Friday, January 15, 2016

Christmas concert on Sunday, January 24

Christmas isn't over yet! Traditionally, Christmas doesn't end until February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation a.k.a. Candlemas. This is especially true among Polonia.

As such, St. Florian Parish in Hamtramck will host a free Christmas concert on January 24 with several choirs.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Final Mass at Good Shepherd this Sunday

The parishes of Good Shepherd & Our Lady Queen of Heaven are merging. Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hanchon will celebrate the last scheduled Mass at Good Shepherd on Sunday, January 10, at 10:00am.

Good Shepherd (formerly known as Annunciation) will retain its status as a sacred space and become an oratory with the possibility of returning to weekly use.

For more info: Archbishop Vigneron's merger decree & parish website
A legacy website: Annunciation/Our Lady of Sorrows

Monday, January 04, 2016

Upcoming events: January 6-17

Wednesday, January 6
St. Joseph Church
THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY (traditional date)
7:00pm Tridentine High Mass


Friday, January 8
Traffic Jam & Snug
Chaldean Bishop Francis Kalabat will talk about persecution of Christians in the Middle East
6:30pm dinner
7:30pm presentation


Sunday, January 10
SS. Peter & Paul (west side)
19th Anniversary of Adoration Chapel
2:15pm Confessions
3:00pm Holy Hour


Sunday, January 17
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
11:00am Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vigneron

Sunday, January 17
St. Cunegunda Church
Polonaise Chorale will sing 11:15am Mass and followed by a concert

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Church of the Divine Child (Dearborn)

The Church of the Divine Child was founded on June 15, 1950, with Rev. Herbert F. Weier as the first pastor. An associate pastor, Rev. Maurice Decker, joined a few months later. The parish began with a congregation of approximately 250 but more than doubled by the end of its first year.

Construction of the elementary school began two years later. In September of 1953, the school opened with 153 students in grades 1-4 with an additional grade added each year. A year later, eight Bernardine Franciscan sisters move into the new convent. A high school was added in 1958.

Rev. Herman Kucyk became associate pastor in 1961. On September 30, 1962, after twelve years as pastor, Fr. Weier is named Monsignor. Construction began on a new church that same year and it was dedicated in June of 1963.

Rev. Kucyk was appointed Co-Pastor in 1972, Pastor in 1976, and named a Monsignor in 1990. When the Detroit parish of St. Casimir closed in 1989, Divine Child came into possession of the church bells.

A perpetual adoration chapel was added to the south side of the church in 1999. Rev. James Bilot was appointed as the third pastor in 2007 and retains that office. Bernardine Franciscans continue to teach at the schools today.

The parish has approximately 2,000 registered families today. Weekday Mass is at 6:30am and 8:30am; Saturday Mass is at 8:30am and 4:30pm (Anticipated Sunday Mass). Sunday Mass is at 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:30am and 1:00pm.

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the perpetual adoration chapel every day except Tuesday, when it is in the main Church 9:00am-7:00pm. Novena then takes place immediately afterwards.

The Holy Family is depicted in the windows above the main entrance, with the Child Jesus at the center. The Magi are on one side.

Portraits of former pastors are displayed in the vestibule and near the baptismal font.

The Blessed Mother's side altar; the Lamb of God above the main altar.

A nativity scene currently stands in front of another side altar.

St. Jude and St. Anthony stand in the rear corners of the nave.

St. Francis of Assisi overlooks a koi pond and St. Jean Vianney stands outside the rectory.

Statues of Christ with children stand outside the school; a memorial for aborted babies.

For more info: parish website

Sunday, December 27, 2015

St. Barbara Church (Dearborn)

In 1917, construction began on the Ford River Rouge Factory in what is now southeast Dearborn. At that time, many laborers moved to the area for work. A congregation of mostly Polish immigrants established St. Barbara Parish in 1924 with Fr. Raphael Chrzaszcz as their first pastor.

A school was established the same year and administered by Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth.

The current church was built in 1955, on Schaefer Hwy., one block north of Michigan Ave.

In 2000, St. Barbara clustered with St. Cunegunda Parish, located two miles northeast. Supposedly, both churches were designed by the same architect but I couldn't confirm that. Fr. Zbigniew Grankowski has been pastor for 21 years. 

Stained-glass windows were fabricated by Conrad Schmitt Studio of Milwaukee. Many of the windows show recently-canonized saints as well as 20th-Century venerables and blesseds. Among them: Venerable Solanus Casey, Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko, and St. Faustina Kowalska.

Processional banners are displayed in the transepts

Small statues stand on shelves in each transept

A large font, located at the rear of the nave, depicts the Baptism of Christ
Symbols of Christ and the Eucharist adorn the altar rail

Ornate motifs cover the entire ceiling

Daily Mass is offered at 6:15pm on Tuesdays (followed by Perpetual Help Devotion) and Fridays. Friday Mass has the intention of "Thanksgiving for the Gift of Work and for all the Unemployed." First Fridays bring Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 4:00pm until 6:15pm Mass.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:15pm while Sunday Mass is at 9:30am and 6:00pm.

For more info: bulletin archive, facebookparish website (sparse content)
Another blog post: Creative Gene blog