SAGINAW – “A Rosary for A Future Full of Hope” with the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, is now available on CD. The CDs have been distributed across the Diocese of Saginaw, and are available in all parishes free of charge. Those praying the rosary led by Bishop Cistone will hear a mix of voices, young and old, representing all the people of the diocese.
“I have nurtured a love for the rosary through my own daily recitation of this powerful devotion,” Bishop Cistone said. “Each day, I ask our Lady to guide me in all my endeavors here in the Diocese of Saginaw.”
The rosary was recorded in both English and Spanish with the generous support of Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor. In addition to the CDs now available, the rosary may be heard daily throughout the diocese on WMAX 1440-AM. It airs Monday-Friday at 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. and Sundays at 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Ave Maria radio has been bringing Catholic radio to the Diocese of Saginaw since 2001. All are encouraged to pray the rosary with Bishop Cistone utilizing the new CDs or the radio broadcasts.
“There is no doubt we are living in historic times in our Diocese,” Bishop Cistone said. “I remain confident that the Lord and his Blessed Mother are leading the way. As we set out in the work of a new evangelization in our parishes, schools and communities, let us not underestimate the power of our prayers. I warmly invite you to join me in the recitation of the rosary, asking Mary to strengthen us in faith, hope and charity.”
As suggested by Saint John Paul II, the joyful mysteries are prayed on Mondays and Saturdays, the luminous mysteries on Thursdays, the sorrowful mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays and the glorious mysteries on Wednesdays and Sundays (with these exceptions: Sundays of Christmas season — the joyful mysteries; Sundays of Lent — the sorrowful mysteries).
The rosary in Spanish will be available later this month. It will first be distributed at the upcoming Hispanic Mass celebrated by Bishop Cistone at 4:00 p.m. on September 20 at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption. The Office of Hispanic Ministry will then distribute the CDs more broadly.
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.