May 11, 2008
Please pray for those who are sick:   
Louis Anzelone, Kathryn Barnes, Micky Bonner, Kay Bouton, Homer Brawley, Margaret Buckley, Joan Maresca Butman, Elizabeth Kate Chern, Diane Cooke, Dimitri Costa, Maryann Cotton, Cindy Curtis, Manfred Dalhausser, Rob Deimer, John Donohue, Robert Fulham, Genevieve Gullion, Verna Judge, Estelle Kempner, Betty Kern, Jennifer Kissinger, Barbara Knierim, Joan Laezza, Beth Larner, Michael Lesso, Claudia Luecke, Ann Maresca, Barbara Melino, Diane Menzel, Sharon Merullo, Bernadette Nelson, Ray Patla, Eugene Patricia, Baby Owen Proietti, Richard Remeika, Teddi Ritter, John Rowe, William Salisbury, Ryan Schefer, Ellen Scott, Alec Soloman, MaryAnn Spadaro, Priscilla Timler, Steve Tselides, Betty Walsh, Heinz Wengerter, June Wirkowski and Peggy Zukowski

Names will remain on the sick list for one month unless notified otherwise.

New Altar Servers
All boys and girls in Grade 4 and higher are invited to become Altar Servers.  New servers must attend one day each session:

 Session I: Monday, May 12  OR Thursday, May 15
 Session II: Monday, May 19 OR Thursday, May 22

All practices will begin at 3:30 pm in the Church and will last approximately one hour.  If there are any questions, please call Fr. Gerry at 908-232-1214, ext. 23.

Thank You For Giving
So far our collection for Helping Hands & Hearts is $9,275.
Thank you for your generosity.
Parish Anniversary Service Project
We have a goal of 40,000 service hours for 40th
Anniversary. For the 1st quarter of '08, 5015 hours, 25 minutes have been recorded.
Submit your hours of service on the cards available in the Church.  Place them in the box in the vestibule.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
The Liturgy Committee invites you to join us for Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Sunday, May 25th, from 3 to 5 pm.  Experience the grace and peace that comes from spending time with Jesus  present before us.  Spend a few minutes, or stay for a while.

Spiritual Life Committee Seeks New Members
The parish’s Spiritual Life Committee needs more members. The time commitment is very small yet the personal satisfaction you receive from helping is substantial.  The Committee meets 3-4 times a year and looks for opportunities to enrich parishioners’ spiritual lives.  Some of the projects we sponsor include the Parish Mission, Stations of the Cross, speakers on spiritual topics, mini-retreats and the Anointing Mass.  We invite all parishioners interested in helping, to join us at our next committee meeting on Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 PM in the Annex conference room. For more information, feel free to contact Ellen Walsh (908-272-0892) or Francene Cordes (908-232-6626).

Senior Social Club at Holy Trinity
The Holy Trinity Senior Social Club will meet on Monday, May 12 at 1:30 pm in the Holy Trinity Interparochial School gym on First Street in Westfield.  Dr. Arthur Bilenker of Cranford will speak to the club about collecting antique slot machines.  Slots have a fascinating history which he will tell us about as he shows some slides.  The club's next trip will be on the Riverbelle out of Toms River on June 17.  Lunch will be served on board.

From St. Joseph’s Social Service Center

Dear Mrs. Dulan,

     I would like to thank you and the wonderful parishioners of Saint Helen’s Parish for the contributions they made to our Annual Communion Outfit Drive.  With your help Senior Girls Scout Troop 820 was able to collect nearly thirty Communion outfits for underprivileged children in Elizabeth.

     It is gratifying to have neighbors as charitable as our friends at Saint Helen’s.  it is through your compassion and grace that the youngest members of our faith were properly dressed to receive this most memorable sacrament.  Thank you so much!
Sister Jacinta Fernandes
Healing Mass at St. John’s
A Healing Mass will take place on Wednesday,  May 21, at 7:45 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Church, 1805 Penbrook Terrace in Clark/Linden. All who are in need of physical, emotional, relational and spiritual healing are invited to attend.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, individual Eucharistic Blessing and Benediction will be part of the event. Participants are invited to stay for refreshments following Mass. For directions to St. John’s, please
access or call 908-486-6363.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
There will be a meeting of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at 10:00 am on Monday, May 12, in the Parish Center.  Anyone who enjoys knitting or crocheting and would like to join this comforting ministry is welcome to attend.
Separated, Divorced and Widowed Support
Seasons is a support group for separated, divorced or widowed individuals designed to provide assistance in the journey toward the healing through group discussions, guest speakers and social activities.  Meetings are usually held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.  The next meeting will be May 13 at 7:15 pm in the Parish Center.  Contacts:  Mickie 732-381-7801 or Marie 908-931-9073.

Donations For Food Pantry
Donations of non-perishable foods for the Holy Trinity Food Pantry are always appreciated.  Bring them to the Parish Center or to the Church .  There is always a need.  Thank you.
Get Your Cancer Camp Raffle Tickets!
There are still 150 tickets left for the Sr. Pat’s Kids Camp raffle drawing on May 18!  Have you reserved yours yet? Forms available in Church and in the Parish Center.  Tickets are $40 each.
Volunteers Needed
...for Holy Trinity Food Pantry -- Saint Helen‘s services the food pantry every Thursday from 11:15 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Volunteers pack groceries for those in need to help supplement their food supplies.  If you would like to help and can volunteer about once every six weeks, please contact Mary Campion at 908-889-1971.
Women’s Spiritual Book Club Forming
A women's spiritual book club is forming and will meet in the Parish Center on the second Wednesday of each month. Each month participants will read a book for discussion at the meeting.  The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, 2008, and the book assigned to be read for the first meeting is The Faith Club by Idliby, Oliver and Warner. For more information, contact Ellen Walsh (908-272-0892) or Francene Cordes (908-232-6626).
Thank You For Rice Bowl Donation
A note from Sister Maureen Collins of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace:

Thank you for the donation toward the Rwanda Project. Your generous gift and thoughtfulness are deeply appreciated.  Sister Mindy is very touched by the kindness of the parishioners of Saint Helen’s.  The monies will be used to support the various projects aiding those suffering from poverty, malnutrition and illness.

I know Mindy joins with me in asking God to bless all of you for your compassion and wonderful generosity.
Teens Help at Library Friends Book Sale
The Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library want to thank the several teenagers who volunteered to help with the annual sale.   They worked on the initial set up, and were a big help on bag day assisting customers with their purchases.  They receive credit for community service hours, but the young people also learn the value of giving their time and effort to a worthwhile cause.  The sale was a great success and the Friends appreciate the teens who helped  make it so.  Support the Westfield Library by joining the Friends next time you are at the library circulation desk. They sponsor several children's programs each year, a "Future Librarian" scholarship, and a free-pass program for New York and New Jersey museums.
Drive to Support National Guard
This month, 2000 members of the National Guard will be returning to Iraq.  Members of the Westfield Library are collecting toiletries for the Guard.  Possibly you stay at hotels while on business trips.  You might collect soaps and shampoos that you don’t utilize when you come home.  Why not think of dropping them off in the vestibule of the church.  There is a plastic container there for that purpose.
Boy Scout Troop 79
*  Meets most Mondays 7:30 PM at  St. Helen's Parish Center
*  All boys 12 to 15 are welcome.
*  Get more info at

All They Need Is A Little Push
Wanted:  Ladies and gentlemen who are free on Friday mornings and would like to do a little walking, a little pushing, who would like to meet new people and would like to celebrate Mass in a different setting.  Your presence is requested at Genesis Westfield Center (around the corner from Church) every other Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 am.
Purpose:  To escort the wheelchair-bound residents from their rooms to the Mass which is celebrated with one of the priests from Saint Helen’s.  If interested, call Ann at 908-233-3618 or Mary Ellen at 732-549-0009.

...a morning retreat for those in the "second half of life" Thursday, May 8 ...starting with mass in the church at 9 a.m.   Join Fr. Albert Holtz, O.S.B., for Mass and a Morning Retreat (9 - 11:30 am) in  the Parish Center.
     Fr. Holtz, a Benedictine monk at the Newark Abbey, teaches New Testament in his monastery's inner-city prep school.  He has served as master of novices for twenty-five years and as a retreat master for Benedictine communities around the United States. He is the author of Downtown Monks, Street Wisdom and Pilgrim Road.

Retreat Weekend For Seriously Ill
The Gennesaret Retreat, held in Princeton on May 16, 17 and 18, offers a unique opportunity for persons who face a serious illness, to come away for a weekend of spiritual renewal and refreshment. The retreat is designed to celebrate the love of Jesus Christ through prayer times, celebration of Mass, Sacrament of reconciliation, talks by our spiritual directors, quiet times and ample periods of rest. There is time for sharing, celebrating, prayer together and alone. It begins on Friday at 1:30 PM and ends with a closing Mass on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM.   For information contact Peggy Walsh at 908-654-5575.

-Liberty Science Center will be coming to the Mountainside campus to launch their new Sesame Street Planetarium show. The students will get an up-close and personal view at the planetarium featuring Big Bird.

-As part of our life cycle studies, all PreK and Kindergarten students are observing caterpillars through the stages of development until they can be released on our campus as Painted Lady Butterflies.

-HTIS students along with their families enjoyed an Evening of Art and Music on Tuesday, May 6. The show featured the artwork of all HTIS students and all enjoyed instrumental performances from our music students.

-In celebration of their graduation, and many years at Holy Trinity, the eighth grade class will be spending the day in New York City on May 14. They will visit the infamous Madame Toussaud Wax Museum, enjoy the Broadway musical of "Mary Poppins" and end the day with an Evening Dinner Cruise around Manhattan.

-We extend a huge thank you to all our parishioners for supporting our annual fundraiser "Fortune 4 U" Raffle. Your contribution and support of our school are greatly appreciated.
Help Needed
Holy Trinity School is looking for a qualified math teacher on a volunteer or stipend basis 1 hour a day for 7th and 8th graders.  Call Sister Maureen at 908-233-0484.  Help make a difference.
Genesis Breakfast Celebration
On Sunday, May 18, from 10 to 1, Westfield Center-Genesis HealthCare on Lamberts Mill Road will hold a continental breakfast to celebrate Nursing Home Week.  There is no charge.   RSVP to 908-233-9700.

HTIS Bulk Clothing Drive
Holy Trinity Interparochial School will hold its spring bulk clothing drive on Saturday May 17.  We will be accepting clothing, bedding, shoes, stuffed animals and purses bagged and tied up.  All proceeds go directly to the HTIS Home and School Association.  Drop off of the bags will be on Waterson Street by the playground on Saturday, May 17, from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Joy in Christian Marriage
Bring new joy into your marriage as you discover God’s plan for you and your spouse.
Join us for St. Thomas the Apostle Parish’s 5th Annual Faith and Family Conference featuring renowned speaker, Dr. Philip Mango. Dr. Mango has over 30 years experience as a psychotherapist working with individuals, married couples and families.  Saturday, May 31, 2008  8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center 60 Byrd Ave, Bloomfield NJ  Cost: $15 per person or $20 per couple.  For more information and to register by May 27th  contact Bob Miller at (973) 338-9190 ext. 29

Mount St. Mary House of Prayer
 To register, call 908-753-2091 or e-mail:

What’s New About the Rosary?
Be inspired. Includes sung Rosary. Fri, May  9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. ($15)
Mary Jo Kearns, RSM

Gathering For Men
Gain inspiration and support by focusing on spirituality and integration with daily life.  Group discussion, reflection and prayer.  May 13, 7:30-9:30 pm.  ($15)    Jerry McKenna, Al Beronio

Week-long Directed Retreat
An experience of personal prayer based on Scripture.   Registration required   May 16-23 -Begins 7 pm on opening day; concludes at 2 p.m.  ($385/week; non-refundable deposit $75)     OR

Weekend Retreat
May 16-18- Begins 7 pm on opening day; concludes at 2 p.m.
($110/weekend; non-refundable deposit $25)  Registration required.
The Actor’s Camp at Mountainside
June 30-July 25 Presented by Our Lady of Lourdes
Two week and one week sessions, half-day or full-day ACTING, IMPROVISATION, and MUSICAL THEATRE classes for actors, ages 6 and up.  Staffed by Paul O’Connor and other professional teaching artists from film, TV, and the stage.

NEW PROGRAM!  July 28-August 1
   Summer acting/enrichment workshops for individuals diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning Autism. Space is limited.

Please call The Actors Camp @ 908-654-0063 for more information and registration. 

Catholic End of Life Medical Ethics
Are you seeking greater knowledge and understanding of our Catholic perspective on end of life issues?  A three-part lecture series sponsored by Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology discussing spirituality and end of life medical ethics. 

May 15 - How to Make the Right Medical Decision

May 22 - The Law and End of Life Decisions
Thurs. Evenings 7:30 to 9 pm  at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Center Ridgewood, NJ  Cost: $10 per lecture or

$25 for all three  To register or to obtain more information,
contact Debbie Kurus at (973) 313–6329 or

Benefit Golf Outing
at Echo Lake Golf and Country Club on Monday, May 19 to benefit Community Access Unlimited celebrating its 29th anniversary of serving adults with developmental disabilities and at-risk youth in Union County.  For more information please contact Caitlin Coggon at 908-354-3040, ext. 376 or

Summer Retreats at Stella Maris LBI
June 1 - 7 :
Silent Guided Retreat with Sr. Carol Marozzi, SSJ  "Listening to the Music of Creation"OR  Directed Retreat  with Sr. Margaret Ellen Burke, SC or Kathleen Geelan

June 8 - 15:
Silent Guided Retreat with Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ "Caring for God's Creation"  OR  Directed Retreat with Bernice Carroll, SSJ or Eileen Gatza 

June 15 - 21:
Silent Guided Retreat with Sr. Antonia Cooper, OSF  "T'ai Chi Chih - A Moving Meditation"  OR Directed Retreat with Paulette Cicero or Sr. Judy Mertz, SC

June 22 - 28:
Preached Retreat with Msgr. Paul Scheletick  ”Christmas in June: Advent Begins with Breakfast"
Call 609- 494-1182 for information or to register.

Inclusive Family Masses...
...are adapted for people with special needs and/or gifts, their families and friends.  Very often people or families living with developmental, intellectual and/or other disabilities do not feel welcome attending their local parish liturgy, although they are very welcome.  These are the people and families in particular that the Archdiocesan Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities is inviting to attend the following Masses and celebrate Eucharist.  Masses listed will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 300 Central Avenue in Mountainside at 1:30 pm:

May 25   and   June 29

Please call 973-497-4309 or 908-232-1162 for more information and a list of other churches and dates where inclusive Masses are being held.
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