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St. Alphonsus Alumni and friends met on Aug. 7, 2022 at the church for 11:00 mass followed by a gathering under the overhang at the school to share memories and renew old friendships.


Click here to watch the mass.


Click here for Channel 4 Coverage of the Event


From Father’s Desk August 14, 2022 - by Fr. Terry Kerner


Dearborn Homecoming weekend was a success! And the celebration at St. Alphonsus-St. Clement on Sunday was meaningful. Homecoming gives everyone the opportunity to remember some of the happiest and most significant days in a person’s life. Recalling the events on the gridiron or on the stage can take on more than a little exaggeration with the passing of years. But the stories never lose the joy that comes with telling them. Remembering is also a time to remember, that is, to reunite with the intent of coming together to enjoy the blessings of those carefree days of past years. Sharing the tales of yesteryear can reignite the warm feelings for our parents and those of our dear friends. Recalling the names and faces of revered and not so revered, teachers and coaches can only evoke questions as to whatever happened to those legendary figures of our formative years. Soulful journeys back in time can only enrich our appreciation of who we are because of what others have been for us. What a beautiful legacy St. Alphonsus has been for its alumni. What a rich assortment of human endeavor our seven thousand alumni have enjoyed down through the years!

The future holds a place for all who have shared in the life of St. Alphonsus-St. Clement Parish. With the Family of Parish structure now being implemented the parish has once again a Religious Education program which will be starting in mid-September. Any parish parent or grandparent can enroll a child whether a member in the parish or not. RCIA (convert classes) will also be available for adults who might be in need of “catching up” with some of the sacraments. You will be hearing more about the programs in the weeks ahead. St. Vincent de Paul of St. Alphonsus-St. Clement are already collaborating with St. Maria Goretti in feeding the hungry. You might want to help. Call the office to volunteer.

As we move forward, I would hope that alumni, no matter where you might live, could come to see St. Alphonsus-St. Clement as YOUR second, or maybe even your first parish. Fr. Greg so sincerely in his homily offered this invitation this past Sunday. While in the months ahead, buildings will be coming down and our church and campus will remain as a tribute to one hundred seventy years of Faith with many more years to come. Alumni and friends; Welcome Home to the “ole neighborhood”!


St. Alphonsus School Buildings

“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens;….A time to tear down, and a time to build….A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”

As we recall the verses from Ecclesiastes, the time has now come to say goodbye to our school buildings. Their original purpose is done. They have served well and have a rich history that is to be celebrated.

Since the beginnings in 1846, St. Alphonsus Schools have educated countless thousands through the grade school, high school and religious education programs. There were 78 graduating classes from the high school, over 7,000 graduates from 1926 through 2003. Alumni have spread throughout the world, carrying the influence of their Catholic education far and wide. While we mourn the passing of the buildings, we celebrate the memories of the good times had inside these walls.

Although the buildings will soon be torn down, the property is not being sold. Plans are underway for some additional parking for the church, and a beautiful landscaped green space with trees, various shrines, memorials, and outdoor stations of the cross. Some architectural details from the buildings will be saved to incorporate into the landscaping. For the first time ever, our beautiful church will be visible from Warren Ave.

Unfortunately, since the buildings have been vacant for over 10 years, they are no longer safe to allow anyone inside for tours. Pictures may be taken outside around the buildings.

(Posted July 23, 2022)

ST. ALPHONSUS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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We're here to help foster communication between alumni and to celebrate our special memories of St. Alphonsus Schools.

St. Alphonsus is one of those rare instances where the opening of the school preceded the founding of the parish. The first Catholic services were said in 1842 by the Redemptorist Fathers of Detroit. St. Alphonsus school was established in 1846. It was not until a decade later, in 1852, that a parish was formally organized.

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President: Dennis Modzelewski ('69)

5565 Sutters Lane, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301 (248) 855-2591

Vice President: David Katona ('72)

Treasurer: Karen Cardelli Andrusiak ('69)

Secretary: Renee Campau Vasiloff ('72)

Newsletter: Renee Campau Vasiloff ('72)

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Website: David Katona ('72)

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ADRIAN DOMINICAN NEWS

The Adrian Dominican Sisters live incredible lives. "Our Dominican Lives: A Sister's Story" is a series of video interviews exploring the lives of the Adrian Dominican family.

Visit adriandominicans.org/MeetDominicans/Sisters and click on the link to "Our Dominican Lives”. Click here for a list with links to interviews of some of the sisters who have served at St. Alphonsus.

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SISTER MARY WILLARD REAGAN, OP

Sister Mary Willard Reagan, baptized Elizabeth Reagan, died on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 95 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Willard was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Willard and Mary Agnes (Dixon) Reagan. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in History from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and earned a Master of Arts degree in History from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Sister was an elementary teacher for six years at St. Edmund School in Oak Park, Illinois. She ministered in secondary education for 53 years in Port Huron, Dearborn, and Detroit, Michigan. Her ministry includes eight years as teacher at Dominican High School and three years as principal at Rosary High School, both Adrian Dominican Congregation schools located in Detroit. She was the guidance counselor at St. Alphonsus High School in Dearborn for 33 years (1970 to 2003). Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2004.

During her time at St. Alphonsus she touched the lives of many students and is fondly remembered for her insightful guidance and keen sense of humor. She was a member of the committee that in 1998 got the parish complex designated as a state historical site.

ALUMNI NEWS and EVENTS

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Fall 2022 Newsletter

The Fall 2022 Newsletter will be a special issue about the school.

You are invited to submit memories and short stories about your time attending St. Alphonsus to newsletter@stalsalumni.org.

To get on the mailing list join the alumni association, click on the "Join" tab above.

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Click HERE to download the registration form.

2022 ANNUAL ALUMNI PARTY

Save the date for the Fall Alumni Party scheduled for Sunday, October 16, 2022. The party will be held at the Carl E. Stitt American Legion Hall. Planning is underway, more details will be available soon.

2022 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

ELIGIBILITY

Any student, grades 9-12 and any college age student, who attended Catholic school, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes or have been home schooled in a manner that incorporates a faith-based approach. In addition, the applicant must be a descendant of any person who attended either St. Alphonsus High School or grade school, former teachers, administrative staff, coaches who were associated with the schools and parishioners of St. Alphonsus Parish or St. Alphonsus-St. Clement.

Application Deadline

September 30, 2022.

Click HERE to download full rules and application form.

Online Mass from

St. Alphonsus – St. Clement

We are thankful that so many parishioners are returning to mass. For those who are unable to attend mass in person we are continuing to live-stream mass every weekend so you can remain connected with our parish family by participating in the mass online.

The 4:00 PM Saturday and 9:00 AM Sunday masses can be seen on our YouTube channel. To view the current week’s masses or previously recorded masses visit www.stals-stclem.org and click on “Livestream Schedule”.

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MASS SCHEDULE:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 8:30 a.m.

Saturday Mass: 4 p.m.

(3 p.m.~ Confessions / or by apt.)

Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Sunday Mass @ Henry Ford Village: 9 a.m.

St. Alphonsus-St. Clement Parish

Church: 13540 Gould St

Office: 7469 Calhoun Street

Dearborn, Michigan 48126

Office: (313) 581-5218

Fax: (313) 584-6530

Email: info@sta-stc.comcastbiz.net

Parish Website

Fr. Terrence Kerner - Administrator

Rev. Gregory Deters, Associate

HENRY FORD VILLAGE CHAPEL

15101 Ford Rd., Dearborn, MI 48126

Phone: (313) 846-7712 ext. 1121