Join us for Mass 11.22.20

If you are unable to join us in person for Mass this weekend, please join us online!

We will be live streaming the 8:30 am Sunday Mass on November 22. You can join the live stream at the button below. It will also be saved to our Youtube Channel for later viewing.

The worship aid can be found at this link and the bulletin can be found on our website
We pray that you all stay safe and healthy!

New COVID-19 Restrictions in Place

Because Franklin County has now been moved to “purple,” and also now the Stay at Home Advisory and curfew are active, we as a parish are honoring those advisories and the following procedures are now in effect: 

MASS AND THE SACRAMENTS

Mass, and Confessions will continue on their normal schedules. Our 8:30 am Sunday Mass will continue to be live streamed each week via our YouTube page. 

First Friday Adoration is being modified from 24 hours to just 9 am to 9 pm on Friday, December 4. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel will continue to be open for personal prayer, but we ask that you honor the curfew and leave by 10 pm. 

All those attending Mass, Confessions, or coming to pray in-person are reminded to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose, keep socially distanced, and use hand sanitizer as you enter and leave the building.

MEETINGS, MINISTRIES, AND GROUPS

We have been advised by the chancery office of the Diocese of Columbus to hold all meetings virtually, that is, by zoom or other portals to insure safety. All studies, prayer groups, social/fellowship groups, and any other meetings and events will either move to a remote format or will be postponed until after the advisory is lifted.

CHURCH OFFICE

The parish office remains open on our usual schedule of Monday through Friday, 8 am to 2 pm, but you MUST make an appointment if you need to come in. If you are able to take care of your business via email or phone, we highly recommend that you do so. The church office phone number is 614.875.3322, and you can reach us via email at info@ourladyofperpetualhelp.net. A directory of staff members and their email addresses is in the back of the bulletin, or on our website at ourladygc.org/about-us/staff

SCHOOL

In issuing the advisory, Dr. Roberts indicated that schools should continue their current mode of instruction. Therefore, Our Lady of Perpetual Help will continue on its current plan (in-person, 5 days a week, Tier 1). Our superintendent of Catholic schools has also worked with the principals to keep our children in school, with safety precautions in place. Our parish and school have done an excellent job is maintaining safety, and encourage our parishioners and school parents to do the same. A big thank you to our teachers, administration, and Mrs. Freeman for doing such a wonderful job at keeping our students safe. School parents, please watch your email for details and updates from Mrs. Freeman.

SPORTS / EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The Diocesan Recreation Association has announced that all basketball practices and games are postponed. Other extracurricular activities are canceled or held remotely.

If you have any questions about your particular ministry or event, please call the parish office. We pray that you all stay safe and healthy!

Parish Council this Week

This week is the monthly Parish Council Meeting! Meetings are open to the public and held on the third Wednesday of each month, at 6 pm. Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, this month our meeting may be all virtual; we will let you know for sure tomorrow! Regardless, you can always join us via Zoom. Here is the meeting information:

Topic: Parish Council
Time: Nov 18, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94292085645?pwd=YVZLNzdGSnFpM3NJRStwaHdTQkFZQT09
Meeting ID: 942 9208 5645
Passcode: 019755

You can also always find minutes from previous meetings at the button below.

If you have a topic you’d like to add to the agenda for an upcoming meeting, Requests to Speak should be submitted at ourladygc.org/counciltopics/ by the 10th of each month.

Night Prayer 11.15.20

We will again be having Compline (Night Prayer) again this month! Compline is the final service of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours. It is the prayer said before going to sleep each night. It involves 30-40 minutes of sung prayer consisting of hymns, psalms, scripture readings, petitions, and The Canticle of Simeon (also known as nunc dimittis). 

Because we’ve had such a great response so far, we plan to continue Compline on the third Sunday of every month! This month it will take place tomorrow, Sunday, November 15, at 9 pm in the Church Nave. It will be sung by a small choir in a darkened church, lit only by candles. Those who come to pray need not feel any obligation to participate in the singing, but are encouraged to use the time to find a moment of peace at the end of the day, listening to the sung prayers and communing with God in their hearts.

This event will also be live streamed! Join us at the button below.

Christmas Survey, Part 2

Firstly, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our initial Christmas survey. We had over 600 responses! It’s clear to us that you are all thinking ahead and trying to plan as best you can, even in these crazy times we’re going through. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your plans and concerns with us. 

Having received a rough estimate of numbers for who is planning on attending in person and online, we are now trying to determine the appropriate times for Mass. We are considering modifying the schedule for this year to accommodate an extra Christmas Eve Mass and help people spread out, but we want to make sure that if we do that, the numbers attending at each Mass would be appropriate. We do have concerns about parking capacity and getting everyone in and out in time for each Mass if we do this, so we are still running some numbers on our end to see if adding a Mass would practically work. However, we also would like to get feedback from all of YOU in this consideration as well. So below is a button to part 2 of our Christmas Survey.

We apologize that a couple of these questions were asked in the previous survey, but it would be extremely helpful if you could answer them again so that we have all of the necessary data together. Also, if your plans or numbers have changed since you filled out the first survey, please provide updated information here. 

This survey will close on Wednesday, November 25, so please get your responses in before then.

Again, we thank you for taking the time to share your responses and concerns with us. We value your input!

Join us for Mass 11.08.20

If you are unable to join us in person for Mass this weekend, please join us online!

We will be live streaming the 8:30 am Sunday Mass on November 8. You can join the live stream at the button below. It will also be saved to our Youtube Channel for later viewing.

The worship aid can be found at here and the bulletin can be found at this link

We hope you’re able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

Christmas Survey

We’re in the midst of planning for Christmas, and we need your help! Below is the link to a very quick survey about your plans for Christmas Mass. Please take 3 minutes and fill it out!

If you see links to the survey in multiple places over the next week or so, (here, email, on social media, in the bulletin, etc.) you only need to fill it out once for you and your family! 

The survey will close on Saturday, November 14, so please get your responses in before then. Thank you for your time and participation!