Bambinelli Sunday

Next weekend, Saturday/Sunday Dec. 10 and 11, bring the Christ Child from your Nativity or precepe scene (the Italians really get into this) and Fr.  Chateau will bless the figures.  The blessing will take place at each Mass.

The Blessing of the Bambinelli (Baby Jesus) is a tradition which began in Rome. Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), the Holy Father invites children to bring the Baby Jesus (Bambinelli) from their family Nativity scene to Mass for a blessing. It helps “children and young people to prepare for Jesus.”. We have been encouraging the observation of this tradition our parish for a number of years.

We also encourage parents and grandparents to join with their grandchildren in this simple but beautiful tradition. We hope that  you are able to attend Mass on Gaudete Sunday. Don’t forget to bring the Bambinelli!

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 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.

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.

Become a Knight Before Christmas

FREE MEMBERSHIP - Now through December 31st

Our local council Queen of the Holy Rosary #3830 held a membership drive on November 12-13 and we might have missed you.  Now is a great time to join the Knights of Columbus.  Scan the QR code, or visit KofC.org/joinus, enter your information and use the FREE code BLESSEDMCGIVNEY for a FREE membership as an online member.

The Knights are a Catholic fraternal organization that actively supports the teachings and values of the Catholic Church. Whether you have 2 hours a year or 2 hours a month, show your support for our faith and sign up.

 

 

Our Advent Theme - Dispelling the Darkness

During the season of Advent, we are called to seek the light of Christ, even in the midst of darkness. We are invited to face the darkness in our own lives and in the world around us. The prophets assure us that the darkness will not overcome us. They call us to watch for the light. We are called to wait, to hope, to trust in promises made. As we make this Advent journey in faith, we invite God’s light to dispel the darkness. We ask for the grace to set down all those burdens that darken our hearts as we search for the light. We ask for the gift of attentiveness that we may truly see God’s loving presence within and among us. And we ask for renewed faith that we might be light for others.

 

God dispels all darkness,

He comes to be with us, in each one of our situations;

He comes to live among us, live with us and in us;

He comes to fill the distances that divide and separate us;

He comes to reconcile us with You and with one another.

The God of Light, opens our hearts to the mystery of his love and the invitation of his grace. During Advent we strive to let our complacency give way to conversion and our judgments to compassionate acceptance of others and turning oppression to justiceand transforming conflict to peaceful accord.

How are you being called by God this Advent to be a living light for others?

What is the Word that God is inviting you to act upon with ‘no conditions’?

 

Our Parish Advent Prayer

Emmanuel, Our world waits in darkness longing for Your light.

In the midst of darkness, enkindle our hope.

As we long for lasting peace in the midst of war, Be with us.

As we long for families to be reunited, Be with us.

As we long for enemies to be reconciled, Be with us.

As we long for cures and healings, Be with us.

As we long for decent jobs and economic security, Be with us.

As we long for love and community, Be with us.

Fulfill the deepest longings of your people and

Dispel the darkness in our hearts and in our world.

Let your Word ignite the hope the world needs to bring to life your love and justice. Amen.

“What came to be through God was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

 

Our Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil Mass

4:30 pm in Oak Park

Sunday Mass

9:00 am in Oak Park

11:00 am in Ferndale

Tuesday and Thursday Weekday Masses

Tuesdays - 9:00 am in Ferndale

Thursdays - 9:00 am in Oak Park

(First Thursday of the month the Mass will be at 7pm)

Click here to donate online

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 above or via our parish mobile app. Please know that we especially appreciate your support of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish during this time.

 

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.

Download the Parish Mobile App

If you have not downloaded the parish mobile app please do so. For android products go to the Google Play Store WeConnect Parish App on your phone.  For apple products go to the Apple Store WeConnect Parish App on your phone. Or use the QR Code below.

Search for Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Remember to subscribe to the notifications you want to receive. 

QR Code for WeConnect Parish Mobile App

 

Staff

Office Hours

Parish Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am-2pm
PARISH PHONE: 248-545-2310
PARISH FAX: 248-545-2312
PARISH EMAIL: [email protected]

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

Directions to Oak Park Worship Location

Directions to Ferndale Worship Location

Saint of the Day

In The Words of Pope Francis

“If you want to destroy institutions or people, you start by speaking ill of them … watch out for slanderous communication.”