Parish Family Life

Council of Catholic Women

Summary: St. Helen CCW supports, educates, and empowers all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. Our programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world. St. Helen CCW is an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women, the Florida CCW, and the Palm Beach Diocesan CCW.

Events & Activities: St. Helen CCW serves and supports our community in various ways throughout the year. Our CCW fundraising events include the Fall and Spring Card Parties, a Spring Fashion Show and Chocolate Sunday. Our donations and fundraising funds have benefited the Back to Basics / Angel Program, Samaritan Center for the Homeless, Women’s Care Center, St. Helen Harvest Festival, St. Helen Catholic School (Adopt and Class & Scholarship fund), Outreach, Youth on a Mission, and St. Helen Vacation Bible School just to name a few! We also meet annually with our legislators during the Catholic Days at the Capitol. Every event, each project, results in fun and fellowship.

Time Commitment: We promote a variety of programs and projects, enabling each member to lead or participate as she chooses.

Meetings: St. Helen CCW meets the first or second Tuesday of the month from September – May at 9:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (923 19th Place, Vero Beach. Check the bulletin or newsletter for meeting specifics.

Contact: Mary Graves (President), 772-562-3072, E: marygraves.ccw@gmail.com or StHelenCCW@outlook.com

Teddy Bears donated to first responders for children in distress.
Spring Fashion Show Fun!
Christmas Luncheon
2021 / 2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Mary Graves
Vice President: Janet Fraley
Treasurer: Ellen Elia
Recording Secretary: Kathi Inzano
Corresponding Secretary: Debbie Wegner

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Spirituality: Janet Fraley
Leadership: Pat DiGeorge
Service: Patricia Smith
Parliamentarian: Millie DelGrosso
Legislation / Respect Life: Susan Baldwin
Historian: Vita Rokaw
Deanery: Jacki Cammarene
Special Events: Karen Egan

Divorce Group

Purpose: The St. Helen Divorce Group is for men and women seeking healing from divorce. We meet weekly on Thursday evenings for 1.5 hours. The group was started to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage.

Event / Activities: The classes are divided into two or three “12 week sessions” per year and follow the teachings of the Catholic Church. We discover a deeper understanding of God’s love for us, while praying and helping ourselves & others. Regular meetings are held on the St. Helen campus, socials vary in location.

Time Commitment: During the 12 week sessions there is the weekly 1.5 hour meeting and a small amount of reading and questions for homework. In between the 12 week sessions we continue to meet in Thursday evenings for socials (movies, picnics, etc.) if you would like to join us.

Contact: We currently do not have anyone leading this group. Please call the Parish Office, 772-567-5129

Greeters

Purpose: Provide a friendly & warm greeting to all Parishioners.

Responsibilities: Welcome everyone with a smile and open the Church door for them.

Time Commitment: 15 minutes at the Mass you regularly attend.

Contact: Edwin Rojas at 772-321-7447, E: gluke241335@gmail.com

Hospitality Ministry

We are currently looking for someone to lead this ministry. We are open to new ideas. Please contact Deacon Dave or Laura Lewis at the parish office 567-5129, if you feel like you could help.

Purpose: Provides light refreshments after the 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses September through May.

Responsibilities: Set up and break down hospitality station. Have a friendly and outgoing personality and ability to greet parishioners. Make coffee and pick up pastries. Time commitment is 5 hours on Sunday morning with alternating teams.

Contact:

Knights of Columbus: Fourth Degree – Fr. Charles D. Brady Assembly

Purpose: We are a faith filled, Cross-Council organization of the Knights of Columbus, designated as the Fourth Degree, the highest degree, embodying patriotism, to reflect the love of one’s country. We also share with all Brother Knights the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity, bearing witness to the Gospel   message of love through works of charity, by assisting those who are in need.

With true humility, we recognize that we are also unique, with diverse gifts from God and that as Christ’s disciples, we are to develop these gifts of time, talent and treasure to nurture and strengthen our families, our community, our nation and our world. Our motivation follows Christ’s example of charity and forgiveness so that the name – Knights of Columbus – will have a truly lasting meaning.

Responsibilities: Dedication to the Knights of Columbus principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism; must be a third degree in good standing seeking membership.

Time Commitment: Two or three hours per month, additional time required for fundraisers or special events. Meetings are the last Thursday of each month, starting with the Holy Rosary, promptly at 11:30 a.m. at the Monsignor Nugent Hall, 923 19th Place, Vero Beach.

Contact: Ron Hunkapiller, Faithful Navigator, 914-536-0248, E: Rhunk49@gmail.com

Knights of Columbus: Mother of Perpetual Help / Council 5629

Purpose: Promote the principles of charity, fraternity, unity, and patriotism while providing considerable service to the parish and insurance benefits to fraternal members.

Responsibilities: Men’s dedication to service and the Catholic faith. All council activities, fund raisers, special dinners, pancake breakfasts are highlighted in the weekly parish bulletin.

Time Commitment: Minimum of two hours per month plus volunteering as needed. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., Rosary starts at 6:45 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Monsignor Nugent Hall 923 19th Place, Vero Beach.

Contact: Ron Hunkapiller, 914-536-0248 E: rhunk49@gmail.com or Bill Wetzel, 321-615-7684, E: wetz@raegan.com

  • 2021 MEETING DATES
  • July 21
  • August 18
  • September 15
  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 15
  • 2022 MEETING DATES
  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18
  • June 15

Vero Beach Centennial Parade
Christmas Party
Columbus Dinner

Ladybug Boutique

Purpose: Members meet as a craft group to make items to sell in support of St. Helen Catholic School.

Responsibilities: Sewing, painting, knitting, quilting and crafts.

Time Commitment: Ladybugs meet year round (except in December) on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Cottage. We host a booth at the Harvest Festival and have sales throughout the year. There is no mandatory commitment, come when you want.

Contact: Karen Egan, 772-567-5660, E: Karen_Egan@att.net or Phyllis Gardiner, 772-643-6676, E: phyllisgardiner@bellsouth.net.

Marriage and Family Ministry

Purpose: The mission of the Marriage and Family Ministry is to enrich family life by providing programs and resources that offer information, education, healing and support. By working directly with families and in conjunction with the parish Religious Education Office, we are dedicated to assist in addressing the ever evolving needs of the families of our parish.

Responsibilities: Desire and interest to support the growing needs of families, be they spiritual, physical or emotional.

Time Commitment: Ability to work on various programs throughout the year with other active couples. Commitment can be limited based upon couple availability.

Contact: Paul and Patti Burgener, 772-999-3989 / 912-660-6663, E: pattieburgener@yahoo.com or Deacon Dave and Diane Hankle, 772-567-5129, E: dhankle@sthelenvero.org

Nursery

Purpose: Provide a safe, caring and playful environment for our youngest parishioners, thereby allowing parents to fully participate in Mass without worry.

Responsibilities: Committed, caring, patient and kind adult and student volunteers. Background screening & Diocesan Protecting God’s Children certification provided.

Time Commitment: One – two Sundays per month for approximately 2 hours during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Nursery is located in the school library.

Contact: Paige Fies, 772-562-5954, E: pfies@sthelenvero.org or Cynthia Boroczky, E: cynthiaboroczky@gmail.com

St. Helen Youth on a Mission

Purpose: Inviting high school students to a deeper focus based on the Beatitudes and Corporal Works of Mercy to serve others. A summer mission trip is planned each year in partnership with Catholic Heart Youth Camp or Alive in You organizations. High school students and young adults are invited to attend a summer Bahama Mission trip.

Talents Needed: Highly dedicated adults who demonstrate a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and devote their time and energy by being present to the needs of the teens. Leadership training, planning meetings and fundraising are needed to prepare for a successful mission trip.

Contacts: Richard Schlitt, ph# 772-562-2856, e-mail: RichSchlitt@gmail.com; Maureen Leu, ph# 772-473-8401, e-mail: mleu1964@gmail.com.

Young Adult Ministry

We welcome all young adults, ages 18-30s, Catholic or curious, who are seeking authentic community, honest conversation, shared adventures, and encouragement through the journey of being a Christ-follower in today’s world.

We host a weekly Bible study (in person and on Zoom) and a monthly Theology on Tap, as well as various other events throughout the year. Members are also encouraged to consider serving as “big brothers and sisters” to the middle and high school youth ministries.

Please make sure that you are on our email list, added to our GroupMe texting group, or following us on Facebook for updated announcements:

Like us on Facebook!

Instagram: catholicyoungadultsvb

We are proud to partner with our neighboring parishes in bringing a monthly Theology on Tap to the Treasure Coast. Find more info here: https://www.facebook.com/TreasureCoastTOT/

Main contact: Kendel Jordan at 772-494-9837, E: kjordan@sthelenvero.org Co-leader/Bible Study host: Ryan Fink, 772-321-9010, E: fink.ryan20@gmail.com

Youth Ministry

St. Helen Youth Ministry aims to be a Christ-centered, relational ministry accompanying young people on the path to intentional discipleship.

High School Youth (grades 9-12) meet after the 5 p.m. Sunday Mass in the Upper Room of the CLC for dinner and activities, including a monthly youth-led worship night with Adoration and Reconciliation. Middle School Youth (grades 6-8) enjoy First Friday activities in the Parish Center/Gym, with additional activities during the school week. Friends are welcome!

Volunteers: We need prayer warriors, musicians, meal donations, event set-up, and mentors/discipleship leaders. Contact us to learn how you can help!

Like us on Facebook!

Instagram: shvbyouth

GroupMe texting group – ask to join!

Contact: Kendel Jordan at 772-494-9837, E: kjordan@sthelenvero.org

Meal Ministry Sign-Up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4FA5A72BA5FA7-youth1