Fr. Mike’s Communication for Aug 29, 2021

 August 29, 2021

Graphic for Father Mike's letter August 29, 2021


Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.

— James 1:21b-22

Blessings as we enter a new academic year!

An exceptional education peaks curiosity, ignites the imagination, and sparks creativity. Learning success should not be measured simply by a test for IQ or even the equally important EQ. Education goes beyond facts and figures or even the ability to read and calculate. The teaching of children to adults should also focus on forming a healthy conscience, embracing virtue, and striving for excellence in character.

James understood Jesus’ message; all the laws and rules are meaningless if not embraced at one’s very core. In writing to the early Christians, James stresses the need to let the Word of God sink into the essence of our being so that we might live the Gospel as authentic witnesses. This approach does not lead us away from God’s law but instead embraces the purpose of the law, that we might be in a relationship with God and from that relationship finding new life in community with our brothers and sisters.

May this year truly help all our students and parishioners embrace the Lord Jesus, prioritizing him in this life. As Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Parish embraces this theme for the year from Jesus’ teaching, “I am the vine, and you are the branches.” In collaboration with our outstanding teachers, administrators, staff, and families, May our prayers and efforts lead to a harvest of great fruit in our children
and youth.

Some considerations:

  • We are delighted to share some exciting news with you about Confirmation preparation at OLPH! We have retained the services of the Ablaze Family Ministries to lead Confirmation classes and the Retreat! Under the leadership of Directors Kristen Fisher and Deacon Steve Sarnecki, Candidates for Confirmation will grow to recognize the Holy Spirit already at work in the world and their lives and see how He is guiding them ever closer to Jesus in and through Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. While there will be further communications in the days and weeks to come, our goal today is to share this news about our relationship with Ablaze. To view a Confirmation preparation schedule, visit

  • In collaboration with the Catholic parishes of Carroll County, St. John Parish (43 Monroe Street, Westminster 21157) is hosting Dr. Scott Hahn for two talks on the mystery of the Holy Eucharist on Saturday, September 11, from 10 am to 1:15 pm. Dr. Hahn, a dynamic speaker, will help deepen your understanding of this beautiful mystery at the heart of our Catholic faith. Tickets are free but required for the event. To participate, visit

  • The Frederick County Right to Life is hosting its 12th Annual Banquet on Friday, September 24, at Dutch’s Daughter (581 Himes Avenue, Frederick). Sr. Dede, a pro-Life Nun, a Doctor, and retired Army Colonel with speaking on “Preparing to Win the Battle.” The evening begins with appetizers and a cash bar at 6 pm, with dinner at 7 pm. The cost is $65 per person ($50 for students). For more info or to reserve seats online by September 16th; check out the website You may also, call Virginia Grant (required after September 16th ) at (301)695-2811.

St. Joseph, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Rev. Michael S. Triplett