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If you wish to join our ministry(ies) but are not sure how to get started or you do not have enough time, complete the steps below:

  1. Print the Parish Time and Talent Signup Form
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Mail the form or drop it off at our parish office.

There is always something going on at our parish!  If you would like to learn more about a parish ministry or activity, please click on the links below for more detail.



Adult Formation

Theresa Novotnak - 717-738-5061

Adult Volleyball View More >

Drew Geiss - 717-733-6438

The volleyball league is a pick-up league open to anyone age 18 or older.  Everyone is welcome.  Games are played generally every Monday evening from 7:00PM until 9:00PM unless there is a conflict with other activities, such as 40 hours devotion.

Alpha View More >


To lead the community to personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit by fostering a deeper appreciation for God the Father and to answer the call of challenge to Vocation in the Catholic Church. We offer two courses a year, which are 10 weeks each, one course in the spring and one course in the fall. Meetings are held in Parish Library and or Parish Meeting rooms, Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00.

Altar Servers View More >

Ben Hoover - 717-808-1115

Altar servers assist the priest at Mass. They are trained to be responsible and dedicated to the service of God and one another. They receive the instruction to grow in faith, love, and understanding each time they serve. This ministry instills knowledge of the Mass and the meaning behind the rituals of the Mass.  Current Altar Server Schedule

Arts & Environment

Denise Summers-Auker - 717-572-1160

Athletic Association View More >

Chris Sheaffer - 717-738-5190

CYO is a parish-based basketball program, providing opportunities for youth to grow in faith and understanding of their Church through involvement in parish and diocesan life. It encompasses a comprehensive model for the total development of the individual through a six-phase approach to youth ministry: athletic, social, cultural, catechetical, service and spiritual. As with any ministry to our youth, the three goals of a Catholic Youth Sports program are the same as enumerated in Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry.

  • To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today.
  • To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

The Association meets on the first Monday of every month at 7:30 PM.


Baptism Committee View More >

Ben and Pat DiAngelo - 717-738-0272

One of the goals of this ministry is to facilitate the Church’s desire to bless the children as priests and strong witnesses for Jesus Christ by the grace of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism Coordinators and Baptism Companions (members of OMPH parish) guide the parents through the three steps process. Parents contact the Baptism Coordinator to schedule the Sacrament of Baptism for their Child at a Mass Liturgy during the 1st or 3rd weekends of the month. The parents receive a visit from a Baptism Companion. This visit serves these purposes:

To have a contact person for the parents to register the child’s Baptism in the parish records and become a prayer partner toward a successful sacramental experience

A gathering session during which the parents receive inspections from our priest, during this session the child receives the first Baptismal anointing

The Sacrament of Baptism is completed during the Celebration of Mass where it is witnessed by the congregation and the child is welcomed as a new member of the OMPH family. Scheduling of a Baptism or volunteering as a Baptism Companion can be done by calling the Coordinators.

Benevolent Society View More >

Harry Lowe - 717-466-9437

The Benevolent Society is an organization created to serve those in the local community who are in need.  The primary focus is providing food through a weekly handout at the OMPH Food Bank located at the St Clements Mission House.  The group also provides assistance for other necessities such as utilities bills, fuel oil, medical assistance, etc. as they are able.  The Benevolent Society’s outreach is provided through donations to the poor box and parishioners’ monetary and food item support.

The Benevolent Society’s outreach is provided through donations to the poor box and parishioners’ monetary and food item support.  Food handouts are Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. for the community.  Monthly meetings are held on the third Monday and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Food handouts are Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. for the community.  Monthly meetings are held on the third Monday and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Boy Scouts View More >

Mark Hartman - 717-203-3461

The Boy Scouts is a youth organization that is dedicated to forming young men as future leaders and helps them learn more about the outdoors through camping trips and other activities. Meetings are held on a regular basis.


Children's Liturgy of the Word View More >

Kathy Erisman - 717-538-3257

Our Children’s Liturgy Ministry sees that every child leaves Sunday Mass understanding God’s word according to their capabilities. They hear what God has to say to them on their own level. Children need to comprehend the Bible stories and gospels in a simplified language. This ministry wants them to know God’s love and look forward to coming to Mass.

Coffee Corner View More >

Weiser Family - 717-859-2765

Is a social event with coffee, drinks and donuts for the parish after the 9:00 mass. Come, visit with old friends and meet new friends.

Many Different ministries and families help with each week. 1st week of the month is Parish Council, 2nd Week is the Knights of Columbus, 3rd Week is the Knights Ladies Auxiliary, currently we are looking for a ministry or multiple families for the 4th Week and for the 5th Week Bennett Mayer and his family host.

Collection Envelopes View More >

Kim Kernaghan - 717-733-9641

Teams of people are required every weekend after the last mass to count the collection. Currently, we are up to six teams.



Cub Scouts

Jen Hartman - 717-203-3429


Eucharistic Ministers View More >

Mary Burkholder - 717-733-4989

Eucharistic Ministers of the Holy Eucharist help the priest distribute Holy Communion during Mass. In Addition, they take Holy Communion to our brothers and sisters who are homebound, sick, in hospitals and nursing care.


Finance Committee View More >

Dave Goss - 717-335-2200

The finance committee is responsible for monitoring the financial transactions of the Parish in accordance with operational accounting as reported to the Diocese of Harrisburg.  This committee is a decision making committee as to how Parish funds are budgeted and spent.  The committee is responsible for short term and long term financial planning and budgeting the financial needs of the Parish, including support for the Parish School.  The committee generally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Library.  Standard meeting dates are subject to change as directed by Fr. John.

Folk Group View More >

Ginny Di Illio - 717-733-7475

Is a group of musically talented people that offer more than the traditional music during the mass.

Funeral Committee View More >

Mary Burkholder - 717-733-4989

For over the past 30 years this ministry has been providing lunches to the family members of the deceased relative. The priest and local funeral homes inform the family members of this service and intern call on Mary Burkholder who is well known in our parish and has group of volunteers that are able to be on-call at a short notice. This luncheon is typically held after the burial services and in the Father Kuhn hall. Depending upon the cost of the food per person would be anywhere from $3.50 to $4.00. Special request for dietary needs can be accommodated. Our mission is we wish to be a source of help and comfort you our parishioners at the time of death in the family.


Knights of Columbus View More >

Matt Auker - 717-572-1160

A group of practicing Catholic men committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. Please see our website for more information. www.kofc4191.com


Ladies Auxiliary - Knight of Columbus View More >

Rita Pfautz - 717-733-9247

When the Knights need that special touch that only a lady can provide, this is who they turn to! The women of the Knights of Columbus help with many different church activities and functions and handle many events. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Bernadine Center.

Lectors View More >

Bill Sheaffer - 717-733-4770

Lectors proclaim the Word of God, announcing the message of God’s love, so as to enable those attending Mass to not only understand the Word, but to also live it and share it with others.


Marriage Mentor Couple View More >

Fr. John Murray, C.Ss.R. - 717-733-9641

Mentor Couples offer insight to the married life for a new couple wishing to get married. It is a positive and personal experience offering soon to be married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It is a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It is a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other if they have not already with each other.

Music Ministry

Jill McGowan - 717-336-5578


Nursery Coordinator

Laura Kauffman - 717-575-8221


Prayer Group View More >

OMPH Prayer Group has a simple mission – to pray for our parishioners, their love ones, friends and families; anyone in need of prayer. We are available to come to your home to pray with the sick and bedridden. We pray for the people listed in the bulletin and all requests or petitions placed in the Prayer Box on the back of the church. We meet the second Saturday of each month after the 9:00AM Mass in the “Mary Chapel”

Parish Pastoral Council View More >

Joe Kadingo 717-336-6936 - Tammy Dissinger 717-738-3429

Parish Council meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month typically at 7:00pm in the Parish Library. Each pastoral council member is assigned their choice of ministries to represent so that all of our ministries in the parish have a chance to voice their concerns or upcoming events. Once a month the council member is to check in with their assigned ministry and bring those concerns or upcoming events to the meeting. In addition, we are to assist the pastor by being the eyes and ears of the parish community.

Parish Library

Diane Lerman - (717) 626-2623

Parish Office

Rose Timmereck, Parish Secretary - 717-733-9641 - perpetualhelp@dejazzd.com

Parent - Teacher Organization View More >

Kathleen Stoltzfus - 484-269-4530

The Goal and purpose of PTO is to:

  • To promote open communication among the parents, teachers, and administration.
  • To provide parents, students, and teachers with the information to aid in all aspects of education, growth, and development.
  • To promote good will and cooperation between and among parents, faculty,  administration, and the parishes of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. James.
  • To direct and coordinate parental support to Our Mother of Perpetual Help through assistance, social functions, and fundraisers.
  • To foster the political actions of parents as advocates regarding national, state, local legislation that affects Catholic schools as well as the lives of the students and parents

We meet typically 5-6 times a year typically the second Monday of the month. Click here for more information about upcoming events and meetings.


Respect Life View More >

Laura Kauffman - (717) 575-8221

To educate and empower the parish community by actively promoting life issues. Such as pro-life, nurturing life and welcoming life conceived in the womb supporting vulnerable life after the womb and promoting chastity and purity of the body. In addition, to learn to live life’s Gospel, through both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. If you wish to join us in our efforts most of our communication is via email. Please call the number above to be placed on our email list for upcoming events and meetings.

RCIA View More >

Linda Garbarino - 717-733-2676

This is a sacramental process of initiation of non-baptized adults or adults baptized in another religion wishing to join the Catholic Church. Through its process of discerning and ritualistic stages of conversion leading to sacramental initiation through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist celebrated at the Easter Vigil Mass. We meet every Monday night between 7:00pm – 8:30pm in the Parish Meeting Rooms, which is located in the glass corridor leading to the Church.

Religious Education View More >

Kelly Lawrence - 717-738-4517

Is comprised of an RE Team and over fifty plus volunteers and without both, this ministry would not thrive and continue to grow. These volunteers have the passion to teach our parish children by passing on their faith to over 250 children from Kindergarten – Eighth Grade. This ministry is also in charge of all sacramental preparation requirements and retreats. Leading the RE Team is Kelly Lawrence and assisting Michelle Conroy. The RE classes are regularly held across 3 sessions, 2 on Sundays and 1 on Monday. The times are as follows: Sunday Session A 4:00pm – 5:15pm, Session B 6:00pm – 7:15pm and Monday Session C 5:30pm – 6:45pm.


School View More >

Mrs. Patricia Foltz - 717-738-2414

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School offers in academically challenging and faithful Catholic education program for Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Saint James and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes. Early education is offered for 3 and 4 year old preschools along with kindergarten they can you go through eighth grade. The Redemptorist Fathers are presently within the school to interact and spiritually guide our children. The students celebrate Holy mass weekly and are able to have daily school-wide prayer. The latest technology can be found a classroom such as SMART boards iPads and fully equipped computer labs. The school is accredited by the Middle State Association and offers a low student to teacher ratio. Extracurricular activities such as choir, instrumental instructions, clubs and CYO sports are available. Affordable after school care is available and buses are provided by the local school district. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying family.

School Board

The Our Mother of Perpetual Help School Board of Education is committed to the Mission of OMPH School and serves the Pastor and Principal on behalf of the school community as the Parish Pastoral Council serves the Pastor on behalf of the parish community.  It is a consultative group of people who are committed to the school, Catholic education, and who are willing to work with the Pastor and Principal for both the good of the school and the parish. We meet typically 5-6 times a year on the second Tuesday of the Month. Click here for more information about upcoming events and meetings.

School Development Office

Jeanne McAleer — (717) 738-2414

We are grateful to the alumni, parents, friends, and businesses who support our efforts. Together we are working to secure the future financial security of our school.

We envision a future in which Catholic Education is an option for every child.  We envision a future in which Catholic schools remain affordable, in spite of rising expenses.  We envision a future in which we continue to be blessed by extraordinary faculty members who are dedicated to high standards of education in a Christian environment.  For generations to come, we envision a future in which Catholic schools are never threatened by financial uncertainties.  Shouldn’t tomorrow’s children be given the same opportunity to receive a Catholic education as preceding generations?

Fundraising and “development” are not synonymous, although, fundraising is a component of development. Activities are held throughout the year to raise money to be invested in an endowment fund for the future of our school and to raise money for tuition assistance.

  • Annual Appeal
  • Treasure Island Auction
  • Golf Tournament

School Development Office

Jeanne McAleer - 717-738-2414

St. Clement's Mission House

(Rectory) - 717-733-6596


Ushers View More >

Vince Mento - 610-420-2781

Ushers are comprised of Men, Women and Teens who meet and greet parishioners as they enter the church. It is important for ushers to warmly welcome familiar faces as well as visitors, so that all feel welcome. At the same time, ushers are tasked with seeing that worshipers enter into the sanctuary quietly and respectfully without disturbing silent prayer or causing a distraction. In addition, they help with the Offertory Presentation and select a family before Mass to make the Offertory presentation. The Offertory is the presentation of the bread and wine and the collection basket to the priest before Communion. If a family is not available to make the presentation, ushers are responsible for completing this task. Finally, they are to distribute the weekly bulletins or other papers to members of the congregation as they file out of the sanctuary and then re-enter the sanctuary to clean up the church, collecting any papers or objects left behind in the pews so that the church is ready for the next mass.


Yearlings View More >

Gloria Kreider - 717-738-9098

The Yearlings members are charitably-minded women that are dedicated and passionate about providing support for the community. Involvement in the Yearlings provides opportunity for personal growth while developing lasting personal relationships. They meet once a month please call Gloria for more details.

Youth Ministry View More >

Denise Ives - 717-989-8900

Youth Ministry holds weekly “youth group” meetings throughout the year, but we know that doesn’t fit into every teenager’s schedule. Our mission is to connect with every high school student and help them find their place in the parish. We host the annual Pet Blessing and Senior Mass. We’re involved in the youth choir. We go on retreats to Fan the Fire and, new this year, to Steubenville, Ohio. We watch movies like Lord of the Rings and Veggie Tales. And, if you’re looking for a different way to get involved, we listen.