Easter Season Live-Streaming Liturgy and Digital Content Schedule

To view our Facebook Live-Streams

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Scroll down and look for the “LIVE” icon, Click the link and watch.

Links to Live-Stream are also available on the left side of the Facebook page. Viewers can interact and comment if you are logged in to a computer.
Previously recorded videos will be available too, so look for the video with the above icon.

OLPH’s Current Live-Stream & Previously Recorded Live-Steams

The current stream and all previously recorded videos will be posted on our website here: https://olphparish.org/live-mass/ 

 

PRIOR TO HOLY WEEK

Wednesday, April 1
12 noon to 3pm Adoration (Exposition, Silence, Benediction & Reposition)

View previously recorded video

PRIOR TO HOLY WEEK

Thursday, April 2
9:30am Daily Mass with School & Parish

 

View previously recorded video

PRIOR TO HOLY WEEK

Friday, April 3
7:30pm Festival of Praise

View previously recorded video

PRIOR TO HOLY WEEK

Saturday, April 4
Recorded Teaching on Holy Week & Triduum

View the video teaching

HOLY WEEK BEGINS

Sunday, April 5: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
9am Mass

 

 

Click to watch again on our website

Click to watch again on our YouTube Channel

HOLY WEEK

Wednesday, April 8
12 noon to 3pm Adoration (Exposition, Silence, Benediction & Reposition)

 

 

 

 

HOLY WEEK

Thursday, April 9
7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
[Click for Holy Thursday – OLPH Liturgy Guide]

 

 

Adoration of the Lord in the Tabernacle following

10pm Brief Night Prayer
[Click for Holy Thursday – Night Prayer]

 

 

View Previously Recorded Video

HOLY WEEK

Friday, April 10
8:30am Morning Prayer [Click for Good Friday – Morning Prayer]

12 Noon Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
[Click for DM Chaplet] or [Click for Litany SH]

3pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
[Click for Good Friday – OLPH Liturgy Guide]

Crucifix Live-streamed until 5pm

 

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HOLY WEEK ENDS

Saturday, April 11
8:30am Morning Prayer
[Click for Holy Saturday – Morning Prayer]


8:15pm Easter Vigil
[Click for Easter Vigil – OLPH Liturgy Guide]

EASTER

Easter Sunday, April 12

9am Easter Mass
[Click for Easter Sunday – OLPH Liturgy Guide]

 

 

Join Us For Live-Streamed 9am Sunday Mass:

We warmly invite our OLPH Parish Family & Friends to worship with us by logging onto our real-time, video stream available via our OLPH Church Facebook feed at https://www.facebook.com/olphchurch/ or on our website at https://olphparish.org/live-mass.

Digital Mass Times:

— Sunday Mass | 9:00am
— Octave of Easter, Monday to Saturday, April 13-18 | 8:30am Daily Mass
— Starting April 23 | Thursday, 9:30am Daily Mass in Celebration with or School and Parish Families

Digital Adoration Times:

— Wednesdays & Thursdays | 12 Noon to 3pm Adoration in the Good Shepherd Chapel
— Fridays | 5pm to 8pm Adoration in the Good Shepherd Chapel

To join, please visit https://www.facebook.com/olphchurch/videos just prior to a start time and look for the red, LIVE icon, click to join the convo and watch. Or, Join us on our website for all OLPH LIVE events

Divine Mercy Sunday

The OLPH parish community joined together via FB LIVE and web streaming on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19th to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet led Father Mike and Father Rob lead our Parish family through the Divine Mercy Chaplet with a special gift of worship offered in original music composition by Corrie Marie. This is an EASTER celebration you will not want to miss!!

Watch, Pray and Sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet Again!

Join us on our OLPH Media web page and YouTube Channel to revisit and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet anytime. Original composition, vocal and musical accompaniment used with permission from Corrie Marie Music.To learn more about singer, songwriter and Worship Leader Corrie Marie, please visit: https://www.patreon.com/corriemariemusic


Easter Monday, April 13
8:30am Mass

 

Easter Tuesday, April 14
8:30am Mass


Easter Wednesday, April 15
8:30am Mass

 

Easter Thursday, April 16
8:30am Mass


Easter Friday, April 17
8:30am Mass

 

Easter Saturday, April 18
8:30am Mass


Sunday of the Octave of Easter, April 19
9am Mass

 

3rd Sunday of Easter, April 26
9am Mass

Greetings from Father Mike | 5th Sunday in Easter

May 10, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

Happy Mothers’ Day!

Let us give thanks and praise to our tender and compassionate God, who gave us our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, aunts, and motherly figures so that we might know the love of God.  The care of our mothers is often our first lesson on the meaning of love. In these challenging times, our mothers often provide the best witness of generosity as they provide for their family’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Thank you, mothers, for your faith-filled witness, which is a blessing along with our fathers as the first teachers of the faith.

My mother is truly a source of grace in my life. I remember the many ways she has taught and formed me. She has undoubtedly placed the needs of her seven children before her own. To stretch our family funds, she would spend hours clipping coupons from the Sunday paper and shop the sales, so we always had the blessings of a full table (and belly). And despite the pull and responsibility that goes hand-in-hand with raising a large family, my mom continually sought to fulfill the needs of her neighbors as well. For many years, she taught Sunday morning bible school. As her youngest entered school, she served as both a second-grade Teacher’s Aid and a Religious Education catechist for Sacred Heart School and Parish in Glyndon. My mom was involved in the formation of almost every first communicant at Sacred Heart for fifteen years. Her heart for service extended to the local pregnancy center too, where she answered support calls, praying, and intervening for life before an abortion clinic.

Before I was born, my mother was engaged in a women’s bible study, a small faith community of women, most of whom still meet weekly to this day. My mother would wake early to read and pray with the Scriptures. She recognizes the importance of making time with the Lord and continued spiritual growth. She has lived out the call described by Peter, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises’ of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.'” Thanks, Mom, for your witness — you are an inspiration! And, to mothers who call OLPH Parish home, thank you for your witness to the Lord Jesus, and dedication to the way, truth, and life. I offer special gratitude and sincere thanks to those among us who have answered the call to adopt or foster children, expanding your homes and hope into our world at the same time.

Join me in offering prayers for all expectant mothers, as well as married couples trying to start a family but struggling to conceive. We also lift in prayer those dealing with increased anxiety and for Parents seeking creative and meaningful ways to acknowledge milestones in their children’s lives. These including graduations, marriages, ordinations (our prayers for Deacon Jeremy’s parents as they wait to celebrate), and the births of their grandchildren. Thank you for your commitment to raising your children’s’ spirits, all while dealing with the uneasiness of these troubling times.

In May, our parish had hoped to highlight the experiences and opportunities of the Third Order or Associations to religious communities. In embracing charisms and teachings, these lay vocations offer an opportunity for more profound formation. Our parishioners are in communities of Dominicans, Franciscans, Carmelites, Marian Servants, among others. Choosing to enter a lay order is to discern a call from God, that entails embracing aspects of religious formation and living into their daily lives. Thanks for your witness; I hope that we might offer our parishioners an opportunity to hear your stories, and potentially follow the path.

This past week, many in our Baltimore community were saddened to hear of the Institute of Notre Dame (IND) impending closure. The Sisters of Notre Dame, along with the alumnae, teachers, and staff, sought to form and educate young ladies as disciples who transform the world and our culture. IND, the oldest women’s Catholic high school in Baltimore, has had a tremendous positive impact on our city and their neighborhood. Their absence will create an enormous void. Please pray for the students and families affected by this difficult decision.

The total financial impact on our Catholic parishes, schools, and institutions by the pandemic is yet to be known. I will share as a Board Member of the Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House in Baltimore County, that since the restriction of COVID-19 the Retreat House remains empty and income is almost non-existent. The Retreat House, which has formed and shaped so many youth and young adults, relies now on the Msgr. O’Dwyer Annual Appeal and a raffle as the primary source of funding for the facility and employees. If you would like to support the Retreat House, you may purchase a ticket here or through me at mtriplett@archbalt.org.

Likewise, our parish has also felt the financial impact of our current times.  Yet, in the midst of our situation, our Parish Family remains generous in her gifts of prayer, financial support, and resources for, neighbor. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your generosity of heart. Your gifts help us to manage our expenses, including retaining our entire parish staff, while also committed to our sister parishes and the needs of our community. If you would now like to support the parish with a gift, consider our secure online giving option.  Today, on Mother’s Day, as your pastor, I take inspiration from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, my mom, and you — thank you!

 

In the Risen Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Greetings from Father Mike | 4th Sunday in Easter

May 3, 2020

Brothers and Sisters, 

Happy Good Shepherd Sunday! The title for this 4th Sunday of Easter comes from John Chapter 10, in which Jesus intentionally associates himself with the shepherd, “I am the good shepherd.” When we think of heroic figures or those we’d often ascribe with the adjective “good,” shepherds would be low on the list. For the contemporaries of Jesus, shepherds were literally and figuratively on the margins of society. When Samuel came, seeking to anoint the next king (1 Samuel 16:11), David, the youngest son of Jesse was not even present. David, placed in the care of the flock, was not deemed essential until finally called upon by Samuel.

The shepherd does not desire acknowledgment or recognition nor cower in fear or threat to the flock. The shepherd does commits to protecting and feeding the flock. As priests, we would be wise to remember the humble status of the shepherd. Historically, there were indeed periods when priests were clearly among the educated or privileged of society. Today, our parishioners often exceed our intellectual abilities, and even in theology or scripture, parishioners have spent lifetimes deepening their knowledge and experience. The role of a pastor is not about asserting a false superiority. With a passionate desire to stay close to his people, it’s about being present in the times of celebration, hardship, and sadness of human experiences. I am blessed to be able to celebrate all of your accomplishments in building the kingdom of God and living out the call to discipleship. Your commitment to growing in your faith is admirable and inspiring to me.

At the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis emphasized the need for priests to “smell like their flocks,” calling us to be fundamentally present. These challenging days for all of us reminds me of the need to remain connected. I am grateful to those of you who are reaching out, in gratitude, in concern, in question, or in need of prayers. We remain committed to growing as shepherds and appreciate the incredible support that our Parish family has provided.

 This past Friday, May 1st, Archbishop Gomez lead our nation alongside our northern Canadian neighbors to renew our consecration to Mary, the Immaculate Conception. Under the title, Mary, Mother of the Church, we implore her help and protection. Please join us in this month dedicated to Mary to renew our love and devotion to our Mother. Our spiritual Mother’s heart longs for our healing and wholeness as a community, but above all that we might come to her son Jesus to be fed and nourished.

Next Sunday, May 10th, at the conclusion of the 9 am Mass, we will crown Mary as queenship, mother of the Church while praying and renewing our parish consecration to Mary. While you may join our live stream Crowning of Mary in the parish Rosary Garden, we encourage you, in your home, to offer flowers before a statue or favorite Marian image or print. Families may choose to gather flowers from their garden or follow this video tutorial offered HERE by our parish school art teacher, Ms. King to craft your own flowers. So that we may celebrate the beauty of our parish, please be sure to snap a pic of your in-home offering to Mary and we invite you to share that image on our OLPH Facebook page after the event. As we also celebrate Mother’s Day next Sunday, please do share the great ways you have celebrated your mom, spiritual moms, and motherly figures, of course, without spoiling any planned surprises!

In closing, please remember in prayer our Parish Administrator, Lisa Sliker, who celebrated her birthday this weekend. I am personally very grateful for the many ways she guides and cares for our parish and the mission of the Church. She has a deep love for this parish and a passion for helping us all grow in discipleship. In these challenging times, her guidance and support have been irreplaceable.

 

In the Risen Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Greetings from Father Mike | 3rd Sunday in Easter

April 26, 2020

Brothers and Sisters, Easter Greetings!

 

The road to Emmaus is an excellent example of our journey as disciples.  If you recall, the encounter occurs as two people depart Jerusalem on the night of Easter Sunday.  They have heard rumors, just as the apostles heard from Mary Magdalene and the other women who had gone to the tomb.  Unlike Peter and John who run to the tomb to find out for themselves, these two gentlemen are not as hopeful.  They start going home, defeated.  And a stranger along the road approaches them, apparently unaware of the events surrounding Jesus’ passion and death.  Jesus then explains to them the Scriptures, and why Jesus had to die but, would rise from the dead on the third day.  As evening approached and the danger to continue the journey increased, the two are ready to stop for the night in a village.  They invite their companion to stay with them, and while at supper, Jesus once again (as at the Last Supper) offers them his Body.  Finally, they recognize him, but he vanishes from sight.  Instead of remaining for the evening, they immediately return to Jerusalem and hear of the other appearances of the risen Lord.

 

The encounter likely has similarities to our own faith journey and experiences in life.  There are times when we did not recognize God in our midst as we journey in the day to day unaware of his presence.  We do not realize how much God desires us to understand, above all, his great love and care for us.  And then, there are moments of grace, moments of clarity in which we recognize how God has been with us in our journey, even in the dark and challenging times.  What should be our response to these moments of grace?  We should give thanks to God and then, without hesitation, return to our community of disciples.  Our faith community is where we care for each other, worship together and grow in relationship with each other.  It is where we belong.  The community also needs to hear the witness of how we have encountered the Lord.  Our stories may seem frail and unimportant, yet are often a source of encouragement to others.  I encourage you to connect with a small faith community, allowing you to share your story, experiencing your hearts burning as you recall, and to be motivated by the testimonies of our fellow disciples.

 

Please join our nation and the people of Canada Friday, May 1st, as together; we renew the consecration of our
countries to Mary.  On the Cross, Jesus entrusted the disciples, the Church, to the care and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We implore her intercession, just as our nation’s first bishop, Bishop John Carroll, consecrated the United States to Mary, which was reaffirmed in 1846, as Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception was designated Patroness of the United States.  Archbishop Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will lead a brief liturgy with the prayer of re-consecration at 3 pm.  Participate on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usccb.

 

Lastly, Governor Hogan released “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” last Friday.  Thank you for following the prudent and sound directives that appear to be reducing the sickness and the loss of life.  Our cooperation, while a burden and a sacrifice on many, may allow us to start phases of restoration.  The Archdiocese of Baltimore will be working with the local dioceses for guidelines and directives as we resume some activities.  Please keep praying for those deeply affected by this pandemic in so many facets.  Pray that we might not simply resume our previous “normal” yet, as a nation and community we remain as Missionary Disciples in our Lord convicted to bring his Love to the world.

 

In the Risen Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Greetings from Father Mike | 2nd Sunday in Easter

April 19, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

“Peace be with you.” The Octave of Easter celebrate that unique third day, when the Lord rose from the dead. That day is so important that the Church dedicates these 8 days to celebrating with special solemnity and the whole 50 days of Easter to celebrate the mystery of the Resurrection, as well as every Sunday, the day of the Resurrection. While we probably imagine our great joy and courage in proclaiming the Gospel had we been present on that first day and the Lord appeared to us, the responses of the disciples were varied. In the various Gospel accounts, Jesus approaches two disciples who heard rumors of the Resurrection leaving town; his appearance is not easily accepted even by the apostles, who experience hardness of heart. In the Gospel of John, Jesus appears twice to the disciples gathered in a locked room. On the first occasion, Thomas is not present with them. A week later, Jesus once again enters, even though the doors were locked. If the apostles experienced the Resurrection, why are they still cowering in fear? From the experience of Good Friday and the fear they experienced, many of the disciples need time to contemplate the Resurrection and the impact on their lives. They struggled to experience the joys and peace that Jesus promises. Please be patient with yourselves, with your families, and with one another, as we strive to trust in the Lord’s great mercy won for us on the cross.

Many of us are in a place of questioning, as we seek to discover where is the Lord’s mercy during this pandemic. Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, offers the most honest answer in the New York Times article “Where is God in a Pandemic?” (www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/opinion/coronavirus-religion.html). The honest answer is that we do not know. We do hopefully know and believe in a merciful and loving God. We ought to come to experience Jesus in a personal way, as he chose to come to dwell among us and to understand the whole gambit of human life. Trusting in God’s mercy is not about having the answers. Our response to suffering and our current predicament is not to offer a simple answer. Our witness is the Lord Jesus, who walks beside and accompanies us in this difficult time. Keep calling out for the Lord and when you recognize his presence, give thanks for the goodness of a merciful God.

For our parents who are struggling as you seek to comfort and console your children, please know of ourprayers. For mothers who are expecting, fathers and families, we are often conflicted with the extremes of joyful anticipation and cautious anxiety in these worrisome times. Continue to center your lives in prayer. For those seeking help with speaking to your children, I recommend the attached eBook from Dr. Pat Fosarelli, How to Talk to Children and Youth about COVID-19 (April 2020, Twenty-Third Publications). Dr. Pat Fosarelli, a former practicing Pediatrician, is the Associate Dean and Professor at The Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore.

Our livestreaming experiences will follow this routine, (click the link for the full schedule):
▫ Sunday Mass | 9:00am
▫ Daily Mass, Monday to Wednesday, Friday & Saturday | 8:30am
▫ Daily Mass, Thursday | 9:30am
▫ Wednesdays & Thursdays | 12 Noon to 3pm Adoration in the Good Shepherd Chapel
▫ Fridays | 5pm to 8pm Adoration in the Good Shepherd Chapel

 

In the Risen Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Easter Greetings from Father Mike

April 12, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

“Peace be with you.”  This, the greeting of the risen Lord given to his disciples is the words that he also offers to you, to your families, and to your neighborhoods.  Jesus is drawing near.  Like Thomas, you may feel as if you have been left out.  You may hear moments of powerful encounters with the Lord while struggling with lingering uncertainty.  You may have doubts that Jesus is actually present amidst our hardships, our worries, our hunger, or in our exhaustion and sickness that you or your loved ones might be experiencing.  Like the two, heading out on the road to Emmaus, you may not recognize him, except in the burning of your hearts and in the breaking of the bread.

There were no witnesses to the Resurrection, other than the Lord God.  No one was present.  According to the Gospel accounts, Mary Magdalene was among other women who were the first to arrive at the empty tomb.  An empty tomb was the first encounter of hope.  If you or your family are experiencing an emptiness of any kind, know that this is a space in which the Lord of life can enter.  Let us implore the Lord together for the great virtue of hope.

Jesus then appears to Mary Magdalene, though she does not at first recognize him.  Be patient with yourselves if you are having difficulty recognizing the risen Jesus in your midst.  If you are mourning, he is weeping beside you.  If you are frightened, he’s encouraging you to look to him as the source of safety.  If you are exhausted and burdened with many worries, allow him to be your strength.

When Mary Magdalene comes to recognize the Lord, she shares her amazing discovery with the Apostles, as she is often called the Apostle to the Apostles – no surprise for many of us that a woman was among one the  first evangelists.  Like she, we are called to share.  Your experiences of faith and hope could be a needed glimpse of light that allows another to experience the warmth of Christ.  Your encounter may encourage others to look more closely – like Peter and John, as they hastily ran to the tomb.  How are you worshipping the Lord within your homes?  With so much of the regular day-to-day on pause, how has this time been one of renewal and grace?  Where in your lives can you witness the garden of the Resurrection accompanied by signs of hope?

Know that wherever we are physically, spiritually, emotionally, or psychologically, nothing can keep us from the love of Christ.  Even with locked doors, the Risen Jesus time-and-time again enters the room where the disciples are hiding in wait.  Though current circumstances have left our own Church physically locked, the doors of grace and mercy are wide open.  Jesus continues to feed and nourish you and your families.  Always faithful, he draws close.

Easter is often a time of recognition and thanks.  I normally would express gratitude for the decorations and the cleanliness of our Church and campus (Fr. Rob, Deacon Jeremy, and I are doing our best).  I should be expressing gratitude for all our Parishioners who offer their gifts in service filling so many roles in the liturgy.  Or, our talented and dedicated musicians and choir who work extremely hard at rehearsing so their music and voices can lead us all in song and praise in our time of worship together.

In these extraordinary times, I truly need to extend thanks in equal proportion.  I need to say “thank you” so much more than usual.  In the midst of the disruptions to your “normal” routines along with the challenges of working from home, while assisting your kids with school, or helping an aging parent stay safe and fed; you all have stepped up!  Our Parish family has not only decorated the pews of our Church but so many among you have decorated your homes with worship spaces, so we may more fully celebrate together.  As I read the comments section of our live-streamed Masses; I’m struck by how many of you are still serving as Ministers of Hospitality by welcoming others at the start and close of our virtual time in worship.  And, as you read and proclaim the Scriptures in your homes, you all are serving as lectors.  And while I cannot be certain as I have no listening devices, I imagine you are singing from your hearts in your homes as well.  Of course, I also need to thank our musicians, singers, and technical gurus who have been able to pull together some amazing pieces of music, by recording from their own homes.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you!  You are all helping one another to give a worthy celebration to the Easter celebration.

I am also grateful to our parish staff, who have been working extremely hard to remain connected with our Parish family.  Without their support, care, collaboration, and encouragement, our response would have been far less.  Fr. Rob and Lisa have been a particularly strong support to me, helping in sharing the load of leadership while feeding you.  Moreover, our partnership with Henderson Creative, our own passionate and committed parishioners Evelyn and Scott, have helped us produce some wonderful content.  Their technical expertise and knowledge with communications and marketing have helped us with our streaming, organization of our digital content, and communication clarity.

While streaming and recordings will always be inferior to gathering physically in the Church, we hope you have been able to remain connected to us, while recognizing Christ’s abundant graces amidst our challenges. 

We aim to develop a stronger routine of prayer and worship together! Please join me for:

(click the link for the full schedule):

Sunday Mass | 9:00am

Octave of Easter, Monday to Saturday, April 13-18 | 8:30am Daily Mass

Wednesdays & Thursdays | 12 Noon to 3pm Adoration in the Good Shepherd Chapel

Fridays | 5pm to 8pm Adoration in the Good Shepherd Chapel

In an effort to savor the joy of Christ’s resurrection, it is our intention to slow down slightly after Easter Sunday (at least for the week).  Let us rest in our celebration of the Risen Christ.

I encourage our parishioners, family, friends, and virtual visitors, to continue to practice good prudence – a heroic virtue in this time of, pandemic.  Our simple rhythm of life, following sound advice and remaining home as we are able, is a pro-Life act of mercy.  Let us bear these challenges with fortitude, even though we may need to vent on occasion, to help save lives and reduce this illness. Let us praise the Lord this Easter Season:

You are God: we praise you;
You are Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
V. Lord, show us your love and mercy; R. for we put our trust in you.
V. In you, Lord, is our hope: R. and we shall never hope in vain.

Christ is risen!  Truly he is risen!

Rev. Michael S. Triplett