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 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, St. Helen Vacation Bible School and the Annual Parish Thanksgiving Dinner just to name a few! We also meet annually with our legislators during the Catholic Days at the Capitol.

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 Tuesday of the month from September – May at 9:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (923 19th Place, Vero Beach).

Contact: Ellen Elia (President), 772-217-2490, E: or Laura Lewis (VP), 772-567-5129 E:

SEASON KICK OFF MEETING: Tuesday, September 3rd at 9:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus (923 19th Pl). ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME! We are collecting school supplies for the SHCS teachers (they have a list of needed items). Please contact Laura Lewis for the list, 567-5129.

President: Ellen Elia
Vice President: Laura Lewis
Treasurer: Pat Tressler
Recording Secretary: Patti Battista
Corresponding Secretary: Pam Howard

Spirituality: Janet Fraley
Leadership: Pat DiGeorge
Service: Gail Boatwright
Parliamentarian: Millie DelGrosso
Legislation: Shawn Wise
Historian: Vita Rokaw
Deanery: Kathi Inzano
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: Dena Karnehm, 419-706-2022, E: or call the Parish Office, 772-567-5129


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:

Hospitality Ministry

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: Tina Franke, 772-569-4769 or Julie Stroh, 772-567-1045

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: Hans Due, Faithful Navigator, 954-856-5010, E:

Knights of Columbus: Mother of Perpetual Help

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 is at 6:00 pm., Rosary 6:45 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Monsignor Nugent Hall 923 19th Place, Vero Beach.

Contact: Mike Rose, 860-933-3141, E: or Ron Hunkapiller, 914-536-0248 E:

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: or Phyllis Gardiner, 772-643-6676, E:

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: or Deacon Dave and Diane Hankle, 772-567-5129, E:


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: or Rachel Noel, E:

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:; Maureen Leu, ph# 772-473-8401, e-mail:

Young Adult

The St. Helen Young Adult Ministry welcomes young adults, ages 18-30, 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 and aim for at least one large social event a month (i.e.: bowling, kayaking, brewery, beach day, festival, retreat, etc.). We also like to join neighboring young adult groups for a monthly Theology on Tap. Please make sure that you are on our email list, added to our GroupMe texting group, or following us on Facebook for updated announcements:

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Contact: Kendel Jordan & Brendan Quinlan at 772-494-9837, E:

Youth Group

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

We host regular topic nights featuring games, projects and reflection. There are also opportunities for small group discussion, Bible study, field trips, and retreats. We work closely with other ministries such as St. Helen Youth on a Mission (YOAM) to help complete local service projects and an annual summer mission trip.

Our High School Youth (grades 9-12) are invited to meet after the 5 p.m. Sunday Mass. Middle School Youth (grades 6-8) gather every other Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our schedule adjusts during the holidays and summer.

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Contact: Kendel Jordan at 772-494-9837, E: