Youth group plans trip to help repair Louisiana home

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Thirty-two members of St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales will help fix a hurricane-damaged home next month in New Orleans while attending a youth conference in Houma, La. The St. Helen youth group will continue to hold fundraisers to help finance the seven-day trip to Steubenville on the Bayou, […]

Religion Digest March 21, 2008

Church plans weekend services St. Helen Catholic Church will offer several special Holy Week and Easter services this weekend.Today, there will be a Stations of the Cross observance at 3 p.m. There will be a Good Friday Communion Service and Veneration of the Cross at 7 p.m. today. On Saturday, the church plans a special […]

Church resumes fiesta

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer St. Helen Catholic Church members are hoping to revive their annual fiesta. This weekend’s fiesta is the first in about four years, according to fiesta organizer Sandra Salguero. She said the fiesta is not just for church members but also the community. “We want to get it going again,” […]

Volunteers serve up free feast

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer A community Thanksgiving dinner fed about 500 people in Portales this year. More than 50 volunteers from the community and Cannon Air Force Base help put on the annual event is sponsored by the city of Portales and Central Christian and St. Helen churches. “We have awesome sponsors but […]

Herrera is ordained deacon at St. Helen Catholic Church

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers As a new deacon in the Catholic church, Roberto Herrera is like a priest. He officiates over weddings, funerals, communion services and gives sermons. The only things a priest does that Herrera cannot do are consecrate the bread and wine to the body and blood of Jesus and hear confessions. […]

Obituaries March 26, 2006

Charly “Chuck” Lee Tharp Services: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Steed-Todd Chapel. Charly “Chuck” Lee Tharp, 65, of Clovis died Friday, March 17, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 3, 1941, in Ysleta, Texas, to James W. and Willie Blanch Tharp. He was a founding member and the original vocalist of […]

McGowan returns as priest at St. Helen

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By Helena Rodriguez At one point James McGowan wanted to be a stand-up comedian. He also considered careers in military and police work. But ultimately, he following a calling he received in first grade to become a priest. However, this was not before being a jack of all trades while he tried to figure out […]

Obits (Dec. 15)

Carol Barela Services: 7 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Carol Barela, 41, of Portales, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at her home in Portales. She was born Sept. 22, 1964, in Portales, to Aurelia and Frank Barela. She grew up in Portales and graduated from high school in 1982. She worked […]

Rodriguez Obituary (Oct. 27)

Adriana Rodriguez Services: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Adriana L. Rodriguez, 20, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital. She was born Jan. 24, 1985, to Diana (Baca) and Arthur Rodriguez. She graduated from Portales High School in May 2003. Family members said she enjoyed music, […]

9-14 Obituaries

Ivan Bordayo Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Helen Catholic Church. Ivan Bordayo, 11, of Portales died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital as the result of a riding accident. He was born June 3, 1994, in Seminole, Texas to Maribel and Giermo Bordayo. The family moved to Portales several years ago. He […]