Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
Bethlehem, PA

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On May 21, 1963, the Most Reverend Joseph McShea, founding bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, formally established the Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help as the first new parish the the new Diocese of Allentown. At the time of its establishment the parish consisted of 450 families. Father Harry Hynes was chosen by the bishop as the first pastor. At present there are approximately 2000 families in the parish.

In July of 1963, Father Hynes presented his ideas for a U-shaped, one story colonial style building consisting of a church, school, and hall. A separate building was planned for the Sisters' Convent. Permission to build was granted on August 1, 1963.

The school opened in September of 1964 with the first four grades having an enrollment of 135 students. School was temporarily held in four of the classrooms of Notre Dame High School. We were able to move into our new school on March 1, 1965. The Sisters of St. Joseph came to staff the parish school.  When the St. Joseph sisters left the parish in 1985, Father Conte, the second pastor, enlisted the services of the Dominican Daughters of the Immaculate Mother to take their place. The Dominican Sisters left the parish in August of 1988.

The school is presently staffed by lay teachers who continue the fine tradition of Catholic education in our parish. Our faculty consists of 1 administrator, 12 full-time teachers, 4 part-time teachers, 5 teacher aides, 1 librarian, 1 full-time and 1 part-time secretary, and 2 hot lunch coordinators. Our teachers are fully certified professional educators who have specific qualifications for the instructional duties they are performing with our students. Enrollment is now approximately 300 students in grades K-8.

School  = 3221 Santee Road  Bethlehem, PA 18020 = Phone: 610.868.6570 = Fax: 610.868.7941 = Email: moserd@olphbeth.org