Farmers began settling along Lake St. Clair in the late 1700s and French priests began ministering to people there in the 1790s. Fr. Francis Badin dedicated a log church in 1825 and the parish was formally organized nine years later.
A chapel was built in 1848 and construction of the current church began at the same site in 1895. The church was designed in a French Gothic style by Harry J. Rill, also architect of St. Leo's Church. Construction was finished in 1899 at a cost of $23,000 or approximately $600,000 today.
Stained-glass windows were made by Fredericks & Wolfram Art Glass Company of Detroit (installed in 1901) and Franz Mayer & Company of Munich, Germany (installed in 1924).
Msgr. Patrick Halfpenny is the current pastor; Fr. Joseph Kirkconnell and Fr. Thomas Slowinski are associate pastors. William Jamieson is as permanent deacon.
The southwest transept shows the Adoration of the Magi.
The northeast transept features a depiction of St. Paul preaching.
The church recently reopened after two weeks closure. The plaster ceiling needs repair and nets were added to prevent further damage as the parish seeks a contractor to fix it.
Daily Mass is at 6:30am and 8:15am Monday-Friday.
Saturday morning Mass is at 8:15am with Vigil Mass at 4:30pm. During the summer, the parish has a 6:00pm outdoor, Saturday Vigil. Confessions are heard on Saturdays at 3:45pm.
Sunday Mass is at 7:00am, 8;30am, 10:00am and Noon. During the school year, the parish has 6:00pm Sunday Mass for teenagers.
Adoration takes place on Tuesdays, Noon-7:00pm with Benediction at the end.
For more info: parish website, bulletin archive, & wikipedia
For more photos: flickr