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Homily from
Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption
Dedication Mass
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Diocese and Local Parishes Host Detroit Youth for Day of Fun and Faith

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 12:01

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Young visitors from Detroit float down the Cedar River, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Gladwin, Mich.

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GLADWIN- Yesterday, local faithful, mostly youth from several parishes around the diocese, hosted nearly 20 visitors, mostly youth from Detroit. The group enjoyed a day of fun and faith including, kayaking, canoeing, community service, Mass and more.

“We are inspired by Saint John Paul II’s example of ministering to young people simply by being with them,” said Mark Graveline, coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Saginaw. “Our local parishes are united in their concern for the youth. All of the youth who joined us yesterday came from varying backgrounds. One thing we all hold in common is our friendships built upon our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is the foundation we are building upon together."

Yesterday's gathering was part of an ongoing partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit. Earlier this year, a group from the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw visited Detroit for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. They worked hand in hand with teens from the Archdiocese of Detroit as part of a continuing effort to foster opportunities for encounter among the youth. An article about the teen event in Detroit can be found here.

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Faithful Gather for Mass for Freedom

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Members of the Budd Family of Holy Family Parish, Saginaw take part in the Procession to Veterans Memorial Plaza after Mass

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SAGINAW— The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, celebrated Mass at Holy Family Church in Saginaw and led a procession to Veterans Memorial Plaza as part of the Fortnight for Freedom on Wednesday, June 28. The procession included a bagpiper and the Knights of Columbus Color Guard. A wreath was placed at the memorial and Bishop Cistone led the community in prayer. The ceremony, which honored military men and women and their families for their selfless service to the United States, concluded with "God Bless America" and "Taps."


The Fortnight for Freedom, which takes place from June 21 to July 4 is a time when the liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power. These martyrs include St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul and the first martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight focuses on the “Freedom for Mission”. Learn more about the Fortnight for Freedom here.

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