Special Announcements

Super FUN Run: A 5K for Heroes

On October 25th, 2014 at 9am, the 2nd annual Super FUN Run: A 5K for Heroes will be happening right here at Our Lady of Perpetual Help! This FUN Run is in honor of Vito Nocero who died suddenly in June of 2013 and the proceeds from the run go to our S.P.I.C.E. Program. Special People in Catholic Education (S.P.I.C.E.) supports students in our school who need extra learning support of any kind through teacher training, more staffing or different learning materials. VIto had a vision of Catholic Education where all students, despite their learning differences could fit. Please join us in supporting this awesome vision.

The FUN Run is FUN for people of ALL ages. There are children's activities and games and even a visit from REAL LIVE SUPER HEROES!! Please like our Facebook page for more information (Super FUN Run: A 5K for Heroes).

Click here for this years registration packet. Please join us for this truly FUN and exciting event. Help us all promote Vito's vision:

"There is a place for everyone in this world"-Vito Nocero

Questions? Contact Denise Johns, djohns@cdeducation.org or 614-875-6779 extension 217. 


Trunk or Treat

It’s that time of year again – time for all the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins to show their faces!! Trunk or Treat will be held on Sunday, October 26 at 6:30 pm. Cars must be in the lot and parked by 6 pm. The Student Council will be hosting the annual haunted house in the church basement beginning at 6 pm. Refreshments will follow after the candy has been passed out. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer Nowlin at wiethe9@aol.com.


Veteran's Day Celebration

We would like to invite all parishioners and school families to attend our annual Veteran’s Day celebration on Tuesday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium. If anyone in your family is a veteran and would like to join us, they are more than welcome to attend. Please click on the attached link for additional information and a reservation form which can be filled out and returned to the school Veterans_Day_2014.pdf

THE ALPHA COURSE - explore the meaning of life - Coming in February

Our parish is seeking, very intentionally, over the coming year, to offer opportunities to more deeply, more spiritually, know the cross. Pope Francis said “I invite all Christians everywhere at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ”. Jesus said, I am the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega. The Alpha experience is designed to study all the ways that Jesus comes to us.

To accept Pope Francis’ invitation to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, participate in any of the Adult Faith Formation Ministries we are offering at Our Lady of Perpetual Help! The Alpha course is a practical introduction to the Christian faith & is open to everyone. Beginning in February, for a 10-week period, there will be 15 talks covering the basic principles of the Christian faith. Alpha is for everyone, especially those wanting to investigate Christianity, new Christians, newcomers to the Church, and those wanting to brush up on the basics. 


O Mother of Perpetual Help, behold your children who come before you.
You know how much your Son desires to share with us the fruits of the Redemption.
So we ask you to continue interceding for all people that they may receive the gifts of peace and brotherhood.
Virgin Mary, your Son from the Cross gave you to us as our Mother too.
And you have chosen that we call you Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Confident of your powerful intercession, we hope to receive the fullness of your Motherly love until the day when, with you, the angels and all the saints, we will praise the glory of God forever.

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Some of our 8th grade students were given an awesome opportunity today to be able to attend a Middle School Career Day at Nationwide Children’s Hospital!

Congratulations to AJ Craddock for planning our all-school Mass this morning!

All are invited to the Paul Porreca Memorial Concert & Piano Dedication, Saturday, Oct. 25, immediately following the 5 pm Mass. "The piano is a gift to the church from the Porreca family and friends who made memorial gifts in Paul’s name. It is our hope that each time it is played, we will remember Paul and the gift of music that he brought to us," Joanna Porreca, choir director.

The Parish Women's Association kindly hosted Girl Scout Troop 2740 last evening. All joined together to pray the rosary. Then the ladies helped the Girl Scouts to earn their "My Promise, My Faith" pin by willingly participating in an interview and performing a skit. With the help of President Andrea Adler, the evening was a great success and all enjoyed lovely fellowship. Great thanks to the Parish Women!

Women of the Parish:
Did you know, as a member of our parish family, you are automatically a member of the DCCW (Diocesan Council of Catholic Women)? This Saturday, Oct. 25, we are very proud to be hosting this year’s convention, “Blessed Are the Poor,” here at Our Lady! We are offering special pricing of $15 exclusively for the women of our parish. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for an exciting day of prayer, food and fellowship! To register please call Andrea Adler, President of the Parish Women’s Association, at 614-620-4805 or 614-305-1108. This power-packed day features 3 dynamic women. Guest speakers are Valerie Horton, therapist to the poor; our own Maggie Weeks, who witnessed unbelievable poverty in Haiti and Brooke Gaberle, a former homeless person, now author of the book, "Heartland of the Homeless." Registration and continental breakfast is 8-9 am and Mass is celebrated at 11 am with Bishop Frederick Campbell.

Dear Parishioners,

    We are called to an even deeper commitment to make of this parish a home for all who enter our doors, a place of holy encounter with Christ and with one another, a beacon of hope for all who are searching, and a place where each of us are challenged and changed, so we can be sent out to renew the earth.

    Pope Francis, in his exhortation to the Church, Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, in which he lays out his vision for the Church, says, “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” Pope Francis is challenging us to become liberated from any narrowness or self-absorption, and to allow a renewed encounter with God’s love to compel us into active and intentional participation in the mission of the Church. This is the real Joy of the Gospel, when we know that the fullest truth of our being is attained in the love and service of others, especially the poor and lowly.

    Everything we are and everything we do is centered in Christ.   All of our parish life is first and foremost the Lord’s work; it is God’s creating, redeeming and nourishing grace that is the foundation of everything, and which mysteriously brings about, inspires, provokes, guides and accompanies us in a thousand ways. In the Joy of Gospel, Pope Francis says, “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step toward Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.”

    What I love most about Francis is he gives us a great example of an intentional disciple, by living simply, loving joyfully, serving others tenderly, speaking truth with love, and inviting all to a life in Christ, especially those living closer to the cross than the resurrection.

Love, Fr. Dan

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