Welcome to

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish

At Our Mother of Perpetual Help we are dedicated to moving forward into our future with compassion, generosity and an openness of spirit.  We believe that the nurturing of the community around the Eucharistic Table is extended through gatherings which further strengthen and support us.  We foster this faithfully through the power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts and talents of our members.  We continue to walk our journey together with the Lord, our future secure in the knowledge that we have common goals in God's ever-present love. Father Paul Chateau is our Pastor and leads our parish. 

All are Welcome, All Are Welcome, All Are Welcome in This Place

Have you been away for awhile? Are you new or visiting?

We extend a warm welcome to you, want you to know that you are welcome here and hope you will come back. Our volunteers who serve at our Welcome Desk, located in our Gathering Area, are available after each Mass on the weekends to answer questions you might have. Our hope is that you will find a home in our community of faith.  Registering to become a member is easy.  Stop by our Welcome Desks, visit the become a member page on this website, or call the parish office at 248.545.2310.

Join Us at Mass

WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE


Saturday, 4:30 PM - St. James
Sunday, 9:00 AM - Our Lady of Fatima Church
Sunday, 11:00 AM - St. James Church

 

MONDAY through FRIDAY MASS - 9:00 AM

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at Our Lady of Fatima Church
Tuesday and Thursday* at St. James Church

* Call the parish office at 248.545.2310 to ascertain where the 1st Thursday of the Month 7:00 PM Mass will be celebrated

 

Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God - Holy Day of Obligation

Monday, December 31

[no 9:00 am Mass]

4:30 pm Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Fatima

Tuesday, January 1

[no 9:00 am Mass]

10:00 am Mass at St. James

Prayer for the New Year

Dear God,

Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you've allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every single day.

We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that you would help us release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within our hearts.

We ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you.

We pray that you’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.

We pray for your protection over our families and friends. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in your hands. We pray that you would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways.

We ask that you would keep our footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping us to be consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call us away from a close walk with you.

Forgive us for the times we have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting our need for you, living independent of your spirit. Forgive us for letting fear and worry control our minds, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over our lives. Forgive us for not following your ways and for living distant from your presence.

We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you make all things new, in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives, for this coming year. We pray for your refreshing over us.

Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, as you remind us we are safe with you and your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.

We ask that you would provide for our needs, we ask for your grace and favor. We pray for your blessings to cover us, we pray that you would help us to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in our heart to succeed. We pray that others would take notice of your goodness and could not help but to say, “These are the ones that the Lord has blessed.”

Help us to be known as great givers, help us to be generous and kind, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own.

May we be lovers of truth, may the fruits of your spirit be evident in our lives - your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 

 

 

Fr. Chateau's Christmas Letter

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  Waiting for Christmas is a special joy.  This Advent we have been called and challenged to make room for Emmanuel.  I hope that you have succeeded in making room in your hearts, minds and lives for the Lord. 

“Today a light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us; and he will be called Wondrous God, Prince of Peace, and Father of future ages: and his reign will be without end.”  (Is. 9:1, 5 and Lk. 1:33)   With these words the Liturgy announces the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.   It is truly a joyous day in which we join Christians all over the world in welcoming into our hearts the King and Ruler of all creation born of the Blessed Mother.   I hope this Christmas finds you and your family in good health and happy.  As we celebrate the birth of Christ this Christmas, let joy be born in our hearts not just this Christmas day but every day.   Hopefully our world, that can seem so lost in darkness, will experience the light of Christ in the light of our joy.

During this season we welcome family and friends. We welcome strangers and travelers in our midst who may join us to celebrate the Eucharist. Offer welcome, a smile, and gracious hospitality.

If you are returning to Church today from a long absence, or even a short one, let the Joy of this celebration fill you and know you are welcome at Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  Know that all are welcome in this place.

It has been almost 7 years since I received my assignment to be pastor of the Our Lady of Fatima and St. James Cluster.  On January 1 we will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish.  The road has not been easy as we try to find our way together.  Some people are not happy, others have moved on.  My wish is that we put aside our own agendas and come together as One Community of Faith.  There is no Our Lady of Fatima.  There is no St. James.  There is Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish.  I am happy to walk with you.  I am grateful for your prayers and support.

May God bless you this Christmas.  May your hearts be filled with the Joy of Christ’s birth and may you be missionaries of that joy.

 

Christ’s Joyful Peace & Love, Fr. Paul Chateau

Upcoming Events at Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Monday, January 7

10:30 am              Monday Morning Prayer Group (WC)             OLOF GA

7:00 pm                Society of St. Vincent de Paul Mtg (SVdP)       OLOF GA

Wednesday, January 9

7:00 pm                Men’s Organization Meeting (MO)                      OLOF BH

Thursday, January 10

6:30 pm                Women’s Society Meeting (WS)                    OLOF GA

Monday, January 14

10:30 am              Monday Morning Prayer Group (WC)             OLOF GA

Wednesday, January 16

6,6:30, 7pm Life Matters, Parish Nurse, Christian Service Commission Meeting (CSC)  SJC

Thursday, January 17

11:00 am 50+ Club Meeting (50+ Club) OLOF GA

Saturday, January 19

4:30 pm Visitors from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at Mass followed by potluck supper (CSC)       OLOF

Monday, January 21

10:30 am Monday Morning Prayer Group (WC) OLOF GA

Tuesday, January 22

7:00 pm Finance Council Meeting (FC) OLOF GA

Thursday, January 24

7:00 pm Race & Immigration (CSC) OLOF GA

Staff

Office Hours

Office Hours at Our Lady of Fatima are
Monday through Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Office Hours at St. James are Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

PARISH PHONE: 248-545-2310
PARISH FAX: 248-545-2312
PARISH EMAIL: fatimaofficeolofsj@gmail.com

If there is an emergency, when the office is closed, please contact the parish office at 248.545.2310.

Parish Office

The Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Office is located at

Our Lady of Fatima

13500 Oak Park Blvd. (on the northeast corner of Oak Park Blvd. and Coolidge Hwy.)

Oak Park, Michigan  48237

Publications


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Our Mission Statement

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish is a welcoming and nurturing Catholic community building up the Body of Christ through prayer and service.

Our Vision Statement

Our vision is to be an extraordinary spiritual gathering place where people of all backgrounds and ages are welcome to question and learn, pray, worship, and serve.  In community through prayer and worship we hope to continue to grow together in our understanding and appreciation of God’s love.  We strive to change and improve our lives and the lives of others.

Directions to Our Lady of Fatima Church

Directions to St. James Church

Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Our Mother of Perpetual Help, 

Today we face so many difficulties. You remind us to reach out and help those in need. Help us understand that our lives belong to others as much as they belong to us. Mary, Model of Christian love, we know we cannot heal every ill or solve every problem. But with God's grace, we intend to do what we can. May we be true witnesses to the world that love for one another really matters. May our daily actions proclaim how fully our lives are modeled after yours, Mother of Perpetual Help. Amen.

Thank you for your generosity

Click here to donate online

If you have any questions or concerns about online giving please contact Mark Wonsil, our Finance Council Vice chairperson, at  mark.wonsil@gmail.com Nisha Jayasundera, our Finance Council chairperson, at nishaomoph@gmail.com

Spotlight on Saints and Observances for the Week

Saint Raymond Of Peñafort

January 7. Saint Raymond of Peñafort was a lawyer who used his talents to both compile legislation for easy access and to write legal treatises on penance for the use of confessors. He was named the Archbishop of Tarragona, but resigned due to sickness within two years. He lived to be 100.

Saint Angela Of Foligno

January 8. Saint Angela of Foligno was a wife and mother who had little interest in the spiritual life until about the age 40. After her husband and children died, Saint Angela entered the Secular Franciscans living a life of prayer and service. Others were attracted to her way of life and they formed a religious community.

Saint Adrian Of Canterbury

January 9. An African by birth, Saint Adrian was assigned by the Pope as Archbishop of Canterbury. Feeling unworthy, he declined the position, but the Pope sent him to Canterbury anyway where he became an abbot and teacher.

Saint Gregory Of Nyssa

January 10. Saint Gregory of Nyssa, the brother of Saint Basil and the son of Saints Basil and Emmilia, was a married man when he began studying for the priesthood. He became Bishop of Nyssa and fought Arianism and was a prominent figure at the Council of Constantinople. He became a great writer and defender of orthodoxy.

 
 For more information visit https://www.franciscanmedia.org/source/saint-of-the-day

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In The Words of Pope Francis

“...be like the Magi, who, continued to look  upward at the sky, took risks and set out bearing gifts for Christ.  If we want to find Jesus, we have to overcome our fear of taking risks, our  self-satisfaction and our indolent refusal to ask anything more of life...We need to take risks simply to meet a Child.”

 

From Pope Francis

Reporting Clergy Sexual Abuse

The Archdiocese of Detroit encourages individuals to report clergy sexual abuse of minors and others – no matter when the abuse occurred. Individuals may contact local law enforcement authorities and/or they may report to the Archdiocese of Detroit by calling the Victim Assistance Coordinator at (866) 343-8055 or by emailing vac@aod.org.

In addition, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office can be contacted at its toll-free reporting hotline at (844) 324-3374 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by email at aginvestigations@michigan.gov.
 
More information about the Archdiocese’s efforts to address abuse may be found at protect.aod.org.