First Friday Adoration this week

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!

Two Mass Live Stream options this weekend!

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.

We pray that you all stay safe and healthy!

Join us for Mass 02.21.21

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!

We pray that you all are staying safe and healthy!

Men’s Conference

The 24th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, February 27, 2021. This year’s theme is “Called to be Saints.” Even though the conference is being held virtually, there are parishes that are hosting viewing if the program. Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a host site for this year’s virtual conference.

Please join us from 9 am to Noon on February 27 in the basement of the church. We will have space for approximately 50 attendees to allow for proper social distancing. When you register, please ensure you select Our Lady as the site where you will view the conference. We will monitor the registrations to make sure we do not exceed the maximum capacity. We will be providing breakfast items during the viewing.

Online registration can be completed at the button below. The cost of this year’s conference is $10. If there are any questions, please contact Rich Williamson at rswilliamson19@yahoo.com or 614.620.0111.

Diocese to begin 40 Days of Adoration

Bishop Robert Brennan calls upon the Diocese of Columbus to celebrate Jesus Christ’s Real Presence in Eucharist in a special way this Lent. Starting on Ash Wednesday, February 17, the diocese will launch 40 Days of Adoration. Every day for 40 days, a different parish throughout the Diocese will host Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration throughout the day. Some of the hosting parishes will expose the Eucharist for 24 hours or longer. Others will expose the Blessed Sacrament after their morning Mass and conclude with Benediction in the evening. 

Parishioners and families of host parishes, neighboring parishes, and Catholic school communities are encouraged to volunteer for shifts to pray before the Blessed Sacrament on the parish’s designated day. Even though local parishes are sponsoring each day of Adoration, the entire Diocese of Columbus is asked to participate. An ancient custom from the church of Rome is to visit a different “stational church” each day of Lent. In the same manner, the people of the church of Columbus are invited to visit and spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist at as many different host parishes on their day of Adoration. The schedule of host parishes is available at right, and also at columbuscatholic.org/40days

Bishop Brennan invites everyone in the Diocese to a time of Adoration this Lent. “Our habit of adoring the Lord is so very appropriate. Remember at the Last Supper, the night before Jesus died, what did he say?” asked Bishop Brennan. “He brought his disciples in the garden and he said to them. ‘Stay with me. Pray with me.‘ That’s what Jesus is inviting us into during Adoration. When we’re in front of the Blessed Sacrament we experience the Lord’s presence in a very profound way. To me, that is what I enjoy most about Adoration – having that moment to simply pour out my heart and maybe say nothing, but just be there with the Lord as a friend.” 

The reason for this Lenten 40 Days of Adoration campaign is twofold. First, emerging from the COVID pandemic, it is fitting to celebrate the great gift of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Many have not yet returned from the temporary halt to public Masses and from the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. This special time of Adoration is an invitation for all Catholics to remember the centrality of Christ’s Real Presence. “There are times where we have Adoration through Exposition when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a monstrance so that we can focus even more sharply on the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist. You see, it’s important simply to be with the Lord,” said Bishop Brennan. 

The second reason for the Lenten 40 Days of Adoration throughout the Diocese is to prepare for planning for the future presence of the Church and her mission to evangelize the local community. Bishop Brennan’s stated goal for Diocesan Planning is to “build belief and reliance on the Eucharist through opportunities for Adoration, Confession, and a return to public worship” and to “engage all individual Catholics to reflect upon the Real Presence of the Lord in their lives and how they can share that presence with others.” For more information, please visit columbuscatholic.org/40days.

You can find an Adoration Guide here!

Join us for Mass 02.07.21

This weekend is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and we hear in the Gospel about Jesus’ healing ministry. What do you need to be healed of?

Join us online for Mass! We will be live streaming the 8:30 am Sunday Mass on February 7. You can join the live stream at the button below. It will also be saved to our Youtube Channel for later viewing.

We pray that you all are staying safe, warm, and healthy!

Join us for Mass 01.31.21

This weekend is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Join us online for Mass! We will be live streaming the 8:30 am Sunday Mass on January 31. You can join the live stream at the button below. It will also be saved to our Youtube Channel for later viewing.

We pray that you all are staying safe, warm, and healthy!

Join us for Mass 01.24.21

This weekend is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, and Jesus calls the disciples to become “Fishers of Men.” Join us online for Mass! We will be live streaming the 8:30 am Sunday Mass on January 24. You can join the live stream at the button below. It will also be saved to our Youtube Channel for later viewing.

We pray that you all are staying safe, warm, and healthy!

Operation Gratitude

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us in numerous ways, not the least of which is our call to care for the poor, the downtrodden, and the homeless. Many in our community have suffered separation from communal worship, job loss or reduction in income, disruption of schooling, illness, and even death, as we grapple with this unique challenge to our collective health and wellness.

Early in the pandemic, Bishop Brennan coined the phrase “front line of hope” to describe the first responders—especially nurses and doctors—who are caring for the sick among us. Paramedics, emergency rooms, and hospitals have tirelessly staffed the front line of hope at great risk to themselves, their families, and often times in complete disregard for their personal safety and mental and emotional health. Hospitals are running short of beds, ventilators, and especially of nursing staff—many of whom have contracted the virus themselves.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help enjoys a special relationship with Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital, cultivated over the last decade. We will extend that partnership with four new initiatives as part of Operation Gratitude during the next month, specifically designed to boost the morale and support the hospital’s staff. We invite you to participate in as many of these initiatives as you are able! 

First, we invite you to send a physical or virtual note of thanks (and pictures if you want) and to front-line healthcare workers. You can do so at this link, or physical notes can be placed in a basket in the Gathering Space at Our Lady by next weekend (January 24). Our preschool and grade school teachers and children are working over the next few weeks on their own take on this initiative.

Second, through next weekend (January 24), we will collect COVID-19 appropriate gifts of individually wrapped snacks/drinks (nutrition bars, individual bags of chips/pretzels, energy bars, individual bags of candy, single serving juice, energy drinks, and flavored/plain water)—especially if they also contain notes of thanks—for nurses, doctors, and staff at the hospital who often don’t have time to take a meal break. Please drop off your snack gifts here at Our Lady so that we can coordinate delivery to the hospital.

Third, on Wednesday and Saturdays of the next two weeks, Our Lady parish and school volunteers will host a clap-in/out for the nurses, doctors, and staff at Mount Carmel Grove City hospital during shift change, from 6:45-7:30 (evenings on Wednesdays, and mornings on Saturdays). We need a team of up to 20 people each time who will line the staff entrance outside the hospital, masked and socially distanced, to greet, thank, and even clap and cheer for their staff. Please visit bit.ly/OLPHopgratitude to sign up for any of these dates.

Finally, one of Mount Carmel Hospital System’s signature programs is known as Street Medicine, which serves “the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable” — the hundreds of area residents “living on the land” under trees and overpasses and in tent communities scattered throughout the city. This team of Mount Carmel physicians or nurse practitioners, chaplains, EMTs and homeless advocates, visits homeless camps each week, giving free medical care, education, assistance with housing options and referrals to continuing care providers, mental health services and community resources. 

Search online for “Mount Carmel Street Medicine” to learn more about the warriors who are battling on the Front Line of Hope.

Through the end of February, you may donate to support MCHS’s Street Medicine program by using your Realm eGiving account or or donate online at the button below. (Under “Fund,” choose MCHS Street Medicine). You may also done by using an envelope found in the Gathering Space.

These initiatives give each of us an opportunity to exercise our baptismal call in a way that best suits our gifts and charism. Whether thanking by card, a gift of food, your physical presence, or through a financial gift, we all can support the Front Line of Hope. What a wonderful way to show our parish’s gratitude and support for all those who have labored on Our Lady’s front line of hope.