Laura Lewis

Baptism Preparation Class

Wednesday, October 5th

“I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities…I will give you a new spirit within you” (Ezekiel 36:25-26).

The Baptism of your child is truly something to celebrate!
Baptism preparation classes are offered on the first Wednesday of each month, at 6 p.m. in the St. Patrick room, located in the Christian Living Center. (2025 20th Ave.)

It is necessary for parents and godparents to attend this class prior to their scheduled baptism.

The sessions are intended to help parents & godparents prepare for and celebrate the baptism of their child in a joyful and meaningful way, as well as being welcomed into the greater catholic community.

Please call the Religious Education office at: 562-5954 for an application & more information.

October: The Month of the Rosary

“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”    Sister Lucia, of the seers of Fatima

Throughout history, our Blessed Mother has accompanied the Church in the darkest and most difficult of days. Beginning at Pentecost and throughout the centuries including and up to our present day, Mary has never ceased to be a powerful advocate for us. 

Our Lady’s message at La Salette, Fatima, and Akita could not be any clearer. Humanity needs to turn full-heartedly back to God trusting in His great mercy. Among our Lady’s 15 promises given to St. Dominic for those who say the rosary is: “I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.”

During the month of October, we have a unique opportunity to take up the practice of the family rosary. Let us heed our heavenly Mother’s injunction to pray in reparation for the sins of ourselves, our families, our country, our Church, and our world. 

We are asking families to commit to praying one rosary together each day in the month of October. Let’s see how many families can commit to this challenge by signing the pledge sheet which is found at the doors of the church. If needed, instructions on praying the rosary are provided next to the pledge sheet. 

What a wonderful way to start a new, or renew an old, tradition in your family. 

Check in each weekend to see how many families are praying together. Our goal is to get 250 families in our parish to fulfill this Rosary pledge during October. We will schedule times throughout the month to say the rosary as a community throughout the St. Helen Campus.  Together, with God’s grace and our Lady’s intercession, we can help change the course of our times. 

Fill out this pledge form and place it in the box in front of Mary in the Church or bring it to the parish office.

You can also submit your pledge online. Just fill out the form below and press submit.

Rosary Pledge

October is the month of the rosary. We are asking each family to pray the rosary together each day in October. Please fill out this pledge form.

Renovation Open House

Saturday, October 29th from 10 am to Noon

You’re invited to view the recently completed renovation of St. Helen Catholic Church.

Fr. Matthew DeGance, our pastor, will give presentations on the history and significance o f the artwork at 10:15 am and 11:15 am. Refreshments will be served on the west lawn.

Call the parish office for additional information, 772-567-5129

Take Action!

By October 2nd.

The USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty has been monitoring the status of a number of new and forthcoming federal regulations that pose a threat to religious freedom. Among those is a recently issued proposed regulation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which would interpret Section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Attached is a memo from the USCCB and is a flyer suitable for distribution, which provides basic information about the proposed regulation and instructions about how parishioners can make their voices heard. The period for filing comments closes on October 3, so in order to be effective, the information would need to be distributed no later than the weekend of October 2.

More information about this and other regulations of USCCB concern is available at

America Needs Fatima Public Square Rosary

Saturday, October 15th at Noon

In front of St. Helen Catholic Church

All are encouraged to join us in prayer for our country in this  annual nationwide prayer service on the anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s appearance in Fatima.

Deacon Charles will be leading the Rosary.

For more information call

Debra Smith / 772-633-2370 or Paula Hawkins / 772-925-9801

* Please bring your own lawn chair *

Council of Catholic Women

Tuesday, October 4th at 9:30 a.m.

General Meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall (923 19th Place).
Deacon Dave will be our guest speaker. We will be collecting canned food items for our Outreach pantry. Guests and anyone interested in finding out more about St. Helen CCW are cordially invited to join us!

CCW Card Party & Luncheon

Monday, October 10th at Noon

All women are welcome to the St. Helen Council of Catholic Women Card Party & Luncheon. Tickets are $15 and available at the church office Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm. Bring cards and games and bid on the fabulous raffle baskets!

For more information call Karen Egan, 772-567-5660 or Barbara Rhoads, 904-386-7998.

Blessing of the Animals

Tuesday, October 4th at 6 p.m.

Join us Tuesday, October 4th, on the Feast Day of St. Francis of  Assisi,  on the west lawn near the St. Helen pavilion at 6 p.m. Fr. Matt will say a special prayer and bless our pets. Please keep your animal secure. No animals are to enter the Church at any time.