Detroit St. Albertus, located at St. Aubin and Canfield, was Detroit's oldest Polish parish. Founded in 1872, it published a hard cover history on the occasion of its Centennial in 1973. That book is now on-line on this site and can be found here.
Although the parish was closed in 1990, it was purchased by the Polish American Historical Site Association, and the church's website can be found here.
Detroit Mass Mob V will be held at St. Albertus on Sunday, August 10, at 11am. See the Mass Mob Facebook page, here, for further information.
St. Albertus is located on the Canfield corridor that, over a short stretch, is also home to Sweetest Heart of Mary Church (site of Mass Mob IV on July 13-1800 attending) and St. Josaphat. Until a fire destroyed the building in 1969, the Felcian Sisters' Mother House, Felician Academy Girls High School and an orphage was located immediately across Canfield from St. Albertus.
Fate has not been as kind to St. Albertus school. The vacant, vandalized building, built in 1916, still stands next to the church. The parish's third shool building, there were 1875 students enrolled during the 1920-1921 school year. St. Albertus never had a high school, so all those students were in the elementary school. The school closed in 1966.
Many may know that the steeple of nearby St. Josaphat suffered serious wind damage during the horrible winter of 2013-2014. That damage has been repaired. What I learned today was that the steeple at St. Albertus suffered similar wind damage 100 years before. When the steeple was repaired in 1914 it was shortened from its original height.
This post does not touch on many of the interesting incidents in St. Albertus' history. Join the Mass Mob on August 10. The church holds 2,500 I understand. I am also told, by those that have been inside, that the church interior will "blow you away". This comments was made by Thom Mann, who has attended, and is one of the driving forces behind Detroit Mass Mob.