Mercy Night

08-28-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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As you remember, our Holy Father, Pope Francis has called for a Year of Mercy continuing until the Solemnity of Christ the King in November. As part of our diocesan celebration, Bishop Olmsted has asked each deanery to host a Mercy Night at a parish in their deanery the first Friday of one month.

Our deanery will host a Mercy Night next Friday evening, September 2nd, at St. Helen's parish. We will begin at 7pm. The new religious congregation, the Friars of the Holy Spirit, will be leading our evening celebration, which includes confessions, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a Eucharistic Procession, and Benediction.

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Change is a Part of Life

08-21-2016From the PastorFr. Mike Straley

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I think we all know that change is a part of life. I can also tell you that our parish is alive...very alive! Of course, that means change sometimes. Some change is good, for the best, and some is sad.

The women of our Lady’s Guild have voted to disband.  While that is sad, and I definitely want to thank them for all that they have done for our parish community through the years, it now allows us to look at what we need for our ministry to the women of our parish.  I will be asking the Parish Council to form a subcommittee to look at what other parishes are doing and to recommend a direction for us in the future.  If anyone is interested in helping with this committee, please contact our parish office.

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

08-14-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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On Monday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother, Mary, body and soul into heaven. Because it falls on a Monday it is not a day of obligation, but it is still a solemnity. We will not have a vigil mass, but in addition to our regular masses, we will have a bilingual Mass at 7:00pm.

For us at Our Lady of Perpetual Help this is an important feast. If our Blessed Mother had not been assumed she probably would not have the title Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Like any other saint, we could ask for her prayers, but Mary is different from the other saints because of her assumption. Obviously, God had more for her to do.

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The effects of sexual addictions in our society.

08-07-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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At the priest's spring Clergy Day of Continuing Education we had a very interesting and disturbing presentation covering from social media and video games to pornography and sexual addictions. What was very surprising was the connection between these. Many violent video games are produced by those who also produce pornographic videos. Sex is slowly introduced into the violent videos to lead children into sexual fantasies.  

As a priest who hears many confessions and does some counseling, I know the problem that sexual addiction is in our society. It is much greater than most people know or would believe. Sexual addictions not only affect the person involved, but also families and friends; it affects relationships.  

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Life is changed, not ended…

08-07-2016From the PastorFr. Michael Straley

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In this Year of Mercy, it is good to reflect on one of the greatest gifts of our God: Life. One of the documents of the Second Vatican Council states:

"In the face of death the enigma of human existence reaches its climax. Man is not only the victim of pain and the progressive deterioration of his body; he is also, and more deeply, tormented by the fear of final extinction. But the instinctive judgment of his heart is right when he shrinks from, and rejects, the idea of a total collapse and definitive end of his person. He carries within him the seed of eternity…"

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