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Mass held to counter Satanic organization’s sculpture

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Parishioners and supporters gathered Saturday morning for a Holy Mass at St. Joseph Church to pray for Detroit and counter the anti-religious rhetoric of a Satanic organization which plans unveil its goat-headed Baphomet sculpture in the city tonight.

The mass, which was attended by 200 to 250 people, was followed by a Holy Hour of Reparation and Prayer for the city, said local catholic Michael Voris, who is senior executive producer for churchmilitant.com.

“It’s a show of faith. They (Satanic Temple) have a very anti-religion philosophy. It’s important for people of religion to counter that,” Voris said.

The Detroit Mass Mob recently posted a message on Facebook asking people to attend the event, the same day the Satanic Temple is expected to unveil its controversial goat-headed Baphomet sculpture at an undisclosed location in Detroit.

“It would be great if we had a large turnout on Saturday morning July 25, 2015 for the 10:00 am Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church...1828 Jay St. Detroit, Michigan,” their Face Book page states.

“On July 25, the Satanic Temple of Detroit plans to unveil a statue of a pagan idol at an undisclosed location within the city. In response, Detroit’s Mother of Divine Mercy Catholic parish will hold a Mass and Eucharistic Holy Hour on that same day in reparation and prayer for the city of Detroit.”

According to the Satanic Temple, the 1-ton, nearly 9-foot-tall bronze idol will be unveiled only in Detroit.

Ultimately, the group hopes to have it placed permanently next to a sculpture of the Ten Commandments monument now in place near a state courthouse in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or outside Arkansas’ Statehouse in Little Rock, where a Ten Commandments monument also is planned.

A prayer rally and protest against the statue is planned for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 2739 Russell Street in Detroit. It was organized by DetroitGospel.com.

JChambers@detroitnews.com