Old St. Mary's Catholic Church

Old St Mary’s is the third oldest Roman Catholic Church in Detroit and the first German Church. It was first built on the present site in 1841 by a parish of German Catholic immigrants at a time when the total population of Detroit was not much over 5,000. Not including labor, the original brick church cost a little over $239. The present church, replacing the earlier structure, was constructed in 1884, and styled in Victorian Gothic by Peter Dedericks, a native architect. The beautiful polished columns inside are of solid granite and impossible to replace today. The cornerstone for the First Church, built on the same site as the present site as the present stone, was laid on the feast of Corpus Christi, June 19, 1841.


DPTV Celebrates Detroit’s Houses of Worship

A Special Detroit Remember When Program

December 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WTVS Channel 56


DETROIT (November 25, 2014) – Detroit and its surrounding communities are home to some of the most historic and architecturally significant religious buildings in the country. As immigrants from around the world swelled Detroit’s population, they brought their faith and cultural traditions with them and reflected those traditions in the churches, synagogues, and mosques they erected.


Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will celebrate these historic structures and their significance to the area through a special Detroit Remember When: Detroit’s Houses of Worship program airing December 1 at8 p.m. on WTVS-Channel 56. The show will take viewers on a one-hour tour of eight of the area’s most revered religious facilities representing a range of faiths and traditions.


Produced for DPTV by the local team of Mary Kay and Bob Berg of Palindrome Productions, the featured structures include: Old St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Detroit built in 1885People’s Community Church in Westland built in 1910; Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit built in 1931; Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills built in 1973; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor built in 1868; The Islamic Center of America in Dearborn built in 2005; First Congregational Church in Detroit built in 1891; and the Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit built in 1855.


The program will not only showcase the magnificence of these religious structures, but also the transformative role that they have played in the region and how they have become symbols of the diversity and beauty that makes the Detroit area so unique. More information about this program can be found by visiting:www.dptv.org/programs/houses-of-worship


Major funding for this program is provided by the Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation.  Additional support is provided by Lois J. Ryan.

Make Old St. Mary’s Your Center Of Worship

OSM is a home for lovers of Catholic tradition, devotions, and Church music. Experience the presence of the Lord and pray where peace and tranquility lies!

Daily Mass at OSM is 12:15 pm, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every day of the week — 365 days of the year. Here, many miracles and cures have been attributed to our Blessed Mother’s intercession (testimonial plaques are on the back wall of the church — read our History ).

As Mary was the one chosen by God to bring her son into the world, let us show our affection to her by welcoming Jesus into our Hearts. May you bear the light of His Love!

– Fr. Wayne Epperley, Pastor

Contact Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Call 313-961-8711
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Old St. Mary’s Bulletin


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Sunday Masses: Vigil Mass 5:30 p.m. (Saturday),
8:30 a.m., 10:00 (Latin), & 12:00 noon
Holy Day Masses: (except Christmas & Easter)
12:15 p.m. & as announced
Daily Masses: Monday through Saturday
12:15 p.m.
Confessions: Weekdays, before the 12:15 Mass.
Saturday, 5:10 to 5:30 and Sunday, 15 minutes before each Mass


Must be registered and a participating parishioner for at least one year.
Initial meeting with Pastor and arrangements at least six months in advance.


Call the Parish Office to make arrangements.

Parish Mission Statement

Empowered by the Eucharist, we exist to give glory to God through worship, sharing the good news, having special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and reaching out to serve those poor in spirit and in resources. The later applies in a special way to our twin-parish, St. Michael’s in Kijungru, Tanzania, East Africa.

Old St. Mary’s Mobile App

This new Mobile App for Detroit’s third oldest Catholic parish provides information, useful tools and resources to parishioners and visitors and gives the pastor and staff a powerful new way to communicate with members of the parish and the community at large. Now available for free on all mobile devices including Android, Apple and HTML5!

Church Of The Grottos

View our 3 grottos, reliquary, and wood carved stations of the cross. The Church is open every weekday from 11:30 am till 1 pm. Private and self-guided tours can be arranged.

Out of Town Visitors
Go to our ‘Contact’ page for information on location, parking, etc.

Religious Education

The Sisters of Jesus the Crucified Christ provide Religious Education for children ages 6 to 14.

Call the parish office at 313-961-8711 for more information.

Knitting Club and Book Club

The Knitting Club and Book Club will start up again in the early fall.
Dates to follow.


Old St. Mary's Catholic Church is Ranked #6 of 87 Must-See Attractions in Detroit by TripAdvisor.com!
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