Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Polish Catholic Churches of Dearborn, St Barbara

St. Barbara Catholic Church, Dearborn

Address: 13534 Colson, Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone: 313-582-8383
FaceBook: st barbara grade school dearborn mi; St Barbara School Alumni - Dearborn, Michigan  
Current Parish Status: Active
School in Operation: No
First Year Parish Founded: 1924
Year Church was Built: 1955
First Pastor: Rev. Fr. Raphael Chrzaszcz
Pastor in 1985: Rev. Fr. John Rakoczy
Current Pastor (2010): Fr. Zbigniew Grankowski
Mass Schedule in 1985: Saturday 6:00pm (English); Sunday 7:30am (English), 9:00am (English), 10:30am (Polish), 6:00pm (English)
Current Mass Schedule (2010):  Saturday 5:00pm; Sunday 9:30am, 6:00pm; Monday 8:00am; Tuesday 6:00pm; Friday 6:00pm
No. of Families in Parish in 1985: 1,300
Percentage of Polish Descent in 1985: 60% or greater
Considered as a Polish Ethnic Parish: Yes
Polish Religious Traditions Preserved: Yes

The area of the parish is one of the few recognized suburban Polish communities. It is significant to note that ethnicity was maintained to a great degree even as the western Polish community began to move out of the city. There are large concentrations of Poles, with active organizations in such cities as Dearborn, Livonia, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

The school is closed. It was run by the Sisters of Holy Family of the Nazareth.

For more information visit the parish web site.

Souvenir book of the 10th anniversary of the founding of St. Barbara Parish, 1924-1934 has been cataloged and is searchable on the PGSA web site.

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