Monday, May 19, 2014

Our Lady Queen of Angels

The first Mass at Our Lady Queen of Angels was celebrated on December 8, 1915 — the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The first pastor was Fr. Raymond Marciniec, a Conventual Franciscan, previously assigned to nearby St. Hedwig Parish.

The current church was built in 1952 on Martin Street, one block south of Michigan Avenue, in southwest Detroit. The crossed arms of Jesus and St. Anthony, a traditional Franciscan symbol, is shown in the apse.

A large mural of the Blessed Mother is shown above the side altar.

In 1959, an outdoor shrine to Our Lady of Fatima was added.

At the beginning of 2014, Our Lady Queen of Angels merged with St. Stephen – Mary,  Mother of the Church to form the new Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. As the name may suggest, a large part of the congregation is of Latino descent. Both locations, located 1/2 mile apart, are still active.

Most of the windows in the nave are geometric and feature pastel colors. Windows above the choir loft and alcoves are more colorful and narrow.

A common sight during the Easter season: an empty tomb in the sanctuary.

Fr. Marie-Elie Haby currently serves as pastor and Fr. Bernardo Cruz is associate pastor. Fr. Haby is also a Regional Vocation Coordinator wherein he promotes vocations in the Central Region of the Archdiocese.

Sunday Mass is at 10:00am (English) and Noon (Spanish). Thursday (Spanish) Mass is at 7:00pm. Confessions are heard at 9:15am on Sundays and at 6:00pm on Thursdays.

More about the parish: bulletin archive & The Michigan Catholic
More photos: AOD Film Services & Flickr
Other blog posts: Detroit 1701 & Creative Gene


DetectiveMikeDPD said...

My grade school 80s and 90s.

detroitchurchblog said...

Do you know when the school closed? I couldn't find any info about that.

Unknown said...

Went to school there in the 60's :)

Unknown said...

Went to school there and graduated in 1969