Spiritual Life & Prayer

Bible Study – Come and See

October 2023 through April 2024

Great news! This year, Saint Helen’s will host our first bi-lingual study: “The Gospel of Matthew” in English and in Spanish. Saint Helen’s Bible Studies enable men, women, and children to study Sacred Scripture, using the “Come and See ~ Catholic Bible Study,” the Bible, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Responsibilities:  Pray to the Holy Spirit, watch a 25 minute video presentation, and then share your answers to some of the home study questions in a small group discussion. Books are available for $25 and scholarships are available. Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is necessary.

Time Commitment: Each weekly session, from October to April, is about an hour. Participants also spend some time at home, praying, studying, and preparing for next week’s lesson.

Women meet on Thursday mornings from 9:15 until 10:30 am in the St. Francis Room of the Christian Living Center. Home-schooled children, age 3 and older will study “The Life of Jesus”  in the Saint Patrick Room, across from the mothers.

Contact: Laura McGarry, 492-7172, mcgarryl@bellsouth.net,

Men, women, teens, and young adults are invited to the Thursday evening study in the Parish Hall 7:00 — 8:15 pm. Books will be available in Spanish and in English.

Contact: Laurie Manhardt CatholicBibleStd@aol.com 321-4034, John McHugh, john@jjmchughlaw.com,  or Jorge Trujilio  321–7705 for Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters.

Men’s Morning Bible Study meets Thursday mornings from 6:45 to 7:45 am at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 923  19th Place. Contact: Jim Manhardt, 321-3886, CathMenforJesus@aol.com

Charismatic Prayer Group

Purpose: To encourage people to look into and embrace a deeper faith and a lively commitment to living with joy and confidence as a fruit of having experienced the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit awakens graces received in Sacramental Baptism and Confirmation, and brings with it a love of Holy Scripture and prayer, a dynamic desire to cooperate fully with God’s will, and heart of service. The result is that one desires and enjoys praising the Lord in song and glorifying Him in service to others.

Responsibilities: Openness to the Holy Spirit! Willingness to pray for others, musical ability, hospitality (welcome people and serve refreshments), planning for worship, offering short teachings, preparing written cards for mailing, maintaining database, setting up and taking down chairs, tables and sound equipment each week.

Time Commitment: Two hours per week for members, more for musicians (rehearsals, set up and break down). Meets year-round. On the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Thursday of the month meetings are in the Parish Center from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On the 3rd Thursday of the month there is a Healing Mass in the Church, with Praise and Worship prior to Mass, and healing prayer afterwards.

Contact: Carolyn Dean, 772-567-0682, E:sthelenprayergroup@earthlink.net or Eleanor DiMauro, 772-562-3564. E: deaconjjdm@gmail.com







Christ Renews His Parish

Purpose: WELCOME Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a spiritual renewal process which calls together the members of the parish – clergy and laity – in order to experience personal conversation and Christian community in the environment of our own parish. In the context of personal rebirth and parish   revitalization, it is evangelization, catechesis, spiritual information, sharing, lay ministry, and Christian community- building. CRHP is centered around retreats given BY men and women of the parish FOR men and women of the parish.

Responsibilities: The only requirement to participate in a WELCOME Christ Renews His Parish weekend is to be a registered parishioner of St. Helen Church, with a desire for personal spiritual renewal.

Time Commitment: One Saturday morning through Sunday  afternoon weekend renewal retreat.

Contact: Victoria Acker, 516-528-0590, vickiaa5106@gmial.com

WELCOME CRHP Continuation Committee: CRHP@sthelenvero.org


Summary: Formerly known as the Work of Mary. Its mission is the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer to the Father, “That all may be one.” For more information visit www.focolare.org.

Responsibilities: Each month a sentence from Scripture with a commentary and guide for Inspiration for daily living is received. Participants share their experiences of how they have lived The Word of Life and the fruits they have received.

Contact: Linda DuBois, 772-205-9036, E: lmdvb@aol.com

Men’s Discipleship

Purpose: To further develop the spiritual lives of the men of   St. Helen through a deepening of their personal relationship with Jesus, formation of relationships with one another, and training in discipleship. There are three groups which meet, each offering a slightly different opportunity for spiritual development, based on our call to know, love and serve our Lord by knowing, loving and serving one another. Each of the groups is described briefly      below.

Responsibilities: Desire for spiritual fellowship, growth, and    development.

Time Commitment: One (plus) hours per week and commitment to work on spiritual life.

Tuesday 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Small group discussion on scripture and Church writings.

Contact: Richard Rewalt, 301-785-6539, reco2221@yahoo.com

Wednesday 6:15 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.. Meeting includes DVD presentation and small group discussion.

Contact: Randy Brennan, 713-6436, hrb@veroattorneys.com              

Saturday 8:00 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.. Reading and small group discussion on Catholic literature.

Contact: Mike Walther, 772-559-2493, mpw13@att.net

Catholic Men’s Rally 2020


Purpose: Adoration promotes devotion to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. The threefold purpose is:

  • To provide a fervent response to Christ’s invitation to keep prayerful vigil with Him.
  • To deepen the experience of communion with Christ Eucharistic as He continues self-offering.
  • To live more consciously and actively the full significance of the Eucharist as the sacrament of charity and unity for the Church and the world.

Time: 24/7 in the Chapel. To sign up in advance or make a weekly commitment: ADORATION

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

Secular Franciscan Order: Divine Mercy Fraternity

Purpose: The Secular Franciscan Order is an official Order within the Catholic Church, established by St. Francis of Assisi himself, early in the thirteenth century. Divine Mercy Fraternity is the local Fraternity, part of many Fraternities world-wide. To become a member, the applicant (men, women, single or married) must discern a Vocation and be a devout Catholic.

Responsibilities: Ordinarily, we do not live in community; rather we live with our families and perform our jobs out in the world, gathering in fraternities on a regular basis. By profession we promise to follow a Rule of Life approved and confirmed by Pope Paul VI. For more information visit www.dmf-ofs.org.

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month, sometimes more.  Personal prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) adds 1-2 hours per day. Meetings are the second Sunday each month (3rd Sunday in May) from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the St. Patrick Room of the CLC.

Contact: Joanne Giordano, 772-332-0576, jnursefl@gmail.com or

Fred Schaeffer, OFS, Fraternity Minister, 772-410-6237, E: fredsfo2@gmail.com

FFMR Contact Person for 1-800-Francis Hotline

Click here for information on the Regional Fraternity in Florida

Click here for information on the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan

Click here for information on the Secular Fraciscan Order USA

Women Together in Faith

Purpose: Provides enrichment of daily life through a better understanding of scripture.

Responsibilities: Prayer, review of assigned lesson and corresponding biblical readings, followed by group discussions.

Time Commitment: Wednesday mornings after the 8:30 a.m. Mass for one hour (9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.). A minimum of an additional hour between classes will be required to prepare for the next class.

Contact: Diane Hankle, 772-321-3911, E: ddtowski@gmail.com or Virginia Gallo, 772-559-6936, E: virginiagallo@comcast.net