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Tuesday, 25 September, 2012 9:38 AM

St. Joseph Catholic Church's 7th Annual Oktoberfest wraps up in Detroit

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The Carpathian Club Folk Dancers at St. Joseph Catholic Church's 7th Annual Oktoberfest.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- The 7th annual Oktoberfest was held on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23. There was German entertainment, folk dancers and German food, beer and wine. I really enjoyed the Oktoberfest. We tried some German beer. It was excellent.

St. Joseph Catholic Church was founded in 1855 and was located at Gratiot and Orleans. It is also a daughter of Old St. Mary's Church in Greektown. The school was built in 1867. The rectory was built in 1896.

By 1869, it became clear that the old frame church did not accommodate everyone, so on October 23, 1870 the bishop laid a cornerstone for a new church to be located at 1828 Jay Street in Detroit. There are still masses said today in the German language and also Latin and English.

The outside of the church is built with limestone and sandstone with a roof of slate and copper. The exterior as we now see it was not completed until 1911.

Inside, Francis G. Himpler, the German-born architect, chose as his model the "hall-church" of southern Germany. In a period when much decoration was done by molding plaster, St. Joseph was built with carved wood. The altar, statues, confessionals and pulpit are made of wood. Many of the decorations were imported from Germany: the high altar, almost all the statues and the stations of the cross. The stained glass was bought in Detroit.

St. Joseph is a magnificent example of Victorian Gothic Revival at its best. While many churches in Detroit are listed on the National Register of Historic places, St. Joseph is the only one listed as "of national importance."

Music has always been of importance at St. Joseph's; the church was dedicated on November 16 1873, with a mass by Haydn presented by the Opera House Orchestra. The original organ was built in 1873 by J.H. & C.S. Odell of New York.

For more information about the St. Joseph Catholic Church, visit www.saint-joseph-detroit.org.

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