The Resurget Cineribus family of parishes is now entering its third year of collaboration. As we continue to grow in relationship, I thought it would be beneficial for us to take some time to learn a bit more about the history of our parishes. Next up, Old St. Mary’s, Greektown:
The parish was founded in 1834 with Father Martin Kundig as its first pastor. The first St. Mary’s church building was built in 1841 with its replacement, built in the same location, dedicated in 1884. The church had various orders of priests as caretakers of the parish; first the Redemptorists, then the Franciscans and finally the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans).
Since 1893, the Holy Ghost Fathers have faithfully served Old St. Mary’s Church. The Spiritan Fathers continue to exercise their rule of Faith by making themselves advocates, supporters, and defenders of the weak and little ones.
Old St. Mary’s is a spiritual oasis in Downtown Detroit. Daily Mass at 12:15 attracts the business community, government, and court employees as well as out of town visitors. The Church is open Monday thru Sunday prior to Mass until 2pm.
Before she gained the title “Old”, St. Mary’s was known for many years as the “Church of the Grottos.” There are three: the grotto of Gethesemane, depicting Christ’s agony in the Garden of Olives; the Baptismal Grotto, depicting Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist complete with running water; and the Lourdes Grotto which is a replica of the French shrine.
This historical information was taken from the parish website, linked here. Be sure to visit the site for more information, videos, and slideshows!
Join us for the St. Aloysius Block Party / Family of Parishes Picnic!
We have a full schedule of activities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of St. Aloysius Parish. A special invitation to the parishioners of the Cathedral and Old St. Mary’s to join us for our block party next Sunday, August 20, from 12pm-3pm. Stop on over after Mass at your parish for an afternoon of food, music, and fun. This will double as our annual family picnic, so plan to join us if you can!
God bless you!