Dear YCP Detroit Community,
Please pray for our community, as well as the world, as we collectively protect ourselves, our families, and our loved ones from the effects related to COVID-19. Due to the risk of contamination in the community the Archdiocese of Detroit has temporarily suspended public Masses and parish activities through April 6th. This information is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. The most up-to-date information from the Archdiocese may be found on the Emergency Response page of their website:
As a result, the following YCP Detroit events have been suspended until further notice:
- Executive Speaker Series featuring Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, scheduled for March 25th at the University of Detroit, Mercy
- Networking Happy Hour, scheduled for April 15th
We are excited to share that YCP is exploring virtual options as an opportunity for our community to gather using digital technology. A virtual Executive Speaker Series is currently being planned for the evening of April 1st at 8:00pm. More details to come!
At present, our next scheduled regular event will be our Executive Speaker Series featuring Tony DiSalle on April 29th. Please check back on our website and social media for the latest updates regarding this event.
Please keep the Faith of our Church, Her presbyterate, and our brothers and sisters in your prayers as we navigate through this tumultuous time of fear and uncertainty.
Live Streamed Masses in Detroit
While public Masses are suspended, the Archdiocese of Detroit has provided many resources to live-stream weekend and weekday Masses so the faithful may participate from home. Click here to access the Archdiocese's online resources.
Many Masses will be live-streamed at different times around the world. Click here to see a list of Masses scheduled around the world.
Below is a beautiful resource with 10 tips to make following along with a virtual Mass at home more meaningful:
Making an Act of Spiritual Communion
Text: My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Join Archbishop Vigneron in Invoking the Blessed Mother's Protection
During the first live-streamed Mass from the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Third Sunday of Lent, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron invited the faithful to pray the Memorare once per day to invoke the Blessed Mother's protection over our community. And, as an added bonus in the Archbishop's words: “They tell me you could even use this prayer to accompany your hand washing, because it’s about 20 seconds, which is what the doctors recommend.”
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Prayer for Our Community and Those Impacted by COVID-19
As we do our part in protecting the most vulnerable in our community, we invite you to join us in praying for healing for our community:
Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask you to guard and protect us from Coronavirus COVID-19 and all serious illnesses. For all those who have died from it, have mercy; for those that are ill now, bring healing. For those that are searching for a remedy, enlighten them; for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them. For those working to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid, grant peace. May your precious blood be our defense and salvation. By your grace, may you turn the evil of disease into moments of consolation and hope. May we always fear the contagion of sin more than any illness. We abandon ourselves to your infinite mercy. Amen.
- Pedro de la Cruz