Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Final Mass at St. Louis the King

St. Louis the King Parish was established in 1923 and, like many churches in the northeast area, it had a mostly Polish congregation.

The latest edifice was designed by Walter J. Rozycki, built in 1959, and located on 7 Mile just east of Mound. Felician Sisters taught at the parish school before it closed in 1988, later demolished in 1993.

The church's namesake portrayed on the front facade as well as a side altar.

In 2012, St. Louis the King merged with St. Ladislaus and Transfiguration/Our Lady Help of Christians. St. Ladislaus will also soon close at a date TBD but Transfiguration will remain open. The last Mass at St. Louis the King was celebrated on August 31, 2013.

Agnus Dei above the high altar

St. Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of Fatima, St. John Paul II, and St. Joseph with child Jesus in the east transept.

The west transept housed a statue of St. Maximilian Kolbe along with a processional canopy and banners.

Side altars to Our Lady of Częstochowa and Mother of Perpetual Help.

Colorful, symbolic windows were found in the lower level of the nave as well as the sanctuary. Geometric, pale windows were found in the clerestory.

A cross-shaped set of windows found over the choir loft.

Plaques honored deceased ushers and veterans.

For more info: previous blog post, WXYZCreative Genebulletin achive

Friday, August 29, 2014

St. Josaphat Church reopening Sept. 13

After nearly 10 months of waiting, St. Josaphat Church will officially reopen the weekend of September 13-14.

Saturday, September 13, 5:30pm: English Vigil Mass celebrated by Bishop Reiss
Sunday, September 14, 9:30am: Tridentine (Latin) Mass

A reception in the parish hall will follow both Masses.


Mother of Divine Mercy Parish will adjust their Mass schedule thereafter.

Sweetest Heart of Mary
Saturday, 4pm
Sunday, 10am
Friday, Noon (Sacred Heart devotion after)

St. Josaphat
Saturday, 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:30am Tridentine
Monday, 7pm Tridentine (Perpetual Help devotion after)
Thursday, Noon

St. Joseph
Sunday, 11:30am
Wednesday, 12:10pm (St. Joseph novena after)

***Supposedly St. Joseph will retain First Friday Tridentine Mass, at 7:00pm, but that is yet to be confirmed.***

Monday, August 25, 2014

Upcoming events: Aug. 27 - Sept. 7

Novena to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Most Holy Redeemer
Wed., August 27- Thu., Sept. 4
5:00pm everyday: Novena and Rosary
Friday, Sept 5: 6:00pm Mass

Final Mass Sunday Mass
St. Louis the King
Sunday, August 31
11:00am (English & Polish)

Parish Festival
All Saints Church
Saturday, Sept. 6 &
Sunday, Sept. 7

"Homecoming Sunday" 
Old St. Mary's (Greektown)
Sunday, September 7, Noon
food & social after Noon Mass

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Requiem Aeternam Dona ei, Domine.

Et perpetua lux luceat ei. Requescat in Pace. Amen

Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka has passed away at the age of 86. He served as the Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 to 1990, then later oversaw the Vatican government under Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI until his retirement in 2006.

See the press release from the Archdiocese here.

Kindly pray for his repose.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Upcoming events: August 22-26

Feast of the Queenship of Mary
Sweetest Heart of Mary
Friday, August 22
6:00pm Presentation - "Mary, Queen of Angels" with Fr. Titus Kieninger, ORC
7:00pm Mass followed by candlelight procession (please bring own candle and wax guard) with a relic of the Blessed Mother's veil and veneration of the relic
Jazz Concert
St. Cecilia Church
Friday, August 22
5:00pm - Midnight
$10 admission includes soft drinks and appetizers; cash bar

Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa (transferred)
St. Francis D'Assisi
Saturday, August 23
3:40pm Rosary, 4:00pm Mass
Sunday, August 24
9:40am Living Rosary, 10:00am procession with icon, litany, and Mass; complimentary pancake breakfast after Mass

Healing Service
St. Christopher Church
Saturday, August 23
5:00pm-7:30pm; Mass preceding at 4:00pm

Monthly Tridentine Mass
St. Albertus
Sunday, August 24
Jazz On the Grass
St. Peter Claver (formerly Precious Blood)
Sunday, August 24
3:00pm - 6:00pm
free will offering
Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa
St. Josaphat Church
Tuesday, August 26
6:30pm Rosary, 7:00pm Mass, Novena to the Black Madonna, candlelight procession with icon, veneration of a relic of the Blessed Mother's veil
St. Florian Church
6:30pm Mass
***Peach Festival, St. Louis the King is cancelled***

Friday, August 15, 2014

Saint Joseph Cappella CD

One of our favorites here at Detroit Church Blog, St. Joseph's Church, has a marvelous choir who has released a new CD of Latin motets, and it was featured by the New Liturgical Movement.  How exciting!

The CD is available at the parish churches, online, and at Mateja's and Fuch's.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

St. Christopher Church

St. Christopher Church is located on the west side of the city, near Warren Avenue and Southfield Freeway. The parish was established in 1941 and the current edifice dated as 1965.

Like many newer churches, the interior of St. Christopher is shaped much like an amphitheater.

The church's namesake stands to the right of the main altar along with the Infant of Prague.

Bands of geometric, pastel windows line the walls of the nave and clerestory.

More symbolic, realistic windows are found near the baptismal font.

The choir loft windows show a depiction of the namesake saint and read "On whatever day thou shalt behold the face of St. Christopher, surely on that day thou shall not die an evil death." Since St. Christopher is also the patron of travelers, different modes of transport are shown: boat, airplane, bicycle, etc. 

Last year, St. Christopher merged with St. Thomas Aquinas and Fr. Jaime Hinojos has served as pastor since then.

Daily Mass is celebrated on Tuesdays at 7:00pm (Spanish) and Wednesdays at 8:30am (English). Tuesdays also bring Exposition and Reconciliation at 6:00pm.

Saturday Vigil Mass (English) is at 4:00pm preceded by 3:00pm confessions. Currently, Sunday Masses are only celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas. 

For more info: parish websitebulletin archive, & Facebook
Another blog post: Detroit Pilgrim

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Upcoming events: August 15-20

Friday, August 15
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation
Go to Mass, wherever you are


Friday, August 15
Solemnity of the Assumption
Assumption Grotto
Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (behind church, in cemetery)
9:30am   - Mass followed by Exposition until 3:00pm
11:00am - Confessions heard until 3:45pm
Noon        - Mass followed by blessing of Miraculous Medals
2:00pm   - Stations of the Cross
3:00pm   - Anointing of the Sick & Living Rosary
5:00pm   - St. Louis de Montfort Consecration to Mary
6:15pm    - Rosary led by Sisters of the Holy Cross
7:00pm    - Mass followed by candelight procession
food & beverages available all day; Italian dinner served 12:30pm-5:30pm


Friday, August 15
Detroit Church Tours
Visit St. Bonaventure Monastery, Immaculate Conception (Ukrainian), lunch at Polonia, 7:00pm Mass at Assumption Grotto
$40 per person, not including lunch


Wednesday, August 20, 5:30pm
An Evening for Young Adults 
St. Bonaventure Monastery
What is Pope Francis teaching us about the New Evangelization...and how really "new" is it, anyway? Capuchin Friar and former Provincial Minister, Br. John Celichowski, will engage participants in an evening of reflection and conversation that will deepen our discipleship. The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with a light meal and fellowship in the Solanus Casey Center’s Creation Garden, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI. Please RSVP by 8/17 by texting Br. MJ (312) 833-8936 or by emailing him at mjgroark@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Gesu Parish

The original Gesu Church in 1922. source
Gesu Parish was established in 1922 and an addition was built the next year. The parish continued to grow and Masses were held in the basement of the school 1925–1935. The current church was finished in 1935 for the cost of $300,000, $5.2 million in today's value, and follows a Spanish Mission style of architecture.

Gesu is also one of few parishes in the city that still operates a parish K-8 schoolFr. Robert Scullin, SJ, is the current pastor.

Symbols of the four evangelists decorate the exterior walls while icons of the Blessed Mother hang above doorways.

Daily Mass is held every weekday at 5:30pm and Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm. Sunday Mass is at 8:00am and 10:30am.

An elaborate motif decorates the ceiling.

A large baldacchin hangs above the altar; the Holy Family is pictured in a sanctuary window.

At some point, the sanctuary was extended and pews rearranged. The tabernacle is located in between the main altar and rear chapel (wherhigh altar used to be).

In the rear of the nave, two large plaques honor the parish's World War II veterans.

A social area was built at the east side of the church and a partition separates it from the rest of the church.  Stations of the Cross line this wall.

Gesu is located in northwest Detroit, near McNichols and Livernois, immediately north of University of Detroit-Mercy.

For more info: parish websitebulletin archive
More photos: AOD Film Services, Flickr