Finding Christmas joy: Local Catholic events in the month of December

A Nativity scene is pictured at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament during Christmas Eve Mass last year. Join Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron for midnight Mass at the cathedral on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, starting at 11:30 p.m. (Detroit Catholic file photo)

DETROIT As the faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit prepare this Advent for the birth of Christ and the Christmas celebration, here are some Catholic events in southeast Michigan to help make ready our hearts and get into the Christmas spirit.

Remembrance Tree Lighting and Ornament Making (Saturday, Dec. 4)
(Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Brownstown Township)

Join Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Service for their annual tree lighting ceremony and ornament making in remembrance of loved ones who have gone before us. A lighted drive-thru will begin at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, 18303 Allen Road, Brownstown Township, and light refreshments will be served.

Another ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 25800 W 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The times and order of events will be the same.

For more information, call (313) 437-8416 or visit

Light Up Shrine! (Saturday, Dec. 4)
(National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak)

Experience the joy of Advent at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica for a great outdoor event with Christmas lights and votive candles to celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons. Beginning at 5 p.m., prayers will be offered up through a candlelight procession around the basilica, and Shrine priests will share some words of hope.

There will also be food trucks, hot chocolate and s'mores, horse-drawn sleigh rides and crafts for kids. Participants will be able to listen to the choir and are invited to go caroling in the nearby neighborhoods. Kids are encouraged to dress up in shepherd and angel costumes. There will also be a collection drive of diapers and wipes to support Mary’s Mantle.

For more information, visit Shrine’s website.

Catholic Artists' Advent Sale and Christmas Market (Wednesday, Dec. 8)
(Our Lady of the Rosary, Detroit)

To conclude the Year of St. Joseph, celebrate small Catholic businesses on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, Dec. 8, with a 7 p.m. Mass followed by an 8 p.m. Advent Market in the St. Joseph Hall of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 5930 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Under the patronage of St. Joseph, Model of Artisans, artists have been invited to bring their Catholic artwork, prints, stickers, statues, and more for patrons to purchase. More information can be found here.

Mass to Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Thursday, Dec. 9)
(Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit)

Celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, Dec. 9. Rosary prayers will begin at 5:15 p.m. followed by chants and performances at 5:45 p.m. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

A livestream is also available through the Archdiocese of Detroit's social media channels or at

Candlelight: Holiday Special featuring 'The Nutcracker' (Thursday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 10)
(Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit)

Join the Listeso String Quartet for a candlelight performance of wintertime classics from Tchaikovsky to Vivaldi at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit at 6 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. both Thursday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 10.

Tickets start at $40 for ages 10 and up. The event will be socially distanced. More information about the evening’s program and ticket purchases can be made here. The same performance will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul (Jesuit) Church in Detroit. Tickets can be purchased here.

From Generation to Generation: Finding Our Story as Women in the Genealogy of Jesus (Saturday, Dec. 11)
(St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Livonia)

St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Livonia is offering a Women’s Advent Retreat. Speaker Debbie Herbeck will present "From Generation to Generation: Finding Our Story as Women in the Genealogy of Jesus" on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Herbeck has shared with many her personal journey of faith from Judaism to Christianity and subsequent entrance into the Catholic Church. For the past 40 years, she has worked extensively in youth and women’s ministry, speaking, leading mission trips, writing, and mentoring high school and college-age women.

Registration is $10 per person, including lunch. There will be raffle drawings during the lunch break. For further information or questions, reach out Patty Breen at [email protected] or call (734) 261-1455, ext. 215.

Live at the Basilica: ‘A Holiday Recital’ (Wednesday, Dec. 15)
(National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak)

Soprano Angela Theis will perform as part of the monthly speaker series, “Live at the Basilica,” at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Theis has captivated the attention of audiences and critics alike while remaining active in her hometown Detroit area. She is featured on the 2017 David DiChiera Letters & Fantasies album and continues to be an ambassador for Michigan Opera Theatre and the music of its late founder. Theis will be accompanied by guest pianist Timothy Cheek. More information can be found on the basilica’s website.

'You're a Mean One: A Grinch Christmas Musical' (Saturday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 19)
(Madonna University, Livonia)

Make your holiday season more special than ever with "You're a Mean One: a Grinch Christmas Musical!" on Saturday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Madonna University's Kresge Hall. This 75-minute musical will have you and your whole family smiling from ear to ear as you watch the classic Grinch story unfold and listen to your favorite holiday songs.

Plan to stick around afterwards for hot cocoa and cookies, holiday shopping, and photos with Santa and the Grinch!

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $6 for children under 12 years old. Purchase tickets online at:

St. Peter Community Christmas Tree Lighting (Wednesday, Dec. 22)
(St. Peter Parish, Mt. Clemens)

St. Peter Parish, located at 95 Market St, Mt. Clemens, along with St. Mary Catholic School in Mount Clemens will host a Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

The free event will be held on the parish grounds between 5:30-7 p.m. There will be treats and refreshments. Santa will arrive on a firetruck, and the event will feature a 50/50 raffle, a bike raffle, and live Christmas music and caroling. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul also will be present if any families need last-minute assistance during the holiday season.

For further information, please contact the parish office at (586) 468-4578 or email [email protected].

O Antiphons Holy Hour (Wednesday, Dec. 22)
(Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Plymouth)

Join Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish's Schola Cantorum as they present their annual Advent evening of music and readings. Participants will be led to a deeper appreciation of the "O" Antiphons traditionally associated with Vespers of the week before Christmas, and through them, to the Christ they celebrate.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 47650 N. Territorial Drive, Plymouth. More information here.

Christmas Midnight Mass with Archbishop Vigneron (Friday, Dec. 24)
(Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit)

Join Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron for Christmas midnight Mass with a musical prelude beginning at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24. The Mass will also be available via livestream.


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