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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

https://youtu.be/OOLZDaTgIaM

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They tell the story of a mountain climber who, desperate to conquer the Aconcagua, initiated his climb after years of preparation.  But he wanted the glory to himself, therefore, he went up alone.  He started climbing and it was becoming later, and later.  He did not prepare for camping, but decided to keep on going.

Soon it got dark.  Night fell with heaviness at a very high altitude.  Visibility was zero.  Everything was black.  There was no moon, and the stars were covered by clouds.

As he was climbing a ridge at about 100 meters from the top, he slipped and fell.  Falling rapidly he could only see blotches or darkness that passed.  He felt a terrible sensation of being sucked in by gravity.  He kept falling....and in those anguishing moments good and bad memories passed through his mind.  He thought certainly he would die.

But then he felt a jolt that almost tore him in half.  Yes!  Like any good mountain climber he had staked himself with a long rope tied to his waist.  In those moments of stillness, suspended in the air he had no other choice but to shout: “HELP ME GOD.  HELP ME!”

All of a sudden he heard a deep voice from heaven... 

“What do you want Me to do?”

"SAVE ME.”

“Do you REALLY think that I  can save you?”

“OF COURSE, MY GOD.”

“Then cut the rope that is holding you up.”

There was another moment of silence and stillness.  The man just held tighter to the rope.  The rescue team says that the next day they found a frozen mountain climber hanging strongly to a rope.....  TWO FEET OFF THE GROUND.

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Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to  work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. "Are you a good farmhand?" the farmer asked him.

"Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man's work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, "Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!"

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, "No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows."

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away.

The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

MORAL: When you're prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm.

We, as believers in Christ, secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don't need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the midst of the storms.

When I first met Christ, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.

I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I knew the way, it was rather boring, but predictable... It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts.  Up mountains, and through rocky places.  At breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on!  Even though it looked like madness,

He said, ‘Pedal’.

I was worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?”  He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life.  And entered into the adventure.  And when I’d say, “I’m scared”, He’d lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed.  Gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy.  He said, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.”

So I did, I gave them to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received.  And still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him, at first.  In control of my life, I thought He’d wreck it.  But He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners.  Knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

And I am learnging to shut up and pedal in the strangest places.  And I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.  And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says...

‘Pedal’.

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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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