St. Helena
Religious Education Program

Ms. Hummy Pennell,
Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
hpennell@sainthelenas.org

Mrs. Sue Leonard, Assistant to the Director
sleonard@sainthelenas.org

Office Phone: (302) 762-4280

Our all-encompassing program offers spiritual, academic and service venues for parishioners from the “cradle to the grave”. All areas of the Religious Education Program focus on parishioners being well educated in their faith, well-adjusted and caring individuals who have learned how to “Live their Faith”. Here at St. Helena’s there is something for everyone to be involved within our small community of believers.

Religious Education Classes

Our program operates during the school year on Monday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm in the school classrooms for first through eighth grade children who attend public school. These classes are taught by volunteer catechists who not only love children but who enjoy sharing their faith with others.

This Year’s Special Events & Classes:

  • March 13: Class Night
  • March 20: NO CLASS
  • March 27: Class Night
  • April 3: Students will go to church for Lenten Prayer Service and  Confession
  • April 10: Final Night of Classes
  • First Eucharist Mass, Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Confirmation Mass, Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    Reception with the Bishop follows immediately in Masci Hall

If a family night is scheduled please do NOT just drop off your children but come in and attend with them. These are special learning events for all family members.

For cancellations due to inclement weather, please listen to WDEL 1150 AM. Each parent is free to make the decision for your child whether or not to attend class.

Cost of the program:

  • $125 per family for the year if paid by Sept. 14th,
  • 2 payments of $70 in September and January, OR
  • 8 monthly payments of $20 for a total of $160

Adult Scripture Study

For more information or for questions, contact Ms. Hummy at hpennell@sainthelenas.org or check the bulletin for schedule.

Sacramental Preparation

Classes meet during the school year on Sunday afternoons for preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. These sacraments are open to all parish children whether they attend Catholic or public schools **(If a child attends a public school, they must also attend the Religious Education classes on Monday evenings).

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are open to children ages 7 and older (grade second and above). Confirmation is celebrated during a teen’s ninth grade year.


First Eucharist Program 2017:
Meetings will held on the following Sundays at 12:15 pm :

March 19 for Parent and Child
April 2     for Child ONLY
April 23   for Child ONLY

Rehearsals For:
Saturday Celebration: Wednesday, May 10 at 6:00/Church (Child ONLY)
Sunday Family Celebration: Monday, May 6 at 6:30/Church(Parent MUST attend with child)

First Eucharist Celebrations:
Children’s Celebration – Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:30 am
Family Celebration – Sunday, May 14 2017 at the 11:00 am Mass


Confirmation Program 2017:
March 31, 2017
–Stations of the Cross at 7:30 pm
April 2, 2017–Last Confirmation Class at 12:15 pm in 8th grade Classroom
June 14, 2017–Rehearsal with time for Confession

Celebration: 
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the 5:00 pm Mass
Reception with the Bishop follows immediately in Masci Hall

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

This program meets on Sundays during the 11:00am Mass (October through May). Any child 3 years of age through fourth grade may attend.

This is a wonderful introduction to the Mass for young children as well as a peaceful time for parents to enjoy the readings and homily without the distraction of the little ones.

Special Masses when these children participate:

Christmas Eve 5pm Mass  ~  Palm Sunday 11am Mass  ~  May Procession

Youth Group

Youth Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month  7:00-8:30pm

Ms. Hummy Pennell, Youth Minister
Ms. Arianna Talley, Associate

Youth Group is open to all high school students seventh grade or above (Parishioners and non-parishioners alike). The goal of this group is to practice and live the faith they have learned in a relaxing atmosphere.

This group participates within Parish Life in many ways. They sponsor a Parish Easter Egg Hunt, serving at parish dinners, participating at the Parish Carnival, assisting the Liturgy Committee when needed.
They help with Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sundays
and still find time to make their own FUN!
For additional information regarding this group, please call Ms. Hummy at 762-4280 or at: hpennell@sainthelenas.org