our Lady of Perpetual Help sanctuary focal point altar

about us

our VIsion statement

We are disciples on the way, following the Lord and listening to his teachings.


We are called by God to be a family in communion with his people.

To achieve Our Mission Statement, we commit ourselves:

  • To provide a warm, hospitable and welcoming parish centre to call all ages to holiness through the Sacraments and the Word of God;
  • To encourage its members to participate more fully in developing the liturgy and applying it to daily life;
  • To provide religious education programs for all its members;
    To seek out and encourage inactive Catholics to return to the practice of the faith;
  • To extend our hearts and hands to all in the practice of the works of mercy;
  • To develop a strong Outreach program to community, diocesan, national and world needs;
  • To continue meeting the spiritual, physical, and economic needs of our Parish community.

safe environment

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish has devised a Safe Environment Program for the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults as mandated by the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.

This program affects clergy, certain parishioners, staff, members of the Catholic Women’s League and Knights of Columbus, and contractors, who deal with children, youth or vulnerable adults. Persons who are involved with providing religious education, who are Communion Ministers who take communion to shut-ins, who volunteer and/or are Ministers of Communion at Westpark Manor and the Charleswood Care Home, hospitals and other such institutions, members who coordinate the Children’s Choir, work with Altar Servers, and contractors who may come in contact with children or youth at OLPH are screened and trained.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish offers a customer service environment that meets the needs of parishioners and visitors. Staff and selected volunteers are trained to communicate in different ways and take time to understand and respond to what is needed. We do our best to ensure that signs, documents and electronic communication will use plain language and be easy to read.

We welcome support persons and the use of service animals. Our facilities offer the following features:

  • Accessible seating
  • Accessible parking with wheelchair ramp
  • Accessible washrooms complete with accessible toilet stalls with handrails, accessible sink basins, taps and dispensers
  • Large font when requested
  • Elevator services
  • Assistive devices for the hearing impaired in the sanctuary
  • Automatic opening doors on entryway and main floor washrooms

Note: If you need additional support, e.g., for American Sign language services, please let us know.

st. charles catholic school

St. Charles Catholic School, a not-for profit independent school, has a very unique ownership structure. It is the only school in the Archdiocese that is owned by five parishes: St. Paul the Apostle, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Charles, St. John XXIII, and St. Ann’s. It is managed by two boards: a Corporate Board comprised of the five parish leaders and owners responsible for the Catholicity and overall mission of the school and a Management Board of Directors responsible for the general management, strategic planning and policy development.

A view of Our Lady of Perpetual in the early 1960s

our history

The Beginning

On July 1st, 1947, Archbishop Murray commissioned Father St. Jacques to establish a parish in the Municipality of Charleswood, and also to erect a small church. A three-acre site was found on Roblin Boulevard across from the Vasa Lund Park on which a 40 by 20 foot small frame church was erected. The only reference to the naming of the early church is found in the records kept by Father St. Jacques which stated “The original name given this church was St. Catherine and later changed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help”. The first Mass was celebrated on August 24, 1947.

Charter – Catholic Women’s League

On June 26, 1949, thirty-six ladies signed the Catholic Women’s League Charter to form a Council in the parish and become part of the National Council.


The church building was moved to the new location in the summer of 1951. In 1962, a new church was designed and construction began that fall and the first Mass celebrated on Palm Sunday, 1963.

Charter – Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Council, which received its charter in 1980, was formed.


The facilities eventually became inadequate and the decision reached was to expand, which would increase the seating capacity to over six hundred. His Grace, Archbishop Adam Exner, turned the first sod on April 30th, 1989. The larger church provided much needed space for religious education, youth and senior programs and social events. The new facilities would also house the church’s administration offices, which had been located in the rectory. Father (later to become Monsignor) Stan Jaworski celebrated his first Mass on August 16, 1992. Reverend Father Barry Schoonbaert followed Monsignor Stan as pastor and in 1998 he was replaced by Monsignor Maurice Comeault, the current incumbent.

The Present

The church remains socially active in the Charleswood community with a strong corps of volunteers. Our Lady of Perpetual Help is one of five parishes corporately supporting the St. Charles Catholic School. It continues to have an active Youth Group and offers rich faith formation programs. Even though the parish has been in existence for nearly 75 years, we remain a relatively new parish. Inspired by God’s Spirit we are sure to look forward to many more fulfilling years as God’s family giving praise to God and building His Kingdom.

Our parish team


Fr. Eric Giddins
Phone – 204-832-1993
Email – pastor(at)olphwinnipeg(dot)ca

Cristy Calma

Office Administrator
Telephone: (204) 832-1993
Email: office[at]olphwinnipeg[dot]ca

Heather Ryczak

Music & Liturgy
Telephone: (204) 560-6191
Email: ministry[at]olphwinnipeg[dot]ca

Donna Chitz

Telephone: (204) 832-1993
Email: finance[at]olphwinnipeg[dot]ca

Maureen Foster Fernandes

Religious Education Coordinator
Telephone: (204) 832-4336
Email: religioused[at]olphwinnipeg[dot]ca

Manuela Fontes

Confirmation Coordinator
Telephone: (204) 832-4336
Email: catechism[at]olphwinnipeg[dot]ca

Leandro Lopez

Telephone: (204) 832-1993
Email: office[at]olphwinnipeg[dot]ca

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