Here at St. Patrick Catholic Church of White Lake, we seek to create a vibrant community life for our Parishioners. We are so fortunate to have so many people willing and eager to give generously of their time, talent and treasures in order to be of service to others within the Parish, the larger community and the world. We are so glad you have found your way here and we look forward to the day we are able to meet you in person.
We, the St. Patrick Parish of White Lake, are a Catholic faith community that celebrates Life in Christ. As we are nourished and led by the Holy Spirit, our common Baptismal mission is: to evangelize; to proclaim and to teach the Word of God; to praise and to worship God in Word and Sacrament; and to live His Word through loving service to ALL people. On this active faith journey, we are called to be disciples who affirm, heal and forgive in the love of Christ. Amen.
Since March of 1834 when the first eight settlers arrived in this area, the needs of the Catholic Community have continued to grow and expand.
The little white chapel was built in 1840 by Irish immigrants. It is believed to be the oldest existing frame Catholic Church building in the Lower Peninsula.
By 1870 as the community grew, the structure became too small and members traveled to Pontiac and Milford for services.
After World War I, Detroiters began to come to this area for summer vacations. The little chapel was reopened after a cement block foundation and electric lights were added. Priests came from Pontiac to say Mass during the summer months. The first 40 arrivals would squeeze into the chapel and the others stood and knelt outside in the adjacent cemetery. In 1948, the chapel was proclaimed "St. Patrick's Chapel" when Cardinal Edward Mooney, Bishop of Detroit, established St. Patrick Parish.
In 1950, St. Patrick Catholic Church held services in its first church which was moved to Union Lake from Detroit in five sections. St. Scholastica's Parish in Detroit had planned to build a new church and it's old structure was dismantled and trucked to Hutchins Road and reassembled.
On September 6, 1965, ground was broken for the existing church. The new church was dedicated by Cardinal John Dearden on December 13, 1966. St. Patrick School was established in 1956. The office building, adjacent to the church, was dedicated in 1978. The William and Myrtle Hess Center for Education was built in 1986 and dedicated on August 24, 1986 by Archbishop Edmund C. Szoka.
The members of our organizations are such a gift to our community and we are so grateful for all that they do to build community, share the Gospel, and give back to those who need it most.
Men's Fellowship Group
St. Patrick Catholic Church offers a comprehensive Faith Formation ministry. We are committed to equipping people to live as disciples of Jesus. This is a simple mission set forth from Jesus Himself. "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)
Our Faith Formation program focuses both on youth and adults.
Our youth formation is carried out through our Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs, offering the following:
Grades Preschool-5th grade (traditional faith formation/religious education)
Vacation Bible School
Our adult faith formation program, also called RCIA or Rite of Catholic Initiation of Adults, is a process for those over age 7 who are: unbaptized, baptized in another denomination but considering joining the Catholic faith, baptized Catholics who have not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or First Eucharist, or those wanting to learn more about our Catholic faith.
Whether you are new to the area, are returning to the Church after an extended absence or are considering joining the Catholic faith, we are so glad you found your way to our website and look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have.
"The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments" (CCC 1113).
While we believe that human life is infused with the Sacramental goodness of God, the Catholic Church has defined seven Sacraments instituted by and through the life of Jesus Christ:
Anointing of the Sick
It is through the experience of the sacramental ritual that we are infused with God's grace. The Sacraments nourish and strengthen us as they express and build up our faith.
It is through the experience of the Sacramental ritual that we are infused with God's grace. The Sacraments nourish and strengthen us as they express and build up our faith.
At St. Patrick Catholic School, our mission is to provide an exceptional educational experience built upon faith, academics and service, within a Catholic community that exemplifies the teachings of Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in learning more about the excellent educational opportunities we have available for your child or children please click here for more information.
St. Patrick Parish is proud to offer our parish-sponsored Athletic Program, the St. Patrick Athletic Association (SPAA).
SPAA is part of the Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Athletics and is a parish-based program that is dedicated to the development of youth as a student athlete encouraging them to express Catholic values, sportsmanship and fair play that leads to a positive athletic experience.
The Catholic Youth Organization offers sport opportunities from 5th-8th grade youth. Click here for more information.
If you represent a group at St. Patrick and have an approved event planned, please complete this form. It is imperative that we have as much detail surrounding the logistics of your event for planning purposes.
Once the form is complete, the department lead will be in touch.
Note: if you are getting married at St. Patrick, do not complete this form. You must meet with the Pastor for all marriage planning.
Thank you for your cooperation.
If you or your group are hosting/managing an event held at St. Patrick, this form MUST be completed at least two weeks prior to your event.
Masses at St. Patrick Catholic Church have resumed as of May 23. Please see our new social distancing guidelines for your safe return to Mass.
Tuesday: 11:00 am
Wednesday: 8:00 am
Thursday: 8:00 am
Friday: 8:00 am
Saturday: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
Please note: Mass protocol will be different, as we are still under restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the social distancing guidelines for Mass before returning. We ask for your patience and understanding during this transition period.
Stewardship is based on the fact that all that we have and all that we are comes from God. We commit ourselves to stewardship as a way of thanking God for all His blessings; returning to Him a portion of the time, talent and treasure He has allowed to us:
Time: each week, we choose what will be done with the hours we have available to us. Good stewardship of time means we will share some of that time with God in prayer, praise and thanksgiving, and some time caring for the needs of others.
Talent: every person has a flair for something. Good stewardship of talent means we identify our talents and use them to glorify God and to help other people.
Treasure: we all bring some kind of revenue to our households. Good stewardship of treasure means we intentionally plan to donate a percentage of our income to the Church and other charities.
Through the efforts of dedicated parishioners and staff members alike, St. Patrick Catholic Church is able to offer members of its faith community a variety of services and support, as well as the means with which to be of greater service to members in need. Parishioners interested in participating in any of the Parish ministry groups should contact the Parish Office at 248-698-3100 or by emailing [email protected]
"Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay; give new courage to your people who trust in your live. By your coming, raise us to the joy of your Kingdom, where you live and reign with the Father and the holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen."
The worship department includes:
Christian Service provides the opportunities for the parishioners to live out their faith through actions exemplifying the Corporal Works of Mercy and Catholic Social Teaching. We are committed to the philosophy that ministry transforms the heart of the one who serves while transforming the lives of those who are served.
Christian Services is an invaluable part of our Parish community. They help coordinate so many wonderful ministries to help those in our community. Please visit our Christian Services page to learn more about all of the incredible ways the love of Christ is being shared and to find out how you can give back.
We are so blessed to have such a wonderful music ministry here at St. Patrick. Our Masses feature a variety of music, from traditional to contemporary, with an array of instruments and voices. If you are interested in joining our music ministry or are just interested in learning more, please click here for more information.