SAGINAW — Catholics throughout the Diocese of Saginaw will celebrate the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on Sunday, April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, who was appointed a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 2004 (meeting in 2004 pictured below), will celebrate a special Mass in honor of the canonizations. The Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on April 27 at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw.
“It’s a great day for the Church,” said Sister Yvonne Mary, RSM, who worked at the Vatican’s Office of the Secretary of State for 13 years while John Paul II was pope and now lives in Saginaw. “Although, I did not meet with Pope John Paul II personally, I saw him once or twice a week and even happened to run into him on more than one occasion during my work since his office was just down the hall from mine. There was such a power of love in his presence. It was as if you could touch eternity in his presence. It is such a privilege to have known a saint.”
In addition to the morning Mass at the Cathedral, the Rev. William Rutkowski, Vicar General for the Diocese of Saginaw, will celebrate an afternoon Mass with the communities of St. Hyacinth Parish and St. Stanislaus Kostka’s Parish, whose patron saints are from Poland (Pope John Paul II was also from Poland). The Rev. Richard Jozwiak, a retired priest of the Diocese of Saginaw, who met John XXIII in 1959 (meeting pictured below with Jozwiak on far left) and also met John Paul II twice, will concelebrate at this Mass. The Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at St. Stanislaus Kostka church, 1503 Kosciuszko Ave. Bay City.
All are welcome to these special Masses. The actual canonization ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Rome time (4 a.m. Eastern time) on Sunday, April 27.
The Rev. Denis Heames, Adjutant Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Saginaw and Parochial Vicar of St. Mary’s University Parish in Mount Pleasant, led a group of 15 young people from St. Mary’s University Parish to be present during the canonizations in Rome. The group left for Rome on Easter Sunday.
Attached photos are of Bishop Cistone meeting John Paul II and Father Jozwiak meeting John XXIII and John Paul II.