Mass Intentions

Tuesday, September 30
6:15 am
† Consuelo Dominguez
8:30 am
† Elisa Marcos
Wednesday, October 1
6:15 am
† Peggy Shetler
8:30 am
† Fernando Sanchez
Thursday, October 2
6:15 am
For organ donors
8:30 am
Francisca Basurto-Birthday
Friday, October 3
6:15 am
Organ Recipient
8:30 am
† Elisa Marcos
6:00 pm
Carmen Diosdado and Children
Saturday, October 4
8:30 am
Intentions of Disciples of Jesus & Mary
5:00 pm
† Eugenia Marie Parnassa Carroll
7:00 pm
OLPH Community
Sunday, October 5
6:30 am
† Frank Martino
8:30 am
† Sarah Otondo
10:00 am
† Tomas Segundo Gonzalez
10:30 am
† Anderson Fitzhugh
12:30 pm
† Pablo Robledo
Monday, October 6
6:15 am
Alma Groner
8:30 am
† Anne Whiting

New Masses

Icon History

History, Tradition, and Interpretation of
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon

1.  The Merchant Who Stole “Our Lady”
The Icon of Perpetual Help was painted on the isle of
Crete by an unknown artist between the 14th and the 15th Century.  A Cretan merchant in the 15th century stole from Crete, the icon taking it from a church where it had worked many miracles.  He hid it among his wares and set out westward. It was only through Divine Providence that he survived a wild tempest and landed on solid ground. After about a year, he arrived in Rome with his stolen picture.

It was there he became mortally ill, and looked for a friend to care for him.  At his hour of death, he revealed his secret of the picture and begged his friend to return it to a church.  His friend promised to fulfill his wish, but because his wife did not want to relinquish such a beautiful treasure the friend also died without fulfilling the promise.  At last, the Blessed Virgin appeared to the six year old daughter of this Roman family and told her to tell her mother and grandmother that the Picture of “Holy Mary of Perpetual Help” should be placed in the Church of St. Mathew the Apostle, located between basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.

The tradition relates how, after many doubts and difficulties, the mother obeyed after consulting with the clergy in charge of the church.  The picture of the Virgin was placed in St. Matthew’s, on the 27th of March, 1499.  There it would be venerated during the next 300 years; Thus began the second stage of the icon, and devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help began to spread throughout the city of Rome.

2.  Three Centuries in the Church of St. Mathew
St. Mathew’s church was not grand but it possessed an enormous treasure that attracted the faithful: the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  From 1739 to 1798, the church and adjacent monastery were under the care of the Irish Augustinians who had been unjustly exiled from their country and used the monastery as a formation center for their Roman Province.  The young students found an asylum of peace in the presence of the Virgin of Perpetual Help while they prepared themselves for priesthood.

In 1798, war raged in Rome and the monastery and church were almost totally destroyed.  Several Augustinians remained there for a few more years but eventually they, too, had to leave.  Some returned to Ireland, others to new foundations in America, while the majority moved to a nearby monastery.  This last group brought with them the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Thus began the third Stage of her history, the “Hidden Years” in 1819, the Irish Augustinians moved to the Church of St. Mary in Posterula, near the “Umberto I” bridge that crosses the Tiber River.  With them went the “Virgin of St. Mathew’s”.  But as “Our Lady of Grace” was already venerated in this church, the newly arrived picture was placed in a private chapel in the monastery where it remained, all but forgotten, but for Brother Augustine Orsetti, one of the original friars from St. Mathew’s.

3.  The Old Religious and the Young Alter Boy
The years passed and it seemed that picture that had been saved from the war that destroyed St. Mathew’s Church was about to be lost in oblivion.  A young altar boy named Michael Marchi often visited the Church of St. Mary in Posterula and became friends with Brother Augustine.  Much later as Father Michael, he would write: “This good brother used to tell me with a  certain air of mystery and anxiety, especially during the years 1850 – 1851, these precise words: “Make sure you know, my son, that the image of the Virgin of St. Mathew is upstairs in the chapel, Don’t ever forget it… Do you understand?  It is a miraculous picture”.  At that time the brother was almost totally blind.  “What can I say about the venerable picture of the ‘Virgin of St. Matthew’, also called ‘Perpetual Help’ is that from my childhood until I entered the Congregation (of the Redemptorists) I had always seen it above the alter of the house chapel of the Augustinian Fathers of the Irish Province at St. Mary in Posterula {..}, there was no devotion to it, no decorations, not even a lamp to acknowledge its presence … it remained covered with dust and practically abandoned.  Many were the times, when I served Mass there, that I would stare at it with great attention”.

Brother Augustine died in 1853 at the venerable age of 86, without seeing fulfilled his desire that the Virgin of Perpetual Help be once again exposed for public veneration Elis prayers and boundless confidence in the Virgin Mary seemed to have gone unanswered.

4.  The Rediscovery of the Icon
In January of 1855, the Redemptorist Missionaries purchased “Villa Caserta” in Rome, converting it into the general house for their missionary congregation that had spread to Western Europe and North America.  On this same property along the Via Merulana, were the ruins of the Church and Monastery of St. Matthew.  Without realizing it at the time, they had acquired the land that, many years previously, had been chosen by the Virgin as her Sanctuary between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.  Four months later, construction was begun on a church in honor of the Most Holy Redeemer and dedicated to St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Congregation.  On December 24th, 1855, a group of young men began their novitiate in their new house; one of them was Michael Marchi.

The Redemptorists were extremely interested in the history of the new property.  But more so, when on February 7th, 1863, they were puzzled by the questions from a sermon given by the famous Jesuit preacher Father Francesco Blosi, about an icon of Mary that “had been in the Church of St. Matthew on Via Merulana and was known as ‘The Virgin of St. Matthew’ or more correctly as ‘The Virgin of Perpetual Help’.”

On another occasion, the chronicler of the Redemptorist community “examining some authors who had written about Roman antiquities, found references made to the Church of St. Matthew.  Among them there was a particular citation mentioning that in the church (which had been situated within the garden area of that community) there had been an ancient icon of the Mother of God that enjoyed “great veneration and fame for its miracles”.  Then “having told all this to the community, a dialogue began as to where they could locate the picture.  Father Marchi  remembered ah that he had heard from old Brother Augustine Orsetti and told his confreres that he had often seen the icon and knew very well where it could be found”.

5.  The Reception of the Icon by the Redemptorist
With this new information, interest grew among the Redemptorist to know more about the icon and retrieve it for their church.  The Superior General, Father Nicholas Mauron, presented a letter to Pope Plus IX in which he petitioned the Holy See to grant them the icon of Perpetual Help and that it be placed in the newly built Church of the Most Holy Redeemer and St. Alphonsus, which was located near the she where the old Church of St. Matthew has stood.  The Pope granted the request on December 11, 1865.

According to tradition, this is when Pope Plus IX told the Redemptorist Superior General:  “Make her know throughout the world!”  In January 1866, Fathers Michael Marachi and Ernest Bresciani went to St. Mary’s in Posterula to receive the picture from the Augustinians.  Then began the process of cleaning and retouching the icon, the task was entrusted to the Polish, Leopold Nowotny.  Finally, on April 26th 1866, the image was again presented for public veneration in the Church of St. Alphonsus on the Via Merulana.   With this event, the fourth stage of her history began:  the spread of the icon throughout the World.

6.  The Latest Restoration of the Icon
In 1990, the picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was taken down from above the main altar to satisfy the many requests for new photographs of the icon.  It was then that the serious state of deterioration of the image was discovered, the wood as well as the paint had suffered from environmental changes and prior attempts at restoration The Redemptorists decided to bring about a general restoration of the icon.
The first part of the restoration consisted of a series of tests and analyses.  The results of these analyses especially a Carbon – 14 test, indicated the wood of the icon of Perpetual Help could safely be dated from the year 1325 – 1480.
The second stage of the restoration consisted of the physical work of filling the cracks and perforations in the wood, cleaning the paint and retouching the affected sections, strengthening the structure that sustains the icon, etc.

Pray for Fernando as he prepares for his diaconate ordination

Written by Fr. Michael Straley on September 28, 2014


On Monday a group of us leave for Rome for the diaconate ordination of Fernando Camou. He will be ordained next Thursday, October 2nd, Rome time. Please be sure to pray for Fernando this week as he prepares for ordination. He will be ordained a priest next June here in Phoenix.

This is also a good time to remember to pray for vocations to the priesthood, the permanent diaconate, and the consecrated life. We have a number of young men and women discerning God's will in their life; and we have a couple of men discerning the permanent diaconate. We are blessed to have so many parishioners seriously listening to God for direction in their lives.

As I say often, it is not about what a person wants to do with his life, the question is: what does God want you to do with your life? That is the way to fulfillment and happiness, because God created lives and He knows best what we were created for.

Fr. Mike

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Fernando será ordenado diácono esta semana

Que tal,

El lunes un grupo de nosotros vamos ir a Roma para la ordenación al diaconado de Fernando Camou. El será ordenado el próximo jueves, 2 de octubre., hora de Roma. Por favor, asegúrese de orar por Fernando esta semana, mientras se prepara para la ordenación. Él será ordenado sacerdote en junio próximo en Phoenix.

Este es también un buen momento para recordarnos de orar por las vocaciones al sacerdocio, al diaconado permanente, y la vida consagrada. Tenemos un gran numero de hombres y mujeres que disciernen la voluntad de Dios en su vida; y tenemos un par de hombres pensando en el diaconado permanente. Somos bendecidos de tener a tantos feligreses escuchando la dirección de Dios en su vidas.

Como digo siempre, no se trata de lo que una persona quiere hacer con su vida, la pregunta es: que quiere Dios que hagas con tu vida. Esa es el camino a la realización y felicidad, porque Dios creo la vida y El sabe mejor para que fuimos creados.

Padre Mike

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It is now time to update your Safe Environment Class!

If you have internet access, please go to and renew your class. The name for this year’s class is: Created in God's Image.

Es tiempo de actualizar su clase de Ambiente Seguro para este año.

Si tiene acceso a internet, por favor vaya a y renueve su clase. El nombre de la clase de este año es: Creados a Imagen de Dios.

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New Mass Times

We will begin a new Mass in Spanish, Sunday at 3:00pm on Sun, Nov 2 in our church. Our 10:00am and 12:30pm Masses are both very full and I hope that some of you can shift to another Mass.

Also, we are welcoming refugees from South Sudan, in Africa, to celebrate Mass in their language on Sunday evenings at the Capilla beginning Sun, Oct 5.

En primer lugar, vamos a empezar una nueva Misa en español los domingos a las 3:00pm el 2 de noviembre, en la parroquia. Las Misas de 10:00am y 12:30pm están muy llenas y espero que algunos de ustedes puedan cambiar a otra Misa.

Además, damos la bienvenida a los refugiados de Sudan del Sur, en África, para celebrar la misa en su idioma los domingos por la noche en la capilla empezando el 5 de octubre.

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First Friday Adoration Liturgy

Oct 3, 2014 (7:00p)

There will be First Friday Adoration Liturgy on Fri, Oct 3 at 7:00pm in the church. Come and adore the Lord in this beautiful prayer service.

Habrá Liturgia de Adoración el viernes, 3 de octubre a las 7:00pm en la Parroquia. Venga a adorar al Señor en este bello servicio de oración.

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7th Annual MP9K - A Race for Maggie’s Place Arizona

Oct 5, 2014

Sponsored by: Luis Gonzalez – Going Gonzo For Kids
at Arts Park at Tempe Town Lake Sun, Oct 5 at 7:23am

9K Run, 10K Run, 5K Run / Walk, 5K Stroller Push, Diaper Dash and Kids’ Dash
Join us at our 7th Annual MP9K in Tempe, AZ. Bring your friends and family to this fun, family oriented and stroller friendly event! Participants receive a custom Tech shirt and a chip timed result.

Online Registration

100% of the proceeds benefit Maggie’s Place.

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Coffee and Donuts

Oct 5, 2014

Coffee and donuts are back this Sunday in the hall after the 8:30am and 10:30am Masses hosted by members of St. Vincent de Paul. Come and socialize with your fellow parishioners.

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Vocation Discernment Retreat for Single Men & Women

Oct 11, 2014 to Oct 12, 2014

Sat, Oct 11 8:30am - Sun, Oct 12 1:00pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, 8502 West Pinchot Ave, Phoenix

To register: contact Sr. Lydia, or Br. Tim,

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Morning Bible Study coming soon!

Nov 4, 2014

Beginning Tue, Nov 4. More details to come.

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The Loretto Sisters of SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral School are celebrating their 60th Anniversary

Nov 22, 2014

A Mass and Dinner Celebration to honor these amazing women is being planned for Sat, Nov 22 at SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral beginning with Mass at 4:30pm and dinner immediately following.

If you would like to join us for this wonderful celebration, we are now accepting reservations.
Dinner is $30 per person.

Please call the school's Development Office at 602-242-1299, ext. 149 to make your reservation or inquire further about this event.

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