Death Notice for Fr. Thomas Flynn

Father Thomas Flynn, passed from this life on July 28, 2020 at the age of 85.
Father Flynn was born October 6, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 4, 1960.  
Father Flynn served as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Grosse Ile; St. Eugene Parish, Detroit; and Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Oak Park. Father also served as Parochial Vicar at St. Leonard of Port Maurice Parish, Warren; and St. Joan of Arc Parish, St. Clair Shores.
Visitation for Father Flynn will take place on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 22412 Overlake Street, St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48080 at 9 a.m. until the time of his funeral Mass at 11 a.m. The Mass will be live-streamed at:      
Father Flynn was predeceased by his parents, Lester and Rose Flynn; his sisters, Eileen Blessing, Rose Mary, Maureen Henze; and brothers, Patrick and Terence. He is survived by his sister, Catherine and his brother, Lester; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Condolences may be sent to Ms. Catherine Flynn, c/o St. Joan of Arc Parish, 22412 Overlake Street, St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48080.

Additional COVID 19 Safety Team Members Needed

Our Worship Commission is very grateful to the members of the parish who have stepped up to serve as members of the COVID 19 Safety Team.  They have shown up every week and done an incredible job to make sure that the COVID 19  guidelines for Mass have been enforced. 

We are seeking additional people to serve as members of the COVID 19 Safety Team at Sunday Mass, specifically at the 11:00 am Mass in Ferndale, and/or for any  funerals.  What’s involved?  You will count attendees, make sure that masks are worn, provide hand  sanitizer, direct people to their seats, help direct people during communion, and make sure all guidelines are followed. Training will be provided. 

If you are in good health and interested in serving the parish at this critical time contact: Barbara Urbiel, Worship Commission Chair, at 313.595.3054 or via email at [email protected]


Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish

COVID 19/Coronavirus Safety Guidelines

for Attendance at Mass

including Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms

Given the behavior at recent funerals at the parish where guidelines were not followed (Medical experts recommend that if you have been in a crowd and if people have not worn masks you should get a COVID19 test. If you attended the wake service on June 22nd or the funerals on June 23rd and June 25 we encourage you to contact your doctor and inquire as to whether or not you should have a COVID19 test) and the fact that cases have been rising in our area we need to once again share the guidelines for our parish.  For the foreseeable future things will continue to be very different.  We know this is difficult for everyone.  We will maintain a maximum capacity for all masses including funerals, baptisms and weddings to 75 people.  We are not in a position to increase this number or the number of masses and we ask for your cooperation in adhering to this.  We will be guided by the health experts as well as local, county and state government and archdiocesan guidelines.  This is to ensure everyone’s safety, health and well-being. So, again we ask for your cooperation and patience as we must adhere to the guidelines and they are not negotiable.

Should you come to Mass including Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms? 

For your safety and well-being as well as those of our parishioners and community if you are in any of the following categories (please, remember you do not have an obligation to attend Mass until September) you are strongly encouraged to stay home:

those older than 65 years of age

anyone with compromised health conditions

those caring for the sick in any way

anyone exhibiting any signs of illness

anyone exhibiting any signs/symptoms of Coronavirus/COVID-19

fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste of smell, diarrhea, and extreme fatigue

those who have travelled internationally or outside of the State of Michigan in the 14 days prior to possibly attending Mass

those who have been in close contact in the 14 days prior to possibly attending Mass with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19

How will things be different?  Some of the ways are:

Face-coverings/masks MUST be worn by everyone over the age of two (2) at all times in and around the church (parking lot, vestibules, church).  We ask that you bring your own facemasks with you.  No one will be admitted without a face mask.

You will most likely encounter a line when you enter church.  We ask you to adhere to the 6-foot separation.  Doors to be used for entry/exit will be clearly marked. Someone will be at the door counting the number of people admitted.

Physical/Social distancing (at least 6 feet away) is practiced in the church and on the church property.  Please do not congregate to talk in the parking lot, gathering areas, or the church before or after Mass.

We will not exceed 75 people at a single mass including Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms. This limit allows people to remain at least six feet apart. There will be clear markings indicating where you may sit.  It is important to the sit in areas clearly marked and not enter other areas of the church.  Please do not enter the choir loft, cry room or gathering areas. Members of the same household (you actually live in the same home) may sit together.  Please do not sit with anyone who is not a member of your household.

We will not be singing.  Prayers will be spoken with masks on.  There will not be an offertory presentation or Sunday collection of offertory contributions.  There are baskets available to drop your offertory contributions in.  We will not hold hands during the Our Father.  There will not be an exchange of peace.

We ask and strongly encourage you to wash your hands prior to arriving for Mass.  While we will have hand sanitizer available, we ask that you bring your own if you have it and use it right before you enter the church as well as before you approach to receive communion and when you return to your seat after receiving communion.

While the Eucharist will be shared, it will be distributed in a vastly different way since social distancing must take place.  The cup will not be shared.  You will be directed when to get up to receive communion.  Please remember where you are sitting.  The church has been marked off so social distancing may be maintained during the distribution of communion.  Hand sanitizer is to be used immediately before and after you receive communion.

Mass Looks Different

Capacity for Masses as well as Funeral Masses is 75 people.  Masks must be worn by anyone over the age of 2 years.


Please note as we resume Masses at Our Mother of Perpetual Help the regularly weekly scheduled liturgical ministers will not be serving.  The Worship Commission is currently working to find volunteers who are willing to serve in new roles needed given the safety guidelines to which we must adhere.

Please share this information with parishioners you know.

Mass Schedule

Sundays 9am in Oak Park

Sundays 11 am in Ferndale

To read Fr. Paul's letter about the resumption of Masses

go to the From Fr. Paul Page.

Also, per Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-21 COVID-19 our parish office is closed.  If you have an emergency please call 248.545.2310.  Our voicemail is being monitored off site.  Please do not come to the rectory.  Thank you for your cooperation.

May God Bless You and the entire Our Mother of Perpetual Help Community.

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Welcome to Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish

Welcome to

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish

At Our Mother of Perpetual Help we are dedicated to moving forward into our future with compassion, generosity and an openness of spirit.  We believe that the nurturing of the community around the Eucharistic Table is extended through gatherings which further strengthen and support us.  We foster this faithfully through the power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts and talents of our members.  We continue to walk our journey together with the Lord, our future secure in the knowledge that we have common goals in God's ever-present love. Father Paul Chateau is our Pastor and leads our parish. 

All are Welcome, All Are Welcome, All Are Welcome in This Place

Have you been away for awhile? Are you new or visiting?

We extend a warm welcome to you, want you to know that you are welcome here and hope you will come back. Our volunteers who serve at our Welcome Desk, located in our Gathering Area, are available after each Mass on the weekends to answer questions you might have. Our hope is that you will find a home in our community of faith.  Registering to become a member is easy - visit the become a member page on this website, or call the parish office at 248.545.2310.

Thank you for your generosity

Thank you to all who have continued to support Our Mother of Perpetual Help during this time of uncertainty and health concerns. 

As you can imagine this temporary suspension of public Masses has a direct impact on our budget and ability to pay our monthly bills.  Contributions can be mailed in to the parish office at 13500 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park, MI  48237 or made securely online by clicking the link below or via our parish mobile app. Again, please know that we especially appreciate your support of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish during this time.

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Our Mission Statement

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish is a welcoming and nurturing Catholic community building up the Body of Christ through prayer and service.

Our Vision Statement

Our vision is to be an extraordinary spiritual gathering place where people of all backgrounds and ages are welcome to question and learn, pray, worship, and serve.  In community through prayer and worship we hope to continue to grow together in our understanding and appreciation of God’s love.  We strive to change and improve our lives and the lives of others.

Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Our Mother of Perpetual Help, 

Today we face so many difficulties. You remind us to reach out and help those in need. Help us understand that our lives belong to others as much as they belong to us. Mary, Model of Christian love, we know we cannot heal every ill or solve every problem. But with God's grace, we intend to do what we can. May we be true witnesses to the world that love for one another really matters. May our daily actions proclaim how fully our lives are modeled after yours, Mother of Perpetual Help. Amen.


Office Hours


PARISH PHONE: 248-545-2310
PARISH FAX: 248-545-2312
PARISH EMAIL: [email protected]

If there is an emergency, when the office is closed, please contact the parish office at 248.545.2310.

Parish Office

The Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Office is located at our Oak Park Worship Location

Our Lady of Fatima

13500 Oak Park Blvd. (on the northeast corner of Oak Park Blvd. and Coolidge Hwy.)

Oak Park, Michigan  48237


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Come Healing


O gather up the brokenness and bring it to me now / The fragrance of those promises you never dared to vow / The splinters that you carry, the cross you left behind / Come healing of the body / Come healing of the mind / And let the heavens hear it, the penitential hymn / Come healing of the spirit / Come healing of the limb

Behold the gates of mercy in the arbitrary space / And none of us deserving, the cruelty or the grace / O solitude of longing where love has been confined /  Come healing of the body / Come healing of the mind / O see the darkness yielding, that tore the light apart / Come healing of the reason / Come healing of the heart

O troubled dust concealing, an undivided love / The Heart beneath is teaching to the broken Heart above / O let the heavens falter and let the earth proclaim:  Come healing of the Altar / Come healing of the Name

O longing of the branches to lift the little bud / O longing of the arteries to purify the blood / And let the heavens hear it, the penitential hymn / Come healing of the spirit / Come healing of the limb / O let the heavens hear it, the penitential hymn / Come healing of the spirit / Come healing of the limb

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