St. Dennis, which merged with St. Vincent Ferrer parish in July as a result of the Archdiocese of Detroit's Together in Faith, will officially close Sunday.
A final mass will be celebrated by Msgr. John Zenz at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Mass will be followed by a reception.
Together in Faith was a plan initiated in 2011 as a way to deal with financial challenges, a shortage of priests, and changing demographics in the archdiocese.
In June, Rev. John Esper, of St. Vincent Ferrer, told parishioners eventually St. Dennis and St. Vincent will merge with St. Mary Magdalen and St. Justin parishes, both in Hazel Park. At that point, the newly merged parish will choose a new name. Two church buildings will remain as none of the churches is large enough to accommodate all the families of the four parishes combined.
Edward Cardinal Mooney established St. Dennis Parish on June 15, 1950. The next year on Nov. 1, 1951 the first mass was celebated in the church, which seats 450, according to the St. Dennis website.
Reservations are required for the reception. Contact the parish office at 248-544-2181 for additional information.
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