Saint Helena

3200 East 44th Street
Minneapolis 6, Minnesota

Saint Helena School, 2006

St. Helena Parish was established in 1913, and the school began in 1925. 
The school was originally staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet who over the years were replaced by lay teachers. 
The last member of this community left the school in 1980. 
The school started with a population of fewer than one hundred students, and it peaked with a population of almost 800 students. 
During the last ten years the enrollment has remained stable averaging 197 students.

The parochial school system offered first through eighth grades. 
I'm not certain about grades 9-12, but I think one might have gone on to Holy Angels, Regina, or DeLaSalle for those grades. 
Many students switched to public school due to the cost.  St. Helena served kids in Minneapolis and perhaps other communities too. 
Kids coming out of St. Helena went to Sanford and then Roosevelt.

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Saint Helena  c.248 - c.328

                            Born:  c.248 at Drepanon, Bithynia, Asia Minor

            Died:  c.328 in Nicomedia of natural causes

Converted to Christianity late in life.  Married Constantius Chlorus, co-regent of the western Roman empire.  Mother of Constantine the Great.  Her husband put her aside for a second marriage with better political connections.  On his death, her son ascended to the throne, brought her home, and treated her as royalty.  She used her high position and wealth in the service of her religious enthusiasm, and helped build churches throughout the empire.

At the age of 80 she led a group to the Holy Land to search for the True Cross.  She and her group unearthed three crosses in 326.  At the suggestion of Saint Macarius of Jerusalem, she took them to a woman afflicted with an incurable disease, and had her touch each one.  One of them immediately cured her, and it was pronounced the True Cross.  She built a church on the spot where the cross was found, and sent pieces to Rome and Constantinople; the Feast of the Holy Cross on September, 14 celebrates the event.  Thus in art, she is usually depicted holding a wooden cross.

Name Meaning:  light, torch
Feastday:  August 18




Saint Helena School front, 8/3/2003

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~ Eighth Grade ~
Graduation, 1958

Does anyone have the Eighth Grade Graduation photo that can be scanned and displayed below?
If so, please email the webmaster for details.

No, this isn't the entire class!

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Source:  Unknown at this time.  If you can identify any of the students' names indicated by the underscoring, or if there are errors, please contact the webmaster.

Until a graduation photo becomes available, here is the beginning of an album of Saint Helena alumni.


         School Colors: 
Green and Black           
Although the parochial logo with the cross and shield and uniforms are blue and white, the school's official colors are green and black Shea Catanzaro, recent graduate
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