Monday, February 27, 2017

Lent Schedules: Stations of the Cross and Fish Fry

Detroit churches that will have Lenten devotions and/or dinner:

Assumption Grotto
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 7:00pm followed by 7:45pm Mass
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Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:00pm
Soup Dinner: Fridays 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bible Study w/ Fr. Patrick: Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, starting 3/8
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Christ the King
Stations of the Cross:  Fridays at 7:00pm
Holy Cross Hungarian
Stations of the Cross:  Fridays at 6:30pm
Most Holy Redeemer
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at Noon (English) and 7:00pm (Spanish)
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Our Lady of the Rosary
Stations of the Cross: Wednesday, March 29, 6:30pm
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Our Lady Queen of Angels
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 7:00pm
Ste. Anne de Detroit
Stations of the Cross:
> 7:00pm Mondays (English) and 7:00pm Fridays (Spanish)
Fish Fry: Fridays, 11:00am–2:00pm and 4:00pm–7:00pm
St. AugustineSt. Monica
Mass & Stations of the Cross: 6:00pm Fridays
Fish Fry: 11:00am–7:00pm
St. Bonaventure Monastery
Wednesdays: Noon Mass, Soup Lunch, Lenten reflection
Fridays: Bible Study at Noon
St. Charles Borromeo
Stations of the Cross: 6:00pm, every Friday during March, followed by soup dinner and discussion
St. Cunegunda
Stations of the Cross: 5:00pm (Polish) every Friday
St. Florian
Fridays: 3:00pm–6:00pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
                  6:00pm Stations of the Cross (Polish)
                  6:30pm Mass (Polish)
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St. Francis D'Assisi–St. Hedwig
Fridays: 6:00pm Stations of the Cross,  bilingual,
alternating between St. Francis and St. Hedwig
     Stations at St. Francis: March 3, March 17,  March 31
     Stations at St. Hedwig: March 10, March 24, April 3
Fish Fry at St. Francis:  every Friday 11:00am–6:00pm
Sundays: Gorzkie żale after 10:00am Mass at St. Francis
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St. John Paul II (formerly Transfiguration)
Fridays: Mass at 6:00pm, Fish Fry 4:00pm7:00pm
St. Joseph Oratory
First Fridays, March 3 &  April 7
 > 8:00am Low Mass, 6:00pm Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm High Mass
First Saturday, March 4
 > 8:30am Confessions; 9:00am Low Mass and Perpetual Help devotions;
    10:00am Breakfast and Spiritual Conference with Canon Huberfeld
    11:00am Adoration, Rosary & Benediction

Friday, March 10, 17, 24 & 31
 > 8:00am Low Mass, 6:00pm Holy Hour, 7:00pm Stations of the Cross
Good Friday, April 14
 > 2:00pm Stations of the Cross, 3:00pm Solemn Liturgy
St. Jude
Stations of the Cross: Fridays after 8:30am Mass and again 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
St. Moses the Black (formerly Church of the Madonna)
Fish Fry Lunch:  Fridays, March 3 - April 7, 11am–3:30pm
Soup & Scripture Series: Saturdays, March 4 - April 8, 10:30am-1:00pm 
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St. Peter Claver
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:30pm
 > First Fridays, March 3 &  April 7: 6:30pm Mass followed by Stations
Fish Fry: Fridays, 11am–6pm
SS. Peter & Paul (west side)
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 6:00pm (Polish) and 7:00pm (English)
 > First Fridays, March 3 &  April 7: 5:00pm Mass
 > First Saturdays, March 4 &  April 1: 9:00am Mass
Gorzkie żale: after all 10:30am Sunday Masses during Lent
Fish Fry:  4:00pm–7:00pm every Friday except Good Friday
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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
Fridays: 5:00pm-5:45pm Confessions, 6:00pm Via Crucis (Spanish)
Sweetest Heart of Mary
Fridays: 6:00pm Stations & Confessions, 6:30pm Mass
Fish Fry:  3:00pm–8:00pm Ash Wednesday and every Friday of Lent

Directory of fish dinners throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit: The Michigan Catholic

Friday, February 17, 2017

Upcoming events: Feburary 24-March 4

Friday, February 24
S.S. Peter & Paul, Detroit (west side)
6:30pm Confessions & Rosary
7:00pm Tridentine High Mass
8:00pm Swing & ballroom dance for ages 18-35


Sunday, February 26
St. Joseph Oratory, Detroit
11:00am Tridentine High Mass followed by 20-minute Lesson in Liturgy
("The Introit: Entering into the Mass")

oratory website


Wednesday, March 1
* fast and abstinence *


Friday, March 3
* Sacred Heart of Jesus, First Friday of Lent *


Saturday, March 4
* Immaculate Heart of Mary *

Monday, February 13, 2017

St. Mel Church (Dearborn Heights)

St. Mel Parish was established in the summer of 1956 with 370 registered families. The parish soon started a Men's Club and Confraternity of Christian Mothers in July of that year, both met at the hall of St. Raphael Parish.

Fr. John F. Furlong was reassigned from St. Frances Cabrini to be the first pastor at St. Mel. The first Mass was held at Garden City High School in July of 1956. The faithful had to take the portable altar home with them each Sunday. Religious instruction for the public school children of the parish began at St. Raphael's School on October 6, 1956.

On December 8th of that year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, parishioners broke ground for St. Mel's new church and social hall. The rectory was completed the following January. Catechism classes, for first through  sixth grades, were taught at both Douglas School and Harrison School in Garden City. Seventh and eighth grades were in the rectory basement.

Edward Cardinal Mooney dedicated St. Mel Church on May 26, 1958. The eight-classroom school was completed in 1961 and a convent was also completed that year. 1,219 students received religious instruction at the time and the first full day of class was on September 5, 1962. Felician Sisters soon arrived at the parish and taught at the school for decades.

Fr. Furlong  ministered at the parish for nearly two decades until he retired on January 1, 1976. Fr. Thomas Kramer, also a canon lawyer, has been pastor for the last 15 years.  This past Sunday, the parish celebrated the 40th anniversary of Fr. Kramer's presbyteral ordination.

The parish school closed in 2005; it was one of fifteen Catholic schools to close that year and had an enrollment of 119 students at the time. St. Mel had planned to cluster and/or merge with nearby St. Linus, also in Dearborn Heights. However, for several reasons, that plan didn't follow through and St. Mel will close later this year, likely at the end of June.

A large mural on the front facade depicts several scenes with the parish's patron.

The facade wraps around and into the vestibule. Here is shows St. Mel being consecrated as a  Bishop of Ardagh at the hands of St. Patrick.

Inside the vestibule, next to the center door, it shows St. Mel accepting St. Brigid's profession as a nun and appointing her as abbess.

A statue of St. Mel stands in a shrine at the rear of the church, surrounded by crosses bearing names of the departed.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus to the right of the sanctuary; St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary in the rear of the church.

A chapel is located in the school building and near the parish office. The chapel is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm, with daily Mass at 8:30am.

After Tuesday Mass, they pray Mother of Perpetual Help devotions. First Friday devotions and Anointing of the Sick follow First Friday Mass. 

For more info: bulletin archive
Another blog post: Discovering Detroit Catholic Churches
About the school closing: The Michigan CatholicPress & Guide