Friday, December 19, 2014

SS. Peter and Paul Jesuit-Detroit

Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Catholic Church is the oldest Catholic Church in the city of Detroit. It was built between 1844 and 1848 and at one time served as the bishop’s home. It is located on Jefferson Avenue on the eastern edge of downtown.

Like most old churches; the first thing you notice when you enter the building is the history that abounds within. The solid oak pews, that summons us to sit in their comfort while listening to God’s words, and the many hand carved statutes that adorn the altar and other areas of the church speak to us of God’s glorious creations and miracles.

The altar is large and expansive, as you might expect from such a historic church. There is a large hand-carved statute of Jesus on the cross with Mary, Mary Magdalene and Joseph praying at his feet. The altar and lectern are a solid oak. The Stations of the Cross add a touch of magnificence and class to this historic church.
Fr. Patrick Peppard is the pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul. In his homily during our visit he spoke on the gospel reading of the cleansing of the temple in John. Fr. Peppard used historical data and facts to help illustrate the story of the events of that time.

The people of Ss. Peter and Paul are very much filled with God’s loving spirit. They are active in the community and vested in working to make Detroit a better place for everyone. They help serve those who are less fortunate and are willing to give a hand and open their doors to those down on their luck.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Catholic Church. We especially liked seeing and feeling all the history and beauty it offered within its faith-filled walls.

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Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Exterior view of SS. Peter and Paul

Marker showing church originally built in 1844

Historic marker

One of the entrances to the church

Some of the religious statutes on display

Mary holding a crucifix

One of the Stations of the Cross

The pews at Ss. Peter and Paul

A view of the altar

Some of the architect on display 

The altar at Ss. Peter and Paul