Farewell to Our School

Celebrate the Memories!

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.

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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)