Bishop Cistone's Guitar Raises $6,000 for Charitable Fund

26120072694 ff243af573 zSAGINAW- Hundreds of guests attended the 10th annual Bishop’s Ball on April 29 at Horizon’s Conference Center in Saginaw. The evening was a joyous occasion where the local faith community celebrated all that is done to continue the evangelizing mission of Jesus Christ.

The evening included a silent auction and, this year, Bishop Cistone's guitar was one of items guests could bid on. The guitar raised $6,000. The funds will benefit a donor advised fund, administered by the Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan, in honor of the bishop's parents, the late Daniel and Josephine Cistone. The fund supports charitable causes across the Diocese of Saginaw.

During the ball, Bishop Cistone presented the Bishop Murphy Award to Olympia DeAgostino, a parishioner at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw and Marie Wrocklage, a parishioner at St. Michael Parish in Maple Grove.

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Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone and Pilgrimage to Italy Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

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

WHAT: Catholic Women’s Fellowship
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Meeting the first Wednesday of every month, women from around the diocese are invited to gather at the Center for Ministry for prayer, faith formation, discussion, and fellowship. The talk during this meeting will be given by Father Prentice Tipton, pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Clare. For more information, visit:

WHAT: Lay Ministry Commitment Ceremony
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11
WHERE: Blessed Sacrament Church, 3109 Swede Ave., Midland
All are invited to join the second year lay ministry candidates as they affirm and celebrate their call to ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. These candidates have completed two years of the four year Lay Ministry formation process and are publicly and formally stating their commitment to a more deliberate way of answering their baptismal call to follow Jesus. Each candidate will be introduced by a companion who has witnessed their developing discipleship and will then commit to the cross as they continue on their journey to serve God’s people. The Lay Ministry Formation Program is a four-year formation experience designed for lay people who wish to expand their knowledge of Scripture and Catholic theology, deepen their relationship with God, and fulfill their baptismal call by serving others. For more information, please call Kellie Deming, coordinator of lay ministry at 989.797.6609.

WHAT: Theology on Tap - Presented by Local Catholic Parishes
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12
WHERE: Trillium Banquet Center, 6415 State St., Saginaw
Theology on Tap is an opportunity for adults to explore issues and topics that relate to the Catholic faith in a fun, relaxed, setting. Several area priests and religious will be in attendance. Cash bar and pizza are available. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the pizza.

WHAT: Introduction to Christian Initiation: An Overview of the RCIA
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
All who are involved with leading Christian initiation or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), or are considering it, are invited to join Father Jim Bessert and the Diocesan RCIA Steering Committee for a day to explore essential elements of Christian initiation and, in particular, the RCIA (as well as adaptations of the RCIA and the varied issues that arise connected with the Baptism of infants and/or children). To register, contact Connie at the Center for Ministry at CLOAKING or 989.797.6607.The deadline to register is Saturday, May 7. The cost is $35 and includes lunch. Parishes interested in having the workshop live streamed to their parish via the internet may contact Stephanie Flynn at 989.797.6635 or CLOAKING . The fee for the live stream is $50. Father Bessert is the director of the Office of Liturgy for the Diocese of Saginaw and serves as sacramental minister of St. John Paul II Parish in Carrollton.

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BIG Raffle Winners Announced

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SAGINAW — The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan drew the winners of its BIG Raffle during an event at the diocesan Center for Ministry on Friday, April 22. More than 19,000 BIG Raffle tickets were sold in communities across the diocese and more than $46,000 in proceeds will immediately be distributed to participating Catholic schools and parishes. Additional proceeds will go to the St. John Neumann Catholic Education Endowment. The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan administers the endowment which provides grant dollars to programs and initiatives throughout the diocese that support the evangelizing mission of the Church. Since the first grants were presented in 2012, the foundation has distributed funds to support 39 grants. Since 2011, the Big Raffle has raised more than $380,000.

In addition to the funds raised to support evangelization projects, the BIG Raffle offers an annual opportunity to win major prizes. The following is a list of the Big Raffle’s top prizes along with the 2016 winners:

Chevrolet Spark or $10,000 cash sponsored by McDonald Chevrolet
Mike Terwilliger, Mount Pleasant, Mich.

$5,000 Home Improvement sponsored by R.C. Hendrick & Sons, Catholic Federal Credit Union
Betty Kochalka, Vassar, Mich.

Trip to Florida sponsored by Morley Companies, Inc.
John Martz, Chesaning, Mich.

Apple I-Pad sponsored by Looby Baumgarten PC
Louanne Palmer, Tuscon, Ariz.

Laptop Computer sponsored by Yeo and Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants
Noreen Leroux, Bay City, Mich.

The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan (CCFMM) is a nonprofit organization which supports the ministries of the Diocese of Saginaw and its parishes, Catholic schools, agencies and affiliated organizations.

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