Outreach is one of our core values at St. Helena’s. We strive to seriously follow Jesus’ commands to love our neighbors, and so we reach out to meet the physical and emotional needs of the world. All our outreach ministries are outward focused, servant-minded, and rooted in love. You can read more about the guiding principles of our outreach here (link to Outreach Core Values). If you have any questions about Outreach, contact Fr. Brian here .
Transformation House: We partner with Transformation House, a local organization that provides safety, support, and transitional housing to women who have survived abuse. They use our campus for office space and special events, and we contribute financially to their mission. Recently, we celebrated our 140th birthday by raising over $100,000 to build a transitional home.
Wounded Knee: Over the past ten years, we have built a relationship with the Lakota people through Messiah Episcopal Church in Wounded Knee, SD — our sister church on the Pine Ridge reservation. We pray for their church members each week, regularly send youth and medical missions teams to support their buildings and bodies, and ship them care packages to help meet their material needs. Recently, we turned a shipping container into a food pantry so that Messiah Church can feed their community.
Immigration Ministry: We work with our Diocesan Immigration ministries to support asylum seekers as they move through the San Antonio area. We sponsored a family of Angolan refugees in the fall of 2020, assembled Christmas stockings for children in Matamoros, and prepared care packages to sustain refugees on their journey from San Antonio to their final destination.
Maty’s Box: A small box stands at the corner of Rock St. and Main St., outside our Children and Youth Ministry Center. This small food pantry is open 24/7 for anyone to stop by and help themselves to food. Our church family faithfully keeps it stocked throughout the week. On average, we distribute over 2,000 cans of food and 40 Bibles through Maty’s Box each year.
Local Schools: We strive to build up the students in our community, especially our neighbors at Boerne Middle School North. We bring tacos to middle schoolers playing basketball on our sports court, we partner with Blessings in a Backpack to ensure that students have food to eat over the weekend, we support various back-to-school initiatives that ensure students start the school year with new supplies and clothing, and we empower parents to give their children gifts for Christmas through the Boerne Angel Tree ministry.
Community Partnerships: We support a number of organizations who do good work in our community and beyond, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Hill Country Family Services, Hill Country Daily Bread, Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center, and the World Missions department of the Diocese of West Texas.