South Carroll: Saint Joseph Catholic Community, Sister Helena present 'God’s Vision of Love'

South Carroll: Saint Joseph Catholic Community, Sister Helena present 'God’s Vision of Love'
Saint Joseph Catholic Community, in Eldersburg, will be hosting Sister Helena Burns, who will be leading a workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 13. (BSMG)

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Saint Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg, in conjunction with WINGS, is hosting a special event for the community where they will be presenting Sister Helena Burns, who will be leading a workshop on “God’s Vision of Love,” the importance of social media in our lives and how to use it in a positive way.

The group WINGS means Women In Grace-filled Studies, a women’s group at the Saint Joseph Catholic Community.


One of their members, Audrey Novak, stated in an email interview, that this group presents speakers throughout the year to augment their weekly studies.

Novak explained that many women around her had heard Sister Helena speak at the Maryland Catholic Women's Conference. They then suggested the idea of having her present her workshop at the church for the community.

Also, Eileen Lohrmann, another member of WINGS, stated in an email interview, that having Sister Helena host this workshop at the church is part of the series of activities and programs they are hosting this year to celebrate the 150th year anniversary of their parish.

Lohrmann also stated that Sister Helena is a nationally known speaker that engages her audience with her wisdom and insight.

“She specializes in opening our eyes to the worlds of social media, movies, and a proper understanding of how and why we were made male and female,” stated Lohrmann. “She communicates easily with young and old. She takes the entertainment world seriously and engages it with faith so that her audience can be more discerning.”

Sister Helena is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, which is an international congregation founded to communicate God’s Word through the media.

She has an M.A. in Media Literacy Education; a B.A. in theology and philosophy from St. John’s University in New York City. She also studied screenwriting at UCLA and Act One, Hollywood.

Sister Helena also holds a certificate in Pastoral Youth Ministry and she is a movie reviewer and she has written, produced, and directed movies and documentaries in the past.

She is also the author of He Speaks to You and she leads workshops on media literacy and Theology of the Body to youth and adults all over the U.S. and Canada.

Carole Gauthier, the church’s public relations officer, in an email interview, encourages everyone in the community to attend this event because this will help people grow in their personal relationship with Christ and it will be a great opportunity for people to understand the purpose of the callings Christ has giving each and everyone.

Gauthier also encourages people from any denominations of Catholicism or Christianity to come to the workshop.

“…They will find common ground with Catholics in wanting guidance and help to be more discerning in their media choices in the future. All Christians are struggling to discern how to use these technologies in a way that elevates our souls and helps us and our children flourish as Disciples of Christ,” explained Gauthier.

Throughout the event, Sister Helena will also be discussing the “Theology of the Body” in the context of today’s media culture and the workshop is targeted to people ages 12 and above.

If you are interested in joining WINGS, the group meets every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Faith and Formation Center. All women are welcome to visit or join at any time.


After the workshop, there will be a reception at the Cassidy Center.

The workshop will be hosted at the Saint Joseph Catholic Community located at 915 Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

For more information, contact Gauthier at 410-795-5728 or

Big Country Breakfast to benefit Mt. Airy fire company

The Mt. Airy volunteer fire company will be hosting their Big Country Breakfast Buffet on Feb. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The attendees will be able to enjoy a buffet with a variety of dishes including scrambled eggs, smoked sausage, and bacon. They will also have French toast, pancakes, biscuits, home fries, sausage and chipped beef gravies.

In addition, they will offer baked apples and waffles and for drinks, they will have coffee, orange juice, milk, tea, and hot chocolate.

Admission to this event is $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 12 and children 5 and under enter for free.

All of the proceeds will be used to benefit the fire company.

The event will be hosted at the Reception Hall located at 1008 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy.

For more information, contact Janet Woodfield at

Design a garden to attract wildlife

On Feb. 11, come to the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library to learn how to attract wildlife to your garden at the Designing a Garden to Attract Wildlife program.

A member of the Maryland Master Gardeners will be leading a workshop about wildlife and the plants that better provide food and shelter to the different species.

The attendees will also learn the best management practices to create a wildlife sanctuary in your backyard.

The program starts at 7 p.m. and is targeted to people 13 years old and older.

All of the attendees need to register ASAP by contacting the library at 410-386-4488.

The Eldersburg Branch Library is located at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive, Sykesville.