Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Past Messages

The Gift of Faith, from Frederick, Maryland
Entrusting Ourselves & Our Parish to Mary
Home in the Shade
Divine Mercy Sunday
Easter Joy
Announcement
Spring Cleaning
Reconciliation
March Madness and Fanaticism
No Man Is An Island
Start Hard but Finish Strong
Lent and the Annual Catholic Appeal!
Courage for Healing
Biggest Lie: Holy Moments
Authenticity and Holiness
Biggest Lie: Humanity and Happiness
Catholic Schools Week
At the Heart of a Promise Renewed
Faith to Move Mountains Update
20 + C + M + B + 19
As a Family We Confront Travails
The God Who Goes the Distance
The Lord is Near… Not sooo Fast!
CINO and the Reason for the Season
Expectation, Waiting and Hope
Gratitude
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Hospitality Multiplied
Earthly and Heavenly Fulfillment
Holiness, Purification and our Destiny
Friends in High Places & Friends on Mission
Creation and Givenness
Lepanto & Victory, the Rosary & the Abundant Life
Celebrating 100 Years and Creating a Strong Future
Two Paradoxes: Life Lost & Last Place
The Church is You!
Rhythm and the Buzz
Concrete Steps for Renewal
Abuse and Disgust meet Penance and Reparation
Sunday Homily delivered 19 August 2018 and Meditation and Melted Wax
PAPIT and the Jesus Prayer
Love Overflows in Generous Service
Food and Fasting
Pastors, Sheep and a Fishbowl
Gathered, Refreshed, Scattered
Independence Day and Local Greatness…
Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Lessons from Rome
April 14, 2019

Dear OLPH,

Greetings in Christ! I have some good news to share with you! Bishop O’Connell has named me pastor of our parish, effective this weekend, Palm Sunday, April 14th, 2019. For about nine months now, I have been the Administrator of our parish, which while carrying the same managerial responsibilities for our church and school, does not have the ring nor the same canonical privileges as being your Pastor. I am very grateful to our Bishop for his confidence and look forward to a long tenure as the shepherd of the flock here in Maple Shade. Looks like I am going to need some Eagles gear ;-)

The letter was dated March 25th, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. It is common practice among Catholics to date significant letters and documents with special feasts of our liturgical and devotional life. These moments which the Church commemorates mark or flavor the message. Our Bishop has bridged salvation history in one letter, composing it on the day that Mary received the announcement from Gabriel that she would give birth to a Son, Jesus, and making effective the appointment on the Palm or Passion Sunday, a very solemn day within Lent when we remember both Jesus’ triumphant reception into Jerusalem and his Passion and Death on the Golgotha.

Joy and agony, triumph and suffering all buttress the reality that I am now your pastor. Makes sense... a pastor shares in the good and bad times of his people. He accompanies the community through all the events of life. He celebrates baptisms, first communions, weddings, and confirmation, but also birthdays, anniversaries and graduations. A pastor also visits and comforts the sick, buries the dead and comforts those mourning. He extends a listening ear and compassionate heart to those suffering loneliness, depression, marital difficulties, and whatever other crosses his people are asked to carry. Yes, pastoring runs the gamut between tears of sorrow and tears of joy.

As your new pastor, I ask for your prayers, love and support.  For me, this is a daunting task. I promise you my prayers, love and support. I promise to be at the helm in the midst of the storm, and, as Pope Francis likes to say, “to have the smell of the sheep!” (Said I would need some new Eagles gear, didn’t I?)

We are together on the road, the disciple’s road. It is a road that leads to Calvary, but beyond the horizon awaits the luminous promise of eternal life!

Make it a great Holy Week!!

Fr. Wilson