35th Annual Spring Festival at St. Patrick's Senior Center took
place on Sunday. Located behind Orchestra Hall off of Woodward
Ave., St. Patrick's Catholic Church, school and Senior Center
is nestled in what used to be a cornfield back in 1862. This landmark
has rich history, and was considered one of the finest school
buildings in the city.
May 25, 1862, the building was called SS. Peter and Paul Academy.
As the church was officially recognized as a Cathedral, it became
SS Peter and Paul Church. After 47 years, on March 17, 1938, the
parish resumed its original name of Church of St. Patrick.
school was renamed "Immaculata High School" then became
"Girls Catholic Central High School," and the grade
school was named St. Patrick Grade School.
the last classes graduated from Girls Catholic Central High School
and St. Patrick Grade School. After that the building stood vacant
for two years. With federal grants, the Model Neighborhood Project
was formed to develop strategies to improve the neighborhood.
1973, the Senior Center had evolved. Since then the building has
been renovated inside and out and provides services to more than
2,000 seniors as of today. The project includes health care clinics,
senior housing co-op, block parks, educational materials and hot
nutritious meals for seniors in the Metro Detroit area.
food pantry provides bag of groceries to seniors and helps them
maintain their independence to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
During the holidays, the church distributes holiday food baskets
and toys to neighborhood residents.
than 125 years, a church that served Detroit's Irish Catholics
has survived and prospered by the people who have been touched
by its beauty and have a vision for its future.
here for more information on the Spring Festival at St. Patrick's
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