Bishop Cistone will celebrate the liturgies of Holy Week at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., in Saginaw. His schedule is as follows:
o 10:00 a.m., Sunday, March 24: Palm Sunday
o 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 26: Chrism Mass
o 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
o 1 p.m., Friday, March 29: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
o 9 p.m., Saturday, March 30: Mass, The Easter Vigil
o 10 a.m., Sunday, March 31: Mass, Easter Sunday, Resurrection of the Lord
SAGINAW – The days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday are known as HOLY WEEK in the Catholic tradition. It is during this week that Christian people recall the Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
PALM SUNDAY commemorates the triumphal entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Palm branches were placed in the Lord’s path before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday.
At the CHRISM MASS, the holy oils which will be used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick will be blessed by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, and distributed to representatives of the 105 parish communities within the Diocese of Saginaw. The priests of the diocese will concelebrate the Mass with Bishop Cistone and make a renewal of their priestly vows.
HOLY THURSDAY, the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper — the First Mass in the Catholic tradition — is remembered in a special way. During the Mass, Bishop Cistone will wash the feet of 12 parishioners, recalling the way Jesus washed the feet of the 12 Disciples at that meal.
On GOOD FRIDAY, the crucifixion and death of Our Lord is remembered as the faithful gather to venerate the cross and hear the Gospel account of Christ’s Passion.
The EASTER VIGIL is a joyful night-watch by Christians who have gathered to celebrate the most important feast in the life of the Church – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead. The vigil Mass begins outdoors with the blessing of the Easter fire. It is during the Vigil that more than 200 people across the diocese and thousands more around the world will join the Catholic Church as they are baptized, confirmed and receive their first Eucharist.
On EASTER SUNDAY, Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel account of the encounter of the first Christians with Our Risen Lord and his empty tomb is read during Mass.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.