Bishop Cistone Encourages Catholic School Students to ‘Be the Difference’

29827935286 f96b1ef766 zSAGINAW — The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, began his fall tour of the diocese’s Catholic schools, celebrating Masses with the students, teachers, parents and grandparents. He began by thanking all those who generously support Catholic schools, and asked for God’s blessing on the year ahead. In his homily message to the young people, Bishop Cistone encouraged them to, “Be the difference” in their schools, communities and world.

“We are all called to be like Jesus in making a difference,” Bishop Cistone said. “You should do this because it will make you feel good and because our world needs your help, but most importantly because God wants us to reach out and care for one another.”

The bishop celebrated Masses this week with elementary, middle and high school students at All Saints Central in Bay City and Nouvel Catholic Central in Saginaw, as well as elementary and middle school students at St. Elizabeth Area Catholic School in Reese. He looks forward to celebrating Masses with the following school communities:

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Evensong 2016

SAGINAW- Evensong took place on Sept. 23 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Saginaw. The evening took those in attendance through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus thru scripture, song and visual arts.The prayer event included diocesan priests singing, playing guitars and piano. The video below was originally broadcast live using Facebook Live. Facebook Live requires users to record with their smartphones, which means that image quality is restricted to lower resolution. Although most viewers of the live broadcast were from the 11 counties of the diocese, viewers from as far away as Ireland and Kansas City watched and offered their real-time comments. 

Photos of the event may be viewed and downloaded here.


Lay Ministry Commissioning and Renewal Mass

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29780440625 34419e09b3 kSAGINAW- On Sept. 18, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, presided at the Lay Ministry Commissioning and Renewal Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Saginaw. The Lay Ministry Program offers deep spiritual, theological and pastoral formation for lay people so that they may be even more effective in carrying out the lay apostolate and evangelization. Lay ministry formation involves four years of learning, spiritual formation and pastoral practice before each candidate is commissioned by the bishop for parish-based lay ministry or missioned by him as a “Christian in the World.” Those interested in learning more about the Lay Ministry Program may call 989-797-6609.

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