About Our Parish

Mission and History of Our Parish

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

Nourished by God's Word and the Eucharist, St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish is a welcoming Catholic community dedicated to living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

HISTORY OF OUR PARISH

Humble Beginnings

In February of 1977 the Archdiocese of Detroit granted permission to establish a new Catholic Community in Sterling Heights.   The Rev. Leon Page enthusiastically accepted the challenge of serving as the founding pastor of this fledgling mission.  In June of 1977, 84 families of the newly founded St. Jane Frances de Chantal Faith Community  held their first Mass at Flynn Junior High.  Eight months later, on February 26, 1978, the Archdiocese officially sanctioned St. Jane Frances de Chantal as a parish.  After several years of celebrating Mass at Flynn Junior High School it was apparent that there was a need for a building more befitting for worship.  After months of discussion and discernment, the new building was designed to be not only cost efficient and functional but also adaptable for a variety of activities.  On June 1, 1980, Fr. Leon Page and the founding members of the parish broke ground on a multi-purpose church building on Ryan Road just south of 17 Mile.  This building, which now serves as the Fr. Leon Page Activity Center, functioned as not only a worship space but also a social hall and a place to conduct meetings.  The parish grew quickly to 915 families during these early days.  As the number of registered families continued to grow, and in order to meet the expanding needs of the community, an office complex and kitchen were added to the parish plant in 1991.

Growing Through Change

In the mid to late 1990’s, with the parish still continuing to grow, plans were drafted and approved for a larger and permanent church building.  Ground was broken for the new church in June of 1999.  In July of 1999, Fr. Gerry LeBoeuf succeeded Fr. Page as pastor and in overseeing the building project.

On November 25, 2000, the 1600 families of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish welcomed Cardinal Adam Maida, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Detroit, for the Mass of Dedication.  The new church building seats 950.  The chapel, where weekday Masses are celebrated, seats 75 people and can be opened for extra seating for the church.  The worship space includes faceted and stained glass, custom-made appointments, and a Casavant pipe organ.

Looking to the Future

In October of 2005, Fr. Jerry Slowinski was appointed the third pastor of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish.  On August 28, 2011, the parishioners of St. Jane Frances celebrated the retirement of the $2.5 million loan from the Archdiocese of Detroit which was used to help build the present worship space.  St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish continues to fulfill its mission statement to be “a welcoming Catholic community dedicated to living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

            In 2012, with the advent of the Together in Faith initiative of the Archdiocese of Detroit, St. Jane Frances de Chantal and St. Ephrem parishes have developed a cluster partnership.  We have established a cooperative, caring and respectful relationship sharing resources and support.  We hold joint committees for Evangelization and for Vocations as well as regularly bring our parish councils together to join in the vision for our mission efforts.  Additionally, together we also share a collaborative partnership with St. Blase Parish which allows a greater sharing of resources with the three parishes.

 

Masses

Saturday: 5:00pm Mass (Vigil)
Sunday: 9:00am Mass, 11:30am Mass
Weekdays:
Tuesday (Evening) 7:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am
Thursday 8:00am

Confession  

Tuesday Evening:  5:30 - 6:30pm

Office Hours

Monday thru Thursday:
8:30am - 8:30 pm
(Closed from Noon to 1:15pm)
Friday:  Closed
Saturday:  2:30pm - 6:30pm
Sunday:  10:00am - 1:30pm