Our Lady of Perpetual Help

125th Jubilee Celebration


OLPH History

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 – The Treasure of Brooklyn – Pt. 2

OLPH: Reconfiguring the Parish Plant – Do You Remember? Only life-long parishioners will remember when Lutheran Langone NYU Hospital was a large factory, American Machine and Foundry, AMF. They were the leaders in the manufacture of bowling balls, pins. Only the oldest will remember that large red brick building on 59th Street between 2nd and…

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OLPH – The Treasure of Brooklyn (Pt. 1)

There are shows on PBS called The Treasures of New York and another The Secrets of New York. These programs are fascinating. They uncover the past of many iconic parts and buildings of New York City. On a recent show, the now beautiful South Street Seaport area of lower Manhattan revealed a very violent seedy…

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Forever Young – Looking Back

Homily for the Hundredth Anniversary October 30, 2003 This afternoon, Father Kevin Moley, the provincial of the Baltimore Province and former pastor of OLPH, is our main celebrant. As pastor he was as tireless as the Energizer Bunny, in his work for the parish and school. He attributes his fast paced life style to having…

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OLPH: A Redemptorist Parish

The Redemptorists were interested in having a foundation in the Diocese of Brooklyn, which in 1893 stretched from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Montauk Lighthouse at the eastern end of Long Island. They were welcomed by the bishop and dreamed of a parish, and a large rectory from which to send out missionaries to preach…

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The Lower Church

I heard Father John Hamrogue, a Redemptorist priest from our parish use this analogy once. “The Upper Church of OLPH is like the dining room in our homes and the Lower Church is like the kitchen table.”  The Upper Church, like the dining room is for big celebrations: Weddings, First Communions, Confirmations, First Masses and…

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When JFK came to OLPH

It was the 1960 presidential campaign. I was 8 years old. I didn’t know anything about politics, but picking up what people were saying this was a big thing. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was running for president. He was young and handsome. He was Irish. He was Catholic. Growing up in an Irish-American family, and a…

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