On June 26,
1959, Saints Simon and Jude Parish was organized within the Archdiocese of
Detroit. The following day, Father Arthur Oldani was installed as pastor. Our
first mass was celebrated on Sunday, June 5, 1959 at a temporary location, St.
building began construction in December 1959 and the church was dedicated on
Sunday, August 7, 1960 to Archbishop John Deardon. On July 5, 1964, Reverand
Andrew Nieckarz was installed as pastor.
In 1975, the
social hall was added to the original church structure. After the death of
Father Nieckarz, the hall was dedicated in his name in recognition of his
service to our parish of over 25 years.
brought us a new spiritual leader, Father Gerard Bechard.
Plans for a new church began in 1992. After a myraid of
trials and tribulations, we finally broke ground on Sunday, January 24, 1999,
for the new church.
ground breaking, construction began on the new geodesic dome. The foundation
was poured, the dome parts were delivered and preparations began for Adam
Cardinal Maida’s dedication set for Tuesday, November 23, 1999.
Ss. Simon and
Jude has become a prominent structure on the city’s skyline. As you approach
from the east, west or south, the dome can easily bee seen peaking over the
treetops. It is said that our parish can even be seen from airplanes landing or
flying out of Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
At the time of
its construction, the dome of 120 feet was the largest geodesic dome in
Michigan. As you enter the church there is a large vestibule. This allows our
community space to welcome and visit with each other before and after Mass.
When you look
into the dome, the structure of the roof can be seen. Each of the beams above
are small; they are virtually 2 x 4’s laminated together. The beams are joined
together, taking on the weight of the other beams. They depend on each other to
stand and only together they are strong enough to support the roof. This
network of beams symbolizes our community and how each of us must rely on
others for support and strength. As individuals we cannot hold up the roof, but
working together we can accomplish this feat.
glass in the windows connects what is happening outside the church to what
occurs inside. It connects us to nature and our surroundings. We can see the
change of the seasons and how they correspond to the seasons within the
liturgical year. These clear windows also serve to remind us all that the world
and its events are not isolated from our prayers, the sacred must also have its
place in the world.