Spiritual Life & Prayer

Bible Study – Come and See

Summary: 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 Catechism of the Catholic Church. We will study “Romans and Ephesians” in 2019–2020.

Responsibilities: Pray to the Holy Spirit, watch a 25 minute video presentation, and then go over your answers to the home study questions in a small group discussion. Books are available for $25 for adults, $10 for children. Scholarships are available. Everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary.

Time Commitment: Each weekly session, from October to April, is about an hour to 75 minutes. Participants also spend some time at home preparing for next week’s lesson.

Women and Children:

Ages 3+ are welcome on Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Children learn about Jesus through stories and crafts, while their mothers study and share.

Contact: Laura McGarry, 772-492-7172 E: mcgarryL@bellsouth.net, or Melanie Boles, 772-538-9132, E: salveregin@earthlink.net

Men, Women, Teens, & Young Adults

Are invited to the Tuesday evening study in the Parish Hall 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Contact: Laurie Manhardt, 772-321-4034, E: CatholicBibleStd@aol.com, or John McHugh, john@jjmchughlaw.com.

Men’s Morning Bible Study

Meets Thursdays 6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (923 19th Place)

Contact: Jim Manhardt, 772-321-3886 E: CathMenforJesus@aol.com, or Martin Bireley, 205-999-4162, E: mbireley@hotmail.com, or Jim Paige, 772-713-1235, E: jimpaige@comcast.net

Charismatic Prayer Group

Summary: 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 Deacon Joe DiMauro, 772-562-3564. E: jdimauro@sthelenvero.org

Christ Renews His Parish

Summary: 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, and lay ministry, as well as 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 CRHP weekend is to be a registered parishioner of St. Helen Church, with a desire for personal spiritual renewal.

Time Commitment: One Saturday through Sunday afternoon weekend renewal retreat and a weekly or bi-weekly two hour gathering for team formation for hosting the next weekend retreat (approximately 12 weeks).

Contact: Ellan Rice (CRHP Continuation Committee), 772-794-2077, E: crhpcc@outlook.com or Parish Office, 772-567-5129, E: sthelenchurch@hotmail.com.

Focolare

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

Summary: 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.

  • Monday 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Small group discussion on scripture and Church writings.
  • Wednesday 6:15 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.. Meeting includes breakfast, DVD presentation, and small group discussion.
  • Saturday 8:00 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.. Reading and small group discussion on Catholic literature.

Contact: Randy Brennan, 713-6436, E: hrb@veroattorneys.com or Liam O’Brien, 772-473-7131, E: liamaob01@gmail.com or Mike Walther, 772-559-2493, E: mpw13@att.net.

Nocturnal Adoration

Summary: The Nocturnal Adoration Society promotes devotion to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. The Society’s 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 Commitment: First Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. for one hour in the Church.

Contact: Deacon Charles Weir, 772-473-0044, E: cweir@sthelenvero.org

Secular Franciscan Order: Divine Mercy Fraternity

Summary: 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 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Fred Schaeffer, OFS, Fraternity Minister, 772-794-5436, E: fredsfo2@gmail.com or Helen Calderone, OFS, Vice Minister, 772-794-2404, E: epchfc@comcast.net

Women’s Bible Study

Summary: Provides enrichment of daily life through a better understanding of scripture in an environment of mutually supportive women.

Responsibilities: Interest in Sacred Scripture and sharing within the group and have the desire to learn more about the Catholic faith.

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

Contact: Diane Hankle, 772-562-2539 or Virginia Gallo, 772-770-2211, E: virginiagallo@comcast.net