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Sunday Ministries


Among the many activities of the parish, "none is as vital or as community-forming as the Sunday celebration of the Lord's Day."  ~ Pope John Paul II

Help us to make Sundays Amazing at St. Helen's by joining a Sunday Ministry!

 


 

Music Ministry
Fred Golz 908-232-1214 x 121   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more on the music program at St. Helen and our various ensembles CLICK HERE

 


25:35
Gail Laughlin 908-232 1214 ext 116  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 A ministry of parishioners who help to enhance the warm, friendly environment that exists here at Saint Helen's.  Greeters welcome the parish family at the doors of the church at the weekend Masses.  High school and college aged parishioners are encouraged to become greeters. Click here for more on 25:35


Media Ministry
Carolyn Colonna 908-873-1981  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 A ministry of parishioners who help to enhance the Mass by projecting song lyrics, some prayers, and occasional videos during the liturgy on Sunday and Holy Days. 


Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Marilyn Ryan 908-232-1214 Ext 113 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These Parishioners are mandated to distribute the Eucharist during the communion rite at liturgies. Some Ministers also bring communion to the home bound and the Nursing Home. 


Lectors 
Joseph Vaszily This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parishioners who are commissioned to proclaim the Word of the Lord at Liturgies.   


Altar Servers 
Maribeth Fisher   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Altar service is one of the oldest ministries in the Church. Its focus is to help prepare for worship services by setting the altar table and lighting the candles. In spring and fall, the Parish recruits and trains new altar servers (generally boys and girls in Grade 4 and higher). 
Click Here for More on Altar Servers 


 Usher Ministry

Contact John Kerins   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition to the more familiar tasks of passing out the collection baskets during Mass and distributing church bulletins after Mass, our ushers carry out a number of important tasks to serve the parishioners of Saint Helen's.  These include:

  • Greeting the parishioners and visitors as they enter the church for Mass
  • Finding seating for congregants when the church is crowded 
  • Helping the disabled and if requested, arranging to have Holy Communion brought to their pews.
  • Ensuring that congregants are available for the Offertory Presentation of the Gifts
  • Answering any questions that our parishioners or guests may have or directing them to the appropriate person if the usher does not know the answer.

Being a member of the Ushering Ministry is personally very rewarding - and the St. Helen Usher Ministry is open to both men and women of our parish.  If you are a caring, reliable, conscientious and dedicated person the Usher Ministry will be very pleased to welcome you.  Call today – they would love to hear from you!


Sacristan Ministry

Contact Marilyn Ryan 908-232-1214 Ext 113 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

As Sacristan, there are two main roles: Mass Set Up and Clean Up, and Mass Coordinator

Mass Set Up and Clean Up vary slightly depending on the individual Mass and presider. At every Mass, you are responsible for setting up for both Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist which means preparing all the books, vessels, offertory, and incense when appropriate.

As Mass Coordinator, a sacristan also assists the presider with whatever details/duties he needs done. The sacristan will check to make sure the altar servers are ready and in place as well as making sure the assigned Readers and Ushers are present and ready to serve.


 Children's Liturgy of the Word
Tricia McGlynn (908)232-1214 x 110  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 During the 9:30 am Sunday Mass the celebrant calls children in grades 1 to 5 to be led by a religious education leader to the parish center and they are brought back to the church after the homily during the offertory.   The Children's Liturgy of the Word program focuses on the spiritual needs of elementary school children.  Boys and girls have the opportunity to learn about the Mass through small group interaction. Prayers and readings for the specific week are highlighted and discussed.  Children are encouraged to ask questions.  They are given the opportunity to relate what they have learned to their own life experiences.  The program enables boys and girls to make a closer connection to our Lord and His teachings.  


 Kids Corner
Kindergarten and Preschool Worship
Tricia McGlynn (908)232-1214 x 110  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Kids Corner is developmentally appropriate worship designed specifically for our young parishioners during the 9:30 am Mass.  Children age 2 1/2 to 5 attend Kids Corner Preschool Worship.  Kindergarten children attend Kids Corner Kindergarten Worship.  Both programs take place every Sunday (except Christmas and Easter) mid September to mid June in Meaney Hall.

 


 Liturgy Committee
Contact Fr. Gabriel Curtis 908-232-1214 Ext 122 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Liturgy Committee’s responsibilities are:

  • To discern the parish’s worship/liturgical/prayer needs
  • To coordinate the planning and scheduling of the liturgical celebrations for seasonal and special celebrations
  • To coordinate, support and evaluate all liturgical ministries in the parish, i.e. readers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, altar servers, lectors, cantors, musicians, etc
  • To ensure compliance with the liturgical directives, guidelines, norms and policies of the parish, the Archdiocese of Newark, and the Church Universal 

Church Decorating Team
Cheryl Winkler  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Under the direction of Cheryl Winkler,  the church environment is transformed by the Decorating Team for the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.  
If you enjoy decorating and would love to help out and share your talents with the Parish community, please contact Cheryl Winkler


Church Linen Ministry
Marilyn Ryan (908)232-1214 x 113 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Church Linen Ministry cares for the sacred linens by laundering and ironing the linens used on the altar during Mass.  The linens are cared for on a weekly basis on a rotating basis.  Detailed instructions will be given when you inquire about this ministry.