Apostolates, Ministries & Councils


AA District: Douglas Mattaino - (623) 205-8757

Arts/Environment: Preparing a Church environment that adds richness and depth to our prayer is a constant challenge. In special seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Holy Days, we can always use help!
Debbie Shimon: 623-486-8410

Adult Seniors: A young at heart group of adults (50+) who meet at 7pm on the first Monday of each month for a variety of activities to socialize, pray and support one another. Activities include Mass together each 2nd Wednesday of the month followed by breakfast at a local restaurant, game nights, trips, movies, etc.
Julie Garrett: 602-663-7199, Charlotte Pulham: 623-337-4010

Adult Formation (RCIA): call the office - (623) 979-4202

Al Anon Morning: Barbara Pawlak - (623) 486-7664

Al Anon PM Meeting: Christina Willmon - (623) 340-8533

Altar Servers:  As an Altar Server you serve God, the priest, the deacon, and God's people at Mass. Call Debbie & Ted Shimon at (623) 486-8410

Baptism: Deacon Rudy - (623) 937-1369

Bingo: St. Helen Bingo is licensed Class B Bingo and is held every Friday in our smoke-free Social Center starting at 6:45pm. The Knights of Columbus also provide a Snack Bar with snacks such as candy, popcorn, desserts and sodas!
Friday - Cecelia Dusold: 623-412-9415

Blood Drive: Chuck Zimmerman - (623) 486-8866

Blue Knights: Ben and Caroline Medrano   [email protected]

Boy Scouts: The purpose of the Boy Scouts is to promote, through cooperation with other agencies, the ability of our youth to do things for themselves and others, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and mutual values. In achieving this purpose, emphasis is placed upon its educational program and the oaths, promises and codes for character development, citizenship training, mental and physical fitness, and fun. The Boy Scout Program serves youth throughout the community, not just from the parish, and as such is an excellent outreach program to bring people closer to St. Helen.
Pat Hoffarth 602-692-9452, Phil Coury 623-878-9461, Gary Sypherd 480-896-2794

Children's Liturgy: Our mission is to provide the children with God's Word in an environment that draws them into the life and work of Jesus, so that the Kingdom of God takes flesh in them. Our children also enjoy performing the Christmas Pageant!
Stephanie Wicks 623-271-8514 or Deb Martinez 602-403-6257

Cub Scouts: We provide the boys with an effective, educational program designed to train citizenship and responsibility, to provide growth and moral strength and character, and to enhance the development and physical, mental and emotional fitness all done in the spirit of fun.
Jennifer Leigh 480-272-5549

Choir/Music: Dan Murphy - (602) 920-4370

Cursillo: This "short course" gives candidates an opportunity for a new and deeper understanding of Christian commitment and community. Spiritual Directors and a team of laypersons live, learn, pray and work together with the candidates to gain a fuller awareness of the treasure and responsibility of their faith.
George and Cecelia Dusold: 623-412-9415

Deacon's Wives: 

Eucharistic Ministers: We assist the celebrant of the Mass in the distribution of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Men and women who have received the three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Communion), who are registered members of the parish, actively leading a sacramental life, may serve.
Tom Bieger: 623-271-7286

Elementary Faith Formation: Tess Villanueva - (623) 500-3216

Friends of St. Helen: Our ministry began with the sole purpose of helping others in their time of need. When notified of a funeral, we prepare a brunch or lunch and serve it after Mass to the family and friends of the deceased. To join this ministry, one only needs a caring heart and an occasional few spare hours of time.
Nancy Gorny: 623-930-0018

Gift Shop: We are a ministry of volunteers working together to enable our parish to have a wide choice of Catholic Bibles, books, prayer books, statues, crucifixes, art and other religious items in their homes. Gifts and remembrances for Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, RCIA, wedding and anniversary gifts and cards are also available. Men, women, couples and teens over 16 are invited to participate!
Leo Ohnemus 623-500-3235

Healing Through the Body of Christ: We provide opportunities for St. Helen parishioners to support one another as families deal with cancer and other serious illnesses through prayer, encouragement, friendship, help with errands, a gift of crafts, or informational brochures and seminars.  Regular prayer services are conducted for patients, survivors, caregivers, and friends.  HTBC partners with the American Cancer Society for up-to-date health information and training for our volunteers.  Twice a year the ministry travels in a "pilgrimage" to the St. Perregrine Shrine in Mesa for prayer and adorations.
Paul and Leeann Wieser - (602) 751-9218

Holy Name Society: An organization dedicated to promoting the spiritual welfare of the men of the parish while supporting the parish and its functions. Membership is open to all adult men of the parish.
Steve Waite: 623-979-9491

Knights of Columbus: "Faith, Family and Fraternity" make up the foundation upon which the Knights of Columbus stands. Our programs and projects make a difference in communities and countries throughout the world. Open to all Catholic men age 18 or older. When you join the Knights of Columbus, you become a part of the largest lay organization in the world!
Grand Knight:  George Dusold  (623) 412-9415

Ladies of the Mystical Rose: As the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus, the Ladies of the Mystical Rose is a diverse and very active organization. We work closely with and support the Knights in their activities and have a very full schedule of our own!
Norma Taylor (915) 667-0978.

Little Flowers: This girls club seeks the path and intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux using an adapted form of Fr. Lasance's Catholic Girls' Guide. It is for girls from 5 to 12 years of age. There are nine months of virtues spread throughout the year that are taught with the use of activity sheets, saint biographies, coloring pages, crafts, songs, prayers, sign language and games.
Christina Lisanti 480-374-0804


Marriage Preparation: Tess Villanueva - (623) 500-3216

Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers): This encompasses both our "ushers" and those members of our parish (men, women, teens and children from Children's Liturgy) who welcome and "greet" you at the door. We encourage individuals and entire families to participate together in this ministry!
Susan Skolnik 623-256-6470

Ministers of the Word (Lectors): Also known as Lectors, we play an important role in the Liturgy by proclaiming the Word of God.    
Paul McClennan - (623) 412-5568 or (602) 705-4473 (cell)

Money Counters: Dedicated to leading the congregation in the Worship of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, through song.
Rosemary Schwierjohn: 623-979-8299

New Members: We welcome those just joining our parish and explain the three commitments that are basic to Parish membership: Sunday worship, sharing in the ministry of the Parish and the practice of Gospel stewardship.
Alayne Vogel & Scott Vogel: 623-334-8406

Perpetual Adoration: The advantages of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration are both communal and personal. The Eucharist is the Sacrament of unity, Jesus unifying His people. One person coming before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament represents the entire parish. Everyone receives a new outpouring of God's graces and blessings for each individual coming to adoration. Individually, through the intimacy of quiet prayer with Jesus, one experiences the personal love and gift of peace from our Lord. Each Eucharistic Honor Guard makes a commitment to spend one hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament each week.
Rita Mann 623-561-9597 

Prayer Shawl: Mariann Klink - (602) 938-2063

ProLife: Our goal is to maintain the community's awareness of the evil of unrestricted abortions and the moral imperative that commands respect for all human life, from the unborn to the elderly. We are here to offer consolation and help to all women and we work closely with Life Choices and 1st Way Pregnancy Center. We sponsor a Pro-Life rosary every second Monday of the month in the Adoration Chapel. We pray at abortion clinics, initiate letter campaigns to protest legislation and sponsor Cradle Sunday.
Ann Hughes: 623-915-3457

Safe Environment Training: Salina Villanueva - (623) 500-3217

St. Vincent de Paul: The mission of our conference is to offer a person to person service to the needy and suffering regardless of race, origin, religion or gender who live within our parish boundaries. We encourage spiritual growth of our members and the people we serve. We encourage fellowship while serving those in need and provide an opportunity for others to serve those in need.

Sick & Homebound: Deacon Joe Shinkske - (623) 500-3239

Scripture Sharing: Ed Rabago - (623) 878-5973

Secular Franciscans: Cheryl Groper - (623) 878-2817

Youth Ministry at St. Helen exists to assist parents in teaching their children about our AWESOME Catholic faith.  Edge (grades 6-8) and Life Teen (grades 9-12) are given the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ at every event. The St. Helen Youth Ministry team aim to raise young growing disciples in love with Christ and His Church, transforming their homes, schools, and communities by lives lived in and for the love of God. Questions? Contact Deepa Kingry, Youth & Young Adult Coordinator. Email: [email protected] or call (623) 500-3207.

Young Adult Ministry has events for young adults, 18-39, monthly to build community and grow in faith. Questions? Contact Deepa Kingry, Youth & Young Adult Coordinator. Email: [email protected] or call (623) 500-3207.


Finance Council:  Provides guidance to the pastor in the management of temporal goods.

Richard Boullosa

Julie Ekstrom

Bill Fitzgerald - Council Chair

Don Gorny

Del Krebs

Ron Maceyko

Madga Nunez

Pastoral Council:  Works with the pastor to define the Parish Vision.

Steve Waite - Council Chair

Stacey Frate

Randy Hughes

Paul McClellan

Michael Rains

Fr. John Ssegawa, A.J.

Salina Villanueva

Scott Vogel


Stewardship Council:  With the guidance of the pastor promotes the understanding and practice of stewardship.

Carolyn Barnett

Deacon Rudy Campas

Mike Garrison

Casey Murphy - Council Chair

Elaine Ransdell

Ted Shimon