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We are Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish



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.


This year is the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s third apparition to the children at Fatima, Portugal. She appeared to them on the 13th of the month for six consecutive months, asking them to pray for unity and peace.


for the Final Rosary for Unity on Friday, Oct. 13:  7:00 pm at St. James

Please join us to pray for unity in our world, in our nation, in our parish and in our homes.








Events sponsored by our Worship Commission


Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish's Worship Commission Invites Everyone to:



Month of the Rosary - October


Join in Praying the Rosary

on Monday Evenings in October at 7:00 pm


October 16

October 23

October 30


in Mary’s Garden or the Church at our St. James Worship Location





Our Worship Commission invites you to join the


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



Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish’s

Worship Commission

Invites Everyone to Attend



Connect             Serve




Annual Commitment Weekend

and Ministry Fair 2017

October 14 and 15

after all Masses


Check out the many ways to connect and serve


Liturgical Ministries

Faith Formation

50+ Club

Christian Service

St. Vincent de Paul

Women’s Society

Monday Morning Prayer Group

Men’s Organization



Many people in many roles are needed to continue to make Our Mother of  Perpetual Help Parish strong and vibrant and to help us to continue to make our liturgies welcoming and inclusive.

Join us for refreshments and take this opportunity to connect and serve by getting involved in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish.  This is your chance to sign up to serve as a liturgical minister at one of our weekend liturgies and to find out more about our parish organizations and groups.


Help to make the 2017-2018 Liturgical Year all that it can be by attending and saying “YES!”




Consider joining the Bell Choir!



If you are able to read music and are interested in playing in the bell choir on the first and third Sundays of the month from October through May, please see Michael Chateau before or after Mass or register your interest in participating by email to Kathy Faba at rkfaba@aol.com.




Faith Formation Commission Events


Our Faith Formation Commission Invites

all Youth in the 9th–12th Grades to attend

Make Knotted Rosaries

for the Military Event

Sunday October 22, 2017

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the Gathering Area

at Our Lady of Fatima Church


This is a great chance to support our troops while you hang out with new and old friends! Learn to tie knots and make knotted Rosaries that we will donate to our troops. All  supplies will be provided. While you work you will have plenty of time to talk and get to know each other.  There will be drinks, snacks and pizza to eat. You are welcome to bring a friend!  Please call or text Jessica Lafata, at 248.320.0984, to let her know if you plan to attend.




Our Faith Formation Commission Presents


Bible Study

Parables, Prayer and Healing

in the Gospel of Luke

 Tuesday Evenings 7-8pm

 October 17

October 24

November 7

November 14

November 28

 in the Gathering Area at Our Lady of Fatima Church






Over 50?  Looking for something new?  





and Halloween Party

Thursday, October 19 at 11:00 AM

in the Gathering Area

at Our Lady of Fatima


All seniors are invited

to come to our Halloween celebration.

Wear a funny or scary costume

or come as you.

Cider and donuts 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.   











Our Christian Service Commission is looking for additional members—especially representatives from Our Lady of Fatima.  Please contact Mary Kovari at makovari@gmail.com or 313.817.4093 if you are interested.  Upcoming Meetings:  October 11th - 6pm Life Matters and 7pm Christian Service at St. James.





COFFEE HOUR - Join us for coffee and donuts on most first Sundays of the month after the 11:00 AM Mass at St. James Church and most third Sundays of the month after the 9:00 am Mass at Our Lady of Fatima.





Society of St. Vincent de Paul 







The Fall Bundle Days will soon be here. As you clean out your closets and basements, please keep the less   fortunate in mind and donate excess clothing, linens, bedding, small appliances, etc. to our Bundle Days     collection. You will have less stress about all the clutter in your home and help others in the process. What a great feeling! There will be a pod in the Fatima parking lot for drop off. For larger items, furniture, etc. please call 1-313-672-7837.






The Men's Organization invites everyone to a


Sunday, October 29

9:00 am—11:00 am

in Bradley Hall at Our Lady of Fatima

The men will be cooking up pancakes, Pumpkin Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, pastry, juice, coffee, tea. All you can eat.

Tickets are $5.00 for Adults, $2.00 for kids (12 and under), Kids 3 and under, free.













Religious Formation Classes will be held once a month on the first Saturday of the month beginning October 7th.


Classes will begin at 9:00am and end at Noon. Students will be involved in prayer, scripture, church history, why we attend Mass, craft activity and community service.  On the last Sunday of every month we will have students assist at the Mass that the family attends.


Candidates for Confirmation and Students preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion will also be part of this program.


Registration will began on Sunday, September 17th. You may register your child/children after Mass, by e-mail natalielacroix@ymail.com or call 248.374.9045.


Tuition : one child $25.00, two children same family $40.00, three or more children same family $55.00.





Oak Park and Ferndale: 

Building Our Community and Our Voice


Sunday, October 22nd from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

at St. James Church

Please join us as the mayors of Ferndale and Oak Park, David Coulter and Marian McClellan, discuss the state of their cities, goals for the future, and how we as Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish can helpRefreshments will follow the discussion.

Sponsored by Our Mother of Perpetual Help DRIVE team

Our Mother of Perpetual Help is a Member of DRIVE: The Detroit Regional Interfaith Voice for Equity

DRIVE is an interfaith, non-partisan, regional collection of congregations in the Detroit Metropolitan Area.  DRIVE is committed to confronting the racial, social, class, geographic and religious barriers that divide us.  The heart and soul of DRIVE is building relationships and working together on issues that strengthen our region.









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.










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

Lauri Palmer, Secretary

Maripat Ruttan

Dominic Scappaticci

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

Bill Janelle

Nishanthi (Nisha) Jayasundera, Chairperson

Tom Kirkwood

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 

Tom Jaksa

Patrice Leland 

Dorothy McLaren






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





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

Michelle Ciokajlo

Jessica Lafata

Leonard Piasta

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