SAGINAW — The Rev. Craig L. Albrecht, 52, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, died suddenly on Thursday, May 23, 2013, inside the church rectory at St. Mary of the Assumption in Bay City. Father Craig was born May 7, 1961 in Saginaw, Mich., to Theresa A. (Groll) Albrecht and the late Edward Albrecht. He received his secondary education at Arthur Hill High School, graduating in 1979. He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy on the USS Independence from 1981 to 1985.
Father Craig served as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Mt. Pleasant. He was pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Merrill, sacramental minister at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Ryan and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hemlock. In 2008, he became pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption, Bay City.
During his priesthood, Father Craig served as chaplain to the Bay County Sheriff’s Department and Knights of Columbus Council #414, both in Bay City; Nouvel Catholic Central High School in Saginaw; and, the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Father Craig was a member of the Bay Area Clergy Group, Knights of Columbus Council #4232 and Monsignor Thomas Horton Assembly #2049. He also served on the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission and as a Regional Vicar.
Father Craig’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 607 E. South Union St., in Bay City. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will preside and the Rev. Robert J. Howe will be the homilist. A committal service will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Merrill with military services conducted by V.F.W. Post # 1859.
Visitation will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at St. Mary of the Assumption and on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the the time of the funeral Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council will pray the Rosary at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday and a Vigil Service will take place that same evening at 7:00 p.m. inside the church.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorials to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church or S.P.R.E.D.