At all of the Masses this past weekend, Father Jim gave this announcement:
“My Dear Brothers and Sisters: Perhaps you have heard it said, “The only constant in life is change.” Together this year we have gone through changes that have transformed us as children of God and as a parish. I have been going through my own, personal changes as I try to listen to where God is calling me. And so, after a process of careful prayer and discernment, I am announcing to you that on Tuesday, October 27 I will be leaving Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish and will be moving to St. Mary of the Assumption parish in Lancaster, Ohio.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help has been a wonderful assignment, and it is very bittersweet to be leaving. I will miss you all dearly, but I am also looking forward to what God has in store for me. Between now and October 27 we will have time to say our goodbyes. In the meantime, may God continue to bless us all.”
We are extremely sad that Father Jim will be leaving us, but we are glad that he is following God’s call in his life. Please pray for him as he makes this transition!
Please join us for Mass this weekend. You can view Mass from Our Lady at this link, which will go live at 5 pm this evening (Saturday, May 23. Please note that the video will not work until then.) You can also find all links in our bio.
Our music minister, Scott Ewing, has once again provided a worship aid to help you participate more fully from your homes. Please find it here.
The bulletin for this weekend is also now available.
Please join us virtually tomorrow morning (Thursday, May 7, 2020) for School Mass! You can view Mass below Please note that the video will go live at 8:30 am tomorrow, and will not work properly until then.
We are all longing for the day when we can unite in our physical church again. Until then, let us embrace our domestic churches and unite our prayers for health, safety, and security for all of our community.
Good afternoon, Parish Family! Please join us for Mass this weekend. You can view Mass from Our Lady at this link, which will go live at 5 pm this evening. (Please note that the video will not work until then.)
Our music minister, Scott Ewing, has once again provided a worship aid to help you participate more fully from your homes. And the bulletin for this weekend can be found on our bulletins page.
In case you missed it, we have a couple of big announcements this weekend. The first is that we are now scheduling appointments for Confession! Find all the details on our Reconciliation page.
The second announcement is that effective Monday, Monsignor Cody will be our new Administrator Pro Tem. You can read Bishop Brennan’s letter to our parish regarding this appointment here.
We sincerely apologize that the posting for school Mass today is later than promised. You can watch today’s Mass below. We hope that all of our school families tune in, and we invite all of our parishioners and community members to join us as well! God bless you all!
Father Jim has an important message for our parish community today! Check it out below:
If you prefer, you can read the transcript below:
Hello Parish Family! He is risen!
I wanted to reach out to all of you and let you know how proud I am of our parish family. Easter was definitely different this year, but I know from the photos and social media posts that you all entered into the season as best as you possibly could. It was great to see our whole diocese come together to celebrate the Triduum.
Remember that it is still Easter! The beauty of the Catholic Church is such that we have a whole season to celebrate the most joyous event that ever happened. I encourage you to continue to celebrate in your homes. Use the fancy dishes. Eat dessert. Keep your decorations up. Make your home prayer spaces festive. The season of Easter lasts until Pentecost, which is on May 31 this year. We all need some fun and joy in our lives right now, so I encourage you to really embrace this celebratory season of Christ’s triumph over death.
We seem to be in a holding pattern now. Different models are projecting different peak times for this virus, so we don’t yet have any return date in mind for when the churches might open back up. I encourage you all to keep building your domestic churches. Our staff will be continuing to post resources and links for you to help grow your faith at home.
Another initiative that our staff has been working on involves reaching out to every member of the Parish to check in and see if we can help in any way. Many of you should have already been contacted. If you have not been contacted yet, or if you encounter needs at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact Marti Hurd at the info provided in this post.
We will continue to follow the directions of our bishop and our government. Remember, we are in this together. Please let us know if you need anything, pray for one another, and continue celebrating Easter!