On Being a Parishoner

What Does It Really Mean To Be A Parishoner?

In joining any parish, we become part of a family that depends on the support of its members through the stewardship of time, talent and treasure. A family’s ongoing strength and effectiveness is truly a group effort, maintained by the loving, caring actions of each member and by the ability to manifest sustained financial stability. At St. Helena Parish we are blessed by a wonderful sacramental life, incredible educational programs and a wealth of extended ministries, all of which enable us to experience the ordinary events of our lives as graced and extraordinary and to continue to grow in grace.

The Eucharist is the heart of the mission of the parish and a faith community can only grow and become effective when the Celebration of the Eucharist, Mass, is at its center and the basis of its mission.

A commitment to the mission of the parish establishes our relationships with each other in faith. For members of the Church it is expected and hoped that those seeking the Sacraments are practicing Catholics in good standing. The same is true when parents present their children for the Sacraments. There must be well founded hope that the children will be raised in the Catholic faith.

We welcome all who come to register to be a part of our parish family and want you to know that we are enhanced by your presence among us. We are proud to be there for you and to do all that we can to fulfill your expectations of us, to meet your spiritual and temporal needs. We remind you that, together, we are called to meet each other’s needs and so we humbly ask in return that you be there for us and with us as a fully participating member of the St. Helena Parish family.

Those seeking the Sacraments and parents seeking Sacraments for their children are asked to provide acknowledgements of being active participants in the parish’s life and mission. Guidelines and expectations for active membership in St. Helena Parish would include:

  1. You must first be registered in the Parish.
  2. Your participation in Liturgy on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation and your sacrificial giving reflect your prayerful and thoughtful response of gratitude to God. God calls us to be equal in our sacrifice.
  3. Your participation in Sunday Mass must be verifiable. When contributing we ask that you use the parish envelope. Loose cash is not verifiable.
  4. We need your help and active participation in one or more of the many ministries we offer which truly enrich not only the mission of St. Helena Parish but your own experience as a member of our parish family.

Ever conscious of God’s blessing towards us, may we continually strive to love and serve Him in a spirit of gratitude. May the words of the Psalmist be in our hearts and forever on our lips, “What can I offer the Lord for all His goodness to me?” Psalm 116:12