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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 






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.




Everyone is Invited


The Our Mother

of Perpetual Help Parish

Confirmation Class of 2018

will receive the

Sacrament of Confirmation


Friday, April 27 at 7:00 pm

at Our Lady of Fatima Church


Come to support our young people as they receive, the Sacrament of Confirmation, a milestone in their faith life.  Along with their sponsors and families your presence will enhance this very special day for them. 

Throughout this week please keep our confirmation candidates in your prayers.





From the Archdiocesan Office of Christian Worship

Influenza and the Liturgy

The flu season is upon us once more and some of our parishioners are very concerned about the spread of germs especially from some of the liturgical practices at Mass.  Hopefully the following suggestions will help with these concerns.

General suggestions:

  1. To reduce and/or eliminate contracting the flu be sure that you get your flu shot in a timely manner.

  2. Wash your hands with warm water and soap frequently and/or sanitize them using a hand sanitizer. “Correct” hand washing is the single most important habit that can help prevent the spread of infectious disease.

  3. Be sure you get sufficient rest, and if you are sick: coughing, sneezing, sniffling or generally not feeling well stay home.

During Liturgy:

  1. Priests, deacons and all liturgical ministers should carefully wash their hands and/or use a hand sanitizer before and after Mass.

  2. Communion should be distributed in the hand during this season to avoid contact of the minister’s hands with the mouth and saliva of communicants.

  3. All who are sick: coughing, sneezing, sniffling or generally not feeling well should not approach the Chalice to receive the Precious Blood out of a sincere concern for the health and well-being of others.

  4. If someone is sick, please refrain from holding hands during the Our Father. All should be encouraged to pray the Our Father with hands raised to God …the Orans position.

  5. If someone is sick do not hesitate not to shake hands at the Kiss of Peace. It might be prudent to tell your neighbors before the start of Mass that you have a cold and will not be shaking hands only because of that.  Perhaps a bow of the head and the greeting “Peace be with you”, could be shared with those around instead.




Over 50?  Looking for something new?  


50+ CLUB MEETING - Spring Luncheon

Thursday, April 19 at 11:00 am

in the Gathering Area at Our Lady of Fatima


Spring is coming (believe it or not).   At this time all wondrous things spring forth from the earth and we want to welcome it with a delicious lunch and a fun social.   As always all seniors welcome.  Members no charge, non-members $4.00.  Hope to see you all there.


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

Presents Hot Topics

in Women’s Health


Sunday, April 22 at 12:15 pm

at St. James Church


Timely, important information will be offered and discussed by medical professionals including a doctor and nurse. All are warmly invited and welcome.  Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions please call Mary Lewis at 248-544-1567 or Kevin Allison at 586-929-6940. 




Men’s Organization Invites Everyone to

Taco Night

Saturday, May 5 in Bradley Hall

Doors open at 5:30 PM

Taco Bar opens at 6:00 PM


The men will be serving up delicious beef and chicken tacos, along with fixings, beverages and desserts.

All of this for only $5.  Tickets at the door.






Announcements from our Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference:


Spirituality, Friendship, Service

These are the three cornerstones of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. If you are interested in serving those in need within our parish boundaries, and putting your faith into action, please join us the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Area at Our Lady of Fatima to learn more about the work of our conference. A little time and a caring heart are all you need.


Bundle Days—May 19th and 20th

Keep this mind as you clean closets, basements, etc. Bags are available in the Gathering Areas of both of our worship locations. For larger donations, (furniture, etc.) please call 313-672-7837 for pickup.




Mission Appeal at all Masses

April 28 and 29

We Welcome Rev. Paul Leon Varuvel

Who Will Be With Us to Inform Us

About the Work of the Mission in


A Vibrant Missionary Diocese of India!


The diocese of KUZHITHURAI is found in the southernmost point of India, comprising more than half of the district of Kanyakumari, in the State of Tamil Nadu. According to a persistent oral tradition, Christianity reached the southern part of India through the missionary efforts of St. Thomas the Apostle. Later, St. Francis Xavier, the great Jesuit missionary, evangelized parts of this area in the 16th century (1542-1549). Kuzhithurai was erected as a separate diocese in 2014. Until then it was a part of the diocese of Kottar, erected in 1930.


Though small in territory, the present diocese of Kuzhithurai is densely populated.  There are about 850,000 people in an area of just 350 sq. miles. Catholics constitute about 30% of the population. Farming and masonry are the main traditional occupations of the Catholic community there.


Our Needs and Concerns

The major concerns of the diocese of Kuzhithurai are: Evangelization, Fostering Vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious Life, Education, and Socio-economic Development.


We need your help and prayers for the success of the mission work of the diocese of Kottar: These are our pressing needs:


  • Evangelization – deepening the faith and spreading the Gospel

  • Training catechists and other leaders among the Laity for Gospel work

  • Fostering vocations to the priesthood and the religious life

  • Improving the socio-economic condition of the poor

  • Promoting dialogue and understanding among Christians, Hindus and Muslims

  • Establishing and strengthening small Faith Sharing Communities


Program of assistance for persons with handicaps


Due to the lack of proper medical insurance, many persons with physical or mental handicaps do not receive adequate care. The diocese of Kuzhithurai has opened its doors to receive persons with disabilities, especially children, and care for them. Adequate funding, however, is not easily available. We need your support to maintain and expand this program which provides medical, social, economic, psychological and spiritual assistance to several dozens of persons with handicaps.










Giving Hope And Nurturing Abroad Update

Women empowerment

Health clinic work

Church building

Small business start-up


Come hear an update of charitable works in Ghana, West Africa by Sharon Wallace and Michele Ciokajlo.  We will share inspiring stories, show wonderful pictures and have available for donations batik cloth, jewelry, woven baskets and fans all handmade by women in Ghana.



Sunday, April 22nd

after 9:00 a.m. Mass

Gathering Area at Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Oak Park


Sunday, April 29th

after 11:00 a.m. Mass

Our Mother of Perpetual Help






News From our Finance Council 


Online Giving Coming to

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish



The Finance Council is pleased to announce that you are now able to submit your offertory contributions, if you choose to do so, to Our Mother of  Perpetual Help Parish online.  Visit our donate online page on this website.


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


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  mark.wonsil@gmail.com Nisha Jayasundera, our Finance Council chairperson, at nishaomoph@gmail.com








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 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 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 






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: 


Lauri Palmer

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.  





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.












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.