Service & Stewardship

Catholic Charities

Summary: Catholic Charities of the five-county Diocese of Palm Beach respects life in all its stages. In living our faith we create hope for people in need, without regard to religion. Through our programs and ministries, we empower individuals, deliver social services and collaborate with others in building just and compassionate communities.

Contact: Sheila Gomez, Executive Director, 561-775-9560, E:

Catholic High School Tuition Assistance

Summary: Provide tuition assistance to families of St. Helen who desire to send their children to a Catholic High School. Scholarships are based upon need and families must apply and be active participating members of St. Helen.

Responsibilities: Have an interest in Catholic education and serving youth. Members are asked to participate in the interview process and some fund raising. There are 4 to 5 meetings staring in late January and finishing in late May.

Contact: Teresita Collins, 772-569-0577

Consolation Ministry

When a Loved One Passes

As a community of faith, we share in the sorrow of the loss of a loved one. It is the purpose of the Consolation Ministry to help you through this difficult time especially regarding arrangements with the Church.

Once you have decided on a funeral home, the funeral home will call the church office to arrange for a date and time for the Funeral Mass celebration. They will also call the church office to arrange a graveside service or a prayer service. This date and time must be established prior to any other arrangements with the church to ensure that a priest or deacon is available for the Mass or service. You will then be contacted by the Consolation Ministry representative to meet for a consultation to make the necessary preparations for the celebration of the Funeral Mass.

If you are not utilizing the services of a funeral home and are working directly with a crematory, you will need to call the church office to set the date and time for the Funeral Mass, graveside service or prayer service. You will then be contacted by the Consolation Ministry representative to meet for a consultation to make the necessary preparations for the celebration of the Funeral Mass.

St. Helen is able to offer a place for receptions, for a nominal fee, following our funeral celebrations based on room availability. These details can be discussed further at the consultation with the Consolation Ministry Representative.

Contact: Parish Office 772-567-5129

Finance Committee

Summary: Fulfill a diocesan requirement concerning the accounting and financial reporting of St. Helen Parish.

  • Review and monitor financial operations.
  • Review accounting function, internal controls, monitor the parish’s profit and loss statement, balance sheet and capital expenditures.
  • Assist in preparation of an annual budget, including capital needs.
  • Report to the parish on no less than an annual basis, the yearly budget and financial operation results.

Responsibilities: Some understanding of financial statements, insight into operating suggestions, strong stewardship commitment.

Contact: Deacon Dave Hankle, 772-567-5129, E:

Grief Support

Summary: Understanding and sympathy provided to those grieving the loss. It may be a physical loss (death), a social loss (divorce) or an occupational loss (job). In each loss there is a grieving process. We offer support for that loss.

Responsibilities: Provide love and support to those grieving in a safe environment of understanding where those grieving can talk and share experiences.

Meeting Details: One hour twice per month on the second and fourth Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. – noon.

Contact: Tina Franke, 772-569-4769, E: or Mike Kiefer, 772-492-9101, E:

Harvest Festival

Summary: To offer an annual fun-filled,  family focused festival for the whole community to enjoy, while providing an opportunity for the entire parish family, including everyone within our community, to come out to the festival and create together an occasion of fantastic fun, fabulous food, and fine fellowship.

Responsibilities: Assemblers, decorators, painters electricians, booth and concession workers, food preparers, ticket sellers, bakers, crafters, delivery people, organizers, and disassemblers.

Time Commitment: The festival can use help before, during and after the actual event which takes place at Historic Dodgertown in November.

Contact: Melissa Frandsen, 772-538-4563, E:

Outreach Ministry

Summary: A ministry that is supported by the love and generosity of St. Helen parishioners donations which allow us to assist those who are in financial need, while always demonstrating love and concern. Without the support of the St. Helen parishioners and the Outreach Ministry Team, the St. Helen Outreach Ministry would cease to exist.

Office Hours: Mon / Tues / Thurs / Fri: 9:30 am – 1 pm and Wednesday from 7:30 am – 1 pm

Contact: Jim Poletis, ph# 772-567-5193

Where: 1031 18th Street Suites F & G, Vero Beach

Donations of food can be dropped off in the back of the Church or directly to the Outreach Office. Monetary donations are accepted at the Parish Office 2085 Tallahassee Ave.

Parish Nurse and Wellness

Summary: A parish based health ministry which cares for the whole person, mind, body and spirit, and arises from the needs of the parish. It is realized through the talents of a registered nurse, trained and certified by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach. Services include counseling, health education, health advocating, referrals and spiritual care counseling.

Responsibilities: Must have health background, R.N, C.N.A, physical and respiratory therapist to participate in home visits and scheduled educational programs, grief counselors.

Contact: Lorraine Aprile, 772-567-0263, E: or Wendy Harper, 215-300-5852, E:

Prayer Blanket Ministry

Summary: To pray as we create handmade “Prayer Blankets” to be given to a person with a particular need. It may be during a time of stress, serious illness, medical treatment, bereavement or at any time when comfort and prayer are needed. As each lap blanket is created, its maker is in prayer for the receiver of the blanket. Prayer blankets are available at the Parish Offices. Although the blankets are not sold, a donation to our ministry is gratefully accepted to purchase materials to continue the “ripple effect” of unconditional love.

Responsibilities: Compassionate people who wish to provide a loving gift for someone who is hurting. Ability to trace, cut and / or assemble blankets while praying for the Lord’s love and mercy for the recipient of the blankets.

Contact: Jackie Hunter, 772-567-4175, E: or Clare White, 772-567-7064, E:

Prison Ministry

Summary: To bring Christ to those inmates in Indian River County Jail through prayer and listening; to facilitate them with Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Responsibilities: Members must be committed to prayer and  listening to the Holy Spirit in a one-on-one setting with an inmate; ministers must be Catholic; there is a mandatory eight hour training course and background investigation by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Men meet with males, women with females.

Time Commitment: Visits each Tuesday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. year round. As many hours as you wish. Every six months all members meet to plan visitations.

Contact: John Matthews, 772-321-8689 or 772-569-5696 E: or Virginia Gallo, 772-559-6936 or 772-770-2211 E:

Respect Life

Summary: As the local chapter of the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Palm Beach, the goal of the ministry is to draw attention to the issues that threaten the sanctity of life from conception to natural death through dedication to prayer, education and action.

Responsibilities: We strive to acquire and share the most current information regarding all aspects of life-threatening issues. Multiple events are sponsored annually, including a Rosary Prayer Service, a community wide ecumenical “Stand for Life”, and we promote the national “40 Days for Life” campaigns twice per year. We sponsor the annual St. Helen Baby Bottle Campaign, and conduct fund-raisers to support pregnancy care centers and agencies that support new mothers and their babies.

Time Commitment: We meet on the second Saturday of each month at 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. August through June. We support parish-wide activities and events.

Contact: Marie Ferretti, 772-567-7679 / 772-473-9269, E: or Susan Baldwin, 848-459-7165 / 772-205-2120, E:

Rosary Makers for Peace

Purpose: Being faithful to Mary, the Mother of God, by creating rosaries for missions all over the world, for the school, hospitals, families and all in need.

Responsibilities: Time and willingness to learn to tie knots and string the beads.

Time Commitment: One hour a week each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. September through May.

Contacts: Lorraine Jorge, 772-559-0951 E:

Samaritan Center

Summary: We offer long-term transitional housing and guidance to the homeless families in Indian River County, and prepare them to live independently.

Contact: Renee Bireley, Program Administrator, 772-770-3039, E:

Serra Vocation Ministry

Summary: To help all parishioners to recognize, encourage and support potential religious vocations. Introduce and create a culture of religious vocation awareness for the children, adolescents and young adults of the parish. To have this mission result in priestly and religious vocations from St. Helen Parish and Indian River County.

Time Commitment: Committee members meet the second Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to Noon. Volunteer time commitment varies.

Events & Activities:

  • Mass for Vocations is at 8:30 a.m. the 2nd Wednesday of each month at St. Helen Church.
  • Eucharistic Adoration is the first Friday of the month in the Eucharistic Chapel at Holy Cross Church.
  • National Vocation Awareness Week celebrations.
  • Sponsor the St. Helen Altar Server Appreciation Dinner
  • Trips / Tours to St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL

Contact: Maxine Gallagher, 772-257-5713, E:

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Summary: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps people in our community by operating a thrift store. We have a total volunteer staff and the funds raised help people in our own community. We assist with utility bills, prescriptions, clothing and household items. We work closely with local agencies helping those in need.

Responsibilities: Volunteers help us help others by receiving donations, sorting, pricing, doing repairs, cashiering, maintenance and picking up donated items.

Time Commitment: A three hour shift per week, or more if your time permits. The location is 1745 14th Ave, Vero Beach. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. (Closed Tuesday and Thursday).

Contact: Evelyn Palinkas 772-567-6774, E:

St. Francis Manor

Summary: Providing affordable, independent livin to senior citizens on a limited income in an attractive, safe, and socially supportive environment.

Responsibilities: Assist with various events and fundraisers.

Contact: 772-562-8575, E:

Stewardship Ministry

Summary: Our mission is to promote the spirituality of stewardship as a way to express our Christian discipleship by  assisting our fellow parishioners in discovering and nurturing their God-given gifts and invite them to participate in the ministerial life of our parish family.

Responsibilities: Further the mission of the Church by using the spiritual gifts and talents He has given each one of us.

Time Commitment: Meetings are 1 hour scheduled on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. There are also sub-committee events.

Contact: JoAnn Torres 516-660-0281, E:

Vero Beach Group of Alcoholics Anonymous

Summary: Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to quit drinking. There are no dues or fees for membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions.

Responsibilities:  Stay sober and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Time Commitment: Meeting is 7 pm. – 8 pm. each Sunday year round including holidays. Stay until room is cleaned up.

Contact: Tom Walsh, 772-538-1243 or Skip Moss, 772-473-7571