Welcome to Our Parish

We are Our Mother

of Perpetual Help Parish

On January 1, 2014, Our Lady of Fatima, which was founded in 1950, and St. James, which was founded in 1919, became Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish. Both churches have a rich and wonderful history.  However, as 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.  

Photo is of our Pastor - Fr. Paul during his homily at the first Mass as Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish which was held on January 1, 2014 - The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God.




From Fr. Paul...


On Wednesday, February 28th we had a morning of reflection staff retreat.  We had time for prayer, reflection, and some private time.  I recalled that on March 1, 1972, forty six year ago at 31 years old, I came to Our Lady of Fatima.  A lot has changed, some for better, some not so good.  But as I approach my 79th year, I find myself more reflective and very grateful.


Two things really struck me that week.  On Monday (Feb. 26) and Wednesday (Feb. 28) the Gospels really grabbed my attention.  On that Monday, in Luke’s gospel, Jesus calls his disciples to “Be merciful, non-judgmental. Don’t condemn and forgive.” On that Wednesday, in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus projects that greatness is measured by service and outreach.  Now I probably have read and been exposed to these scriptures as much as most of you but somehow the challenge has really grabbed my attention and tied into our Lenten theme—Come Back To Me.  What a life  changing call for forgiveness and humble service. 


Since 2012 Our Lady of Fatima and St. James have been connected.  Together we have become Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  I am really proud of our parish and its  accomplishments.  The beautiful carefully planned liturgies and music, the friendliness, warmth and openness of our people, the generous giving spirit are a special source of strength.


As a parishioner of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, I feel privileged and grateful that our paths have crossed and that we continue to evolve and grow together.  I thank God that I have been touched by so many wonderful committed  people.  By your love and compassion, you have made God’s love alive for me.  For this I say Thank You.  You are a blessing.  It is truly a joy for me to continue to walk with you as we try in community to build the Kingdom of God. 


From Archbishop Vigneron

March 2018

My Dear Friends in Christ,

On December 14, 2017, we launched the Catholic Schools Strategic Planning Process. This initiative calls on

each of our Archdiocesan schools to engage in a process that will set a clear vision for their school going forward,

re-envisioning the way in which we currently operate our schools and to consider bold ideas to strengthen Catholic education in the Archdiocese overall.

This planning process first requires a deep reflection and discernment around Unleash the Gospel, and then sound evaluation and analysis of available data, around enrollment, demographics, census information, test scores, etc.

Additionally, each school has already conducted a survey of their constituent groups, comprised of faculty/staff, students, parents and community members. The data collected will provide important results which will ultimately be incorporated and become the foundation for their current strategic planning process.

As you may be aware, in my pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, I emphasized the overall importance of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, “I confirm, in light of what I heard the Holy Spirit say to our local Church through Synod 16, that Catholic schools are an apostolate that is the responsibility of all parishes and all Christ’s faithful.

This conviction needs to be a foundational principle for the renewal of this ministry.” It is with this in mind that we hope to hear from all of you, in order to gain valuable insights from the faithful who belong to parishes without schools. It is vitally important to be aware of how you, the faithful, regard our Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

An email link to the survey is being sent to all parish households that we have on record. Paper surveys will not be distributed. We will also be encouraging parishes without schools to post the link on their website to encourage the widest possible range of participation. The survey can be accessed from Monday, March 12, 2018, through Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Participation is entirely voluntary, and the information provided will be anonymous. In completing this survey, I hope you realize that your responses will contribute in helping our schools better understand the challenges and needs of our faithful regarding our Catholic schools.

Asking God’s blessings upon you, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit


You may access the survey by clicking here:


Lent 2018

From Our Worship Commission...

Lent 2018 at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish

Join Us On Our Lenten Journey—“Come Back To Me” 

Wednesday Evening Prayer

7:00 pm

March 21 and 28

at Our Lady of Fatima Church


Friday Evening Stations of the Cross—7:00 pm

March 9, and 16

Dramatic Stations Mar. 23

at St. James Church


Lent Penance Service

Monday, March 26 at 7:00 pm

at Our Lady of Fatima Church




As Lent approaches, we are reminded that this season offers us a new beginning. Pope Francis describes Lent as a “journey of spiritual renewal in the footsteps of Christ.” During this season, we are called to turn our hearts and minds back to God, to return to the Lord who offers us the gift of his merciful love. We are invited to deepen our spiritual life and re-examine the state of our souls. Lent is known as a season of conversion. But what does conversion mean and how can it be a   lifelong journey?

Jesus began his public ministry with the words, “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). His first words were a call to conversion. For Jesus, we are all in need of repentance. We all need to recognize our failings and need to place our trust in God’s merciful love.

Conversion means changing the direction of your life and turning around to walk along the path of Christ. It is first and foremost a  conversion of heart. God first touches our hearts and reveals to us his immense love. He invites us to recognize his faithfulness and our need for his forgiveness and mercy. It consists of turning away from those things that keep us from him and towards his loving embrace. It is an ongoing process. We need to continually open our hearts to receive God and allow him to transform us day by day.

Our worship environment will include the use of purple fabric (purple is the liturgical color of the Lenten season), lower lighting, bare branches, rocks and sand.  During the Penitential Rite we will pour sand into a vessel signifying and symbolizing our emptying ourselves of the things that keep us from hearing and responding to God’s calling us to “Come back to me”.

We need to open our hearts and minds and view the challenges each day brings as daily opportunities to follow Christ. Lent offers us the opportunity to reflect on the mysteries of our faith, to focus on penance, prayer, almsgiving and conversion. Perhaps, during these 40 days, we can spend time in prayer and Scripture.  If your schedule permits attend a weekday 9:00 am Mass.  We hope everyone can attend the Wednesday Evening Lenten Prayer Series or Friday Evening Stations of the Cross.

We can speak to God in silence and open our hearts to listen to him say, “Come back to me”. During this  season more than ever we are all called to recognize the different ways we have turned away from God and try to return to him with all our hearts. Let us all prepare ourselves this Lenten season to encounter the Risen Lord on Easter Sunday by opening our hearts to God’s transformative power and receiving him with a humble and open heart.









Quote for the Week

“So let us go forwards in this Lent, with these two things.  In trials, remember the glory of Jesus, which is what awaits us, that Jesus is always present with the glory which gives us strength.  And through all of life, listen to Jesus, to what Jesus tells us, in the Gospel, in the liturgy or in the heart, he always speaks to us.”




Pope Francis


For This Lenten Week

3rd Sunday of Lent: Lord, you have the message of eternal life

Mon:   Notice signs of new life around you and give thanks

Tues:   Give to those who are in need

Wed:   Pray for those who feel unloved

Thurs: Fast from what does not bring life

Fri:      Pray for the gift of trust in God

Sat:      Cherish the unexpected moments of wonder

Mass Times

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

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

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

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.


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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.


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Parish Office is located at Our Lady of Fatima Church

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish

13500 Oak Park Blvd.

Oak Park, Michigan  48237

Directions to Our Lady of Fatima Church

Directions to St. James Church

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You may contact the Parish Office via email under the staff directory or by going to the contact page and go to the drop down menu.  


Office Hours

Office Hours at Our Lady of Fatima are
Monday through Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
PHONE: 248-545-2310
FAX: 248-545-2312

Office Hours at St. James are Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
PHONE: 248-542-8835
FAX: 248-542-0267

PARISH EMAIL: fatimaofficeolofsj@gmail.com

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

Prayers for Peace for Peace in Our Communities

For an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, deadly weapons, or cold indifference. May our homes, our nation, and countries around the world become havens of peace, let us pray to the Lord.

For the grace to see every human being as a child of God, regardless of race, language or culture, let us pray to the Lord.

For the wisdom to receive the stories and experiences of those different from ourselves and to respond with respect, let us pray to the Lord.

For the strength to teach our children how to resolve differences non-violently and respectfully, and the courage to model it in our own behavior, let us pray to the Lord.

For our faith community, that we may celebrate and welcome the diverse faces of Christ in our worship, our ministries, and our leaders, let us pray to the Lord.

For our faith community, that we may respond boldly to the Holy Spirit's call to act together to end violence and racism, let us pray to the Lord.

For healing and justice for all those who have experienced violence and racism, let us pray to the Lord.

For the protection of all police and first responders who risk their lives daily to ensure our safety; for fair and just policing that will promote peace and well-being in all our neighborhoods, let us pray to the Lord.

For our public officials, that they will strive to work for fair education, adequate housing, and equal opportunities for employment for all, let us pray to the Lord.

For our parish, that we may cultivate welcome, extend hospitality, and encourage the participation of people of all cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds, let us pray to the Lord.

For the courage to have difficult conversations about racism, and for a better appreciation of how our words and actions – or even our silence – can impact our communities, let us pray to the Lord.

For solidarity in our global human family, that we may work together to protect those who are most vulnerable and most in need, let us pray to the Lord.

Archbishop Vigneron's Pastoral Letter June 2017

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