Friday, June 21, 2019

St. Aloysius Church, Romulus

The cornerstone of the current church was laid in 1948 and stands near the I-275/I-94 interchange.

Fr. John Dumas has been administrator since 2016. He was ordained in 2010 and previously ministered at Divine Grace in Carleton and St. Isidore in Macomb.

St. John the Apostle and Blessed Virgin Mary are depicted in stained-glass, on each side of the crucifix.

At the back of the church: St. Joseph with Child Jesus; St. Vincent de Paul with impoverished children.

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

Stained-glass windows feature symbols of the sacraments and Scripture.

Ornate Stations of the Cross line both sides of the nave.

A niche devoted to different titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Daily Mass is at 7:00pm on Tuesdays, preceded by Confessions at 5:30pm. Daily Masses are also at 9:00am Wednesday-Saturday. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm, preceded by Confessions at 3:30pm, while Sunday Masses are at 9:00am and 11:00am.

For more info: parish website

Friday, April 12, 2019

Our Lady of La Salette, Berkley

In 1921, a small group of Catholics bought land for a church in what is now the middle of Berkley. Within three years, the parish of Our Lady of Refuge was established. In 1927, the church was moved three blocks to the current location. Like most, the parish and parishioners struggled during the Great Depression. In 1932, the diocese asked  Missionaries of La Salette to come to Berkley and staff the parish. Shortly after, the parish changed it's name to Our Lady of La Salette.
Our Lady of LaSalette and a crucifix in niche

The parish sold the old rectory, two blocks south, at 1799 Coolidge. The building eventually fell into disrepair and was demolished about ten years ago to make room for a pharmacy.

2007 Google street view of the old rectory - source

Our Lady of La Salette School was established in 1943 with two classrooms in a garage. It was staffed by the Sisters of Mercy and its first enrollment was 100 students. A newer school building was built in three stages 1947–1953. Enrollment peaked in the early 1960s with over 1,000 students.
Front elevation of the church, from the corner of Coolidge and Harvard.

A new rectory was built in 1963, followed by a new church with a seating capacity of 950. The current church was dedicated on September 16, 1967, by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Breitenbeck. 

Fr. Patrick Connell has been pastor since 1997; he is assisted by permanent deacons Daniel Darga and Clement Stankiewicz.

After 70 years of Catholic education, the school closed at the end of the 2012–2013 academic year.

A community of Franciscans reside at Duns Scotus Friary, across the street from the church. Among them: Br. Mike Dubec, Fr. Dennet Jung, Fr. Alex Kratz, Fr. Mike Lenz, and Br. Al Mascia.
St. Joseph, a relic and image of Blessed Solanus Casey, and St. Anne with Child Mary
near the main entrance

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00pm while Sunday Masses are at 9:30am and 11:30am. Daily Mass is at 7:00pm on Wednesday; 8:45am on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

More info: parish website

Friday, March 15, 2019

St. Theodore (St. Mary Cause of Our Joy Parish), Westland

St. Theodore of Canterbury Parish was established in 1965 and the current church was built in 1975 near the center of Westland.

In 2016, St. Theodore merged with other Westland parishes of St. Damian (est. 1955) and Divine Savior (est. 1973). The new parish was named St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy and only St. Theodore Church is still used by the parish. Fr. Ken Mazur, PIME, has been pastor since the merger.

Stations of the Cross line the left/south wall of the nave..

Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Therese in the chapel

St. Anne with Child Mary and St. Francis of Assisi in the chapel. Symbols of the Eucharist are portrayed a corner of the church.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm, preceded by Confessions at 3:30pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 10:00am and Noon.

Daily Mass is at 8:30am on Mondays, Thursday, and Fridays. Wednesday Mass is at Noon followed by Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament follows Wednesday Mass and concludes at 3:00pm.

For more info: parish website + PIME website

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Holy Name, Birmingham

Holy Name Parish was established in 1921 with Fr. William W. Ryan as founding pastor. Arthur Des Rosiers designed the first church in a Spanish style, measuring 30' x 80'. Construction began in November, 1921, and was finished the following spring. The first church was dedicated on April 30, 1922. A parish school was established in 1928 and remains in operation.
The first Holy Name Church, built in 1922 - source

The current edifice was designed by George Diehl and Associates with a capacity for 900. Construction began in 1954 and Edward Cardinal Mooney dedicated the church the following year.

The interior of the church was renovated in 1984. Other facilities such as a chapel, social whall, parish offices, etc. were added several years later. The church was renovated again in 2000.

The tabernacle was moved to a side chapel but much of the original high altar remains in place.

Stations of the Cross line each side of the nave.

The Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, respectively, where there likely used to be side altars.

Doctors of the Church, namely St. Jerome (left) and St. Basil (right), are depicted in stained-glass windows.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit is portrayed behind the baptismal font; a set of stained-glass windows over the former choir loft.

Msgr. John Zenz has been pastor since 2008. Msgr. was previously a weekend associate at Holy Name 1982-2005.

A set of stained-glass windows in the east transept

Daily Mass is celebrated at 8:00am in the chapel, Monday-Saturday. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00pm, preceded by Confessions at 3:00pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 10:00am, and Noon.

West transept windows

For more info: