Detroit - City of Design
In December 2015, Detroit became the first American city to be named a UNESCO City of Design. Sweetest Heart of Mary Church is featured in the video submitted in the application to UNESCO by Emmy Award–winning filmmaker Stephen McGee. The video highlighted Detroit's historic and present-day relationship with design, and can be viewed here at the Architectural Digest website.
Noel Night at St. Josaphat Church
On December 5, 2015, St. Josaphat Church participated for the first time in the annual Noel Night sponsored by Midtown Detroit Inc. It was a beautiful evening including church tours, Mass and sacred music concerts in the church, and refreshments and gift shop in the social hall. We look forward to welcoming visitors during Noel Night again on December 3rd, 2016!
33rd Annual Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival - August 8-9, 2015
Thank you to all who attended and volunteered at our 33rd Annual Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival (August 8-9, 2015) and the Pre-Party (August 7)! It was a fantastic festival, with amazing Polish food, beer, bands, dancing, traditional Polish dance groups, the Olde School Resale Shoppe, children’s games and bounce house, raffles, bake sale, unique vendors, and more. Entertainment included Dragon Wagon on Friday, Steve Drzewicki Band, Pan Franek & Zosia, and the Halka Dancers on Saturday, and The Misty Blues, The Coachman, and the Wawel Dancers on Sunday. Masses in Sweetest Heart of Mary Church were at 4 p.m. on Saturday with our pastor Fr. Greg Tokarski and music by Pan Franek & Zosia, and 10 a.m. on Sunday with Bishop Donald Hanchon and our Schola Cantorum. We are so grateful for your support of Mother of Divine Mercy Parish, and the chance to enjoy this time together. One visitor, Erin, commented that the Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival is "one of the greatest events on the Detroit calendar each summer. Great people, great parish and great food." Dziękuję! Please view photos of the festival here.
Detroit Mass Mob Visits St. Josaphat Church - August 9, 2015
On August 9, 2015, the Detroit Mass Mob came to St. Josaphat Church! Last summer, the Mass Mob visited our St. Joseph and Sweetest Heart of Mary Churches. On August 9, Masses were at Noon (English) and 9 a.m. (Solemn High Tridentine). Our pastor Fr. Greg Tokarski celebrated both Masses. At the Noon Mass, Fr. Jim Lowe, CC, chaplain at Wayne State University, concelebrated, Deacon Joe Lennon assisted, and our Schola Cantorum sang. What a beautiful and blessed day! The Detroit Free Press reported on the event the day before, and Fox2 Detroit aired a story that night. Photos are here, and a wonderful video is below:
Detroit Mass Mob Visits Sweetest Heart of Mary Church - July 2014
On July 13, 2014, the Detroit Mass Mob came to Sweetest Heart of Mary for the 10 a.m. Mass. Over 1800 people, perhaps 2000, were in attendance; it was standing room only. What a blessed and magnificent day! The story was picked up by The Michigan Catholic and Detroit Free Press, and a lovely six minute piece aired on WKAR public radio. Photos are here, and two videos are below: