Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and Adult Confirmation Do you or someone you know intrested in becoming Catholic? Are you over 18 and are interested in reciving the Sacrament of Confirmation? OLPH is reformatting how we prepare adults. Some preparation will be through the internent, some will be via zoom, and some will have the traditonal in person aspect.
Children's Liturgy - Sunday Dismissal Our Children's Liturgy program, also refered to as Sunday Dismissal, will be starting up again in September. We are in need of a few volunteers for this ministry. This dismissal happens durning the 11:00 Mass for children in kindergarten to second grade.
Dear Members of the OLPH Community, I am humbled and honored to introduce myself to you. It is with great excitment that I have accepted the position of principal of you school, and I would like to begin by thanking Fr. Kyle Dave, the search committee, and Dr. Ranell Houston for putting their trust in me.
Lise Bremond was born in France to a mother from New Orleans and a French father. They soon moved back to the New Orleans area, eventually settling in Slidell where Ms. Bremond grew up. She graduated high school from Pope John Paul II High School and after studying at Louisiana State University, earned a bachelor's degree in French and history from the University of New Orleans (UNO). After fist working in several family businesses and in finance, Ms. Bremond continued her studies at UNO. She completed their post-bacalaureate program becoming certified to teach French, English, and Social Studies, and eventually earned a master's degree in Education Administation.
Parish School of Religion Cathechists Needed Our Parish School of Religion is in need of more Catechists (teachers) and aides for our 2021-22 PSR year. Training and classes are availible through the Department of Catholic Education and Faith Formation. No previous experience necessary. All that is needed is the love for faith and desire to share that faith with the youth of our parish. Volunteers are asked to interview with Mrs. C. C. Merritt and have Safe Enviornment Training.
Parish School of Religion Registration Our Parsh School of Religion (PSR; also known as CCD) is accepting registration for the 2021-22 school year. We are determined to meet in person beging in the Fall. Registration forms can be found on our website at https://olphbc.org/psr-registration-information and can be handed in at the parish office, in the collection basket (marked PSR att. C.C. Merritt), or maileed in.
Altar Servers All Catholic students who have received 1st Communion are invited to an Altar Server registration and training on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the church. Altar Servers serve at Sunday Masses, and other special liturgies during the year. For more information you can contact Deacon Ed Merritt at email@example.com. Current Altar Servers who would like a refresher are also invited to attend. If you would like to be an altar server but can’t make it to this training date please contact Deacon Ed to arrange for another training session.
Sing A New Song To Lord! The OLPH Heavenly Chorus ( Adult Choir) is reborn! Rehersals on Thursday evenings will begin on June 3, 7:00 PM. The choir will sing at the 11:00 AM Sunday Masses during the month of June.
On Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM in the Church, we are asking everyone who can to attend the Fair Meeting. All parents and parishioners and anyone who can contribute to the event are invited and encouraged to participate in this great fundraiser. In previous years, the annual fair has brought in over $100,000 to our parish. This adds tremendously to our budget for both the school and church. To have a successful fair, it requires many volunteers and remember--more hands means light work.
Parishioners, Several people have reported getting a message from Fr. Kyle asking for help. This message is a SCAM. Please do NOT respond. Fr. Kyle would never reach out to you in this way. If you ever have questions about any communication that does not seem in character, please call the church office before you respond or take action. -OLPH Church Office
Dear Parishoners, Alumni, and School Families, It was announced unknowingly to all, a few weeks ago, that our precious school would be closing its doors at the end of this school year, after 60 years. This news was shocking to all. A core group of school families, parishoners and alumni immediately joined efforts and formed a group called Friends of OLPH BC in order to develop and implement a strategic and viable plan to keep the doors of OLPH open, alive and thriving for many years to come. After having several meetings with Father Kyle, Ms. Accomando(school principal), representatives from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Dr. RaeNell Houston (superintendent of catholic education), Father Patrick Carr (vicar of finances with the archdiocese), and the church finance committee we have been given the green light to reopen school registration and implement our proposed pledge campaign. The pledge campaign is seeking as many pledge commitments that we can secure by April 15th, but there is no deadline to submit a pledge. Our goal with the pledge campaign is to raise at least $500,000 a year for the next five years in order to: 1. Offset enrollment for the next school year, giving us time to design and implement a strategic marketing plan to grow future enrollment, restructure, make necessary adjustments and put forth a balanced budget to work from 2. Replenish our surplus for future rainy day needs 3. Create sustainability to keep OLPH open and operating indefinitely 4. Provide future capital improvements to the school We have so much dedication and faith in our efforts and have already received tremendous support so that we can keep the doors open to the only Catholic/Christian education option inside the boundaries of our parish. The catholic/christian education that OLPH offers is so unique. We are truly a family-oriented setting and have the ability to offer a more one on one atmosphere and experience. Not only do our students receive a quality academic education, they learn in an environment where the presence of Jesus is the center of focus. We must not stand by and allow our doors to be closed. We must make every effort and exhaust all possibilities in order to keep this most important ministry viable, the ministry of our youth, providing the word of God in their everyday life to insure their growth in faith and spirituality and to insure we continue to mold the future leaders of our parish and our world. We are a world that needs Jesus now more than ever. We cannot afford to continue to allow our Catholicism and Christianity to slowly be chipped away. Our youth and our world relies on our fight. Please see attached pledge form as it explains how donations can be made as well as designating the amount to be donated. We are also welcoming of flat donations and company matches. We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that you prayerfully consider how you can help and what contribution amount you feel called by God to pledge. We thank everyone in advance for your donation and consideration. God bless. Sincerely, Friends of OLPH BC
Dear OLPH Families: As most of you already are aware, on Thursday there was a meeting of school and parish leadership of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and families concerned about the planned closure of the school at the end of the school year. Our Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. RaeNell Houston and Fr. Patrick Carr, Vicar of Finance were also in attendance. The meeting was productive and permission has been granted for the school community to develop a proposal for keeping Our Lady of Perpetual Help School open. The proposal must include viable plans to keep the school open for multiple years, and ideally for future generations. The proposal must be submitted to Fr. Kyle by April 15th.
A Message from the Music Director of OLPH: Since a year devoted to focusing on the Eucharist began, you may have noticed the selection of a Communion Song at Sunday liturgies is being replaced for several weeks at a time. As the Christmas season was drawing to a close and I was preparing music for the Sundays in Ordinary Time leading up to the Lenten Season, I wanted to emphasize that Jesus Christ is alive and present in the bread and wine transformed into His body and blood.