Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happy Birthday to the Church in Detroit

Sorry folks for the lack of posting!  I have been quite busy with Juventutem, a production of a play about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, my job, and lots of other fine things.  There are some big things going on, so I had to stay up late tonight to put up this post.

As I write it is now the 25th of July 2012.  Yesterday was the 311th anniversary of Cadillac's founding of Detroit. Tomorrow (The feast of St. Anne) is the 311th anniversary of the start of construction on the first Church in Detroit, the second (or third depending on your source) oldest continuously running parish in the United States, Ste. Anne.  I have a couple of posts on Ste. Anne de Detroit.

Being that St. Anne is duly the Patroness of Detroit, there are some special events coming up.

  • Ste. Anne de Detroit holds annually a Novena prior to (St. Joachim and) St. Anne's feast day (July 26). This year it culminates in the feast day Mass (7pm) celebrated by His Excellency the Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit.
  • At the Cathedral on July 25th at 7pm, there will be a special Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for the feast wherein the Archbishop will welcome Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Nicholas.  The Archdiocesan Schola (and friends) will be praying some beautiful chants for this night of prayer.
  • St. Josaphat will celebrate the external solemnity of St. Anne on Sunday July 29 at 9:30am.
Try to make it out for any of these special events, and pray to St. Anne for the city and Archdiocese of Detroit.