Series for Those Grieving a Loss among Upcoming Faith Offerings

Monday, 20 April 2015 08:44

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Communication Workshop and Series for Those Grieving a Loss among Upcoming Faith Offerings

SAGINAW — Below are some of the upcoming events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw. Parishes are welcome to include these events in their parish bulletins.

WHAT: Catholic Grief Recovery Series
WHEN: Thursdays, April 30 to June 11 beginning at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Corpus Christi Parish, St. Hedwig Church, 1504 S. Kiesel St., Bay City
This series is for any adult who is grieving a loss due to death. An information session will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This series continues on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 7 through June 11. The series will help individuals better understand grief, learn coping skills and develop the ability to move forward. Registration and additional information are available by contacting Linda Milco at the Office of Christian Service, Diocese of Saginaw at 989-797-6660 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

WHAT: Eighth Grade Graduation Mass
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 1
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
All eighth grade students in the Diocese of Saginaw are invited to attend Mass with the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw to celebrate their transition into high school.

WHAT: Transforming Hearts: How to Ensure Meaningful Participation of People with Disabilities in our Parishes and Communities
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Jan Benton from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability will offer a day-long workshop on how to reexamine our attitudes toward disabled brothers and sisters. She will help us consider ways to promote their well-being by building welcoming communities and relationships.
This workshop is intended for priests, pastoral associates, catechists, directors of religious education, youth ministers, deacons and seminarians. Parents of children with disabilities, families, and individuals interested in helping to build a welcoming community are also invited.
The cost is $20 with lunch included and the registration deadline is April 27. Those with further questions may call Sandy at 989-754-0091. Registration is available by calling Veronica at 989-797-6646.


WHAT: Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone in Port Sanilac
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6
WHERE: Ave Maria Parish, St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 7066 W. Main St., Port Sanilac
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: The Catholic Women’s Fellowship
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
The topic for the evening will be “Mary through the eyes of St. John Paul II, Blessed Mother Teresa and other Saints” with Shelly Storer. The group invites women to be renewed, filled, and restored. Please join us for prayer and adoration, a spiritual talk, fellowship, and a chance to make new friends. The women’s fellowship website can be found at womensfellowship.org.

WHAT: BeFriender Day of Reflection
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 9
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
“Be Still and Know That I am God” is a mini-retreat for reflection and contemplation for BeFrienders, pastoral ministers, homebound and hospital ministers, grief facilitators and anyone who wishes to have a few hours to contemplate God’s presence in their lives. The cost is $15, and includes lunch. Those who wish to register may contact Veronica Strudgeon at 989-797-6646 or may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The registration deadline is Monday, May 4.

WHAT: Theology on Tap - Presented by Local Catholic Parishes
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14
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, 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: An Evening of Enrichment for Spiritual Directors with Mary Schaffner
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Mary Schaffner, associate director of spirituality ministries of Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis, will offer an interactive evening of enrichment for spiritual directors. She will not only share "highlights and insights" from her training at Creighton University (where she
received a Graduate Certificate of Spiritual Direction and Silent Directed Retreats from Creighton’s Christian Spirituality Program), but she will also draw from her own rich experience as a spiritual director. The cost for the evening is $15. Those with further questions may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 989-797-6654

WHAT: Renew and Rejoice Retreat: Finding the Joy of the Gospel in our Ministry with Mary Schaffner
WHEN: 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 28 to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 29
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
This retreat will offer leaders of parish ministries (faith formation, Christian service, liturgy, music, etc.) an opportunity to reflect on the program year in light of the joy of the Good News of Jesus Christ. We invite all to pause, reflect and give thanks for the presence of God in the midst of it all; the ups and downs, the joys and struggles, the celebrations and the challenges. Take some time to reflect and pray as things wind down for the programming year and we start the process of looking forward once again. Mary Schaffner, associate director of spirituality ministries at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis as well as former DRE and religion teacher, will facilitate the retreat. Those with further questions may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 989-797-6654



 
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