Information | Parish History

 

The History of
Blessed Trinity Catholic Church

 

Our history begins with folding chairs, fundraisers, and families who find each other in Frankenmuth, Michigan, a strong German Lutheran community in the Saginaw Valley of mid-Michigan.  In 1967, the idea of establishing a Catholic Church in Frankenmuth gained momentum from the hard work and generosity of a small group of Catholics, their strong faith and the hospitality of local leaders. Today Blessed Trinity is a vibrant parish with membership that spans three generations.

The founding 45 families met in the local high school gymnasium for the first Mass on April 23, 1967, establishing Blessed Trinity as a mission of neighboring St. Christopher’s Church in Bridgeport. Later that summer, members purchased 7.5 acres of picturesque land on Tuscola Road, marking it as the future site of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. The location of Sunday Mass moved in 1969, when members of the Frankenmuth United Methodist Church agreed to share their new social hall. That generous arrangement continued for the next seven years but the goodwill and covenant established between the two churches endures to this day. The Catholics and Methodists in Frankenmuth still share Lenten Services and Summer Bible School.

 

Following a successful fundraising drive, groundbreaking for Blessed Trinity’s own church building took place in the summer of 1974. Construction included the church, sacristy, offices, and a social hall that could be converted into eight classrooms for religious education. Father Charles Keho celebrated the first Mass on April 11, 1976.

 

Parish life thrived as the membership and local community grew. The church, under the leadership of six different pastors, established itself as a parish with meaningful liturgies enhanced by prayerful music. Various parish groups sponsored religious and social events for adults and teens, expanded faith formation offerings for children, and volunteered for community events including the annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. Blessed Trinity established the tradition of contributing a percentage of its annual collection to a wide array of worthy organizations that help the larger community, including Saginaw’s Rescue Mission and Eastside Soup Kitchen.

 

The church complex expanded eastward in 1993 to include six permanent classrooms, a parish library, offices and additional seating. Then, at the turn of the century, the parish took on a five-year expansion project that resulted in the building of a new church to the south of the original structure. The original church was remodeled to include a large gathering space, classrooms, youth ministries area, administrative offices and storage. Father Fred Kawka celebrated the first Mass in the new church on Sunday, Nov.14, 2004.

 

Father Robert Byrne is the current pastor. Recent activities include Bible sharing groups, a Book Club and the establishment of a Parish Cemetery. The church is actively participating in a diocesan-wide effort of “Planning Tomorrow’s Parishes” to ensure that Blessed Trinity and its neighboring parishes can operate effectively and efficiently in the future.

 

Blessed Trinity Pastors

Father Joseph Favara   April – Sept. 1967
Father Chester Pilarski 1967-1970
Father Kenneth Lerczak 1970-1973
Father Charles Keho 1973-1979
Father Chester Pilarski 1979-1986
Father William Taylor 1986-1995
Father Fred Kawka 1995-2007
Father Robert Byrne 2007-Present