Seminarian spending summer at St. Helen in Portales

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers John Trambley believes he was called to the priesthood over several years in which God worked through those around him. The 41-year-old Iowa native is spending the summer helping out at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales after completing his second year at a seminary school in Connecticut. Since he […]

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. […]

Rescuing the lost

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Four sacred, pricey and ornate vessels donated to St. Helen Catholic Church by a priest in the 1950s were thought missing for eight years, but have recently been found in a bank safety deposit box. The gold-plated vessels, which were made in Germany, include a ciborium, which is a […]

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 […]