The Spirit of Christmas

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

Wigilia, Oplatki, Uszka and so much more

Joan Bittner, co-owner of the Polish Art Center in Hamtramck, holds a book on Polish Christmas traditions inside the shop, which sells items and fixings for celebrating the holiday, including Oplatki wafers and items to prepare the Wigilia meal on Christmas Eve.Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic

Southeast Michigan a bastion for Polish Christmas and Advent traditions HAMTRAMCK — Holiday traditions and rituals are a vital part of each family’s Christmas celebration. When celebrating the birth of Jesus, many Catholic families have their own customs passed down for centuries through the generations, and this is especially true for southeast Michigan’s Polish families.…

Silent St. Joseph speaks volumes with his faithfulness, says retreat leader

Retreat participants read prayers to St. Joseph as part of an Advent reflection Dec. 3 at the Mary Reparatrix Retreat House in Riverview.Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic

Carpenter, foster father of Jesus focus of Advent reflection RIVERVIEW — “Joseph doesn’t speak; he just listens and does what God asks of him.” On Dec. 3, Mary Reparatrix Retreat House director Denise LaPorte and 24 participants took the time to reflect on St. Joseph’s role in the Advent story, and how he can serve…

St. Sebastian multiplies Christmas joy with Nativity scene showcase

A few of the more than 80 different Nativity sets displayed during St. Sebastian Parish's "No Room at the Inn" showcase, which this year was Dec. 5-6.Photos courtesy of St. Sebastian Parish

Dozens of sets on display during parish’s annual ‘No Room at the Inn’ event DEARBORN HEIGHTS — It’s one of the most iconic images in the Christmas story: Jesus Christ, the son of God, being born in a humble manger, surrounded by hay and animals. Across the world, families celebrate Jesus’ humble beginning with Nativity…