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New Mass Schedule: 5pm Saturday Vigil  |  8am, 10am & Noon on Sunday!


 

Dear Families of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and School,

After a relatively quiet summer on campus, we are gearing up for a terrific year at OLPH! Many improvements await our students. Our library is now nestled right in the middle of our young readers on the first floor. Our new website not only strikes great visual appeal but also offers practical improvements like interactive electronic forms. Dedicated technology carts on each of our three floors facilitate instruction that integrates technology. Lastly, Jim Berg has been working diligently to complete his repainting and beautification of the rooms in our buildings. Many improvements have been in the works since last year to welcome our eager students for another year of nurturing our students' God-given talents and helping them to grow into lifelong learners.

Another aspect of our behind-the-scenes planning and preparation for excellence in Catholic education has included conversations with the Diocese of Trenton, which has taken a special interest in the schools of Burlington County, many of which have been struggling to offer the same quality education in the face of decreasing enrollment and increasing financial burdens. Together, we have entered into dialogue in order to ensure that Catholic education continues to thrive in our parishes and county.

A summary from our first conversation, and a similar one held at Saint Charles Borromeo, can be found in the link below. Nothing has been decided about what lies ahead of us. Surely more conversations, meetings and dialogue will transpire. What is certain from our vantage point is that we are at a crossroads. Merely staying the course is insufficient to ensure a truly vibrant educational experience. Here at OLPH, we seek your active support, participation and engagement! We are not only educating children but more importantly building up our church and school community, the body of Christ. This work of raising our children in the Faith must truly be the goal and focus of our whole community.

As our community seeks to discern the best way forward, we ask for your prayers. As your pastor, I request your prayers. Pray for our wisdom, counsel, and fortitude – all gifts of the Holy Spirit. Pray for joy, peace and patience – all fruits of the Holy Spirit. We will need the Spirit guidance to show what God has in store.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Joel Wilson

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