All Saints, St. Gabriel parishes to merge

All Saints Parish, left, and St. Gabriel Parish, right, both in southwest Detroit, will merge into a single parish starting Jan. 1. The parish will be called St. Gabriel Parish.

Detroit — All Saints Parish and St. Gabriel Parish in Detroit will merge into a single parish on Jan. 1, according to a pair of decrees issued by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on Nov. 9.

The new parish will take the name of St. Gabriel Parish, and the worship site at All Saints Church will be closed.

The two predominantly Hispanic parishes in southwest Detroit have both experienced operational deficits in recent years. With the merge, “together these parishes, uniting their resources, will have the opportunity to avoid operational deficits,” the decree said.

All Saints Parish has operated at a loss for the past six years, while St. Gabriel Parish has run a deficit twice during that period.

According to the decree, another factor in the decision was the need for costly repairs at the 90-plus-year-old All Saints Church.

All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, which is operated by Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and feeds up to 200 people per day, will lease its current space “until another place is found appropriate for this important ministry,” the decree said.

All Saints Parish was founded in 1896. St. Gabriel Parish was established in 1915, and its current church building dates to 1953.