Historic Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church Offers Spirituality and Beauty
Updated: Sep 12, 2020
We had the pleasure of playing for Kate and Phil’s wedding ceremony at the historic Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Detroit. This was our first time playing Sweetest Heart which along with St. Josephat, make up the Mother of Divine Mercy Parish. Sweetest Heart of Mary reportedly has the longest aisle in the city and some of the most beautiful stained glass windows. Designed by Detroit Stained Glass Works, the south transept window features Jesus working in his father’s carpenter shop, while the north transept is dedicated to Saint Vincent de Paul. The Holy Family window was shown at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago and was presented with a special award.
Father Tom Slowinski of St. Paul’s on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe officiated the ceremony. He has a terrific sense of humor and gave a beautiful homily. Coordinator Tracy Vitale directed the wedding party and was a great help with cues. The couple chose Gabriel’s Oboe from the movie “The Mission” for the wedding party’s processional and “The Prayer” from Quest for Camelot for Kate’s processional with her father. The 1894 magnificent Austin Organ Opus 2, played by Ron Weiler, majestically recessed the newlyweds. The sanctuary at Sweetest Heart conveys immense spirituality and beauty. We were honored to be a part of Kate and Phil's wedding at this venerable church.