Expectations

What to expect from the Parish & What we expect from Parishioners

To be a member of this parish is to enter into relationship with the other members of the parish who are also on their spiritual journey.  We do this together.  Clear expectations are at the heart of every healthy relationship. 

Here is what parishioners can expect from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Parish:

· Dynamic, prayerful, transcendent and uplifting liturgies

· A place where you will experience transformation to become more and more the person God has created you to be.

· A place where you will be valued and recognized as having unique gifts and talents to help others and to make the world a better place.

· A place where you will be loved and supported in your spiritual journey regardless of the messiness and struggles of your life.

· A place where your needs will be listened to and addressed.

· A place where your input is valued.

· A place where your financial contributions will be honored and put to work for the building up of the Kingdom of God with transparency and accountability.

Here is a list of our expectations for our parishioners

· To Worship:  To gather to celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday (the Lord’s Day) unless unable to do so because of illness or travel. Here we fulfill our call to worship the God who created us and are given the grace we need to continue to love God and one another.

· To Grow:  To become a follower of Jesus Christ is to be His disciple. A disciple means “one who is learning.” We expect every member of OLPH to commit to at least one program of faith formation each year. In this way our church becomes healthy.

· To Serve:  Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.” The essence of the Christian life is to serve God and one another. This way we give witness that the Church is the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. We also believe every parishioner has a gift to offer, something they do well and can do for the sake of the Kingdom of God. We expect every parishioner to serve the parish by being involved in at least one ministry each year.

· To Connect:   The Church is a community of believers and not simply a collection of individuals who gather for one hour a week.  Christian community is one in which we are truly accountable to one another and for one another. We expect every parishioner to contribute to the building of the community by seeing themselves as an integral part of the life of this parish, and being intentional about reaching out and connecting with others.

· To Give:  We expect all parishioners to give generously of their financial resources in proportion to what they have received. We give out of gratitude to God and the more the parish receives the more we can do for the building up of God’s kingdom, the more we can help the poor and the more programs we can run to help others grow. No one is excluded from this. If someone has less, they give less. If someone has more, they give more. This offering, which we make at Sunday Eucharist, is a key part of our worship.

 

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a Catholic Christian community of disciples of the Lord Jesus.  We believe that everyone is called to be on a spiritual journey and what matters is not where a person is on that journey, but that they are actually on the journey itself.  Therefore, we seek to welcome all people regardless of their stage of their spiritual life, their struggles and failures.  We are a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for Saints.  We simply
ask that you walk with us and be open to what God is calling you to.

 

 

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