This Friday, March 5, is the first Friday of the month, and that means we will hold Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament! We will begin Exposition at 9 am and conclude at 9 pm that evening. We remind everyone to follow Coronavirus precautions; wear a face covering that goes over your mouth and nose, keep socially distanced, and use hand sanitizer as you enter and exit the building.
For more details and to sign up online, click on the button below!
This week, we will be live streaming TWO different Masses! In addition to our usual streaming of the 8:30 am Mass on Sunday, we will also be live streaming the 5 pm Mass on Saturday afternoon. We were able to get a volunteer for this coming weekend, so we are testing out adding an additional streaming opportunity.
You can join the live streams at the buttons below. Both will also be saved to our Youtube Channel for later viewing.
As everyone knows by now, this year is unlike any other year we’ve endured here at Our Lady. With your support we can still be successful in our annual tuition raffle, We are unable to fundraise in our ‘normal’ ways; therefore, are coming to you virtually!! PLEASE help us help others!
We will not be having physical tickets this year—everything is online. The Raffle will be February 1, 2021 – March 12, 2021.
$20 each Max 500 tickets will be sold. Anyone can purchase a ticket!
Tuition Paid (up to $4500) for the 2021/2022 school year or $3000 cash!!*If less than 250 tickets are sold, prize will be awarded in a 50/50 format.
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Special People In Catholic Education supports those students or members of the Parish who are unique individuals with different gifts, talents and learning needs. We provide intervention boxes, sensory items, classroom services and scholarship(s) to the Marburn Academy.
When I interviewed Kevin Radwanski for this article, we met in the sacristy. As we were wrapping up and leaving, I noted two things. Kevin had noticed the wall clock in the sacristy had stopped and was already taking it down to change the battery. For even the smallest of tasks, he is not the type of person to ask someone else to do it when he can take care of it with his own hands. The second thing was the arrival of a contractor to address an issue with the parish office internet cabling. Kevin knew the contractor by name and immediately recalled the specifics of the job. He was also able to effortlessly transition between changing a clock battery to helping the vendor addressing a critical infrastructure issue.
Perhaps a third thing is being the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Facilities Director requires constant attention.
Kevin is a carpenter by trade and owns a small maintenance and renovation company. This made him a natural fit for the Facilities Director, a position he has held, other than a short hiatus a few years ago, since 2000. In that position Kevin is responsible for the physical presence of the OLPH campus; its maintenance, custodial, and technology needs as well as long term planning in those areas. As Kevin describes it, “Every staff member, parishioner, and visitor is my customer.” After a pause, he adds that all of these are “dynamic customers” each with their own unique needs that he strives to service.
And it is obvious that Kevin takes pride in providing quality service to those dynamic customers. This can be everything from providing meeting space to Wi‑Fi connections to pieces of technology such as the projector in the Life Center. Being a lifelong parishioner at Our Lady also helps him to anticipate those needs. He is active on the Festival Committee, Knights of Columbus, and Landscape Committee, which gives Kevin some insight as to the true needs and “what’s going on in the parish campus.”
If he could have one wish granted, Kevin would like for all of us to tell him when something is broken/worn out/not working. As he describes it, “All the time someone will come up to me and say, ‘this has been broken for a month’ and I’m like next time please tell me a month ago.”
In addition to being our Facilities Director, and a parishioner, and a husband and father, and a small business owner, Kevin somehow also finds the time to be a firefighter. Instead of being overwhelmed he explains that all these roles “feed into themselves.” Something he learned in the parish will help him at the firehouse and then something he learns at the firehouse will help him running his business and then something he learns from a client of that business will help him back at the parish.
The current pandemic has certainly challenged Kevin, particularly regarding technology. Almost overnight the entire parish staff was remotely working from home while simultaneously the entire school staff was remotely teaching from home and the school. Kevin credits his great technology employees for making this work. Teachers who had never used a webcam were now responsible for conducting classes over Zoom and there was a learning curve. When the virus was new and poorly understood they were troubleshooting connection issues over the telephone and developing procedures on the fly. Through creative thinking and hard work, Kevin and his staff were able to adapt to and overcome these obstacles.
Another complication COVID-19 brought was in strategic planning. Kevin relies heavily on trends to anticipate future needs; how many groups with how many members need meeting space on Wednesday night or how many of those groups will be using the parish Wi-Fi to stream their meetings to how many members. Obviously, those trends were thrown into complete flux during most of 2020 and as our parish begins to resume some measure of normalcy, it will be challenging to anticipate its needs.
During a recent homily, Msgr. Cody mentioned how far ahead our parish is in reopening compared to the diocese. In a similar manner, we are also well ahead of other parishes in technology due to Kevin’s long-range planning and his staff. This is particularly evident in our Wi-Fi bandwidth, Mass streaming capability, and security features. In that latter area, Kevin was instrumental in securing a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which has funded impact-protection film on windows and doors, additional network cameras, and keycard access on doors. I was a Security Policeman (later Security Forces when the career field changed its name) in the Air Force. Having experienced access control at the school and seen the camera setup in both the parochial and school offices, I am impressed.
While COVID-19 has most definitely brought its challenges, Kevin remarked that there can be a positive in almost anything, even if you “have to look really, really hard for it.” Unlike his facilities counterparts in the secular world, Kevin is keenly aware of the liturgical calendar. You obviously cannot close the nave to repair its roof during Holy Week or shut the Life Center for renovations when it is needed for overflow space during Christmas Masses. In this respect, the pandemic has given the maintenance and custodial staffs more freedom than they usually enjoy as meeting spaces go unused.
The largest joy Kevin receives from his role at Our Lady of Perpetual Help is “being able to help.” He considers working at our parish a blessing and has a great attachment to it. Kevin finds fulfillment in meeting the needs of his many customers, providing them the services they need to further the Kingdom of God.
Clearly being Facilities Director at OLPH, owning a small business, being a firefighter, and spending time with his family offers Kevin massive amounts of free time. All joking aside, in his sparse downtime he enjoys being outdoors whether it is hiking or working on some project. His wife Lisa is a former Park Ranger, which no doubt contributed to his love of the outdoors.
On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis decreed a Year of St. Joseph from December 8, 2020 until December 8, 2021. I am struck by how Joseph was also a carpenter by trade, worked quietly behind the scenes in the gospels, and is known for his service to his adopted Son. Clearly Kevin embodies these same traits. St. Padre Pio described Joseph as, “Go to Joseph with extreme confidence, because I do not remember having asked anything from St. Joseph, without having obtained it readily.”
Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be participating in the diocesan-wide Disciple Maker Index (DMI) Survey between now and March 22. This nationally-recognized survey has been administered at parishes around the United States and Canada since 2013. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, as part of the Diocese of Columbus Real Presence Real Future planning process, will participate in this survey during Lent. The results from our parish survey will not only be used for information and planning for our own parish, but will also be included in the national results which track trends, growth and Church-related opportunities nationwide. You can take the survey online at www.catholicleaders.org/columbusdmi or via a paper copy available in the Gathering Space through March 22. This is an exciting opportunity for our parish, and I hope you will participate!
The DMI survey was developed by the Catholic Leadership Institute in conjunction with advising US bishops and Catholic lay leaders in 2013. The DMI Survey was created as a tool to help more Catholics to grow along their faith journey with Christ and to become more engaged in the community life of the parish. The DMI Survey seeks to provide parishioners an opportunity to reflect on their spiritual growth as well as provide parish leadership with invaluable insights regarding a parish’s strengths and opportunities.
By Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish participating in this survey, the results will provide meaningful input about our parish as we begin our own planning process as part of Real Presence Real Future. The information from the DMI Survey will give insight into our priorities and into the allocation and realignment of resources over the next few years as our parish strives to more effectively help parishioners along their personal journey of faith.
“Our goal is to identify the needs of our diocese for the 21st Century and how we meet those needs, and to expand Catholic presence to all our people. We want to make the presence of the Lord, the experience of the Sacraments, the encounter with Christ—we want to make that more available to people.”
Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan, Twelfth Bishop of Columbus
This weekend is the First Sunday of Lent. If you can’t join us in person, join us online for Mass! We will be live streaming the 8:30 am Sunday Mass on February 21. You can join the live stream at the button below. It will also be saved to our Youtube Channel for later viewing.
Are you still not quite sure what to do for Lent? Or are you looking for opportunities to help you dive into Lent further? We’ve compiled a bunch of resources, studies, programs, and other opportunities—both in-person and virtual—on one page for you!
Listen as the Our Lady Compline Trio sings the “Gospel Canticle,” also known as the “Canticle of Simeon.” This is just a taste of what you’ll experience if you join us for Compline! Join us for the singing of Compline (Night Prayer) this Sunday, February 21 at 9 pm in the Church Nave! For the final prayer of the day in the Divine Office…
Listen above as the Our Lady Compline Trio sings the “Gospel Canticle,” also known as the “Canticle of Simeon.” This is just a taste of what you’ll experience if you join us for Compline!
Join us for the singing of Compline (Night Prayer) this Sunday, February 21 at 9 pm in the Church Nave! For the final prayer of the day in the Divine Office, the trio will sing psalms, hymns, and selections from scripture from the Reliquary in the Church Nave, lit only by candles. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is the perfect way to end your day in reverence and prayer.
We will also be live streaming this service, so if you can’t join us in person, join us via live stream! We have compline the third Sunday of every month.
We will have Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent (February 19 – April 2) at 7 pm in the Church Nave! Please follow all coronavirus precautions: maintain social distancing and wear a face covering that goes over your mouth and nose.
SCHEDULE OF LEADERS:
February 19: Fr. Watson February 26: Jason Gale & Life Teen March 5: Seven Sisters Ministry March 12: Deacon Michael March 19: Scott Ewing & Choir March 26: Msgr. Cody April 2 (Good Friday): Andy Johns and Men’s Formation
Melissa Zuk is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Her journey to our parish culminated when her family bought a home “literally five minutes away from Our Lady” and we were in need of a marketing and communications manager. Arguably her journey to the parish began at The Ohio State University.
As a self-described introvert, Melissa recognized that being at a massive university could easily cause her to be lost in those masses. She sought out smaller groups to form connections, and sophomore year played on the club rugby team. While Melissa enjoyed the camaraderie and competition, there was a strong partying culture that eventually turned her away from the sport. The next summer, her brother’s girlfriend’s aunt sent Melissa an email asking her if she knew about St. Paul’s Outreach (SPO). Melissa did not, but was put in touch with one of SPO’s recently graduated student leaders and met her for coffee. Clearly the Holy Spirit was helping her to find a home at OSU.
According to SPO, “Our mission is to build transformational communities that form missionary disciples for life.” They recognize the vast majority of universities are almost militantly secular and Catholic students are lonely and isolated from God, but are also hungry for truth, meaning, and relationships. This was true with Melissa and in participating with SPO she was able to go beyond attending weekly mass because, “that’s what good people do.” She found a home in that ministry and came to understand the Catholic faith is what she personally believed. As Melissa states, “I embraced my Catholic identity.”
In yet another sense, Melissa was coming home in embracing her Catholic heritage. Her mother’s parents are devoutly Catholic, and their children, grandchildren, cousins, and other family members have carried on that faith. She describes her grandparents as the closest she has come to knowing living saints and they laid the first bricks in the foundation of her own faith.
Through SPO, Melissa also met her future husband, Andrew, and they attempted to create a home in Los Angeles where he worked in the film industry in Hollywood. At the time she was drawing on her degrees in marketing and graphic design as well as a burgeoning skill in photography. However, working for a small lunchbox company was professionally rewarding but left her with a void in wanting to help other people. The cost of living also left them wondering if they could ever raise a family in California, and they were far from family.
The Holy Spirit was at work again when they attended a parish mission featuring Matthew Kelly of Dynamic Catholic. Melissa and her husband had already decided to move back to Ohio because of her mother-in-law’s health; they needed to be closer to home. After researching Dynamic Catholic, she discovered the organization was based in Cincinnati and applied for a position. With all of their belongings packed away for the move and with the time difference, Melissa sat on an empty living room floor and had a telephone interview ridiculously early in the morning. And was hired.
After having worked for Dynamic Catholic for a year and a half, Melissa’s husband accepted a position in Columbus with a non-profit. During their move, she perused the Diocese of Columbus website and literally, the first job listing was for a marketing and communications coordinator at St. Brendan’s in Hilliard. Clearly the Holy Spirit was at work yet again.
While the young family continued to worship at St. Brendan’s after purchasing their new home in Grove City, at times it became ridiculous to drive almost an hour when Our Lady was five minutes away. Melissa and her husband had some trepidation about the parish, but once they began to truly know our parishioners and parish, they knew they had “found a home.”
Melissa has worked in her new role at Our Lady for slightly over a year. In it she has dual goals of keeping the parish informed as well as to evangelize our Catholic faith to the larger Grove City community. As she explained, we are not a parish for the Catholics of Grove City, but the Catholic parish for all of Grove City. It can be a daunting task considering many of the misconceptions other Christians have regarding Catholics, but she wants the entire community to feel welcome at our parish and to let that community know who we are and what we believe. One of Melissa’s best tools for this is our various events; Trunk or Treat, Feast Day, and the Parish Festival. Obviously COVID has curtailed many of these outreaches, but she continues working to spread our faith into the community.
Her most challenging issue has been balancing long-range planning with putting out fires. Melissa knows many of these strategic plans are extremely important and will greatly benefit the parish, but the past year has taught us all that emergencies can arise at any moment. In what seems a lifetime ago I had a manager who explained long-term plans are great, but sometimes you just need to “stop the bleeding” and that is what every parish has been doing since the pandemic exploded last spring. Despite that, Melissa embraces her position as a vocation and her greatest joy is hoping it will “build up the Kingdom of God.”
In her position, Melissa has a diverse set of responsibilities spanning several different disciplines. However, she knows God has placed her in this role and given her the tools to succeed in it. Her university education gave her a solid foundation in marketing and graphic design while her first job added extensive photography experience to her skillset. Her second job immersed her in social media and working for Dynamic Catholic proved how fulfilling it was to work professionally in furtherance of her faith. All of this has combined at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Outside of being a parish staff member, Melissa enjoys running and has competed in half-marathons and similar races. She is also an avid boardgamer since college and enjoys sewing and knitting, particularly things such as her children’s Halloween costumes. Melissa’s son also enjoys baking with her, and speaking of children, the Zuk family is currently expecting their third child and second daughter this May. Please join me in congratulating them.
When I asked Melissa what drew her and her family to our parish, she immediately responded that it felt like home—the first parish that felt like home since she had been married. Melissa feels as her family is part of our community and she is excited for her children to soon join our parochial school. She is particularly enthusiastic regarding the work Julie Freeman was done with the school and that Julie Dilley has done with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. (If you are curious regarding Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, I will be interviewing Julie Dilley soon, keep reading the bulletin!)
Melissa describes becoming the Marketing & Communications Manager at Our Lady as a process and she certainly joined our parochial staff during a volatile time. Despite that, she is proud to help shepherd Our Lady through its crises. I am reminded of a recent scripture reading, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” (Lk. 15:3 – 5)
I am uncertain whether Melissa is the shepherd or the sheep, but either is an apt description for her. Regardless, she has come home.