St. Helen Parish Frequently Asked Questions
Please feel free to call the office or submit a question via the Contact Form if you have a question that remains unanswered.
Anyone is welcome at any time to attend a Catholic Mass. There are some parts of the church service that may seem unfamiliar, such as the words we say or the postures we take. Let the Catholics worry about those. You may participate in whatever ways you feel comfortable, but we do reserve the reception of communion for those who are Catholic. If you are not Catholic, you may stay at your seat or walk up to the front of church to receive a blessing by crossing your arms over your body during communion.
We want to encourage you as you take this first step. For those who have been fully initiated into the Catholic faith and have been away for a while, a good first step is to receive the Sacrament of Confession. Confession is available Saturdays from 4:00-4:45pm and by appointment with a priest. For people who have grown up in another faith tradition but wish to return to God through the Catholic church, please contact Ellen Garmann on the parish staff so that she can help you determine the best path forward.
You may fill out the form online, or print and return the form by mailing it, dropping it in the Sunday collection basket, or bringing it to the parish offices during regular office hours.
First, congratulations! This is a big step in your life of faith. Instructions specific to each Sacrament are available by looking under the Sacraments tab at the top of the page and choosing the appropriate sacrament. Most preparation processes take a significant amount of time, ranging from a few months to several years.
Please call the parish office at 937-254-6233 during regular office hours Monday through Friday. Or, you can let your funeral home know that you would like St. Helen Parish to be involved in the process and a representative from the funeral home will contact our office. After the initial contact has been made and the appropriate type of service has been determined, a trained volunteer from our church will meet with you to prepare the funeral service.
Our normal mass times for Holy Days are 7:00pm the night before (anticipatory vigil) and 6:30am and 8:15am on the observed day. There are exceptions, so please check the bulletin for the most accurate information.