Staff Member: Ms. Maripat Ruttan

Ms. Maripat Ruttan

Parish Council Member
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I am one of the new Parish Council members. I live in Ferndale with my husband of 37 years, Darrell. I am originally from Houghton, MI in the upper peninsula.....yup, I make pasties.

I have been a member of the parish for about 4 years. Before that, I sort of bounced around to different churches, never settling and officially joining one. So, about 4 years ago I tried St. James. It really felt like home and I officially joined. Why? For a number of reasons. As everyone knows, Father Paul is absolutely wonderful. I found the parishioners very welcoming, and I love that everyone is involved in the mass..... 3 years ago I became a Eucharistic minister. I'm just learning how everything works, but I will do my best live up to our mission statement and, hopefully, help to keep the church moving forward.

In my opinion, one can never have too many friends. At Our Mother of Perpetual Help I have found more than just friends, I found "family". Thank you.....see you at mass.