Bishop Cistone to Celebrate Hispanic Mass

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:49

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    WHAT: Hispanic Mass with Bishop Cistone, All are welcome
    WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
    WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
SAGINAW —The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate Mass in Spanish on Sept. 28 at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption. The Mass is an opportunity to gather together the Hispanic community and recognize the cultural richness its members bring to the local church and greater area.
Since becoming Bishop of Saginaw, Bishop Cistone has celebrated Mass in Spanish for several parish communities, as well as for migrant workers who have traveled to the diocese for the summer. “As we move forward, it is important to develop a greater awareness of, and respect for, the various cultures, histories and traditions of the people of the Diocese,” Bishop Cistone said. “We are a multicultural church.”


The upcoming Mass will include Hispanic liturgical music and a presentation of flowers before an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, to whom many Catholics of Mexican descent have a strong devotion.

“I am looking forward to the upcoming Hispanic Mass with Bishop Cistone,” said Rev. Jose Maria Cabrera, Vicar for Hispanic Ministries. “This is a wonderful occasion to recognize and celebrate the strong faith of our Hispanic people. It will be a great day for our local church.”

The most recent federal census data shows that in the 11 counties which make up the Diocese of Saginaw, the Hispanic population increased 17 percent from 2000 to 2010. Mass in Spanish is currently offered at the following parishes: St. Joseph in Saginaw, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bay City, and St. Francis of Assisi in Saginaw (at St. Anthony of Padua Church).

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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