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!

Compline this Sunday!

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.

Stations of the Cross

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 

We will live stream the Stations of the Cross as often as we are able to get volunteers. Interested in helping? Email us at broadcast@ourladyofperpetualhelp.net.

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.

All Soul’s Day Prayer Service

Please join us on Monday, November 2 at 6 pm for our All Soul’s Day Prayer Service. We will recall and place before God all those from Our Lady, or who are family members of someone from Our Lady, who have died this past year. The service will last approximately 30 minutes and will include singing in a litany the individual names of those who have died this year.

This service will also be live-streamed, which you can join at the button below.

Also, Beginning the weekend of October 31 – November 1, on the left side of the sanctuary space in church, you will see a stand with a big book on it known as the Book of the Dead. We invite you to write names of those who have gone before us that you would like to have prayed for in a special way throughout November. 

Compline (Night Prayer) Tonight! 9.20.20

Compline, also known as Night Prayer, 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 begins “The Lord almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.” What follows is 30-40 minutes of sung prayer consisting of hymns, psalms, scripture readings, petitions, and The Canticle of Simeon (also known as nunc dimittis). The service concludes with a benediction and an antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Compline at Our Lady will be sung by a small choir in a darkened church, lit only by candles. Those who come to pray with us 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. Compline will also be live streamed!

***Deacon Michael Kopczewski will give a short, <10-minute talk before we begin Compline.  Deacon Michael will discuss Compline and the Liturgy of the Hours in general. He will give some fascinating information on the history of the tradition and how it can play an important role in your prayer life today. If you are new to praying the Divine Office, or if you’ve been praying it for years, you’re sure to gain some great new insights into the tradition.***

Join us Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 9 pm in the Church Nave to pray Compline together!

Home Prayer Spaces

In yesterday’s Diocesan virtual retreat, the Gift of Holy Week, Father Michael Kelly encouraged us all to create a prayer space in our homes. This is exactly what Mrs. Dilley, our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd coordinator encouraged us to do at the beginning of this pandemic. In case you missed her video, here it is again!

We have absolutely loved seeing all of the photos you all have been sending in of your home prayer spaces! If you haven’t made a home prayer space yet, Holy Week is the perfect time. Father Kelly recommends including:

  • A crucifix, or your bible, or an icon or photo of Jesus
  • Candles—Father Kelly says to use what you have! Yankee candles, birthday candles, Christmas candles are all fine. Use what you can find in your homes and be creative.
  • Cloth of liturgical colors (purple, red, or white). Do you have a bandana, scarf, or even an old t-shirt that you could turn inside out?

Check out some of our creative parishioner’s home prayer spaces below, and send us your own photos!

Please consider tuning into the Diocesan retreat today and tomorrow as well. The broadcast information is as follows:

Leader: Father Michael Kelly, Director of Spiritual Formation, Pontifical College Josephinum

Monday, April 6 – Our Response to This Particular Holy Week 
Tuesday, April 7 – The Evil that Challenged the Last Supper
Wednesday, April 8 – The Blessed Virgin Mary Guiding Us Through Holy Week

If you con’t catch the live broadcast, you can always watch the video later on the Diocesan YouTube Channel. We wish you all a very blessed Holy Week!

Public Masses Suspended through May 3.

Due to the extension of the Stay at Home order, the bishops of Ohio have also extended the suspension of public Masses through and including Sunday, May 3. You can read the letter from the Catholic Conference of Ohio here:

We will continue to provide online opportunities for prayer, worship, and connection. We encourage all to join us in this prayer from Pope Francis:

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Activity: Set up a Prayer Space in your Home

Join Mrs. Dilley, our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator, as she shows us how to make a prayer table! We may not be able to go to Church right now, but we can all carve out a little sacred space in each of our homes.

Watch the video, then send us photos or videos of YOUR prayer space!