May flowers, concerts and more: Things to do in the Archdiocese of Detroit in May

Catholics carry a statue of Mary through the streets of Greektown last year. Devotions to Mary are common throughout the month of May. (Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

DETROIT — April showers bring May flowers, crownings, concerts and more. Here is a list of Catholic events in the Archdiocese of Detroit during the month of May.

Livestream Rosary with Bishop Fisher (Wednesday, May 4)

The faithful are invited to join Auxiliary Bishop Robert Fisher at 7 p.m. on May 4 as he leads the faithful in praying the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary. The livestream can be found on the Archdiocese of Detroit's Facebook page and on the archdiocesan website.

May Crowning at Shrine (Saturday, May 7)
(National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak)

Join the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica as the faithful honor the Blessed Mother during the month of May. The basilica's May crowning will take place during the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, May 7.

May crownings will also take place at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit. For other parish times, visit their websites or call the parish office.

The Detroit Children’s Choir Spring Concert (Wednesday, May 11)
(Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church, Detroit)

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Detroit Children’s Choir will host a live concert featuring 200 youth from six Detroit Public Schools and the Saturday civic choir representing children from the tri-county area. The choir will be accompanied by a live band and joined by professional artists including award-winning vocalist Gwenn Foxx and Detroit rapper and lyricist Curtis Bates. Tours of the church will be offered before the concert starting at 5:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free of charge.

The Joshua Chorale Mozart Vespers Concert (Friday, May 13)
(Wintergarden, Renaissance Center, Detroit)

Join the Josua Chorale, a local community choir, for an evening of Mozart on the Detroit Riverfront, featuring the Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. The choir performs sacred choral music only in uncommon spaces such as malls, college campuses and metropolitan environments. Tickets are available for $50 at the Joshua Chorale website. A reception will follow the performance, hosted by Andiamo.

St. Charles Lwanga 100+50 Anniversary Celebration (Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15)
(St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Detroit)

Join St. Charles Lwanga Parish for a three-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of St. Cecilia Church, as well as Fr. Ted Parker’s 50th anniversary of his ordination. To commemorate this honor, the church will host a series of events May 13, May 14 and May 15. A formal gala will take place Saturday, May 14, at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit with an exquisite meal, a commemorative display of the church’s history, a live and silent auction, dancing, entertainment and raffle tickets open to all.

The next day, Sunday, May 15, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will celebrate a special anniversary Mass at St. Charles Lwanga (formerly St. Cecilia Church) at 10 a.m., followed by refreshments and fellowship. St. Charles Lwanga is at 10400 Stoepel, Detroit. Visit the parish website for more information.

Pro-life Apologetics on Tap (Saturday, May 14)
(St. John Fisher, Auburn Hills)

Join Young Professionals for Life for their upcoming event featuring nationally renowned pro-life activist and speaker Monica Miller, Ph.D. Enjoy beer or wine while listening as Miller shares her experience as a pro-life activist followed by a Q&A session and social time. The event is open to young adults in their 20s and 30s.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door and include event entry, hors do’oeuvres and three drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Venmo — send payment to @YPL-Detroit and include your email and the names of the people attending. All of the proceeds from the event will go to YPL’s fund for mothers in crisis pregnancies.

St. Matthew Organ Dedication (Sunday, May 15)
(St. Matthew Catholic Church, Detroit)

St. Matthew Catholic Church is hosting a dedication concert for its newly restored Wicks organ on Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m. The organ, christened “Opus 3529,” was originally installed in 1955 by Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Ill., and has served faithfully at St. Matthew’s for the last 66 years. Now, it is being presented again to the local Detroit community in restored and upgraded condition for a concert, free of charge. The event will feature renowned local organists, and the organ will be blessed by St. Matthew’s pastor, Fr. Duane Novelly.

St. Matthew is located at 6021 Whittier Ave., Detroit. More information can be found on the St. Matthew Parish website.

Live at the Basilica: 'Faith of Our Founding Fathers' (Wednesday, May 18)
(National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak)

All are welcome to attend another installment in the "Live at the Basilica" monthly speaker series sponsored by the Catholic Foundation of Michigan and Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services. May’s speaker is the Honorable Justice Brian Zahra, who has served on the Michigan Supreme Court since 2011. The event will take place at 7 p.m. The basilica is at 2100 12 Mile Road, Royal Oak.

St. Paul of Tarsus 'Baby Shower' (Saturday, May 21)
(St. Paul of Tarsus Parish, Clinton Township)

You’re invited to a baby shower for the benefit of Abigayle Ministries, a Christian residential ministry for pregnant women and their children. Family members and friends are welcome! The shower will take place at St. Paul of Tarsus Parish's social hall Saturday, May 21, from noon to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the St. Paul of Tarsus Women of Faith and Respect Life Ministry. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served. Please RSVP no later than May 7 to Mary Fiorani at [email protected]. St. Paul of Tarsus Parish is at 41300 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township.

Young Adult Discernment Retreat (Friday, May 20 - Saturday, May 21)
(Capuchin Retreat Center, Washington)

Capuchin Retreat is hosting a discernment retreat for young adults ages 18-35 to discern God’s call for their lives. Bro. Michael Joseph Groark, OFM Cap., and Sally McCuen will lead the retreat, and spiritual directors will be available for individual conversation. The cost for attendance is $60 and includes presentations and materials, three meals and overnight accommodations. To reserve a spot, call (248)-651-4826. Capuchin Retreat is at 62460 Mt. Vernon Road, Washington Township.

'Shattered' Musical (Saturday, May 21 - Sunday, May 22)
(Our Lady of Czestochowa Social Hall, Sterling Heights)

Watch "Shattered," an original musical play based on the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola and written by a team Metro Detroit young adults the weekend of Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22. The audience is invited to follow the life of St. Ignatius on his path to sainthood. Admission is free. More information about the musical and performance times can be found at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church is at 3100 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights.

Healing the Racial Divide (Sunday, May 22)
(Loyola High School, Detroit)

Come hear a diverse group of speakers and actively participate in live discussions about healing the racial divide through reconciliation, understanding, solidarity, unity and love. Isaiah "Ike" McKinnon, former Detroit police chief and deputy mayor, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers will include Frank Jackson III, Joni Scott and Imam Arif Huskic.

The event will take place Sunday, May 22, from 2-5 p.m. at Loyola High School, 15325 Pinehurst, Detroit. The event is sponsored by the Trinity Vicariate and St. Peter Claver Catholic Community. Secure parking is available on site. Refreshments are offered.

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