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About Our Parish

Humble Beginnings

If you turn the pages of history back over 145 years to 1870 the first instance of Polish Catholics coming together as a community took place here in Wyandotte.  That year Mr Anthony  Leszcynski organized 37 Polish men living in Wyandotte into the St Stanislaus Kostka Society. These fellows were united in the idea that they had something in common and needed to work together to preserve their Polish heritage in their new country. They knew, if they united, they would be able to do something big and something solid, something that would last.

Their little group continued to grow and within 29 years, those 37 men became 200 families and those families became the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. That was a name they rarely used, as English was not their first language. They called their new parish Matki Boskiej Skaplerzniej, which translates to Our Lady of the Scapular.  The very first pastor was Fr. Bernard Zmijiewski.

Growing Through Change

The decision was made to build a church and in 1899 they laid the cornerstone in the northwest part of Wyandotte that was called, at that time, Glenwood.  All of Polish Wyandotte was united and grew, until 1914, just one year before the present church building was built, when another Polish parish was born in the northeast part of Wyandotte called Ford City. It was the parish of St Stanislaus Kostka and its first pastor was Fr Alexander Konus. .

Wyandotte's Polonia community was growing like wildfire and so, 11 years after the founding of St Stanislaus Kostka yet another Polish Parish was welcomed to the community, St Helena was located on the south side of Wyandotte and the first pastor was
Fr Albert Marowka.

These three fine parishes served their communities well. They offered the experience of ultimate unity, the reception of the Holy Eucharist.  All three parishes separately kept alive the dream and goal of those 37 pioneering Poles who loved God and country fiercely, to come together and pray in Catholic tradition.  A tradition that had been passed down from their own family in the Polish nation and allowed to grow in their family through faith. Each parish also had schools to support the educational needs of the young Polish children in their "American" learning, Polish language and their faith.  

Reuniting for the Future

 Today the three parish communities have come full circle, coming back as a single Polish community within the original church building.  We are building on the old values of faith and community started so many years ago by those 37 men and the St Stanislaus Kostka Society.  THe Archdiocese of Detroit reunited the three parishes into a single community so that we may some together in the most unifying manner of all, with Our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus who unites us with Himself and with each other in the sharing of His most Hold Body and Blood.  This is the unity we share above all, around the altar in praise and thanksgiving to God, who never stops calling His people to be one with Him.

 

 

First DayO Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! 
Show us that you are our Mother!(Mention your request here)Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Second Day Most Holy Mary, Our Mother, in your great love for us you gave us the Holy Scapular of Mount Carmel, having heard the prayers of your chosen son Saint Simon Stock. Help us now to wear it faithfully and with devotion. May it be a sign to us of our desire to grow in holiness.
(Mention your request here)
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Third Day O Queen of Heaven, you gave us the Scapular as an outward sign by which we might be known as your faithful children. May we always wear it with honor by avoiding sin and imitating your virtues. Help us to be faithful to this desire of ours.
(Mention your request here)
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fourth Day When you gave us, Gracious Lady, the Scapular as our Habit, you called us to be not only servants, but also your own children. We ask you to gain for us from your Son the grace to live as you children in joy, peace and love.
(Mention your request here)
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fifth Day  O Mother of Fair Love, through your goodness, as your children, we are called to live in the spirit of Carmel. Help us to live in charity with one another, prayerful as Elijah of old, and mindful of our call to minister to God's people.
(Mention your request here)
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Sixth Day With loving provident care, O Mother Most Amiable, you covered us with your Scapular as a shield of defense against the Evil One.  Through your assistance, may we bravely struggle against the powers of evil, always open to your Son Jesus Christ.
(Mention your request here)
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Seventh Day O Mary, Help of Christians, you assured us that wearing your Scapular worthily would keep us safe from harm. Protect us in both body and soul with your continual aid. May all that we do be pleasing to your Son and to you.
(Mention your request here)
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Eighth Day You give us hope, O Mother of Mercy, that through your Scapular promise we might quickly pass through the fires of purgatory to the Kingdom of your Son. Be our comfort and our hope.  Grant that our hope may not be in vain but that, ever faithful to your Son and to you, we may speedily enjoy after death the blessed company of Jesus and the saints.
(Mention your request here)
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Ninth Day O Most Holy Mother of Mount Carmel, when asked by a saint to grant privileges to the family of Carmel, you gave assurance of your Motherly love and help to those faithful to you and to your Son. Behold us, your children.
We glory in wearing your holy habit, which makes us members of your family of Carmel, through which we shall have your powerful protection in life, at death and even after death.
Look down with love, O Gate of Heaven, on all those now in their last agony!  Look down graciously, O Virgin, Flower of Carmel, on all those in need of help!
Look down mercifully, O Mother of our Savior, on all those who do not know that they are numbered among your children.
Look down tenderly, O Queen of All Saints, on the poor souls!
(Mention your request here)
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
pray for us. 

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