The Parish Office is Closed

Per Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-21 COVID-19 our parish office is closed until at least April 13.  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.

We'd like to remind you of our prayers, to ask for yours, and to encourage you to call to mind all those intentional practices that structure your time when you are in prayer. Practices such as periods of silence and stillness, praying with scripture, and walks amidst the beauty of nature. Your current atmosphere might be different, but the practices themselves are available to you wherever you are. These restorative and healing practices build community "at a distance" and can help assuage the feeling of loneliness that might be part of your current experience, or those of your loved ones.

As we struggle in these difficult times, let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and the hope he gives us through his resurrection.

Fr. Paul doesn't want to pray alone

Fr. Paul would like you to email a jpeg photo of yourself or your family to [email protected] or mail it to the rectory at 13500 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park, Michigan 48237. The photos will be put in place so that you are with him while he says Mass and is in prayer.

Thank you for your generosity

Offertory for FY 2019-2020:

                                                    Mar. TD        YTD

Offertory Amount             $15,240        $193,977

Over/(Under) Prior Year  ($5,764)     ($24,470)

Over/(Under) Budget        ($12,837)  ($30,638)

Week of 03-29-2020          Offertory:  $2,344

Last 3 weeks of March:  on line giving totaled $1,896 and drop off and mailed in envelopes totaled $3,294 for a grand total for the 3 weeks total $5,190.

2019 CSA: 

GOAL:  $41,697

TOTAL PLEDGED AS OF 03-30-2020:  $111,965 (269% OF GOAL)

TOTAL PAID AS OF 03-30-2020:  $109,854

PAID OVER/(UNDER) GOAL:  $68,157

OVER/(UNDER) BUDGET:  $43,1575

IF ALL PLEDGED AMOUNTS ARE PAID, OVER/(UNDER) BUDGET:  $45,268

PLEDGE COUNT:   146 of which 135 pledges fully paid

On a practical note, during this time of uncertainty and health concerns, we still need your support.  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. Know that we especially appreciate your support of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish during this time.

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Daily Prayer

Friday, April 3, 2020
Lenten Weekday
 
Those gathered begin with the Sign of the Cross, saying:
I love you, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock.
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
 
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
    and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits.
 
He pardons all your iniquities,
    he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
    he crowns you with kindness
        and compassion.
 
He will not always chide,
    nor does he keep his wrath forever.
Not according to our sins does he deal
        with us,
    nor does he requite us according to
        our crimes.
 
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so surpassing is his kindness toward those
        who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he put our transgressions
        from us.
 
Reading
John 10:31-39
 
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?" The Jews answered him, "We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God." Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, "You are gods"'? If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped their power.
Reflection
 
The tension between Jesus and some of the Jews is about to become violent in this exchange between them. Although Jesus' listeners are devout Jews, they regard his statement about identifying himself with God as blasphemy. The law required punishment by stoning. But Jesus points to his works as evidence that he comes from God. This is a good lesson for us. When we say that we believe, our words may ring hollow if our works do not support what we say. Throughout his ministry, Jesus instructs his followers to listen to his word, but also to follow his example in their deeds.
 
Prayers others may be added
 
May your word guide us, O Lord, as we pray:
 
◆◆ Merciful Lord, hear our prayer.
 
That those who are elected to serve be true to that trust, we pray: ◆ That those who serve in the Church do so with integrity and respect, we pray: ◆ That those who are anxious and fearful find solace in the words of Jesus, we pray: ◆ That those who have died enjoy eternal peace with the communion of saints, we pray: ◆
 
Leader: 
 
Gathering these and all unspoken prayers into one, 
we pray as Jesus taught us.
 
Our Father . . .
 
 
Your Eternal Word, O God,
has come to dwell in our midst
    through the teaching of
    the prophets
and the incarnation of your
    Son, Jesus.
May that same word, we pray,
strengthen our faith, give us hope
    and enflame our love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
    your Son,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
 
Making the Sign of the Cross, all say:
I love you, O Lord, my strength,
O Lord, my rock.

Parish Mobile App - Our Best Way to Communicate With You

How Do You Get the App on Your Phone or Tablet?

For android products go to the Google Play Store WeConnect Parish App

on your phone [text ParishApp2 to 555888]

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Managing Anxiety During Times of Stress

A prayer for when you are surrounded by doubt or anxiety

Father almighty, your Son was in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights being taunted and tempted by evil. As we endure this current wilderness of fear and uncertainty, inspire us with your powerful grace; help us to overcome our doubts and anxieties, and bring us to a sure knowledge of our closeness to your Son and the love he came to share. Through the same Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

 

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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.  Stop by our Welcome Desks, visit the become a member page on this website, or call the parish office at 248.545.2310.

Staff

Office Hours

THE PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED DUE TO GOVERNOR WHITMER'S EXECUTIVE ORDER
Office Hours at the Parish Office (Oak Park worship location) are
Monday through Friday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

All Masses Have Been Suspended

WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday, 4:30 PM - Oak Park Worship Location
Sunday, 9:00 AM - Oak Park Worship Location
Sunday, 11:00 AM - Ferndale Worship Location

MONDAY through FRIDAY MASS - 9:00 AM

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at our Oak Park Worship Location
Tuesday and Thursday* at our Ferndale Worship Location

* Call the parish office at 248.545.2310 to ascertain where the 1st Thursday of the Month 7:00 PM Mass will be celebrate

 

Directions to Oak Park Worship Location

Directions to Ferndale Worship Location

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.

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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.”

For the Gospel to truly be unleashed, we must re-found our parishes so that everything we do — how we pray, how we minister, how we serve — leads us to be more effective witnesses to the Gospel. Learn more at unleashthegospel.org/next Re-founding our parishes Our vision is for our parish communities to become what God made them to be: places where individuals and families encounter Jesus anew, grow as his disciples, and are equipped to be witnesses of the Risen Christ.

The Next Phase of Unleash the Gospel from Archdiocese of Detroit on Vimeo.

Clergy Sexual Abuse

From Pope Francis

Vos estis lux mundi ("You are the light of the world") concerning global rules for reporting abuse

 

Date:  May 13, 2019

Archbishop: No One Above Civil or God’s Law
 
A new papal law requiring priests and religious to report sexual abuse and misconduct provides “clear directives for universal accountability in response to the horrors of clergy sexual abuse,” Archbishop Vigneron has told Detroit Catholic. The law provides whistleblower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially. And it outlines internal procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.
 
“I am deeply sorry to all those who have been injured and are enduring a lifetime of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering because of perverse actions by those in authority,” the archbishop said. “No one is above civil law, and importantly, no one is above God’s law.”
 
Pope Francis announced the new norms on May 9. They go into effect June 1. To learn more about the groundbreaking new church law, go to detroitcatholic.com.

Individuals with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or church representatives are urged to contact local law enforcement and the Michigan Attorney General’s office. Individuals also may contact the Archdiocese of Detroit by visiting protect.aod.org.

 

 

Date: February 19, 2019

From: Archdiocese of Detroit Department of Communications

Subject: Detroit Catholic Series on AOD Safe Environments

Detroit Catholic has just published a three-part series of articles about how the Archdiocese of Detroit responds to and works to prevent sexual abuse, as well as how it provides help to victims. We would like to bring these articles to your attention, both for your own information and as a reminder of what resources are available to the faithful in the Archdiocese.

• Independent review, lifelong monitoring of priests part of Archdiocese of Detroit’s response to abuse https://detroitcatholic.com/news/detroit-catholic/independent-review-lifelong-monitoring-of-priests-part-of-archdiocese-of-detroits-response-to-abuse

• Safe environment programs, annual audits help archdiocese prevent abuse https://detroitcatholic.com/news/detroit-catholic/safe-environment-programs-annual-audits-help-archdiocese-prevent-abuse

• For archdiocese’s victim assistance coordinator, helping survivors is a ministry of compassion  https://detroitcatholic.com/news/detroit-catholic/for-archdioceses-victim-assistance-coordinator-helping-survivors-is-a-ministry-of-compassion

Please feel free to share these articles with your staff and parishioners. As a reminder, the archdiocese’s statements, resources and comments from the Archbishop can be found on protect.aod.org, including a brief statement from the Archbishop this weekend regarding the laicization of Theodore McCarrick.

We also would like to draw your attention to a press conference scheduled for Thursday morning, Feb. 21 by Dana Nessel, the Michigan Attorney General, regarding her office’s three ongoing investigations: Michigan State/Larry Nassar, the Flint Water Crisis and the Catholic Church/Clergy Abuse. The Archdiocese of Detroit will monitor the event and will share any reaction or statement at its conclusion.

Finally, please join in prayer for the bishops and all who are meeting later this week in Rome at the Vatican Abuse Summit, that this meeting may represent an important step toward healing and peace for all victims.

 

The Archdiocese of Detroit encourages individuals to report clergy sexual abuse of minors and others – no matter when the abuse occurred. Individuals may contact local law enforcement authorities and/or they may report to the Archdiocese of Detroit by calling the Victim Assistance Coordinator at (866) 343-8055 or by emailing [email protected].

In addition, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office can be contacted at its toll-free reporting hotline at (844) 324-3374 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by email at [email protected].
 
More information about the Archdiocese’s efforts to address abuse may be found at protect.aod.org.