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From Saginaw to Rome, Local Catholics will Celebrate Canonizations

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:03

SAGINAW — Catholics throughout the Diocese of Saginaw will celebrate the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on Sunday, April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, who was appointed a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 2004 (meeting in 2004 pictured below), will celebrate a special Mass in honor of the canonizations. The Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on April 27 at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw.

 “It’s a great day for the Church,” said Sister Yvonne Mary, RSM, who worked at the Vatican’s Office of the Secretary of State for 13 years while John Paul II was pope and now lives in Saginaw. “Although, I did not meet with Pope John Paul II personally, I saw him once or twice a week and even happened to run into him on more than one occasion during my work since his office was just down the hall from mine. There was such a power of love in his presence. It was as if you could touch eternity in his presence. It is such a privilege to have known a saint.”

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Bishop Cistone’s Holy Week Schedule

Bishop Cistone’s Holy Week Schedule

Bishop Cistone will celebrate the liturgies of Holy Week at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., in Saginaw. His schedule is as follows:

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • 1 p.m., Friday, April 18: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
  • 9 p.m., Saturday, April 19: Mass, The Easter Vigil
  • 10 a.m., Sunday, April 20: Mass, Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord

SAGINAW – The days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday are known as HOLY WEEK in the Catholic tradition. It is during this week that Christian people recall the Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

HOLY THURSDAY, the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper — the First Mass in the Catholic tradition — is remembered in a special way. During the Mass, Bishop Cistone will wash the feet of 12 parishioners, recalling the way Jesus washed the feet of the 12 Disciples at that meal.

On GOOD FRIDAY, the crucifixion and death of Our Lord is remembered as the faithful gather to venerate the cross and hear the Gospel account of Christ’s Passion.

The EASTER VIGIL is a joyful night-watch by Christians who have gathered to celebrate the most important feast in the life of the Church – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead. The vigil Mass begins outdoors with the blessing of the Easter fire. It is during the Vigil that more than 200 people across the diocese and thousands more around the world will join the Catholic Church as they receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist.

On EASTER SUNDAY, Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel account of the encounter of the first Christians with Our Risen Lord and his empty tomb is read during Mass.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on Feb. 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

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Chrism Mass 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:00

During the Chrism Mass today at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw, the holy oils which will be used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick were blessed by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, and distributed to representatives of the parish communities within the Diocese of Saginaw. The priests of the diocese concelebrated the Mass with Bishop Cistone and made a renewal of their priestly vows.

To view Bishop Cistone's Chrism Mass homily click here.

To view a video from Chrism Mass click here

To view photos click here. 

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