Dear Parishioners and Friends of OLPH Parish,

My name is Fr. Jim Goerner and Archbishop Perez has given me the awesome privilege and responsibility to be the next pastor of YOUR parish. I know that I can never take the place of Msgr. Savinski with his many years of wisdom and knowledge. And I know that I can never take the place of Fr. Smith, a priest 25 years my junior. But what I can do is be the best me possible. And what we can do together is build on the foundation these two great priests have put into place here at OLPH.

I can’t be Msgr. Savinski or Fr. Smith. Like it or not we all have different and unique characteristics, mannerisms and styles. On the day of ordination we are blessed with many gifts. Unfortunately bi-location is not one of them. Please be patient with me as I learn the lay of the land both figuratively and literally. It’s natural for all of us to make comparisons to what we’ve come to know. But it’s important for all of us to work together, learning from our past successes and occasional failures, to build a strong, bright and vibrant future for YOUR parish.

I look forward to meeting all of you in the next days and weeks. I look forward to the day when we can finally take off our masks and I can see all your smiling faces once again filling the pews of your beautiful chapel and church. I look forward to celebrating the joyous moments with you in your lives and to be there to comfort and console and weep with you in the difficult moments as well. With the grace of God and the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help all things are possible.

Now for what you really want to know:

  • DOB – 2/13/1957, West Reading
  • Parents – JoAnn & Ed- both deceased. Siblings - none
  • Grade school – Sacred Heart, West Reading (IHM trained)
  • High school – Holy Name (now Berks Catholic) Reading. Class of ‘75
  • Work – John Wanamaker in Reading for 10 years
  • Seminary – Entered St Charles in September 1985 (yes, Msgr. Savinski was one of my teachers)
  • Ordained – May 15, 1993
  • Assignments:
    • St. Catherine of Siena, Horsham – assistant
    • St. Matthew, Philadelphia – assistant
    • St. Bartholomew, Philadelphia – pastor
    • St. Laurence, Upper Darby – pastor
    • St. Francis of Assisi, Norristown – pastor
  • Favorite food – chocolate anything
  • Favorite pro teams – Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, Sixers
  • Favorite college teams – Nova, Notre Dame, PSU, St. Joes
  • Day off - Wednesday’s
  • On my day off / free time – Jersey Shore, quality time with friends and family
  • Guilty pleasure – watching HGTV
  • Favorite holiday – Christmas

That’s about as interesting as my life gets. I have no vacation home, I’m not an international traveler. I’m content with some quiet “at home” time on my day off. And my home is now here at 2130 Franklin Avenue, and I couldn’t be happier about that!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Jim Goerner


Novena in Preparation for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary August 6-14, 2020


My Dear Parishioners,

We have moved forward into the “Green” 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 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 2 years old and up, must have a mask on at all Please do not wear rubber gloves.
  • All entrances and exits will be open in church, please use the hand sanitizer available to you on tables at the entrances/exits.
  • 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.

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we make our way back to the in person celebration of the Mass.

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Mass Schedule For COVID-19 Green Phase


  • WEEKEND MASSES: SATURDAY VIGIL: 5:00 PM,  SUNDAY: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM

LIVESTREAMING MASS SCHEDULE (via Facebook and Parish Website ONLY)

  • SUNDAY: 11:00 AM



Our Chapel will remain closed for now. We will continue with exposition after the daily Masses through the Chapel doors until 7:00 PM each day.

Mass Schedule/Intentions for 2021

July 23, 2020

Dear Parishioners & Friends of OLPH,

On August 17th we will be opening the “Mass Book” for 2021. There are some changes that will have to be made as we go forward with Mass intentions for 2021. I shared with the Pastoral Council my ideas and suggestions for 2021. They gave me their feedback, and listed below is what I have decided for Masses and intentions and Memorials beginning in January 2021.

Mass Schedule Beginning January 2021:

Saturday Vigil (5:00PM) and Sunday Mass (8:00, 10:00 & Noon) would remain the same. (Once Covid has left us we will change the Noon Sunday Mass back to 11:30 AM).

Daily Masses (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday) 9:00 AM only. For consistency sake I am moving the Saturday Mass to 9:00 AM.

Mass Intentions:

Beginning January, 2021, we will have Mass intentions available for both weekday & weekend Masses. We will have Mass intentions available for Holy Day Masses. Remember that Mass intentions can be for the living or deceased.

OLPH Memorial Society:

I will institute the OLPH Memorial Society. Here is how it works:

For a minimum donation of $15 someone is enrolled into the Memorial Society.  The 9:00 AM Mass every first Friday is for “All Those Enrolled in the OLPH Memorial Society” Those who are enrolled into the society receive a special Memorial enrollment card with padded folder.

Additional Memorials Available:

I know that at this time someone can have the sanctuary candle in the church and the chapel burn in memory of someone or for a specific intention. I would like to expand the memorials to include the following:   Altar Bread, Altar Wine, Chapel Floral Arrangement (live), Church Floral Arrangement (live). More details about the minimum donation for each of these items in the near future. Again you would receive a card to give to the family indicating that the Altar Bread (wine, arrangement etc.) for the week of __/__/__ was given in memory of (or for the intention of) XXX by XXX. These memorials can be for the living or deceased.

Once again, these changes would go into effect in January, 2021.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. James E. Goerner

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Welcome to Our New Pastor, Father Jim Goerner

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Monsignor Savinski's Retirement Assignment

As announced on June 21st, Monsignor Savinski has retired 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 is now residing at St. Charles Seminary. His new appointment began on July 8. Monsignor’s new address is:

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

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