What does Catholic mean?
S Helen’s is an Anglican church, the Church of England ministering to its people in our little bit of the country. But we also recognise that we are part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, with two thousand years of teaching and tradition to inform our worship and liturgy today. This is what is meant by “the Catholic tradition”: it’s about recognising we’re just a little part of the wider Church in the West of Christendom.
Our Lord said, “Go, make disciples of all nations, baptising and teaching. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Not everyone can visit other nations in this work, so we try to do our bit here in Hemsworth, and we send money to help some of those who are in other lands to do the Lord’s work there. The Christian Church—of whatever denomination—surrounds the globe with the love of God, from the time of the disciples to the very end of time itself.
Christ is a loving Saviour, calling us to follow his Way to life. Even visiting a church just to find out what goes on is the first step on the road to heaven.
“Love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength. And love others as you would have them love you. These two commandments are the foundation of the Law.”
Saint Helen’s is a parish of The Society.
To learn more about our catholic worship, click here.