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From our Parish Council

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

2017 Parish Survey Summary, April 2017


A total of 142 surveys were received.  70 respondents listed Our Lady of Fatima as their main worship location, 45 respondents listed St. James as their main worship location, and 27 indicated both worship locations.

The good news is that 80.5% of the responders rated our parish 8 or higher on a scale of 1 to 10.  However, the results were highly aligned by worship location with 95% of the Fatima responders giving this 8 or higher rating vs 49% from the responders from St. James, and 85% who attend both.


General observations:

  • Many St. James surveys reflected the pain and sacrifice that has been suffered to get us to this point as a merged parish.

  • Due to the strong, distinct histories of both churches, there is still a clear divide between the two worship locations that must be acknowledged.  This fact must be recognized in all phases of parish life including representation on parish councils, commissions and social groups.

  • The fact that 60% of the Fatima attendees travel from outside of the parish to attend Mass versus the local nature of the St. James attendees must be acknowledged in non-Sunday activities.  A dual strategy may be required.

  • There were many ideas for parish enrichment.  The challenge will be to find parishioners to lead and staff such activities.


High level summary of areas of Parish strength

  • A strong majority of our Parish love Father Paul, the people of our parish, the liturgy, and the music.

  • Other areas of parish strength include our diversity, the buildings, the improvements to both facilities, and the opportunities to serve in our parish.


High level summary of Parish opportunities

  • Faith Formation:  evening adult catechist and bible study, continued faith formations sessions, parish mission, spiritual reading group.

  • Social Activities:  after Mass coffee/donuts, family friendly events, youth group programs

  • Communication:  better communication of upcoming changes, more comprehensive announcements at Mass, use of social media such as Facebook, a Parish organization list and a parishioner directory.

  • Parish Growth:  outreach to former St. James members, new member orientation, parish booth at city festivals.

  • Liturgy:  Church choir, increased participation in Mass roles.

  • Parish Service:  more service opportunities, better service impact communication.


Parish Council next steps


  • We have reviewed the survey with the leads of the parish commissions and organizations.  They will be instrumental in helping the Parish Council review and implement many of the suggestions.

  • For each item listed in the high level summary above, the Parish Council will: 

      • Determine based on the need and effort required, whether it is a short (this year), mid (next year), or long-term goal to develop an overall strategy.

      • If appropriate, give the item to the appropriate commission or parish organization to facilitate and track their progress.

      • Otherwise, the Parish Council will name a lead and sponsor and track the effort.

NOTE:  If you have questions, concerns, or would like more information about the parish survey and/or its results

please contact Rich Faba, Chair of the Parish Council, by calling the parish office at 248.545.2310.






An Evening of Appreciation

for the Liturgical and Music Ministers

of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Monday, June 19, 2017

at 7:00 p.m.

in the Gathering Area at

Our Lady of Fatima Church


Father Paul and the Worship Commission invite all of the Liturgical and Music Ministers for the Parish to an evening of appreciation. We look forward to the time together to thank all of our ministers and to share in some well-deserved hospitality. Please plan to attend.

So we may plan accordingly, please RSVP by completing the information form found in the bulletin or by clicking here, placing it in an envelope marked Liturgical and Musical Ministers Appreciation event, and dropping the envelope into the collection basket at Mass by Sunday, June 11, 2017.













May 13 – October 13

1917 – 2017

Rosary for Unity

 Our Lady of Fatima with Children

One hundred years ago, our Blessed Mother appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal on the 13th of the months from May to October, asking them to pray the rosary for peace and unity in our world.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish will be celebrating this centennial by joining many throughout the world in praying the rosary together, always on the 13th of the month.


Our schedule will be:


Tuesday, June 13: 7:00 pm at St. James

Thursday, July 13:  7:00 pm at Our Lady of Fatima

Sunday, August 13:  After 11:00 am Mass at St. James

Wednesday, Sept. 13:  7:00 pm at Our Lady of Fatima

Friday, Oct. 13:  7:00 pm at St. James


A variety of groups from our parish will alternate leading the rosary in each of the months.  Please join us to pray for unity in our world, in our nation, in our parish and in our homes.





Over 50?  Looking for something new? 


Join the 50+ Club at their meetings on the first and third Thursday of every month in the Gathering Area at Our Lady of Fatima.  The meetings are always lively.  Come to the meeting and find out about all the great events they have throughout the year.   





Save the Date

The Men's Organization Invites Everyone to Attend


Steak Night

Saturday, June 17, Bradley Hall.

Doors open at 5:30PM and tickets must be purchased ahead.

Tickets $15 and last day for tickets is June 15.

10-12 oz. New York Strips, Baked potato, Salad, Dessert, Beverage - coffee, tea, soda

This event is GYOS - Grill Your Own Steak

*beer and wine available for additional donation







We encourage you to call the parish office, at 248.545.2310, to let us know of a change in your address or phone number(s) so that we might correctly update our records. You may also send an email with this information to:  fatimaofficeolofsj@gmail.com

Thank you for your assistance.





The Monday Morning Prayer Group meets at 10:30 AM in the Gathering Area at Our Lady of Fatima Church.






If you or a loved one is homebound, in the hospital or a nursing home and would like to receive Holy Communion, please call the parish office at 248-545-2310.  A parish member would be happy to visit you.











Regarding Availability of the Bulletin on our Website


As some of you are aware the current bulletin and the past nine issues are normally available on our website.  What you may not realize is that it is not the parish that places this information on our website. Our bulletin publisher and website host LPI are responsible for this information being placed on the   website.  Recently, there have been technical difficulties on LPI’s end related to this matter.  This does happen  occasionally, as no one is perfect.  We were not the only parish affected by this problem.  There were also technical issues last Ash Wednesday where our website, as well as the websites of many parishes, was not available at all.  Again, our host LPI worked quickly to rectify the problem.  While we had no control over these issues we do apologize for any distress or  hardship this may have caused.  LPI also apologizes for any inconvenience.  Before it is suggested that we change our  publisher and website host please know that these problems are the exception to the excellent service which LPI provides to our parish and numerous parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit.




Bulletin Article Deadline:

The deadline to submit articles and information for the Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMOPH) News is normally NOON on Fridays. You may submit information via email at olofsjbulletin@gmail.com  or use the on-line form on the parish forms page of this website.  There may be times when an early deadline is required.  Notices with early deadlines will appear in the Our Mother of Perpetual Help News and on this website 





Our Councils and Commissions


The Parish Council encourages and enables the sharing of gifts and resources so that we will be able to hear and proclaim the Gospel, worship and reach out to the community in service.  It is a means and an avenue of coordinating our mission in the areas of education, service, stewardship and worship.


The Parish Council is a consultative body to the Pastor and the coordinating and unifying structure of the parish.  Its mission is to give a voice of support, guidance and direction to the various aspects of parish life.


The members of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Council: 


Bill Brown, Vice Chairperson

Rich Faba, Chairperson

Nishanthi (Nisha) Jayasundera

Lauri Palmer, Secretary

Maripat Ruttan

Nick Sharkey

You may contact any of our parish council members by calling the parish office, at 248.545.2310, and leave a message.  Our staff will ensure that the message gets to the council member.  You may also visit the home page on this website and connect with any of our parish council members via email.



Our Finance Council supports the good governance of the parish and helps there be accountability to the diocese and to the parishioners by assisting the Pastor in the proper administration and stewardship of the finances and material assets of the parish as well as strategic planning.


Members of our Finance Council are:


Lori Brown

Kathy Faba, Secretary

Tom Kirkwood

Mark Wonsil, Vice Chairperson

Chuck White, Chairperson

Jim Podzikowski, Emeritus

Fr. Paul Chateau, ex-officio

Vicki Mazurek, ex officio



Our Worship Commission envisions, coordinates and evaluates the worship, liturgical, and prayer life of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish.  Included in its responsibilities are: inviting and training liturgical ministers, preparing liturgical and prayer celebrations, decorating our worship environments for the different liturgical seasons throughout the year, and supporting ecumenism in the area.


Worship Commission Members:


Kathleen Caprio, Chair 

Tom Jaksa

Patrice Leland 

Dorothy McLaren       

Leonard Piasta

Barbara Urbiel


The Christian Service Commission promotes programs which strive to address human needs within our parish and in the broader community. 


Christian Service Commission Members:


Kevin Allison

Mary Lewis

Christine Jerulle

Mary Kovari, Chair

Janet Sink

Lisa Stevens


Faith Formation Commission members are:

Janice Sharkey, Chair

Michelle Ciokajlo

Jessica Lafata

Veronica Riha

Sharon Wallace

Natalie LaCroix, Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation


Members of our parish serve on our councils and commissions for terms of either 1, 2, or 3 years. 

Have a question or want to reach a member of the parish council, finance council, Christian service commission, faith formation commission, or worship commission?

It’s very simple…Just call our parish  office at 248.545.2310.  Our staff will be happy to take a message and get your message to the council or commission member.






Your Health Is Important to Us!!!  


29 million people in the United States have Diabetes


and about 70 million American adults have High Blood Pressure.


Find out what your numbers are.


Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure checks are available, in the Gathering Area at Our Lady of Fatima Church, following the 9:00 am Liturgy on the 4th Sunday of every month.  Blood pressure checks are available in the back of the church at St. James the first weekend of the month after the liturgies.







ATTN:  Leaders of Parish Organizations - Important Reminder

If your recognized parish organization has an event you would like placed on the parish calendar (so that it appears on the website and the calendar of events in the bulletin) you must complete an event form. 

Forms may be obtained at the parish office and must be returned to the parish office at Our Lady of Fatima Church or submitted via email to olofsjbulletin@gmail.com. 

Please avoid scheduling conflicts. 

There should not be more than one event scheduled at the same time.

No events should be scheduled on Holy Days of Obligation or during Holy Week.

PLEASE NOTE:  Your event is NOT scheduled until you receive a confirmation.


On-Line Parish Forms


Did you know that you can submit an article for the Our Mother of Perpetual Help News or request a Mass Intention through the on-line parish forms.  Go to the "Information regarding on-line parish forms" and make sure to read the information regarding submitting the forms.  Then go to the subpage to find the forms, complete and submit.  Additional forms will be added soon.






After each weekend liturgy there is a volunteer at the Welcome Desk at both sites of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish.  

When visiting the welcome desk you can:

Schedule a Mass Intention

Put someone on or remove someone

from the sick or military prayer list

Register as a new parishioner

Request a visit for someone who is ill

or someone who would like to have a communion visit

A big thank you to all of the volunteers, our fellow parishioners,

who dedicate their time to serve in this important ministry.



About our Mass Schedule


Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish

has a 9:00 am Mass on

 Monday at Our Lady of Fatima Church

Tuesday at St. James Church

Wednesday at Our Lady of Fatima Church

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 is celebrated)

 Friday at Our Lady of Fatima Church 

 and 3 Masses on the weekend

Saturday, 4:30 PM - St. James Church

Sunday, 9:00 AM - Our Lady of Fatima Church 

Sunday, 11:00 AM - St. James Church