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Bishop Cistone to Celebrate Mass with the Distribution of Ashes on Ash Wednesday, Plus learn How to Strengthen the Faith of Your Grandchildren and more at Upcoming Faith Offerings

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SAGINAW — Please consider participating in one or more of the upcoming events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw. All are invited!

WHAT: Bishop Cistone Celebrates Mass on Ash Wednesday with the Distribution of Ashes
WHEN: Noon on Wednesday, March 1, the First day of Lent
WHERE: Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Andrew Church, 612 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate Mass during which he will bless the ashes and sprinkle them with holy water before the faithful come forward to receive the ashes on their foreheads. All are welcome to receive the ashes. During the Mass, all are welcome to come forward to receive the ashes as a sign of repentance and mortality.


WHAT: Rite of Election with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4
WHERE: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 3516 E. Monroe Rd., Midland
All are welcome to attend one of the two Rites of Election which take place each year during the first weekend of Lent. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will lead each Rite, formally known as The Celebration of the Rite of Election of Catechumens and The Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates Who are Preparing for Confirmation and/or Eucharist or Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.

WHAT: Rite of Election with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5
WHERE: Blessed Trinity Church, 958 E. Tuscola St., Frankenmuth
All are welcome to attend one of the two Rites of Election which take place each year during the first weekend of Lent. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will lead each Rite, formally known as The Celebration of the Rite of Election of Catechumens and The Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates Who are Preparing for Confirmation and/or Eucharist or Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.

WHAT: Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone in Midland
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9
WHERE: St. Brigid of Kildare Church, 207 Ashman St., Midland
Since January 2012, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has traveled to different churches throughout the diocese to lead Holy Hours before the Blessed Sacrament. The faithful are invited to join him in praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we strive to do God’s will in our local Church.

WHAT: Middle School Retreat with Speaker Brian Pruitt Followed by “Feed the Fire” Mass with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: Retreat begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 (Mass begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and adoration)
WHERE: St. Brigid of Kildare Church, 207 Ashman St., Midland
Come join other middle school youth for a day of reflection, learning and fun. We will discover how each person has gifts from the Holy Spirit. We’ll also hear from special guest speaker Brian
Pruitt, Central Michigan University graduate and NCAA Division I football stand-out. This retreat day will give middle school students (grades six to eight) the opportunity to experience Jesus in a special way during Lent. At the close of the retreat day, families are warmly invited to attend the “Feed the Fire” Mass with Bishop Cistone, enjoy a meal and spend time with the Lord in adoration. The retreat is sponsored by the Diocese of Saginaw’s Office of Youth Ministry. Contact Pat Preston at 989.797.6654 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. The cost to attend the middle school retreat is $20. Those not attending the retreat are still welcome to attend Mass with Bishop Cistone, Dinner and Adoration. Registration form is available at: http://www.saginaw.org/images/stories/PDFs/catechesis/Flyer3-11-17.pdf


WHAT: Lay Ministry Regional Information Meeting
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8p.m. on Tuesday, March 14
WHERE: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 334 Division St., Vassar
This is an informational meeting for the Lay Ministry Formation Program. From Feb. 1 until May 15, the diocesan Office of Lay Ministry will be accepting applications for those who wish to begin the program in September, 2017. It 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. This meeting is not only for those interested in applying to Lay Ministry, but also for anyone who is interested in learning more about the program. Those interested in applying to the lay ministry program are encouraged to have a conversation with their pastor or pastoral administrator before attending this meeting. RSVP’S to the meeting may be sent to Kellie Deming, coordinator of Lay Ministry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 989.797.6609.


WHAT: Monthly Diocesan Men’s Faith-Sharing Night: Bishop Barron’s Series on the Saints, The Pivotal Players- G.K. Chesterton
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15
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 unable to come on a particular Wednesday evening, all are welcome to attend on other evenings. These monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month through April, 2017. No prior registration is needed.


WHAT: Vocations Day for Tenth Grade Students
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 17
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Sophomores from all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Saginaw will take part in Vocations Day at the Center for Ministry in Saginaw. Students will learn about what it means to be called by God and how to best hear and respond to his call. Those in attendance will learn about various vocations, including generous single life, the priesthood, religious life and marriage. There will be numerous speakers, including a married couple, an engaged couple, priests, religious sisters and more in attendance. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate Mass. Lunch is provided at this event. Contact Pat Preston at 989.797.6654 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register. The registration deadline is March 9. Contact for Father Andy Booms at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


WHAT: Learn How to Help Your Grandchildren in their Faith Lives
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 25
WHERE: St. John Vianney Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
Grandparents will learn how to engage their grandchildren more deeply in matters of faith, how to reengage their adult children regarding their Catholic faith and more. Mark Graveline, diocesan coordinator of Youth Ministry and Peg McEvoy, diocesan coordinator of Faith Formation will make presentations at this event. The cost to attend the event is $5. For questions or to register, contact Peg McEvoy at 989.797.6608 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The registration deadline is March 17.

 

WHAT: Marriage Preparation Workshop
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
This Marriage Preparation Workshop is for engaged couples preparing for marriage. Among the topics covered are: the sacrament of marriage, marriage intimacy and family planning, communication and conflict resolution and finances. All presentations are done by professionally trained married couples or individuals. Contact Linda Milco in the Office of Christian Service at 989.797.6660 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for questions or to register. The registration deadline is March 15.

WHAT: Lenten Retreat Entitled “Living a Life of Love and Holiness” With Ave Maria Radio Show Host Sister Sarah Burdick

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 (registration and social begin at 6 p.m.) Retreat
ends at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 2
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw

Join Sister Sarah Burdick, SGL for a Lenten retreat which will include meditation on Sacred Scripture and prayerful silence. Sister Burdick will be drawing on the wisdom of saints both ancient and modern to explore what it means to live a life of deep union with the Lord. Sister Sarah is a member of the Servants of God's Love, and has an M.A. in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit; she currently serves as the head of the theology department at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor. More information about the retreat is available by calling 989.797.6607 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The cost of the retreat is $165 for a semi-private room or $180 for a private room and includes four meals and two receptions. Cost is $95 for commuters which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 22.

WHAT: Discerning Your Gifts Using the Spiritual Strength Finder Inventory
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Discovering and building on your spiritual strengths is a key means for experiencing wholeness and peace, both personally and professionally. Through this workshop, which is being led by Tom Conklin of Catholic Family Services, and the pre-workshop completion of a 120-item inventory, participants will discover their premier spiritual strengths, uncover the regressive forces that can keep them from expressing their true selves, find healing and peace, and discover new and deeper levels of spiritual growth and personal fulfillment based on those strengths. Participants need to register no later than March 15. An inventory will be sent to attendees and the completed form needs to be returned by March 22. The cost is $95 (includes official Spiritual Strength Finder materials and lunch). Registration is available by calling 989.797.6607 or using this form: http://www.saginaw.org/images/stories/PDFs/Center_for_Ministry/registration16-17fillable.pdf

WHAT: Sacred Art Workshop with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Monday, April 24 to Saturday, April 29
WHERE: Our Lady of Grace Center, 1965 Michigan Ave., Alma
Sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Alma, this is a week-long Illuminated Workshop designed to be a historical, scriptorium experience which is part of the prayerful, peaceful setting within a thriving, religious community. Participants may also, if they choose to do so, participate in the daily cycle of prayers with the sisters including the Divine Office and morning Mass. A limited number of participants are accepted in the intensive workshop. Cost to attend is $600 including lodging and meals ($400 without lodging). More information and registration is available at www.rsmofalma.org or by calling 989.463.6035 ext. 1.

WHAT: Workshop For Those Who Visit the Sick and Homebound
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
The Diocese of Saginaw’s Office of Christian Service is offering a workshop especially designed for those who visit the sick and homebound or who would like to. The course includes basic skills and training in the following areas: elements of the visit/prayer, Rite of Distribution of Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, communication skills and listening with the heart, healthy boundaries and spiritual care and the theology of suffering. The cost of the workshop is $15 per person and includes lunch and all training materials. To register or for more information, please call Lori Becker, Respect Life Coordinator at 989.797.6652 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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