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I spend little time on the east side of the Detroit area.  I get out there for work, but little else, and work does not take me out that way very often.  But, for some reason, I keep running across this very unique church.  I’m not one for modern architecture — I’m pretty old school.  But I am fascinated by this church probably because there are few buildings like it, churches or otherwise.  I would not call this an attractive building, but it definitely is interesting.  I could not get access to the building so I could not see the entire sanctuary, but I could see through to the altar.  The stained glass above it is lovely; beautiful use of color.

Sanctuary and altar, St. Clement Parish, Center Line, Michigan

St. Clement Parish, from Van Dyke

St. Clement, side view

St. Clement, side view

This Macomb County history website has a page dedicated to St. Clement Parish, the oldest church — body, not building — in the area.  It has some great photos and information regarding the church, both its past and present.  http://macombhistory.us/StClement/StClementChurch.html

Here’s an abbreviated history of the parish from the Archdiocese of Detroit website:

St. Clement Parish was established in 1854 to serve the Belgian, German, Polish, French and Irish Catholics who settled in the Center Line community. From its humble beginnings in a small wooden church the parish has grown to include its third church built in 1961, its second pre-K – 8 grade school built in 1953, and a historic parish cemetery. As Center Line’s oldest religious institution, St. Clement continues to serve as a place of worship, a social gathering spot, and an educational base for an ever expanding community, the community of God.

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