Youths carry crosses through Detroit on Good Friday, collecting prayer intentions

More than two dozen young people finished a "cross walk" through Detroit on Good Friday, ending in Campus Martius Park. The students collected prayer intentions from passersby as they went, nailing them to the crosses. (Mike Stechschulte | The Michigan Catholic)

More than two dozen young people finished a “cross walk” through Detroit on Good Friday, ending in Campus Martius Park. The students collected prayer intentions from passersby as they went and nailed them to the crosses. (Mike Stechschulte | The Michigan Catholic)

DETROIT — Walking in Christ’s footsteps, more than two dozen young people spent Good Friday morning carrying crosses through the heart of Detroit, collecting prayer requests and vowing to pray for others.

The students, many from Everest Collegiate High School in Clarkston, took up five heavy wooden crosses and walked from different parts of downtown Detroit, meeting in Campus Martius Park around noon March 25.

Yvonne Fontaine, a Regnum Christi consecrated woman who helped organize the “Holy Week mission,” said the students were spending several days downtown ministering in different ways.

“We are doing Holy Week missions all around Detroit,” Fontaine said. “Yesterday, we went and did street missions in Greektown, and we invited people into Old St. Mary’s for adoration. And then we invited them to come to Holy Week services.”

Fontaine said during the cross walk, the students asked people they met to add their prayer intentions to the cross. While some people said no, many others agreed.

After the cross walk, the students were going to help make blankets for cancer patients, Fontaine said.

The group has another full day planned for Holy Saturday. In addition to passing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the city’s homeless, the teens will volunteer at Mariners Inn and Core City Neighborhoods, which help the homeless and at-risk inner-city youths, Fontaine said.

While they’re in Detroit, the students are also attending Holy Week services at various churches, including St. Scholastica, Old St. Mary’s and the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

“We’re very excited about all these different projects to really help serve others in the community, but also to give the love of Christ in action during Holy Week,” Fontaine said. “We want to spread the faith.”