Service

AMIGA

Yolanda & Jose Ybanez, 210.656.6738 jose.ybanez@sbcglobal.net Meetings are every second Monday of every month, 7pm 

      AMIGA is the acronym for A Mission in God’s Amor. The OLPH AMIGA ministry reaches out to our brothers and sisters in areas of northern Honduras. The goal of the ministry is to collect usable essentials of everyday life and the funds to ship them to Honduras. Needed items: over-the-counter medicines; medical equipment and supplies; clothing for men, women, and children; bedding; linens; non-fragile kitchen items and utensils; and school supplies. Donations are accepted at the two beige storage units located at the rearmost parking lot behind the church during designated collection times. The collection season is September through May, and each year a shipment is targeted for departure in the May-June timeframe. Donation times, dates and needs are posted in the church weekly bulletins throughout the year. This ministry welcomes individual participation as an active member or at whatever level is allowed by one’s personal circumstances. Moreover, this ministry depends on the general membership of the parish for both donations and individual participation to pack boxes throughout the year and load the container for the once a year shipment. The efforts of the ministry support the larger efforts of A Mission in God’s Armor, a St. Louis based mission 501c3 nonprofit co-founded by Dr. Helen Kornblum and Sister Raquel Ortez, SSND. The mission’s primary goals are health education and basic preventive health care in Honduras through medical clinic work in villages, personal visits to patients in their homes, preventive health instruction, and support of existing hospitals and clinics that serve the poor.This support of and affiliation with A Mission in God’s Armor offers our parishioners the opportunity of mission experience traveling to Honduras as part of the AMIGA mission trips. The cost of travel, and a nominal cost for sharing food and lodging are borne by the individual traveler.

Bereavement

Sr. Leonita Barron, 210.651.6913 x105 sr.leonita@olph.org The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Bereavement Ministry mission is to be a source of support for those who grieve the loss of a loved one through death, so they will feel the healing comfort of God through this faith community. The members of this ministry use their time and talent to help coordinate receptions at the pastoral center for families of parishioners after the funeral Mass and burial. It is Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish way to show support, love and compassion to our parish families.

Blood Drive

Jeff Fisher, 210.355.3090 jfisher140@satx.rr.com

The OLPH Knights of Columbus works with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center quarterly to hold blood drives. There is always a need for blood in the South Texas area. This is a great way to help save a life by giving a little of yourself. Check the bulletin for upcoming blood drive dates.

Columbian Squires

Steve Van Sciver, 210.659.6782 svansciver@att.net Meetings are every Sunday, 6:15pm

The Columbian Squires is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. It is an athletic team, a youth group, a social club, a cultural and civic improvement association, a management training course, a civil rights organization and a spiritual development program all rolled into one. Recently instituted at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Columbian Squires are designed as a leadership development program for young Catholic men, age 10-18 years old. These young men seek to understand their Catholic religion, have a strong commitment to the Church and are ready, willing and able to pattern their lives after the Youth Christ. Under the guidance of several Knights of Columbus, who serve as counselors, Squires are given the opportunity to lead, by running their own meetings, investing their own members, setting their circle’s agenda and implementing their program of activities. The activities include travel, play, sports and socializing. Squires are involved in promoting vocations, marching in defense of unborn life, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, supporting Special Olympics and promoting Catholic education, among countless other activities.

Faithful Friends

Norma Aronson, 210.945.7973 barryaronson@att.net Gatherings held the first Wednesday of every month, 9am-12:30pm   To provide social opportunities for the senior members of OLPH Parish “To spend quality time with Faithful Friends in a spiritual environment.” Social activities often consist of games, guest speakers, craft demonstration, etc. A potluck lunch, door prizes and lively conversations always add to the enjoyment. This ministry collects items for Haven for Hope twice a year at Easter and Christmas. Knit hats are also made for  preemies in area facilities. Greeting cards are collected during the year and taken to the local St. Jude facility in helping the children.

Guadalupana Society

Lucy Jimenez, 210.885.3253 lucyjim59@yahoo.com Meetings are every third Sunday of every month at Noon 

The Guadalupana Society assists the priests and engages in Catholic action. The hosts and wine used for Masses are purchased and paid for by the Guadalupanas with money raised from monthly taco sales held the fourth Sunday of every month. The Guadalupanas also coordinate the yearly Mass for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration and provide a Fiesta Dinner for the parish.

Habitat For Humanity

Paul Zamora, 210.662.6479 pzamora66@yahoo.com

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian, non-profit housing organization working in partnership with God’s people in need to build simple, decent, and affordable housing. Habitat works with low-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford a house. OLPH partners with another local parish and Habitat to help families build houses for themselves. Habitat is not a charity or a hand-out program, but rather a “hand-up” program helping families help themselves. Construction usually begins in the spring and finishes in early summer. Volunteers are recruited in January.

Jail Ministry

Bob Magott, 210.651.6164  bobmagott@yahoo.com

A number of members of OLPH Community volunteer their time at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center ministering to adult and juvenile offenders. Under the auspices of the Bexar County Detention Ministries, Inc., volunteers provide educational, social, and religious services, including pastoral care and counseling, to incarcerated adult and juvenile offenders. These services are provided to facilitate the transformation of incarcerated adult and juvenile offenders into productive individuals with new direction and meaning for life and to assist in the successful reintegration from incarceration back into society. There are currently nine staff chaplains and approximately 300 volunteers providing interdenominational religious services, pastoral care, and Bible Study seven days a week. Additionally, Catholic volunteers organize and facilitate four ACTS retreats each year for incarcerated adult males and females.

Knights of Columbus

Raul Soria 210.838.7171 grandknight6856@gmail.com

General meeting on the first Tuesday of the month, 7pm in the School Cafeteria Officers meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, 7pm in the Pastoral Center

A Catholic fraternal organization open to practicing Catholic men 18 years and older was founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882. The Knights of Columbus Catholic Men’s Organization is considered to be a strong right arm of the Catholic Church and is dedicated to uphold Catholic beliefs and morals, along with charity and service as the bulwarks of the order. The Knights of Columbus provide support to the church, community, youth, and families through prayer, service activities, and monetary donations and promote the principle of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

Military Ministry

Don Sweet, 210.632.2332 dsweet55@att.net

The OLPH Military Ministry was “launched” at the 10am Mass on July 3, 2011, during which all active duty, Guard and Reserve, retired, and veteran military service members were recognized by the celebrant and honored by thunderous applause throughout the sanctuary as each service member stood in place while the choir sang a beautiful medley of the military hymns. Upon entering the church, all current, retired or veteran military members, and spouses of a deployed member, were given a bright yellow ribbon to honor their service with the message, “OLPH Honors Our Military Parishioners and Families.” The ribbons were proudly worn during Mass and at the reception following in the pastoral center. Many parishioners gathered at the center to honor our current and past military parishioners and to celebrate the new ministry.

The military ministry is an outreach to military members and families who attend a weekend Mass but quickly depart church without any involvement with our parish family. The ministry’s initial goal is to establish a relationship with these members and families, inviting and encouraging each to join the mainstream of our parish family, parish ministries, and activities.

The needs of our military members and families are many, and transcend the social aspect of our parish. This military ministry can be of service and assistance in so many ways, such as reaching out to spouses and families left behind when the member is deployed. This ministry is perhaps the most readily accessible Catholic source of service for our military parishioners and families.

The OLPH Deployed Parishioner’s Photo Board, was initiated in July 2012 to commemorate the first anniversary of the military ministry and to celebrate Independence Day. The board has been placed in the pastoral center to display photos of our military parishioners for all to see. Photos of military parishioners in all branches of service, including Guard and Reserves, may be displayed. Photos of deployed DOD employees serving our nation may also be displayed.

Pastoral Care

Sr. Leonita Barron, 210.651.6913 x105 sr.leonita@olph.org

The faithful who are ill or homebound are deprived of their accustomed place in the Eucharistic community. In bringing communion to them, the pastoral care minister represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of the entire community toward those who cannot be present at the Eucharist. For the sick, the pastoral care visit and reception of communion is not only a privilege, but also a sign of support and concern shown by the Christian community for its members who are ill. The sick, elderly, and homebound are joined to the parish by pastoral care ministers who are called to bring compassion and the Eucharist to those in need. Our OLPH Pastoral Care outreach consists of:

  • Eucharistic Ministers serve the Eucharist daily to patients at Northeast Methodist Hospital in conjunction with St. Helena’s Parish. Ministers generally are scheduled in pairs and for one or two days per month.
  • Parishioners confined to other local hospitals are assigned a minister who visits them and serves the Eucharist to them on a scheduled basis determined by the individual and the minister.
  • Homebound parishioners are assigned a minister who coordinates home visits with them.

Parishioners living at to Autumn Winds Retirement Lodge in Schertz and Solaris in Garden Ridge or any other nursing or rehab facility for an extended period of time are served by this ministry.

Festival

Bill & Elaine Havlic, 210.659.7908 whavlic@satx.rr.com

The OLPH Festival is a wonderful community event and is the only major fundraiser held annually for the church. Participation by parishioners continues to help make this event a huge success. The festival provides an opportunity for parishioners to come together as community for fun, fellowship, and games. This year’s festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 16. Large numbers of volunteers are needed to make this parish event successful.

Single Adult Ministry

Brenda Segner, 210.331.1866 brednasegner@gmail.com

This ministry is open to all single adults over the age of 21. And yes, we have all ages in our group! The purpose of this ministry is to provide an atmosphere of faith, fun, support, and laughter!. Some of the activities we have participated in are game night, Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner preparations, Elf Louise gift wrapping and delivery, National Catholic Singles Conference, faith enrichment classes, Habitat for Humanity, OLPH Annual Pancake Supper, Riverwalk, San Antonio Missions tour, baseball & hockey games, Jazz Festival, dancing, Folklife Festival, Botanical Gardens, etc. That and more in just our first year.This group has a planning committee that is made up of anyone who wants to participate. We meet periodically to plan our events, and make our plans based on feedback from the rest of the group. You can be as involved as much or as little as you choose to be.

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts: Timo Zepeda, 210.410.7647  tzepeda@me.com Cub Scouts: Russell Marbach, 837-0031 russellmarbach@att.net Boy Scouts: Meetings held Mondays, 7pm in the School Cafeteria Cub Scouts: Meetings third Friday of the month, 7pm in the School Cafeteria

 A family-oriented organization where youth and parents work together to achieve goals and enjoy fellowship, and learn leadership skills through sponsored gatherings and activities. Scouting provides opportunities for boys to have fun while learning about the world around them.

St. Michael's Society

Oscar Martinez, 210.846.9447 mart6470@hotmail.com Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm, Except August & December

St. Michael’s Society has been an integral part of the history and continuing development of OLPH Parish. Founded at the turn of the 20th century by a group of German parishioners, most of who were immigrants or first generation Americans, the society today includes fourth generation members who carry on the tradition with the same dedication and devotion to the parish and its ministries. The society’s purpose is to promote a vigorous Catholic life, to support the church and school, to appropriate monies within the primary purpose of the society, and to engage in Catholic action. Membership is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practicing Catholics leading a Christian life, and provide their children with an education in the Catholic faith.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

 Main Number  255-8225 Svdp.olphselma@gmail.com                                                                                                                       St. Vincent de Paul Society is a small charitable organization of men and women dedicated to assisting people within our parish boundaries who have temporarily fallen on hard times. We operate a food pantry and are ready to help with rent, utilities, prescriptions, etc.The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an organization of lay persons who seek  a spirit of justice and charity, by a person-to-person involvement of its members, to help those who are in most need. No work of charity is foreign to the society. Its ministry, through a person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of every person.

Vocation Committee

Sr. Leonita Barron, 210.651.6913 x105 sr.leonita@olph.org

The Vocation Committee of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish is a ministry to help promote an awareness of the four different vocations that adults 18 and older in our parish are being called by God. The members of the committee will invite them to explore the Vocations of: Religious Life, Married Life, Single Life and Priesthood. The interest people in our parish will have the opportunity to explore where God might be called them to serve. The Vocation Committee of OLPH will provide information sessions to discern God’s call.

PowerPoint Ministry

Yolanda Salazar, 210.478.1306 alyosalazar@sbcglobal.net With the changes to the Roman Missal, effective November 2011, OLPH provides audio/visual and PowerPoint presentations of the Mass parts, including music. Volunteers are needed to ensure the success of this new ministry. We need committed volunteers to develop the PowerPoint presentations for the weekend Masses and seasonal liturgical celebrations. We also need volunteers to operate the audio/visual equipment in support of all Masses and various special liturgical services. Training will be provided. We need adults and responsible teens with knowledge of computers and electronic equipment, and willing to commit to two — four  Masses per month. If you prefer organization to electronics, help will also be greatly appreciated with scheduling of volunteers, which would require a few hours per month.

Covenant of Love Ministry

Joe & Barbara Pulcini, 210.416.6077 barbpulcini@gmail.com
Lisa & Carlos Lopez, 210.843.8993 crlopez@outlook.com
Virgil & Sherri Seidel, 210.316.6826 sandvseidel@hotmail.com

Date nights are the second Saturday each month at 6:30pm in the pastoral center

Created by The Alexander House TM, Covenant of Love TM  is more than a ministry; it is a call to action, an initiative a resource offered to parishes designed to strengthen marriage ministries or to help build  a foundation to create one. This marriage ministry works to educate, strengthen, promote, and advocate the splendor, beauty and truth of God’s plan for marriage. In the Gospel, Christ teaches us that a married couple is “no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Matthew 19:6).

Since 1999 The Alexander House TM,  has helped hundreds of couple live out joy-filled marriages. Through this apostolate they also saw a clear need for a parish-based marriage ministry. Their approach has been called, by others, the practical application of Theology of the Body; it combines theology, psychology, and practical experience to strengthen, sustain and restore marriages.

Date nights are a monthly gathering of couples with the goal of assisting them in becoming the “true” domestic church by providing tools and information to help them live out God’s plan for the sacrament of marriage and to create a vibrant and positive community of married couples. They provide the opportunity to learn about God’s plan for marriage, interact with other couples, and spend some sacred time with our spouse focusing on God’s plan and role in your marriage.