Friday, July 27, 2007

Come to Assumption Grotto on Assumption Day!

Fr. Perrone, the pastor of Assumption Grotto, lifts the Body of Christ during the 9:30am Latin Novus Ordo Mass on August 15th, 2006. This is the newer form of the Roman Rite which is celebrated throughout the world, but celebrated in Latin, with Chant, and ad orientem (priest and people facing the Lord together).

I will be dropping reminders here periodically for the feast of the Assumption. Assumption Grotto is the place to be on Assumption Day - August 15th!

This August 15th of 2007 is a very special Assumption Feast Day for our parish. It's not just because it is the name our parish bears. It's also because this year is our 175th anniversary as a parish. How many parishes in Detroit, or the US for that matter, can claim to have been around that long! (I can hear my UK and European readers laughing across the pond as they worship in churches that are so old they make 175 look young).

If you are in metro Detroit and can take a day off on this holy Day of obligation, consider spending it in a day of devotions on a spiritual pilgrimage to our parish. Or, if you are local and have the evening free, do come for the 7:00pm Mass. I also encourage those who would have to travel. Get a carpool together or arrange for a bus. (More info below on bus parking below).

It is important to note that parking is a logistics nightmare for an event this big. It is probably not a good idea to park on surrounding side streets. Security guards will be watching cars in the lots, but any cars parked in the neighborhood, don't want to just park anywhere.



  • 6:30 a.m. in the Church
  • 9:30 a.m. in the Church (Consecration to Mary follows)
  • 12:00 Noon at the outdoor Grotto (Miraculous Medal Talk & Enrollment Follows)
  • 7:00 p.m. at the Grotto (the most popular)

    • Bishop John Quinn, Bishop Daniel Flores & Fr. Eduard Perrone Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, Lourdes Candlelight Procession after Mass (click to enlarge pics below).


  • Confessions: 11:00 a.m., 1:30 & 3:45 p.m.
  • Rosary: 9:00, 11:00 a.m.
  • Stations of the Cross: 2:00 p.m.
  • Living Rosary & Blessing of the Sick
  • 3:00 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament,
  • Living Rosary, Blessing of the Sick and Benedictionat the Grotto
  • Blessing of Herbs: 4:00 p.m. Shrine
  • Consecration to Mary 5:00 p.m. in the Church

About half of the people in attendance at the outdoor Noon Mass are seen here - August 15th, 2006.


Bishop Daniel E. Flores, S.T.D. is the newest Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit. He attended the University of Texas at Austin for two years prior to entering the seminary in 1981. He graduated from the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1983 and a Master of Divinity in 1987. He was ordained to the priesthood in January 1988. He completed a doctoral degree in the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2000.

Bishop John Michael Quinn - Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit is a member of the Call to Holiness Advisory Board. He was ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1972 and ordained Bishop August 12, 2003. Bishop Quinn holds a B.A. in philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; a Master of Divinity from St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; Masters degrees in Religious Studies and in Systematic Theology from the University of Detroit - Mercy.


Fr. Eduard Perrone, Pastor of Assumption Grotto Church, parishioners and staff are honored to have Bishop Flores and Bishop Quinn at our special 175th Jubilee Year event celebration, Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 2007.


You may also be interested in other events for our 175th anniversary, which are also the kinds of things you might find throughout any year at Grotto. This includes our Fatima Devotions which occur on the 13th of each month from May through October. This coming August 13th will feature Fr. Val Rykowski, who is a familiar face at Sts Cyril & Methodius, where parishioners are graced with this fine priest. You have to see him celebrate Mass sometime and I can almost guarantee you will be moved to tears as you witness his passion for the sacrifice of the Mass.


** For information on bus parking and the shuttle bus schedule please call the rectory office at 313-372-0762 or the Shrine Office at 313-332-4432.

NEW: Shuttle bus schedule has been posted here.

Candles put out by pilgrims throughout the day are aglow before the grotto where they will remain until the Queenship of Mary, on August 22, 2007.


See the photos in this final photo post of Assumption 2006 and scroll down for links to 22 other stunning photo posts from the day (around 80 pics in all).


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