Service & Stewardship

Catholic Charities

Purpose: 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: 561-775-9560

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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 Dies

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 selected a funeral home, the funeral home will call the Church office to arrange for a date and time for the Funeral Mass, Memorial Mass, Funeral Home Service, or Graveside 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. 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 or Memorial 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 Mass.

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.

Time Commitment: One meeting per quarter based on a mutual agreed upon schedule.

Contact: Deacon Dave Hankle, 772-567-5129, E: dhankle@sthelenvero.org

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: mamafranke13@gmail.com or Mike Kiefer, 772-492-9101, E: counselor4u@yahoo.com

Harvest Festival

Purpose: 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: Mzfrandsen@gmail.com

Outreach Ministry

Purpose: 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, 772-567-5193 E: jpoletis@sthelenvero.org

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

Purpose: 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 E:ljaprile@bellsouth.net or Wendy Harper, 215-300-5852, E: WendyHarper45@yahoo.com

Prayer Blanket Ministry

Purpose: 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: grandmajackiehu@comcast.net or Clare White, 772-567-7064, E: wgeorgeclara@bellsouth.net

Prison Ministry

Purpose: To bring Christ to those inmates in Indian River County Jail through prayer and listening; to facilitate them with the offering of Reconciliation and the 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 training course and background investigation by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Men meet with male inmates, women with female inmates.

Time Commitment: Visits each Tuesday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. year round. Every six months all members meet to plan visitation schedule.

Contact: John Matthews, 772-321-8689 or 772-569-5696 E: matthewsjohn777@gmail.com or Virginia Gallo, 772-559-6936 or 772-770-2211 E: virginiagallo@comcast.net.

Respect Life

Purpose: 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 and a community wide ecumenical “Stand for Life.” 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 from 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: maf595@bellsouth.net or Susan Baldwin, 848-459-7165 / 772-205-2120, E: SusanBaldwin1009@gmail.com

Annual Butterfly Release is Sunday, October 13, 2019 after the 12:15 p.m. Mass. Download your order form here: BUTTERFLIES!

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Unplanned Movie Trailer

Florida Respect Life Conference

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: Lorraine_Jorge@yahoo.com

How to Pray the Rosary

Make the Sign of the Cross and say: In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Say the Apostles’ Creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell, and on the third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.  From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen

Say one Our Father: Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Say three Hail Marys: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Say one Glory Be: Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Say one Oh My Jesus: O my Jesus, have mercy on us. Forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Take all souls into heaven, especially, those most in need of thy mercy. Amen.

Announce the 1st Mystery (see below for the different mysteries)

Say one Our Father

Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery

Say one Glory Be

Say one Oh my Jesus

Continue the same order for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Mysteries

After the last decade say the Hail Holy Queen: Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy: hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you we cry poor banished children of Eve, to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.  Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us and after this, our exile, show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Conclude with the following prayer: Let us pray. O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Make the Sign of the Cross

The Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries——Monday & Saturday

  1. The Annunciation—-Humility
  2. The Visitation—-Love of Neighbor
  3. The Birth of Jesus—-Poverty
  4. The Presentation—-Obedience
  5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple—-Joy in Finding Jesus

 Sorrowful Mysteries——Tuesday & Friday

  1. The Agony in the Garden—-Sorrow for Sin
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar—-Purity
  3. The Crowning of Thorns—-Courage
  4. The Carrying of the Cross—-Patience
  5. The Crucifixion—-Perseverance

 Glorious Mysteries——Sunday & Wednesday

  1. The Resurrection—-Faith
  2. The Ascension—-Hope
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit—-Love of God
  4. The Assumption of Mary—-Grace of a Happy Death
  5. The Coronation of Mary—-Trust in Mary’s Intercession

 Luminous Mysteries——Thursday

  1. The Baptism of Jesus—-Openness to the Holy Spirit
  2. The Wedding at Cana—-To Jesus Through Mary
  3. Proclaiming the Kingdom of God—-Repentance and Trust in God
  4. The Transfiguration of Jesus—-Desire for Holiness
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist—-Adoration

Samaritan Center

Purpose: 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: rbireley@ccdpb.org

Serra Vocation Ministry

Purpose: 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.
  • Sponsorship 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: trinitymg517@gmail.com

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Purpose: 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: svdpvero@att.net.

St. Francis Manor

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

Responsibilities: Assist with various events and fundraisers.

Contact: Katie Kowanic, Director 772-562-8575, E: stfrancismanor@aol.com

Stewardship Ministry

Purpose: 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 inviting 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: missgoodoldays@gmail.com

Vero Beach Group of Alcoholics Anonymous

Purpose: 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