Friday, August 21, 2015

Upcoming events: August 26-28

Wednesday, August 26
Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa
St. Josaphat Church
6:30pm Rosary
7:00pm Tridentine Mass
followed by novena to Black Madonna, candlelight procession, and veneration of relic of veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:30pm light refreshments in the social hall
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Friday, August 28
Pontifical Mass with Bishop Hanchon
St. Augustine-St. Monica Church
6:30pm Rosary
7:00pm Tridentine Mass
8:00pm BBQ dinner for young adults, clergy, and parishioners 

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption Grotto, on the east side of Detroit, always has a large celebration on their patronal feast day of August 15. The day includes four (4) Masses, group recitation of the rosary, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, an Italian dinner, and much more. The day ends with an outdoor Mass in the cemetery followed by candlelight procession.

All images in this post are from Te Deum blog

Hourly Schedule for Assumption Day

6:30 a.m.
Mass in church with Consecration of the Parish to the Blessed Mother

8:30 a.m.-7:00pm
Booths for candles. Lourdes water, holy cards along the Grotto pathway

9:00 a.m. 
Rosary at the Grotto led by the Knights of Columbus; Gift Shop opens

9:30 a.m.
Latin Novus Ordo Mass at the Grotto.  After Mass; Consecration of the Parish to the Blessed Mother then Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in church until 3:00 p.m.

10:50 a.m.  Blessing of religious articles  in the school Gift Shop.

11:00 a.m. Rosary at the Grotto led by the Legion of Mary. Confessions heard in the church.

11:00-3:00  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in church. Lunch Bar (in the school) is open until 5:30 p.m.

12:00 noon  Latin Novus Ordo Mass at the Grotto. After the Mass: Consecration of the Parish to the Blessed Mother; Blessing of the Herbs and Blessing of the Miraculous Medal also at the Grotto.

12:30 p.m.   Italian Dinner – served in the school gym

2:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross at the pathway of the Grotto.

3:00 p.m. 
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the church to the Grotto. Living Rosary and Anointing of the Sick and Benediction at the Grotto.

4:15 p.m. 
Confessions in church; Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament in church after Anointing

4:15 p.m.  Blessing of religious articles in the Gift Shop.

5:00 p.m.  Consecration of Individuals to Blessed Virgin Mary in church.

5:30 p.m.  Closing of the Lunch Bar and the Spaghetti Dinner.

6:00 p.m.  Closing of the school Gift Shop.

6:15 p.m.   Rosary at the Grotto led by Brother Esteban.

6:45 p.m.  Procession lineup for Evening Mass outside, between the church and rectory.

7:00 p.m.
Solemn High Tridentine Evening Mass at the Grotto. After Mass; Consecration of the Parish to the Blessed Mother and Lourdes Candlelight Procession. 

Italian Dinner – Mostaccioli with Meatball, salad, bread, butter and beverage served in the gym from 12:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Children  under 10 - $7.00, adult price - $10.00. 

GIFT SHOP AND SHRINE BOOTHS – The Gift Shop is open throughout the day and offers a selection of religious literature, rosaries, etc. On the Shrine grounds are booths that offer candles to be lit at the Grotto, shrine Patron enrollment cards and Lourdes Water. The Gift Shop will close at 6:00 p.m. 

Buses will run to and from St. Veronica’s parking lot continuously from 9:00 a.m. until after the 7:00 p.m. evening Mass. 

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Upcoming events: August 7-9

Friday, August 7, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, August 8, Noon-9:00pm
Sunday, August 9, Noon-8:00pm
Sweetest Heart of Mary
Polish food, raffles, games, polka music and dancing
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Saturday, August 8, Noon-4:00pm
Sunday, August 9, Noon-4:00pm
St. Albertus Shrine
Church open for self-guided tours, no scheduled Mass


Saturday, August 8, 6;30pm
Vivio's at Eastern Market
Dr. Monica Miller speaks on "The Three Lessons of Abortion"


Sunday, August 9, Noon
St. Josaphat Church
Noon English Mass preceded by 9:00am Tridentine Mass
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Upcoming events: July 17-31

Novena to Ste. Anne
July 17-26
In effort to reflect the area's diversity and special intentions, each day is targeted to a specific group
Fri. 7/17       7:00pm   Chaldean
Sat. 7/18      7:00pm   French
Sun. 7/19    11:00am   Latino & Parish/School Alumni
Mon. 7/20   7:00pm   First Responders
Tue. 7/21     7:00pm   Healing w/Anointing of the Sick
Wed. 7/22   7:00pm   Polish
Thu. 7/23    7:00pm   Italian
Fri. 7/24      7:00pm   Ukrainian & Croatian
Sat. 7/25      7:00pm   Irish
Sun. 7/26     1:00pm   Solemnity of Ss. Anne & Joachim

Masses followed by novena prayers are also celebrated weekdays and Saturdays, in the chapel, at 10:00am.


Novena for the 58th Anniversary of Venerable Solanus Casey’s Death
July 23-31
Thursday-Friday, July 23-24 - Weekday Masses at Noon 
Saturday, July 25 - Mass at 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 26 - Masses at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Bishop Walter Hurley will celebrate Mass at 1:30p.m.. Monday-Friday, July 27-31- Weekday Masses at Noon


Solemn High Extraordinary Form Mass
Friday, July 31, 7:00pm
Homily by Archbishop Allen Vigneron
Music by Joseph Balistreri, Director of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of Detroit
Young adults, age 18-35, invited to dinner & social, in parish hall, after Mass

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

St. Ambrose (Grosse Pointe Park)

St. Ambrose Parish was established by Bishop John Foley on  September 16, 1916. A temporary, wood-frame church was designed by the architectural firm of Donaldson & Meier. The first Mass was celebrated on July 4, 1917. A grade school opened in 1920 with 650 students and a high school was added three years later.

Construction of a permanent church began in 1926. Again Donaldson & Meier designed the parish church, this time in the Norman Gothic style. The first Mass was celebrated on Christmas Eve of 1927.

Detroit Stained Glass Company fabricated the windows and they were installed in the late 1930s. A 2,400 pipe organ was installed after World War II. Local architect George Diehl oversaw completion of a new rectory in 1947 and a Adrian Dominican convent three years later.

1972 saw the closure of the parish high school as well as renovations to the church interior. The former high school was razed in 1983.


Construction of a new social hall, called the ARK, began in 1999. It was designed by architect Gunnar Birkerts who also oversaw the renovation of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. The grade school closed in 2002 but is now occupied by a charter school.

St. Ambrose is located just north of Jefferson and east of Alter Rd., very close to the border of Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit.

Icons of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mother of Perpetual Help hang in the narthex.

The baptismal font stands at the rear of the nave, in the center aisle.

Windows in the lower level and clerestory, respectively, are identical to each other.

The Holy Family stands alongside the Paschal candle.

Icons of many saints line the walls of the nave.

The tabernacle stands in the west transept.

Two statues of the patron are located in the east transept.

Fr. Timothy Pelc is pastor. Daily Mass is at 8:30am every weekday. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00pm while Sunday Mass is at 8:30am and 11:15am.

For more info: parish website

For more photos: AOD Film Services

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Sacred Heart Major Seminary was established in 1919 and the current structure was built four years later. Construction of the building was funded by prominent Detroit families such as the Fishers, Crowleys and Van Antwerps. It was designed in the English Tudor Gothic by the firm of Donaldson & Meier. 

The floors of the main level and chapel are covered with Pewabic tile. A "Sedes Sapientiæ" or "Seat of Wisdom" statue stands outside one of the libraries.

A large crucifix hangs near the chapel entrance of the chapel.

The tabernacle stands in the east transept of the chapel.

Stained-glass windows were designed by Margaret Bouchez Cavanaugh.

Clerestory windows show noteworthy saints, including St. Gregory the Great (left) and St. Stephen the Protomartyr.

A side altar to the Blessed Virgin.

The high school closed in 1970 and only the college level remains.

The seminary is located at West Chicago and Linwood, at the western edge of the Boston-Edison historic district.

For more about the seminary:
For more photos: Flickr + AOD Film Services

Sunday, June 07, 2015

St. Alphonsus Church (Dearborn)

Beginning in 1825, German immigrants began to settle in the farmlands of what is now northeast Dearborn. Peter and Catharina Theisen Esper donated four acres at the northeast corner of Warren and Schaefer for the establishment of St. Alphonsus Parish. A Catholic school was built in 1846 and a cemetery three years later. The first Mass was celebrated in the Esper home in 1851 and a church was built the following year.

Rev. Anthony Buechsenmann was pastor 1897-1920 and he kept detailed sacramental records for the parish. With St. Alphonsus being an ethnic parish, Fr. Buechsenmann delivered his sermons in German until World War I.

A permanent high school was built in 1921 and the current church dates to 1928.

The parish's high school closed in 2003; the grade school and convent followed shortly after. The high school building was briefly occupied by a charter school but has been vacant for the last several years.

The high altar was restored and repainted a few years ago.

Tall, narrow windows in the clerestory show depictions of the Blessed Virgin.

In the east transept stands the Sacred Heart of Jesus with St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. In the west transept is the Pieta.

Tall, faded mosaics line the walls of the transept.

Painted stations, covered in glass, line the walls of the nave.

On one side of each station is a depiction of saints and on the other side are symbols of the Church.

St. Alphonsus Church is located at 13540 Gould, one block north of Warren and just east of Schaefer, in northeast Dearborn.

St. Al's is in the process of merging with nearby St. Clement. The fates of both church buildings are yet to be determined.

Fr. David Lesniak has been pastor for several years. Daily Mass is at 8:30am every weekday. Saturday Vigil Mass is 4:00pm; Sunday Mass is at 9:00am and 11:00am. Confessions at heard beginning at 2:30pm on Saturdays.

For more info: bulletin archive
For more photos: AOD Film Services
More about Fr. Buechsenmann: 1880 Census record