Perpetual Help Newsletter

posted on 14/05/21 03:10 pm by Fr. Tony Bidgood C.Ss.R.  

TV Devotions by the Redemptorists

Your donations keep the Devotions on TV

May/June 2021

Dear Friends,

The fall of 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary that the Perpetual Help TV Devotions have aired across Canada.

The original icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is located at St. Alphonsus Church in Rome. She has been honored in that church ever since Pope Pius IX entrusted the icon to the Redemptorists in 1866 with the message: “Make Her known throughout the world”. Today every Redemptorist community and parish around the world displays a copy of the icon and invites people to honor Mary under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

I invite you to look at the icon. Mary holds Jesus in her arms. Jesus’ two hands hold Mary’s hand. In the comfort of his Mother’s arms Jesus looks at the angels holding the instruments of the passion signifying the future event of his own death on the cross. And while the child Jesus takes comfort in his mother’s arms, Mary looks lovingly at each of us. She reminds us that as she cared for her Son Jesus then, she now cares for us in the day to day struggles of our own lives.

Click here olph_novena for a copy of our Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

We invite you to send us the names of the living that you wish remembered in our Masses and prayers.

And while our focus is on remembering the names of the living; you can certainly include the names of the deceased if you choose to do so.

Each year we mark the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help with a 9 day Novena usually running from June 19th – 27th.

You can join us in spirit as you pray the prayers privately at home or in your own parish church immediately before or after Mass.

Ordinarily the Novena, begins on June 19th and includes a Triduum (3 evenings of Masses with guest preacher and choirs), celebrated at St. Patrick’s Shrine Church, Toronto.

In light of possible Covid 19 restrictions, for those in the Toronto area who may wish to attend, check with St. Patrick’s Parish (416-598-3269) to see if, when and how public Masses will be celebrated as part of this year’s Novena.

If public Masses are still not permitted the Masses for the novena will be offered nonetheless but in the privacy of the Redemptorist Chapel. While visitors are NOT permitted, all of your intentions will still be included in the Masses offered there.

Some may choose to send us a donation along with their prayer intentions. A donation is not required but it is appreciated. All funds received are used to help cover the cost of airing the Perpetual Help TV Devotions. This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary of airing the program which is seen by an estimated 60,000+ people every week across Canada. Those who prefer to donate by credit card can do so by clicking on the donate button above.

Thank you for your generosity in helping us fulfill the call Pope Pius IX made to the Redemptorists 134 years ago to “Make Mary known throughout the world”.

In the Holy Redeemer,

Fr. Babu Mathew, C.Ss.R.
Director, Perpetual Help TV Devotions

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