Sunday, December 25, 2011

Have a Blessed Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all. I hope the Midnight Mass post was of use to some, and that you were able to celebrate Mass in an historic church - especially the people who searched "what time is midnight mass?"

I will share a few photos of St. Joseph decorated for Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

What time is Midnight Mass? Masstimes in the D.

Update: 4:00 am Christmas Eve. Additions to Renaissance. Addition of Trinity Vicariate. Some links added. This will probably be the last update. Please go to a mass and be generous. (And come back!) If you can't find what you are looking for here, try the AOD parish listing and give the parish a call.
Update: 12:00 am on 16 December. Additions to Renaissance and South Oakland Vicariates. Added Southwest Vicariate.
Update: 4:00pm on Gaudete Sunday. Info for Sweetest Heart of Mary and St. Josaphat.
Update: 12:40pm on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Details for St. Joseph and Assumption Grotto added. St. Justin Hazel Park added. Old St. Mary's added. Please leave a comment if you want to report the mass time at your parish!

Christmas is a wonderful time. We celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God made man. Emmanuel. God-with-us. We emulate God in His giving of the greatest gift to fallen man by giving gifts. Give a gift also to whichever parish you visit. The entire Christmas offering stays in the parish you give it to. Consider going to a Parish in Detroit (or elsewhere) that may be in need of a Christmas Bonus. (Make an offering at your own Parish as well!)

I will update this list as it is not exhaustive. I will go vicariate by vicariate to list mass times in Detroit, specifically the vigil masses. Go to Midnight Mass in the D and your own parish on Christmas day!

Genesis Vicariate: (Addresses)
  • Assumption Grotto: 4pm (Ordinary Form) & Midnight Orchestral Mass (Extraordinary Form - Latin Tridentine, Music composed by Fr. Perrone)
  • Blessed Sacrament Cathedral: Lessons/Carols at 11:30pm. Midnight Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vigneron
  • Church of the Madonna: 11:30pm Concert followed by Midnight Mass
  • Our Lady Queen of Apostles: 4pm Family Mass, 11:15 Choir Tribute followed by Midnight Mass
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven: 4pm
  • St. Bartholemew-St. Rita: Recital at 3:30pm followed by 4pm Mass.
  • St. Benedict: Carols at 7:30pm followed by 8pm Mass.
  • St. Florian: Carols at 11:30pm followed by Midnight Mass with Koledy ( Polish Carols )
  • St. Gregory the Great: Concert 9:30pm followed by Mass at 10pm
  • St. Hyacinth: Koledy at 9:30pm followed by Mass at 10pm
  • St. Ladislaus: No vigil mass, but Christmas day 11 am (Polish)
  • St. Louis the King: 11:30pm Koledy followed by Midnight Mass
  • St. Raymond-Good Counsel: 6pm Mass
  • Transfiguration-Our Lady Help of Christians: 8:30pm Koledy followed by 9pm Mass.

Renaissance Vicariate

South Oakland Vicariate (Links to parish pages)
  • St. Justin, Hazel Park: Concert at 11:30pm followed by Midnight Mass
  • Shrine of the Little Flower: 4pm Children's, 6:30pm, 11pm musical prelude, Midnight Mass.
  • St. Mary Royal Oak: 4:30 pm, 10pm
  • St. James Ferndale: 4:30 pm, Midnight

Southwest Vicariate (Vicariate page with addresses and links)

  • Holy Redeemer: Las Posadas at 9:30pm, Bilingual mass at 10pm.
  • St. Hedwig: 4pm, 7pm (Spanish)
  • St. Francis of Assisi: Midnight Mass
  • Holy Cross Hungarian: 10:15pm Church opens, 10:30pm Christmas, 11pm Mass in Magyar (Hungarian) / English
  • Most Holy Trinity: 9:30 pm Posadas, 10pm Mass in Spanish/English
  • Ste. Anne de Detroit: 5pm, 10pm
  • All Saints: 4pm English Mass, 6pm Spanish Mass, 7pm Las Posadas
  • St. Gabriel: 4pm Bilingual Mass
  • Our Lady Queen of Apostles: 5pm Mass
  • St Stephen/MMOC: 10pm Bilingual Mass

Trinity Vicariate: (Links to all parish websites or AOD info page with address)

  • Gesu:4pm Children's mass, 10pm Carols, 10:30pm Mass
  • Corpus Christi: 4pm Children's mass, 9pm Lessons and Carols, 10pm Mass
  • SS Peter and Paul (Westside): 4:30pm Mass, 11:30 Carols and Koledy, Midnight Mass-Pasterka (Polish/English)
  • St. Mary's of Redford: 10:30 Choir performance, 11pm Mass.
  • St. Scholastica: 4:30pm, 8pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 4pm and Midnight, both bilingual (Spanish/English)

  • St. Albertus: Doors open at 11pm, Music by Polonaise Chorale, Midnight Mass-Pasterka (Polish/English)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Upcoming Detroit Church Projects

There are 2 things I found out about today which are of interest to those who like historic Churches.

1st is a book about Detroit Churches: "Detroit's Historic Places of Worship." This is a long term project looking at 37 places of worship in Detroit, 12 of them Catholic. As seen on the Kickstarter page, Catholic Churches to be featured in the book include the following:

Immaculate Conception Ukrainian
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
8 of those 10 have been featured on this here blog. (Links Provided)
I would wager that 1 of the remaining 2 is Ste. Anne.

Based on the images shown of the book, they will be going in great detail on the history and the architecture and providing large glossy photos. I expect this to be of great quality, a great complement to Godzak's book, and a worthwhile purchase at 39.95. It should be available early Fall 2012, since they have reached the $10,000 goal for underwriting the book.

Michigan Catholic has an article with more details on the book. I recommend also checking out the video posted on the Kickstarter page.

2nd is a TV show to be shown on CTND. Only Comcast, Brighthouse, and Wyandotte cable carry CTND, but CTND Streams live on the internet as well. This is all the information I have, but if I find more I will share it.

Building on Faith: The Historic Churches of Detroit – Immigrants who built the churches took inspiration from the architecture in their homeland and incorporated that into their new houses of worship. Artistic expression, celebration of heritage and dedication to the community around them are how these people built on faith and affected the fabric of the city itself.

  • Tuesday, December 27th at 1pm
  • Thursday, December 29th at 10:30am

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Wyandotte: Photograph

As I mentioned in Part 4 of my series
on potential parish closures, I attended a wedding at OLMC. The bride from that wedding sent me a photo from the wedding for me to share. I think it mostly speaks for itself. This church is a gem.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Parish Closures? Who? When? Part 4: Downriver

Part 4 looks at the last of the "Parishes Recommended for Closure," the short list posted on the AOD website. (Parts 1 2 3)

Here we are looking at the Downriver Parishes. One recommendation is to close either St. Stanislaus Kostka or Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Wyandotte. These parishes are clustered and under the pastor care of Fr. Walter Ptak. Between the 2 churches there are approximately 20 masses per week, 8-9 of which are for Sunday (depending on the season). I was able to attend the wedding of a friend at OLMC, and Fr. Ptak officiated the wedding. My friends and I decided to go to Mass before the reception, and we went to St. Stan's for the 4pm mass. Fr. Ptak said that mass as well, and then had to head back to OLMC to help out with (but not celebrate) the 5pm mass. Clearly Fr. Ptak is busy! If he didn't have the assistance of the 2 weekend associates I can see how having both parishes would not be especially viable.

OLMC was founded in 1899 to serve the influx of Poles downriver and St. Stan's was founded in 1914 presumably as the immigration and spread continued. The parishes are about 1.5 miles apart. OLMC's cornerstone indicated that the current church was built in 1915. In typical Polish style it is big and gorgeous. I need to do a picture post on this one. In further typical Polish fashion they hold tightly to their Polish traditions. In comparison St. Stan's is less ornate, but dignified. Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but it looks post WW2, perhaps from the 50's. I guess if I had my druthers both would be retained, but if I had to choose I would choose OLMC. We shall see. The suggested timeline for the closure is 3-5 years, and a lot could happen in that time.

Next we have St. Elizabeth slated to close. This recommendation is more imminent as they suggest a 2012 closure and merger with St. Joseph. These 2 and St. Patrick (1857) are clustered and are currently under the care of Fr. Michael Cremen, SAC (Irish Pallottines). The cluster does have an associate pastor. St. Joseph was founded in 1870 to serve German Immigrants, and the current church building is from the mid-late 50's. St. Elizabeth was founded in 1934; I am not sure when the current building was constructed. I would guess 60's. The APC suggests further merging St. Joseph/Elizabeth and St. Patrick for 1 new parish.

Finally the APC suggests closing either Our Lady of Lourdes in River Rouge or St. Francis Xavier in Ecorse. They were founded in 1893 and 1848 respectively, so there is clearly a lot of history in these parishes. OLL's current church was built in 1978. Some photos of the church are available on their website. SFX's current church is from the mid 1950's. Make Straight The Path shows a brick interior, but not much else. The book also tells the history of SFX which has its roots in a mission dating back to the 1820's.

So these are these first 4 articles are about the parishes most likely to close. I'd like to remind you that Immaculate Heart of Mary from Part 2 has it's final mass this Sunday at 9am.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Parish Closures? Who? When? Part 3: Detroit

There are 2 parishes in Detroit slated to close per the AOD's summary of the recommendations of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC).

St. Anthony Lithuanian, founded in 1920, is a tiny Lithuanian holdout in mainly Hispanic southwest Detroit. I have never been, but a friend has, and she described it as a small welcoming community who assured her that readings are in English on Sundays (at least at the 9am mass.) Of the 7 masses per week, 6 are in Lithuanian. The pastor is Rev. Gintaras A Jonikas. According to the AOD parish listings he is also pastor of Divine Providence Lithuanian on 9 mile in Southfield. The plan is to merge the St. Anthony community into the Divine Providence community in 2013. The council seeks further analysis on whether the St. Anthony building can be used by Holy Redeemer parish which is 10 blocks west south west on Vernor Highway. Holy Redeemer has recently been entrusted to SOLT who brought 4 priests and 14 seminarians to the archdiocese. Hopefully this building can be retained by the AOD.

St. Luke Parish (brief history on their website) is also recommended for closure. It and St. Mary's of Redford are already clustered under the pastorship of Rev. Tyrone Robinson. The recommendation is to merge the St. Luke community into St Mary's of Redford, but to "maintain an outreach center at St. Luke’s" per the APC document. The APC wants this completed by June 2012.

See also Parish Closures? Who? When? Part 1 and Part 2. Downriver parishes next. Then we will go into what the APC recommendations are for Parishes we have visited on this blog.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Parish Closures? Who? When? Part 2: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Detroit

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Center in Northwest Detroit (Part of Corpus Christ Parish) is being closed soon and the property is to be sold to Michigan Technical Academy Elementary School currently renting parts of the facility. From the RFP:
Michigan Technical Academy leases two buildings from the Archdiocese of Detroit (the Academy also owns a third building in Redford).The Academy is purchasing one of these buildings at 19940 Mansfield, Detroit, 48235, and constructing an addition to that building. The addition will permit the Academy to terminate the lease at the second facility, transfer its students and consolidate operations to begin the 2012-13 school year.
This won't be the first parish to be converted to a charter school, and it probably will not be the last.

The final mass will be at 9am on Sunday December 11, 2o11. Principal celebrant will be Bishop Hanchon. There is a lot more information in the article from the Michigan Catholic. Hopefully I can get to the Mass to document it., but the Michigan Catholic will likely cover it whether I can or not.

Parish Closures? Who? When? Part 1: East, North, and West Suburbs

St. Donald, Roseville is to close following the retirement of its current Pastor Rev. Michael Donovan. The parish opened in 1965, and that's all I know about it! 4 more parishes will remain in Roseville to serve the faithful.

St. Maurice, Livonia is to close at some point in 2012. This parish is already clustered with St. Genevieve in Livonia which has an active school and several active ministries. The churches will merge. The pastor is Fr. Howard Vogan. As far as I know the parishes have worked well together, and I think this merger will ultimately go over well. 5 more parishes in addition to the new merged Parish will remain in Livonia. Full disclosure: St. Genevieve was my boyhood parish.

There may be a bright side when this closes. St. Maurice serves as the home to St. Rafka mission, an outreach of St. Sharbel in Warren. This serves the Maronite Rite Catholics (Lebanese) on the west side. I have no idea what the finances of the Maronite Eparchy are like, but perhaps they could buy the parish? This would keep the land in Catholic hands.

Our Lady Queen of Peace, Harper Woods is proposed to be put up for sale in 2012 and to be closed upon sale. Fr. William Herman is currently the pastor. I know very little of the parish other than that it is near the Morross exit of I-94 and was founded in 1946.

There are 3 recommended closures in the Downriver area and 2 recommended in the city of Detroit. There is also a quickly approaching closure in Detroit which I will cover separately.

The list of recommended closures is here.

Archdiocesan News

It has been a big news week for Catholicism in Detroit. (Going back to last Friday)

Friday: Brother Rice High School defeated Lowell for the Division 2 State Championship

Saturday: Detroit Catholic Central fell to Cass Technical High School in the Division 1 State Championship (more on this later).
Just after 4pm the faithful in churches across the archdiocese responded "And with your spirit" as the third edition of the Roman Missal was unleashed across the United States.
Later in the evening Orchard Lake St. Mary's defeated Mt. Pleasant for the Division 3 State championship.

Sunday: The Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) changed their major content provider from EWTN to Catholic TV (CTV) of Boston.

Tuesday: A letter started circulating around the internet filled with stupid comments about Cass Technical High school and the Detroit Public School system. The letter was alleged to have been written by someone who attended the game and delivered to Coach Wilcher of Cass Tech. The undersigned does not appear to be attached to the CC family, but the damage is done. Fr. Ranalletti, the president of CC issued a statement. Here is an article on the subject.

The big story for this Blog however came out today. The recommendations of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council have been posted on the archdiocesan website. Several parishes have been suggested for closure. There are further recommendations for clustering and mergers throughout the diocese. I will be writing on this as it develops and make efforts to feature parishes scheduled for closure before their closure.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Upcoming Events Sept 30 - Oct 2

Solemn First Vespers for the Feast of St Therese of Liseux at Shrine of the Little Flower Royal Oak
Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda will be in attendance and giving a homily.
7pm Friday Sept 30th. A reception will follow.

St. Hyacinth Banana Festival! I've never been to this one, but I'm sure it's awesome based on this cut and paste flyer.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

St. Joseph's Oktoberfest 2011 (and other upcoming events)

I'd like to let you all know about an upcoming event which promises to be fun and will help support historic St. Joseph in Detroit: Oktoberfest 2011

What can you do at Oktoberfest?

Enjoy delicious German food (various sausages, saur kraut, pickled beets, strudel, etc), beer, and wine. There will also be pop and cake and other delights.

Enjoy diverse styles of music.
  • Brazil and Beyond
  • 60's pop hits performed by the Liras.
  • German Accordian music (and some Polkas too) by Herb Langegger
  • German Folk Dancing (Carpathia Dance Ensemble)
  • Choral Festival in the Church featuring Renaissance Voices, Assumption Grotto Choir, and the St. Joseph's Men's Schola.
  • David Zakria Band
Tour the church and/or go to Holy Mass
  • 10am Sunday Mass in German
  • 12pm Sunday Mass in English
  • 5pm Saturday and Sunday Guided tours of the church
There is also a raffle with some nice prizes including an Autographed Miguel Cabrera Jersey and dinner for 2 at any Restaurant in the area! Tickets are $1 or 6 got $5. Ask a parishioner if you would like to buy some.

And now, more bullets and links!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Greetings from Santiago de Compostella

you might wonder what Santiago de Compostella has to do with Detroit. well today it just so happened that former auxiliary bishop of Detroit, Daniel Flores, celebrated mass at this 800 year old Cathedral. His excellency is now the bishop of Brownsville, TX. Here is a picture.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pilgrimage Success!

Other than a sprained foot, a sprained ankle, and probably more than a few blisters the Pilgrimage for Christian Culture down Woodward Avenue went very well. Over 40 young adults participated in the activities which included a skit about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Mass in the Extraordinary form for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist at Shrine of the Little Flower (pictures), 3 ordinary form Masses, and of course plenty of walking, praying, and singing. We had Latin Rite participants from 4 (arch)dioceses (Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw, and Chicago), 3 Chaldeans, and one Syro-Malabar.

I have many pictures including some of historic Churches of course. I hope to have more time to post these! For now here is one of the group upon entering the city of Detroit.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Young Adult Pilgrimage in Detroit

Readers, I have been busy not only with work, but with planning. I am part of a group planning a pilgrimage starting at St. Vincent de Paul in Pontiac, following mostly along Woodward Avenue and ending at the Detroit River. As this is over 30 miles this is a 2 day affair.

Day 1 (June 24th, the Solemnity of St. John the Baptist) will start with Holy Mass celebrated at the aforementioned St. Vincent de Paul, part of the newly formed Pontiac community parish of St. Damien of Molokai. Our first major stop is St. Hugo of the Hills where we will have lunch and an opportunity to view the beautiful stone chapel on their sprawling campus. We shall pay a visit to Manresa, the Jesuit retreat center. Our first day concludes at Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak where we will have dinner, confessions available, a skit about St. Pier Giorgio Frassati, a mass for those unable to make the early one, and the opportunity for Adoration in Shrine's perpetual Adoration chapel. We will be sleeping in the area.

Day 2 (June 25th) starts with morning prayer followed by Shrine's 8:30 am Mass followed by breakfast. After breakfast our journey resumes. We will stop by St. James in Ferndale for lunch. Other planned stops include St. John the Baptist Romanian Byzantine Church, Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, St. Patrick (where we will celebrate the anticipated Sunday mass), and the original site of Ste. Anne de Detroit (now denoted by a plaque).

Please consider joining us as we walk, pray, sing, and enjoy fellowship with fellow young adults.
Partial participation is allowed, so if you can do only one day, or only join us for Friday night's festivities or one of the masses that is very welcome.

More information including links to the Facebook events for day 1 and day 2 can be found at our website.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Upcoming Church Tour: June 10th

Hey readers, I saw that some people found the site looking for Church tours, so I thought I should give a heads up regarding an upcoming tour.

Next weekend is the Call to Holiness conference. An optional part of the conference is a church tour on Friday June 10th. I am not sure if there are any spots available at this time, but give them a call and find out.

Call to Holiness Church Tour

All five churches have been featured here so you can get a preview on this very blog. Click on the appropriate "tag" below to see posts about the churches: St. Aloysius, Old St. Mary, Sweetest Heart of Mary, Holy Family, and Ste. Anne.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Church Festivals: St. Sebastian and St. Joan of Arc

This weekend is the St. Sebastian Spring Festival.

Also the St. Joan of Arc Spring Festival.

I'm not very familiar with either of these festivals, but I would imagine that they are a lot of fun.

Check them out!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Church Festivals: St. Florian Strawberry Festival May 7-8

It's Spring, so it is the beginning of Church Festival season!

I probably missed one already, but tonight starts the St. Florian Strawberry Festival!

This is as good of an excuse as any (except Holy Mass, but you can go to that too) to visit 1929's best new church! Here is the Schedule:

If you come you can see vestments of Blessed John Paul II which are on display in the Sanctuary. (Or at least they have been all week) Other features to check out are the Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Czestochowa chapels which are located off of the vestibule. I don't know if they have guided tours, but the Church will be open.

Vestments worn by JP2 in his 1987 visit to Hamtramck

I'll try to keep you all apprised of other Festivals. These festivals are a great way to support the historical and beautiful Churches of Detroit!

What are you waiting for? Get down to St. Florian!

If you would like your church's festival featured send me an e-mail or write in the comments.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Three New Auxiliary Bishops AND a Patroness! (Plus SHMS Photos)

Today is a great day in Detroit! At 2pm this afternoon the liturgy of Ordination for Bishops Hanchon, Byrnes, and Cepeda began. CTND will be re-airing the Mass several times, and they stream online. At this liturgy a decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments was also read declaring St. Anne the official Patroness for the Archdiocese of Detroit. (I think I'll plan on going to Ste. Anne de Detroit for her feast July 26. Archbishop Vigneron will be celebrating Mass)

While I did not attend the Ordination Mass, I did go to the reception at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Whilst there I slipped into the chapel and took some photos. I also took photos of the exterior. These were all taken with my phone.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary (from whose site I gathered much of this information) was founded in 1919 by Bishop Gallagher, and they broke ground at Linwood and Chicago 4 years later. The first ordination class was in 1930. The chapel is beautiful with it's carved oak reredos and its share of the state's largest collection of Pewabic Tile.

We'll start with an external shot as viewed from the parking lot. The website tells me the Architecture is English Tudor Gothic.

Then we'll move into the chapel and have a look at the sanctuary. I think there was just enough light and it made for a pretty shot.

We find more carved oak at the Mary altar.

Here is an example of the stained glass.*

Oh yeah I almost forgot: I rubbed elbows with the youngest Bishop (Cepeda) in the United States.

Hurray for new Bishops! Benedicamus Domino! Ste Anne, pray for us!

Links and such:
*Update: I had originally indicated that the Stained Glass had been designed by Michigan resident Margaret Bouchez Cavanaugh. She indeed designed the glass for the 2 house chapels in the resident wings but not the main chapel. Her glass was featured in the Winter 2011 Mosaic Magazine, so you can check them out there. (Starts on page 30)
Thanks to reader Tim for the correction and the tip on Mosaic.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

St. Hedwig

I first promised a post on St. Hedwig in the early days of this blog. I most recently visited St. Hedwig this past Friday for First Friday Mass and stations, but the pictures I will feature were actually taken on the same day I visited St. Hyacinth.

I only found out (or maybe was reminded) recently that St. Hedwig was my Grandfather's parish and is where my mother was baptized. Intrepid reader, you may have guessed that this is a Polish church and indeed it is. The best ones are!

Święta Jadwiga is the 13th century Duchess, rather than the 14th century King (yes King) of Poland. The latter was not canonized (by the Church) until 1997, so a Church founded in 1903 wouldn't be named for her. (Or would it?)

I will post a few pictures to wet your whistle, but I tell you there are scores more on the virtual tour they have on their site. I have only looked at a small portion of the tour, and I already recommend it.

St. Hedwig and her 8 year-old banners stand proudly on Junction street, .3 miles Southeast of Michigan Avenue

The usher saw me looking around and taking pictures while he prepared for the 4pm Mass. He graciously turned the lights on in the Sanctuary. The high altar really is a sight as they often are.

I like this side altar. I hadn't seen St Therese portrayed in this way in statuary. St. Therese is letting down from heaven the shower of roses assisted by the Blessed Virgin and the Christ child. The roses are in what would appear to be the burial shroud of Christ which hangs from cross. It kind of tells the whole story.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pope Benedict appoints Auxiliary Bishops for Detroit

This is exciting news.

May 5th of this year will see the ordination of 2 Detroit priests as bishops to serve as auxiliary bishops.

Our auxiliaries were depleted as they were selected to run other dioceses or retired.
Nienstedt is now St Paul/Minneapolis, Blair now Toledo, Boyea now Lansing, Hurley now Grand Rapids, Quinn now Winona, and Flores is now Brownsville, TX. Gumbleton and Anderson resigned. This is just in the last 10 years.

Joining Bishop Francis Reiss in assisting Archbishop Vigneron will be Fr. Michael Byrnes and Msgr. Donald Hanchon. Both are pastors of churches featured on this blog: Byrnes of POLOV and Hanchon of Holy Redeemer. Interestingly enough, Fr. Byrnes went to the same High School and College that I did.

Diane from Te Deum Laudamus broke the news to me, and it is on the archdiocesan website.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Notes and News 3/16/2011

You may have noticed that I haven't posted in a while. I started a new job on February 28 and I am still working on the whole work/life balance. I have some activities that are finishing up so I should have more time for blogging soon.

I want to bring to your attention 2 events for this weekend:

  • St. Joseph Day of Prayer at Historic St. Joseph in Detroit: There is a full day of Mass, music and devotions on Saturday March 19th for the Solemnity of St. Joseph. See the full schedule on the parish website.
  • Monthly Mass at Historic St. Albertus: Mass will be celebrated in the Extraordinary form at Noon this Sunday March 20th. See the full mass schedule for 2011 here.

If there are any other special things going on at your parish or a Church you like to visit, send me an e-mail at 313churchblog @ gmail or put a note in the comments.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Immaculate Conception Lapeer - test

This is a test to see how blogging from the droid might work. this is the facade of immaculate Conception in Lapeer, MI

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

St. Hyacinth, another Polish Beauty.

This past Saturday I had the great pleasure of visiting St. Hyacinth. St. Hyacinth was founded in 1907 for the growing numbers of Polish immigrants in Poletown. Father Sylvester Kolkiewicz was the founding pastor. The first mass was celebrated in a house. In 1908 a combined church and school was built in 1908. The school was staffed by felicians. The present church, built in a Byzantine/Romanesque style was designed by the Donaldson and Meier firm and dedicated in 1924. A more detailed history is available on St. Hyacinth's website. I took much of this information written here from a pamphlet I was given by an usher after mass.

Upon entering you find that the church has been lovingly maintained and is in very good shape.
Being that the 100th anniversary was only 4 years ago, they probably did some major upkeep in the last decade.

This church stands out. Here is the beautiful Facade.

The apse above the sanctuary is painted a very pretty solid blue and features a large "medallion" which represents the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Here you see it though it is obstructed by a light fixture.

Here is the stand-alone altar and high altar/reredos.

The church has remnants from Immaculate Conception church was razed amid controversy for the Hamtramck/Detroit GM Plant.

The second cupola features Polish saints:

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

More St. Aloysius Photos

I have added more Photos from St. Aloysius to the gallery after a visit on Tuesday.

Start browsing here.

And here are a couple.

Crypt Level Altar and Reredos:

Above door detail. Left hand entrance. "Thou wert slain and redeemed us to God with in thy blood."

Other St. Aloysius posts can be views here. The most informative would be this one.

Monday, February 07, 2011

SS. Andrew and Benedict

Saints Andrew and Benedict are a pair of Slovakian Benedictine saints. Svorad-Andrew hailed from Poland and Beňadik (Slovak spelling) likely was Slovak. Both died in the 1030's. They are the namesake for a small, but pretty church on Beatrice street on Detroit's very southwest side. (Southwest of Delray, nearly in River Rouge or Ecorse.)

As you may have guessed, SS Andrew and Benedict church was historically a Slovak community. It was founded in 1924 to serve the Slovak Community. Today there are some Slovaks, but the parish prides itself on it's diverse community, and the Church features images of Saints of African/Black descent. I called the church a Frankenstein church, because it had elements from different now closed Detroit parishes, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (closed 2008) and St. John Cantius (closed 2007) being the two that I specifically remember. The community was welcoming, and one of the ladies told me from whence certain pieces came. The community remains active and has Mass everyday besides Saturday.

SS Andrew and Benedict is a small Romanesque church. The sanctuary and walls behind the side altars are a very pretty rose color, and there are nice painted features elsewhere.
Here is the Sanctuary. The Our Lady of Mt Carmel and the Infant of Prague came from OLMC Detroit. I think the reredos was also from there.

Detail of the painted wall and the image of the Holy Ghost as dove on the ceiling.

The Mary Altar. You can see on the left an image of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese-born Canossian saint. On the Right is St. Martin De Porres, the Peruvian-born son of a former slave and Third Order Dominican saint.

This angel was originally in St. John Cantius. See this one in its original location here. (FYI:Music autoplay on site)

There are plenty more photos. Start browsing here.

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Detroit's Blessed Sacramental Cathedral shown to National Audience

There has been a lot of buzz about the Chrysler 200 commercial from Super Bowl XLV, at least on Facebook. For about a second in the video there is a shot of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral as seen from John R. So approximately 110 million people either saw it or were grabbing dip at this time.
There were a few discussions online about which church it was, and thanks to a priest's comment we were able to ascertain that it was indeed the Cathedral

0:48 is where it is.

We get close to St. Aloysius, but we don't get to see it. There is a chance that St. Al's may be in an upcoming motion picture...

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Virtual Tour from the Detroit News

I came across this virtual tour from this past summer on John T. Greilick and Michael Hodges take us to 12 churches around the city, 6 of them are Catholic and have been featured on this here blog previously

This Screen capture shows the format. The video itself is a narrated slide show with interesting information on the history, architecture, and art.

Featured Churches (with links to my posts when applicable):
Check it out if you so desire!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

St. Florian and Polish Village Cafe

We are going to step out of Detroit for a moment, but not for very long. We are still sort of in Detroit, but really in the enclave city of Hamtramck. Hamtramck at one time was 90% Polish, and still holds on to its Polish heritage (people of Polish descent still held a plurality of the population in the 2000 census) despite it now being more diverse.

In 1907/8 the first church was established in the then Village of Hamtramck. This church is St. Florian. By the mid 1920s, St. Florian had become the 2nd largest church in Detroit (Hamtramck's population increased by 1266% between the censuses of 1910 and 1920) and was in need of a new building for worship. Ralph Adams Cram was chosen for the upgrade. In terms of Ecclesiastical Architecture, Cram is kind of a big deal. The lion's share of his work was for Episcopal/Anglican churches (he was a High Church Anglican) which includes the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit. The designs of Cram and the sacrifice of the parishioners paid off and American Architect magazine chose St. Florian's as the Best new church of 1929 according to this here historical marker:

It was the best new Church in 1929, and it remains one of the best in my opinion. I have more pictures, but this is one that should be on your list for seeing in person. They have evening masses during the week, so it could be easily fit into a working person's schedule.

Here is the sanctuary at St. Florian. I visited on January 18th, so of course it was still decorated for Christmas.

This shot of the Sanctuary lamp gives also a glimpse of the detail on the Reredos. I think these reliefs are carved wood.

St. Florian and St. Maximilian Kolbe are on the back wall:

Facade on a snowy night:

St. Florian has produced a book for their 100th anniversary. It looks rather handsome and full of great pictures, but it is pricey at $50. If you are interested in this parish and its history, this may be a nice addition to your library.

While you are in Hamtramck, how could you NOT want to have some Polish food? I naturally headed over to the Polish Village Cafe which is on Yemans street. Once a cellar beer garden in a gentlemen's hotel, it has been the restaurant since 1976. The gołabki are great, but I didn't have any on the night I stopped in. I opted for the fresh sausage in beer sauce. When the waiter asked if I would like horseradish, I nearly burst with excitement. Love me some horseradish. The main course was great, but it really shared billing with the cup of dill pickle soup. You simply must try it.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Photo Album

The Detroit Church Blog Picasa Album has gone live!

I have it more or less organized by church, and it includes additional pictures not seen in the blog posts themselves.

There is also a slide show in the sidebar.

Check it out!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Assumption Grotto

The last stop on the church tour was Assumption Grotto. The parish was founded in the 1830s and is the 2nd oldest in Detroit. The current church is the 4th and was built in 1929 at the cost of $250,000.

A feature we were unable to see due to the weather is the exact replica of the Grotto at Lourdes. (source)
In 1876, [Reverend Amandus Vandendriessche, pastor] visited Lourdes to make his devotions to Our Lady and he was so inspired that he resolved to build a replica of the Grotto of Lourdes behind the church so that his fellow Americans could worship at an outdoor shrine. Despite many obstacles, the Grotto was formally dedicated on May 29, 1881. On April 30, 1882, Pope Leo XIII signed a proclamation authorizing the shrine for devotions and granted partial and plenary indulgences for all who visited the Grotto and prayed for the propagation of the faith. This privilege remains.
An active parishioner, Diane K, keeps a blog of current Catholic events as well as photos from parish events and masses. The blog is Te Deum Laudamus. I'll be posting my own photos here, but for more of this church, see her Smugmug page.

Assumption Grotto is a parish that embraces the liturgical and musical patrimony of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Mass is celebrated in the extraordinary form daily. Gregorian Chant and Latin are obviously given pride of place. Orchestral Masses are performed for major feasts. For Christmas 2010 the music was Mozart's Missa Longa.

Assumption Grotto is a bit less ornate than the other churches on the tour. This may be partially due to the era in which it was built - the Great Depression. It is still rather beautiful in its simplicity, and architecturally speaking it is still grand. Here is the sanctuary.

Marian side altar.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Heading out onto Gratiot.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Holy Cross Hungarian

Holy Cross Hungarian, one of the stops on the January 7 church tour, is located in the Delray neighborhood of Detroit. It was established May 8 1905, and the current church was dedicated in 1925. Pride in Magyar history and culture is evident in this the only Hungarian church in Michigan. Images of several Hungarian Saints are throughout the church.

The parish is currently under the care of 2 Hungarian Franciscan Friars who were first assigned in 1994. If you are interested in more of the history, the website features a timeline for the parish. The website also features several photo galleries for your viewing pleasure.

Speaking of photos...

Here is the facade of this 86 year-old church:

Up top on the blue field you may recognize the red, white, and green of the Hungarian flag. Below that is one of the 15 beautiful murals depicting mysteries of the rosary. This depiction of the Annunciation (1st Joyful Mystery) as well as the other 14 were painted in the late 1940's by Paul Daubner.

Behind the altar the 5 great Hungarian saints are depicted in stained glass.
Stephen, Emery, Ladislaus, Elizabeth, and Margaret are joined also by Peter and Paul and a depiction of the crucifixion. There is one more, but it's not visible, and I don't remember who it is. (Left to Right: Elizabeth, Ladislaus, Peter, Paul, Steven, Emory, not shown: Margaret and mystery saint) Above the stained glass is a mural of the crucifixion (5th Sorrowful mystery)

Everywhere the eye can see the church is painted beautifully. Here is the ceiling where the transept and the nave meet.

The High altar and Reredos are a sight as well. Here is a more detailed view:

Venerable Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty
had visited the Church twice before he died in exile in Vienna in 1975. He was a fierce opponent of communism which got him into trouble a few times to say the least. This plaque in the vestibule commemorates his visits to Holy Cross.

I'll leave you with a statue of St. Elizabeth.

Holy Cross has Mass at 9am Sunday-Friday, 4pm Saturday, and 11am Sunday (in Hungarian). This gives you plenty of opportunities to visit, and I recommend that you do. This is a true beauty.