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Archived News - 2015

Dec 31, 2015

Read the "virtual" edition of Perpetual Help, winter/spring 2016 issue

Page through our latest edition.


Dec 31, 2015

Eight intriguing facts about Mary’s title Mother of God

On January 1 we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Although this title sometimes baffles non-Catholics, it makes complete sense once we acknowledge that Mary is the mother of Jesus


Dec 30, 2015

Father Murray reports miraculous healing

Father John Murray appears on Pat Robertson's 700 Club to talk about his healing. View the video.


Nov 17, 2015

Please join us on #GivingTuesday

Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them.” How about today?


Oct 5, 2015

13 bon mots from Blessed Francis Seelos, C.Ss.R.

Today, on the feast of Blessed Francis Seelos, we present 13 of his sayings from Redemptorist Father Micheal Curley's 2002 book Cheerful Ascetic: The Life of Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.


Sep 21, 2015

St. John Neumann Shrine garners media attention in new videos

With Catholic eyes turning toward Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families this week, we are seeing St. John Neumann and his Shrine getting plenty of media attention.


Aug 5, 2015

Brother Dan Korn to appear on EWTN

Brother Dan will discuss the Redemptorist mission and the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 5.


Jun 26, 2015

Supreme Court decision on marriage "a tragic error"

The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said


Jun 25, 2015

Icon jubilee year kicks off on June 27

On June 27 Redemptorists worldwide begin a yearlong celebration honoring the 150th anniversary since Pope Pius IX entrusted the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to them, asking the Congregation to "make her known throughout the world."


Jun 16, 2015

Transfers and new assignments announced

Provincial Superior Father Paul Borowski has announced the following transfers and assignments for the Baltimore Province, effective August 6, 2015.


Jun 4, 2015

Father Thomas Loftus dies at 83

Redemptorist missionary Father Thomas Brendan Loftus died on May 31, 2015. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer and spent the final days of his life under the medical care of hospic


May 23, 2015

A Pentecost reflection

How do you envision the Holy Spirit? How has he been presented to us? You might think of a dove, a flame of fire, maybe a breath or wind.


May 19, 2015

Brother Thomas Rochacewicz dies at 70

Brother Tom Rochacewicz died peacefully amidst the prayers of his confreres on May 10, 2015, at St. John Neumann Residence/Stella Maris in Timonium, Maryland


Apr 21, 2015

Father Jerome Andrew Murphy dies at 93

Redemptorist missionary Rev. Jerome Andrew Murphy died on April 17, 2015, in the St. John Neumann Residence at Stella Maris in Timonium, Md., amidst the prayers of his confreres. He was three days short of his 94th birthday.


Apr 16, 2015

Brother Robert Skinner dies at 76

Brother Bob Skinner died peacefully April 13, just a few weeks short of his 77th birthday.


Apr 6, 2015

Death is behind us

We have a glorious future awaiting us with the risen Christ in heaven. But can a person who is sick with hunger think about these things?


Apr 4, 2015

Lenten reflection, Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is a day of great anticipation, as we wait for the resurrection of the Lord. Tonight the Lord proclaims, by His resurrection, that sin, suffering, death, and Satan have no power over Him.


Apr 3, 2015

Lenten reflection, Good Friday

What wondrous love is this/ that caused the Lord of bliss/ to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?


Apr 2, 2015

Lenten reflection, Holy Thursday

All of today's wonders move the heart to prayer, but I find the act of Jesus’ washing the feet of His disciples--the first sermon given at a Mass, and one without word--the most moving moment of a night filled with grace.


Apr 1, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 37

As we unite ourselves today with the betrayed Jesus, we pray for healing from the betrayals we have experienced and the divine grace to forgive our betrayers.


Mar 31, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 36

I believe it is the prayer of each of us as Catholics that we die a holy and peaceful death. But for Jesus there would be no going peacefully, softly, and quietly to His death.


Mar 30, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 35

When we serve the poor in any way, we are anointing the body of Christ.


Mar 29, 2015

Lenten reflection, Passion Sunday

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” This line, spoken by Jesus on the cross, is an invitation for us to listen to the passion story we hear today through the prayer presented in


Mar 28, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 34

Jesus is the one who fulfills God’s plan to send us His son through the Holy Spirit. This is why St. Luke says, “The angel Gabriel was sent by God . . . to a virgin


Mar 27, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 33

To which group do you belong? The people wanting to kill Jesus? Or those who listen to Him and accept His message?


Mar 26, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 32

In today’s first reading God enters into a covenant with Abram and his descendents forever. He calls it an “everlasting pact.” It is an expression of God’s total and complete love for


Mar 25, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 31

The only love that means anything to Him, or to us, is love freely given. It cannot be forced. So great was the dignity of that young Virgin Mary, and so great is ours.


Mar 24, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 30

He took the name I AM for Himself, declaring His divinity and therefore sealing His death. But He did this as a human being who felt fear. What gave Him the power?


Mar 23, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 29

Part of the lesson of today's Gospel can be summed up as a question: Should we not, like Christ, be a source of forgiveness and love to all we meet?


Mar 22, 2015

Lenten reflection, fifth Sunday

Teach me to suffer and to learn alongside You; write Your law of love upon my heart so I can truly see myself as a child of God, my Father.


Mar 21, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 28

As we follow Jesus through Lent to the cross, today’s Gospel serves as a mirror. Have ambition and jealousy blinded us to the truth about ourselves and others?


Mar 20, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 27

Like the people in the Scriptures, we fail to see the presence of God all around us in ordinary life.


Mar 19, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 26

Silent and faithful, Joseph served the eternal Word of God, also called the carpenter’s son. Then, having done his duty, Joseph disappears without any fanfare, a man of humble holiness and everyday routine.


Mar 18, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 25

St. Alphonsus Liguori said, “The only God we know is the God made manifest in Jesus Christ.” So if you want to know what God is like, look to Jesus.


Mar 17, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 24

Jesus is always in the middle of people’s problems. Where someone needs to be freed, where someone is unhappy, there He is. The Pharisees, on the other hand, thought only about


Mar 16, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 23

“See, I am creating new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered nor come to mind. Instead, shout for joy


Mar 15, 2015

Lenten reflection, fourth Sunday

Jesus died high on the cross and paid for the sins of all who look on Him with faith. The one who covers his eyes, who will not repent, will be deprived of the light of Christ and will remain in the darkness.


Mar 14, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 22

The beginning of compassion and mercy toward others is to recognize that yes, we are like them in many ways and to take as our ongoing petition, “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”


Mar 13, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 21

Who is my neighbor? Remember the story of the Good Samaritan? Can there be such a thing? A non-Jew, someone outside the clan


Mar 12, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 20

Living in grace and peace means being able to look God and others in the eye, face to face. Are there people whom you cannot look in the eye—whom you can no longer face?


Mar 11, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 19

tkLent is the time for a determined return to Jesus, to His commandments, to His paths. Every day He shows us His will through His word. Jesus makes it clear


Mar 10, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 18

In the Gospel today Peter wants to know how many times he should forgive a brother who has sinned against him. He is willing to go as high as seven times. Jesus’ answer tells Peter to stop counting.


Mar 9, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 17

Jesus wants to show us that the love of God extends beyond any limits, any boundaries, we might try to impose on it. God’s mercy goes to everyone


Mar 8, 2015

Lenten reflection, third Sunday

At first the Samaritan woman thought living water meant saving frequent trips to the well. But she came to understand that the water Jesus spoke of symbolized the Holy Spirit. Jesus showed her


Mar 7, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 16

In today’s Gospel the Pharisees and Scribes criticize Jesus not for being mean and harsh with sinners but rather for being too good. “Imagine,” they say, “He eats with sinners! He


Mar 6, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 15

The moving story of Joseph in the first reading today sets the stage for the person of Jesus in the Gospel. Joseph is perhaps the first one to prefigure the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.


Mar 5, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 14

Our Gospel today tells of a rich man who needed to have his eyes examined. This rich man went through life unable to recognize a brother in need who was right at his door.


Mar 4, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 13

In the world of Jesus, to be great is to put all our gifts and talents at the service of others. Why? Because everything we have was given us by God anyway.


Mar 3, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 12

The scribes and Pharisees are the group in the Gospels everybody loves to hate. The word most often associated with them is hypocrite.


Mar 2, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 11

In the Gospel for today Jesus gives us a way to live our lives. He tells us to be merciful to others. He tells us not to judge or condemn people. When we are hurt or wronged, we must not seek revenge or look for a way to get even. We forgive them as Jesus


Mar 1, 2015

Lenten reflection, second Sunday

Perhaps the biggest struggle for the human heart is the disappointment and frustration we experience when we are misunderstood. This is what I believe Jesus was struggling with as He tried


Feb 28, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 10

Most people cringe when they hear Matthew 5:48: “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” How is this possible? Isn’t perfection reserved for God alone?


Feb 27, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 9

We are called to imitate the love Jesus has shared with us. One of the best ways we can do that is by taking the first step in the reconciliation process. If someone has something against us,


Feb 26, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 8

We’ve had the experience of praying about something and not getting it or heard others speak about it. So why keep asking?


Feb 25, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 7

“Nya nya nya nya nya! I’m greater than you are!” How many times did I hear that taunt—or one just like it—on the playgrounds of my youth?


Feb 24, 2015

Father Thomas William Lacey dies at 86

Redemptorist missionary Rev. Thomas William Lacey died on February 22, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, comforted by the prayers of his family and confreres.


Feb 24, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 6

For many people, to pray means asking for something: health, success, a relationship, etc. But for Jesus, to pray is to seek to be a son or daughter of God who remains always in His sight.


Feb 23, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 5

Matthew’s Gospel was written for a Church whose members were primarily Jewish. They believed they were going to be judged by God according to how well they lived the Torah. For


Feb 22, 2015

Lenten reflection, first Sunday

The story of Noah includes one of the saddest lines in the Bible: “When the Lord saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil


Feb 21, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 4

Levi (Matthew) had one of the most despicable jobs in Israel: he was a tax collector, not for the local Jewish government but for the occupying Romans.


Feb 20, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 3

Are you planning to fast this Lent? Fasting is a time-proven practice. But what kind of fasting will you do?


Feb 19, 2015

Lenten reflection, day 2

Early Christians, like the Israelites, had a keen understanding that they were “people of the way,” called to move and grow and love with God. That is why idolatry is so destructive.


Feb 18, 2015

Lenten reflection, Ash Wednesday

In the early Church, Lent was the process developed to welcome new members. As they prepared themselves, a season before Easter evolved of renewal for the already baptized and confirmed. This is what we now call Lent, from the Latin for springtime: new or


Feb 12, 2015

Redemptorist to be honored as ‘distinguished pastor’ by NCEA

Father John McLoughlin, C.Ss.R., of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish and School in Ephrata, Pa., will be among those receiving the 2015 Distinguished Pastor Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for his dedication and commitme


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