Monsignor Savinski's Retirement Assignment
As announced on June 21st, Monsignor Savinski is retiring as Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help after serving here for 17 years. Although retiring from the administration of pastoral duties on the parish level, Monsignor will continue his priestly ministry in two areas:
- First, he has been appointed by Archbishop Perez to serve as his Master of Ceremonies.
In this position Monsignor will coordinate the Archbishop’s liturgical celebrations throughout the Archdiocese such as Confirmations, Pastoral Visits to Parishes and High School, Anniversary Masses, Priest and Deacon Funeral Masses as well as coordinate a team of assisting priests and deacons.
- Secondly, Monsignor will be assisting with the Spiritual Formation Program at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary as a Spiritual Director, Spiritual Formation Presentations, and confessor as needed.
Monsignor will be residing at St. Charles Seminary. His new appointment will begin on July 8. Monsignor’s new address is:
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Clergy assignment changes announced
As previously announced at this past weekend's masses both Monsignor Savinski and Father Smith will be leaving OLPH and starting new assignments effective July 8th. Concurrently Rev. James E. Goerner will join our Parish as the new Pastor at OLPH. A short summary (from CatholicPhilly.com) is shown below:
- Rev. Msgr. John M. Savinski, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Morton: Msgr. Savinski is retiring and will reside at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. In his retirement Msgr. Savinski has accepted an assignment as Archbishop Pérez’s Master of Ceremonies.
- Rev. Richard J. Smith, from Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Morton, to Parochial Administrator, Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Norristown.
- Rev. James E. Goerner, from Pastor, Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Norristown, to Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Morton.
To see a complete list of the clergy reassignments click HERE.
Daily Mass (broadcasts at 12 PM)
Archbishop Perez Article in America Magazine
Archbishop Pérez was recently invited to submit an editorial for publication in America Magazine. The editorial, which focuses on how America remains the land of opportunity despite the many challenges that we have faced throughout our history, was published online last Friday and will appear in print in the coming weeks.
In the article, Archbishop shares his July 4th sentiments and says, “I urge everyone to open their hearts to the needs of people today—to see the opportunities in front of us, to accompany those in difficult situations and to stand in solidarity with those fighting for social justice. And remember the words of the Old Testament:“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Lv 19:34).”
You can read the full text here
org/faith/2020/06/26/ archbishop-perez-there-much- work-be-done-american-dream- endures
Guidelines for Attending Mass During Phase 2
Mass Schedule During Phase 2 (starting June 6)
COVID MASS SCHEDULE IN CHURCH (BEGINNING JUNE 6TH & 7TH)
DAILY MASS: MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: 9:00 A.M. IN CHURCH AND SATURDAY AT 8:00 A.M. IN CHURCH
WEEKEND MASSES: SATURDAY VIGIL 5:00 P.M. IN CHURCH. SUNDAY 8:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M. & 12:00 P.M. (NOON) - IN CHURCH
COVID LIVESTREAMING MASS SCHEDULE (via Facebook and Parish Website)
MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: 12:00 P.M. (NOON) MASS
SUNDAY: 11: 00 A.M.
CONFESSIONS: IN CHURCH EVERY SATURDAY 3:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.
EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT:
Our Chapel will remain closed for now. We will continue with exposition after the daily Masses through the Chapel doors until 7:00 p.m. each day.
A PASTORAL MESSAGE regarding Phase 2 of the Coronavirus Pandemic (effective June 6, 2020)
My dear Parishioners, Great News! We our moving forward into the “yellow” phase of reopening. As we have said to you before, it will look and feel different. We will continue to keep the safety and health of not only ourselves but all of you, in mind as we begin to slowly reopen. The schedule for the reopening of our church on Saturday, June 6th & Sunday, June 7th, with the safety guidelines given to us through the state and archdiocesan leaders will be as follows:
- The dispensation from attending Mass is still in effect! We will livestream Sunday Mass on facebook live at 11:00 a.m. PLEASE stay home if you are not feeling well!
- Those attending Mass, ages 3 years old and up, must have a mask on at all times. Please do not wear rubber gloves.
- We will only have the main (front) entrance open to come into church, please use the hand sanitizer available to you on the table in the foyer of church and side exits. You may exit from all doors.
- We will have pews taped off to ensure social distancing. Please sit in those that are not taped. You may not be sitting in your normal pew. This is our new normal.
- The center aisle, first and last pews, will be designated and saved for handicapped seating.
- We will offer Communion during the Mass. We ask that you proceed, single file in each of the aisles maintaining 6 feet between you and the person in front of you. Please keep your mask on until you are in front of the priest, replacing it after you receive the Blessed Sacrament. Holy Communion will be offered in the hand. If you wish to receive Our Lord on the tongue, we ask that you line up last in the main aisle.
- There will be no missals or song books in the pews in church, please feel free to bring your own.
- There will be no offertory procession or collection. Baskets will available at each of the exits of the church, for you to drop off your Sunday offering.
- NO GATHERING WILL BE ALLOWED BEFORE OR AFTER MASS. PLEASE EXIT DIRECTLY TO YOUR CARS.
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we make our way back to the in person celebration of the Mass.
Weekly Newsletter - July 2, 2020
ARISE Podcast Series
The Arise Podcast explores Catholic life in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and offers reflections on the Word of God as it speaks to us in our own day. Featuring Father Richard Owens, O.F.M. Cap., Father Eric Banecker, and Gina Christian, the podcast presents the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith to Catholics, fellow Christians, and all those who seek something more.
If you’re accessing this podcast on a mobile device and do not wish to download the SoundCloud app, simply click on the “Listen in browser” option. You can also find us on Stitcher, Google Play, and iTunes.
PARISH MAY DEVOTIONS AND CROWNING OF MARY
The month of May was devoted to our Blessed Mother. Msgr. Savinski presented a four week series on the Blessed Mother with the following themes:
- May 5 - Our Lady of Perpetual Help
- May 12 - Our Lady of Fatima
- May 13 - The Crowning of Mary
- May 19 - Our Lady of Lourdes
- May 26 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
To see the ALL of the videos from this Devotion series CLICK HERE.
Saint Louis-Marie de Mont-fort’s
TOTAL CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY
From late April and during the past month of May, Father Smith presented a 33 day spiritual journey called "Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary". Although this series concluded on May 31st you can view it here via our website.
Catholicism in the Time of Coronavirus
Bishop Barron talks about Free ebook titled "Catholicism in the Time of Coronavirus"
Happy 76th Birthday Monsignor Savinski!
On 5/10/2020 our OLPH family surprised Monsignor Savinski with a very special Birthday "drive by" parade. It was a beautiful afternoon in more ways than one. The turnout was phenomenal and the spirit of our parish was on full display. Monsignor was overjoyed and very grateful to all that attended. After the parade of cars was over, Monsignor and Father Smith did a procession through the parking lot with the Blessed Sacrament. Happy Birthday Monsignor Savinski!
Click HERE to see photos from this event.
Thanks to Stephane Tchanque for capturing and producing this video as well as taking the photos!
Greetings and welcome to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Morton. May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
The mission of the Church is the mission of Jesus Christ, “to have life and have it fully.” Jesus is our priest, prophet, and king who sanctifies, teaches, and governs the People of God in his Church, his espoused bride. Each parish is part of the universal Church in the diocese in which it is located. Each parish exists to carry out the mission of the local bishop to teach, sanctify, and govern under the ministry of the local pastor with his assistants, priests, and deacons.
“The parish is a privileged place where the faithful concretely experience the church” (Ecclesia in America, #41). The parish “is the place where all the faithful can be gathered together for the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. The parish initiates the Christian people into the ordinary expression of liturgical life—it gathers them together in this celebration, it teaches Christ’s saving doctrine, it practices the charity of the Lord in good works and brotherly love” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2179).
I am pleased to welcome you to the web site of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Our parish life revolves around seven vital areas: Worship, Christian Community, Evangelization, Teaching, Service, Leadership, and Stewardship. Our web site, which includes general information, sacramental celebration and requirements, and parish organizations, programs, support, etc., is offered to you as a means to assist you with the particulars of Catholic life in our parish.
In addition, for your convenience we have compiled and included a section on parishioners’ business services, which might prove useful for your daily needs.
I encourage each of you to live your Catholic faith as an active member of our parish family. I also invite you to participate in our parish programs and activities. I pray that together in the spirit of Christ we may continue to build up our parish to truly reflect the Gospel message of love and charity under the care and protection of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. John M. Savinski, Pastor
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Photo Archive: OLA/OLPH New Building Construction
Click on the links below to see how the OLA/OLPH Building Construction process evolved from the beginning (March 2019) to the present day:
The concrete slab serving as the foundation of the new building was poured on Saturday, 6/15/19. This key achievement enabled us to really move forward with the new building construction! See video below: