Monday, January 21, 2019

St Pius X, Southgate




On August 10, 1950, ground was broken to build St. Pius X Church.  During construction, Mass was held at McCann School. On August 5, 1953 three Adrian Dominican sisters moved into a newly constructed convent. A week later, another ground breaking was held for an eight-classroom elementary school.


Although St. Pius Parish is dedicated to St. Pius X the school was dedicated to St. Pius V. In September, 1953, St. Pius V School opened with just first grade. Classes were held in the Social Hall as construction on the school continued. The school building was completed and dedicated by Cardinal Mooney on September 15, 1954. The new school consisted of 8 classrooms, an office and housed grades 1, 2, and 3. Three more sections were added in later years for a total of 32 classrooms. The school name was simplified to St. Pius School in 1974 to eliminate the confusion that often arose because of the difference from the church name.


The church's most notable architectural feature is a dropped, multi-faceted ceiling above the altar.


The Lamb of God is depicted above the center door.


Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:00pm, preceded by Confessions at 3:00pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:30am. 


Daily Masses are at 8:30am on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Tuesdays bring evening Mass at 7:00pm. 


Fr. Bob McCabe is pastor and assisted by Deacon Robert Bovitz. Fr. McCabe is perhaps best known for his photography of Detroit homeless.


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For more info: parish website
More photos: AOD Film Services + Sidock Group
On Fr. McCabe's photography: Facebook pageYouTube channel
+ Detroit Free Press + The Michigan Catholic

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