St. Mary’s Church
Originally published by the Detroit Free Press
The Detroit Mass Mob movement resumes its popular powerful quest to shine a light on the city’s historic Catholic churches when it kicks off its 2015 schedule with noon mass next Sunday at the iconic Old St. Mary’s Church in Greektown. Detroit Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron will celebrate the mass …
… Old St. Mary’s is one of the oldest Catholic parishes in Detroit, founded by German immigrants in the 1830s. The current Romanesque church, designed by German-born architect Peter Dederichs, was completed 130 years ago in 1885. Its stained glass windows were designed and crafted by what came to be known as Detroit Stained Glass Works. Its old-world grandeur contrasts with the mirrored modernity of the neighboring Greektown Casino and Hotel complex …
Mass Mob’s 2015 schedule
March 15: Old St Mary’s, 646 Monroe Ave., Greektown, Detroit. Noon mass
April 19: Good Shepherd Catholic Church (formerly known as Annunciation), 1265 Parkview, Detroit. Noon mass.
May 3: Ste. Anne de Detroit, 1000 Ste. Anne, Detroit. Noon mass
June 7: St. Matthew, 6021 Whittier, Detroit. 10 a.m. mass
July 12: St. Aloysius, 1234 Washington Blvd., Detroit. 11 a.m. mass.
Aug. 9: St. Josaphat, 715 E. Canfield, Detroit. Noon mass
Sept. 13: St. Hedwig, 3245 Junction, Detroit. Noon mass
Oct. 11: Transfiguration, 5830 Simon K, Detroit. Noon mass
Nov. 8: SS Peter and Paul, 438 St. Antoine, Detroit, 11 a.m. mass
Dec. 6: St. Leo, 4860 15th St. at Grand River, Detroit. Noon mass
From the Detroit Mass Mob:
The next Mass Mob will take place on March 15 at noon at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 646 Monroe Street in Detroit’s Greektown.
The Mass Mob is an opportunity to experience and support some of Detroit’s beautiful and historic churches.
Old St Mary’s is the third oldest Roman Catholic Church in Detroit and the first German Church. It was first built on the present site in 1841 by a parish of German Catholic immigrants at a time when the total population of Detroit was not much over 5,000. Not including labor, the original brick church cost a little over $239. The present church, replacing the earlier structure, was constructed in 1884, and styled in Victorian Gothic by Peter Dedericks, a native architect. The beautiful polished columns inside are of solid granite and impossible to replace today. The cornerstone for the First Church, built on the same site as the present site as the present stone, was laid on the feast of Corpus Christi, June 19, 1841.
For more information and photos of the church, click on the link below or go to www.oldstmarysdetroit.com/