The Spirit of Christmas

Preparing hearts and minds for the Advent of Christ’s birth

All I want for Christmas is a scapular … and Chesterton

Catholic shops have the hard-to-find Catholic gift items DETROIT — The store may be quiet on Wednesday morning during the first week of Advent, but Amy McGuckin knows better. She knows it’s only a matter of time before a panicked shopper will be asking for a much-sought-after copy of G.K. Chesterton’s “Manalive.” But chances are, McGuckin…

Las Posadas commemorates Joseph and Mary’s search for room at the inn

Mexican tradition re-enacts Holy Family’s Bethlehem journey in days leading up to Christmas DETROIT — From Mexico City to the Motor City, every Advent, countless families gather in the streets of their neighborhood, singing and praying, commemorating Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem. This Mexican and Mexican-American tradition traces its roots back to 1587, when Augustinian…

Why the pink candle, anyway?

Sacred Heart professor explains history of Advent traditions DETROIT— Just about every Catholic is familiar with the sights and sounds of Advent. The customs and traditions have become so entrenched into the holiday that it’s almost impossible to think of a Christmas without tinsel, Advent candles or miniature manger scenes that decorate almost every family’s…

Christmas in stained glass

METRO DETROIT — Across the Archdiocese of Detroit, magnificent pieces of art and history continue to tell the story of Christmas in varied — but spectacular — fashion. This Advent season, The Michigan Catholic took a photo pilgrimage to some of Detroit’s historic churches to uncover some of these hidden gems, stained-glass windows depicting scenes of…

Local students win pro-life Christmas card design contest

Debbie Bloomfield | Special to The Michigan Catholic WYANDOTTE — Winners of the Upper Downriver Right to Life Christmas card design contest were announced Nov. 17 at the chapter’s regular meeting. The contest is divided into two age groups: grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. Cards have been printed from the winning design in each age group and…