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.


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

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Our Lady of the Lakes, Waterford

Our Lady of the Lakes began as an outgrowth of St. Patrick in White Lake. Fr. Frederick Delaney celebrated the first Mass on September 26, 1948. At it's founding, Our Lady of the Lakes had 150 registered families.

Plans for a new church and social hall were drawn in 1950 and the building was dedicated on May 13, 1951 by Archbishop Mooney. The parish built a new rectory in 1953 and a new school in 1956. The parish quickly grew over the next three decades to a total of 3,100 families.

In 1985, ground was broken on the current edifice; Archbishop Szoka dedicated the new church two years later.

Daily Mass is at 8:15am, Monday-Friday while Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:30pm. Sunday Masses are at 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am and 12:30pm.

There have been 7 pastors in 7 decades at Our Lady of the Lakes. Fr. Scott Thibodeau has been pastor since July, 2017, and assisted by Fr. Christopher Muer, ordained to the priesthood last year. 

Two permanent deacons, John Schulte and Stephen P. Talbot, also minister at the parish.

As of 2014, there were 560 students enrolled in the parish K-12 schools.

Christ the Good Shepherd stands on one end of the nave, Madonna and Child are the other side.

More info: parish website
More photos: AOD Film Services

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Sacred Heart Parish, Grosse Ile


The first Church of the Sacred Heart was built in 1915, on the eastern shore of Grosse Ile.

A bell mount stands outside the chapel; the bell is engraved with “S. Davis”, “Detroit”, “1889”.

A cemetery stands immediately behind the chapel.

Construction on the current Sacred Heart Church began in 1968, around the corner from the chapel and cemetery.

Cardinal Dearden dedicated the church on June 14, 1969. A large vestibule was added in 1990.

A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands outside the church, surrounded by Stations of the Cross.

Sacred Heart of Jesus stands in front of the church; the Holy Family hangs in the vestibule.

The parish offers Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday and again on First Fridays.

Sacred Heart Parish currently has 890 registered families. Fr. Mike Molnar has been pastor since July, 2008, and is assisted by Sr. Helen Therese Bodziak, Pastoral Associate.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00pm while Sunday Masses are at 8:30am and 11:00am.

For more info: parish website

More photos: AOD Film Services

Thursday, January 03, 2019

St. Priscilla Church, Livonia


St. Priscilla Parish was established in 1961 and the current church was built in 1974.

Our Lady in the vestibule; Madonna and Child in the sanctuary,

The church was designed in the shape of an octagon.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Our Lady of Guadalupe hang in opposite sides of the church.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4:30pm. Sunday Masses are at 9:00am and 11:00am.

Daily Mass is at 7:00pm on Thursdays and 8:00am on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

Fr. John Wheeler, a Basilian priest, has been a weekend assistant since 1999. Fr. Theodore D’Cunha, an Indian Pallotine, has been pastor since February, 2011.

For more info: parish website + YouTube channel
On the parish's celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Daiji World