WHAT: Mass for Freedom followed by procession to Veterans Memorial Plaza
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1
WHERE: 1525 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw
SAGINAW — The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will lead a procession from Holy Family Catholic Church, 1525 S. Washington Ave., to Veterans Memorial Plaza on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The evening will begin with a Mass for Freedom celebrated by Bishop Cistone inside Holy Family Church, followed by the procession and a brief ceremony. Mass is at 6:30 p.m. and the procession will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.
“We will honor our deceased servicemen and women and offer prayers for all those who continue to serve our country, “ Bishop Cistone said. “Many brave men and women have fought and died for our freedom, and we have an opportunity to come together to pray that our freedom, in particular our religious freedom, will be protected in the United States.”
The Mass and procession are taking place during the Fortnight for Freedom, a period of prayer and action being commemorated in dioceses across the country from June 21 to July 4 to address the current challenges to religious liberty.
“The Catholic Church and Christians in general have been very supportive of our country and its ideals,” Bishop Cistone said. “We may have different opinions or political views from time to time, but love for our country and love for the freedoms of our country have always been a part of who we are.”
All are invited and encouraged to attend the Mass for Freedom. For more information about the Fortnight for Freedom, visit the diocesan website, Saginaw.org.