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: +

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)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Holy Week: Penance Services & Triduum Schedules


SS. Peter & Paul Church (west side)
Confessions heard in English & Polish; 3 priests available
Tuesday, March 22, 1:00pm
Wednesday, March 23, 1:00pm & 6:00pm

  • 7:00pm Mass followed by Perpetual Help devotion
  • 7:45pm Holy Week Concert

Most Holy Redeemer Church
Confessions heard in English & Spanish
Tuesday, March 22, 7:00pm


The AOD Central Services have compiled schedules for nearly all of the parishes in the archdiocese. Find a church on the map and see their schedule. Note: both St. Jude and Our Lady Queen of Heaven will have "sunrise" Mass at 7:00am on Easter Sunday.

See the full schedule:

Friday, March 18, 2016

St. Joseph Church currently closed for repairs

Regarding the condition of St. Joseph Church, a message from Fr. Tokarski:

Our Mother of Divine Mercy Finance Council and I met with contractors to consider bids for the immediate repair of the St. Joseph steeple and we have accepted one of the proposals. The repairs, which address the safety of the steeple and prepare it for full restoration later, are expected to begin within one week and should take one month to complete. These repairs include removal of all slate; removal and preservation of all ornamental copper; repair of roof decking to ensure solid steeple surface; making steeple watertight with commercial ice/water shield material, and securing the ice/water shield against wind damage. I am very pleased that we were able to accomplish this process so quickly and with a reasonable budget.

I am delighted that St. Joseph will re-open soon and that all three beautiful churches that comprise Mother of Divine Mercy Parish will offer sacraments to our faith community. I continue to work with our parish leadership team, both the Finance Council and the Parish Pastoral Council, to explore the needs of our parish, both the physical needs of our exquisite houses of God and the spiritual needs of those who visit us. As we further develop the comprehensive plan for Mother of Divine Mercy I will share those details with you. For example, additional work will be required to return the St. Joseph steeple to its original state (which has a time factor), and I am pleased to report that a committed group is ready to raise the funding necessary from outside sources, as well as our own parish family, for this effort. I appreciate your support of our parish and especially your prayers in this Year of Mercy.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

St. Patrick's Day + St. Joseph's Day celebrations

St. Patrick's Day on March 17
Most Holy Trinity Church, 1050 Porter Street, Detroit, MI 48226
Thursday, March 17, Noon

10:30am Church opens
11:00am  Music prelude
Noon  Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vigneron

I've been to this Mass a couple of times before and it's always beyond capacity, get there early if you can. They usually have honor guards from the Detroit Police & Fire Departments, Knights of Columbus, Ancient Order of Hibernians, etc.

For more info: parish bulletin


St. Joseph's Day on March 19
St. Josaphat Church, 715 E. Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201
Saturday, March 19, 7:30am-8:00pm


St. Joseph Church normally celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph, their patronal feast, with a day of prayer. However, the church is temporarily closed for repairs. As such, the St. Joseph's Day festivities will take place at nearby St. JOSAPHAT.

Included in the 12 hours of prayer with 4 Masses, the last one fulfilling Sunday obligation. Also included are guided church tours, opportunities for Confession, public recitation of the Rosary, Italian dinners and much more.

St. Joseph Italian Meal in the St. Josaphat Social Hall (adjacent to the main parking lot) from 12:30 - 5 pm. Tickets at the door $12 each, $6 for children 8 and under.
Continental Breakfast 8:30 - 10 am, and Dessert Reception following the evening Candlelight Procession.

All day in the Social Hall: the beautiful St. Joseph's Altar, Bake Sale for the Parish Food Pantry, and Gift Shop. Donations of non-perishable food for our Parish Food Pantry will be gratefully accepted at the St. Joseph’s Altar.

Throughout the day in St. Josaphat Church: Masses, Confession, Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Prayers and Devotions, Church Tours, two Presentations which are part of the March 18-20 Lenten Divine Mercy Parish Mission, and Candlelight Procession. 

Schedule of Masses & Lenten Divine Mercy Mission Presentations:
8 am: Latin Novus Ordo Sung Mass
10 am: Lenten Divine Mercy Mission Presentation by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC
11 am: English Sung Mass celebrated by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC with the St. Joseph Cappella
2 pm: Spanish Sung Mass celebrated by Bishop Donald Hanchon with the St. Joseph Women’s Schola
5 pm: Lenten Divine Mercy Mission Presentation by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC

6 pm: Latin Extraordinary Form Sung Mass with the St. Joseph Cappella

For info: parish website + facebook event

Monday, March 07, 2016

Passion Sunday, March 13

Sunday, March 13, 11:00am
Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

  • Music by the Cathedral Chorale. The repertoire of the choir ranges from Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets, to contemporary hymns.
  • Opportunity to pass through the Holy Door
facebook event | Detroit Mass Mob


Sunday, March 13, after 11:15am Mass
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church

  • Choice of stuffed cabbage dinner ($8), corned beef & cabbage dinner ($8)or combination dinner ($10)
  • Includes entree, potato, vegetable, bread, dessert, and coffee, tea, or punch
  • Beer, wine, and pop also available
  • Tickets can be bought after any weekend Mass or at rectory during open hours. 
  • Deadline March 10
flyer | parish website


Sunday, March 13, 2:00pm Mass
St. Hyacinth Church

  • Rosary before Mass
  • Mass celebrated by Fr. Joseph Tuskiewicz
  • Music led by Joseph Balistreri, AOD Director of Sacred Music

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Upcoming events: March 4-8

Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6
Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church

Friday, March 4 
8:30am Mass (Polish) followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Adoration until 6:00pm
Saturday, March 5
11:00am Communal Penance Service (English/Polish)
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from Noon until 5:30pm Mass

5:30 pm Healing Mass (English)
Sunday, March 6
Mass at 8:00am (English) & 9:30am (Polish)
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Adoration in the afternoon
2:30pm Parish choir tribute to the Blessed Sacrament
3:00pm Closing of 40 Hours Devotion with Eucharistic procession



Friday, March 4 & Saturday, March 5

  • 24 hours of prayer, Confession, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 10 participating churches in the archdiocese, including St. Christopher Church 
full schedule  St. Christopher schedule


Saturday, March 5, 4:00pm Mass
Corpus Christi Church



Sunday, March 6, after 10:00am Mass
Sacred Heart Major Seminary

  • 10:00am Mass celebrated by Archbishop Allen Vigneron. 
  • Noon Lecture will be Dr. Dan O'Brien, Senior VP of Ethics, Discernment and Church Relations at Ascension Health System. 


Sunday, March 6 - Tuesday, March 8
7:00pm-8:00pm each night
St. Scholastica Church

  • A three-night, vibrant formation event featuring dynamic preaching, live music, Eucharistic adoration and private confession. All are welcome, there is no cost to attend.
  • Preachers: Fr. Gerard Battersby, Fr. Theodore Parker