Sunday, June 22, 2008

The second annual Epiphany Parish Picnic

Dear Classmate/Friends of Epiphany,

Save the date, August 9th, 2008, 3:30 pm to ?? The second annual Epiphany Parish Picnic. Bring yourself, spouse, brother/sister, mom/dad.

Please forward any summer vacation memory from "back in the day", memorable people, places and/or activities. Will be placed in the July (snail mail) newsletter along with details of the picnic.

If you know if anyone who would like to be on the email/snail mail list please forward to
Thanks and see you August 9th.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Polish Americans at Epiphany Parish

I was intrigued when I read that Thaddeus Radzilowski, Ph.D. listed Epiphany as a parish with a high Polish membership. It made me take a second look at my childhood community. We didn’t have language lessons, folk dances nor celebrate Polish feast days in school.

But at home, my mother often served gołąbki, zrazy nicknamed “myszki”, and mizeria. Holiday meals were never complete until the czernina and kiełbasa were served. I listened to my grandparents and parents speak Polish when they wanted to keep us out of the conversation. I am currently gathering records and stories to document the Polish families in the community.

Fellow Arcadia author, Epiphany alum, and Pol-Am Richard Bak helped me start a list of surnames of Pol-Ams at Epiphany. I am sure the list will grow. Ethnic Poles use the following surnames. I cannot vouch that each of these families at Epiphany considered themselves Polish.

Bak ,Berzanskis, Bloenk, Boroswski, Borsak,
Borowski, Cerwinski, Cerpilowski, Ciak , Cieslik,
Czapski, Dombrowski, Drozdzewski, Duba, Dutka,
Duzniewaski, Frankowski, Goralski, Glowacki

Haller, Jarzombek, Jancheski, Karas, Kuras, Kornak,
Krzesowik, Kaczmarek, Korzecke, Kosla, Kroll , Krolik,
Krzysiak, Krzyszczak, Kucik, Kowalski, Kaluzny,
Kolasynski, Kruzel, Kachinski, Kurta, Kempf, Knechtges

Luczynski, Lukasak, Lach, Maksymowicz, Malicke,
Mickiewicz,, Nabozny, Nebroski, Nowak, Nadolski, Obidinski,
Oleskowicz, Panczak, Podsaidlo , Przytulski, Ososke,
Piotrowski, Ralko, Rembowski

Susalla, Shulzitski, Sobieski, Sekula, Sroka, Sulla,
Swirski, , Sochacki, Selasky, Szczesny, Topolewski,
Truba, Troshynski, Wendt, Zynda.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Eighth Grade Graduation - 1960

While this footage captures the class of 1960- many of us lined up in the same style: separate groups for boys and girls,arranged by height in the school hallway, a processional along Mendota into the church.

This graduation class has three of my relatives in it: Alan Przytulski and his future wife Phyllis,and Doug Benedetti. It was filmed by my uncle Tony Przytulski. He was always at family events with his movie camera- and later with his video camera. We treasure the footage he captured.

Special thanks to my cousin Tony Przytulski for permission to post this footage. He digitized many of the 8mm films. Tony gave a set of 5 DVDS to each family. Watch for videos of Cub Scouts, First Communions, more Graduations, and a baptism or two - coming soon.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

History of the Parish 1924-1953

p. 10, UPON THIS ROCK (January, 1953)

Epiphany Parish was established in May, 1924. Our first pastor was Father Leo J. Chapman who served the parish faithfully and well until his death in September. 1939. Father Chapman said the first Masses in a tent on the parish grounds with about 35-40 people in attendance.

Late in 1924 the south half of the basement of the present Church was opened for Masses while construction of the basement continued. The basement Church was completed in 1927 and Masses were heard regularly until the Church building was completed in 1934. The basement was then converted into a parish hall.

Upon the death of Father Chapman, we were fortunate in securing the services of Father Jordan who is known and loved by all of us. Father Jordan's history included the following: Ordained - 1913; Assistant at River Rouge 1913-1918; Pastor at Charlotte and Missions 1918-1919; Pastor at Hastings 1919-1929; Pastor of St. Mary's Adrian 1929-1940; Pastor at Epiphany , June 1940.

Father Jordan has three capable assistants in Father Edward O-Reilly who came to us form St. Cecilia's, Father William Sherzer who served at St. Theresa's, and Father Gerald Flanigan whose service at Epiphany is his first appointment.

Our school opened on September 7, 1926 with an enrollment of 225 pupils. The faculty numbered four Sisters: Sister M. Ethel, Sister Francis Albert, Sister Agnes Leo, and Sister Muriel. The Principal was Sister Marie Benedict. All the sisters are Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In 1952 we have a staff of fifteen teachers; fourteen Sisters and a lay teacher Mrs. Maloney. The Principal is Sister M. Rosaria and the present enrollment is 765 pupils.

The convent is two units, the first unit built in 1928 and the second in 1936.

The original rectory was located at 9881 Mendota, then 9903 Mendota until the present Rectory was completed in July, 1949.

Our new church will complete the parish plant. The present Church will be converted into an auditorium.

Building Drive January 1953

A booklet explaining the need for a new church was published January, 1953. The Campaign Committee illustrated the booklet with an artist rendering of the proposed new church. On the left side of the church is the Baptistery. The right side enclosed the stairway to the choir. The booklet contained a list of Sacred and Other Furnishing. The price of each item is listed- and parishioners were encouraged to pledge to fund the furnishings. It was further explained the listed price of the GIFT included a percentage of the cost of the church's superstructure. The book can be read in it's entirety:

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Mrs. Brady's Seventh Grade Cookbook Project

During the fall of 1962, Mrs. Brady had the class write a cookbook. Long before there were computers to do layouts - we set out to design a book to give to our mothers for Christmas.
The boys and girls were separated in 7th and 8th grade. So, this was an all girls classroom- and we were in our third year with Mrs. Brady. She had also taught us in 3rd grade (in the portable) and 5th grade.

My book is covered with contact paper and held together with two loose leaf style rings.
Shown here are the recipes that Mary, Sharon, Judy and I contributed.

Mary's Thumb Print Cookies p. 34
Sharon's Tuna burger (great for meatless Fridays) p. 22
Judy's Pepper Steak p. 12
Ceil's Whirligig Cookies p. 33

The complete index and the student contributors:

1. Pineapple Delight - Karen Chester
2. Cranberry Souffle - Barbara Selasky
3. Lime Pineapple - Kathy Ryan
4. Mixed Bean - Janet Jakeway
5. Pineapple Cheese - Janet Jakeway
6. Potato Salad - Patricia Donally

Meat Dishes
7. Quick Spanish Ham - Marilyn Marshall
8. Fancy Hamburgers - Paula Outland
9. Hungarian Goulash - Lorraine Deyo
10. Macaroni and Ground Beef - Diane Gerou
11. Pigs in a Blanket - Celeste Groen
12. Pepper Steak - Judy Weiszer
13. Bar B Q Lamb Shanks - Patty Smith
14. Bar B Q Spare Ribs - Kathy Guy
15. Corn Crisp Chicken - Suzanne Garza
15. Company Chicken and Potatoes -
16. Mary Ellen's Delight - Marilyn Walker
17. Veal Parmesan - Mary Anne Nagorson
18. Italian Style Tomato Sauce - Kathy Kurta
19. Escalloped Potatoes -
19. Hot Dogs and Cheese - Marilyn Boroswski
20. Hamburg Casserole - Wilma St. Onge
21. Spaghetti Italian Style - Jo Anne Reinhart
21. Sloppy Joes - Karen Prager
22. Tuna Burgers - Sharon Ciak
23. Salmon Loaf - Mary Kay Actkinson

24. Orange Layer Cake - Theresa Mamo

25. Wacky Cake-
26. Burnt Sugar Cake - Cheryl Smith
27. Mix Quick Cake - Suzanne Noble
28. Instant Pudding Cake - Roseanne White
29. Hot Fudge Sunday Cake - Rosemary Cierpilowski
30. Pineapple Nut Torte - Margaret Lach
31. Lemon Pudding - Linda Lockman
32. Chocolate Cake - Deborah McLaren
33. Whirligig Cookies - Cecile Wendt
34. Thumb Print Cookies - Mary Bianconi
35. Apple Crisp - Barbara Marriott
36. Cream Puffs - Laura Toth
37. English Toffee - Kathy Maher
38. Banana Nut Bread - Cheryl Ratigan
39. Custard Bread Pudding - Linda Kowalski
40. Cream Pie- Variations - Connie Doolittle
41. Nut Bread - Patrice Borland
42. Nusinphiffen - Judy Cerwinski
43. Four Way Christmas Fudge - Cynthia Borsak
44. Fruit Bars - Virgina Connor
45. Graham Cracker Crust - Janice Cantelon


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