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.
NEWS ARTICLES FROM THE CHURCH
THAT MAY INTEREST YOU
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Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
"Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
He said to them, "When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test."
And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,'
and he says in reply from within,
'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.'
I tell you,
if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.
"And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
PRAYER INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER
Month of July
YEAR OF MERCY WEEKLY REFLECTION
"Being Christian isn't easy and we cannot become Christian with our own strength; we need the grace of God. There is a prayer which should be said every day: 'Lord, grant me the grace to become a good Christian, because I cannot do it alone.'"
— Pope Francis
Other links of interest:
Saint Anne and Saint Joachim
Saint Anne and Saint Joachim (1st c. B.C.) are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of Jesus. Their names have been preserved in Church tradition since the second century, although not much is known of their lives. It is speculated that Saint Joachim and Saint Ann, although wealthy, lived a devout and simple life of voluntary poverty, chastity, and generosity to the poor. After long suffering from infertility and praying for a child, both Joachim and Anne, in their old age, were visited by an angel who announced that they would give birth to a very special child. It was from their holy and chaste marriage that the Immaculate Conception was brought into the world. According to tradition, when the Child Mary was three years old they dedicated her to God and presented her to live in the Jerusalem temple until the time of her betrothal. Saint Anne is the patroness of wives, expectant mothers, pregnancy, women in labor, grandmothers, childless couples, and against poverty and sterility. Saint Joachim is the patron of fathers and grandfathers. Their feast day is July 26th.