Detroit Catholic Churches: St. Aloysius

St. Aloysius Church Detroit

As we were driving to Comerica Park, I could have sworn that I saw a church. When I later began working in downtown Detroit, I’d learn that what I’d seen in a blur was St. Aloysius, pressed between other buildings on the block at Washington and State.

St. Al’s website has a fairly extensive history of the church, some of which I’ll quote here. Given it’s location downtown, St. Aloysius is one of a couple of churches near the city center that’s well-situated for a lunch-hour mass or prayer for those who work nearby.

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Detroit: An American Autopsy is a must-read for Detroit’s newcomers

American Autopsy

Moving to Detroit is like jumping into the middle of a thousand-page novel without any Cliffs Notes.

Earth-shaking plot points have passed and the characters’ bias is well-formed. Trying to insert yourself into that story is a challenge. Fortunately, you have a guide in Charlie LeDuff’s Detroit: An American Autopsy.

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Poems of Detroit by Philip Levine

Detroit Book Depository

It’s embarrassing to admit as a poet, but I hadn’t read a lot of Philip Levine’s poetry before moving to the Detroit area. And even then, I discovered it incidentally. Yet Philip Levine’s poetry about Detroit proved welcome reading to a newcomer trying to uncover what this scarred and divided city is all about.

Levine wrote the style of poetry that I aspire to. His poetry is visceral. It provides a glimpse into the heart of a working-class Detroiter, and gives us a tremendous understanding of what sense of place. His poetry transports you to a moment in time, generally a moment in time somewhere in Detroit. I invite you to read a few of these poems from Philip Levine from The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry:

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Give to these Charities for the Homeless in Detroit

The homeless of Detroit need your help

“Detroit is on the way up.” I’ve heard that phrase quite a bit since I moved to the area. I guess “up” depends on your perspective. For many, the city is still as cold and hard as it’s every been. According to COTS, there are 16,000 homeless on any given night in Detroit, and one-third of these are children.

Earlier I highlighted our Lenten goal of helping homeless charities in Detroit with the funds they need for food, clothing and other items for those among us who are in need. In case you were hoping to pitch in, here are a few organizations helping the homeless:

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What to give up for Lent and how to make it count

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Lent is the season in which Catholics traditionally “give something up” for forty days, just like Christ fasted for forty days in the desert. But sometimes Lenten promises are a lot like New Year’s resolutions.

Everyone starts out bound and determined to give up something that they’ve been bound and determined to give up every year. Smoking. Overeating. Eating out too much. Not working out. They eventually start to sputter. They go back to the previous state.

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