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Bishop’s Ball and New Evangelization Summit among Featured Events

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SAGINAW — Below are some of the upcoming events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw. Parishes are encouraged to share these events, as possible, in their parish bulletins.

WHAT: Chrism Mass with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate the Chrism Mass along with representatives from all of the parishes of the Diocese of Saginaw 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 will be blessed by Bishop Cistone and distributed to representatives of the parish communities within the Diocese of Saginaw. Priests from all over the diocese will concelebrate the Mass with Bishop Cistone and make a renewal of their priestly vows.

WHAT: The Catholic Women’s Fellowship- Reflections on the Easter Triduum
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
The topic for the evening will be “Entering the Holiest Days, Reflections on the Easter Triduum.” The Catholic Women’s Fellowship meets at the diocesan Center for Ministry in Saginaw on the first Wednesday of every month and will do so through May 2015. The group invites women to be “renewed, filled, and restored. Please join us for prayer and adoration, a spiritual talk, fellowship, and a chance to make new friends.” The women’s fellowship website can be found at womensfellowship.org.

WHAT: Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone in Ruth
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15
WHERE: Holy Apostles Parish, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 7115 E. Atwater Rd., Ruth
Since January 2012, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has led a Holy Hour each month in parishes across the diocese. Bishop Cistone initiated the Holy Hours to prayerfully support the work of Planning Tomorrow’s Parishes, a grassroots planning process that aims to enhance the vibrancy of future parish life.

WHAT: The Art of Biblical Narrative with Father Bill Taylor
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
This seminar looks at the literary form called Biblical narrative, which encompasses half the books in the Old Testament as well as the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament. After reviewing characteristics of biblical narrative and basic principles regarding reading it, we will look at the Joseph narrative in the Book of Genesis, the Book of Jonah, as well as selections from the Books of Kings – to see how these characteristics work out in practice and to reap the spiritual message of these narratives. Participants are requested to read Genesis 37-50 and the Book of Jonah in preparation for this offering. The cost of the seminar is $35 and includes lunch. Those with further questions may call 989-797-6607.

WHAT: Hispanic Youth Retreat
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 18
WHERE: St. Joseph Parish, 910 N. 6th Ave., Saginaw
This youth-led retreat is an awesome opportunity for high school youth to grow in faith! The retreat will be in English. All are welcome. The retreat is sponsored by the Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of Saginaw. Those seeking more information or registration may contact Veronica Strudgeon at (989) 797-6646. There is no cost to attend. Registration is available at http://www.saginaw.org/our-main-goal-loving-our-lord.html


WHAT: Mystagogia Mass with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate the Mystagogia Mass with all the new members of the Catholic Church from throughout the Diocese of Saginaw at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

WHAT: Bishop’s Ball- Featuring the Big Raffle Drawing
WHEN: Opening reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., Band at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24.
WHERE: Horizons Conference Center, 6200 State St., Saginaw
The Bishop's Ball is an annual event that celebrates the diverse ministries within the Diocese of Saginaw that continue the evangelizing mission of Jesus Christ. The evening features the presentation of the Bishop Murphy Award by Bishop Cistone to a person who, through the example of their life as a disciple of Jesus Christ, continually fulfills the mandate of the Gospel through word and deed. The ball also includes a silent auction, art auction, dinner and dancing. Parish and community leaders, parishioners and friends from the eleven counties served by the Diocese of Saginaw are encouraged to join in fellowship and fun during this annual event. The drawing of the Catholic Community Foundation's BIG Raffle will also take place at the Bishop’s Ball. Parishes and schools benefit directly from ticket sales. Programs and initiatives throughout the diocese receive assistance from grants distributed by the foundation to support the evangelizing mission of the Church. Those with further questions may call 989-799-7910. Registration forms and additional information can be found at www.saginaw.org.

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Father Bala’s Funeral Mass Monday, March 23

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Bala Paul 2009SAGINAW — The Rev. Paul W. Bala, 72, a senior priest of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Macomb McLaren Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Mich. Father Bala was born July 6, 1942 in Bay City, Mich. to the late William and Roseleen Bala. He received his elementary education at St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Bay City and his secondary education at St. Paul Seminary in Saginaw.

Father Bala continued his priestly formation at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wis., where he studied philosophy. He studied theology at St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Mich. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1969 by the Most Rev. Francis F. Reh, the third Bishop of Saginaw, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

Father Bala served as associate pastor at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Saginaw; St. Helen, Saginaw; and Blessed Sacrament, Midland. He was pastor of St. Patrick, Croswell; St. John the Evangelist, Peck; Mount Saint Joseph, Saint Louis; St. Patrick, Irishtown; St. Pancratius, Cass City; St. Mary — Our Lady of Sorrows, Port Sanilac; and St. John Chrysostom, Forestville. He served as sacramental minister at St. Agatha, Gagetown; St. Michael, Wilmont; and St. Pancratius, Cass City. Also, during his priesthood, Father Bala served as a regional vicar.

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Leading Expert on Multi-Parish Collaboration to Visit Diocese of Saginaw

Friday, 13 March 2015 10:25

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Doug Tooke, a leading national expert in multi-parish collaboration, will be coming to the Diocese of Saginaw to offer two workshops for parish leaders, who wish to collaborate in youth ministry, catechesis, Christian Service, etc.

WHAT: Building Communication and Relationships for Multi-Parish Ministry
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.
WHERE: Video-conference & the Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Doug Tooke will share steps on how to begin to build relationships between parishes so that ministry can be made even more fruitful. Two parishes will also be host sites for a live video stream of the presentation: Ave Maria Parish, St. Mary Church, Port Sanilac and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. Roch Church, Caseville. Participants can also attend via a personal computer. Online registration is required: www.saginaw.org/m-18-2015.html. Those with further questions may call 989-797-6635. There is no cost to attend this event.

WHAT: Multi Parish Ministry: Making It Work in Practical Ways
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 19
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Doug Tooke leads a practical day assisting parish leadership teams to more effectively carry out multi-parish ministry. The trend of nearby parishes collaborating in youth ministry, catechesis, Christian Service, etc. is growing rapidly throughout the country. This day will be of great help to pastors, pastoral administrators, pastoral associates and assistants, DRE's/CRE's, youth ministers, and parish Christian Service leaders as they seek to takes steps forward in multi-parish collaboration. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.saginaw.org/images/stories/PDFs/youth_ministry/RegistrationMPM-fillable.pdf.  Those with further questions may call 989-797-6639. The cost is $40 (which includes lunch), and if a parish registers five people, the fifth person attends for free.

 
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