Got free time? Check out these Catholic events in the month of October

Catholic process with the Eucharist and a statue of the Blessed Mother through the streets of Greektown, Detroit, during last year’s Rosary Coast to Coast event. The annual cross-border event, held this Sunday, brings Catholics together to pray the rosary and give public witness to the faith. (Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

DETROIT — The leaves are changing. The kids are back in school. And the events are back in full swing in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

If you find yourself with free time this month, check out some of these happenings around southeast Michigan: 

Rosary Coast to Coast (Sunday, Oct. 10)
(Greektown, Detroit)

Join Metro Detroit Catholics at Old St Mary’s Parish in Greektown for a Eucharistic procession through Greektown. Our Canadian neighbors will pray at the same time across the Detroit River at the Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens in Windsor.

The twin prayer gatherings are part of Rosary Coast to Coast, a series of rosary prayer rallies happening simultaneously across North America and in 50 countries worldwide. The Detroit event starts at 4 p.m.

Free parking adjacent to Old St Mary’s. Small U.S. flags and rosaries will be handed out while supplies last. Those who wish not to process may pray in the church. Call (313) 961-8711 for more information.

A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Economy
(Wednesday, Oct. 13)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This event has been cancelled by the organizers.

Fr. Daniel O’Sullivan will present a free talk, “A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Economy,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Parker’s Hilltop Brewery in Clarkston. 

Fr. O'Sullivan is a Detroit native and has studied at the Marianella Institute in Dublin, Ireland. He has served on special assignment at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and served as chaplain at Children’s Hospital in Detroit.

The event is part of the Catholic Order of Foresters’ Spirituality Tap-in events, which provide Catholics with opportunities to learn, grow and connect with others in a relaxed atmosphere.

Mercy in Action Day of Service (Saturday, Oct. 16)
(Multiple locations)

Parishes across the Archdiocese of Detroit will be witnessing to the power of God’s Mercy during the sixth annual Mercy in Action Service Day on Saturday, Oct. 16. 

This event, hosted by individual vicariates and parishes at multiple locations, brings together thousands of volunteers who courageously engage in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Contact your parish and see how you can get involved this year.

Michigan Catholic Women’s Conference (Saturday, Oct. 16)

Women from across Michigan are invited to come together to focus on their faith and experience the fellowship of sisterhood in Christ Jesus. 

Throughout the day, women will be encouraged and inspired to ignite their spirits and grow their faith by hearing from Catholic speakers, engaging in praise and worship music, and celebrating holy Mass with our bishops. 

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan on Oct. 16. Registration costs $65, or $55 for students and seniors.

Hispanic Women’s Conference (Saturday, Oct. 16)

Kimberly Kramar will be the keynote speaker at the 12th Hispanic Women’s Conference, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in southwest Detroit.

Kramar is the founder and director of Prayer Breakfast, a monthly evangelistic meeting that’s been held in Jalisco, Mexico, since 2007. The conference will also feature praise-and-worship music by 70 veces 7 music ministry, and Mass with Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda. 

Tickets cost $10. Register here. The theme of this year’s conference is “¡Eres la luz del mundo; enciende tu fe! / You are the light of the world.”

Listening to the Holy Spirit Mass (Sunday, Oct. 17)

As part of Pope Francis’ worldwide call for Catholics in every diocese to participate in a preparation for the Church’s Synod of Bishops for a Synodal Church in 2023, Auxiliary Bishop Gerard W. Battersby will celebrate an opening Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. 

The Mass, titled “Listening to the Holy Spirit: Opening Mass in Communion with Pope Francis” is being offered for a “synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.” All are invited.

Celebration of St. Kateri Tekakwitha (Thursday, Oct. 21)

Fr. Henry Sands, a Detroit priest serving as executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Black and Indian Mission Office, will give a keynote presentation during a daylong celebration of the ninth anniversary of the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Fr. Sands will celebrate Mass and give a presentation on St. Kateri, the first Native American saint, at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Dearborn. The event begins with Mass at 9 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. The day will include complimentary lunch, time for personal prayer, a litany to St. Kateri and Benediction. 

The celebration will also include a traveling exhibit, “Walk Among the Saints,” and a video produced by the Knights of Columbus, “Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholicism.” 

Mass for Children Lost to Miscarriage or Stillbirth
(Sunday, Oct. 24)

Join us in prayer and remembrance as Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron celebrates the Mass of Sunday, Oct. 24, to pray for the infants and children lost to miscarriage and stillbirth.

Parents and families who have suffered the loss of a child will be invited to come forward to receive a memorial rosary and a special blessing from the archbishop. There will be opportunity after Mass to inscribe the names of children lost to miscarriage and stillbirth in the memorial Book of Innocents.

Couples praying for the gift of children will also be invited up to receive prayers and a blessing. Immediately after Mass, the archbishop will bless the new memorial artwork and permanent installation of the Book of Innocents at the cathedral. For registration or additional questions, contact Nicole Joyce at [email protected] or (313) 237-5776.

‘Come, Encounter Christ!’ for Youth and Families
(Sunday, Oct. 24)
(White Lake)

An evening of dynamic preaching, amazing praise and worship music, confessions and Eucharistic adoration will take place Sunday, Oct. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish in White Lake.

“Come, Encounter Christ!” for Youth & Families is geared toward families with high school or middle school youth, but all are invited. For more information: [email protected]

28th Annual Mass for Commerce (Wednesday, Oct. 27)

Leadership styles change, but the principle of stewardship and serving others are timeless. Join the southeast Michigan business and professional community and celebrate the Eucharist in thanksgiving for Gods gifts of love and grace during the 28th annual Mass for Commerce.

Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda will celebrate the Mass at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. The Mass will also feature opportunities for professional networking and spiritual refreshment. Register at

Catholic Services Appeal Fall Gathering (Wednesday, Oct. 27)

Priests, parish staffs and business managers are invited to a Catholic Services Appeal Fall Gathering and listening session Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. 

Despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the faithful of the Archdiocese of Detroit have raised significant funds in the 2020 and 2021 Catholic Services Appeal campaigns to support more than 100 archdiocesan ministries, programs, and services.

The CSA Steering Committee invites key stakeholders and parishioners to attend gathering and listening sessions each fall to address concerns and identify opportunities for growth. This year, CSA and Families of Parishes will be topics of discussion. Please register by Oct. 21.

“Live at the Basilica” Monthly Lecture Series
(Wednesday, Oct. 27)
(Royal Oak)

Bishop Robert Reed, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston and president of the CatholicTV Network, will kick off a monthly speaker series Oct. 27 at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak.

“Live at the Basilica” is a monthly speaker series featuring a different world-renown speaker and topic each month. Bishop Reed will speak on “The Holy Eucharist, Gift of Our Dearest Friend,” starting at 7 p.m.

Future speakers will include author, speaker and Catholic psychologist Dr. Ray Guarendi (Nov. 10), soprano singer Angela Theis, who will give a holiday recital (Dec. 15), and evangelist Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries (Jan. 12).

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