1234 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Roman Catholic Church
Fr. Loren Thomas Connell OFM, Pastor
Rose window detail at the front entrance on Washington Street.
Ceiling of the nave looking toward the front entrance.
Detail of the mosaic of the Good Shepherd behind the main altar.
Detail of wood carving on the facade of the choir loft balcony.
Map & Directions
Easy to find. Hard to forget.
St. Al’s is located in the heart of the downtown Detroit community at 1234 Washington Blvd.
The St. Aloysius parish family honors the rich values and diversity of our community.
Through our worship of God, we joyfully commit ourselves to imitate Christ, the Good Shepherd. We serve our brothers and sisters when we comfort the lost, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and welcome the stranger.
Our service is rooted in our experience of God’s love, which calls us to be the Good News of Jesus in the downtown Detroit community.
You’re welcome to join us this Sunday!
Standing for the poor and the elderly
during the downtown renaissance.
Kathleen Ruth shares stories of hope and determination from downtown
The renewal of Detroit is evident and life giving to a city that has been struggling for decades. There are joggers and people walking their dogs at all times of the day. Young adults are finding their way to refurbished lofts and apartments as the employment picture in Downtown Detroit improves. Investors are purchasing buildings hoping to be part of this renaissance. The renewal train of Detroit is picking up momentum; but the long time residents, our elderly neighbors, were never invited aboard.
For those people in our lives, St. Aloysius offers you an opportunity to make a donation on their behalf to our Neighborhood Services program.
We will produce a personalized gift card with a photograph of your choice (there’s 5 to choose from), and add your name and the amount that has been donated in their honor. You can even choose to honor their special occasion... Birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding... Even as a memorial for a loved one.
Your gift of donation will be used by the Neighborhood Services staff and volunteers of St. Aloysius in downtown Detroit to present to the homeless and low income seniors in the community.
Help us to help those in need by purchasing a Donation Gift Card today. Download the Gift Card Order Form to get started!
St. Aloysius is situated in a widely diverse area of downtown Detroit. We work with all of the people in the neighborhood to address needs of companionship, food, clothing, and emergency shelter. With the closing of the Community Center, we now attempt to provide all these services on the streets.
This ad gentes style of ministry means we are now more focused on going to the people, rather than them coming to us. St. Aloysius is often called Everybody’s Church; so today we focus on taking the church to the people.
The Health Advocacy Committee of St. Aloysius and St. Patrick parish is excited to report on the results and next steps related to the survey that the parish community completed last fall to gain a deeper understanding of your health needs and to determine how to best focus our efforts to meet the needs of the parish and its community.
Who did we reach?
• 218 people during mass at St. Aloysius and St. Patrick, and through the
St. Dominic’s outreach center
• 124 females and 94 males
• Zip codes most commonly cited as “home” were 48201 (St. Patrick/Midtown area), 48226 (St. Aloysius/Downtown area), 48202 (New Center area), and 48067 (Royal Oak)
• More than half of those who took the survey said they have been coming to one of the churches for more than 5 years
• Over 91% of those who took the survey said they had some form of health insurance
What did people share about their interest in
health topics and health programs?
• Nearly 42% of those who took the survey indicated that they had health worries
• Nearly 86% would like to have an invited speaker discuss health concerns
• Nearly 30% would be interested in a group exercise program, 26% have an interest in health screening activities, and 20% would like to participate in activities related to mental health
• Many of those with an interest in chronic medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease as well as mental health issues like depression and anxiety, also had an interest in group exercise
• Several people with an interest in dental health and hygiene, also had an interest in participating in health screening activities
• Of those interested in having a visiting speaker, cancer, health promotion, and dental health/hygiene were the topics of greatest interest
• Nearly 21% of people would like to learn CPR
What does the Health Advocacy Committee plan to do?
• Develop opportunities for a periodic dental health screening program
• Identify a guest speaker on a semi-annual basis to speak about the health topics in which people were most interested
• Continue working on group exercise opportunities and focus on health maintenance strategies for those with chronic medical conditions
• Provide basic life support education (CPR and AED use) for key people affiliated with St. Aloysius and St. Patrick parish
We are honored to be doing the work of the Lord through the activities of this Committee and look forward to developing opportunities and programs that will benefit those in the St. Aloysius, St. Patrick, and St. Dominic communities.
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