Monday, October 25, 2010

The Polish Catholic Churches of Hamtramck, St Florian

St. Florian Catholic Church, Hamtramck

Address: 2626 Poland, Hamtramck, MI48212
Phone: (313) 871-2778
Facebook: St Florian Church
Current Parish Status:  Active
School in Operation: No
First Year Parish Founded: 1908
Year Church was Built: 1928
First Pastor: Rev. Fr. Bernard Zmijewski
Pastor in 1985: Rev. Fr. Thaddeus Ozog
Current Pastor (2010): Rev. Miroslaw Frankowski, SCh
Mass Schedule in 1985: Saturday 4:00pm (English); Sunday 8:00am (English), 10:00am (Polish) 12:00pm (English)
Current Mass Schedule (2010): Saturday 8:00am (Polish), 4:00pm; Sunday 10:00am (Polish), 12 noon, 6:30pm (Polish); Monday & Wednesday 8:00am (Polish); Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm; Friday 6:30pm (Polish)
No. of Families in Parish in 1985: 1,700
Percentage of Polish Descent in 1985: 75%
Considered as a Polish Ethnic Parish: Yes
Polish Religious Traditions Preserved: Yes
Annual Festival: First weekend in May
Festival Name: Strawberry Festival

In 1985, the elementary school was still operating with 272 students, the high school with 333 students, and both were run by the Felician Sisters.

The St. Florian Strawberry Festival is a state-wide recognized celebration that draws tens of thousands of people.

St. Florian Church was selected for appearance in the National Geographic Magazine.

In 1924, the year of peak enrollment, St. Florian Elementary School had 2,853 students.

For more information about this parish visit the Archdiocese of Detroit web site.

The Golden Jubilee Memoirs of St. Florian Parish, 1908-1958 and the Diamond Jubilee book of St. Florian Parish, 1908-1983 have been cataloged and are searchable on the PGSA web site.

The following microfilms of St. Florian church records are available at the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library: Film No.1036
Reel 1: Baptisms July 1908- December 1925
Reel 2: Baptisms January 1926- January 1956
Reel 3: Marriages October 1916- December 1958
Reel 4: Deaths January 1917-December 1960

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