Friday, February 26, 2016

24 Hours for the Lord: March 4-5

Pope Francis is inviting parishes from around the world to open their doors for 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, so that the faithful might encounter Jesus Christ anew in the Sacrament of Confession and Meditations.

24 Hours for the Lord is a time of reflection and prayer, an opportunity to speak with a priest, and a chance to rediscover — or perhaps discover for the first time — the great mercy at the heart of the Catholic Faith.

Several churches from the Archdiocese of Detroit will be participating and open with confessors available and Eucharistic adoration. Included among them is 
St. Christopher Church (7800 Woodmont, west side of Detroit).

The schedule for St. Christopher follows:

Friday, March 4th
7:00pm Mass at St. Christopher (Bilingual)Adoration continues after the celebration
8:00pm – Midnight Individual Confessions
Adoration continues throughout the night.
(Please sign up at our Parish Office or at the end of Mass)

Saturday, March 5th
8:00am Morning Prayer (Bilingual); Adoration continues
1:00pm  3:00pm Individual Confessions
Adoration concludes with the celebration of 4:00pm Vigil Mass (English)

For more info and the full schedule:

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Friday night: Confessions, Stations, and EF Mass at Old St. Mary's

Old St. Mary's Church, Greektown
Friday, February 26
6:15pm  Confessions; Stations of the Cross
7:00pm  Tridentine High (Sung) Mass

Fr. Stephen Pullis (priest-secretary for Archbishop Vigneron) will celebrate Mass at Old St. Mary's on Friday night. Sacred music will be performed by the choir of Windsor's St. Benedict Tridentine Catholic Community. All persons of all ages are welcome to attend this liturgy.

After Mass, young adults (18-35 years old), clerics, and musicians will share a fish fry dinner in the parish hall. More info: Facebook event

Friday, February 19, 2016

St. Veronica Church (Eastpointe)

Residents of the village of Halfway petitioned Bishop Michael Gallagher for a new parish and permission was granted in October of 1926. Construction began on a church near Gratiot, a few blocks north of 8 Mile, but the parish did not have a name at the time. 

During construction a young girl named Veronica Rose became ill and died. Her father, a contractor, finished the church for free, in Veronica's memory. The first pastor, Rev. A. W. Soest, named the parish after her patroness. Later, in 1956, the current church was built.


St. Peter the Apostle, established 1953 in Harper Woods, closed three years ago and merged with St. Veronica.

The parish schools closed in 1991. Rev. Stanley Pachla has been pastor since the late 1990s. A new altar was added in August of 2012 and contains relics of St. Francis Xavier, St. Paul of the Cross, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Pius X, St. Catherine Laboure, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowski, and wood from the True Cross of Christ.


A statue of St. Veronica stands in the south transept; a painting of her adorns the apse

The Epiphany of Our Lord is depicted in the choir loft.

The Holy Family stands in the narthex of the church.

A large crucifix hangs above the sanctuary.

The windows in the transepts and above the choir loft appear to be original to the building. The north  transept depicts Pentecost.

Resurrected Christ appears in the south transept

Abstract windows line the sides of the nave and appear to be later additions.

Windows in the former baptistry, below the belltower, depict scenes and symbols of baptism.

Today, St. Veronica has about 600 registered households. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm preceded by Confessions at 3:00pm; Sunday Mass is at 9:00am & 11:00am. Weekday Mass is at 7:45am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the convent chapel.

The Detroit Mass Mob is scheduled to visit St. Veronica on September 11th of this year, ahead of the parish's 90th anniversary.

For more info: bulletin archiveC & G NewsChanging Lives Together

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Mark Price as "Simon Peter: In His Own Words," This Friday at SS. Peter & Paul

Simon, the fisherman. Peter, the Apostle. SS. Peter & Paul (west side Detroit) will host a theatrical presentation on the life of St. Peter the Apostle.
What was Peter like? What did Jesus see in him? What was it like being an Apostle? Are there men like him among us today? Why did he deny knowing Jesus? Did you know he was married? How did his wife participate?

Join us, and meet one man’s vision of the person, the personality, the humor, the life of the Apostle, Simon Peter. 

Presentation at 7:00pm in the church (no admission fee). Preceded by Stations of the Cross in the church at 6:00pm and Fish Fry 4:00-7:00 in the parish hall.

Ss. Peter and Paul Church
7685 Grandville Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48228

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lent Schedules: Stations of the Cross and Fish Fry

Directory of fish dinners throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit: The Michigan Catholic
Video highlighting fish fry dinners in the city: Vimeo

Central Region churches that will have Lenten devotions and/or dinner:

Assumption Grotto
Fish Fry & Lenten reflections: Fridays 4:00pm - 7:00pm; $8
Stations of the Cross: Fridays 7:00pm followed by Mass
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Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 5:15pm
Christ the King
Stations of the Cross:  Fridays at 7:00pm
Holy Cross
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:00pm
Most Holy Redeemer
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at Noon (English) and 7:00pm (Spanish)
Our Lady Queen of Angels
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:00pm (English) & 7:00pm (Spanish)
St. Anne de Detroit
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:00pm (Spanish) in the chapel
St. Bonaventure Monastery
Bible Study: Fridays at Noon
St. Charles Borromeo
Stations of the Cross: 6:30pm on Fridays (Feb 12, 19 & 26) followed by soup dinner and discussion
St. Cunegunda
Stations of the Cross: 5:00pm (Polish) every Friday
St. Florian
Fridays: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 3:00pm-6:00pm, followed by Mass in Polish
St. Francis D'Assisi–St. Hedwig
Wednesdays: 6:00pm Stations of the Cross at St. Hedwig
Thursdays: 6:00pm Stations of the Cross at St. Francis D'Assisi
Fridays: 6:00pm Stations,  in English, alternate between St. Francis and St. Hedwig
     Stations at St. Hedwig: February 12, February 26, March 11, March 25
     Stations at St. Francis: February 19, March 4, March 18
Fish Fry at St. Francis every Friday: 11:00am–6:00pm
     Dinners include fish, fries, coleslaw, fruit, bread, dessert, and beverage
     Adults: $9, Children: $6
Sundays: Gorzkie żale after 10:00am Mass at St. Francis
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St. Jude
Stations of the Cross: Fridays after 8:30am Mass and at 7:00pm
(Old) St. Mary (Greektown)
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 11:45am followed by 12:15pm Mass; Mass followed by Exposition and Adoration until 2:30pm
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St. Peter Claver
Fish Fry:  11am–5pm every Friday
SS. Peter & Paul (west side)
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:00pm (Polish) and 7:00pm (English)
Gorzkie żale: after all 10:30am Sunday Masses during Lent
Fish Fry:  4pm–7pm every Friday except Good Friday
     Entreé: choice of shrimp; fried or baked cod
     Sides:  choice of fries, macaroni & cheese, lazy pierogi (pasta and sauerkraut)
     Beverages: coffee/tea included, pop/bottled water are $1
     salad bar and dessert included with dinner 
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St. Raymond – Our Lady of Good Counsel
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 1:00pm
St. Stephen – Mary, Mother of the Church
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:00pm (Spanish)
Sweetest Heart of Mary
Fridays: 5:30pm Stations & 6:00pm Mass
Fish Fry:  3pm–8pm Ash Wednesday and every Friday of Lent
     Entreé: choice of baked flounder, fried shrimp, lemon-baked cod, pierogi dinner, or beer-battered cod.
     Dinner includes:  coleslaw, bread, coffee, and choice of either French fries, baked potato or macaroni & cheese.