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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

4588 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3R 0G4

Welcome to our Parish!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish seeks to reflect God’s love and life. A people, members of the Body of Christ, disciples on a journey. We are young and old. We are shepherds who are sheep and sheep who are shepherds. We are seekers of Love and Life. We are a home, and the Lord, who lives here, welcomes you. Our Lady protects all of us, always. Welcome.

Office Hours

Weekdays: 9 am to 12 noon, 1 to 4 pm
Weekends and Holidays: Closed

Office Phone – (204) 832-1993

Pastor’s Cell Phone: (204) 781-0720

WEEKEND MASS TIMES

Saturday: 5 pm
Sunday: 9 and 11 am

Upcoming Masses

Friday February 3
9:00 am Daily Mass
Saturday February 4
9:00 am Daily Mass
5:00 pm Weekend Mass
Sunday February 5
9:00 am Weekend Mass
11:00 am Weekend Mass
Monday February 6
9:00 am Daily Mass
Tuesday February 7
9:00 am Daily Mass
Wednesday February 8
9:00 am Daily Mass
Thursday February 9
9:00 am Daily Mass
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Statement by Bishop Raymond Poisson, Bishop of St-Jérôme-Mont-Laurier and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Today, the Bishops of Canada join Pope Francis and all the People of God in mourning the loss of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and thank God for his life of humble and dedicated service. Benedict XVI leaves behind a great legacy of teaching that will continue to inspire us, both through the three encyclicals he wrote and through the many public speeches he delivered throughout the world as Supreme Pontiff. Pope Benedict XVI, “Cardinal Ratzinger”, served as a faithful and sure guide of Catholic doctrine in his various offices with the Holy See.

As Pope, he challenged us “to dare to love” – to make “your whole existence a joyful enterprise of giving yourselves to God and to your brothers and sisters, in imitation of the One who conquered hatred and death forever with love (cf. Rev 5:13)”, and to find peace. comfort and inspiration in the love that Christ has for each one of us.

As Canadians, we are especially grateful for his efforts to heal the wounds of our past. Benedict XVI was the first pope to meet victims of abuse by members of the clergy. He publicly acknowledged the scourge of abuse by these clergy, apologized for it, and strengthened Church processes to respond to allegations, including facilitating the prosecution or suspension from the clerical state those found responsible for abuse.

Pope Benedict XVI also invited a Canadian delegation, made up of representatives of Indigenous communities, as well as Catholic dioceses and religious communities across Canada, to a private meeting in April 2009 to discuss their experience of residential schools. During this meeting, the Pope listened to their stories and expressed his regret and sadness for the sorrow suffered by many Indigenous people in the residential school system.

A few years later, he canonized North America’s first Indigenous saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, also known as the “Lily of the Mohawks.”

As we pray for the eternal rest of his soul, we pray that the love and hope that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI found in the Risen Lord may continue to inspire and comfort us in the trials and tribulations of our own earthly lives. May peace be granted to him as he rests forever in communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

31 December 2022

Déclaration de Mgr Raymond Poisson, évêque de St-Jérôme-Mont-Laurier et président de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada à l’occasion du décès du pape émérite Benoît XVI

Aujourd’hui, les évêques du Canada se joignent au pape François et au peuple de Dieu qui pleurent le décès du pape émérite Benoît XVI; ils rendent grâce à Dieu pour sa vie de service humble et dévoué. Benoît XVI laisse derrière lui un grand héritage d’enseignement qui continuera de nous inspirer, tant par les trois encycliques qu’il a rédigées que par les nombreux discours publics qu’il a prononcés à travers le monde en tant que Souverain Pontife. Le pape Benoit XVI, « Cardinal Ratzinger », a été un guide fidèle et sûr de la doctrine catholique tout au long de ses divers offices auprès du Saint Siège.

En tant que Pape, il nous a mis au défi « d’oser aimer » – de faire de « toute votre existence une joyeuse entreprise du don de vous-mêmes à Dieu et à vos frères, à l’imitation de Celui qui a vaincu la haine et la mort pour toujours par l’amour (cf. Ap 5, 13) », et de trouver la paix, le réconfort et l’inspiration dans l’amour que le Christ a pour chacun de nous.

En tant que Canadiens et Canadiennes, nous lui sommes particulièrement reconnaissants pour ses efforts visant à guérir les blessures de notre passé. Benoît XVI a été le premier Pape à rencontrer des victimes d’abus par des membres du clergé. Il a reconnu publiquement le fléau des abus commis par ces derniers, s’en est excusé et a renforcé les processus de l’Église pour répondre aux allégations, notamment en facilitant la poursuite ou la suspension de l’état clérical des personnes ayant été reconnues responsables d’abus.

Le pape Benoît XVI a également invité les membres d’une délégation canadienne, composée de représentants et représentantes des communautés autochtones, ainsi que des diocèses et des communautés religieuses catholiques du Canada, à une réunion privée en avril 2009 pour discuter de leur expérience des pensionnats. Au cours de cette rencontre, le Pape a écouté leurs récits et a exprimé son regret et sa tristesse pour les souffrances éprouvées par de nombreux Autochtones dans le système des pensionnats.

Quelques années plus tard, il a canonisé la première sainte autochtone d’Amérique du Nord, sainte Kateri Tekakwitha, également appelée le « Lys des Mohawks ».

Alors que nous prions pour le repos éternel de son âme, nous prions pour que l’amour et l’espoir que le pape émérite Benoît XVI a trouvé dans le Seigneur ressuscité puissent continuer de nous inspirer et de nous réconforter dans les épreuves et les tribulations de nos propres vies sur terre. Que la paix lui soit accordée alors qu’il repose pour toujours en communion avec le Père, le Fils et l’Esprit Saint.

31 décembre 2022

IT Initiative – St. Charles Catholic School Dear Friends & Family I am writing on behalf of St Charles Catholic School to see if you or your business would be interested in supporting our current fundraising efforts. Recently, the SCCS Board completed a community survey that identified some areas of opportunity. Of note was the need for improvements and upgrades to our www.stccs.ca

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Are you having difficulty hearing or are you wearing hearing aids?  This page provides a summary of how the technology we have available at OLPH can be of help.

Sound System Improvements The sound system at OLPH has two separate sound amplifiers.  One of them drives the large speaker in the roof of the middle section of the nave.  The second one drives the five ceiling speakers in each of the left and right wings.  A study was conducted in the spring of 2022 to balance the two amplifiers so that the sound throughout the church is as balanced as possible.  Having said that, a better sound quality will be experienced if you sit directly below one of the wing ceiling speakers. 

Personal Hearing Receivers If the sound system is still not working well enough for you, there are six (6) receivers which are designed for those who need help overcoming background noise, reverberation, or distance from the sound source.  Just request one from the sound operator.  For hygiene reasons, it is requested that you provide your own headset.

What if I am still having hearing issues? The latest technology that OLPH is planning to offer, in the near future, leverages the ‘Live Transcribe’ app that was designed by Google in 2019.  What Live Transcribe does is convert the sound it captures from your device (cell phone or tablet) microphone and displays the corresponding text on its screen.  OLPH has purchased a Samsung tablet for this purpose and has completed testing.  Additionally, one parishioner has donated his tablet.  So, two tablets are available for the hard of hearing. Further, there is a capability to project the tablet screen onto a large screen TV located anywhere at the front of the nave; therefore expanding the service to a larger number of parishioners.

What if I want to do my own thing? You don’t need to wait for OLPH to leverage the capability of Live Transcribe.  The Live Transcribe app is available for free for Android cells and tablets from Google Play Store. Follow this link to get started.

I have an iPhone, what should I do? There is a paid version for the iPhone and iPad called Live Transcribe for iOS, but the Audio Visual team has not researched this option yet.  If you are willing to experiment with it, share your results with us.

I am a reader, how can Live Transcribe help me? The Live Transcribe app does an amazing job of transcribing the text it receives from your device microphone (or external microphone).  But it can only display what it hears.  If you need feedback on the quality of your voice, this app is very useful for this purpose.  For example, if you are one of our readers and want to see what you sound like when you practice your readings, download the app and see what you sound like.

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YOUR DONATION

You can continue contributing to the parish by mailing cheques (post-dated if desired) to the office, or by becoming a PAC (Pre-Authorized Contribution) member where contributions can be made directly from a financial institution. To sign up for PAC please call the office.

We now can accept donations by e-transfer, safely and securely. E-transfers sent to the following email address finance[at]olphwinnipeg[dot]ca are automatically deposited and there is no need for a security question. All e-transfers will be considered as a general offering unless it is specified in the message area that you would like the donation directed to a specific area

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Catholic Mass – Holy Communion

ATTENDING A CATHOLIC MASS FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Are you attending a funeral, a wedding, or just wondering? If you have never attended a Mass in a Roman Catholic church, the experience may or may not be somewhat familiar, depending on your background. For someone who has been raised in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, understanding the tradition of the Mass will not be a big step. On the other hand, the experience may completely unfamiliar.

Here are some tips if you are attending Mass for the first time…

1. Turn up in good time.

If you don’t want to feel stressed, do yourself a favour and turn up a little early. Doing this will give you a chance to find a seat, settle in, and take in your new surroundings. Use the time to calm your soul.

Oh, and don’t forget to turn off your phone as you enter the Church. Having it go off unexpectedly will surely draw attention.

2. You won’t understand everything, but that’s okay.

The Mass is steeped in 2,000 years of Christian theology and practice, and this itself rests on the even older foundation of Judaism. Things initially may be hard to understand. Symbols are often used. For instance you might see burning incense, which is symbolic of our prayers rising to God. If you keep coming back each week and start digging into the roots of the Mass, it will all start to make sense and you’ll come to discover the richness found there.

3. Mass follows a script.

You will soon notice that there’s a “script” for Mass that is used worldwide. The priest and the people have prescribed parts. The priest will say something (e.g. “The Lord be with you!”) and then all the people will respond in unison (e.g. “And with your spirit”).

4. Expect some physical movement.

God made us body and soul. Therefore, at Mass we don’t just think pious thoughts, we also worship with our bodies. This means that we stand to hear the words of Christ proclaimed, we sit to listen to the priest’s homily and we kneel in prayer during the Consecration and after Communion.

5. Don’t worry about doing something wrong.

Being apprehensive about doing something new is normal. Just follow what others around you are doing. Sit when everyone else sits and stand when they stand.

The only point in the Mass where you’ll actually have to do anything is when the Priest invites you to turn to the person next to you “and offer one another a sign of peace”. Typically this just involves shaking your neighbour’s hand or nodding in acknowledgement.

If you want to follow along with the congregation’s responses, they are available in the “missal”, a book which is typically found in the pews. However, it is more advantageous for newcomers to listen to the words being said.

6. Two halves.

The Mass is divided into two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The former part is devoted to prayer, the reading of Sacred Scripture and the priest’s homily, which is his reflection on the Bible passages which have just been read. The latter part of the Mass focuses on Holy Communion, or as it is more commonly called, The Eucharist. If you’ve been to a Protestant service, the first part of the Mass will probably seem reasonably familiar, but the second half maybe less so.

7. Jesus in the Eucharist.

Unless you understand the Catholic belief about the Eucharist, much of this part of the Mass may be difficult to comprehend…

So what is the Eucharist? Well, in the part of the Mass known as “The Offertory Procession”, bread and wine are brought forward and placed on the altar. Catholics believe that, by the authority of Christ, when the priest calls down the Holy Spirit upon the bread and wine (mixed with water), while the appearance of bread and wine remain, they are transformed into Jesus’ Body and Blood. By consuming them, we are filled with the Divine Life.

Understanding the Eucharist illuminates so much of what might be confusing about the Mass. This is why Catholics take the Mass so seriously. This is why we fast from food beforehand. This is why Catholics kneel after Communion and why we bow towards the tabernacle, the container close to the altar, which contains the Eucharist.

8. What to do during Communion.

Since Catholics believe that Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine, we take the receiving of Holy Communion very seriously. As a result, Communion is restricted to practicing Catholics. Since you won’t be able to receive Communion, you have a couple of options:

(a) Stay put
You can simply stay where you are and people will move past. You can also move out of the pew to make it easier for others in your row to go to Communion. While they are receiving the Eucharist, if you would like, you can make a “spiritual communion” by simply praying the following prayer in your pew:

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament [of the Eucharist]. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen”

(b) Go up
Alternatively, you can actually join the Communion line in order to receive a blessing from the priest. You do not have to be Catholic or even a Christian to receive a blessing. You indicate that you wish to receive a blessing by crossing your arms across your body, when you are in front of the priest.

9. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Do not be afraid to identify yourself as a visitor! Say “Hello” to the priest – he will be easy to spot. If you were confused or curious about anything you experienced at Mass, don’t be afraid of asking questions and don’t worry if you think they might be “too basic”.

If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, you might ask about signing up for RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), which is a course that you can freely attend to learn more questions about the Catholic Faith.

Adapted from: Pilgrim. “Attending a Catholic Mass for the First Time?” Restless Pilgrim, 16 June 2018, https://restlesspilgrim.net/blog/2018/06/16/attending-mass/