Friday, April 12, 2019

Our Lady of La Salette, Berkley

In 1921, a small group of Catholics bought land for a church in what is now the middle of Berkley. Within three years, the parish of Our Lady of Refuge was established. In 1927, the church was moved three blocks to the current location. Like most, the parish and parishioners struggled during the Great Depression. In 1932, the diocese asked  Missionaries of La Salette to come to Berkley and staff the parish. Shortly after, the parish changed it's name to Our Lady of La Salette.
Our Lady of LaSalette and a crucifix in niche

The parish sold the old rectory, two blocks south, at 1799 Coolidge. The building eventually fell into disrepair and was demolished about ten years ago to make room for a pharmacy.

2007 Google street view of the old rectory - source

Our Lady of La Salette School was established in 1943 with two classrooms in a garage. It was staffed by the Sisters of Mercy and its first enrollment was 100 students. A newer school building was built in three stages 1947–1953. Enrollment peaked in the early 1960s with over 1,000 students.
Front elevation of the church, from the corner of Coolidge and Harvard.

A new rectory was built in 1963, followed by a new church with a seating capacity of 950. The current church was dedicated on September 16, 1967, by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Breitenbeck. 

Fr. Patrick Connell has been pastor since 1997; he is assisted by permanent deacons Daniel Darga and Clement Stankiewicz.

After 70 years of Catholic education, the school closed at the end of the 2012–2013 academic year.

A community of Franciscans reside at Duns Scotus Friary, across the street from the church. Among them: Br. Mike Dubec, Fr. Dennet Jung, Fr. Alex Kratz, Fr. Mike Lenz, and Br. Al Mascia.
St. Joseph, a relic and image of Blessed Solanus Casey, and St. Anne with Child Mary
near the main entrance

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00pm while Sunday Masses are at 9:30am and 11:30am. Daily Mass is at 7:00pm on Wednesday; 8:45am on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

More info: parish website

Friday, March 15, 2019

St. Thoedore (St. Mary Cause of Our Joy Parish), Westland

St. Theodore of Canterbury Parish was established in 1965 and the current church was built in 1975 near the center of Westland.

In 2016, St. Theodore merged with other Westland parishes of St. Damian (est. 1955) and Divine Savior (est. 1973). The new parish was named St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy and only St. Theodore Church is still used by the parish. Fr. Ken Mazur, PIME, has been pastor since the merger.

Stations of the Cross line the left/south wall of the nave..

Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Therese in the chapel

St. Anne with Child Mary and St. Francis of Assisi in the chapel. Symbols of the Eucharist are portrayed a corner of the church.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm, preceded by Confessions at 3:30pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 10:00am and Noon.

Daily Mass is at 8:30am on Mondays, Thursday, and Fridays. Wednesday Mass is at Noon followed by Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament follows Wednesday Mass and concludes at 3:00pm.

For more info: parish website + PIME website

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Holy Name, Birmingham

Holy Name Parish was established in 1921 with Fr. William W. Ryan as founding pastor. Arthur Des Rosiers designed the first church in a Spanish style, measuring 30' x 80'. Construction began in November, 1921, and was finished the following spring. The first church was dedicated on April 30, 1922. A parish school was established in 1928 and remains in operation.
The first Holy Name Church, built in 1922 - source

The current edifice was designed by George Diehl and Associates with a capacity for 900. Construction began in 1954 and Edward Cardinal Mooney dedicated the church the following year.

The interior of the church was renovated in 1984. Other facilities such as a chapel, social whall, parish offices, etc. were added several years later. The church was renovated again in 2000.

The tabernacle was moved to a side chapel but much of the original high altar remains in place.

Stations of the Cross line each side of the nave.

The Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, respectively, where there likely used to be side altars.

Doctors of the Church, namely St. Jerome (left) and St. Basil (right), are depicted in stained-glass windows.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit is portrayed behind the baptismal font; a set of stained-glass windows over the former choir loft.

Msgr. John Zenz has been pastor since 2008. Msgr. was previously a weekend associate at Holy Name 1982-2005.

A set of stained-glass windows in the east transept

Daily Mass is celebrated at 8:00am in the chapel, Monday-Saturday. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00pm, preceded by Confessions at 3:00pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 10:00am, and Noon.

West transept windows

For more info:

Thursday, February 28, 2019

St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia

Architectural rendering of the new chapel at St. Mary Mercy Hospital - Source

St. Mary Mercy Hospital has undergone extensive renovations and updates in the last several years. In 2017, the hospital started plans to build a new chapel. The Ann Arbor firm of Ply+ Architecture designed a 2,600-square-foot addition near the north entrance of the hospital. Fr. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ, an associate professor of architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy, served as a design consultant for liturgical spaces.

Granger Construction built the new chapel in 2017-2018 at a cost of $2.5 million, all of which was paid with donor funds. The former Our Lady of CzÄ™stochowa Chapel was repurposed as a space for medical education. 

Auxiliary Bishop Gerard Battersby, Regional Moderator of the South Region, dedicated the chapel on September 11th of last year.

The chapel is open 24/7. A large revolving door closes during Mass. The regular Mass schedule is 7:00am on Saturdays and 6:10am all other days.

A crucifix, hand-carved in Germany, is suspended above an altar made from Wisconsin limestone. A 16-foot tall dichroic window stands next to the tabernacle

This window refracts light and, at different times of day, different colors will shine on the walls.

Stations of the Cross line the south wall and are salvaged from closed churches in Wisconsin and Ohio.

St. Francis of Assisi stands outside the chapel. A small rock garden is situated in an alcove outside the chapel. The hospital plans to add a prayer garden immediately west of the chapel.

News articles about the renovation: Hometown Life The Michigan Catholic

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Our Lady of the Angels Parish (formerly St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Taylor)

St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish was established in June, 1953, with Fr. Carlson Robideau as founding pastor. The first Mass was celebrated on July 10 at Sudman School in Allen Park; later Masses were held at Allen Park High School.
Fr. Carlson Robideau 

The parish bought farmland in the northeast section of Taylor Township and the groundbreaking for a permanent church was on November 8, 1953. A church with capacity for 1,000 was built at a cost of $125,000 ($1.2 million today). 1,600 people attended the first Mass in the new church on September 26, 1954. Cardinal Mooney dedicated the church a month later.

On November 20, 1955, ground was broken for a school and convent. Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth, Michigan, would teach at the school for decades.

Fr. Robideau retired in October, 1975, after 22 years as pastor. His former assistant, Fr. Edmund Borycz, was succeesor. St. Cyril Church was renovated in 1979-1980 and re-dedicated by Bishop Schoenherr on December 21, 1980.
Stations of the Cross line the back wall, along with flags and a banner of the Holy Name of Mary.

In June, 1989, Fr. Borycz was assigned to be a chaplain at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Fr. Eugene Wojtewicz succeeded as third pastor on September 9, 1989. St. Cyril Parish celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1993 and Fr. Gary Morelli was installed as fourth pastor.

St. Cyril School closed in 2000 and consolidated with St. Paschal Baylon and St. Constance to become Taylor Catholic School. Classes were held at St. Paschal and the other sites closed.
Tall, narrow windows on both sides of the sanctuary.

Fr. Bernard Fraser was installed as the fifth and last pastor on August 17, 2003. Cardinal Maida celebrated the 50th anniversary of St. Cyril Parish on October 12, 2003.
The sanctuary of St. Cyril Church was renovated in early 2006
In May, 2007, it was announced that St. Cyril would merge with St. Paschal Baylon Parish. A transition committee determined that St. Paschal Church, two miles southwest, would close and St. Cyril Church would remain active. The first Mass for Our Lady of the Angels Parish was on November 25, 2007. Fr. Fraser remained as pastor of the new parish for two years.
The former St. Paschal Baylon Church

Fr. Dariusz Strzalkowski has been pastor since 2009. In addition to his responsibilities as pastor, he often celebrates Mass in Polish at Our Lady of the Scapular in Wyandotte.

Stained-glass windows were restored and inlaid in a pair of doors.

A large crucifix hangs in the vestibule; the baptismal font, Paschal candle, and holy oils outside of the sacristy.

St. Therese, the Divine Mercy, and Our Lady of Guadalupe on the east side of the nave.

St. Francis, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Infant of Prague on the west side.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00pm preceded by Confessions at 3:00pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 10:00am, and Noon. Daily Mass is at 8:45am every weekday, except for Wednesday. The parish offers Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass on Thursdays, until 6:00pm.
St. John Paul II, St. Anne, and Mother of Perpetual Help on the west side of the nave

For more info: parish website + parish history
Video of the last Mass for St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish: YouTube