Our Lady of Perpetual Help

125th Jubilee Celebration


OLPH History

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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OLPH School

When I read about those first years, I get a sense of exuberance, joy, pride that both priests and people felt for their parish. The wood frame church on 5th Avenue was too small from the very day it was consecrated for the booming development of the neighborhood. The rectory housed a happy group of…

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Growing Pains 1904-1912

In the beginning years of the 20th Century, our parish was like a young teenage boy experiencing a growth spurt. Every few months the boy grows out of his clothes. Father John Frawley an impressive, large man saw what was needed and began to make plans. When he mounted to pulpit to talk at all…

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The Story of Our Parish – The Beginning

Easter is a day when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. It is a feast of new life, of sung “Alleluias”. It is the day that changed everything. Easter Sunday on April 2nd 1893 became a day of victory, of new life, and great rejoicing. On that Easter, the first Mass in what was to…

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An OLPH Memory: Nuns at the Movies

OLPH has a magnificent auditorium. It has been used for many different events. Many years ago, there were Passion Plays; Pilate’s Daughter and Veronica’s Veil. It was a place to gather the school children to organize them the first day of school. There were many school plays. There have been concerts, meetings. Mass has been…

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Behold Us Here, From Far and Near

The Redemptorists arrived in the United States from Europe in 1832. In Europe our main work was preaching parish missions. But when our first Redemptorists came, bishops pleaded with us to care for the waves of German speaking immigrants arriving daily. Most Redemtptorist parishes had a distinctly German flavor in language, architecture, music and piety…

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