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

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

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

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Upcoming events: August 8-10

Friday, August 8
6:30pm dinner/social, 7:30pm presentation
"The Witness of Natural Family Planning"
presentation and discussion with NFP couples
Hard Rock Cafe

Saturday, August 9, Noon-9pm
Sunday, August 10, Noon-8pm
Polish food, polka music & dancing, games, raffles, church tours
Polka Mass, Saturday, 4pm
English Mass, Sunday, 10am
Sweetest Heart of Mary

Sunday, August 10, 11am
St. Albertus Church

Sunday, August 10, 12:30pm-4:30pm
11:30am Mass preceeding
St. Aloysius Church

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

St. Ladislaus and St. Louis the King closing

Both St. Ladislaus (Hamtramck) and St. Louis the King (northeast Detroit) are to close in the coming months though no specific date has been set. Both churches are part of St. John Paul II Parish and their third church, Transfiguration/Our Lady Help of Christians will remain open. Inability to pay maintenance costs is cited as the reason for closure.

For more info: parish bulletin & WDIV
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Return to Ste. Anne

On July 24, 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed on the shores of the Detroit River near where Hart Plaza stands today. Two days later, on the Solemnity of St. Anne, a log chapel was dedicated. A plaque at the northwest corner of Griswold and Jefferson marks the location of the first church.

On October 5, 1703, the church, rectory, and several other buildings were destroyed in a fire.  Eleven years later, another church was intentionally destroyed by the soldiers of Fort Pontchartain to prevent it from housing enemies.
A scale model of a previous church displayed in the narthex
Fr. Gabriel Richard, a member of the Society of Saint-Sulpice, served as pastor 1802-1832. Among his accomplishments: brought the first printing press to Michigan, co-founded the University of Michigan, and started schools for Native Americans, girls, and the deaf. He also served in the U.S. Congress and gained funding to build Michigan Avenue, the first road to connect Detroit and Chicago. To thank President Jefferson for the funding, nearby Jefferson Avenue was named in his honor. On June 11, 1805, a great fire destroyed nearly every building in the city though, thankfully, it did not claim any lives. After this great devastation, the people sought to rebuild the church with as much flame-resistant material as possible, thus the "stone church" was built in 1818. Fr. Richard passed away during the cholera epidemic of 1832 and his remains are interred at a chapel behind the main church.

As downtown grew, Ste. Anne split into two parishes. Ste. Anne moved downriver while the child parish, St. Joachim (1885-1989), moved to the near east side.  The current Ste. Anne de Detroit, the parish's eighth edifice, was built in 1886 following a Gothic Revival style with some Victorian elements. The architect was Leon Coquard and Louis Leander did the interior wood carving, both men were parishioners.

The church has a capacity of 1,400 worshipers and is the largest wood-frame building in the city. Many pieces from the "stone church" are still used in the current church. Among them: the 1818 cornerstone, the altar in the chapel, communion rail, one bell, clerestory windows, and the statue of St. Anne and child Mary.

Parish membership dwindled in the 1960s and maintenance costs climbed. In 1966, the church faced demolition but a $750,000 fundraising drive saved them. Today, the parish is home to 850 families, 3/4 of them being Latino.

Gilded reredos back a high altar made of white marble and wood.

St. Anthony of Padua and St. Francis of Assisi flank the sanctuary.

St. Rita adores a crucifix in between St. Joseph's altar and the Sacred Heart altar.

Many crutches and braces at St. Anne's altar serve as testimony to her intercession for physical cures. Next to this stands an altar to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Multiple statues of St. Anne and St. Mary, including one accompanied by St. Joachim, are found throughout the church.

Ste. Anne's reportedly houses the oldest stained-glass windows in the city and some say are original to the church.

A 1919 tornado destroyed the transept windows; the current ones depict the Coming of the Magi, Jesus' Entry Into Jerusalem, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Last Supper.

The Star of David is found in the rose window and in the floor of the nave.

Wooden spires, each about one foot tall, stand at each end of the pews.

Msgr. Russell Kohler serves as pastor of both Ste. Anne's and nearby Most Holy Trinity. He is assisted by Fr. Timothy Laboe and Fr. José Jaime Del Toro, CSB.

Daily Mass is celebrated in the chapel Tuesdays at 5:15pm (English), Thursdays at 6:00pm (Spanish), and First Fridays at 5:15pm. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:30am, 10:00am (Spanish), and Noon.

We previously featured Ste. Anne de Detroit here.
More info: bulletin archive & parish website
More photos: Sherlock Photo & Flickr