USCCB President Says The Gospel Serves The Common Good, Not Political Agendas

With the presidential election just weeks away, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released the following video statement. The video is a follow-up to his written statement of last week which invites Catholics to take time prior to the elections to deeply reflect on the founding principles of our republic and the gospel truths. The video also directly addresses public officials in calling them to respect the rights of people to live their faith without interference from the state.

Catholics are also encouraged to take a moment to also read Forming Consciences of Faithful Citizenship, the USCCB teaching document

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Men’s Faith Sharing Night Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

men laughingAttendees laugh during the 2013 Catholic Men's Conference 

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

WHAT: “Let the Little Children Come to Me:” Mass of Remembrance for the Unborn with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18
WHERE: Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, St. Hyacinth Church, 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City
Bishop Cistone will celebrate a special Mass in remembrance of babies who have died in their mother’s womb, and to pray for parents and families who have suffered the pain of miscarriage and stillbirth. All are welcome.

WHAT: Monthly Diocesan Men’s Faith-Sharing Night: Bishop Barron’s Series on the Saints, The Pivotal Players
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Dr. Dan Osborn, Director of the Center for Ministry, will offer men of the diocese an opportunity to view Bishop Barron’s new DVD series on the saints, The Pivotal Players. There will also be time for faith-sharing in small groups after viewing the DVD. Please note: this series is not sequential; if someone cannot come on a particular Wednesday evening, they are welcome to attend on other evenings. These monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month through April, 2017, except December. No prior registration is needed.

WHAT: Divorce Recovery Series for Catholics
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 19 through February 2017
WHERE: St. Agnes Church, 300 Johnson St., Freeland
This is an 11-week DVD based program designed to offer comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings to men and women who have suffered through divorce. The coordinator of marriage and family ministry for the diocese will be present to facilitate a conversation in which participants may share their own personal experiences in response to the DVD’s. Each session features a thirty minute DVD presentation covering topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and much more. Open to anyone who needs comfort, counsel and clarity after a divorce. For more information or to register, please contact Linda Milco at the Office of Christian Service, Diocese of Saginaw, 989 797-6660 or CLOAKING . IMPORTANT: Those interested must start the series by Oct. 19, otherwise, we welcome you to the next series beginning in the fall 2017.

WHAT: The Red Mass with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20
WHERE: St. Dominic Parish, St. Stephen Church, 1310 Malzahn St., Saginaw
The Red Mass is a 30 year tradition in the Diocese of Saginaw, in collaboration with the St. Thomas More Society. Bishop Cistone will celebrate Mass with members of the legal profession and their families. The lawyers and judges present will renew their oath of office. This year's Edward J. McArdle Memorial Tribute will be awarded posthumously to Attorney John W. McGraw. The Honorable Patrick McGraw will accept his father's award on behalf of the McGraw Family. All are welcome!

WHAT: Mass of Installation into the Ministry of Acolyte for Deacon Candidates with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22
WHERE: All Saints Parish, St. James Church, 710 Columbus Ave., Bay City
Third year candidates for the permanent diaconate will be installed into the ministry of Acolyte by Bishop Cistone. Permanent deacons are ordained in the sacrament of Holy Orders to a threefold ministry of service in Charity, Word, and Liturgy.

WHAT: Our Call to Mission
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Through baptism, we are all called to mission, whether it is in our homes, parishes, work, communities, country or the world. Join us as Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS explores this call through his presentation and discussion. Cost is free for priests (including sacramental ministers and retired priests), pastoral administrators and two staff members or members of the parish; $15 for all others. To register, contact the Office of Christian Service at 989.797.6646 or at CLOAKING . The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 17 (space is limited).


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