St. Dennis to Celebrate Final Mass

After 61 years, the Catholic church will officially close its doors on Nov. 25.

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.

Do you have a favorite memory from St. Dennis? Share it with us in the comments below.

Rita Ray November 25, 2012 at 01:44 PM
This is so sad.
Ellen Marie November 25, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I used to go to the 6:00 mass in the 80s quite a bit. Often times it was so packed they would have to start setting up extra chairs in the back.
Ruth Lehman November 25, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Since our family was one of the "Founding Families", I have too many memories to list here, but I can share that I remember attending Sunday Mass in the Gymnasium of Lockman Elementary School, while St Dennis was being built. I was married there in 1969, and my first child was Baptized there. By the time my second child was to be Baptized, I became a parishioner at St Mary Magdalen in Hazel Park, and I have been there ever since. I know more changes lie ahead, but our lives are everchanging in many ways. I am sad to see the transitions, but the memories will always remain.
Judy Davids (Editor) November 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Thank you Ruth for sharing. I hope more people will the same. Who else was married or baptized at St. Dennis?
Lisa Mills Walters November 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I was baptized at St. Dennis in 1955 and married there in 1980. My two oldest sons were baptized there in 1982 and 1985. I also attended St. Dennis school, as did my older sister. This is very sad news.


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