Friday, December 28, 2018
St. Gerald Church, Farmington
Archbishop John Dearden established St. Gerald Parish on June 26, 1964, with Fr. James P. O’Hagan as founding pastor. Masses were celebrated at Flanders Elementary School. A month after the parish was established, ground was broken on a new church. The first St. Gerald Church was dedicated on December 19, 1964.
The parish continually grew for the first two decades. The church was expanded and renovated but, in 1987, St. Gerald began plans for a new, larger church. Cardinal Maida dedicated the new church on May 31, 1991.
New stained-glass windows were added in 1999.
St. Gerald merged with St. Alexander, located three miles east, at the end of 2014. St. Alexander Church soon closed but the food pantry remained active. Two years later, the former St. Alexander was sold to a secular non-profit organization.
Fr. Krzysztof (Kris) Nowak has been pastor since July, 2016.
Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm, preceded by Confessions 3:30-4:30pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:30, 10:15am, and Noon.
Daily Mass is celebrated at 9:15am on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Thursday evening Mass is at 7:00pm.
Four large tapestries hang in opposing corners of the church. Divine Mercy and St. Thérèse on the left side of the nave.
The Blessed Virgin Mary along with St. Joseph and Child Jesus on the right side.
For more info: parish website + parish history
More photos: St. Alexander + St. Gerald
On the 2014 parish merger: Hometown Life
St. Gerald's 50th anniversary in 2014: The Michigan Catholic + C & G News