Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving & Black Friday Mass schedule

The Four Ends of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
Adoration, Reparation, Petition, and THANKSGIVING.

Assumption Grotto bulletin
Thursday: Mass at 7:30am & 9:00am
Friday: Mass at 7:30am & 7:00pm

Most Holy Redeemer Church bulletin
Thursday: 8:30am Mass
Friday: Mass at 8:30am & 6:00pm

Old St. Mary's Church bulletin
Thursday: 12:15pm Mass
Friday: 12:15pm Mass followed by Exposition and Adoration until 2:30pm

Our Lady Queen of Apostles Churchbulletin
Thursday & Friday: 8:30am Mass

St. Christopher Church | bulletin
Thursday: 10:00am Mass

St. Florian Churchbulletin
Thursday: 8:00am Mass (English)
Friday: 3:00-6:00pm Adoration, 6:00pm Benediction, 6:30pm Mass (Polish)

St. Francis D'Assisi Church | bulletin
Thursday: 9:00am Mass

St. Gabriel Church | bulletin
Thursday: 10:00am Mass (bilingual)

St. Josaphat Churchcalendar
Thursday: 10:00am Mass followed by Benediction

St. Jude Church | bulletin
Thursday: 8:30am Mass

S.S. Peter & Paul Church (west side)
Thursday & Friday: 9:00am Mass

St. Thomas Aquinas Church | bulletin
Friday: Noon Mass

Sweetest Heart of Mary Churchcalendar
Friday: Noon Mass followed by Sacred Heart devotions

Saturday, November 14, 2015

St. Michael the Archangel (Livonia)

St. Michael the Archangel was established by Bishop Gallagher on July 8, 1931. Fr. John Contway was the first pastor of ten families. Shelden Land Company donated six acres for a combined church and social hall. The building was dedicated on October 21, 1931, and was incorporated into the current school building.

Felician Sisters began teaching religious education in September, 1936, and the sisters established a new Motherhouse two months later. They started with just five students but quickly increased to 75 by the end of the academic year.

The parish began raising funds for a parish school which eventually opened in September of 1942 and led by five Felician Sisters. A second level was added to the school the following year to accomodate rapid growth. 

Three more sisters joined the school in 1944-45 and enrollment was at 345 students. A gymnasium was built in 1949 and a convent the following year. Fr. Contway died in 1956 after 25 years of service to the parish. At the time, the parish has 1,425 registered families.

Fr. Thomas McMahon succeeded as pastor and oversaw construction of the current church in 1962. Enrollment at the school peaked at 1,165 students in 1965, making St. Michael the second-largest Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese after St. Veronica.

Fr. William Tindall was installed as the parish's eighth pastor in 2003 and has served in that office since.

For more info: parish website
For more photos: AOD Film Services

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Upcoming events: November 12-15

(Celebrated on 11/12 in the Ordinary Form and 11/14 in the Extraordinary Form)
St. Josaphat Church

Thursday, November 12
Noon Mass followed by Benediction & veneration of St. Josaphat's relic

Saturday, November 14
9:30am Tridentine (Latin) Mass followed by veneration of St. Josaphat's relic

parish website


Assumption Grotto
Friday, November 13-Sunday, November 15

Friday, November 13
7:30am Mass followed by Eucharistic procession
7:00pm Mass
8:30pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Saturday, November 14
6:30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the high altar
7:30am Mass at a side altar
4:00pm Vigil Mass
8:30pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Sunday, November 15
6:00am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Mass at 6:30am, 9:30am (Tridentine), and Noon
Exposition in between each Mass
Eucharistic procession, Benediction and Litany after Noon Mass

parish website


St. Elizabeth Church
130th anniversary
Saturday, November 14, 6:30pm Dinner/Dance, $30
Sunday, November 15, Noon Mass

parish website

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Felician Motherhouse (Livonia)

St. Felix of Cantalice
Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Felix Of Cantalice Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi (CSSF), was established in 1855 in Warsaw, Poland. The community borrows their name from St. Felix of Cantalice, a 16th Century Franciscan devoted to children.
Felician Motherhouse in Detroit SOURCE

In 1874, five sisters come to America and settled in  Polonia, Wisconsin, at the invitation of Fr. Joseph DabrowskiThe Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province was transferred to Detroit in 1882. They established a motherhouse directly across the street from St. Albertus Church, the first Polish-American parish in the area. A convent, orphanage, and Felician Academy, an all-girl high school, were all housed in the same building. Felicians would also teach at St. Stanislaus, St. Josaphat, and other Polish-heritage parishes.

The Felician motherhouse later moved to Livonia in 1936 but the Felician Academy remained until 1967. What remained of the convent was burned down on November 3, 1969, and was later replaced by apartments.


The cornerstone of the Livonia motherhouse is dated to 1935 and features an inscription that translates to "God is my all."

The building was designed in a Neo-Renaissance style, with elements of the Byzantine Revival, and completed in 1936.

A large crucifix stands near the main door.

Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, foundress of the Felicians, is portrayed in the narthex across from Our Lady of Częstochowa.


The Sanctus or "holy, holy, holy" is inscribed along the front of the baldachin. Images of the evangelists line the four surrounding pillars.

The Holy Spirit is depicted in the dome above the altar.

Side altars dedicated to St. Joseph (left) and St. Felix (right).

A circular window above the main doorway repeats the phrase "God is my all" and features the Franciscan Coat of Arms: the crossed hands of Jesus and Francis.

Scriptural symbols are seen throughout the stained-glass windows.

Stations of the Cross are embedded in the walls

The Agnus Dei is depicted in the gates of the altar rail

Woodwork details adorn the confessionals

Mass is at 7:30am, Monday-Saturday, and 9:00am on Sundays.

For more info: | Wikipedia

Monday, November 02, 2015

Upcoming events: November 7-8

Saturday, November 7
SS. Peter & Paul (west side)
9:00am Mass followed by First Saturday devotions

Sunday, November 8
SS. Peter & Paul (Jesuit)
11:00am Mass

Sunday, November 8, 1:30-3:30
Cristo Rey High School

Sunday, November 8
Traffic Jam & Snug
6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm Presentation, "Pope Francis and the Year of Mercy"

Monday, October 26, 2015

All Soul's Day Masses

Monday, November 2, is All Souls' Day and Catholics may receive a plenary indulgence at this time (conditions on the bottom).

7:30am Solemn High Requiem Mass followed by the All Souls' Day tradition of three consecutive Low Masses at three altars.
7:00pm Mass

Mausoleum Rotunda Chapel
9:00am Mass with Archbishop Vigneron

Garden Mausoleum
10:00am Mass with Bishop Reiss

6;30pm Confessions
7:00pm Tridentine High Requiem Mass
St. Joseph Cappella will sing Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. Latin-English Missals provided.
parish website | facebook

7:00pm Mass (English & Polish)
The names of all the parishioners who died within the last year will be read


Via Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Here is how you can obtaining a Plenary Indulgence on November 2, All Souls Day:

  • make a good confession within a week before or after All Souls
  • be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin, for a plenary indulgence
  • visit a church to pray for the faithful departed
  • say one “Our Father” and the “Creed” during a visit to the church
  • say one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary” for the Pope’s monthly intentions
  • receive Holy Communion, on the same day or soon after

To obtain a Plenary Indulgence from November 1-8

  • make a good Confession within a week of before or after All Souls Day
  • be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin, for a plenary indulgence
  • visit a cemetery and pray for the dead
  • say one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary” for the monthly intentions set by the Pope
  • receive Holy Communion worthily on the same day or soon after

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tridentine High Mass at Old St. Mary's on Oct. 30

Fr. Joe Tuskiewicz will celebrate a Tridentine Sung Mass on the evening of October 30. The event is organized by Juventutem Michigan, host of a young adult dinner afterwards. Faithful of all ages are welcome to attend the Mass.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Upcoming events: October 17-24

St. Augustine - St. Monica Church
Saturday, October 17 - Wednesday, October 21

  • Meets nightly at 6:30pm with a light meal and discussion
  • A limited number of bibles and notepads will be available, recommended to bring your own
  • A pair of twin brothers, both priests, will lead a five-day workshop. Fr. Chester Smith and Fr. Charles Smith of Chicago are Society of Divine Word (SVD) priests with a mission to evangelize African-American youth and young adults.


Sweetest Heart of Mary Church
Sunday, October 18, 3:00pm

  • Pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, for the outcome of the Synod of Bishops on Families and Marriage.
  • A tour of the church will follow the Holy Hour.


Old St. Mary's Church
Saturday, October 24
5:30pm Mass
6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm Exposition
Adoration and Evangelization until 10:00pm

  • An evangelization effort inviting and welcoming passersby to a church where they will be asked to light a candle and say a prayer.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Church of the Transfiguration Parish (Southfield)

Church of the Transfiguration is the result of a 2007 merger between four Southfield parishes. These include: St. Beatrice (est. 1966), St. Bede (est. 1954), St. Ives (est. 1964), and St. Michael (est. 1930). Of those, the parish uses only the former St. Michael. The church, constructed in 1951, is located just north of 10 Mile, a few blocks west of Lahser, in Southfield.

A bronze relief plaque, depicting Christ's transfiguration, hangs near the main entrance to the church.

The former St. Ives is now Our Lady of Albanians. St. Bede was demolished last year to make room for redevelopment. The former St. Beatrice is now a Syro-Malabar church — an Indian Catholic Church descended from disciples of St. Thomas.

A nearby prayer garden, added in 2008, displays statues of patrons from the previous parishes

A shrine to Our Lady of Fatima is also in this garden.

A Divine Mercy Chapel is located outside the church.

A depiction of Christ and the Apostles adorns the roof.

Daily Mass is at Noon, Monday–Friday. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm while Sundays see Mass at 8:00am, 10:00am, and Noon.

One facade, behind the altar, features an engraving of Psalm 26:8.

The parish is under the direction of Franciscan friars. Rev. William Farris, OFM, is pastor while Rev. Jeremy Harrington, OFM, is associate. Rev. Mr. Thomas Mohan is permanent deacon and Br. Philip Wilhelm, OFM,  is in-residence. They are frequently assisted by senior priest Rev. John Gagala.

Statues of St. Francis and St. Anthony stand on the south side of the nave.

St. Joseph, along with Madonna and Child, stand near the entrance into the church.

An angel and the Infant of Prague stand in the vestibule.

Confessions are heard 10:30am–11:30am on Tuesdays and 1:00pm–2:00pm on Saturdays. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place 1:00pm–7:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month.

For more info: parish website