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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
more information about the St. Joseph Catholic Church, visit www.saint-joseph-detroit.org.
Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival is my new favorite tradition