The Spirit of Christmas

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

A cup of good cheer

Troy — Their website has an excerpt from the well-known Gospel story: “When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, ‘Zacchaeus, climb down from that tree and come here quickly, for today I must drink tea at your house.’” Mathew and Rachel Martino, owners of Catholici-TEA, a local Macomb-based tea business, know that’s…

Holding the fort in the war on Christmas

Local priests, religious offer advice for an authentic holiday season Metro Detroit — Amid the countless holiday television commercials, inflatable Santa Claus lawn decorations and Christmas music playing on the radio since before Black Friday, the actual reason for the season seems all but lost. However, priests and religious around Southeast Michigan are determined to…

Help in hard times: Adopt a Family brings relief to neighbors in need

Detroit — As the weather gets colder and the upcoming holidays approach, the Archdiocese of Detroit is making sure its “Adopt a Family” program is available to assist local families. Close to 200 families are helped by Adopt a Family annually, which has been administered by the archdiocese for 24 years. In the weeks leading…

Archbishop Vigneron: Where can we ‘make room’ for Christ in our lives?

Dear Friends in Christ, “[Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk. 2:7). In considering what I’d say in this Christmas message to you, my thoughts kept coming back to this passage from…