Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Upcoming events: May 5-15

Thursday, May 5, 7:00pm
St. Josaphat Church
Extraordinary Form Mass
- for more info: parish website + bulletin


Friday, May 6
Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Saturday, May 7
Honor the Immaculate Heart of Mary


Saturday, May 7, 5:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday, May 8, 1:00pm-9:00pm
St. Florian Church
Firefighter's Mass, Saturday at 4:00pm
Sunday Mass at 10:00am (Polish), Noon (English) and 6:30pm (Polish)
- for more info: parish website + bulletin


Saturday, May 14, 10:00AM
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Five new priests will be ordained; Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vigneron and dozens of priests of the AOD
 - for more info: DetroitPriest.com


Saturday, May 14, 7:00PM
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vigneron
- for more info: AOD.org


Sunday, May 15, 10:00AM
Holy Family Church
- for more info: DetroitMassMob.com + facebook event

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sacred Heart Church (Dearborn)

European immigrants first settled in Dearborn during the 1780s but it was a rural area for decades. Fr. Gabriel Richard, the first priest to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, petitioned Congress to fund a highway between Detroit and Chicago in March of 1824.  Permission was granted and the route was surveyed the following year. Construction started in 1829, residences were built up along the path, and Chicago Road was finished in 1833.

Dearborn Township was established the same year and the interior Dearbornville founded in 1836. At that time, Fr. O’Kavanaugh, pastor of Detroit's Most Holy Trinity Parish, traveled to Dearbornville and celebrated Mass in the homes of Irish-Catholic immigrants. Locals began the process of establishing their own parish in 1840. Eight years later, with the support of Fr. John Farnam, what was then called St. John's Parish was established.

Fr. Patrick Kelly, previously an assistant to Fr. Richard, was assigned pastor on April 26, 1856. He later changed his name to O'Kelley to distinguish himself from the area's many Kelly families. Father O'Kelley died on October 7, 1858, and Mt. Kelly Cemetery, a mile northwest of the church, was established in his memory. Fr. O'Kelley's remains were interred beneath the cemetery chapel. Fr. O'Kelley Knights of Columbus, representing Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, also bears his name.
Chapel on a hill in the small cemetery - source

In 1874, the church was moved but soon underwent massive renovations to the point that only the original frame and steeple remained. The renovations were completed the following year and the pastor,  Fr. Matthew Schaeken, sought to consecrate himself and the parish to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Borgess soon came and rededicated the parish as Sacred Heart.

Fr. A.X.M. Sharpe began his 37-year pastorate in 1916 and sought to expand the parish immensely. A new convent was built in 1926 but the Great Depression delayed construction of a new church. Finally, after years of sacrifices, the new church was dedicated on the Feast of Christ the King, in 1937, a century after the first Mass in the area.

The church wasn't completed for another two decades until the stained-glass windows were added. A parish high school opened in 1954 but closed in the mid 1970s. The grade school remains in operation today.

A medallion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus above the main doorway; an excerpt from George Washington's 'Prayer for the United States' in the vestibule

Several plaques in the vestibule remember previous pastors, veterans, and benefactors respectively.


St. Cecilia, along with other saints and angels, above the choir loft.

Images of saints appear in the clerestory and transept windows


Painted Stations of the Cross line the walls and are framed by windows depicting scenes from the Gospels.


At some point, the main altar was moved, the choir and organ are seated where the high altar once stood.

The tabernacle stands at what was once a side altar; a large crucifix and baptismal font on the opposite side.

The Blessed Mother stands in the east transept; St. Joseph & Child Jesus on the west side

A museum houses artifacts from the parish and is open after most weekend Masses. Daily Mass is offered at 9:00am, Monday-Friday. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm preceded by Reconciliation at 3:00pm; Sunday Mass is at 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am.
For more info: parish website
News article: AOD Changing Lives Together
More photos of the church: AOD Film Services
More photos of the cemetery: My Michigan Trails


Friday, April 15, 2016

Come, Encounter Christ! at SS. Peter & Paul (west side)

The Come, Encounter Christ series is quickly coming to a close. Next week will see the last one in Detroit and one of five remaining in the archdiocese.

Sunday, April 24 - Tuesday, April 26
7:00pm - 8:30pm
SS. Peter & Paul Church (west side)
7685 Grandville, Detroit, MI 48228

Three nights of Eucharistic adoration, private confession, preaching and live gospel-style music

Clergy: Fr. Steve Mateja + Fr. Craig Giera
Music: Keir Ward + John Thorne

Light refreshments in the lower church hall at the end of each night

For more info: AOD.org

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Parish Dialogue Sessions: Spring 2016

In preparation for Synod '16, most parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit will host a dialogue session. At these sessions, the faithful will have facilitator-led conversations about issues facing the Church. A scribe will record the conversation and that will be brought to the synod for further consideration.

The dialogue sessions will be taking place until mid-June. The faithful may attend a session at their parish or at another parish. For a schedule from parishes across the archdiocese: AOD.org

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

First Friday. First Saturday, and Divine Mercy weekend


Noon at Sweetest Heart of Mary
Mass at Noon followed by Sacred Heart Novena & Divine Mercy novena
> For more info: parish website

7:00pm at Old St. Mary's
Beginning this week, Old St. Mary's Church in Greektown will host regularly-scheduled Mass in the Extraordinary Form. On the first Friday of every month, there will be 7:00pm Tridentine High Mass, assisted by the choir of Windsor's St. Benedict Tridentine Catholic Commiunity. The Mass is will be followed by Sacred Heart of Jesus devotions, and this week, Divine Mercy Chaplet.
> For more info: OldStMarysDetroit.com + DetroitLatinMass.org

7:00pm at St. Josaphat
To end the pilgrimage to historic Detroit churches, there will be a Tridentine High Mass followed by Divine Mercy novena
> For more info: parish website

7:00pm at SS. Peter & Paul (west side)
Mass followed by Sacred Heart of Jesus devotions  & Divine Mercy novena
> For more info: parish website



9:00am at SS. Peter & Paul (west side)
Mass followed by Immaculate Heart of Mary devotions
> For more info: parish website



11:00am at St. Suzanne/Our Lady Gate of Heaven
> For more info: The Traveling Catholic Mass Mob

Noon at Sweetest Heart of Mary
Noon: Confessions with multiple priests
Noon-12:45pm: Divine Mercy meditations
1:00pmMass including Anointing of the Sick & music by St. Joseph Cappella. Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration after Mass
3:00pm: Chaplet of Divine Mercy
> For more info: parish website

2:00pm at SS. Peter & Paul (west side)
2:00pm: Confessions
3:00pm: Divine Mercy Holy Hour
> For more info: parish website

Monday, March 28, 2016

Msgr. Russell Kohler

Msgr. Russell Kohler passed away, on Good Friday, at the age of  72. He was pastor of Most Holy Trinity since 1991, as well as pastor of Ste. Anne de Detroit since 2012. He previously served at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Grotto) Parish, Detroit; St. Patrick Parish, White Lake; St. Aloysius, Detroit; St. David of Wales, Detroit; St. Joseph Parish, Detroit; and St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Newport.

Msgr. Kohler was a strong supporter of Corktown's Most Holy Trinity School and St. Francis of Cabrini Clinic. Msgr. Kohler was also, at one time, chaplain to the Detroit Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Detroit Metro Police Emerald Society, the Detroit Yacht Club, Sinai and Grace Hospitals in DetroitOn a state level, Kohler sat Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science as well as Automobile Theft Prevention Authority Board.

The schedule for Msgr. Kohler's wake:

Thursday (3/31) at Ste. Anne de Detroit Church
Visitation at 2 p.m.
Bishop Donald Hanchon will celebrate Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Friday (4/1) at Most Holy Trinity Church
Visitation at 2 p.m.
Archbishop Allen Vigeron will preside funeral Mass at 6:30 p.m.

For more info:
statement from the parish

A 2013 article about the 40th anniversary of his ordination:
The Michigan Catholic

Two recent articles from the Detroit Free Press:
"Detroit Catholic Pastor Dies at 72"
"Easter Mass Honors Detroit's Msgr. Kohler"

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace. Amen.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Triduum in the D

St. Hyacinth Church, St. Albertus Shrine, Old St. Mary's Church,
Sweetest Heart of Mary Church, St. Josaphat Church

Two ushers stand at St. Hyacinth's altar of repose


An image of the Last Supper on display at St. Albertus

The Agony in the Garden at Old St. Mary's


Tenebrae at Sweetest Heart of Mary


Altar of repose and Tenebrae at St. Josaphat

Holy Family Church and Old St. Mary's Church

Evening Liturgy of Good Friday at Holy Family


The traditional, Italian "Cristo Morto" procession to the tomb

The Blessed Mother at Holy Family

The body of Christ at Old St. Mary's

St.Florian Church
Adoration at the tomb at St. Florian

Veneration of the cross


Easter basket blessing

Assumption Grotto, SS. Peter & Paul Church (west side)
After 6:30am Mass at Assumption Grotto

The Resurrected Christ at Grotto

SS. Peter & Paul Church (west side)