Our Lady of Perpetual Help

125th Jubilee Celebration


Posts by Fr. John McKenna, C.Ss.R

Jubilee Year In Review

On September 24th 2017 we began our 125th Jubilee Celebration. The theme was We Remember. We Celebrate. We Believe. In our planning for this year, we wanted to honor our wonderful past. We told the story of our parish, from its beginnings on Easter Sunday 1893 in a rented house on 4th Avenue and 54th…

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The Cardinal Tobin Visit

Cardinal Tobin and I were in the Redemptorist seminary of Mount Saint Alphonsus in Esopus, New York in the mid 1970s.  He was a class behind me in this seminary.  He is a very gifted man.  He is the oldest of thirteen (13) children.  He grew up in a too small row house in the…

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Special Mass for Children

The following article was printed in The Tablet on June 13th. Story and photos are reprinted here with permission from The Tablet. Sleepy-eyed babies, little girls with white veils, Boy Scouts, Jornadistas and children of all ages came for a special Mass and celebration in honor of International Children’s Day at the Basilica of Our…

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Back to the Future

A number of years ago, the delightful movie, Back to Future took the fantasy of time travel both back to the past and into the future. Field of Dreams played with the same porous boundaries between the present and the past. Two years ago, I was able to go to the Holy Land, and see…

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Ars Gratia Artis

When we went to the movies at the Loews Alpine, or Fortway, movies often began with a large lion roaring within a circle. It was the trademark of the MGM movie productions. Above the circle were the Latin Words, Ars Gratia Artis. (Translation Art for Arts sake). Once I was taking care service to JFK…

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OLPH – First Communion Memories

May 23rd 1959 was an overcast day. My mother got me up early. It was my First Communion Day. I had to get dressed in the new clothes, the white jacket, the white tie, dark pants and new shoes. In those days there was a three hour fast before Communion. Mass was at 7:30 AM…

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May – The Month Of Blessed Virgin Mary

May is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Month God chose Mary to be the mother of the Son of God. “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. You have found favor with God. You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus. Great will be his dignity and he…

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The Upper Room

“Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal?” “Go into the city.  You will see a man carrying a jar of water.  Follow him and say to the owner of the house.  “Where is the place where I can celebrate the Passover with my disciples?  He will show you an upper room.  Prepare…

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Confessions at OLPH Brooklyn

Reflections for our 125th Jubilee Year Do you remember your First Confession? I went to Father Funk for my first Confession. I remember the fear before confession. I remember the weirdness of kneeling in a closet, and hearing whispering on the other side of the grill that was closed with a sliding door. I remember…

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