Welcome to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
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.
NEWS ARTICLES FROM THE CHURCH
THAT MAY INTEREST YOU
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Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray
always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling,
but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God
nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what
the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice
is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes,
will he find faith on earth?”
PRAYER INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER
Month of October
YEAR OF MERCY WEEKLY REFLECTION
"Let us also remember Peter: three times he denied Jesus, precisely when he should have been closest to him; and when he hits bottom he meets the gaze of Jesus who patiently, wordlessly, says to him: 'Peter, don't be afraid of your weakness, trust in me.' Peter understands, he feels the loving gaze of Jesus, and he weeps. How beautiful is this gaze of Jesus—how much tenderness is there! Brother and sisters, let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God!"
— Pope Francis
Other links of interest:
Saint Paul of the Cross
Saint Paul of the Cross (1694–1775) was born near Turin, Italy, the second of sixteen children—six of whom survived infancy. His devout parents ensured his strong religious upbringing. In his childhood Paul went to daily Mass, spent much time before the Blessed Sacrament, and attended to his studies. He taught catechism in the local churches before experiencing a deep religious conversion at the age of 19 through the writings of Saint Francis de Sales. After a brief stint as a soldier and declining an offer for a good marriage, when no other way of life suited him, he learned through prayer at the age of 26 that God was calling him to found a new religious Order which came to be known as the Congregation of the Passion, or the Passionists. He was instructed in a vision as to what the new habit of his Order should look like: a long, black tunic on the front of which was a heart surmounted by a white cross, and inside the heart was written "Passion of Jesus Christ." To the religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience he added a fourth: to spread devotion to Christ’s Passion among the faithful. His mission was to ignite a love for Jesus in the hearts of the faithful in a time when many saw Him only as a great moral teacher. Saint Paul of the Cross was one of the most powerful preachers of his day, as well as a mystic, known to bring the most hardened sinners to tears. He also took special care of the sick, poor, and suffering. His feast day is October 20th.