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Amite, LA, 70422

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Coronavirus Update

My Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

    Throughout the History of Mankind, in particular during the Old Testament, God, at times, had chosen to discipline His children; to help them find their knees if you will. Often times through famine, wars or plagues. We saw this play out with Moses in the desert, Joseph & his brothers, as well as the Assyrian & Babylonian overtaking of Israel’s 12 tribes. Today, we are faced with a current day plague, or at the very least an anxiety filled reaction to such. And as such, there is no greater role model for us to emulate, during these penitential times, than Mother Teresa. She taught us that during ‘Dark times’, we need to carry our cross - without complaining! That the sufferings we must endure by not being able to attend the Mass of our choosing, obtain the Sacraments when we prefer, or have immediate access to Christ – is nothing short of, Redemptive Suffering.  This is the time for us to show that we are no longer Neutral… that we are Directional in our efforts to grow closer to Christ… to be the next Simon of Cyrene and forever have our names in the Book of Life – Persevere!

   There are going to be times in our lives when we may experience some bit of doubt, like now!  Yet her response was directional, committed and never neutral…. “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief”! 

 

Sunday Mass will be at 9am.

Please attend our Sunday Mass by joining us her on the Website or on our facebook page at Saint Helena Church Amite, La.

 

**The Sunday Mass obligation continues to be dispensed for all Catholics as long as this threat persists.

 

THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL CLOSE UNTIL FURTHUR NOTICE

 THE CAMPUS WILL REMAIN OPEN FROM 8:30AM - 4:30PM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

  • Sunday Mass for St. Helena will be closed for the public.  The Mass will be prayed, for you, privately by Fr. Mark. This Mass will be at 9am on facebook and our website
  • Daily Mass and Mass intentions will be prayed, for you, privately by Fr. Mark.
  • Reconciliation- by appointments only.
  • Baptism - limited to private and small family celebrations(10 people or less).
  • Weddings/Convalidations- celebrated with Bride, Groom, Celebrant, 2 Witnesses and immediate family (parents, children, etc-10 people or less).  The Mass will not be celebrated, only the Marriage Rite is acceptable.
  • Funerals-will be celebrated at the Funeral Home or Graveside with immediate family, Clergy, and Funeral staff.  Funeral Masses in Church, as well as wakes in Church Hall are prohibited until further notice.
  • Delivery of Communion-to Homebound, Nursing Home, or other Healthcare Facilities will be discontinued indefinitely.  This does not apply to those in danger of death or when a person is in need of Viaticum.
  • Anointing of the Sick can be arranged by calling the Church Office at (985)748-9057.
  • RCIA/Confirmation-has been postponed until further notice.

 

Please continue to monitor the Website for any changes or updates.

 

 

 

Levels of Spiritual Warfare

Levels of Spiritual Warfare

Fr. Chad Ripperger at St. Mary of Pine Bluff, WI speaks on the "Levels of Spiritual Warfare"

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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“Catholics must never abandon the moral requirement to seek full protection for all human life from the moment of conception until natural death.”

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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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