CHOIR NOTES The Adult Choir of St. Paul of Tarsus will begin rehearsing for the new choir season this Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 pm in the church. The Adult Choir sings at most Sunday 9:30 am liturgies, as well as special feast days and liturgical occasions. We welcome back our returning members, as well as invite new members to join us that evening. If you love to sing good music and have been considering taking part in the music ministry at St. Paul’s, this is a great opportunity to give us a try. We hope to see many familiar and new faces on Thursday at 7:00 pm for our first fall rehearsal! Phyllis Bengry and Susan Catanese Minister of Music and Choir Director

About Our Parish

HISTORY OF ST. PAUL OF TARSUS


As parishioners of St. Paul of Tarsus we have not only created a memorable history of ourselves, but are also trusted with a home that has had a significant impact on the development of Clinton Township. In the late 18th century, Moravian missionaries arrived to the area after having been forced to flee their Ohio settlement during the American Revolution. Their new settlement, situated on what is now Moravian Drive, was called New Gnaden Hutten (New Tents of Grace). The Moravians set right to work on the infrastructure for the area, building a twenty-three mile route from Gnaden Hutten to Tremble’s Grist Mill on Conner Creek, the first inland road built in Michigan.

 

For the next two hundred years, the Christian faith continued to grow in this area. In the spring of 1984, one hundred and fifty local Catholic families submitted a petition to the Archdiocese of Detroit, asking for the establishment of a new church in Clinton Township. Three months later, the Archdiocese responded by designating the area a “parish in formation” and appointing Rev. Francis A. Zielinski as its pastor. Father Zielinski was asked to determine the viability of a new parish and organized a number of exploratory meetings with local pastors and leadership. It became apparent very quickly that the area was ready and eager for a new parish and the Archdiocese dedicated eleven acres of land on the corner of Romeo Plank and Canal Roads for a new parish. The first Mass of St. Paul of Tarsus was celebrated in July 1984 at Chippewa Valley High School. Sixty people were in attendance on that day. Within two years the parish expanded to over nine hundred families, and a groundbreaking was held for a new church on September 27, 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

The new church was dedicated on March 5, 1989 and looked like the photo to the left until the renovation.  Father Ziielinski remained pastor until 1990. In1990, Father Lou Grandpre was apppointed pastor and served until his retirment in 2003 when Father Ron Essman was appointed.

 

 

 

 

 

Renovation planning began in 2006 under the direction of  Father Ron Essman, who served as Pastor from June 1, 2003 until his retirement on August 31, 2017.  He currently serves our parish as weekend celebrant.  St. Paul of Tarsus is now serving approximately three thousand families. 

 

The chairs were removed and replaced with pews that now can seat up to 1000 people per mass and the church interior was rotated as the  pictures show.

 

Our Holy Spirit window is a great addition to our church and many parishioners and visitors marvel at the exquisite detail in the stained glass window.  We continue to evolve as a parish and look forward to serving the next generation of parishioners, under the guidance of our Pastor, Father Jerry Slowinski.  He was appointed to shepherd St. Paul of Tarsus in November 13, 2017.  We are excited that he is here!

Story of our Holy Spirit Window

Gazing upon the window, your attention is drawn to a dove in the inner circle.  The dove which is most often used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit, is traveling downward, yet moving into the Eye of Heaven.  The number seven is a prominent symbol seen throughout the window.  As sunlight shines through the window, seven rays reach out from the inner circle. Seven columbines – columbine being derived from the Latin word for “dove” columba, - symbolize the descent of the Holy Spirit. Winged shaped doves holding seven lamp stands are seen in the seven outer flames. Together the doves with the lamps represent another symbol of the Holy Spirit, oil.  Visible are seven Tongues of Fire which relate to Pentecost and the enlightenment of the disciples.  The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are depicted in the flowers or blooms: “and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”