Welcome to Our 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.




May He Rest In Peace

Father Robert Wurm, former pastor of St. James Church, passed on from this life on July 25, 2016 at the age of 82.

Father Wurm was born on April 28, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 4, 1960.

Father Wurm served as pastor of St. James Parish, Ferndale and St. Stephen Parish, Port Huron. He also served as associate pastor of St. Linus Parish, Dearborn Heights; Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish, Detroit; Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Harper Woods; St. Hilary Parish, Redford; St. Bartholomew Parish, Detroit; and St. Pius X Parish, Southgate.

Visitation will take place at the St. James Church Worship Location of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, 241 Pearson Street, Ferndale, on Thursday, July 28 from 2 - 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Father Wurm will lie in repose on Friday, July 29 at St. James Church from 10 a.m. until the celebration of his funeral Mass at 11 a.m.

Father Wurm was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Eugenia Wurm, and his brothers, Henry and James. He is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Wurm and Mary Bissa. Condolences may be sent to Mary Bissa, c/o Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, 13500 Oak Park Boulevard, Oak Park, Michigan, 48237.

WE pray for all those affected by violence

From Fr. Paul

As I reflect on my fifty years as a priest, I acknowledge the many who have shaped, graced, and influenced my life.  I am grateful, thankful and humbled by the blessings of many opportunities shared with me and the support, love and affection given to me.

Fr. Leo Trese, in the 1950’s, wrote many spiritual books about priests and the priesthood.  During my seminary days they were very prominent.  One title that has made a big impression on me was “Earthen Vessels”.  It just reminds me of how much we are like clay vessels – fragile, easily broken or chipped.  I’m personally reminded of so many of my poor judgments, mistakes, embarrassing presumptions, and insensitivities.

But as I review these last fifty years as a priest, while well aware of many shortcomings, I take to heart some of St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians which directs and energizes me.  “I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become worthy.  I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won.  Of course, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead.  So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above.”

Over the years our parish has faced a lot of important decisions and some very tough decisions.  We have has some great mentors and guides in trying to steer the right course for our parish.  I feel profoundly grateful for the support, guidance, and trust accorded to myself and our community.  First and foremost I am deeply grateful to be a member of this community.  I will always carry this parish in my heart with gratitude for all your support, your trust, your guidance and most profoundly for your friendship.


                                                      Fr. Paul

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.

Mass Times

Saturday, 4:30 PM - St. James 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

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, Wednesday, and 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.

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