Monday, April 17, 2017

Triduum 2017


Most Holy Redeemer Church. Detroit
St. Hedwig Church, Detroit
Ste. Anne de Detroit, Detroit
St. Florian Church, Hamtramck
SS. Peter & Paul Church, Detroit (west side)
St. Barbara Church, Dearborn
St. Joseph Oratory, Detroit

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St. Alphonsus Church, Dearborn
St. Francis D'Assisi Church, Detroit
St. Francis D'Assisi Church, Detroit
Holy Family Church, Detroit
Holy Family Church, Detroit
Old St. Mary's Church, Detroit

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St. Joseph Oratory, Detroit
Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Hamtramck

St. Florian Church, Hamtramck
St. Florian Church, Hamtramck

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St. Joseph the Worker, Lake Orion
SS. Peter & Paul Church, Detroit (west side)

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Holy Week 2017

SS. Peter & Paul, Detroit (west side)

*See also Lenten Penance Services
Tuesday, April 11, 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 pm
Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Help devotions and concert of sacred music


Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit
> stream live on Facebook

Thursday, April 13, 11:00 am
Archbishop Vigneron will celebrate the Chrism Mass, which includes consecrating the chrism, blessing the oil of the sick and oil of catechumens, and the public renewal of archdiocesan priests’ vows. Please note that seating is limited as this liturgy is attended by representatives of each parish.


Paschal Triduum Schedule
Triduum schedules for nearly every parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Friday, April 07, 2017

St. John Neumann Church (Canton)

Exterior of the church, as seen from Warren Road - Source

St. John Neumann Parish was established in 1977, with Msgr. Ed Baldwin as founding pastor, and the church was built the following year. The namesake of the parish, Bishop of Philadelphia during the 1850s, was beatified in 1963 and canonized in 1977.

The church went through a massive renovation last fall in preparation for its 40th anniversary. New pews and kneelers replaced chairs in the nave, tile flooring replaced carpet, the tabernacle was moved from a chapel to the sanctuary, a wooden altar and lectern were replaced by those made from marble.
The sanctuary as it as appeared before  recent renovations - Source

Wood paneling was added to the walls of the sanctuary. A large, hanging crucifix was also added along with elevated statues of St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On December 10, 2016, Archbishop Vigneron rededicated the church, consecrated the new altar, and celebrated the first Mass after the renovations.
St. John Neumann's coat of arms is displayed in the vestibule floor, the motto translates as "Passion of Christ, strengthen me".

A display case shows first-class and second-class relics of the namesake saint, including a zucchetto, a chalice, paten, prayer book, and more.

Stained-glass windows were later added after the church was rededicated, within the last four months. St. Joseph and Child Jesus on the left side, Seat of Wisdom on the right side.

In the weekday chapel, backlit windows depict Abraham, Moses, as well as the four evangelists. 

St. Theresa of Avila, St. Jude, and St. Anne in chapel windows.

Stations of the Cross line the back wall of the church.

St. John Neumann stands at the back of the nave; Madonna and Child in a shrine.

Daily Mass is at 9:00am, Monday–Friday, in the chapel. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm, preceded  by Reconciliation at 3:30pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 6:00pm

For more info: parish website
Photos from before the renovation: AOD Film Services
Another blog post: Discovering Detroit Catholic Churches
Article from last year: The Michigan Catholic

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Lenten Penance Services

*Reminder: it is a precept of the Church to confess sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year. Lent, especially during Passiontide, is an ideal time to fulfill that obligation.


Most Holy Redeemer, Detroit
Thursday, April 6, 7:00pm

St. Paul on the Lake, Grosse Pointe Farms
Thursday, April 6, 1:00pm

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
Thursday, April 6, 7:00pm

St. Alfred, Taylor
Thursday, April 6, 7:00pm

Sacred Heart, Grosse Ile
Saturday, April 8, Noon

St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Clair Shores
Monday, April 10, 1:00pm

St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores
Monday, April 10, 7:00pm

SS. Cyril & Methodius, Sterling Heights
Tuesday, April 11, 10:00am-Noon, 6:00pm-9:00pm
- every day 1/2 hour before Mass
- every Saturday after 9:00am Mass

Church of the Transfiguration, Southfield
Tuesday, April 11, 10:30am-11:30am

Holy Name Church, Birmingham
Tuesday, April 11, 7;00pm

SS. Peter & Paul, Detroit (west side)
Tuesday, April 11, 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 pm followed by 7:00pm Mass and concert

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Annunciation (Sat. 3/25) & Lætare Sunday (3/26)

Saturday, March 25
St. Joseph Oratory
9:00AM Mass followed by Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

St. Josaphat (Mother of Divine Mercy Parish)
10:00AM Mass 


Sunday, March 26
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Presided by Archbishop Allen Vigneron
10:00AM Mass
12:00PM Lecture for Catholic healthcare professionals

Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Patrick's Day & St. Joseph's Day

Like every year, the historically Irish parish of Most Holy Trinity will have a large celebration on St. Patrick's Day. The church normally fills up quickly with many police officers, firefighters, elected officials, etc. in attendance. This year’s celebration will honor Msgr. Russell Kohler, the longtime pastor who died last year.

The Solemnity of St. Joseph is normally celebrated on March 19th, but since that's a Sunday this year, the observation is transferred to Monday, Monday 20th. St. Joseph Oratory will celebrate the day with 15 hours of prayer and activities, including three Masses, opportunities for Confession, food, and a procession to/from Eastern Market.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

St. Fabian Church (Farmington Hills)


During the 1950s, the population of what was then Farmington Township grew rapidly. In 1958, Edward Cardinal Mooney appointed Rev. Francis J. Szaniawski as founding pastor of St. Fabian Parish. 600 people attended the first day of Masses on Sunday, July 15, 1958. Mass was celebrated at Dunckel Middle School until a church could be built.

Cardinal Mooney died on October 25, 1958, and ground was broken on a church the following month. Archbishop (later Cardinal) Dearden was installed the next January and, in September of 1959, he dedicated the church. The church was originally intended to be temporary, with plans to build a permanent church at the site of what is now the school's baseball field.

Fr. Szaniawski recruited Bernardine Franciscan Sisters to teach at the parish school, under the direction of Mother Carmella. Ground was broken on the school on March 24, 1963 and the school was dedicated by Auxiliary Bishop Henry Donnelly the following October

In 1965, Mother Carmella assigned Sister Mary Berenice as Principal, as well as four Bernardine Franciscan Sisters and one lay teacher. On September 8, 1965, the school officially opened with 163 students – 82 boys and 81 girls.
Fr. Seamus Ryan served as the third pastor and oversaw renovations/expansions to the church building. Transepts were added to each side of the original church, increasing the seating capacity to 720. The altar was moved from the end side of the church to the west side and renovations were completed in September of 1983.

Fr. Norbert Kendzierski served as pastor of St. Fabian 1984-95. At that time, he was reassigned to St. Colman, another Farmington Hills parish, and remained there until his death in May of 2012 at the age of 74. Fr. Jeffrey Day, pastor of St. Fabian since 2011, replaced him as administrator at St. Colman in addition to his responsibilities at St. Fabian.

In early 2013, St. Fabian merged with St. Colman (est. 1960). At the time of the merger, St. Fabian had 2,017 registered families while St. Colman had 386. St. Colman Church closed in February of that year and the building was sold for $1.2 million. It is now home to Holy Cross Chaldean Catholic Church.

Parishioners of St. Fabian pledged nearly one million dollars to the Changing Lives Together campaign. The sanctuary of the church was renovated in the summer of 2013 and the vestibule was expanded. During the renovation, the baptismal font was moved into the vestibule.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm; Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 10:00am, and Noon. Every weekday brings 6:30am Communion Service and 8:30am Mass.

For more info: parish website + parish history