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Precautionary Measures to Prevent the Spread of Flu
At present, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified Michigan as having “widespread” cases of Seasonal Influenza – or simply “flu.” Certainly, any such health matter is to be taken seriously. We encourage all Catholics to keep in prayer those who are impacted, and those in the health care community who are working hard to provide their important services.
According to medical experts, flu viruses are ordinarily transmitted from person to person through bodily fluids by physical contact, including contact with inanimate objects or by inhalation – and, accordingly, the flu virus is more active in larger gatherings of people. In the interest of Christian charity, we are reminding you to take special care at Mass this flu season. Likewise, we urge all persons to consider the following when it comes to gathering for worship:
Err on the side of caution if you or your child might have the flu, even if it means not attending Mass. Missing Mass due to illness is not sinful; it’s prudent and shows a respect for your brothers and sisters.
During Mass, at the sign of peace, you may choose to simply say “Peace be with you,” without offering a handshake or an embrace.
During Communion, you may elect to receive the Blessed Sacrament in the consecrated host and not receive the Precious Blood from the chalice.
Take care to practice common sense and courtesy should you need to cough or sneeze. Cover your mouth and nose; wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; and refrain from shaking hands and sharing a common cup.
Bread and Wine Ministers please be sure to use a hand sanitizer before distributing communion.
Thank you for your attention to these important matters, and for all you do going forward to help protect the health of those with whom you worship.
About our Regular 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 - Our Lady of Fatima Church
Sunday, 9:00 AM - Our Lady of Fatima Church
Sunday, 11:00 AM - St. James Church
LOOKING FOR MORE PRAYER IN YOUR LIFE?
Our Worship Commission invites you to join the
MONDAY MORNING PRAYER GROUP
The Monday Morning Prayer Group meets on most Mondays at 10:30 AM in the Gathering Area at Our Lady of Fatima Church.
From Our Worship Commission...
Lent 2018 at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish
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.
Join Us On Our Lenten Journey—“Come Back To Me”
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend
Wednesday Evening Prayer
February 21 and 28
March 7, 21 and 28
at Our Lady of Fatima Church
Friday Evening Stations
of the Cross—7:00 pm
Feb. 16, 23; Mar. 2, 9, and 16
Dramatic Stations Mar. 23
at St. James Church
Feb.1, 2018, Pontiac, Mich. – The Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) continues to strongly urge residents to get vaccinated against flu as cases reach the highest level in nearly a decade. As of Jan. 18, Oakland County has had more than 1705 confirmed flu cases since Oct. 1, 2017.
“I strongly urge everyone who is able to get a flu shot to protect themselves and those around them,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for OCHD. “Getting an annual flu shot decreases the risk of getting the flu. It also helps decrease severity of the illness, complications, and protects the entire community, especially those who are unable to get a flu shot.”
The Health Division recommends everyone over the age of six months receive an influenza vaccination and take preventive actions, such as washing your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Vulnerable individuals are at greater risk of getting the flu, which can be a life-threatening illness. Those who are at a higher risk of flu complications are:
Children younger than 5 years old
Those with chronic medical conditions
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect that pediatric flu deaths could reach a record high this year across the country,” said Stafford. “Young children are especially at risk for the flu. If your child develops a fever, respiratory symptoms, or is less responsive than normal, contact your child’s doctor immediately.”
Those who live, work, or interact with higher-risk populations are recommended to get the flu vaccine to protect those who are more at risk. This year’s vaccine protects against Type A H1N1, H3N2, and two Type B strains which are most likely to occur this season.
The flu virus can spread to others as far as six feet away, mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Less often, a person may also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own eyes, nose, or mouth.
The flu usually occurs suddenly and can cause mild to severe illness and sometimes lead to death. Symptoms of the flu include:
Fever or chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
Flu shots are available at Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield on Mondays, Noon – 8 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pre-payment and registration are not available at these walk-in clinics. Flu shots may also be available through your physician and at select pharmacies.
Flu shots cost $25. The high-dose flu shot recommended for those 65 years and older is $47 and is covered by Medicare. Payment options include cash, credit (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), Medicare, Medicaid, and some insurance. Credit card fees apply. Please bring picture identification and all insurance cards to the clinic. OCHD participates in the Vaccines for Children Program. No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay; there is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available.
For up-to-date information, visit www.oakgov.com/health; follow the Health Division on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @publichealthOC; or call the Health Division’s Flu Shot Hotline at 800-434-3358. Nurse on Call is also available to answer questions at 800-848-5533.
Over 50? Looking for something new?
50+ CLUB MEETING
Thursday, February 15
at 11:00 am
in the Gathering Area at Our Lady of Fatima
VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION
All seniors are welcome at our Valentine's Day party.
This is an opportunity to enjoy some social time with fellow parishioners and perhaps make new friends.
We have a few surprises planned as well!
Get into the spirit
and wear something red.
Light snacks will be served.
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.
News From our Finance Council
Online Giving Coming to
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish
The Finance Council is pleased to announce that in the next few weeks, you will be able to submit your offertory contributions, if you choose to do so, to Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish online.
What does this mean for you and our Parish?
¨ There is no extra charge for giving electronically
¨ It is environmentally friendly! No more paper envelopes, checks, or ATM receipts
¨ There is less cash for the counting teams and office to handle and easier bank deposits.
¨ You can still donate to special collections (Emergency Relief, Missions, Religious Retirement, etc.)
¨ The site is administered by the same company that currently tracks your donations so your giving is accurate
¨ Just as today, you control how much and when you give
¨ Predictable giving makes budgeting much easier
¨ The site is used by more than 10,000 Churches so we know it is safe and secure
¨ You may start or stop whenever you choose
Look for more information in the bulletin and on this website. If you have any questions, concerns, or are interested in being part of the pilot program of online giving please contact Mark Wonsil, our Finance Council Vice chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org Nisha Jayasundera, our Finance Council chairperson, at email@example.com
RELIGIOUS FORMATION CLASSES BEGAN OCTOBER 7
Religious Formation Classes are held once a month on the first Saturday of the month.
Classes begin at 9:00 am and end at Noon. Students will be involved in prayer, scripture, church history, why we attend Mass, craft activity and community service.
Candidates for Confirmation and Students preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion will also be part of this program.
For more information contact Natalie Lacroix via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248.374.9045.
Tuition : one child $25.00, two children same family $40.00, three or more children same family $55.00.
HAVE YOU MOVED?
DO YOU HAVE A NEW PHONE NUMBER(S)?
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: email@example.com
Thank you for your assistance.
HOME BOUND MINISTRY
If you or a loved one is home bound, 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.
Bulletin Article Submission Deadline:
The deadline to submit articles and information for the Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMOPH) News is normally NOON on Fridays with a 9 day lead time. You may submit information via email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR WELCOME DESKS?
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
We extend a big thank you to all of the volunteers, our fellow parishioners, who dedicate their time to serve in this important ministry.
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:
Rich Faba, Chairperson
Lauri Palmer, Secretary
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:
Kathy Faba, Secretary
Nishanthi (Nisha) Jayasundera, Chairperson
Mark Wonsil, Vice 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:
Barbara Urbiel, Chair
The Christian Service Commission promotes programs which strive to address human needs within our parish and in the broader community.
Christian Service Commission Members:
Mary Kovari, Chair
Our Faith Formation Commission strives to provide opportunities where our youth, and the adults who minister with them, can thrive in a caring, hospitable, Christian environment within the Catholic tradition.
Faith Formation Commission members are:
Janice Sharkey, Chair
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.
PROCESS FOR PLACING EVENTS
ON THE PARISH CALENDAR
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 email@example.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.