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Father Chet Pilarski's Funeral Mass to be Celebrated Tuesday, April 21

Friday, 17 April 2015 13:27

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Pilarski Chester 1997Father Chet Pilarski's Funeral Mass to be Celebrated Tuesday, April 21

A Priest of the Diocese of Saginaw for nearly 65 years, Father Pilarski will be remembered for serving many, Including Youth and the Less Fortunate

SAGINAW — The Rev. Chester J. Pilarski, a senior priest of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, died Thursday, April 16, 2015. Father Pilarski was born May 10, 1925 in Rogers City, Mich. to the late Walter and Agnes Pilarski. He received his elementary education at St. Ignatius of Loyola School in Rogers City, Mich. and his secondary and college education at St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Father Pilarski continued his priestly formation at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Mich., where he studied philosophy. He studied theology at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1950 by the Most Rev. Stephen S. Woznicki, the second Bishop of Saginaw, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

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Jail Chaplain and Devoted Community Servant, Oscar Mendoza, Named Bishop Murphy Award Winner

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 06:15

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webJail Chaplain and Devoted Community Servant, Oscar Mendoza, Named Bishop Murphy Award Winner

WHAT: Presentation of Bishop Murphy Award
WHERE: Bishop’s Ball, Horizons Conference Center at 6200 State St., Saginaw
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, April 24


SAGINAW- The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, announced that Oscar Mendoza, a parishioner at Holy Spirit Parish in Shields, will be the recipient of this year’s Bishop Murphy Award. The award recognizes the life-long commitment of individuals who share and live their Catholic faith in a way that continues the evangelizing mission of Jesus Christ. It is presented annually at the Bishop’s Ball to individuals who have given witness throughout their lives, through word and deed, to the "Good News" of the Gospel. This year’s presentation will take place on Friday, April 24 at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw.


“Oscar Mendoza is a man of humility with great compassion for stewardship, justice and living the Gospel message,” Bishop Cistone said. “His example of living a life in Christ is truly inspiring.”


For more than 20 years, Oscar has served the Diocese of Saginaw as a commissioned lay minister. At Holy Spirit Parish, he is involved with RCIA, funeral vigils, youth ministry, stewardship and parish outreach. Beyond the scope of parish ministry, he works as a chaplain for the Saginaw County Jail. He helps men reestablish themselves in the community and inspires them to become positive examples for others. He serves on the Bishop’s Hispanic Advisory, assists Little Books with Spanish translations and also offers free classes on Fridays to those with an interest in learning Spanish. He uses his bilingual capability to serve those in need overseas and travels annually to the Dominican Republic as a translator for surgeons and doctors. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Catholic Heritage Museum and a volunteer for the MYE Faith diocesan youth event. He also helps with a neighborhood festival for families living in the Cathedral district in Saginaw.

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