith. This sacrament is celebrated after a two year preparation in the youth faith development program, and is also available to qualified adults through a series of classes.

Adult Confirmation
If it is your desire to celebrate your Confirmation please contact Donna Patlach at donna@sthelenchurch.org.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a journey of faith with the Christian community of those desiring full communion in the Catholic Church. The participants learn about the Catholic faith through the liturgy, prayer, personal and group reflections, sessions, study, and apostolic works. Each candidate is provided with a sponsor and walks through the process according to one's spiritual growth and discernment. Parishioners are invited to participate in the various ministries of the RCIA as sponsors, prayer partners, catechists, and ministers of hospitality.

Childrens Catechumenate
The Childrens Catechumenate process is for children over seven years of age who have not yet received the sacraments of initiation (baptism, reconciliation, and Eucharist). The parents are asked to take an active part and be present at some sessions. Sessions are held separately in English and in Spanish.

Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the sick offers the healing grace of God to the infirmed and the aged. Please call the church office to receive this sacrament privately. A communal anointing of the sick is celebrated twice a year. Dates are announced in the bulletin.

Ministry to the Sick
The Church offers the sacrament of communion to the sick. Please notify the church office or the coordinator of the Hospital Ministry to make arrangements for those in the hospital.

People who are homebound can request that communion be brought to them by calling the Homebound Ministry chairman or the church office.

Christian Burial
Please contact the church office before making final arrangements with a funeral home as the funeral home conducts its business independently from the church. We will help plan the funeral liturgies with the family.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Our bishop asks us to pray especially for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Marriage
Those contemplating marriage must contact a priest or deacon AT LEAST SIX MONTHS prior to the anticipated wedding date.

Sponsor Couple Program (Available in English & Spanish)
This is a program in which married couples from our parish have the opportunity to renew the spirituality of their own marriage by helping engaged couples prepare for marriage through a series of five sessions.

Unitas
Unitas is for engaged couples who would prefer to be in a group setting for marriage preparation. It is headed by married couples who act as mentors to the engaged couples.

Engaged Encounter Program (Available in English & Spanish)
The Engaged Encounter is a weekend in which couples planning marriage spend time together, concentrating on each other, and dialogue honestly and intensively about their expectations of married life.

Marriage Coordinators
St. Helen's has parishioners who conduct the wedding rehearsal and assist with the wedding preparations in the church. Wedding guidelines are available in the church office.

Quinceanera
Se necesita arreglar la quinceanera con un voluntario del ministro de los Jovenes (Youth Ministry) por lo menos seis meses antes de la celebracion. Los padres deben ser miembros registrados de la parroquia y la joven debe haber asistido el programa de CCE por lo menos dos anos y haber recibido la Primera Communion. Favor llamar Laura Mancha al (281)-485-2421 para coordinar fechas.

The Quinceanera celebration must be scheduled with the Youth Minister at least one year prior to the celebration. The parents should be registered in the church. The girl must have attended CCE for at least two years and she must have received First Communion. Please contact the Laura Mancha at (281)-485-2421 to coordinate dates.

Private celebrations are not available. Quinceanera's are scheduled quarterly during the year.

Marriage Encounter (Available in English & Spanish)
This weekend program is recommended for good marriages and gives the couple the opportunity to grow deeper in communication and their love relationship.

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CHRISTIAN SERVICES

Funeral Meal Ministry
Volunteers prepare food for a meal on the day of the funeral for the bereaved family and friends.

Parish Nursing Program
Parishioners, who are nurses, sponsor free blood pressure screenings after Masses on the first Sunday of the month. Occasionally, other services are also available, such as blood sugar screenings, flu shots, etc.

Blood Drive Program
St. Helen has been a Life Plan II member of the Blood Center since 1976. Registered parishioners are partially covered for blood replacement. Those who give blood can designate total coverage for one year to their family or parishioners who are unable to donate. There are three blood drives during the year. Blood donors are always needed.

St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Helen
The mission of this society is to bring the face of God to each person served by assisting the clergy and staff in providing social services to the economically disadvantaged. This office is located in Braden Hall.

Christian Helping Hands
Our parish supports this civic, charitable organization which is a nonprofit coalition of the Pearland and Friendswood area churches in assisting the poor and needy. A basket for non-perishable food donations is located in the foyer of the church.

Meals on Wheels
Volunteers of Pearland Meals on Wheels deliver meals to homebound people on a rotating basis with other churches in the Pearland area.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
AA meetings are held every Friday at 8:00 pm in Braden Hall.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Continuing Christian Education (CCE)
Provides children and youth (pre-school through sixth grades) the opportunity to learn about their Catholic heritage, scripture, liturgy, and traditions of the Catholic Church. Children in second grade prepare for First Penance and First Communion. Volunteers are needed for positions such as teachers, helpers, babysitters, and safety patrol.

Youth Ministry Faith Development
A comprehensive and integrated program to meet the needs of young people from Jr. High and Sr. High school. There is a two year preparation program before receiving Confirmation. Volunteers who enjoy working with the youth are welcome.

St. Helen Catholic School
St. Helen Catholic School strives to provide an education of the highest quality in accordance with the theology and philosophy of Catholic education under the guidelines of the diocese and board of state education. Currently, our school has classes for kindergarten through eight grade.

St. Helen Catholic School Board
The School Board is a policy-making board and functions for the good of the students and the school. School board is comprised of parents of children who attend the school and parishioners of St Helen which are select through an annual dicernment process. The Board meets monthly.

Home and School Association (H.S.A.)
The Home and School Association is made up of the parents and teachers of St. Helen Catholic School. Their main function is to work toward a better educational experience for the children of the school and to foster the concept of the school as a member of parish ministry.

Children's Sunday Liturgy
Children from kindergarten through the fifth grade celebrate Liturgy of the Word separately from the main assembly during the school year at the 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Sunday Masses. This experience provides our children with an age-appropriate appreciation of God's Word.

Parish Mission
Our Parish Mission is held yearly. During these three or four days, parishioners are offered the opportunity for spiritual growth through personal reflection, spiritual talks, prayers, sharing, Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Bible Study
Bible study classes are offered for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Word of God.

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