Black History Celebration and Spirit Hockey Night with Bishop Cistone

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Black History Celebration and Spirit Hockey Night with Bishop Cistone among Upcoming Faith Offerings

SAGINAW — Below are some of the upcoming events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw:

WHAT: Concert to Benefit Terminally Ill at St. John Vianney Church, Saginaw
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27
WHERE: St. John Vianney Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
St. John Vianney Parish wishes to invite the parishioners of the Diocese of Saginaw to the fifth Annual Praise and Worship Concert, J.A.M. Donations to this event will support The Toni and Trish House. A pos​ter which can be printed is available at the following link: http://www.saginaw.org/images/Jam_poster_2015.pdf All are welcome!

WHAT: Black History Celebration Workshop and Masses
WHEN: Workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 followed by Saturday Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. and Sunday Mass is celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on March 1.
WHERE: St. Joseph Church, 910 N. 6th Ave., Saginaw
Father Chester Smith, SVD, and Father Charles Smith, SVD will celebrate Mass and will be guest speakers at the workshop. The workshop will discuss how “Greatness is Your Destiny.” There will be a potluck following Mass on Sunday.

WHAT: Spirit Hockey Faith Night with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: Program Begins at 5 p.m. and Game Begins at 7:11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28
WHERE: Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson St., Saginaw
Faith Night will feature guests including the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, and Modern Day Cure and more. There is no cost for the pre-game program. More information or group sign-ups are available by contacting Dan Weigl at 989-497-7747 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

WHAT: Theology on Tap - Presented by Local Catholic Parishes
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5
WHERE: Trillium Banquet Center, 6415 State St., Saginaw
Theology on Tap is an opportunity for adults to explore issues and topics that relate to the Catholic faith in a fun, relaxed, setting. The goal is to provide a forum for adults to learn about and discuss their faith in a relaxing social setting. Area priests and religious including Father Bob DeLand, Father Pete Gaspeny, Father Rick Bokinskie, Father Jim Bessert, Father Randy Kelly Sr., Sister Janet Pewoski, Sister Ellen Rinke and Sister Chris Gretka plan to attend. Cash bar and snacks are available. You must be over 21 years of age to attend.

WHAT: Saginaw Catholic Men’s Conference Including Mass with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7
WHERE: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 North River Rd., Saginaw
This year’s conference will include talks by Dr. John Gresham, professor of systematic theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. and Vernon Robertson, Catholic convert, and international speaker. Both men have appeared on EWTN. The conference includes Mass with Bishop Joseph Cistone. There will also be an opportunity for confession. The conference fee is $25 and includes lunch. Those with further questions may visit www.thecatholicmen.com

WHAT: Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone in Sanford
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10
WHERE: Our Lady of Grace Parish, St. Agnes Church, 2500 N. West River Rd., Sanford
Since January 2012, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has led a Holy Hour each month in parishes across the diocese. Bishop Cistone initiated the Holy Hours to prayerfully support the work of Planning Tomorrow’s Parishes, a grassroots planning process that aims to enhance the vibrancy of future parish life.

WHAT: “Women in the Bible” with LeAnne Osborn
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10
WHERE: St. Peter Parish Hall, 404 S. Wood St., Chesaning.
Discover the distinct role that women have played in salvation history. All Christians—women and men—will be inspired and challenged to find themselves in the remarkable stories of Scripture and to follow Christ with greater fidelity, courage, and hope. The event is free and all are welcome!

WHAT: Contemplative Prayer Experience at St. John Vianney, Saginaw
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18
WHERE: St. John Vianney Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
Join us for a contemplative prayer experience featuring beautiful music by Tony Alonso and Liam Lawton inspired by Teresa of Avila and her book “The Interior Castle.” The performance includes choirs and musicians from St. John Vianney Parish and St. Agnes Parish.

 

WHAT: A Retreat with the Psalms with Father Bill Taylor
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 15 (Registrations opens at 6 p.m. on March 13)
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
The weekend retreat will present several different kinds of Psalms and offer meditations on a few of them that participants can then use for personal prayer time. This retreat includes times of silence. Those with further questions may call 989-797-6607.

WHAT: “The Fifth Gospel” with Father Jose Maria Cabrera
WHEN: Soup Supper Starts at 6 p.m. Presentation Starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11
WHERE: St. John Vianney Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
Come and discover the places where Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead for us. All are welcome. Those with further questions may call 989-790-5086.

WHAT: Building Communication and Relationships for Multi-Parish Ministry
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
This is a special diocesan offering to assist parishes with strategic planning. The leader of the seminar is Doug Tooke, a national expert on best practices for multi-parish collaboration in ministry. Doug Tooke, Catholic Formation Services Director for the Diocese of Helena, MT, will share practical steps on how to begin to build relationships between parishes so that ministry can be made more fruitful. Pastors, pastoral administrators, and members of parish pastoral councils and commissions are highly encouraged to participate, either in person or via the internet. Online registration is available at: www.saginaw.org/m-18-2015.html. Those with further questions may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 989-797-6635. There is no cost to attend this event.

WHAT: Multi Parish Ministry: Making It Work in Practical Ways
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 19
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Doug Tooke, Catholic Formation Services Director for the Diocese of Helena, MT, returns to the Diocese of Saginaw to lead a practical day assisting parish leadership teams to more effectively carry out multi-parish ministry. The trend of nearby parishes collaborating in youth ministry, catechesis, Christian Service, etc. is growing rapidly throughout the country. This day will be of great help to pastors, pastoral administrators, pastoral associates and assistants, DRE’s/CRE’s, youth ministers, and parish Christian Service leaders as they seek to takes steps forward in multi-parish collaboration. For more information and to register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 989-797-6654.

WHAT: Regional Information Meeting on the Diocesan Lay Ministry Program
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19
WHERE: Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph Church, 59 N. Moore St., Sandusky
ADDITIONAL TIME AND LOCATION: The Same Meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Midland
From now until May 15, the Diocesan Lay Ministry Office will be accepting applications for those who wish to begin the Lay Ministry Formation Program in September of 2015.
The program 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. Those who would like to learn more are invited to attend an upcoming regional information meeting: March 19, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family Parish in Sandusky, or April 8, 6:30 p.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Midland. For details, contact Kellie Deming, Coordinator of Lay Ministry, at 989-797-6609.

WHAT: Vocations Day
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Join in the Diocese of Saginaw’s fourth Vocation Day with the 10th grade boys and girls of all diocesan Catholic Schools as well as home school and public school students in the 10th grade. This event is open to all 10th graders who want to learn more about vocations to Priesthood, religious life and marriage. This event is sponsored by the Vocations office. More information is available by contacting Father Andy Booms at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Registration is available by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 989-797-6654.

WHAT: Marriage Preparation Workshop
WHEN: From 7 p.m. on Friday, March 20 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 21
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
A Marriage Preparation Workshop offered by the Diocese of Saginaw is coming up soon! Among the topics discussed are: communication and conflict resolution, forgiveness, money matters, sex and sexuality, natural family planning and the Sacrament of Marriage. All presentations are led by married couples, professionals or trained individuals. Call Veronica Strudgeon in the Office of Christian Service at 989-797-6646 to register or contact her via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline to register for the March workshop is Monday, March 9.The next Marriage Preparation Weekend will take place from Oct. 2-3, 2015.

WHAT: Tools for Forgiveness with Father Bert Gohm
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
This Lent, you are warmly invited to join Father Bert Gohm to examine what forgiveness does and does not entail, and to explore concrete ways to grow in our ability to forgive others, receive God's forgiveness, and forgive ourselves. Those with questions or who need further information may call 989-797-6607.

WHAT: Middle School Retreat
WHEN: Friday, March 20 to Saturday, March 21
WHERE: Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, St. Hyacinth Church, 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City
Middle School youth in Grades 6 - 8 are encouraged to sign up for this retreat entitled “Walking on ‘Son’shine!” Attendees will learn how to be disciples of Jesus Christ and about different practices of prayer. The retreat is sponsored by the Diocese of Saginaw’s Office of Youth Ministry and begins Friday evening at 5 p.m., and concludes on Saturday evening with the Feed the Fire Mass with Bishop Cistone followed by dinner. Registration information is available at www.saginaw.org/youth-ministry.

WHAT: “Feed the Fire” Mass with Bishop Cistone in Bay City
WHEN: 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21
WHERE: Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, St. Hyacinth Church, 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City
Bishop Cistone celebrates “Feed the Fire” Masses to bring together youth from around the diocese. These Masses are planned for youth and their families and include upbeat praise and worship music. Following Mass, those in attendance have an opportunity to share dinner with Bishop Cistone, and there is additional time for prayer.

WHAT: Noelle Garcia McHugh Concert and Talks at St. Agnes Parish
WHERE: All events mentioned below are at St. Agnes Church 300 Johnson St., Freeland
Noelle Garcia McHugh has been speaking to youth and adults for over ten years. She was a speaker at the MYE Faith youth event in 2013. Her primary mission is to teach through her own testimony, that we are all “wonderfully made” in God’s image. Noelle’s band “All in Ministry” will play and sing at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Agnes Church on Sunday, March 22. There will be a concert at 12:30 p.m. the same day. Noelle will have themed talks the following three nights at 6:30 p.m. The themes will be: Monday- Wonderfully Made: We are all wonderfully made in God’s image. Tuesday- Let Go: How to let go and accept the Lord’s forgiveness. Wednesday- Set the World on Fire: How to Spread the Good news throughout the world- starting at home.

WHAT: Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23
WHERE: Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw, MI 48603
Viewing and discussion of the documentary “Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero” on the eve of his assassination. The documentary is in Spanish with English subtitles. Bishop Joseph R. Cistone will also give a brief account of his trip to El Salvador with Catholic Relief Services and his visit to the church where Archbishop Oscar Romero was fatally shot while celebrating Mass. Light refreshments will be served. Those with further questions may call Veronica Strudgeon at 989- 797-6646.

 
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