Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Polish Catholic Churches of Detroit, Transfiguration

Transfiguration Catholic Church, Detroit

Address: 5830 Simon K. Street, Detroit, MI 48212
Phone: (313) 892-1310
Current Parish Status: Active
School in Operation: No. The Transfiguration Academy (elementary) was closed in 2004.
First Year Parish Founded: 1925
Year Current Church was Built: 1949
First Pastor: Rev. Fr. Simon Kilar
Pastor in 1985: Rev. Fr. Benedict Rembelski
Current Pastor (2010): Rev. Andrew Wesley
Mass Schedule in 1985: Saturday 5:00pm (English); Sunday 9:00am (English), 10:30am (Polish), 12:00pm (English)
Current Mass Schedule (2010): Sunday 9:00am Polish, 10:30am; Monday-Friday 8:00am
No. of Families in Parish in 1985: 750
Percentage of Polish Descent in 1985: 95%
Considered as a Polish Ethnic Parish: Yes
Polish Religious Traditions Preserved: Yes
Location: East Side

In 1985 the elementary school had 212 students enrolled and was run by the Holy Family of the Nazareth order.

A shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Czestochowa is located directly across from the rectory.

The largest group (1985) of Polish American seniors met at the parish hall each Wednesday.

The parish can be easily reached from the eastern suburbs by taking Mound Rd. into the city. The church is a familiar landmark before coming to the end of Mound.

For more information visit the parish's web site. There is a very nice history of the parish here.

The following microfilms of Transfiguration's church records are available at the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library: Film No.1039 
Reel 1: Baptisms October 1925-June 1938
Marriages January 1926-November 1941
Deaths December 1925-November 1958

Some information from, "The Polish Roman Catholic Churches of Metropolitan Detroit" by PERC. c. 1985. Used with permission from Michael Krolewski, editor.