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The Veil Removed

The Veil Removed is a short film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church. Go to theveilremoved.com to learn more. The Veil Removed Copyright 2019


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On April 25, 1793, the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas was established. In 2006, forty-nine dioceses have been formed from The Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, including the Diocese of New Orleans, which was raised to the rank of Archdiocese in 1850. In 1860 the Archdiocese of New Orleans assigned them a missionary priest, Father John Scollard, to Amite just two years after John Coleman donated land in Amite for a Catholic Church. Father Scollard celebrated the first Mass in Amite that same year in a two-room home. Eight years later, in 1868, the church parish of St. Helena was created and the first church and rectory were completed.

Missionary priests from the Archdiocese of New Orleans staffed the church until September of 1890, when the Benedictines were assigned to care for St. Helena's twenty families. On April 24, 1908, 1908, Father Felix Rumpf, O.S.B was killed and the church building destroyed by a tornado. Later that year, the first parish fair was held to raise funds for the building of a new church. By 1910, the new church was completed.
In July of 1912, the Spanish Dominicans were assigned to care for St. Helena church. They remained until April of 1938, at which time the American Dominicans were assigned to St. Helena. The second church building was destroyed on April 6, 1940 by another tornado, which also destroyed the church hall and damaged the rectory. Weekend Mass was celebrated at the local movie theater and daily mass was celebrated at the rectory until the third church could be completed and dedicated on September 14, 1941.

The American Dominicans remained at St. Helena until July of 1991, when the Diocese of Baton Rouge (created in 1961) assumed the care of St. Helena. Father Fred Youngs was the first diocesan priest to serve here, remaining until July of 1995, when Father Jack Nutter replace him. Father Jack served until June of 2005, Father Joe Camilleri served until July of 2011, and Father Mark Beard, the current priest, was assigned to replace him.



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St. Helena offers Tours & Retreats of our beautiful Campus. Please call the Office to schedule a Tour or Retreat.

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St. Helena Catholic Church
122 S. 1st. Street
Amite, LA, 70422


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A Prayer for an End to Abortion

Heavenly Father,

Spare our nation from the scourge of abortion.

Protect the lives of children in the womb.

Give hope and strength to their mothers.

Stir love in the hearts of fathers to support and cherish mother and child.

Cause our elected leaders and the courts to recognize and protect the person hood of unborn children.

Lift up church leaders to proclaim a Culture of Life.

Lead parents who had abortions to repentance and healing.

Bring about the conversion of the abortionist, of those who deny the birthright of children and those who are indifferent.

Grant me the courage and energy to be a Defender of Life.

I ask this through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.march for life at church 3

We, at St. Helena Catholic Church, are concerned with educating, directing, and sustaining all who visit. 

In particular those who draw near to the teachings and traditions of Holy Mother Church. 

We strive to achieve this by utilizing the Cardinal Virtues of Justice, Prudence, Temperance and Fortitude.


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