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Tuesday, 1 May, 2012 9:30 PM

St. Patrick's Irish Festival celebrated in downtown Detroit

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Irish music under the tent at the 35th Annual Spring Festival at the St. Patrick's Senior Center in Detroit.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- The 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.

On 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.

The high school was renamed "Immaculata High School" then became "Girls Catholic Central High School," and the grade school was named St. Patrick Grade School.

In 1969 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.

In June 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.

St. Patrick's 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.

For more 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.

Click here for more information on the Spring Festival at St. Patrick's Senior Center.

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Spring Festival sign

 

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Arts and crafts for sale

 

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She is selling Irish merchandise

 

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Irish scones for sale

 

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A raffle for a La-Z-Boy chair and cheer

 

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