Welcome to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church!
We would be delighted if you took a few moments to explore the rich diversity of our parish, ministries and activities. The center of our parish life is the Eucharist, and we heartily invite you to join us for Sunday Mass.
Rev. Jim Daprile, PhD.
and the Parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Currently at Our Lady
Monday, October 29, the evening’s CONVERSATION WITH THE BISHOP was attended by over 300 parishioners, who filled our parish hall. Bill Cushwa was the evening’s general coordinator and Brian Cassidy and Jan Zimmerman were the moderators of the discussion (pictured with Bishop Murry). Over a hundred questions were received dealing with topics of trust, why remain Catholic?, accountability, leadership of the bishop and diocesan officials, victim’s assistance, source of monies paid to victims and lawyers fees, compliance to diocesan protection of children policies, release of names of credibly accused priests, and importantly the present and future role of the laity in clerical sexual abuse and cover-up issue and in the life of the church.
Many parishioners worked many long hours making phone calls to bakers, collating questions, preparing and setting up the hall, creating a script, leading in prayer, creating visuals, videotaping, coordinating the sound system, providing child care and a myriad of last minute tasks. In addition to Bill, Brain and Jan (and at the risk of offending anyone I am omitting) Jo Wintering, Gary Jancsurak, Rob Evans, Jill and Andy Lieser, Ed Kubek, Karen Hoffman, Diana Naso, Erik Snyder, Rich and Karen Wanders, Elizabeth Leonard, Pat Elswick, Libby Evans, Brianna Gamez, the parish staff, and several others who have been shepherding this project along since August by attending meetings, writing, organizing, resourcing, etc. and the over 25 parishioners who brought plates teaming with delicious cookies.
When the People of God put their heads and hearts and hands together, great things can be done. Thanks be to God. However, this is but the initial steps in rebuilding trust, empowering the laity in all aspects of church life, ministry and governance, and renewing the Church. We must remain vigilant and engaged.
From Monday’s discussion, Bishop Murry informed us that he was releasing the names of credibly accused priests the next morning. He and the other Ohio bishops were advised not to list the churches/schools/institutions or the dates of these priests. When pressed for full disclosure Bishop Murry promised to provide this additional information soon. He was also encouraged to be a “squeaky wheel” at the upcoming bishops’ November meeting on accountability of bishops and his meeting with officials in Rome at the end of the month. We must continue to monitor and hold the bishop accountable for these items. Finally and sadly, on the list of credibly accused priests released by the diocese was the name of John Warner who was assigned to Our Lady 1995-96. If you or anyone you know has a complaint, concern or issue about his ministry here or elsewhere, please contact the Diocesan Victim’s Coordinator Delphine Baldwin Casey at 330-718-1388, the Portage County Prosecutor Office at 330-297-3850 or the Portage County Hotline for Child Abuse at 330-296-2273 or some you trust to further your assistance (and I am always available and have already spoken with several parishioners). (Click here to read letter that was sent to the Bishop that prompted this meeting)
Click here for Comments/Questions that were presented at the Oct. 29th meeting
OUR MISSION... Inspired by Mary, we strive to witness to Christ, to celebrate the Eucharist, and to serve others.
Sunday: 9:00am & 11:00am
(If there is a funeral, a Word and Communion Service will be at 8:45 am.)
Holy Days of Obligation: see Calendar
- We celebrate the Eucharist as the center of our lives
- We offer a warm welcome to all
- We are committed to life-long formation in the Gospel
- We are a diverse community seeking holiness
- We are faithful stewards of the gifts entrusted to us
- We work for biblical justice
- We joyfully spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
Friday 9am til 1pm
For a directory of our New Extensions
please hit #3 for a directory listing when you dial 330-562-8519
- Rev. James M. Daprile, PhD, Pastor
- Sister Lu Haidnick, C.D.P., Pastoral Associate
- Mr. Jeff Botos, Pastoral Associate, Musician
- Mrs. Margaret Ann Clapp, Director, Faith Formation
- Mrs. Karen Yash, Adult Education
- Mrs. Marianne Ivany, Adult Education
- Mrs. Suzy Harper, Youth Faith Formation Coordinator
- Mrs. Libby Ploskunak, Bookkeeper
- Mrs. Mary Corrigan, Parish Secretary
- Mrs. Dora Gamez, Parish Secretary
- Mrs. Barb Dzurilla, Musician
- Mrs. Christine Weisenberger, Organist
- Mr. Tony Pollarine, Maintenance
- Religious Education, Absentee Reporting
- Mrs. Shelene Studzinski, Webmaster
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