Tuesday, June 19, 2018

St. Anthony of Padua (Temperance)

The cornerstone of St. Antony of Padua Church was laid n July 4, 1907, but there were three delays before construction could start. Once construction began, the edifice was finished in seven months under the director of Fr. Alphonse Bertele, Pastor of St. Joseph in Ida

The first Mass was in the church basement on November 24, 1907 and the first Mass in the sanctuary was the following Christmas. Fr. Denis Needham was the founding pastor and led the 87 founding families.

A statue of the namesake stands in front of the rectory. Another statue, in memory of World War II veterans, stands in front of the former parish school.


Large, painted Stations of the Cross have faded over the course of decades.

A Perpetual Adoration chapel, built in 1989, is located in between the vestibule and main church.

A large stained-glass window was installed in the vestibule for the parish's centennial.

A baptistery stands in the vestibule between the church and parish office. The baptismal font likely stood at the back of the church at one time. Another statue of St. Anthony stands near the baptistery.

Fr. Brian Hurley was installed as pastor in 2006 and served two terms. He will soon be installed as pastor of Immaculate Conception in Lapeer and Fr. Robert Slaton will become administrator of St. Anthony.

Stained-glass window above the central door.

The stained-glass windows here are almost identical to those at St. Joseph Church in nearby Ida. The windows in both churches were likely created by the same fabricator.

The church has a vault ceiling with many arches throughout. Much like the Stations, murals behind the altars appear to have faded over time.

The Deposition of Christ overlooks the main altar. A baldachin with the Descent of Holy Spirit covers the main altar.

The Immaculate Conception and St. Anthony with Child Jesus are depicted at side altars.

Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Thérèse stands in a niche.

Our Lady Help of Christians, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Joseph stand in another niche.

The parish manages St. Anthony Cemetery, located three miles east of the church.


For more info: parish website + The Michigan Catholic

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Holy Family, Inkster (closed)

Holy Family Parish was established in 1945 with Fr. Charles J. Diehl, a Spiritan priest, as founding pastor.

A church was soon built on Annapolis St., on the southern edge of Inkster, and across the from southeastern corner of Westland.

Like many churches built at the time, Holy Family was designed in a mid-century modern style.

Two more parishes were eventually established in Inkster. St. Norbert was consecrated in 1951 and St. Kevin in 1957. These two parishes merged in 1990 to form SS. Kevin and Norbert Parish. That parish then closed in 2004.
The former St. Norbert Church and School still stand off of Inkster Rd., south of Cherry Hill.

Tall, narrow, rectangular windows covered the ball wall of Holy Family Church.

A side altar to the Blessed Virgin Mary; St. Martin de Porres stands nearby.

A side altar to St. Joseph surrounded by smaller statues of the Holy Family; the baptismal font stood next to the altar.

In 2011, during the Together in Faith process, it was stated that "Holy Family is aware that its facilities are in need of a new roof, of repairs to the foundation, parking lot and boiler.  They have no funds for these repairs."

For the last few years, priests of St. Mary Parish in Wayne ministered at Holy Family. Even though they had only one weekly Mass, the parish maintained an active food pantry and community outreach.

On May 9, 2018, Archbishop Vigneron issued a decree, according to Canon Law, that closed Holy Family Parish. The decree was displayed in the vestibule, warning that the church was scheduled to close and why it was closing.

One of the reason's that the Archbishop cited for the closure is that population within the parish territory has dropped by 50% in the last 16 years. St. Mary Parish in Wayne will take over the territory, assets, and responsibilities of Holy Family Family Parish. 

Bishop Walter Hurley, retired Bishop of Grand Rapids, celebrated the last Mass on June 3, 2018. Parish operations officially ceased on June 11, 2018.

For more info: Facebook & Together in Faith
More photos of Holy Family: AOD Film Services

More about St. Norbert: St. Norbert alumni

Thursday, May 31, 2018

St. Anselm (Dearborn Heights)

St. Anselm Parish was established in June of 1954. The parish boundaries were previously part of Sacred Heart, Divine Child and Our Lady of Grace ParishesFr. Arthur M . Reckinger celebrated the parish's first Mass on July 11, 1954, at Clara B. Ford School, with 580 in attendance. Fr. Reckinger was the first Sacred Heart parishioner to be ordained to the priesthood. In addition, he was a professor at Mercy College for a decade and St. Anselm's first pastor. 

The first Mass in the current, 800-seat church was on May 8, 1955. Edward Cardinal Mooney dedicated St. Anselm Church on December 4th of that year. The parish also established a parochial school in 1955 and, five years later, a convent was built. For many years, St. Anselm School was the only parochial school in the Archdiocese of Detroit that was tuition-free.

A fire severely damaged the church on January 19, 1969. The front section was a complete loss and the fire caused $200,000 damage.

Msgr. James Moloney was installed as Pastor of St. Anselm Parish on January 25, 1978, and remains pastor today. In addition, he was National Vice President of Society of the Propagation of the Faith for three decades.

Daily Mass is at 8:30am Monday–Saturday. Saturday Vigil Masses are at 4:30pm (preceded by Reconciliation at 3:30pm) and 7:00pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 10:00am, and Noon.

St. Anselm's Shrine, the first shrine in the Dearborn area, is a statue of St. Anselm chiseled from a solid block of white Italian marble. The patron stands in a raised garden in front of the church.

More info: parish website + school website
More photos: AOD Film Services

Thursday, May 24, 2018

St. Mary (Royal Oak)

St. Mary Church was built in 1953, in the southern section of Royal Oak.

A Statue of the Blessed Virgin, along with a monogram of the Holy Name of Mary, is suspended over the center door.

Two plaques are suspended on the front facade: a crown surrounded by 12 stars and an olive branch.

A tall, narrow spire stands on the roof and over the altar; the former baptistery is stands in the vestibule 

Madonna and Child in the vestibule.

A baldacchino covers the high altar and tabernacle. A large stained-glass window depicting the blessed Virgin Mary overlooks the sanctuary.

A Chi Rho, as well as Alpha and Omega, are depicted on the facade of the high altar.

A monogram of "Ave Maria" is inlaid in the floor in front of the high altar. 

Side altars to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, respectively.

A portion of the original altar rail remains in front of the Blessed Mother's side altar.

The original baptismal font, which was in storage for decades, returned to the sanctuary last summer.

Periwinkle flowers are engraved on the sides of some of the pews.

Windows in the clerestory depict symbols and titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Left to right: Queen of Martyrs, Tower of David, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

Lower-level windows are in sets of three. The middle window in each set features a biblical symbol.

A large and colorful rose window overlooks the choir loft.

Stations of the Cross line the walls of the nave and hang in between arches.

Stained-glass windows in the stairwell to the choir loft; a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands in a garden between the church and rectory.

St. Mary Parish operates a K-8 parochial school which, in the 2017-2018 academic year, had an enrollment of 230 students.

St. Mary Parish offers Mass at least once every day. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament occurs four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Exposition starts at 6:30am, Benediction is at 7:20am, followed by Mass at 7:30am. Fridays also have a second Mass at 10:00am. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm while Sunday Masses are at 9:00am and 11:00am.

More info: parish website + school website
For more photos: AOD Film Services