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Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee... 


 

 

Welcome to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Catholic Church

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Mission Statement

We are a community of worship on Sundays and weekdays, growing spiritually, supporting the gracefully aging parishioners in our community, while also preparing and offering to our children in catechism class the tools they will need to use in their daily lives. We focus on training future Religious Education teachers about the teachings and protection of our children, with emphasis on their protection.

We support people in recovery from alcoholism and drugs. We are helping our young families with wedding ceremonies and do a follow up to confirm or assist in their spiritual growth.

We reach out to the poor as instructed by Pope St. John Paul II in his encyclical Solicitudo Rei Socialis and we reflect the wishes and prayers of our current Pope Francis.

OLPH is one of 42 parishes and 17 missions within the Diocese of Santa Rosa. We are focused on getting to heaven and you are most welcome to join us on our journey there.          

                                                                

 

GOSPEL  FOR SEPTEMBER 15,  2019

“A man had two sons, and the
younger son said to his father,
‘Father give me the share of your estate
that should come to me.’
So the father divided the property between them.
After a few days, the younger son
collected all his belongings
and set off to a distant country
where he squandered his inheritance
on a life of dissipation.
When he had freely spent everything,
a severe famine struck that country,
and he found himself in dire need.
So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens
who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.
And he longed to eat his fill of the
pods on which the swine fed,
but nobody gave him any.
Coming to his senses he thought,
‘How many of my father’s hired workers
have more than enough food to eat,
but here am I, dying from hunger.
I shall get up and go to my
father and I shall say to him,
“Father, I have sinned against
heaven and against you.
I no longer deserve to be called your son;
treat me as you would treat
one of your hired workers.”’
So he got up and went back to his father.
While he was still a long way off,
his father caught sight of him,
and was filled with compassion.
He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
His son said to him,
‘Father, I have sinned against
heaven and against you;
I no longer deserve to be called your son.’
But his father ordered his servants,
‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him;
put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
Take the fattened calf and slaughter it.
Then let us celebrate with a feast,
because this son of mine was dead,
and has come to life again;
he was lost, and has been found.’
Then the celebration began.
Now the older son had been out in the field
and, on his way back, as he neared the house,
he heard the sound of music and dancing.
He called one of the servants and
asked what this might mean.
The servant said to him,
‘Your brother has returned
and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf
because he has him back safe and sound.’
He became angry,
and when he refused to enter the house,
his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply,
‘Look, all these years I served you
and not once did I disobey your orders;
yet you never gave me even a young goat to
feast on with my friends.
But when your son returns,
who swallowed up your property with prostitutes,
for him you slaughter the fattened calf.’
He said to him,
‘My son, you are here with me always;
everything I have is yours.
But now we must celebrate and rejoice,
because your brother was dead
and has come to life again;
he was lost and has been found.’”


 

                  

      

 
 

PRAYER INTENTION FOR 
SEPTEMBER

Oceans contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply,
and also most of the immense variety of living creatures,
many of them threatened for various reasons.

Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and
economists work together to protect
the world’s seas and oceans.

 

         

 

Here is the link where you can find the digital booklet containing pictures of Pope Francis in celebration of his first year: Click here.

 

Other links of interest:

Vatican Information Services

Vatican News Online

Vatican on YouTube

 

 

Daily Schedule
Sunday
  • English Mass
    – 9:00 AM
  • Spanish Mass
    – 12:00 PM
Monday
  • Confession after Mass
  • English Mass
    – 8:00 AM
  • Office Hours
    – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday
  • Office Closed
  • English Mass
    – 8:00 AM
Wednesday
  • Confessions after mass
  • English Mass
    – 8:00 AM
  • Office Hours
    – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday
  • Confessions after mass.
  • English Mass
    – 8:00 AM
  • Office Hours
    – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday
  • Office Closed
  • Communion Service
    – 8:00 AM
Saturday
  • English Mass
    – 5:00 PM
SAINT OF THE DAY

Pope St. Cornelius (d. 253 A.D.) was a Roman citizen and a holy priest who became the twenty-first successor to the chair of St. Peter, following a fourteen-month vacancy when Pope St. Fabian was martyred by Roman Emperor Decius. When the Emperor temporarily left Rome, the persecution against the Christians subsided long enough for the Church to elect St. Cornelius as the new Roman Pontiff. During Pope St. Cornelius' two year reign a great controversy arose as to what to do with Catholics who apostatized from the Christian faith under threat of death during the persecution. Many were being received back to the sacraments without any penance. In response to the scandal, some maintained that apostates could not be forgiven and could only be admitted back to the sacraments if they were re-baptized. Chief among them was a priest named Novatian, who, as a result of the scandal, caused a schism when he had himself consecrated as an anti-pope. In response, Pope St. Cornelius convened a synod of bishops to confirm his rightful authority as Pope. Novatian was excommunicated and his doctrine was condemned as heresy. Pope St. Cornelius proclaimed that the Church had the power and authority to forgive repentant apostasy, and that converted apostates could be readmitted to the sacraments after true contrition with adequate penance. Soon a new wave of persecution against the Christians broke out, and Pope St. Cornelius was driven into exile and martyred. His feast day is celebrated on September 16th.

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