Sunday, January 13, 2019

Our Lady of the Lakes, Waterford

Our Lady of the Lakes began as an outgrowth of St. Patrick in White Lake. Fr. Frederick Delaney celebrated the first Mass on September 26, 1948. At it's founding, Our Lady of the Lakes had 150 registered families.

Plans for a new church and social hall were drawn in 1950 and the building was dedicated on May 13, 1951 by Archbishop Mooney. The parish built a new rectory in 1953 and a new school in 1956. The parish quickly grew over the next three decades to a total of 3,100 families.

In 1985, ground was broken on the current edifice; Archbishop Szoka dedicated the new church two years later.

Daily Mass is at 8:15am, Monday-Friday while Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:30pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am and 12:30pm.

There have been 7 pastors in 7 decades at Our Lady of the Lakes. Fr. Scott Thibodeau has been pastor since July, 2017, and assisted by Fr. Christopher Muer, ordained to the priesthood last year. 

Two permanent deacons, John Schulte and Stephen P. Talbot, also minister at the parish.

As of 2014, there were 560 students enrolled in the parish K-12 schools.

Christ the Good Shepherd stands on one end of the nave, Madonna and Child are the other side.

More info: parish website
More photos: AOD Film Services

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Sacred Heart Parish, Grosse Ile


The first Church of the Sacred Heart was built in 1915, on the eastern shore of Grosse Ile.

A bell mount stands outside the chapel; the bell is engraved with “S. Davis”, “Detroit”, “1889”.

A cemetery stands immediately behind the chapel.

Construction on the current Sacred Heart Church began in 1968, around the corner from the chapel and cemetery.

Cardinal Dearden dedicated the church on June 14, 1969. A large vestibule was added in 1990.

A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands outside the church, surrounded by Stations of the Cross.

Sacred Heart of Jesus stands in front of the church; the Holy Family hangs in the vestibule.

The parish offers Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday and again on First Fridays.

Sacred Heart Parish currently has 890 registered families. Fr. Mike Molnar has been pastor since July, 2008, and is assisted by Sr. Helen Therese Bodziak, Pastoral Associate.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm while Sunday Masses are at 8:30am and 11:00am.

For more info: parish website

More photos: AOD Film Services

Thursday, January 03, 2019

St. Priscilla Church, Livonia


St. Priscilla Parish was established in 1961 and the current church was built in 1974.

Our Lady in the vestibule; Madonna and Child in the sanctuary,

The church was designed in the shape of an octagon.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Our Lady of Guadalupe hang in opposite sides of the church.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm. Sunday Masses are at 9:00am and 11:00am.

Daily Mass is at 7:00pm on Thursdays and 8:00am on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

Fr. John Wheeler, a Basilian priest, has been a weekend assistant since 1999. Fr. Theodore D’Cunha, an Indian Pallotine, has been pastor since February, 2011.

For more info: parish website + YouTube channel
On the parish's celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Daiji World

Friday, December 28, 2018

St. Gerald Church, Farmington

Archbishop John Dearden established St. Gerald Parish on June 26, 1964, with Fr. James P. O’Hagan as founding pastor. Masses were celebrated at Flanders Elementary School. A month after the parish was established, ground was broken on a new church. The first St. Gerald Church was dedicated on December 19, 1964.

The parish continually grew for the first two decades. The church was expanded and renovated but, in 1987, St. Gerald began plans for a new, larger church. Cardinal Maida dedicated the new church on May 31, 1991.

New stained-glass windows were added in 1999. 

St. Gerald merged with St. Alexander, located three miles east, at the end of 2014. St. Alexander Church soon closed but the food pantry remained active. Two years later, the former St. Alexander was sold to a secular non-profit organization. 

Fr. Krzysztof (Kris) Nowak has been pastor since July, 2016.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm, preceded by Confessions 3:30-4:30pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:30, 10:15am, and Noon. 

Daily Mass is celebrated at 9:15am on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Thursday evening Mass is at 7:00pm.

Four large tapestries hang in opposing corners of the church. Divine Mercy and St. Thérèse on the left side of the nave.

The Blessed Virgin Mary along with St. Joseph and Child Jesus on the right side.

For more info: parish website + parish history
More photos: St. Alexander + St. Gerald
On the 2014 parish merger: Hometown Life
St. Gerald's 50th anniversary in 2014: The Michigan Catholic + C & G News