Thursday, February 15, 2018

Holy Family (Novi)

Novi grew rapidly during the 1970s and, in September of 1974, nearly 200 gathered for the first Mass at Orchard Hills School, their temporary church. Holy Family Parish was established two months later, on November 12, 1974, with Fr. Kevin O'Brien as founding pastorJohn Cardinal Dearden dedicated the church on November 5, 1977.

Holy Family used to be typical for suburban churches built at the time: sterile and geometric architecture with modern furnishings, chairs instead of pews, etc.
The church before renovations - source
The church underwent massive renovations throughout the entire building in 2016 and 2017.

New flooring, both carpet and tile, was added and new pews were installed. The preexisting baptismal font is one of few objects remaining.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron rededicated the church at the end of January.
A large crucifix hangs over the altar. A refurbished tabernacle was added to the sanctuary along with accent lights that reflect liturgical seasons.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary is depicted in a reclaimed, rose window above the main entrance.

Two antique, stained-glass windows depicting the Holy Family are in the sanctuary. They are likely reclaimed from the same church as the rose window. At left is the Finding of Jesus in the Temple and the Nativity of Our Lord on the right.

A niche for Our Lady of Guadalupe, near the sacristy, is indicative of the Hispanic population at the parish. A San Damiano crucifix hangs near the front doorthis crucifix seems to be the same one that used to be suspended over the altar.

A chapel is located next to the main entrance. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available here on 10am-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays as well as 10am-Noon, Wednesday-Friday.

Fr. Robert LaCroix is Pastorassisted by Fr. James Houbeck, Associate Pastor, and Deacon Robert Ervin, permanent deacon.

Fr. Houbeck previously ministered at the parish as a transitional deacon before he was ordained to the priesthood on October 7, 2017, by Archbishop Vigneron. He needed an extra semester to finish his studies so he was ordained after the annual ordinations in the spring.
Then-Deacon James Houbeck processed into Holy Family Church
before his ordination to the priesthood. - Source

Saturday Vigil is at 4:30pm and 6:30pm (Spanish) preceded by Reconciliation at 2:00pm. Sunday Masses at at 8:30am, 10:30am, and 12:30pm. Daily, morning Mass is at 9:00am Monday-Friday. Evening Mass is at 7:00pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more info: parish website
Other blog posts: Discovering Detroit Catholic Churches + The Joyful Celibate
More about the renovation: parish update June 2016Renkus-HeinzConstantine George Pappas Architecture,
The Michigan Catholic articles on the ordination of Fr. Houbeck: 10/5/1710/17/17

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

St. Regis (Bloomfield Hills)

St. Regis Parish began as a mission of Holy Name Parish in 1959 under the direction of Msgr. Eugene E. Paddock. The parish was established on June 19, 1962, by Cardinal Dearden and named after his patron saint – St. John Francis Regis. Fr. Thomas Shields was founding pastor and he led construction efforts of the rectory (finished in 1963), convent (1964), church (1968), activities center (gym and cafeteria – 1969). Fr. Shields resigned on October 22, 1978 due to illness.
Construction of the current church during the 1960s - Source
Fr. Daniel Murphy succeeded as pastor and led the parish until his retirement two decades later. He led many outreach activities such a Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference. The parish adopted a refugee family from Cambodia in 1981 and they converted to Catholicism three years later. 
The sanctuary of the church, as it appeared before recent renovations. - Source

In 1999, Adam Cardinal Maida appointed Fr. Norman Nawrocki as pastor. He expanded the parish's outreach with a school and hospital in Cameroon and provided supplies to a mission in Ghana. Fr. Nawrocki also led a long-term planning process that included refurbishment of the church, a chapel, new parish offices, a social hall and an addition to the parish school.
A view from the altar before the renovations

In 2011,  Archbishop Allen Vigneron appointed Msgr. Charles Kosanke as pastor. He led more long-term planning and oversaw renovation of the church building, which was completed in June of 2015. A year later, Fr. David Buersmeyer began his current term as pastor.
The sanctuary and altar were remodeled to a large crucifix and traditional niches of
the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph

A chapel, connected to the church, was completed in December of 2016 and soon blessed by Archbishop Vigneron.
Archbishop Vigneron celebrated the first Mass in the chapel.
Far left: current pastor, Fr. David Buersmeyer. Far right: former pastor, Msgr. Kosanke

Pews and stained-glass windows were transferred from the former St. John Cantius Church to the chapel at St. Regis.

Daily Mass is celebrated in the chapel at 6:30am, TuesdayThursday, and Mondays at 6:45pm. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored here Monday–Friday, 12:30pm–6:30pm, with extended hours on Tuesday evenings until 8:30pm.

Female saints are pictured on the left side (Blessed Virgin side) of the chapel while male saints are hown on the right side (St. Joseph side).

Stations of the Cross line the back wall of the nave.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus stands on one end of the church.

The parish patron stands in the vestibule between the church and chapel; a large crucifix hangs in front of the chapel entrance.

Daily Mass is in the main church at 8:30am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, preceded by Morning Prayer and followed with the Rosary. Saturday Vigil Mass is 4:30pm, preceded by Reconciliation at 3:00pm. Sunday Masses are at 8am, 10am, and Noon.

For more info: parish website

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

St. John Bosco (Redford Twp.)

Cardinal Mooney established St. John Bosco Parish in June, 1956, in the southern part of Redford Township. Fr. Leo Sheltreau was appointed pastor. Not only was this Fr. Leo's first tenure as pastor, it was his first assignment to a parish. Prior to this assignment, Fr. Sheltrau spent spent 18 years with Catholic Youth Organization and chaplain to juvenile detention.

The parish worshipped at Thurston High School until a church could be built. Msgr. Hardy, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Dearborn, led the groundbreaking ceremony on June 30, 1957.

The first Mass at St. John Bosco Church was on Christmas Eve, 1957, though construction was not yet finished.

Cardinal Mooney finally dedicated St. John Bosco Church on September 16, 1958, more than two years after the parish was established.

A parish school opened four years later with classes starting on September 10, 1962. Two lay teachers and two Adrian Dominican Sisters taught grades one, two and three. The following year, another Dominican sister joined the faculty. Sr. Margaret Joseph was the first principal.

St. John Bosco Parish celebrated it's 60th anniversary in 2016. Throughout the parish's 62-year history, there have been only three pastors: Fr. Leo Sheltreau (1956-1980), Fr. Michael Kundrat (1980-1984), and Fr. Richard Osebold (1984-present). However, the parish went through a series of a dozen associates and weekend associates. Both Fr. Sheltreau and Fr. Kundrat served at St. John Bosco until their respective retirements. It is likely that Fr. Osebold will also continue to minister at the parish until his retirement.

Fr. Osebold was previously the Dean of Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary, where he also taught Latin and Greek for two decades. He also served as a weekend assistant at St. John Bosco before he was appointed pastor. 

The parish once had 700 registered families but, at last count, numbered about 250. St. John Bosco clustered with St. Hilary and St. Robert Bellarmine in 2012. St. Hilary closed on June 29, 2014, but the other two remain clustered even though each has it's own pastor and parish staff.

A statue of St. Hilary, reclaimed from the now-closed St. Hilary Church, is suspended near the main entrance of St. John Bosco, next to a statue of the other namesake.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, holding the Lamb of God, stands next to the Infant of Prague and St. Thérèse.

Madonna and Child as well as St. Joseph in the back, left side of the church.

Most of the windows are common, clear glass. However, the windows above the main altar are stained-glasses. The Holy Trinity is depicted in the center window: the Hand of God the Father, the Agnus Dei, and Holy Spirit in the form of a dove.

A chapel stands behind the main altar, where daily Mass is celebrated every weekday except Thursday. Monday Mass is at 9:00am while Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays bring Mass at 8:30am. Tuesday Mass is preceded by Mother of Perpetual Help devotions at 8:15am and followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 9:00am-7:00pm.

Fr. Osebold is assisted by two permanent deacons:  Rev. Mr. Robert Modes and Rev. Mr. Ziggy Kucharek. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00pm, preceded by Confessions at 3:00pm, while Sunday Masses are at 9:00am and 11:00am.

More info: parish website + bulletin archive
More photos: AOD Film Services
More images of the stained-glass windows: Dawn's Art