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
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
(From the Voice December 9, 2012)
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the parish representatives met with our Regional Bishop Francis Reiss in response to a request made by St. Barbara and St. Cunnegunda Parishes to continue to remain together and not combine with St. Alphonsus and St. Clement. After listening to the comments made by the various committee members, Bishop Reiss agreed to support their request. St. Barbara and St. Cunnegunda are to work toward merging into one parish. St. Alphonsus and St. Clement parishes are to cluster within a year, if not sooner for practical purposes, and then merge by June 2014. This will continue to include responsibility for pastoral care at Henry Ford Village, where currently Mass is being celebrated on Sunday as well as on two weekdays. The representatives of our two parishes will begin working toward bringing the various parish organizations together and discussing ways in which we can combine efforts that currently are being done separately. Certainly the Mass schedule at each church will reflect the eventual sharing of one pastor.
(From the Voice December 9, 2012)
The church roof repair work has begun. It is budgeted for $50,000. Each fall, the boilers in our buildings must be inspected to be licensed, and needed repairs come to our attention at that time. The cost has thus far reached $14,000. And soon the large heating bills will present themselves. To those parishioners who did not contribute to the Catholic Services Appeal in the spring or to the Changing Lives Together last fall, consider a donation toward these expensive repairs. All of your donation at Christmas stays in the parish. And for those who perhaps hesitated in donating because of the uncertainty of the parish’s future, that is no longer a valid reason to withhold support. Our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society has been very hard at work in assisting many families and individuals. So often during the holiday season, those in need have few places to turn, especially when they sincerely want to make their family’s celebration joyful. Our parishioners are to be commended for your financial support and food donations, and the spectacular response to the Giving Tree. Please continue to pray for those in need and also for those who are the instruments of God’s compassion and charity. This year the season of Advent is the shortest possible. Make time to hear the voice of the Lord as he calls. Sometimes we can benefit from looking at our faith journey in a new way. Advent is very much about perspective—the one offered by God as to who we are and where we’re headed. And the Sacrament of Reconciliation helps us refresh that perspective. God bless your week. — Fr. L.
(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