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St. Helen's Parish Library



Library News
February 2017


As Lent approaches, St. Helen's is offering many programs to enhance our spiritual journey to Easter.  Many have attended "Discovering Christ," "Panorama of the Bible," and look forward to the small group series, "Be My Witness" and Cornerstone retreats in March.  We invite participants  to visit the parish library to browse through books for Lent (lower corner of "New Book" area),  DVD's and current religious magazines.   Recent additions to our collection are "Alone, But Not Lonely", "Where Two Worlds Touch" by Angelica, "Pope Francis, Revolution of Tenderness and Love," by Kasper and "Why Forgive?" by Arnold.  The children's section features books and DVDs about Easter.


The library purchases the new paperback spiritual books and magazines displayed in the church vestibule for parishioners' convenience.  Prices are clearly marked and we ask that you deposit that amount in the box provided on the rack.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Our library has been serving the community of St. Helen for 30 years.  In l984, a  dedicated group of volunteers organized a small room in the parish center as a parish library.  The shelves were initially stocked with donations from the private collections of parishioners and staff.  Under the guidance of Brother Bill Lavigne, early volunteers were Dorothy Miller, Peg Dervin and Kathy Keating.  In the early 90’s Ann Marie Swartz and Mary Orlando took up the effort and continued to work to provide individual parishioners and parish organizations with a variety of media materials.  An annual book fair was a big success and in the mid 90’s the library was moved to a location near the parish gym.  Sister Joanna Kerwin provided invaluable help.

Pat Clarke was a frequent volunteer and Pam Perryman and Pat Pastore provided creative art work for the library bulletin board.   In 2009,  Mary Ann Boyno began the conversion to an automated computer-based system as we awaited the transition to the new library in Burke Hall.  June Loughery volunteered to help in the transfer. In 2010,  we moved into a beautiful, well lighted media center, with a spacious childrens’ section.  The new library flourishes and provides space for small groups such as book discussions and faith sharing.

The parish library is open whenever Burke Hall is open.  Stop in and browse and borrow.  The library is a cozy oasis away from the hustle and bustle of every day life and is very user friendly.   When you select a book or DVD, just write the date, your name and phone number on the pocket card and leave it in the blue box on the desk.  The computer and adjacent instructions will help you find a particular item  or you have the option of checking the card catalog subject section.

The  volunteer staff also maintains the Book Rack in the church vestibule so parishioners may purchase current magazines and books.

The latest Catholic magazines are available for reading.  Our Children's Section is adding new books every week.

The library contains over 1,500 books including books on spirituality, world religions, fiction, biographies, and church art and history.

In addition to books, there are audio and video tapes, CDs and DVDs available for adults and children.  Self-service instructions are in the library if no library is present when you visit.  For questions about the library or books for purchase please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .