YCP holds annual Advent retreat in preparation for Christmas

If there’s ever a time to put twinkling bulbs on our rooftops and bring some light to the neighborhood, it would be now. Nearing the end of a seemingly endless and exhausting year for everyone, one of the world’s most celebrated holidays is upon us. 

Christmas is a joyous time of year for millions of Christians around the world commemorating the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ, more than 2,000 years ago. In preparation for the season, faithful of the Catholic Church, the Western Rite of the Orthodox Church, Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Presbyterian and Methodist beliefs enter a monthlong period called Advent extending over the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day.  

Detroit YCP leadership team

The Young Catholic Professionals of Detroit’s leadership team, here in front of St. Anne Church in Detroit, decided to proceed with this year’s Advent retreat, observing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy Felicia Adamczyk, Director of Marketing for Detroit YCP

During these four weeks, an Advent wreath is embedded with four candles traditionally used to represent the birth of Jesus Christ.

Although things look different this year, the Detroit Chapter of Young Catholic Professionals still plans to hold its annual Advent Retreat on Dec. 12.

Each year YCP hosts two retreats, one during Lent and one during Advent, both periods of reflection leading up to their respective high holidays, and both represented by the color purple. This year’s Advent retreat is to be led by Father Andrew Mabee at St. John Fisher Chapel in Auburn Hills. 

As of midweek last week, there were no plans to postpone or make the retreat virtual. According to CDC guidelines, YCP is limiting the number of participants at pre-registration, mandating the use of masks and adhering to 6-feet distancing.  

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