Welcome to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
We are a community of worship on Sundays and weekdays, growing spiritually, supporting the gracefully aging parishioners in our community, while also preparing and offering to our children in catechism class, the tools they will need to use in their daily lives. We focus on training future Religious Education teachers about the teachings and protection of our children, with emphasis on their protection.
We support people in recovery from alcoholism and drugs. We are helping our young families with wedding ceremonies and do a follow up to confirm or assist in their spiritual growth.
We reach out to the poor as instructed by Pope St. John Paul II in his encyclical Solicitudo Rei Socialis and we reflect the wishes and prayers of our current Pope Francis.
OLPH is one of 42 parishes and 17 missions within the Diocese of Santa Rosa. We are focused on getting to heaven and you are most welcome to join us on our journey.
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
"Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?"
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?"
"Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her."
But Jesus told them,
"Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate."
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
He said to them,
"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery."
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
"Let the children come to me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it."
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.
PRAYER INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER
Month of September
That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.
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St. Bruno (1030-1101) was born to a noble family in Cologne, Germany. He was well educated and became a priest around the year 1055. He went on to teach in Reims for many years, earning a reputation as a learned scholar. After serving as the chancellor of his local diocese, he and a few companions left the diocese in order to enter into religious life. In 1084 Bruno settled in the Chartreuse Mountains in France with a small group of scholars, like himself, who desired to become monks. This was the beginning of the Carthusian order founded by St. Bruno, combining the solitary life of hermits with the conventual life. These alpine monks embraced a strictly disciplined life of poverty, labor, prayer, and fasting. After six years of strict asceticism, Bruno was called to Rome by the Pope, his former student, to assist with troubles rocking the Church. Bruno became a close adviser to the Pope and was allowed to return to his monastic life only if he stayed in Italy, leading Bruno to establish a second Carthusian monastery there in 1095. St. Bruno wrote many manuscripts and commentaries during his life. His feast day is celebrated on October 6th.