Numerous societies and organizations are active at St. Helen’s. Each of them in its own way helps to build up our parish community as we strive to grow in faith, hope, and charity.

Catholic Youth Organization

The CYO organizes sporting events for the young people of our parish, particularly basketball. For more information, contact John Panico at

Holy Name Society

The Holy Name Society is a group for men in the parish who seek to grow in their commitment to the Catholic faith. Aside from their monthly Mass and meeting, the Holy Name Society organizes special spiritual and social events. Holy Name members also volunteer to help with numerous events in the parish as a whole. For more information, contact Anthony Sama at

Peter’s ‘Postles

Peter’s ‘Postles is a Catholic Men’s Spirituality Prayer Group dedicated to bringing men to a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ through Scripture, prayer, and fellowship. The group meets every Tuesday night from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The meeting is held in St. Helen’s Church Meeting room or in Our Lady of Grace’s old convent. For information contact Deacon Rick Elrose at 718-738-1616, ext. 228.


The mission of the Rosary Ministry Society is to promote devotion to our Blessed Mother by praying the Rosary, to support the spiritual growth of each member, to minister to the needy, and to bring women together who want to share values, friendship, joy, and laughter. For more information contact Mary Ann Kellen at

Rosary for Peace

The Rosary for Peace group gives parishioners the opportunity to gather in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi to seek the Blessed Mother’s intercession in eliminating all forms of violence in the world. The group meets every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, weather-permitting. Prayers include the Rosary and specific petitions for peace. For more information, contact John DeRiso at 718-848-9173.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society in our parish has been actively dedicated to helping the poor for over thirty years. The Society sends a message of hope to those in need either financially or spiritually. They conduct drives for the needy six times a year and meet once a month from September through June. Contact Frank Palmenteri at


The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

St. Helen sponsors Cub Scout Pack 139, which provides an age-appropriate, hands-on, fun program to achieve these goals for boys in grades 1-5. For more information, contact Chris Flood at (718) 310-0867 or at

St. Helen also sponsors Boy Scout Troop 139, which is for young men in grades 6-12.

Secular Franciscans

The mission of the St. Helen Secular Franciscan Fraternity is to encourage the living of the Gospel life using St. Francis at a model, to grow in our spirituality through daily prayer and ongoing formation, to support the needy, to serve others, and to bring together those who want to share Franciscan values and camaraderie. Contact Lorraine Arcella for more information at

Support Group for the Physically Challenged

The Support Group for the Physically Challenged has a twofold mission:

1) To provide spiritual, emotional, and social support for the physically challenged of our parish community.

2) To encourage home-bound parishioners to participate as much as possible in the sacramental and social life of the parish.

The group receives financial assistance from the Holy Name Society and many community members. Able bodied persons volunteer physical assistance. For more information, contact John Americo at 718-738-4417 or John DeRiso at 718-848-9173 or at