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Mass Times & Office Hours

  • Saturday and Sunday-Closed

 


Summer Mass Times

(In effective from the  May Long weekend to the Long weekend in September)

  • Tuesday-Friday 8:30am (unless otherwise noted in the bulletin)
  •  Saturday: 5:00pm
  •  Sunday: 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm
  • Sunday at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi in Tofield, AB

Parish Hours July 3-August 25

  • Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:00pm (Open between 12-1)
  • Saturday and Sunday-Closed

Reconciliation

  • 10:00am Saturday or by appointment

Parish Hours Tuesday following the September long weekend – Friday before May long weekend

  • Monday-Thursday 8:30am-9:00pm (Closed between 12-1)
  • Friday 8:30-4:30 (Closed between 12-1)
  • Saturday and Sunday-Closed

Mass Times

Weekday Mass Times

  • Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15pm (unless otherwise noted in the bulletin)
  • Wednesday and Friday at 9:00am (unless otherwise noted in the bulletin)

Weekend Mass Times

  • Saturday at 5:00pm
  • Sunday at 8:30am, 10:30am and 5:00pm
  • Sunday at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi in Tofield, AB

Reconciliation

  • 10:00am Saturday or by appointment


Parish Hours Tuesday following the May long weekend-Friday before the September long weekend

  • Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:00pm (Open between 12-1)
  • Saturday and Sunday-Closed

Summer Mass Times

(In effective from the  May Long weekend to the Long weekend in September)

  • Tuesday-Friday 8:30am (unless otherwise noted in the bulletin)
  •  Saturday: 5:00pm
  •  Sunday: 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm
  • Sunday at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi in Tofield, AB

Reconciliation

  • 10:00am Saturday or by appointment

Parish Registration Form

parish-pad-form


LOCATION

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

13 Brower Drive – Sherwood Park, AB
Canada T8H 1Y7

OLPH Staff

Father Jack

Rt. Rev. John H. Hamilton

jack.h.vg @ gmail.com
Pastor

Father Pierre, BIO

Father Pierre Ducharme O.F.M.

pducharme@olph.ca
Assistant Pastor


Father Raj Savariappan

rajfather@olph.ca
Associate Pastor


Brother Joe

Deacon Brother Joe Glaab O.F.M

jglaab@olph.ca
Pastoral Assistant


EICS Schools
RCIA
Social Justice
Ongoing Faith Formation (OFF)

Monna

Monna Senez

msenez @ olph.ca
Pastoral Assistant


Anniversary Blessings
Irregular Marriages: Annulments
Life after Divorce
Marriage Preparation and Wedding Rehearsals
Newly Wed Group
Parent Care and Share
Welcoming Ministry

Betty

Betty Donovan

pastoralcare@olph.ca
Pastoral Assistant


Baptism Preparation and Celebrations
Bereavement Support
Pastoral Care: funeral arrangements, communion, visits to sick and nursing homes
Infants’ Memorial Mass

Sue

Sue Boyne

pastoralcare@olph.ca
Pastoral Assistant


Baptism Preparation and Celebrations
Bereavement Support
Pastoral Care: funeral arrangements, communion, visits to sick and nursing homes
Infants’ Memorial Mass

Pat Lemire

plemire@olph.ca
Pastoral Assistant


RCIA
Ongoing Faith Formation (OFF)

Brenda

Brenda Frederick

bfrederick@olph.ca
Business Manager


Administrative and financial functions of parish
Catering (bookings, client queries, policies)
Office and facility management and policies

Raylene

Raylene Yuzyk

ryuzyk @ olph.ca
Pastoral Assistant


First Reconciliation Preparation
First Communion Preparation
Confirmation
Parish Connection
Website

Lorraine

Lorraine Dotto

ldotto@olph.ca
Administrative Assistant


Booking of equipment
Bulletin
Papal Blessings
Parish Directory information
Sacramental records and certificates
Scheduling of all rooms and meetings

Jenny Velazco

jvelazco@olph.ca
Administrative Assistant

Ben Trainberg

btrainberg@olph.ca
Accountant

Ruby Fiorini

Evening Administrative Staff


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Brenda Renneberg

Evening Lock Up Staff


Greg Spiess

Maintenance


Parish Pastoral Council

  • Helps set the direction for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish.
  • Coordinates communications and activities among all parish groups.
  • Meetings are held monthly and are open to all parishioners who may address the Council with proper permission of the Chairperson.
  • Each member-at-large serves a three-year term on a revolving basis so that a third of the members are appointed each year.
  • The various parish groups are under the umbrella of the Council. The groups are autonomous and set their own goals. Parish Pastoral Council members represent and act as liaisons between the groups and the Parish Council.
  • Please refer to the PPC Bulletin pull-down menu for the minutes of the Parish Pastoral Team Meetings.

For more detailed information about these or any other ministries, you may call the Parish Office, or you are welcome to pick up a complete Stewardship Directory, which includes contact names and telephone numbers, from the Parish Office. You can download a copy of the Stewardship Directory on the front page of our website.

What is a PPC?

Every October, our parish “installs” a new PPC at every Mass over a period of two to three weeks. Unless
you’ve served on this venerable body, you’ve probably asked: Who or what is a PPC? A quick Google of TM search reveals a myriad of possibilities:

  • Pay per click
  • Production possibility curve
  • Pollution prevention and control
  • Polyester powder coating
  • Pirate Party of Canada (really!), and more!

While the Pirate Party is intriguing(!), in the Roman Catholic Church, PPC stands for Parish Pastoral Council. In our parish, the PPC acts as an advisor to our pastor, Father Jack, in all matters relating to the well-being of the parish. We work to create a welcoming parish and to promote the work of all parish groups and ministries. We also take a leadership role in planning parish activities and events, like the annual parish picnic, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and other special occasions. In other words
YOUR PPC is here to serve YOU!

If you have questions or concerns that you would like brought forward to the pastor or parish team, please contact us by talking to a PPC member (see below) or contact the parish office at info@olph.ca or 780-467-5470 and ask to leave a message for PPC. We will respond promptly!

As an added note – PPC Meetings are Public Meetings and you are always welcomed to attend. Meeting are 2nd Wednesday of the Month (except July and August) @ 7:00pm in the FKK Room at OLPH Parish. 

The 2015-2016 Parish Pastoral Council members are:


  • Monica Friesen – Past- Chair
  • Leta Shannon, Chair- leta.shannon@gov.ab.ca
  • Maureen Landry – Vice-chair
  • Helen Doyle – Secretary
  • Ron Ross – Chair, Administration and Finance Council
  • Ron Dick
  • Robert Gaudet
  • Liam Hyland
  • Barb Kamstra
  • Linda Karpala
  • Mary Ann Platz
  • Halina Solkowski
Parish Pastoral Council (2015-2016)

2015 PPC Minutes

  • December 9, 2015
  • November 18, 2015
  • September 9, 2015
  • June 10, 2015
  • May 13, 2015
  • April 8, 2015
  • February 11, 2015
  • January 14, 2015

2014 PPC Minutes

  • December 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014

Parish History

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Painted in tempera on hard nut wood, 21 inches by 17, the original picture of Our lady of Perpetual Help is one of many copies of the famed Hodeguitria of St. Luke. It is however, The One Copy singled out, by Our Lady Herself, for special heavenly favors. You may see it today enshrined above the high altar in the Redemptorist Church of San Alfonso, at Rome.

Our Lady

OLPH Icon in Detail

Meaning of the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Look at the picture. Frightened by the vision of two angels showing Him the instruments of the Passion, the Christ Child has run to His Mother, almost losing, in his haste, one of the tiny sandals. Mary holds Him in Her arms reassuringly, lovingly. But notice Her eyes. They look not at Jesus, but as us. Is this not a touch of genius? How better to express Our Lady’s plea to us to avoid sin and love Her Son?

Christ’s little Hands, too, are pressed into Mary’s as a reminder to us that, just as on earth, He placed Himself entirely in Her hands for protection, so now in Heaven He has given into Her hands all graces, to distribute to those who ask Her.

This is the principal message of the picture. A Byzantine icon, however, it is replete with other symbols.

  • Golden Crown of Our Lady
  • Star on our Lady’s veil
  • Greek initials (five locations)
  • Angels
  • Mary’s Eyes
  • Mary’s Mouth
  • Mary’s Left Hand
  • Red Tunic
  • Christ’s Hands
  • Falling Sandal

Mary’s Mantle is dark blue, this is the colour worn by Mothers in Palestine, Mary is both Virgin and Mother. The entire background is golden, symbolic of Heaven, where Jesus and Mary are now enthroned.

The gold also shines through their clothing, showing the heavenly joy they can bring to tired human hearts.

History of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon

How it got there is a long story. Briefly, at the close of the 15th century, a merchant stole the picture from its shrine on the island of Crete, miraculously weathered a tumultuous sea voyage and finally brought it to Rome. There, before he died, he gave it to a Roman friend, begging him to have it placed in a worthy church. This the friend neglected to do.

Our Lady then appeared, urging the Roman to comply with the request, threatening him with even death. At his wife’s bidding, however, the man paid little heed to the apparition. Shortly after, he died.

Next Our Lady appeared to the little daughter of the family. “Go to your mother and grandfather”, she commanded, “and say to them: “Holy Mary of Perpetual Help warns you to take Her from your house; else all of you will soon die.” The girl relayed the message to her mother. Panic-stricken, the woman promised to obey.

Our Lady then told the little girl just where the picture should be placed: in the church “between the basilica of St. Mary Major and that of St. John Lateran.” In solemn procession, on March 27, 1499, it was carried to that church, the church of St. Matthew the Apostle. The same day a miracle occurred, a man’s arm, crippled beyond use, was completely restored.

So for 300 years, the picture hung over the main altar in the church of St. Matthew the Apostle, loved by all, renowned far and wide for miracles.

Then came June, 1798. Napoleon entered Rome. The church of St. Matthew was leveled to the ground. The picture disappeared.

For 64 years it remained hidden, almost forgotten, until… one day at recreation, in the Redemptorist home in Rome, one of the Fathers mentioned having read, in an old tome, that their present church, San Alfonso was built on the ruins of St. Matthew’s, where once was enshrined a miraculous picture; Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The name startled Father Michael Marchi. He recalled, as a boy, having served Mass in the oratory of the Irish Augustinians at Santa Maria in Posterula. There he had seen the picture. An old Brother had pointed it out to him.

Some months later, in February, Father Francis Blosi, S.J., preaching in the Gesu on “the lost Madonna of Perpetual Help, told how it was Our Lady’s wish that the picture be enshrined in the church, “between the basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.” Word got back to the Redemptorists. The Superior General was informed. But he waited three more years. He wanted to be certain.

Finally, on December 11, 1865, the whole matter was presented to Pope Pius IX. On January 19, 1866, the miraculous picture was brought once more to the site of its former glory, the church between the two basilicas, now that of San Alfonso. Three months later, it was solemnly enshrined. And on June 23, 1867 it was crowned.

The original picture of Our Lady, reputedly painted by St. Luke, was venerated for centuries in Constantinople as a miraculous icon. It was destroyed by the Turks in the year 1453.

Parish Registration Form

-Link to Parish Registration Form

-Link to PAD (Pre-Authorized Debit) Form

-Link to Parish Financial Report

Bulletins and Blogs

-Link to bulletin and monthly calendar

Letter from the Pastor

Happy New Year!

A bit premature, you say? Too early to be making this familiar wish? Well, yes–and no.

Our New Year, 2017, begins on January 1st. That’s the traditional time for our “Happy New Years”.

But the Church follows a different calendar.  Its year begins four weeks before Christmas.  It’s a time called Advent, a word that means coming or arrival. During Advent we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. We commemorate his coming in history some 2,000 years ago and reflect on his coming at the end time. But especially we prepare for his coming to us, to our hearts and our lives in the present time. We do this by, for example, extra prayer or fasting or by extra acts of love, compassion or care. Advent is a privileged, blessed time for us to focus on the “Reason for the Season” which is, of course, Jesus. In the midst of all our Christmas preparations, the shopping and decorating and baking, we take time on another level to consider the spiritual aspect of the great feast.

And since Advent is the beginning of a new Church year, it is fitting that we start with something new-our revamped, re-designed website.  We’ve tried to make it more user-friendly, more informative yet easier to navigate, more effective for everyone.  Communication is so important in our digital, IT age. But it can also be confusing and bewildering. We hope that our new website will be neither.

WELCOME!

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome as we endeavor to serve you better.

God Bless,

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Marian Gift Shop

Religious books and other articles are available for purchase after week-end Masses.
The shop is open following the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday and after the 8:30 and 10:30 am Sunday Masses.

During the summer months the shop is only open on Sundays after the 8:30 and 10:30 am Masses.

Location

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

13 Brower Drive - Sherwood Park, AB
Canada T8H 1Y7

Parish Office Hours

Please note the Parish Office is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Contact Us

Email: info@olph.ca