Sunday, October 04, 2015

Church of the Transfiguration Parish (Southfield)

Church of the Transfiguration is the result of a 2007 merger between four Southfield parishes. These include: St. Beatrice (est. 1966), St. Bede (est. 1954), St. Ives (est. 1964), and St. Michael (est. 1930). Of those, the parish uses only the former St. Michael. The church, constructed in 1951, is located just north of 10 Mile, a few blocks west of Lahser, in Southfield.

A bronze relief plaque, depicting Christ's transfiguration, hangs near the main entrance to the church.

The former St. Ives is now Our Lady of Albanians. St. Bede was demolished last year to make room for redevelopment. The former St. Beatrice is now a Syro-Malabar church — an Indian Catholic Church descended from disciples of St. Thomas.

A nearby prayer garden, added in 2008, displays statues of patrons from the previous parishes

A shrine to Our Lady of Fatima is also in this garden.

A Divine Mercy Chapel is located outside the church.

A depiction of Christ and the Apostles adorns the roof.

Daily Mass is at Noon, Monday–Friday. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm while Sundays see Mass at 8:00am, 10:00am, and Noon.

One facade, behind the altar, features an engraving of Psalm 26:8.

The parish is under the direction of Franciscan friars. Rev. William Farris, OFM, is pastor while Rev. Jeremy Harrington, OFM, is associate. Rev. Mr. Thomas Mohan is permanent deacon and Br. Philip Wilhelm, OFM,  is in-residence. They are frequently assisted by senior priest Rev. John Gagala.

Statues of St. Francis and St. Anthony stand on the south side of the nave.

St. Joseph, along with Madonna and Child, stand near the entrance into the church.

An angel and the Infant of Prague stand in the vestibule.

Confessions are heard 10:30am–11:30am on Tuesdays and 1:00pm–2:00pm on Saturdays. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place 1:00pm–7:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month.

For more info: parish website

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Upcoming events: October 2-4

SS. PETER & PAUL CHURCH (west side)
7685 Grandville, Detroit

Friday, October 2
6:15pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
7:00pm Holy Mass (First Friday)
Followed by Exposition, prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Adoration, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday, October 3
9:00am Holy Mass (First Saturday)
Followed by Exposition, prayers to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 4:00 p.m.
10:15am “Christ Present in the Eucharist” presented by Deacon Alex Jones
Brunch will follow in the Lower Church Hall.
Please let us know you are attending the presentation and brunch
by calling 313-846-2222 ext. 106 and leaving a message by Friday, September 25th.
3:00pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
4:30pm Holy Mass
Followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 6:30 p.m.
6:00pm Music, Prayers, and Litany to the Blessed Sacrament
6:30pm Evening Prayer & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Sunday, October 4
10:30am. Holy Mass  (English & Polish) followed by Eucharistic Procession
*only one Mass this day*


Saturday, October 3, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday, October 4, Noon-6:00pm
5200 MacDougall, Detroit

Saturday: Meatloaf Dinner
Sunday: Pork Chop Dinner

Games, hourly raffle, ice cream, banana cream pies, hot dogs, Polish food


Saturday, October 3, 5pm-10pm
Sunday, October 4, 2pm-9pm
3245 Junction, Detroit

Saturday, October 3
4:00pm Polka Mass
5:30pm-9:30pm Polka music by the Kielbasa Kings
Serving city chicken dinner

Sunday, October 4
2:00pm-2:45pm Dance performance by Ballet Folklorico de Detroit
2:00pm-4:00pm Kid's entertainment: clowns and face painting
3:30pm-8:30pm Music by One More Shot Polka Band
Serving Polish combination plate

Games, raffles, bake sale, Polish & Mexican food
Main raffle drawing Sunday at 8:30pm; $3,000 in prizes


Sunday, October 4, 10:00AM
13305 Grove St., Detroit

Saturday, September 19, 2015

St. Joseph Oktoberfest, Sept. 26 & 27

St. Joseph Church, part of Mother of Divine Mercy Parish, will celebrate its annual Oktoberfest next weekend. A historically German church, they will host two choral Masses (including one in German) as well as a sacred music concert, church tours, German food and beer, plus a performance by a German dance group.

For more info: parish website

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Final Mass at Precious Blood Church on October 4th

Precious Blood Church, a part of St. Peter Claver Parish, will host its final Mass on Sunday, October 4, at 10:00am. A meeting for parishioners is scheduled to follow Mass this Sunday to discuss it further. A Mass for Precious Blood School alumni is scheduled for next Sunday, September 27.

The parish office will continue to occupy the nearby rectory until both the rectory and church are sold. St. Peter Claver's "annex" location, the former St. Francis de Sales, will remain open. For several years, Precious Blood Church has been open only May-September since the small parish cannot afford to heat the large building.

Precious Blood church is located at 13305 Grove, near McNichols and the Lodge.

For more info, see the bulletin

Thursday, September 10, 2015

St. Paul on the Lake (Grosse Pointe Farms)

Farmers began settling along Lake St. Clair in the late 1700s and French priests began ministering to people there in the 1790s. Fr. Francis Badin dedicated a log church in 1825 and the parish was formally organized nine years later.

A chapel was built in 1848 and construction of the current church began at the same site in 1895. The church was designed in a French Gothic style by Harry J. Rill, also architect of St. Leo's Church. Construction was finished in 1899 at a cost of $23,000 or approximately $600,000 today.

Stained-glass windows were made by Fredericks & Wolfram Art Glass Company of Detroit (installed in 1901) and Franz Mayer & Company of Munich, Germany (installed in 1924).

A rectory was added in 1911. A Neo-Tudor style school and Elizabethan Revival convent were designed in 1927 by the firm of Smith, Hinchman & Grylls. Additions to the school were completed in 1951 and 1953. The parish grounds were designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1992 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Msgr. Patrick Halfpenny is the current pastor; Fr. Joseph Kirkconnell and Fr. Thomas Slowinski are associate pastors.  William Jamieson is as permanent deacon.

The southwest transept shows the Adoration of the Magi.

The northeast transept features a depiction of St. Paul preaching.

The church recently reopened after two weeks closure. The plaster ceiling needs repair and nets were added to prevent further damage as the parish seeks a contractor to fix it.

Daily Mass is at 6:30am and 8:15am Monday-Friday.

Saturday morning Mass is at 8:15am with Vigil Mass at 4:30pm. During the summer, the parish has a 6:00pm outdoor, Saturday Vigil. Confessions are heard on Saturdays at 3:45pm.


Sunday Mass is at 7:00am, 8;30am, 10:00am and Noon. During the school year, the parish has 6:00pm Sunday Mass for teenagers.

Adoration takes place on Tuesdays, Noon-7:00pm with Benediction at the end.

For more info: parish website, bulletin archive, & wikipedia
For more photos: flickr