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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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Evangelization Workshops and Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:29


Evangelization Workshops and Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Woods Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

SAGINAW — Below are some of the upcoming events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw:

WHAT: Jubilee Celebration of Religious Life
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. on April 23
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
The following individuals will celebrate anniversaries: 75 years- Sister Bernardone Reining, OSC; 65 years- Sister Laurene Burns, OSC and Sister Lois Wozniak, RSM; 50 years- Sister Gail Addis, IHM, Sister Mary Lou Owczarzak, MSSp, Sister Beatrice Maria Plamondon, CSSF, and Sister Maxine Plamondon, OP.

WHAT: Bishop’s Ball
WHEN: Event opens with Sponsors Reception at 5:30 p.m., April 25
WHERE: Bishop’s Ball, Horizons Conference Center, 6200 State St., Saginaw
All are invited to attend the 2014 Bishop’s Ball. The annual event gathers together the local faith community to celebrate all that is done to continue the evangelizing mission of Jesus Christ. The Ball program includes the Bishop Murphy Award presentation, a silent auction, formal dinner, drawing of the Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan’s BIG Raffle winners and live band. Ticket information may be found on the diocesan website, Saginaw.org.

WHAT: Mass Honoring the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II
WHEN: 10 a.m. on April 27
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXII will be canonized on this day in Rome. The Mass in Saginaw will celebrate the occasion. Bishop Cistone will preside.

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