Thursday, May 24, 2018

St. Mary (Royal Oak)

St. Mary Church was built in 1953, in the southern section of Royal Oak.

A Statue of the Blessed Virgin, along with a monogram of the Holy Name of Mary, is suspended over the center door.

Two plaques are suspended on the front facade: a crown surrounded by 12 stars and an olive branch.

A tall, narrow spire stands on the roof and over the altar; the former baptistery is stands in the vestibule 

Madonna and Child in the vestibule.

A baldacchino covers the high altar and tabernacle. A large stained-glass window depicting the blessed Virgin Mary overlooks the sanctuary.

A Chi Rho, as well as Alpha and Omega, are depicted on the facade of the high altar.

A monogram of "Ave Maria" is inlaid in the floor in front of the high altar. 

Side altars to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, respectively.

A portion of the original altar rail remains in front of the Blessed Mother's side altar.

The original baptismal font, which was in storage for decades, returned to the sanctuary last summer.

Periwinkle flowers are engraved on the sides of some of the pews.

Windows in the clerestory depict symbols and titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Left to right: Queen of Martyrs, Tower of David, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

Lower-level windows are in sets of three. The middle window in each set features a biblical symbol.

A large and colorful rose window overlooks the choir loft.

Stations of the Cross line the walls of the nave and hang in between arches.

Stained-glass windows in the stairwell to the choir loft; a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands in a garden between the church and rectory.

St. Mary Parish operates a K-8 parochial school which, in the 2017-2018 academic year, had an enrollment of 230 students.

St. Mary Parish offers Mass at least once every day. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament occurs four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Exposition starts at 6:30am, Benediction is at 7:20am, followed by Mass at 7:30am. Fridays also have a second Mass at 10:00am. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm while Sunday Masses are at 9:00am and 11:00am.

More info: parish website + school website
For more photos: AOD Film Services

Monday, April 09, 2018

St. Albert the Great (Dearborn Heights)

Cardinal Mooney established St. Albert the Great Parish in June 24, 1955, with Fr. Leo J. DePlaunty as founding pastor. The parish's first Mass was celebrated less than a month later, on July 17, in Pardee Elementary School. A permanent church, including two classrooms, was built the following year.

In September, 1956, five Marist Sisters arrived from Ireland. The soon began teaching at the parish and the school building was finished two years later. Fr. DePlaunty resigned as pastor in 1961, due to ill health, and became a chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital. Msgr. John A . Weier succeeded as second pastor and the parish grew quickly during the 1960s. In 1965, there were 1,300 families at St. Albert.

Fr. Art Fauser succeeded as the third pastor in January, 1978. Under his guidance, the church was renovated for the parish's silver anniversary.

Fr. Dan Zaleski has been pastor for over a decade. He is assisted Fr. Ben Leudtke, a popular homilist, spiritual director and conference speaker.

Cosmetic renovations have been completed in the last two years. Accent lighting was added to the sanctuary, new tile flooring was added throughout the church, etc.

An altar rail was recently installed as well; Holy Communion is distributed at the altar rail via intinction.

Tall, narrow shrines to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus are suspended over the sanctuary.

The Holy Family is depicted on the front of the ambo; St. Joseph stands on the left end of the sanctuary with the Descent of the Holy Spirit behind him.

The baptismal font stands at the right edge of the sanctuary, surrounded by plants and the Risen Christ.

The Holy Family is depicted on the back wall of the church; the parish patron stands nearby.

The Infant of Prague, surrounded by Ten Commandments, on the back wall.

In the narthex, St. Anthony and Child Jesus stand alongside a large crucifix.

The Holy Family also stands in the vestibule.

Our Lady of Fatima and a crucifix outside the confessional.

A large set of stained-glass windows line the west side of the church.

These windows show depictions of St. John the Apostle. St. Thérèse, St. Catherine of Siena, among others..

St. Anne, with Child Mary, stands near St. Thérèse at the back of the nave.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus hangs on the front of the choir loft; geometric windows on the front facade of the church.

Daily Mass is at 8:00am Monday and Wednesday-Saturday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacramenet is available 9;00an-4:00pm on Thursdays. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm preceded by Reconciliation at 3:00pm. Sunday Masses are at 9:00am and 11:00am.

More info: parish website + church history
More photos: AOD Film Services