Special Announcements

Canonization Viewing Party

Celebrate the Canonization of

Saint John XXIII
Saint John Paul II

Sunday, April 27th, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Life Center

We’ll start with a pot-luck dinner and watch the recording
of the canonization celebration from Rome.

Plan to attend and share your stories, impressions, and remembrances of these two saints who walked among us.

 

Disciples For Life Retreat - April 25-27

In answer to our Parish’s Mission for each of us to become Intentional Disciples, the next Disciple for Life Retreat will be offered April 25th-27th. Early registration fee is available until March 31st. This weekend focuses on YOUR relationship with God – it is not a couples retreat but spouses are welcome to come together. Registration forms are in the Gathering Space.

Click here for registration form.


Questions? Call Pat Flavin 871-7998
 

Protecting God's Children Session

We have scheduled a Protecting God’s Children session at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00pm. It will be held in the Parish Life Center. It is free, and open to all. Any one 18 years of age or older is required to attend a session (and be fingerprinted) if they will be volunteering at Our Lady. 

Protecting Our ChildrenParticipants must pre-register for all training sessions - there will be NO on-site registration process for these sessions. Call 614-241-2565 for registering assistance.

For your convenience, fingerprinting will also be available for one hour before the session, at 5:00pm.  You must bring a valid government issue ID.

 

 

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.
Amen

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Remember your mercies, O Lord, and with your eternal protection sanctify your servants, for whom Christ your Son, by the shedding of his Blood, established the Paschal Mystery. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen

We fast and pray for mercy and forgiveness this Good Friday. May the Lord's light guide our path, may His love grace our heart and may His sacrifice strengthen our soul.

Loving Provider, you "gather" us in the upper room with your Son, to be fed by your love. At that supper, Jesus told us to "love one another." We know that is the heart of His gift, His sacrifice for each of us. We pray that we might find the source of our heart, the meaning for our life, in the Eucharist. Guide us to the fullness of your love and life. Amen.

Please pray for the RCIA participants in their final week of the journey toward full initiation.
Lord Jesus, may we continue to hear the Story of God in the Scripture, in the Church and in our lives. May our ears be opened to receive the Word of God and lived in this community of faith. May our lips be opened to proclaim the glory of God in words of compassion, justice, truth and love.

Congratulations to the 5th Grade class at Our Lady for graduating today from the D.A.R.E. program, a 10-12 week class which educates the students on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, and other social issues. A special thank you goes out to the Grove City Dare Police Officers for all of their help and time spent with us!

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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