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JJ Weeks Band to Headline Catholic Youth Event set for August 2015

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:35

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JJ Weeks Band to Headline Catholic Youth Event set for August 2015

SAGINAW – JJ Weeks Band will take center stage as the musical talent during the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw’s Mid-Michigan Youth Faith Exchange (MYE Faith), set for August 2015. JJ Weeks Band performed at Rock the Island Festival in Saginaw this past July. The group is best known for the song “Let Them See You,” which has been at the top of Billboard’s Christian charts for over 30 weeks. JJ Weeks Band is also known for songs such as “Save Us” and “Screaming Outloud,” which are featured on the soundtrack for the movie “God’s Not Dead.”

“After meeting the band this summer, I was very much impressed with their passion to share the Gospel message through their music,” said Mark Graveline, director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Saginaw. “They use music to reach out to people in their dark moments and invite the light of Christ to come into their lives. JJ Weeks Band doesn't just play music, they share a message.”

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Faithful to Honor Cardinal Hickey on Tenth Anniversary of his Death

Friday, 24 October 2014 08:05

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hickey webMembers of the diocesan faith community will come together in Midland on Friday, October 24 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of Cardinal James Hickey (photographed right giving Communion to Mother Teresa). The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate the Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Brigid of Kildare, 207 Ashman St., in Midland. To view anniversary Mass photos click here

James Aloysius Hickey was born in Midland, Mich. on Oct. 11, 1920, to James P. and Agnes Hickey. He grew up attending St. Brigid of Kildare parish and school, before entering the seminary at age 13. He studied at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Grand Rapids and Sacred Heart Seminary College in Detroit. While at seminary, he was assigned to provide pastoral care to migrant workers. This was the beginning of a lifetime of commitment to bettering the plight of immigrants.

He received his license in theology from the Catholic University of America and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saginaw on June 15, 1946. Father Hickey attended the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965 as a “theological expert” and, in 1967, Pope Paul VI appointed him as auxiliary bishop of Saginaw. In 1969, Bishop Hickey was named rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he served until 1974. He then returned to the United States as bishop of Cleveland. He was re-appointed as archbishop of Washington, D.C., in 1980 and elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 1988. Cardinal Hickey died on Oct. 24, 2004.

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