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The Filipino-American community of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Tampa, FL will be incorporating the celebration of the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the 10:00 AM mass. Along with the celebration of the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, this 26th Sunday in […]

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The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on 27 September 2020. As the title for his annual message, the Holy Father has chosen “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee”. The message will focus on the pastoral care internally displaced people (IDPs), who currently number over 41 million worldwide. As the title […]

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Did you know that for the first thousand years or so, Holy Communion was given in the “hand only” in the Catholic Church? St Cyril of Jerusalem (4th Century) told the newly baptized back then, “Make a throne of your hand to receive the Lord of Life!” But then John Calvin’s influence on the Church, […]

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Faith, Hope and Courage Initiative Announcement Thumbnail

We are called by God to continue to advance our mission and to build up God’s Kingdom here in Tampa.  There are so many more people who need our assistance.  There is much more work to be done. The reality is that we will always need resources to do God’s work.  Until the needy are […]

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Congratulations on your Religious Profession Anniversary, Fr. Paul, Fr. Ray and Fr. Ken

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Blessing of the Animals at OLPH has been moved to Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10 AM in the area between the rectory and Stokes Hall.

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Registration for Religious Education Classes 2020 has already started at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Registrations are open on Sundays, September 6 and 13 at the Parish Hall and September 20 and 27 at the Rectory. Registration times are from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. These are the Religious Education Programs offered by […]

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Did you know Fr. Jazz? It was ten years ago (September 10, 2010) that he suddenly passed away. Father John Jazwiecki was our Saturday evening mass priest for many years at OLPH, beginning in 1999. He was very supportive of me, and asked me unexpectedly one Saturday evening, in the heat of summer, to be […]

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Did you ever notice the stained-glass window in church with the name “Frank Frimmer”?  Hardly an Italio-Spanish-Anglo name! Mr. Frimmer was the architect for both the current rectory and church buildings.  You can see his name below one of the stained-glass windows in the Church, namely the one representing Jesus giving the Keys of the […]

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I was born in Mexico City May 7, 1952 — the oldest of nine siblings. I attended Catholic schools in that city until I was 18. I entered the Marist Fathers’ seminary in 1970 and was ordained a priest July 16, 1977 in Mexico City. Right after my ordination I was assigned to work in […]

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Did you know the Redemptorist Fathers who built both the “new” church and the “new” rectory, moved into the then-new rectory on December 31, 1940? This is the brick building between the church and Stokes Hall. The rectory has at least 2 Austrian connections: the Austrian born architect Frank Frimmer, and the stained-glass windows were […]

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Sicilians began immigrating to America for jobs, as did many from other European countries.  There was a lot of poverty in Sicily, which consisted mostly of feudal farming communities; there was no industry there.  With little to no education, hunger and a better way of life led many Sicilians to come to America and, with […]

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Did you know that Rick San Rafael Bagabaldo was one of the artists that created wonderful sculptures for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ybor City?  Bagabaldo was born and raised in the Philippines, and learned sculpting from his uncle.  Searching for a better life, he moved to the USA with his family, […]

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Did you know that Ybor City is home to the nation’s only trilingual newspaper? La Gaceta (The Gazette) has been publishing articles in English, Spanish and Italian since 1922. Its founder, Victoriano Patricio Manteiga, arrived in the United States from Cuba in 1913, where he was a reader in the Morgan Cigar Factory. He founded […]

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A long-time parishioner passed away June 18, 2020. Joe Perricone, 96, was a fixture at our Saturday evening Masses for many years, acting as a greeter and usher. He had a warm, kind heart and will be sorely missed. His wife, Hope, also a part of our Saturday night Mass, passed away just 3 months […]

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help, founded in 1890, is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the Tampa Bay area. Following is the history of this famous icon. OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP Rome, Latium, Italy 1495The original sacred picture of “Our Mother of Perpetual Help” is fittingly venerated in a church named […]

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