Start the year off right: Catholic events during the month of January

Siblings Gabrielle and Gregory Taylor, parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Detroit, show the gift baskets parish volunteers made for homebound parishioners during last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This year's service day will take place Saturday, Jan. 15, in parishes across the Archdiocese of Detroit. (Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

DETROIT — Although the holiday season is winding down, there are still many opportunities to grow in faith and experience fellowship during the first month of the year. Here are Catholic events in southeast Michigan for the month of January.

Sursum Corda — Spiritual Conference and Ice Skating (Saturday, Jan. 8)
(St. Joseph Shrine, Detroit)

Sursum Corda is a nationwide initiative to foster the spiritual lives of the Catholic adults (aged 18-35) within the apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Sursum Corda is Latin for "Lift Up Your Hearts."

All are welcome to gather at St. Joseph Shrine on Saturday, Jan. 8, at noon for a spiritual conference focused on the theme, “Do you really know the meaning of the feast of the Epiphany?” After the conference, attendees are welcome to walk from the church to Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit for ice skating.

Live at the Basilica: ‘The One Who Hopes Lives Differently’ (Wednesday, Jan. 12)
(National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak)

Peter Herbeck, vice president and director of missions for Renewal Ministries, will speak at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., as part of the ongoing "Live at the Basilica" speaker series. Herbeck has been working in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the U.S., Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe for more than 30 years. He co-hosts weekly television programs "The Choices We Face" and "Crossing the Goal." Herbeck also hosts the daily radio show "Fire on the Earth."

Attendance is free. Find more information on Shrine's Facebook page.

Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day 2022 (Saturday, Jan. 15)
(Archdiocesan-wide event)

Youth ministries from across the Archdiocese of Detroit will honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by witnessing to the power of God’s mercy during the annual Martin Luther King Service Day on Saturday, Jan. 15th. This event, hosted by individual parishes and Families of Parishes and taking place at home, on site at various community organizations or on parish grounds, will mobilize hundreds of young people to serve in their communities. Check with your parish to find out how you can participate.

Mass for Justice and Peace (Monday, Jan. 17)
(Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit)

In gratitude for the life, work and example of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., all are invited to participate in Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament or via livestream to pray for peace and justice in our country and our world. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Fr. Phil Cooke, SJ.

9 Days for Life (Wednesday, Jan. 19 - Thursday, Jan 27)

As part of the Church’s commitment during the month of January to praying for an end to abortion, everyone is invited to participate in 9 Days for Life, a novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. New this year, join dioceses nationwide every day of the novena through live-streaming prayer events like Masses, Rosaries, and Holy Hours.

Mass for the Protection of the Unborn (Sunday, Jan. 23)
(Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit)

Join the Archdiocese of Detroit for an annual liturgy to pray for an end to the practice of abortion and to celebrate Christ’s victory over death. The Mass coincides with the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and is celebrated in solidarity with the thousands of pro-life witnesses who gather in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. Join us for Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament or watch the livestream at

Young Catholic Professionals Executive Speaker Series: Cherie Sammis (Wednesday, Jan. 26)
(St. Anastasia, Troy)

Join YCP Detroit for a monthly Executive Speaker Series event on Wednesday, Jan. 26, starting at 6:30 p.m. This month's speaker is Cherie Sammis, who is speaking on seeing the face of Christ in others. The event will be held at St. Anastasia Church, 4571 John R. Road, Troy, MI 48085. The event will include networking, complimentary food and beverages, confessions and an afterparty. More information here.

Sammis received her doctorate and master's in bioethics from Loyola University. She is currently the director of ethics integration for Ascension Health. Previously, Sammis was a clinical administrator for Province Hospital and then went on to be vice president for St. Mary's of Michigan until 2015.

An Evening with the Madonna University Jazz and String Ensemble (Thursday, Jan. 27)
(Madonna University, Livonia)

Join the Madonna University Jazz and String Ensemble for a free concert Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in Kresge Hall on the campus of Madonna University, 36600 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia.

It is free admission with advanced registration only. You can get your free tickets at For more information, contact Kevin Del Pup, director of instrumental music, at (734) 432-5461 or email [email protected]

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