'Feed the Fire' Mass with Bishop Cistone among Upcoming Faith Offerings

Friday, 16 October 2015 13:32

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'Feed the Fire' Mass with Bishop Cistone and Catholic’s Divorce Healing Program among Upcoming Faith Offerings

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

WHAT: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Close of the Second Vatican
Council: A Look at Three Key Documents with Father Bill Taylor, Father Jim Heller and MariAnn Saenen
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
In 1965, Vatican II came to a close with a flurry of documents that would impact the life of the Church in a profound way. Please join Father Bill Taylor, Father Jim Heller, and MariAnn Saenen for an interactive morning that will look at three of these documents: Dei Verbum (on divine revelation); Apostolicam Actuositatem (on the apostolate of lay people); and Nostra Aetate (on relations of the Church with non Christian religions). Father Taylor is a senior priest of the Diocese of Saginaw and a long-time instructor in the diocesan Lay Ministry Formation Program. Father Heller is also a senior priest who previously served as Vicar General of the diocese. MariAnn Saenen is a lay minister (permanent status) who has studied at the Ratisbonne Pontifical Institute in Jerusalem. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 27 and those interested are encouraged to register as early as possible. Seating is limited to 70 people. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. To register, see the online brochure at www.saginaw.org or call 989.797.6607.

WHAT: Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone in Saginaw
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4
WHERE: St. John Vianney Parish, St. John Vianney Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
Since January 2012, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has traveled to different churches throughout the diocese to lead Holy Hours before the Blessed Sacrament. The faithful are invited to join him in praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we strive to do God’s will in our local Church. In a special way, prayers will be offered for vocations, as this Holy Hour coincides with National Vocations Awareness Week.

WHAT: The Catholic Women’s Fellowship
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Meeting the first Wednesday of every month, women from around the diocese are invited to gather at the Center for Ministry for prayer, faith formation, discussion, and fellowship. The talk during this meeting will be given by the Rev. Andrew LaFramboise and is entitled, “Encountering the Word through the Word: How Scripture Forms us as Disciples.” For more information, visit: www.womensfellowship.org.


WHAT: “Feed the Fire” Mass with Bishop Cistone in Linwood
WHEN: 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7
WHERE: Prince of Peace Parish, St. Anne Church, 315 W. Center St., Linwood
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: Annual Lay Ministry Meeting
WHEN: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Lay ministers and lay ministry candidates will gather with Kellie Deming, coordinator of Lay Ministry Formation, for their annual meeting. The Lay Ministry Program offers deep spiritual, theological, human and pastoral formation for lay people so that they may be even more effective in carrying out the lay apostolate and evangelization. Lay ministry formation involves four years of learning, spiritual formation and pastoral practice before each candidate is commissioned by the bishop for parish-based ministry or missioned by him as a “Christian in the World”. Those interested in learning more about the Lay Ministry Program may call Kellie Deming at 989.797.6609

WHAT: Revealing the Shroud and the Tilma with Father Josè Maria Cabrera
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Join Father José Maria Cabrera, STL.Bib, for an exploration of the meaning of two remarkable objects: the shroud of Turin, and the tilma cloth which bears the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Father Cabrera is a priest of the Diocese of Saginaw and a native of Peru. He earned a Licentiate in Biblical Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome. He currently serves as the diocesan Vicar for Hispanic Ministry and as pastor of All Saints Parish, Bay City. Contact Veronica Strudgeon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 989.797.6646 for more information. The cost for the event is $5.

WHAT: Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 15
WHERE: Saginaw
Rachel's Vineyard Ministries helps to rebuild hearts that have been broken by abortion. Through weekend retreats, women and men can find a supportive, non-judgmental environment to work through painful post-abortive emotions. Abortion Alternatives Information is a local facilitator for Rachel's Vineyard, helping to connect people with the support they need to heal and find hope for the future. The retreats and registration are strictly private. All inquiries will be answered confidentially. The cost is $150 and financial assistance is available. For additional information or to register, call Sandy at 989-754-0091.

WHAT: Yearly Gathering for BeFrienders and Friends- "Ministering From Our Brokenness"
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw

Join us for a day of enrichment and reflection with Sister Margo Tafoya, Carole Watters, Terri Grierson and Linda Milco. In addition, there will be a special video presentation of "The Family: A Home for the Wounded Heart," by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. The video is of his keynote speech from the World Meeting of Families. There will also be a brief BeFriender business meeting for reports and updates from local groups and diocesan representatives. Please contact Veronica Strudgeon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 989-797-6646 to register. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $15 and includes lunch.

WHAT: Catholic’s Divorce Healing Program
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Tuesday, Nov. 24
WHERE: Corpus Christi Parish, St. Hedwig Church Social Hall, 1504 S. Kiesel St., Bay City
This is a 12-week DVD-based program designed to offer comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings to men and women who have suffered through divorce. There is a $16 fee to cover the cost of the participant guide book and materials. The 12-week series will begin Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish, St. Hedwig Church and meet twice a month through May 3, 2016. For more information, please contact Linda Milco at the Office of Christian Service, Diocese of Saginaw, 989-797-6660 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

WHAT: Pilgrimage to Chicago Area Basilicas, Shrines and More with Father Marcel Portelli
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 28 to Tuesday, Dec. 29
WHERE: Chicago Area
All are invited to join Father Marcel Portelli on a pilgrimage from Dec. 28 to 29 to the historic churches of Chicago. The pilgrimage includes nine spectacular locations such as Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, St. John Cantius Church, Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Mundelein Seminary, and Marytown National Shrine, all of which will be festively decorated for Christmas. There will be daily Mass and live sacred music recitals as well as ample time for downtown strolling and shopping. The bus departs from the Diocesan Center for Ministry, 5800 Weiss St., Saginaw. For details, please see www.prayerpilgrimages.com or call Michael Semaan (248) 250-6005.

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