daughter of Erika White Laszlo 1987
Granddaughter of Jerome and Lois Hirsch Teed
Daughter of Janet Dubiel Dempster 1978
daughter of Greg Solak 1978
CATEGORY / GRADE / SCHOOL
Category One - Grade 3
Divine Child Elementary School
Category Two - Grade 6
St. Paul the Apostle Elementary School
Category Three - Senior
Ladywood High School
Category Four - Freshman
(From the Voice July 15, 2012)
In accordance with the directive of "Together in Faith- Phase II", a committee representing the parishioners from SS. Alphonsus, Barbara, Cunegunda and Clement has met several times. Teams have been formed and data is being gathered. An "Emergency Contingency Plan", to be implemented only upon the unexpected loss of one or more of our pastors, has been developed for review by the Archdiocese. Further meetings to effect the Phase II program will resume in September. Progress will be reported to you in a timely manner.
(From the St. Alphonsus Voice – March 25, 2012)
You should have received a letter from the Archbishop regarding the future of the parishes in East Dearborn. St. Clement, St. Alphonsus, St. Barbara and St. Cunnegunda are to merge into one parish by June 30, 2013. The newly formed parish will receive a new name; however, the individual churches will retain the name under which they were originally consecrated. There will be one pastor for this new parish.
A group to be formed from representatives of each of the four current parishes will meet to discuss and formulate a plan to be submitted to our regional bishop. The ministry to Henry Ford Village and the Hispanic ministry (currently at St. Cunnegunda) must be retained. The group will consider the facilities, plant and upkeep, needed capital improvements of each site as well as the seating capacities; what buildings might not be needed and possibly sold; how the Mass schedule would work, taking into account the limited number of Masses a priest is allowed to celebrate on Sunday, as well as the increased number of funerals and other sacraments that would be celebrated; whether all four church buildings would remain open, etc.
The group will also be asked to come up with a back-up plan that could be implemented by June 30, 2012 should something change in priest assignments.
The letter you received forecast a decline in the number of priests over the next ten years of nearly a third due to retirements and illness. The Archdiocese is attempting to plan proactively for that situation. We can also recognize the decline in the Catholic population in our immediate area, and the decrease in financial support that follows. It is good to affirm, especially at this time so close to the Paschal Triduum, that our connection with the Lord is through faith and baptism; we are a sacramental people who share in the divine life through the action and grace of the Holy Spirit at work in us as living temples of the Lord. As I mentioned at Mass last weekend, someone at a previous parish told me that they would stop attending Mass if the parish church was closed (!!!) and I reminded them politely that we worship God not buildings. Nothing should ever cause us to withdraw from uniting ourselves to the greatest prayer and sacrifice offered by Jesus Christ that transforms, nourishes, sanctifies and reconciles. Nor should any bitterness cause us to lose our Christian joy or willingness to serve the Lord and his Church wholeheartedly. Otherwise, we've given the devil what he couldn't get on his own, but desires very much— to rob the Cross of its power in our lives.
God bless your spiritual preparation during these last two weeks of Lent, known formerly as Passiontide. — Fr. Lesniak
Robert McMurtrie (formerly Father Robert McMurtrie) passed away June 30, 2012. He was married to Lucy Tambeau McMurtrie '63. Prior to leaving the priesthood, he was an assistant pastor at St. Alphonsus Parish in the mid to late 60's. The funeral mass for Robert was held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Oak Park. Rest in peace Robert.
Fr. James F. Trent passed from this life on April 27, 2011 at the age of 75. Fr. Trent was ordained June 2, 1962 and was assigned to St. Alphonsus as associate pastor.
Funeral Mass was Monday May 16 at 10:30am at Prince of Peace Parish 4300 Walnut Lake Road West Bloomfield. Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Fr. Trent is survived by his sister Dorian Borovsky. Condolences to Mrs. Borovsky may be sent to 3180 Parkland Drive West Bloomfield MI 48322.
Fr. Trent was born in Detroit March 2, 1936. His other assignments included: associate pastor at St. Martin of Tours and Precious Blood and as pastor of Our Lady Queen of Hope and administrator of St. Christine. In 1986 Fr. Trent moved to the Diocese of Tucson, AZ where he served as Director of Clergy, Diaconate and Lay formation and in prison ministry. In 1998 he moved to the Diocese of Santa Rosa CA and served as administrator of a number of parishes and in prison ministry. Upon his retirement he returned to Tucson. Read Obituary May he rest in peace.
On Saturday, August 14, 2010, Cantores Minores…..the Boys’ and Men’s Choir from St. John’s Cathedral in Warsaw Poland returned to St. Alphonsus Church for a very special performance. CLICK HERE to see pictures from the performance. Joseph A. Herter, the conductor of the choir, is a 1963 graduate of St. Alphonsus High School. The choir, on its 20th Anniversary Concert Tour of the
Vietnam Project: Lisa Lark, teacher at Dearborn Edsel Ford HS, is doing a research project about the young men from Dearborn who lost their lives in Vietnam. In order to learn more about the men and gather stories for her project she would like to be able to locate and speak with people who may have known these men. Between the years 1965 and 1972, five military funerals were held at St. Alphonsus. CLICK HERE if you are interested in helping Lisa with this project. You can also visit her Facebook HERE, and read more about her project HERE.
Name Deceased Funeral
Richard Anderson 2/10/68 3/1/68
James Fleming 7/16/69 7/31/69
Phillip Gandolfo 12/28/67 1/6/68
James Hintz 3/21/67 3/30/67
Robert McKenna 3/11/67 3/21/67
School Memorabilia Available
Lost a yearbook, or looking for great St. Al's memorabilia? The Alumni Association may have just what you're looking for. These items are available for a small donation that goes directly to our Scholarship Fund. If you're interested in any of these items, contact Mary Beth Seymour
Extra Yearbooks: ($10) 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999.
A 1927 edition of the St. Al’s yearbook was recently scanned into a digital format to make it available to all. It is my belief this was likely the school’s very first yearbook and it also was used to commemorate the parish’s 75th anniversary (1842 – 1927). The yearbook contains many photos including numerous ones of the “new” high school; a drawing for the “proposed new church”; and images of the parents, grandparents, and perhaps even great-grandparents of many of us who attended St. Al’s in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. Due to the fact that yearbook is 110 pages and contains many photos it was necessary to divide it into 4 files of more manageable size for downloads and e-mail transfers. You are able to zoom in on photos, save them to your own computer as well as print them, burn them to a disk or forward them on to anyone else.
If you are unable to download the files you are welcome to contact Bill O’Reilly, class of 1974, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he can e-mail the files directly to you. The four files contain the following sections of the yearbook.
Part 1 is the introductory pages through the Seniors / class of 1927 - CLICK HERE
Part 2 is the Juniors (class of 1928) through the Freshmen (class of 1930) - CLICK HERE
Part 3 is the Elementary school (classes 1931 through 1938) - CLICK HERE
Part 4 is the Advertisements - CLICK HERE