Beauty Abounds: Sweetest Heart of Mary Church

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Last year, when St. Josaphat Church in Detroit sustained significant damage to its steeple in a windstorm, the parish brought in a company which used a drone to capture close-up views of the damage.I like to visit the places where Detroiters have gathered to pray, and I've written before about St. Josaphat here and here, and the effort to restore their steeple and reopen the church.Anyway, Sweetest Heart of Mary is one of three historic churches--along with St. Josaphat and St. … [Read more...]

The Bells of St. Mary’s: A Michigan Adventure With a Happy Ending

Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, rightful owner of the bell

This is the story of a big brass bell.The bell, which stood three feet tall and weighed more than 850 pounds, first chimed at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Detroit, reminding Polish immigrants in the neighborhood of the start of Mass or the noonday Angelus. (St. Casimir’s was founded in 1882 and but the church building was completed in 1889.  The bell would have begun its ministry of welcome shortly after that.)When St. Casimir closed its doors in 1989, the bell was moved to St. Agatha i … [Read more...]