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Meet Fr. Paul Chateau
Pastor, Our Mother of Perpetual Help
I am Fr. Paul Chateau and I have served as Pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish for the past 7 years. In 2012 St. James in Ferndale was clustered with Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Oak Park where I had been pastor since 1972. In 2014 we merged and became Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish with two worship locations—one in Ferndale and one in Oak Park where the parish office is located. I have lived at the rectory in Oak Park for the past 48 years.
I was brought up on the east side of Detroit living near St. Anthony Church on the Boulevard and Gratiot and Guardian Angels at Kelly and Whittier. Sadly, both parishes are now closed. I went to Sacred Heart Seminary from 1954 through 1962 and then to St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth until my ordination in 1966. Following my ordination, I served at St. Cecilia in Detroit, Queen of All Saints in Fraser, St. Martin de Porres in Warren, and St. Joseph’s in Monroe. In 1972 I came to serve at Our Lady of Fatima in Oak Park as Co-Pastor with Fr. Tom Flynn.
I am eager to broaden my own personal outreach as well as that of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish with our neighbors and new family members at Our Lady of La Salette, the Church of the Transfiguration and Divine Providence. I was familiar with La Salette and Transfiguration but only recently was at Divine Providence. I was delighted and impressed when I had the opportunity to visit Divine Providence and meet with Fr. Jonikas and some of the parishioners.
While I am saddened that thirteen churches within a three-mile radius of our church have closed over the years I am enthusiastic by the inclusion in our Family of Parishes. My hope is that together we will continue to flourish and bring clearer light and life through greater cooperation. Working together in areas will help us to be more efficient. I look forward to being enriched by the wisdom and faith of our family and bring hope and excitement as we walk into the future together.
Rest in Peace
+Fr. Don Holtgrewe, OFM
Prayer for the year of St. Joseph (from Pope Francis)
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Zoom Lenten Bible Study: Passion Narratives
Fr. Jeff will be leading a Zoom Bible Study on the Passion Narratives in the Gospels
on 6 Wednesday afternoons during Lent,
February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
If you wish to order the resource book, (helpful, not absolutely necessary) you can order it on Amazon or from Little Rock Bible Study (same price).
Amazon: The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus (Little Rock Scripture Study): Binz, Stephen J.: 9780814665237: Amazon.com: Books
Little Rock: Little Rock Scripture Study
Please let Fr. Jeff know if you would like to participate: [email protected]
There will be a virtual (zoom) Bible Study
on the Sermon on the Mount
Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Please let Fr. Jeff know if you are interested in participating.
Suspension of obligation to attend Mass extended to Ash
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
From time to time, we will be opening some windows in church to promote better ventilation. We anticipate that the Church will be a bit colder, but think that the slight discomfort is worth the benefit. So make sure you have a sweater or jacket!
We are limited as to the number of people who can be in the church for mass. We estimated earlier the number to be 75, but that only works with certain seating arrangement. The actual number is approximately 60-65. We are able to seat 50 more in the hall, where the mass is livestreamed and communion will be distributed. In order to plan, we do ask people to sign up before hand and let us know you will be coming. We appreciate your cooperation. You can use this sign up:
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Monday - Friday 12:00 Noon (church doors open at 11:30 a.m., except on Tuesday-doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
ADDITIONAL ADVENT RECONCILIATION DATES
Tuesday, December 22---7:00 p.m.
Reconciliation: Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
Saturday 12:00 Noon (church doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday)
Registration forms can be found in the Gathering Room and the Parish Office.
Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation and Marriage
Arrangements can be made by contacting the Parish Office.
When a loved one passes away, please contact the Parish Office regarding funeral arrangements.
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