Residents of the village of Halfway petitioned Bishop Michael Gallagher for a new parish and permission was granted in October of 1926. Construction began on a church near Gratiot, a few blocks north of 8 Mile, but the parish did not have a name at the time.
During construction a young girl named Veronica Rose became ill and died. Her father, a contractor, finished the church for free, in Veronica's memory. The first pastor, Rev. A. W. Soest, named the parish after her patroness. Later, in 1956, the current church was built.
St. Peter the Apostle, established 1953 in Harper Woods, closed three years ago and merged with St. Veronica.
The parish schools closed in 1991. Rev. Stanley Pachla has been pastor since the late 1990s. A new altar was added in August of 2012 and contains relics of St. Francis Xavier, St. Paul of the Cross, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Pius X, St. Catherine Laboure, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowski, and wood from the True Cross of Christ.
A statue of St. Veronica stands in the south transept; a painting of her adorns the apse
The Epiphany of Our Lord is depicted in the choir loft.
The Holy Family stands in the narthex of the church.
A large crucifix hangs above the sanctuary.
The windows in the transepts and above the choir loft appear to be original to the building. The north transept depicts Pentecost.
Resurrected Christ appears in the south transept
Abstract windows line the sides of the nave and appear to be later additions.
Windows in the former baptistry, below the belltower, depict scenes and symbols of baptism.
Today, St. Veronica has about 600 registered households. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm preceded by Confessions at 3:00pm; Sunday Mass is at 9:00am & 11:00am. Weekday Mass is at 7:45am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the convent chapel.
The Detroit Mass Mob is scheduled to visit St. Veronica on September 11th of this year, ahead of the parish's 90th anniversary.
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