Mass Intentions

Wednesday, August 27
6:15 am
Lucy Enriquez—Birthday
8:30 am
† Joseph T. Callahan
Thursday, August 28
6:15 am
† Anderson Fitzhugh
8:30 am
† Eva and Nozario Enriquez
Friday, August 29
6:15 am
† Edward J. Weise
8:30 am
† Erlinda and Jr. Gayoso
6:00 pm
† Vicente Heredia
Saturday, August 30
8:30 am
† Edward Weise
5:00 pm
† Eugenia Marie Parnassa Carroll
7:00 pm
† Vicente Heredia
Sunday, August 31
6:30 am
† Juan and Florencia Flores
8:30 am
OLPH Community
10:00 am
† Vicente Heredia
10:30 am
† Manuel Martinez
12:30 pm
† Jose Maria and Juliana Mendez
Monday, September 1
6:15 am
No Mass
8:30 am
† Madi James
Tuesday, September 2
6:15 am
† Humberto Peralta
8:30 am
† Sinforiano Ovalle

Icon History

Safe Environment

History, Tradition, and Interpretation of
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon

1.  The Merchant Who Stole “Our Lady”
The Icon of Perpetual Help was painted on the isle of
Crete by an unknown artist between the 14th and the 15th Century.  A Cretan merchant in the 15th century stole from Crete, the icon taking it from a church where it had worked many miracles.  He hid it among his wares and set out westward. It was only through Divine Providence that he survived a wild tempest and landed on solid ground. After about a year, he arrived in Rome with his stolen picture.

It was there he became mortally ill, and looked for a friend to care for him.  At his hour of death, he revealed his secret of the picture and begged his friend to return it to a church.  His friend promised to fulfill his wish, but because his wife did not want to relinquish such a beautiful treasure the friend also died without fulfilling the promise.  At last, the Blessed Virgin appeared to the six year old daughter of this Roman family and told her to tell her mother and grandmother that the Picture of “Holy Mary of Perpetual Help” should be placed in the Church of St. Mathew the Apostle, located between basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.

The tradition relates how, after many doubts and difficulties, the mother obeyed after consulting with the clergy in charge of the church.  The picture of the Virgin was placed in St. Matthew’s, on the 27th of March, 1499.  There it would be venerated during the next 300 years; Thus began the second stage of the icon, and devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help began to spread throughout the city of Rome.

2.  Three Centuries in the Church of St. Mathew
St. Mathew’s church was not grand but it possessed an enormous treasure that attracted the faithful: the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  From 1739 to 1798, the church and adjacent monastery were under the care of the Irish Augustinians who had been unjustly exiled from their country and used the monastery as a formation center for their Roman Province.  The young students found an asylum of peace in the presence of the Virgin of Perpetual Help while they prepared themselves for priesthood.

In 1798, war raged in Rome and the monastery and church were almost totally destroyed.  Several Augustinians remained there for a few more years but eventually they, too, had to leave.  Some returned to Ireland, others to new foundations in America, while the majority moved to a nearby monastery.  This last group brought with them the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Thus began the third Stage of her history, the “Hidden Years” in 1819, the Irish Augustinians moved to the Church of St. Mary in Posterula, near the “Umberto I” bridge that crosses the Tiber River.  With them went the “Virgin of St. Mathew’s”.  But as “Our Lady of Grace” was already venerated in this church, the newly arrived picture was placed in a private chapel in the monastery where it remained, all but forgotten, but for Brother Augustine Orsetti, one of the original friars from St. Mathew’s.

3.  The Old Religious and the Young Alter Boy
The years passed and it seemed that picture that had been saved from the war that destroyed St. Mathew’s Church was about to be lost in oblivion.  A young altar boy named Michael Marchi often visited the Church of St. Mary in Posterula and became friends with Brother Augustine.  Much later as Father Michael, he would write: “This good brother used to tell me with a  certain air of mystery and anxiety, especially during the years 1850 – 1851, these precise words: “Make sure you know, my son, that the image of the Virgin of St. Mathew is upstairs in the chapel, Don’t ever forget it… Do you understand?  It is a miraculous picture”.  At that time the brother was almost totally blind.  “What can I say about the venerable picture of the ‘Virgin of St. Matthew’, also called ‘Perpetual Help’ is that from my childhood until I entered the Congregation (of the Redemptorists) I had always seen it above the alter of the house chapel of the Augustinian Fathers of the Irish Province at St. Mary in Posterula {..}, there was no devotion to it, no decorations, not even a lamp to acknowledge its presence … it remained covered with dust and practically abandoned.  Many were the times, when I served Mass there, that I would stare at it with great attention”.

Brother Augustine died in 1853 at the venerable age of 86, without seeing fulfilled his desire that the Virgin of Perpetual Help be once again exposed for public veneration Elis prayers and boundless confidence in the Virgin Mary seemed to have gone unanswered.

4.  The Rediscovery of the Icon
In January of 1855, the Redemptorist Missionaries purchased “Villa Caserta” in Rome, converting it into the general house for their missionary congregation that had spread to Western Europe and North America.  On this same property along the Via Merulana, were the ruins of the Church and Monastery of St. Matthew.  Without realizing it at the time, they had acquired the land that, many years previously, had been chosen by the Virgin as her Sanctuary between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.  Four months later, construction was begun on a church in honor of the Most Holy Redeemer and dedicated to St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Congregation.  On December 24th, 1855, a group of young men began their novitiate in their new house; one of them was Michael Marchi.

The Redemptorists were extremely interested in the history of the new property.  But more so, when on February 7th, 1863, they were puzzled by the questions from a sermon given by the famous Jesuit preacher Father Francesco Blosi, about an icon of Mary that “had been in the Church of St. Matthew on Via Merulana and was known as ‘The Virgin of St. Matthew’ or more correctly as ‘The Virgin of Perpetual Help’.”

On another occasion, the chronicler of the Redemptorist community “examining some authors who had written about Roman antiquities, found references made to the Church of St. Matthew.  Among them there was a particular citation mentioning that in the church (which had been situated within the garden area of that community) there had been an ancient icon of the Mother of God that enjoyed “great veneration and fame for its miracles”.  Then “having told all this to the community, a dialogue began as to where they could locate the picture.  Father Marchi  remembered ah that he had heard from old Brother Augustine Orsetti and told his confreres that he had often seen the icon and knew very well where it could be found”.

5.  The Reception of the Icon by the Redemptorist
With this new information, interest grew among the Redemptorist to know more about the icon and retrieve it for their church.  The Superior General, Father Nicholas Mauron, presented a letter to Pope Plus IX in which he petitioned the Holy See to grant them the icon of Perpetual Help and that it be placed in the newly built Church of the Most Holy Redeemer and St. Alphonsus, which was located near the she where the old Church of St. Matthew has stood.  The Pope granted the request on December 11, 1865.

According to tradition, this is when Pope Plus IX told the Redemptorist Superior General:  “Make her know throughout the world!”  In January 1866, Fathers Michael Marachi and Ernest Bresciani went to St. Mary’s in Posterula to receive the picture from the Augustinians.  Then began the process of cleaning and retouching the icon, the task was entrusted to the Polish, Leopold Nowotny.  Finally, on April 26th 1866, the image was again presented for public veneration in the Church of St. Alphonsus on the Via Merulana.   With this event, the fourth stage of her history began:  the spread of the icon throughout the World.

6.  The Latest Restoration of the Icon
In 1990, the picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was taken down from above the main altar to satisfy the many requests for new photographs of the icon.  It was then that the serious state of deterioration of the image was discovered, the wood as well as the paint had suffered from environmental changes and prior attempts at restoration The Redemptorists decided to bring about a general restoration of the icon.
The first part of the restoration consisted of a series of tests and analyses.  The results of these analyses especially a Carbon – 14 test, indicated the wood of the icon of Perpetual Help could safely be dated from the year 1325 – 1480.
The second stage of the restoration consisted of the physical work of filling the cracks and perforations in the wood, cleaning the paint and retouching the affected sections, strengthening the structure that sustains the icon, etc.

What a joy to see our students again!

Written by Fr. Michael Straley on August 24, 2014


I know that it is hot and humid, but school has started which means that summer is almost over...or, at least is slowing down. Our school started last Tuesday, and that is always a wonderful day. I enjoy so much seeing our students again; although I miss those that graduated.

This year we have again grown significantly. Last year we started with 197 students and grew during the year a little to about 210 students. This year we are starting with 237 students, 40 more than last year. That is for our kindergarten through 8th grade. Our pre-school for 3 years olds and our pre-kinder for 4 year olds are both almost full. We will not accept any 4 year olds for pre-kinder after December, but it will probably fill up before that.

Of course, all of this is good news. Because of your generosity with Catholic Education Arizona tuition tax credits many of our parish families can afford a Catholic education because of the scholarships they receive from CEA.

Pax, Fr. Mike

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!Que felicidad ver a nuestros estudiantes de nuevo!

Que tal,

Yo sé que aun hace calor y esta húmedo, pero las clases ya han comenzado lo que significa que el verano está a punto de terminar ... o, al menos, sintiéndose un poco menos. Las clases iniciaron el pasado martes, y el primer día de clases siempre es maravilloso. Me gusta mucho volver a ver a nuestros alumnos; aunque echo de menos a aquellos que ya se graduaron.

Este año hemos vuelto a crecer significativamente. El año pasado comenzamos con 197 estudiantes y crecimos un poco durante el año hasta cerca de 210 estudiantes. Este año estamos empezando con 237 estudiantes, 40 más que el año pasado. Eso es contando los estudiantes de Kínder hasta el octavo grado. Nuestro preescolar para niños de 3 años y nuestro pre-kínder para niños de 4 años ambos han llegado casi al limite de cupo. No aceptaremos mas niños de 4 años en el pre-kínder después de diciembre, pero es probable que para entonces ya hayamos llegado al limite.

Por supuesto, todo esto son muy buenas noticias. Gracias a su generosidad al hacer contribuciones y aprovechar los créditos fiscales a través de Catholic Education Arizona, muchas de nuestras familias en nuestra parroquia pueden pagar una educación católica debido a las becas que reciben de CEA.

Paz, Padre Mike

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It is now time to update your Safe Environment Class!

If you have internet access, please go to and renew your class. The name for this year’s class is: Created in God's Image.

Es tiempo de actualizar su clase de Ambiente Seguro para este año.

Si tiene acceso a internet, por favor vaya a y renueve su clase. El nombre de la clase de este año es: Creados a Imagen de Dios.

[ Called to Protect ]

OLPH Music Ministry is looking for new members

The OLPH Music Ministry is looking for new members! Whether you are an accomplished musician or a beginner we have a place for you.

We are looking for members of all ages. Our Music Ministry offers opportunities for Adults and Children 2nd Grade and up.

Mass Choir Rehearsals Wednesday 6:30pm (Adults)
Children's Choir (2nd-5th Grade) begins Wed, Aug 27 5:30pm-6:30pm
Junior High Choir (6th-8th Grade) begins Thu, AUg 28 5:30pm-6:30pm
High School Praise Team (9th-12th Grade) begins Thu, AUg 28 6:30pm-7:30pm

Contact Jimmy Davis for more information or leave a message in the parish office.

[ Music Ministry ]

URGENT NEED: Catechists for our RE program

Our Sunday morning Religious Education classes are full of children, but we lack two volunteer catechists; one for 3rd grade and one for 4th grade. We use a bilingual curriculum and teach our classes in English.

Catechists are meeting on Thursday evenings to prepare. Classes begin Sun, Sep 14.

Come and join us in this vital and rewarding work!

If you can help, please contact Lani Bogart through the parish office.

[ Religious Education ]

"Called to Protect" Safe Environment Renewal Training (English)

Aug 30, 2014 (12:00p)

in OLPH Hall

Please pre-register by calling Luz May at 623-939-4101 or Betty Bosak 623-937-2226.

[ Called to Protect ]

"Called to Protect" Safe Environment Foundation Class (English)

Aug 30, 2014 (9:00a - 11:30a)

in OLPH Hall

You may pick up a volunteer application at the parish office to complete and bring to the class or you may complete the application at the class. You will need to bring information for three references: names, addresses and phone numbers.

Please pre-register by calling Luz May at 623-939-4101 or Betty Bosak 623-937-2226.

[ Called to Protect ]

Bible Study with Deacon Dennis

Sep 4, 2014

Resumes Thu, Sep 4 at 6:45pm in the RE classroom, OLPH School.
Bring your Bible and a smile.

[ Bible Study ]

Catholics in the Public Square

Sep 6, 2014 (8:00a)

at the Diocesan Pastoral Center

Bishop Olmsted would like to invite everyone to join him for the "Catholics in the Public Square" event being held on Sat, Sep 6 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. The event begins with 8:00am Mass at St. Mary's Basilica and will end at 12:00pm. The Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring this event, which is entirely free, includes breakfast, and features prominent national Catholic speakers.

RSVP to 602-568-5286 or email

[ Around the Diocese ]

Our Lady's Guild Meeting

Sep 9, 2014 (6:30p)

in Notre Dame Center

Rested, recharged and ready? Come and attend our first meeting of the year at our new meeting location. Remember to bring your favorite food to share. See you all there!

[ Our Lady's Guild ]

Fish Fry or Steak and Wine Tasting Event

Sep 13, 2014 (5:00p - 8:00p)

Fish Fry or Steak Dinner, 5:00-8:00pm
Wine Tasting, 6:00-9:00pm
Red , White & Sparkling
$3 Per Flight

Enjoy LIVE Bluegrass Music

[ Knights of Columbus ]

Annual Celebrate Marriage Event with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Sep 27, 2014 (2:30p)

at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral

Come celebrate marriage at this annual diocesan event consisting of a beautiful bilingual Mass with Bishop Olmsted and luncheon. This year's speakers at the luncheon are humorous and dynamic Steve and Becky Greene, radio hosts of The Catholic Conversation, "The Surprising Joys Surrounding Marriage." Mass begins at 10:00am, luncheon follows in the parish hall. Those celebrating 25th, 40th, and 50th + jubilee anniversaries receive a special blessing, group photo with Bishop Olmsted, and frameable certificate when pre-registered.

$45 per couple for luncheon. Registration required.

For registration information, call Clarissa Quiring at 602-354-2132. Or register online at Seating for luncheon and speakers limited. Couples of all ages welcome, as well as family members.

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Journey to Rome for Diaconate Ordination of Fernando Camou

Sep 29, 2014 to Oct 6, 2014

You are invited to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime 'Journey to Rome & Assisi,' 8-days, Mon, Sep 29 to Mon, Oct 6.

Includes visits to Rome, Diaconate Ordination at the Basilica of St. Peter, Assisi & more! Only $2,599 from Phoenix (PHX), plus airport taxes and tips. Under the Spiritual Direction of Fr. Michael Straley of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale, Arizona.

To download the free color brochure and registration form, visit, or for more information, please contact Soledad de la Rosa at 623-939-9785. Space is limited. Register today!

[ Ordination ]

7th Annual MP9K - A Race for Maggie’s Place Arizona

Oct 5, 2014

Sponsored by: Luis Gonzalez – Going Gonzo For Kids
at Arts Park at Tempe Town Lake Sun, Oct 5 at 7:23am

9K Run, 10K Run, 5K Run / Walk, 5K Stroller Push, Diaper Dash and Kids’ Dash
Join us at our 7th Annual MP9K in Tempe, AZ. Bring your friends and family to this fun, family oriented and stroller friendly event! Participants receive a custom Tech shirt and a chip timed result.

Online Registration

100% of the proceeds benefit Maggie’s Place.

[ Around the Diocese Maggie's Place ]