Special Announcements

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. 

Discipleship Prayer

 

Loving God,

I thank you for choosing me to be your disciple and for the gift of your Son, Jesus.

Help me to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel by word and by deed today and every day.

Open my heart to the outcast, the forgotten, the lonely, the sick, and the poor.

Grant me the courage to think, to choose, and to live as a Christian, joyfully obedient to you my God.

Amen.

(Adapted from the homily of Pope Francis, basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, Third Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2013.)

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Part of the season of Advent is to plan how we can better open our hearts to the love and power of Christ in our lives. Loving God, the days are drawing close to the birth of your son. Help us to simply be and to slow down and savor these moments. You know the anticipation we feel in our hearts. We are grateful for the gift of your Son in our lives. We pray for your grace, let it move us to be more generous to those around us. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel.


Start a new Christmas tradition, bring family and friends, tomorrow from 9 am-3 pm in the Our Lady Center, 3764 Broadway, to donate blood. Give the gift of life. The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grove City Health & Wellness Group is partnering with the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus. Drop in or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) to schedule an appointment or visit http://redcrossblood.org/


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Join with family and friends this holiday season to donate blood or platelets and help save lives. Give something that means something.

This is our second year for Our Lady’s CHRISTMAS EVANGELIZATION PROJECT. While our ongoing mission as a parish family is to form intentional disciples, I want to give thanks to God for all of you who are already living as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. It's not too late for you to participate in our Christmas Evangelization Project as Parking Lot Ministers, Door Ministers, Hosts and Gift Givers. We need warm hearts and smiling faces to welcome our parishioners and guests this Christmas! Please consider volunteering at one of the Christmas Masses. To sign up as a Welcome Minister, please use the following contacts & specify the Mass you will serve. Parking Lot Ministers: David Frea: 875-3322 or dfrea@ourladyofperpetualhelp.net; Door Ministers, Hosts and Gift Givers: Mary Gamble, 871-7475 or marygamble6290@hotmail.com or general information & questions: Karen Cook: 871-5224 or kcook@ourladyofperpetualhelp.net.
Love, Fr. Dan.


Last weekend Santa was here at Our Lady to share the Baby Jesus in His Manger with our parishioners. Special thanks to parishioner M. Layne Photography. We are so blessed!


Santa at the Nativity
Last weekend Santa was here at Our Lady to share the Baby Jesus in His Manger with our parishioners. Special thanks to parishioner @[630131773730390:274:M. Layne Photography]. We are so blessed!

OLPH School Parents....As a reminder, we will have an early dismissal tomorrow, Dec. 19, at 1:10 p.m. We hope everyone has a happy and blessed holiday!


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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