Monday, March 02, 2015

Upcoming events: March 8-15

Sunday, March 8, 6:30pm
Theology on Tap
6:30PM Dinner & social
7:30PM Presentation by Kelly Nieto
For more info: Facebook
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00pm
Liturgy of Reconciliation
For more info: bulletin
Sunday, March 15, 10:00am
16th Annual Rose Mass
Bishop Michael Byrnes to celebrate
Followed by reception and light brunch
Dr. John Paul Slosar will present "The Catholic Health Ministry"
For more info:
Sunday, March 15, Noon
Detroit Mass Mob
For more info:

Friday, February 20, 2015

St. Scholastica Church

St. Scholastica Parish was established in 1928 as a child parish from St. Mary’s of Redford. It was founded by Benedictines under the direction of Fr. Philip Bartoccetti, OSB. About a dozen people attended the first Mass on Christmas Day, 1928, in a small wood-frame church. A parish hall was added in 1935 followed by the St. Sylvester Monastery, a grade school, convent, and Benedictine High School.

The parish originally had 35 families and grew to a peak of nearly 3,000 families in the 1960s. The current church is located on W. Outer Drive, just west of Southfield Freeway, and built in 1965.

Mosaics are found along the walls of the main entrance and at the back of the sanctuary.

The baptismal font is located near the narthex and in front of a mosaic depicting the Baptism of the Lord.

Long bands of stained-glass windows top the side walls of the church.

Several archways are found at the main entrance and each one features a stained-glass depiction of a particular saint or scene.

The center scene shows the parish's patron alongside her brother, St. Benedict, and her community.

Windows at the side entrances; a large Infant of Prague stands in front of the lectern.

The back of the sanctuary features Gospel references as well as icons of Benedictine saints.

A metal baldachin hangs over the altar. The tabernacle stands in a recess between the altar and a rear chapel.

Mass is celebrated in the chapel at 8:00am, Tuesday–Friday, and 9:00am on Saturday. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm and Sunday Mass is at 10:00am. Confessions are heard 30 minutes before each Mass.

Five priests, nine seminarians, and two transitional deacons from the Companions of the Cross reside at the rectory. Among them, Fr. Michael Scherrey, CC, is the current pastor.

For more info: parish websiteCompanions of the Cross

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Encounter: 11-Week Program on Lay Evangelization

St. Christopher Church
11-week program on Tuesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm, starting February 24
Each week will cover a different topic related to evangelization and apologetics
Includes an offsite, weekend retreat April 17–19
Begins with a light meal, followed by praise & worship music, a presentation and group discussion.
Presented by Body of Christ Ministry (Diocese of Corpus Christi, TX)
Cost: free-will donation
Childcare: provided by the parish

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lent Schedule: Stations of the Cross and Fish Fry

Central Region churches that will have Lenten devotions and/or dinner.

All Saints
Stations of the Cross: 6:30pm every Friday
Assumption Grotto
Fish Fry & Lenten reflections: 4:00–6:30pm every Friday; $8
Stations of the Cross: 7:00pm every Friday followed by Mass
website | bulletin
Christ the King
Stations of the Cross: 7:00pm every Friday
Soup and Bread Dinner: Feburary 20 at 6:00pm
website | bulletin
Holy Cross
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:00pm
Holy Redeemer
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at Noon (English) and 7:00pm (Spanish)
Our Lady Queen of Angels
Stations of the Cross: 6:00pm (English) & 7:00pm (Spanish) every Friday
St. Anne de Detroit
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:00pm in the chapel
St. Bonaventure Monastery
Lenten Series: Do You Believe?
Wednesdays, February 25–April 1
Noon Mass, reflection, soup & bread ($3 donation recommended)
Fridays: Bible Study at Noon
St. Cunegunda
Stations of the Cross: 5:00pm (Polish) every Friday
St. Florian
Fridays: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 3:00pm-6:00pm, followed by Mass in Polish
St. Francis D'Assisi–St. Hedwig
Wednesdays: 6:00pm Stations and 7:00pm Mass, both in Spanish, at St. Hedwig
Thursdays: 6:00pm Stations and 7:00pm Mass, both in Spanish, at St. Francis D'Assisi
Fridays: 6:00pm Stations, alternate between St. Francis and St. Hedwig
     Stations at St. Hedwig: February 20, March 6, March 20
     Stations at St. Francis: February 27, March 13, March 27
Fish Fry at St. Francis every Friday: 11:00am–6:00pm
     Dinners include fish, fries, coleslaw, fruit, bread, dessert, and beverage
     Adults: $9, Children: $6
website bulletin
St. Gabriel
Stations of the Cross: 7:00pm, in Spanish, on Fridays
St. Jude
Stations of the Cross: Every Friday of Lent, after 8:30am Mass and at 7:00pm
(Old) St. Mary (Greektown)
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 11:45am followed by 12:15pm Mass; Mass followed by Exposition and Adoration until 2:30pm
website | bulletin
St. Peter Claver 
Stations of the Cross: 6:30pm Every Friday during Lent (except February 20)
Fish Fry every Friday: 11:00am–6:00pm 
     Entreé: catfish or whiting
     Sides (included with dinner): choice of spaghetti, coleslaw, or green beans
     Dessert (included with dinner): cake
website | bulletin
SS. Peter & Paul (downtown)
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 5:15pm
SS. Peter & Paul (west side)
Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent; 6:00pm (Polish) and 7:00pm (English)
Gorzkie żale, a traditional Polish devotion, after all 10:30am Sunday Masses during Lent
Fish Fry:  4pm–7pm every Friday except Good Friday
     Entreé: choice of shrimp, fried or baked cod
     Sides:  choice of fries, macaroni & cheese, lazy pierogi (pasta and sauerkraut)
     Beverages: coffee/tea included, pop/bottled water are $1
     salad bar included with dinner 
website | bulletin
St. Philomena
Mass & Stations of the Cross: 9:00am on Fridays
St. Raymond – Our Lady of Good Counsel
Fish Fry: February 18 & 20, 11:00am–7:00pm
Stations of the Cross: 1:00pm on Fridays
website | bulletin 
St. Scholastica

Stations of the Cross: 7:00pm every Friday
St. Stephen – Mary, Mother of the Church
Stations of the Cross: 6:00pm, in Spanish, every Friday
St. Thomas Aquinas
Stations of the Cross: 12:30pm (English) & 6:00pm (Spanish) every Friday
Sweetest Heart of Mary
Fridays: 6:00pm Stations & 6:30pm Mass
Fish Fry:  3pm–8pm Ash Wednesday and every Friday of Lent
     Entreé: choice of baked flounder, fried shrimp, lemon-baked cod, pierogi dinner, or beer-battered cod.
     Dinner includes:  coleslaw, bread, coffee, and choice of either French fries, baked potato or macaroni & cheese.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Upcoming events: February 1-8

Sunday, February 1, 11:00am
Monthly (English) Mass
Soup & bread lunch after Mass, $8 donation


Monday, February 2, 7:00pm
Tridentine Mass for Candlemas
Candlemas is 40 days after Christmas and is also called the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Presentation of the Lord.
  • Please bring your own candles to be blessed for your use at home
  • There will be a Blessing of Candles, a Procession with lighted candles, and then a Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form.
  • Latin-English Missals will be provided.
parish website | facebook


Tuesday, February 3, 11:30am
First Tuesdays Healing Mass w/ Anointing of the Sick
followed by hot luncheon in parish hall.


Friday, February 6
Dinner For Life
6:00PM Mass with Archbishop Vigneron
7:00PM Dinner Keynote by Kimberly Hahn, Catholic apologist and author
All donations will be forwarded to Project Hope, a Pro-Life Initiative of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan.
For online registration, see Eventbrite.
For more info,


Saturday, February 7, 9:00am
First Saturday Mass & Devotions
SS. PETER & PAUL CHURCH (west side)
9:00am Mass followed by Exposition, Prayers to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Adoration, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament


Saturday, February 7, 7:30am-5:00pm &
Sunday, Feburary 8, 8:00am-5:00pm
Faith in the Fire Retreat for Young Adults
Includes 10:00am Sunday Mass
For more info: Facebook
Registration: Google docs


Sunday, Feburary 8, 11:00am
Mass for World Day of the Sick
Archbishop Vigneron to celebrate
For more info: AOD flyer


Sunday, Feburary 8, 6:30pm
Theology on Tap
6:30PM Dinner & social
7:30PM Presentation by Dr. Janet Smith, "The Sexual Mess We are In"
For more info: Facebook

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, established 1955, is located at the northeast corner of Evergreen and Ford Rd., where Detroit meets Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.

The parish elementary school closed several years ago and is currently occupied by a charter school. In 2013, St. Thomas Aquinas merged with nearby St. Christopher to form the aptly-named parish of St. Christopher–St. Thomas Aquinas.

Both churches remain active and Fr. Jaime Hinojos has served as pastor since the merger. Fr. Hinojos is also Vicar of the Trinity Vicariate and very active in evangelization and Hispanic ministry.

The tabernacle is located at the left side of the sanctuary below a resurrected Christ. A large crucifix stands at the right side of the sanctuary.

The Holy Family is depected outside the main entrance and in the sanctuary.

The narthex is dedicated the Blessed Virgin. It features Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Częstochowa and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

A display case shows relics as well as school memorabilia.

Abstract patterns decorate the stained-glass windows.

Sunday Mass is at 9:30am (Spanish) and Noon (English). Thursdays bring Confessions at 5:00pm and Spanish Mass at 6:00pm. Fridays see 10:00am English Mass.

More info: parish website & bulletin archive*
More photos: AOD Film Services
Another blog post: Detroit Pilgrim

* disregard Mass schedule on The Catholic Directory, its outdated

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dinner for Life: February 6

Sixth Annual Dinner for Life
Friday, February 6, 2015, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
2701 W. Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206

Please join the seminarians at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in support of the pro-life movement.

6:00pm Mass celebrated by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron
7:00pm Dinner and keynote with Kimberly Hahn, apologist and author.     

All donations will be forwarded to Project Hope, a Pro-Life Initiative of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Upcoming events: January 18-22

Monthly Tridentine Mass
Sunday, January 18, Noon


Third Sunday Concert Series
Sunday, January 18, 2:00pm
"Grand Flourishes," music for trumpets and organ
trumpets: William Beger and Jeff Markwick, organ: Bob Barnhart


Mass for Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 19, 10:00am


Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
Thursday, January 22
6:00pm Mass with intention of healing for women who have lost a child, had a stillborn baby, had a miscarriage or had an abortion.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Updated Mass Schedules

Four Detroit churches have recently updated their Mass schedules.

temporarily closed, 4-6 weeks, for building repairs
All Masses at St. Josaphat for time being

Sunday: 9:30am (Extraordinary Form) & Noon (Ordinary Form)
Monday: 7:00pm (Extraordinary Form) followed by Our Lady of Perpetual Help devotions
Wednesday: 11:40am Confessions; 12:10pm Mass followed by St. Joseph Novena
Thursday: Noon Mass followed by Novena to the Black Madonna
First Friday: 7:00pm (Extraordinary Form) followed by Sacred Heart Novena

S.S. PETER & PAUL (west side)
effective January 17th
Saturday: 3:00 Confessions; 4:30pm Vigil
Sunday: 9:00am, 10:30am (Polish) & Noon
Monday: 9:00am
Wednesday: 6:15pm Confessions; 7:00pm Mass followed by Our Lady of Perpetual Help devotions
Thursday: 12:15pm
Friday: 9:00am
First Friday: 6:15pm Confessions; 7:00pm Mass followed by Exposition, Adoration, & Benediction
First Saturday: 9:00am followed by Exposition, Adoration, & Benediction
Adoration Chapel: Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-2:45pm

Sunday: 8:45am
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30am

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Corpus Christi (formerly St. Gerard Parish)

St. Gerard Parish was established, in 1950, in northwest Detroit. The current church is dated to 1964 and located on Evergreen Rd. between 7 and 8 Mile.
St. Eugene Parish, located near 7 Mile and Berg, closed in 1989 and many parishioners moved to St. Gerard.

In 2006, St. Gerard merged with Immaculate Heart of Mary (est. 1948) to create Corpus Christi Parish. The former IHM, two miles east, is still used as a charter school.

Previously, there was another parish named Corpus Christi, established in 1923 and closed 1989, in northeast Detroit. This building is still in use by another denomination.
The clerestory windows feature a colorful, abstract pattern while the lower ones feature excerpts from Scripture.

A crucifix hangs in the narthex near an unusual, six-sided baptismal font — most baptismal fonts have eight sides.
Shrines to the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, respectively.

Fr. Don Archambault arrived in 1988 and remains there today. Daily Mass is celebrated at a side chapel, Monday–Thursday, at 8:30am. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00pm preceded by 3:30pm confessions. Sunday Masses are at 9:00am and 11;00am.

More info: parish website
Interview with the pastor: American Catholic 
More photos: AOD Film Services
About the other Corpus Christi: Creative Gene