Finish Lent strong: Top Catholic events in Metro Detroit in the month of April

A young girl holds a Ukrainian flag during a prayer vigil outside Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church in Warren on Feb. 24. A benefit concert to help Ukrainian refugees in Poland will take place April 3 at the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake. (Photo by Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

DETROIT — With two more weeks of Lent left, it’s not too late for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit to bolster their prayer, fasting and almsgiving before the Easter celebration. Here’s Detroit Catholic’s list of the top events in the month of April.

Lenten Fish Fry Finder (Fridays during Lent)
(Various parishes)

Catholics are required to abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent. To help Catholics in southeast Michigan find meatless meals, Detroit Catholic and the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Communications Department are again sponsoring, an easy-reference guide to fish fries and Lenten dinners sponsored by parishes, schools and Knights of Columbus councils throughout Metro Detroit.

Filter by dine-in, delivery and pickup options. Listings include menus, prices, locations and special events such as confessions, Stations of the Cross and other Lenten activities.

Relief Concert for Ukrainian Refugees (Sunday, April 3)
(Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, Orchard Lake)

The Students Aiding Ukrainians at St. Mary's Preparatory in Orchard Lake, recently organized by a group of students, is co-hosting a special concert to benefit Ukrainian refugees in Poland. The Polish Institute of Culture & Research set up a special fund, the Polish Mission — Ukrainian Relief Fund, from which donations are sent to Polish charities providing aid to the refugees from Ukraine.

The concert will feature the Lira Singers Quartet of the Lira Ensemble of Chicago. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a traditional Polish dinner in the campus dining hall for $15 (children eat free). A free will collection will be taken for Ukrainian refugee relief. The Orchard Lake School are at 3535 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake.

For more details, contact the Polish Institute of Culture & Research at [email protected] or visit

American Red Cross Blood Drive (Tuesday, April 5)
(SS. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, Detroit)

During the season of Lent, Catholics are reminded that Jesus gave his blood for mankind. In imitation of Christ’s gift, SS. Peter and Paul (Jesuit) Church in downtown Detroit is hosting a public Lenten Red Cross blood drive. Please consider donating if you’re able. Cookies and juice are available afterward for donors.

The drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the church, 438 St. Antoine St., Detroit. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Into the Depths Retreat (April 8-9)
(Companions of the Cross, Detroit)

The Companions of the Cross are leading a retreat for young adults aged 18-35 at their House of Formation in Detroit. “Into the Depths” will bring participants into a deeper intimacy with God. This retreat will include refreshments on Friday and Saturday, as well as one light breakfast and two meals for Saturday. There will be a live worship band, Eucharistic adoration, dynamic speakers, and prayer ministry.

Saturday will begin with an optional 8 a.m. Mass. The retreat will include an opportunity for confession.

Participants are encouraged to bring a prayer journal or notebook. Limited spots are available (tickets here), and limited scholarships are available for those unable to cover the cost. Face coverings are recommended. For further information, contact Matt Marin at [email protected].

Talk, Tour and Holy Hour (Saturday, April 9)
(Shrine of Jesus the Divine Mercy, Clinton Township)

Young adults (ages 20-40) are invited to reflect during this Lenten season and prepare for Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday with a visit to the recently designated Shrine of Jesus The Divine Mercy! The Women of Jesus' Merciful Passion will share the significance of Divine Mercy in our lives, give participants a tour of the shrine, and join participants for a holy hour during the Hour of Mercy. There will also be a brief break to socialize and visit the gift shop before the holy hour.

The event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The shrine is located at 33826 Beaconsfield St

Clinton Township.

The Seven Last Words of Christ (Sunday, April 10)
(St. Colette Church, Livonia)

The St. Colette adult choir will be presenting a sacred cantata, "The Seven Last Words of Christ," on Palm Sunday evening at 7 p.m. It will be sung in Latin, but a sheet with the English translation will be provided. The choir has been rehearsing for the past several weeks. Soloists will include Lauren Perugi (soprano), Brian Newlon (tenor), Andrew Langlands (baritone) and Susan Ayoub (flute). Mark Newlon will direct the choir.

There is no charge for admission. St. Colette is located at 17600 Newburgh Road, Livonia. For information, call (734) 464-4433.

Holy Thursday Chrism Mass (Thursday, April 14)
(Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit)

All are invited to the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass. This is a special Mass during which Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron blesses all of the sacred oils that priests of Archdiocese of Detroit will use this year for baptisms, confirmations and ordinations. The Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, April 14, at 10 a.m. A livestream of the Mass will be offered for those not physically present.

Priests of the Archdiocese of Detroit are invited to attend to renew their vocation promises, as well as to pick up sacred oils for use in their parishes.

Easter Vigil with Archbishop Vigneron (Saturday, April 16)
(Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit)

Enter into the power of the Resurrection with the celebration of the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 16.

This special liturgy begins in darkness at 9 p.m.; each person is provided a small candle. The liturgy continues with stunning readings through salvation history and the welcoming of new Catholics into the Church. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome.

The vigil will also be livestreamed on the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament’s Facebook page.

Divine Mercy Sunday Reflection (Sunday, April 24)
(St. Daniel Parish, Clarkston)

On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24, St. Daniel Parish in Clarkston will offer a Divine Mercy liturgy beginning at 3 p.m. Fr. Jason Brooks, LC, will lead participants in the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and preach about the saving power of Divine Mercy. Confessions will be available. Mass at 4 p.m.

A Polish dinner will be offered at 5 p.m. at $20 per plate. Polish dinner plate includes one stuffed cabbage, two perogi, sausage with onions and peppers, mashed potatoes with gravy, and salad with dressing. No walk-ins or tickets sold at the door. RSVP by April 15.

St. Daniel Parish is located at 7010 Valley Park Drive, Clarkston.

‘Revolt Against Reality’ with Gary Michuta (Tuesday, April 26)
(St. Michael the Archangel Church, Livonia)

We seem to be living in an age of insanity. Everywhere the culture appears to be twisting truth into lies and lies into truth. In his newest book, “Revolt Against Reality: Fighting the Foes of Sanity and Truth from the Serpent to the State,” bestselling Catholic author, radio host, speaker and apologist Gary Michuta unmasks the enemies of faith and reason in every age, from the Garden of Eden to yesterday’s headlines.

Michuta will discuss his timely new book in this six-part series on Tuesday evenings starting April 26 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 11441 Hubbard, Livonia. For information, call (734) 261-1455 ext. 200.

Catholic Schools Week Mass (Rescheduled) (Wednesday, April 27)
(Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit)

Teachers, students and supporters of Catholic education are invited to join Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron for a rescheduled liturgy in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

Each year, this liturgy gathers schools from across the Archdiocese of Detroit together for a celebration of Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week. Because of a weather-related event, this year’s Mass, originally scheduled for January, was postponed until Wednesday, April 27.

The Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. A livestream of the Mass will be available on the Detroit Catholic Schools Facebook Page or at

Drug Takeback Day (Saturday, April 30)
(St. Michael the Archangel Church, Sterling Heights)

As part of the Macomb Partnership for Overdose Prevention, St. Michael Catholic Community is dedicated to preventing the abuse, addiction and overdose of prescription narcotics and is committed to creating a community free of narcotic misuse and addiction. Don’t let your home (or the home of your loved ones) be a target of narcotic abuse and addiction. Be sure to store medications securely, dispose of properly and never share.

Bring all your unused/expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to St. Michael Catholic Community in Sterling Heights for Curbside Disposal on DEA National Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Curbside drop-off is available. No needles please!

St. Michael is located at 40501 Hayes Road, Sterling Heights.

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