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.

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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

Night Fever and Mass Mob at Old St. Marys

 Old St. Mary’s thanks Chris Gawel and the Archdiocese of Detroit for sponsoring “Night Fever” at our church on Saturday, March 14 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  People were spontaneously invited into our church simply from outside by many of the 150 volunteers for this event. More than 250 people came in during that time to light a candle, say a prayer, meet with priests, have confession, be present during Eucharistic Adoration and simply have conversations. It is the first time this event, which was started in Europe, has been done in our Archdiocese. For more information about this event and future ones, visit the AOD website or Detroit Night Fever Facebook.


Old St. Mary’s thanks the Detroit Mass Mob, their dedicated organizers and all 1500 people who attended the Noon Mass on March 15, 2015. This is great work they do and we encourage you to follow them on their websites and social media outlets!

                                  Old St. Mary’s especially thanks Archbishop Allen Vigneron for celebrating the Holy Mass that day.

It is always an honor to have His Excellency at our church. 

The first Detroit Mass Mob of 2015 was at old St. Mary’s in Greektown. The main celebrant was Archbishop Allen Vigneron. St. Mary’s pastor is Fr. Wayne Epperley C.S.Sp. St. Mary’s was founded by Rev. Martin Kundig in 1834 to serve the German-speaking community, and the current church was completed in 1885.

For more on the Mass Mobs visit detroitmassmob.com. Information on the Detroit Catholic High School Heritage Project can be found at bishopgallagher.org.

Here is the 2015 Detroit Mass Mob Schedule: St. Matthew – June 7; St. Aloysius – July 22; St. Josaphat – August 9; St. Hedwig – September 13;
Transfiguration – October 11; SS Peter and Paul (Downtown) – November 8; St. Leo – December 6

Old St. Mary’s looks forward to continuing to grow within the downtown community.

Old St. Mary's Catholic Church

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ORDER OF SERVICES

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

MATRIMONY

Initial meeting with Pastor and arrangements at least six months in advance.

BAPTISMS

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

Click this link to access the Old St. Mary’s Mobile App which 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 Monday – Friday from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. until the end of 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass. Church is open Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 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.

Children’s Religious Classes are every Sunday in January from 11 AM to Noon in the Parish Center.

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

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