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St. Helena's/Santa Elena is a small, supportive
reaches out to the
aged, the hungry, and the homebound. We present services in both English
and Spanish. Regardless of language or culture, you are welcome at both
services. We also sponsor all levels of Scouts.
We are located on five serene acres in Burr Ridge, IL, near the intersection of I-55 and I-294, in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. We like to think of ourselves as centrally isolated. We offer our lovely property for use in a variety of ministries.
Feel free to wander our grounds, see the Vacant2Vegetables™ garden that provides fresh produce to area food banks, and leave a few cans of food for the needy in our 24/7 drop-box. If you sing and would like to serve the seriously ill, consider joining our Threshold Singers choir that ministers to those who are homebound or in nursing homes. Several sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph also reside on our property and form a part of our common ministry.
If the spirit moves you, join us for Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. in English or 1:30 p.m. in Spanish; all are welcome at both services. Our Eucharist is "catholic" in character, with lively music and bells and incense on special occasions. We have excellent small choirs. On Wednesdays, we also offer Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. and an intimate Eucharist at 6 p.m.
Our people include a variety of ethnic backgrounds and political perspectives. Our lay leadership is strong. We work collaboratively as a community where Christ's calling to each is recognized and God's gifts to all are used to benefit the world and the Church. The essence of our life of service and faith is captured in the Baptismal Covenant.
We welcome you regardless of who you are or where you find yourself on your faith journey. Our main objectives are to know and love God, to love and serve others as Jesus loves and serves us, and to listen to the Spirit working in our lives. Our theology is broad and tolerant of differences, though we preserve allegiance to core Christian doctrine. We have no litmus test for membership; one can belong at St. Helena's before one believes.