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Catholic School Teachers Prepare for New School Year, Called Upon to be ‘Missionary Disciples’

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SAGINAW — Several Catholic schools across the Diocese of Saginaw welcomed back students on Monday, August 31. Those include: Auburn Area Catholic School in Auburn; All Saints Central Elementary and All Saints Central Middle & High School in Bay City; Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant; St. Michael School in Pinconning and Nouvel Catholic Central Elementary and Nouvel Catholic Central High School in Saginaw.

In preparation for students to return to the classroom this week and next, approximately 300 Catholic school faculty and staff gathered at the diocesan Center for Ministry last week for a day of enrichment led by Dominican Sister John Mary Fleming, executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, D.C. The day was organized by Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Saginaw, Mary Ann Deschaine.

During her address to Catholic school leaders, teachers and staff members, Sister Fleming made clear, “By virtue of your baptism, you are what the Holy Father calls ‘missionary disciples.’”

Sister Fleming went on to say that Catholic school teachers have the privilege and responsibility of witnessing the Good News of Jesus Christ to their students. Calling the teachers “agents for evangelization,” she urged those gathered to avoid compartmentalizing religion into one class during the day. Instead, she challenged them to integrate the teachings of the Faith throughout the entire day, in a way that is truly and fully Catholic.

“Integration … in the aspect of developing students’ faith life and helping them understand and keep their eye on the final goal—which is Heaven—and integration in the development as a human person — human flourishing.”

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Tenth Annual Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic and Concert Featuring Diocesan Priests Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

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Tenth Annual Bishop’s Charity Golf Classic and Concert Featuring Diocesan Priests Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

SAGINAW — Below are some of the upcoming events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw. Parishes are invited to include these events in their parish bulletins.

WHAT: Registration Remains Open for Trip to World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 20 to Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
WHERE: Philadelphia, Pa.
Registration is open to those interested in joining the group from the Diocese of Saginaw travelling to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia from Sept. 20 to Sept. 28. The trip includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Saginaw to Philadelphia, hotel accommodations, registration to attend the World Meeting of Families Congress, the Papal Mass with Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, time for sightseeing and much more. Visit www.saginaw.org for details.

WHAT: Prepare/Enrich Facilitator Training
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
The Prepare/Enrich couple assessment is one of the most widely used programs for marriage
preparation. This facilitator training will train individuals or married couples to administer a customized couple assessment, interpret the reports, provide feedback to couples, guide couples’ exercises and work more effectively with couples. This is a great opportunity to build your parish marriage preparation program. It is suitable for lay individuals, married couples or clergy. As an added bonus, this program can also be used for marriage counseling, marriage enrichment and for dating couples considering engagement. Cost is $175 per person or married couple. For more information or to register, contact Linda Milco at CLOAKING or call

WHAT: Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone in Cass City
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10
WHERE: Our Lady Consolata Parish, St. Pancratius Church, 4292 Seeger St., Cass City
Since January 2012, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has traveled to different churches throughout the diocese to lead Holy Hours before the Blessed Sacrament. The faithful are invited to join him in praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we strive to do God’s will in our local Church.

WHAT: Tony Alonso, Diocesan Priests, Steve Petrunak, and Holy Spirit Choir in Concert
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11
WHERE: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 North River Rd., Saginaw
All are invited to a concert featuring Tony Alonso, more than 12 singing priests from the Diocese of Saginaw, Steve Petrunak and the Holy Spirit Parish Choir. Tony Alonso is one of the most prominent voices in contemporary liturgical music today. He’ll be joined by the talented priests of the Diocese of Saginaw as well as Steve Petrunak, director of music at St. Blase Parish in Sterling Heights, Mich. and the gifted voices of the Holy Spirit choir. Cost for the concert is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are $5. For further information, please contact Laura Bush at 989.781.2457 or CLOAKING .

WHAT: Misa Hispana (Hispanic Mass) with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12
WHERE: The Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate the third annual Misa Hispana. All are invited to attend this celebration of the Eucharist and honor the rich traditions of the Hispanic Community. The Mass will be in Spanish with the homily in English. Immediately after the Mass, all are invited to a reception which will include a reflection to honor Blessed Óscar Romero, martyred Archbishop of San Salvador. For more information, please call Veronica Strudgeon at 989.797.6646.

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