Holy Cross (Our Lady on the River Parish, Marine City)


On April 1, 1825, President John Quincy Adams granted a plot of land to Fr. Gabriel Richard. The triangular plot, exactly where the Belle River meets the St. Clair River, became identified as Catholic Point. A church, rectory, convent, and two schools have been ultimately constructed right here.


Fr. Lawrence Kilroy ministered at the parish so did  then-Fr. Frederic Baraga shortly just before he was consecrated a bishop.

The present church, the second to stand at the web-site, was constructed in 1903. 

A big crucifix and portion of the altar rail stand in what utilised to be a baptistery 1 of the windows on the front facade.

The stairs to the choir loft a set of windows in the nave.

In 2007, Holy Cross Parish merged with St. Catherine of Alexandria (est. 1894 in Algonac) and St. Mark (est. 1897 on Harsens Island). The resulting parish was named Our Lady on the River Parish.

Fr. David Bechill has been Associate Pastor for two years. He is a native of Algonac and attended St. Catherine as a kid.

Fr. Douglas Terrien, previously at Immaculate Conception in Lapeer, arrived as Pastor at the starting of July.

The conventional side altars to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, respectively.

A depiction of Matthew 14:29-31 in the north transept

St. Michael the Archangel is in the south transept

The ceiling is sky blue with thousands of gold leaf stars and gold leaf embellishments.

Numerous angels (possibly the Seven Archangels) are depicted at the prime of the apse.


Murals of the Apostles line the walls of the clerestory.

Holy Cross homes an organ that was fabricated in 1861it is 1 of the oldest American-constructed organs in Michigan.

Cardinal Mooney Higher College is positioned subsequent to the church.

Our Lady on the River Parish manages Holy Cross College, a K-eight parochial college.

The parish also maintains a cemetery a mile from the church, at the intersection of Chartier Rd. and King Rd.

For a lot more information: Our Lady on the River Parish + Cardinal Mooney Higher College
On Fr. Bechill: The Occasions Herald 
On Fr. Terrien: The Michigan Catholic + The County Press
About Holy Cross Cemetery: U.S. Gen Internet Archives
Panoramic view of the church interior: Google Street View


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