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Walking Tour

  • The Natharex
    This is the entry. Mosaics are inspired by Psalm 42. Above the main entrance is a mosaic of the Polish Eagle, a symbol of independence during Poland's history. The stained glass crown symbolizes Mary, Queen of Apostles.
  • The Former Baptistry
    Enter and go to the left. formerly the Baptistry, now a room of Penance and Reconciliation. It is circular and 8 sided, representing the circle of eternal life and the sacramental life of the church. The four stained glass windows depict the "types" of Baptism: blood, desire, water and adult baptism.
  • North Side Windows
    Various depictions of biblical passages. moving towards the front of the church, you will see the statue of St Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of lost things or lost people.
  • North Transept
    Walking to the center of the north transcept, there is a small altar dedicated to St Francis of Assisi. The Sacred Heart Shrine at the front of the church on the left side containing a tabernacle used on Holy Thursday. The mosaic represents Easter Morning
  • Clerestory Windows
    The 16 windows that rise to the ceiling are made of transparent stained glass, filling the church with light.
  • The Sanctuary
    The ceiling mosaic is modeled after a painting by Polish artist Adam Styka. In the lower right corner are Fr. Szok, Fr. Redwick and the installer Ricardo Polmbit. In the lower left corner is the artist of the mosaic:Pietro Cantu, he is carrying a lamb. JHS or IHS is an acronym for the Greek phrase "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior". The two large mosaics on the sides depict the Annunciation and the Ascension. The Baptismal Font is at the Sanctuary. The former Communion rail was taken out to bring unity between the sanctuary and the nave.
  • The South Transcept
    Near the Blessed Mother Shrine is a statue of St Theresa. There are several windows depicting the life of Christ as well as the life of St Peter.
  • Stations of the Cross
    14 framed marble scenes represent the suffering of Jesus on Good Friday.
  • The Choir Loft
    The organ is a Casavant with 2,187 pipes. The windows depict the 12 Apostles, Old Testament Patriarchs(Joseph, Noah,Abraham, Solomon) and several medieval Polish saints. The center panels represent the various titles and events in the life of Mary. The Polish children of Mary are also pictured. The right panels include a parade of Polish Saints, including Pope St Pius X. The arch mosaic recalls Psalm 150, the concluding passage in the book of Psalms, aptly drawing the church tour to a close.
  • Orchard and Grotto
    Heading outside to Prescott Street. The rectory is behind the church. The activity center is accessed through the parking lot behind the school. The Orchard contains the wooden cross that sat atop the Papal platform for Pope John Paul II's 1987 visit to Hamtramck.The Grotto contains a Statue of Our Lady Queen of Apostles. Each May she is crowned with flowers.
  • Stained Glass

    Seek and find the following:

    • The Parable of the Hidden Treasure---- Matthew 13:44
    • The Parable of the Weeds -- ---- Matthew 13:36-43
    • The Parable of the Sower ----- Matthew 13:3-9
    • The Woman of Great Faith ----- Matthew 15:26-27
    • The four forms of Baptism: Blood, Desire, Water and Adult
    • The Narrow Door -- --- Luke 13:23-30
    • The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast-- Matthew 13:31-33

History

Our Lady Queen of Apostles was estabilshed on April 24, 1917. In a declaration by John S. Foley, Bishop of Detroit, the Rev Roman Klafkowski was appointed the first Pastor and directed to serve the north-eastern portion of Hamtramck. Hamtramck was a village at this time. Many streets were unpaved, and the area was of marshes, farmland, scattered homes, vegetable gardens, poultry and cows.

With the enthusiastic backing of 23 families, Fr. Klafkowski purchased a 2 story home on Prescott, located on the site of the current rectory. One bedroom served as a confessional, the other a sacristy. On May 27, 1917 the Feast of the Pentecost, the first Mass was said.

Thirty-two parcels of land on Conant between Prescott and Harold were purchased. By October, 226 children were being taught by the Felician sisters in two private homes.

By Christmas Day 1917, the parish had purchased a church building from an Independent Polilsh Church. The wooden structure was moved by a team of horses from Conant and Belmont to Prescott St. There it was placed on the spot where the sanctuary of the present church is located.

By May 1918, an 8 classroom school was completed and still stands as part of the present school building. A convent for the Felician Sisters was also built in 1918.

On October 17, 1926, under the leadership of Fr. Stanislaus Wasilewski, ground breaking ceremonies were held for the purpose of starting the construction of a combined school-church building. The church would be on the main floor with the classrooms on the second floor and at the back of the building. The church seated 800 people and the cost was $120,000. This was to be a temporary situation.

Rev. Ladislaus Szok, the pastor began construction of the current church. Blessing and ground-breaking ceremonies took place on August 13, 1950. The cornerstone was laid on October 21, 1951. On November 17, 1952, Bishop Alexander Zaleski consecrated the Altars. On November 23, Cardinal Mooney dedicated the church and Fr. Szok offered the first solemn High Mass. Fr. Szok commented later "Our New church is not the largest or the most expensive, but, to us, it is the most beautiful."

Architecture

The "new" church building was completed in 1952. The architect were Aloys Frank Herman and Howard Thomas Simons. the builder was Matthew Lalewicz, Inc.