All liturgy is a place where mercy is encountered and accepted in order to be given, the place where the great mystery of reconciliation is made present, proclaimed, celebrated and communicated, -- Pope Francis (August 22, 2016)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2182 states that: "Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church. The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity. Together they testify to God’s holiness and their hope of salvation. They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit."
At OLPH, Sunday Mass is celebrated in the main worship space of the church at 5:30 PM on Saturday (Vigil Mass) and 10:30 AM on Sunday. Hearing assistance devices are available from the ushers for those in need. A nursery (staffed by a nursery coordinator and parent volunteers) is available during the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass for children ages 6 months to 3 years. The nursery is located down the hall from the commons in the Family Life Center. On Sundays other than the first Sunday of the month, Children's Liturgy of the Word is generally available during the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass for children in kindergarten through 4th grade. The children will be called forward after the Opening Prayer, and they will be dismissed to hear and discuss the Sunday readings at their own level. Parents are welcome to accompany their children. The children return to Mass during the Offertory.
The opportunity to meet Jesus in the Liturgy of the Word, join with His offering to the Father, and receive Him in the Eucharist is present throughout the week as well. At OLPH, daily Mass is celebrated on Tuesdays at 9 AM (chapel), Wednesdays at 6:30 PM (worship space), Thursdays at 12 Noon (chapel), and Fridays at 12 Noon (chapel). Celebrating daily Mass gives you the opportunity to hear more of God's Word and to celebrate feasts (such as memorials of saints) that are not typically celebrated on Sundays.
St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and Doctor of the Church, said: “In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so, in the spiritual life, a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason, he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.” At OLPH, we have regular opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Penance (also known as Reconciliation or Confession). Confessions are heard in the Reconciliation Room (located in the back of the worship space) on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6 PM and on Saturdays from 4 - 5 PM. In Advent and Lent, we also participate in valley-wide reconciliation services with other local parishes.
In Mark 26:40, Jesus asks Peter, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?" Holy hours are the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic Adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. At OLPH, Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the worship space on Wednesdays from 3 - 6 PM and from 7 - 9 PM. Saint Teresa of Calcutta wrote that "the time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth."