Mass Intentions

Tuesday, September 23
6:15 am
† Francisco & Cruz Carrillo
8:30 am
† Traci Edwards
Wednesday, September 24
6:15 am
† Christene Lucas
8:30 am
† Victor Ramirez
Thursday, September 25
6:15 am
† Lupe Escamilla
8:30 am
Guadalupe Gutierrez-in thanksgiving to God
Friday, September 26
6:15 am
† Robert F. Desmarais
8:30 am
† Elisa Marcos
6:00 pm
† Mercedes Perez
Saturday, September 27
8:30 am
† Nellie & Sebastian Aldama
5:00 pm
† Anderson Fitzhugh
7:00 pm
† Jesus Chavez Villegas
Sunday, September 28
6:30 am
OLPH Community
8:30 am
† Luis Mata
10:00 am
Fam. Valera Gudiño
10:30 am
† Inez V. Storey
12:30 pm
† Andres and Dolores Reyes

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.

Our religious education program for public school children has begun

Written by Fr. Michael Straley on September 21, 2014


Our religious education program for public schools has begun, as has our Youth Ministry programs for junior high and high school students. With a second parochial vicar, or assistant pastor, we priests will be able to be more present during these times.

I want to remind all parents that you are the primary educators of your children. What you do and say at home must reflect your faith in God and in the Catholic church just as much as the words and actions of the priests.

I sometimes ask parents if they tell their children that 4 plus 4 can equal 7, or 9, or whatever the child wants. I know, that sounds ridiculous, but many parents, by their actions, tell their children that they can go to church or pray whenever they want-it does not matter what God says or what the Church says. When we teach your children that it is a sin to miss Mass on Sunday "just because you want to", and the parents teach them that they can ignore what the Church says, remember, who is the primary educator?

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Even more, when parents teach that children can choose what rules or laws to follow, what happens when the children are tempted by alcohol, drugs or pre-marital sex? Even if you tell them not to do these things, if you have taught them that they can ignore rules, they can ignore your rules as well.

I hope to see all of our children-and their parents at Mass every Sunday. I also hope to see all of our junior high and high school students at Youth Group.

Pax, Fr. Mike

Ha comenzado nuestro programa de educación religiosa para los estudiantes de escuelas públicas

Que tal,

Nuestro programa de educación religiosa para los niños de las escuelas publicas ha comenzado, como también nuestros programas de pastoral juvenil para estudiantes de preparatoria y secundaria. Con un segundo vicario parroquial, nosotros, los sacerdotes podremos estar mas presentes esta vez.

Quiero recordarles a todos los padres que ustedes son los primeros educadores de sus hijos. Lo que hacen y dicen en casa debe reflejar su fe en Dios y la Iglesia Católica, tanto como las palabras y acciones de los sacerdotes.

A veces les pregunto a los padres si les dicen a su hijos que 4 mas 4 puede ser igual a 7, o 9, o lo que el niño quiera. Yo sé que suena ridículo, pero muchos padres, por sus acciones, le dicen a sus hijos que ellos pueden ir a la iglesia o rezar cuando ellos deseen - no importa lo que Dios dice o lo que la Iglesia dice. Cuando ensenamos a los niños que es un pecado no ir a misa el domingo "simplemente porque no quieren ir", y los padres les ensenan que pueden ignorar lo que dice la iglesia, recuerden quien es el primer educador?

Además, cuando los padres ensenan que los niños pueden elegir que reglas o leyes seguir, que sucede cuando los niños se ven tentados por el alcohol, las drogas o el sexo antes del matrimonio?

Aunque ustedes les digan que no hagan estas cosas, si los han ensenado que pueden ignorar las reglas, ellos pueden ignorar las reglas de ustedes también.

Espero ver a todos nuestros niños y sus padres en Misa todos los domingos. También espero ver a nuestros estudiantes de escuela secundaria y preparatoria en el Grupo de Jóvenes.

Paz, Fr. 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.

[ Called to Protect ]

Gift Shop SALE

The gift shop will be having a huge sale on Sun, Sep 14 and Sun, Sep 28 in the shop and in the hall.

We will have good informative books at great prices, including bibles. Bibles in English and Spanish. If your home does not have a bible, now is the time to get one. There will be statues, rosaries, religious articles and fun items all at prices you will love. We even have religious pillow cases! This is a good time to pick up gifts for any upcoming occasions, let us not forget baby and baptismal gifts. We will have jewelry items; lots of bracelets. We hope this will be a good introduction to OLPH gift shop and hope we will make lots of new loyal friends.

We are now able to accept credit cards!

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Clases de Ambiente Seguro, en Espanol para todos los voluntarios

Sep 18, 2014

Aun hay un gran numero de voluntarios que no han renovado su clase de ambiente seguro. Lo animamos a hacerlo pronto. Si usted necesita esta clase puede hacerlo vía internet visitando

O si prefiere asistir a una clase, puede revisar en la misma pagina de internet para seleccionar la clase que sea mas conveniente para usted. La escuela parroquial estará ofreciendo las siguientes clases EN ESPAÑOL:

jueves, 18 de septiembre de 6:00 a 7:00pm
Clase de Renovación - Centro Notre Dame

sábado, 27 de septiembre en el Salón Parroquial
9:00am a 12:00 mediodía - Clase Inicial
12:00pm a 1:00pm - Clase de Renovación

Si tiene preguntas favor de llamar a Luz al 623-552-3122. Gracias por ayudarnos a tener un ambiente seguro en nuestra parroquia. ¡Dios los bendiga siempre!

[ Called to Protect ]

Annual Celebrate Marriage Event with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Sep 27, 2014 (2:30p)

at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral

Come celebrate marriage at this annual diocesan event consisting of a beautiful bilingual Mass with Bishop Olmsted and luncheon. This year's speakers at the luncheon are humorous and dynamic Steve and Becky Greene, radio hosts of The Catholic Conversation, "The Surprising Joys Surrounding Marriage." Mass begins at 10:00am, luncheon follows in the parish hall. Those celebrating 25th, 40th, and 50th + jubilee anniversaries receive a special blessing, group photo with Bishop Olmsted, and frameable certificate when pre-registered.

$45 per couple for luncheon. Registration required.

For registration information, call Clarissa Quiring at 602-354-2132. Or register online at Seating for luncheon and speakers limited. Couples of all ages welcome, as well as family members.

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Journey to Rome for Diaconate Ordination of Fernando Camou

Sep 29, 2014 to Oct 6, 2014

You are invited to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime 'Journey to Rome & Assisi,' 8-days, Mon, Sep 29 to Mon, Oct 6.

Includes visits to Rome, Diaconate Ordination at the Basilica of St. Peter, Assisi & more! Only $2,599 from Phoenix (PHX), plus airport taxes and tips. Under the Spiritual Direction of Fr. Michael Straley of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale, Arizona.

To download the free color brochure and registration form, visit, or for more information, please contact Soledad de la Rosa at 623-939-9785. Space is limited. Register today!

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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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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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