About St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services

St. Aloysius Community Center had its beginning with the arrival of the Franciscan friars in 1992. Encouraged by Archbishop Vigneron, the Friars are dedicated to following Jesus by living and working among the poor through the community of St. Aloysius Parish.

We are situated in a widely diverse area of downtown Detroit. We work with all of the people in the neighborhood to address needs of companionship, food, clothing, and emergency

shelter. We also focus on the critical needs of the tenants of many low-income housing buildings in the area. Our parish nurse works to address  health and

wholeness issues within our community-at-large. After the closing of our Community Center a few years ago, we are now attempting to provide all of these services in a smaller fashion—on the streets and in the community housing areas. This ad gentes style of ministry means we are now more focused on going to the people, rather than them coming to us.

St. Aloysius is often called Everybody’s Church; so today we focus on taking the church to the people.

Wheels of Warmth

A brief documentary by Mandi Wright tells the story of the bicycle cart street ministry of St Aloysius Parish. Volunteers load up old fashioned  three wheeled bicycle carts with warm food and drinks, as well as seasonal clothing which they distribute to the poor and homeless on the streets of downtown Detroit.

  • Mass Schedule

    Mass 12:15 PM

    Reconciliation 4:15-4:45 PM
    Mass 5:00 PM

    Mass 10:30 AM

Neighborhood Services Donation Gift Cards

So often we wonder what we can give to that special person who always says they do not need another gift. We all know them... They’re happy with what they have and do not need anything else.

St. Aloysius offers you an opportunity to make a donation to our Neighborhood Services in the name of that special someone.

Select the photograph you’d like on your card from the Donation Card Order Form, then send the completed form along with a check made out to St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services. We will produce a personalized gift card of your choice, indicating the amount you donated in their name and in honor of the event you want to celebrate for them.

Your gift will be used by the Neighborhood Services staff and volunteers of St. Aloysius in downtown Detroit to help the homeless and low income seniors in the community with food, water, coffee, seasonal clothing,companionship and referral services to those on the streets, plus they prepare and serve breakfast to seniors  five days a week in an atmosphere of love

A donation to the St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services in the amount of $________

has been made in your name in honor of your (Occasion) by (Your Name)

This gift will be used by the Neighborhood Services staff and volunteers of St. Aloysius in downtown Detroit to present to the homeless and low income seniors in the community.

St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services provides food, water, seasonal clothing, coffee, companionship, and referral services to those on the streets. They also prepare and serve breakfast five days a week to seniors in an atmosphere of friendliness and care, and deliver much needed groceries directly to the homes of low income seniors.

St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services changes lives to those who need to know God’s love so desperately. I hope that you will feel honored by this precious gift made in your name.

and care, as well as delivering groceries directly to the homes of low income seniors.

Each Donation Gift Card features a 5.3 x 3.7 inch photograph with Jesus’ command from the Gospel of John, 13:34, where He exhorts us to love one another as Jesus loves. The inside of each card is noted with the amount and your name, plus a note about the works of St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services.

These Donation Gift Cards help us to serve those who need it most, while providing an opportunity for you to express your love to that special person in honor of their special occasion or holiday.

Help us to help those in need. Get a Donation Gift Card today.

Help St. Al’s when you Shop at

GFS Marketplace

The Neighborhood Services ministries is participating in a program with Gordon Food Service to receive a rebate of up to 10% rebate each quarter when you sign up for the St. Al’s/GFS FunFunds program. Fun Funds is a year-round rebate program; membership is free, and member purchases are applied toward the rebate.

Click to start your membership to benefit St. Aloysius.All participants will receive a St. Aloysius donation voucher worth $10.00 with the purchase of $50.00 or more from any GFS Marketplace.

Over 1,000 items in GFS stores are specifically labeled for the Fun Funds program, but everyday items are also eligible. Participants also receive money saving coupons and other incentives.

Please take a few moments to get your card today, and remember to use it every time you shop at GFS Marketplace stores!

Help has many forms.

Money is just one way to help. If you have a talent, a trade, a passion, or  even some spare time to give, why not  volunteer today?

Canticle Café Productions

Canticle Café Coffee

Repackaged Fair Trade Certified coffees sold at a price of $10.00 for each 12 oz. bag of coffee. It is packaged as Regular, French Roast, and Decaffeinated coffees, both ground or whole bean.

Friars Light Candles

Premium candles made from used church candles. Each 16 oz. Friars Light beeswax candle sells for $10.00.

Friar Bites Dog Biscuits

Produced under Michigan Commercial Feed Manufacturer’s License No. 5207.

Bird Houses

Produced in two sizes from scrap lumber.

Canticle Café Productions is a ministry of St Aloysius using the talents and resources of volunteers to produce goods for sale to help fund the outreach ministries of the parish. As an offshoot of the former Cantlcle Café, Canticle Café Productions has produced and sold goods that are an expression of Franciscan spirituality since 2008.

The original Canticle Café setting was used as a serving model for the Warming Center of St. Aloysius community. As a means of fundraising for the Center, Fair Trade coffee was repackaged and sold under the Canticle Café brand.

Eventually, volunteers began collecting old church candles and remodeled them

into today’s Friars Light candles. As speakers visited parishes and other venues to present the outreach ministries of St. Aloysius, they would take coffee and candles to seek donations at a suggested amount of $10.00 each.

Over time, production of Christmas baskets, T-shirts and mosaics became part of the production processes, and a significant number of donations were received.

Today, a new version of the popular Friar Bites dog biscuits is also being produced, and we are currently producing wooden bird houses from scrap lumber. The houses are decorated by volunteers. Production of all items takes place in the

lower rooms of the Felician Convent at St. Josaphat Parish on Canfield Street in Detroit.

Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, the Canticle Café Production ministry is capable of generating about $40,000 net profit annually.

Marketing these products has essentially been by word of mouth and presentations at various parishes, organizations and schools throughout the Detroit metropolitan area, and a foray into direct marketing Friar Light candles in a small catalog from a Benedictine monastery in New York.


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Detroit, Michigan 48226


Fr. Loren Thomas Connell, OFM, Pastor


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