Parish: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Address: 210 South Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, NY 11757-4989
Sunday Mass schedule: Saturday: 5 p.m., Sunday: 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; 12:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. (Polish)
Daily Mass schedule: Mon-Fri: 6:30 and 8 a.m., noon and 7 p.m., Sat: 8 and 9 a.m.
Registered families: 6,000
Pastor: Father Anthony M. Trapani
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lindenhurst dates back to 1871, when the South Shore community, home to many German immigrants, was called Breslau. The first church building was dedicated on August 15, 1871, on Bismarck Avenue, which is now South 8th Street. When that building was declared unsafe 30 years later, a new church that could seat 300 people was built on Wellwood Avenue. It served as the parish’s home until it was demolished in 1959 to make way for the current church, which seats 1,000.
The Dominican Sisters of Amityville conducted religious education classes and, in 1912, staffed the first parish school. Nearing its 100th anniversary, the school is currently able to maintain a balanced budget, due to the support of a “good school board and parents’ association,” according to pastor, Father Anthony Trapani.
Father Trapani said that people in this parish “step up and love what they do.” The parish mission statement reads in part, “we ... accept as our mission the evangelization of our parishioners both active and inactive. We accept the call to bring all to a personal, Covenant relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior ... and to promote the spiritual health and growth of everyone in our parish community.” The parish is currently focusing on its mission by asking every organization to submit a reflection on how it helps to fulfill that statement.
Members of the Legion of Mary have been going door to door in the neighborhood, introducing themselves and telling people about the parish. “They have had success and are enthusiastic when they see the fruits of their labor,” Father Trapani said.
Traditional parish groups like the Legion of Mary, the Holy Name Society and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers continue to serve a much needed role in the community, while Life Teen and Edge (for middle schoolers) reach out to the next generation.
A Spanish charismatic prayer group meets weekly, with a monthly Mass in Spanish. Polish-speaking priests from around the diocese celebrate Mass Sunday evening at the church. For the past two years, the parish has hosted the diocesan Haitian community’s celebration of their patroness, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Last year, the parish conducted a million dollar campaign for building renovations and repairs. New engraved glass doors were recently installed. Painting, including stenciled frames to accentuate the Stations of the Cross, is ongoing.