The final tally is 82 parishes/masses that I made it to in 2017. 58 of those were in the Diocese of Cleveland, the rest were in Detroit and then a few in cities that I was visiting including East Lansing, Notre Dame, Elkhart, Sanibel, D.C., and Toledo. Of course, I went to daily mass more than 82 times in the year, but only blogged about 82 of the experiences.
In talking to some friends just yesterday about the DMP, they remarked that it was amazing that I could remember details about each one. They asked how was I able to retain all of that information. I responded that it helped that I wrote it all down. But the best memories I didn’t really need to write down, but I’m glad I did! From meeting Henry the hugger at St. Jude’s in Elyria, to crashing a wedding with my friend Kristen at Sweetest Heart of Mary, to finding out that I heard one of the last homilies given by Fr. Dunphy at St. Martin of Tours, and witnessing my friend’s Fr. Jim and Fr. Anthony say their first masses as newly ordained priests, this was quite the year and quite the project. And it’s one I’m happy to continue for as long as I’m able.
I took it upon myself to make a little Wrap-Up/Best of the Best post. I’m sure those who have visited other parishes will have a different opinion on my “awards” and to those people I will say, “My blog, my rules.” 🙂
Top 3 Holy Moments:
On the day I was leaving to move to Plymouth, my dear friend Fr. Jim gave me a blessing in front of the whole congregation.
Thankfully I was able to record a good portion of it. I get the goosebumps listening to it. These young girls did so well. I would bet they will grow up to be gifted cantors.
3. St Hugo of the Hills – Bloomfield Hills, MI– Witnessing the Renewal of Vows of Dolores and Raymond, two people I’ve never met. But what a beautiful witness of 50 years of marriage!
All 4 stanzas and every single one sung with the same enthusiasm as the first. And this is coming from not only the choir, but the congregation. No one left early. My all-time favorite singing moment.
I don’t know if anyone ever notices the chalice and the ciborium but I’m telling you, if you would have seen these at Holy Martyrs, you’d be impressed. You’ll have to take my word for it.
Best Homily Reflection:
Best Exterior Design:
Best Interior Design:
Category – Chapel – Holy Angels – Bainbridge
Category – Worship Space – St. Michael – Independence
Category – Stations of the Cross (Indoors) – St. Martin of Tours – Valley City
Category – Stations of the Cross (Outdoors) – Malvern Retreat Center – Malvern, PA
Category – Baptismal Font – Resurrection – Solon
Category – Best Use of Stained Glass – Assumption – Broadview Heights
Category – Best Stained Glass Design – St. Sebastian – Akron
Category – Best Use of a Small Space – St. Patrick- (Bridge Ave) – Cleveland
Category – Best Sanctuary – Communion of Saints – University Heights
Category – Most “Awe”-some Crucifix – St. Albert the Great – North Royalton
Best Small Town Feel:
The Church I Wish Was In My Backyard:
The Once-In-A-Lifetime Mass:
The One Where I Felt Closest to God:
There you have it! DMP 2017 wrapped up and now we are on to 2018.
I’ll be attending the churches of all churches as I travel to the Holy Land for EASTER. It’s going to be life-changing, no doubt.
As for the future, I’m so excited to continue on this little project of mine here in Detroit. But CLE will always be my home. I do plan on making frequent visits back so I can check a few more parishes off the list.