“Strong Catholic Families” Event Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

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Individual Confessions Offered at Holy Door Churches and “Strong Catholic Families” Event Among Upcoming Faith Offerings


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

WHAT: Catholic Conference for Moms Live-Streamed at St. Peter Parish, Chesaning
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20
WHERE: St. Peter Parish, Faith Center at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Church, 404 S. Wood St., Chesaning
A Catholic conference for moms entitled “Faces of Mercy” will be live streamed at the parish. There will be time for discussion and fellowship. The cost is a free will offering and there will be a room available for children to play. There will be a potluck lunch and attendees may bring a dish to pass. To RSVP or for more information, contact Colleen Ontko at 989.845.1794 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

WHAT: “Learn About Human Trafficking and how you can Help Fight It”- St. Agnes, Freeland
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25
WHERE: St. Agnes Church, 300 Johnson St., Freeland
All are invited to an event which raises awareness about human trafficking and teaches how to combat it. Participants will learn the Church's teaching on human trafficking, different forms of human trafficking and exploitation, 21 New Michigan Laws and 2015 Michigan Stats, how to identify and where to refer victims and those at risk and what families can do to stay safe and combat human trafficking. A PDF with more information can be found at: www.saginaw.org/images/Become_a_Shepherd_22516.pdf

WHAT: “The Way of the Cross” Silhouette Stations of the Cross by Parish Youth- St. John Vianney, Saginaw
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2
WHERE: St. John Vianney Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
Silhouette Stations of the Cross set to the music of Ron Haeske and musicians of St. John Vianney Parish will be presented by the youth of the parish.

WHAT: Auburn Area Catholic School Open House
WHEN: 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 3
WHERE: St. Gabriel Parish, St. Joseph Church, 84 W. Midland Rd., Auburn
The open house will give families an opportunity to hear about the curriculum for preschool through fifth grade, the extracurricular activities beginning in preschool, the before and after school programs and tuition assistance. Families will also have a chance to tour the school, talk to staff, sign up their children for a classroom visit, and register for the 2016-2017 school year.

WHAT: Concert to Benefit Special Olympics Michigan, St. John Vianney, Saginaw
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4
WHERE: St. John Vianney Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
St. John Vianney Parish wishes to invite all to a Praise and Worship Concert featuring J.A.M. (Jesus and Music) praise band. Free will donations will be accepted to benefit Special Olympics Michigan.

WHAT: Join us for the Sacrament of Penance “24 Hours With the Lord”, Individual Confessions
WHEN: Noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5
WHERE: Five “Holy Door” Church LocationsAs part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, all are invited to the Sacrament of Penance which will be available at the locations listed below. Individual confessions will be heard by priests at five churches across the Diocese of Saginaw. You are invited to experience the merciful “Heart of Christ.” Those who travel to the churches listed below will also have an opportunity to pass through the Holy Doors.

• Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
• Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church, 302 S. Kinney Blvd., Mount Pleasant
• Sacred Heart Church, St. Hubert Parish, 311 Whitelam St., Bad Axe
• Sacred Heart Church, St. Christopher Parish, 140 Atwood St., Caro
• Sacred Heart Church, Prince of Peace Parish, 2510 S. Fraser Rd., Kawkawlin

WHAT: Women’s “SoulCore” Mini-Retreat
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 4 (registration begins at 6 p.m.) and Continues from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Overnight Stay is Optional
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
This is not your typical mini-retreat! Blending times of physical movement with Marian spirituality, the “SoulCore” Mini-Retreat will offer women a time to refresh themselves in both body and spirit. “SoulCore” is a sensory experience that combines music, reflections and physical movement to nourish body, mind & soul. The mini-retreat, led by Deanne Miller and Colleen Scariano, will include two sessions of SoulCore exercises, which consist of some stretching, core strengthening, and isometric exercises. SoulCore is not yoga, nor are yoga poses used. Miller and Scariano are the founders of the SoulCore movement, which began in Indiana and is now spreading across the country. They will be discussing on the connection of mind, body and spirit in St. John Paul II's “Theology of the Body,” as well as exploring some fascinating aspects of Marian spirituality. On Saturday afternoon, participants will also have some time for silent prayer, reflection and rest. Please note that the components involving physical movement are open to people of all fitness levels. Participants may choose how much or little they want to move . . . or to not move at all. The focus is on nourishing one’s spirit. For more information, visit www.soulcore.com. The cost is $55 for commuters and $95 for lodgers, which includes meal(s) and a copy of “33 Days to Morning Glory.” To register, see the online brochure at www.saginaw.org or call 989.797.6607. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 26.

 

WHAT: Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone in Bay City
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8
WHERE: St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, St. Joseph Church, 1005 Third St., Bay City
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. During this Jubilee Year, the intention of each monthly Holy Hour will be for a deeper understanding and participation in the Mercy of God.

What: Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth
When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (pizza will be served at 6 p.m.) on Wednesday, March 9
Where: All Saints Parish, St. James Church, 710 Columbus Ave, Bay City
What can you do to help your kids of all ages grow in their faith and remain Catholic? Parents are the number one influence in a young person’s faith journey. Pope Francis tells us that God created the family as a way for his Son to enter the world. The first place the Gospel takes root is within the family. We invite you to come to an evening where we can explore how the Church can partner with you to bring the faith to life within your family. The evening is open to parents, grandparents or anyone who has or will have an influence with young people. There is no cost to attend. All Saints Parish has graciously offered to provide pizza from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us! To register: Visit www.saginaw.org and click on the Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth logo or call Pat Preston at 989.797.6654. Click “Will come for pizza at 6 p.m.” when you register. For more information: Contact Mark Graveline at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 989.797.6639.

WHAT: Lay Ministry Informational Meeting
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10
WHERE: St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 2163 N. Winn Road, Mount Pleasant
St. Joseph the Worker Parish will host an informational meeting for anyone interested in the Lay Ministry Formation Program. The meeting will be part of the parish’s Lenten Evening of Prayer. The evening begins with a soup supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by the informational meeting at 6 p.m. (in the St. Philomena Room located in the church basement), and will conclude with Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. You are welcome to attend any or all of the evening’s offerings.

From now until May 15, the diocesan Office of Lay Ministry will be accepting applications for those who wish to begin the program in September of 2016. It 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. This meeting is not only for those interested in applying to Lay Ministry, but also for anyone wishing to learn about the Lay Ministry Formation Program. The formation process is completed with the endorsement of the home parish, so it is necessary to speak to your pastor/pastoral administrator. For more information, please contact Kellie Deming, coordinator of lay ministry formation, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 989.797.6609.

WHAT: Saginaw Catholic Men’s Conference Including Mass with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12
WHERE: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 North River Rd., Saginaw
This year’s conference will include talks by Mike Aquilina- author of over 40 books, Paco Gavrilides- convert and seminary instructor, Deacon Faiz Barbat- who will discuss the persecution of Iraqi Christians, and Sean Breeden- a graduate of Franciscan University who will address the young men in attendance. The conference includes Mass with the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. 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: Women’s Lenten Retreat Sponsored by Saginaw Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
All women are invited to a Lenten retreat sponsored by the Saginaw Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The retreat will be led by Father Andy Booms. The theme will be “The Year of Mercy.” The cost is $22 and includes lunch. This silent retreat will include spiritual talks, meditation time, confession, Mass, Rosary, and Stations of the Cross. Please RSVP to Rita Maher 989.635.7072 or Jackie Krzyzaniak 989.846.6846.

WHAT: Marriage Preparation Workshop
WHEN: From 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 19
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 Linda Milco, Office of Christian Service at 989.797.6660 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. 21 to Oct. 22.

WHAT: Living Portrayal of the Last Supper at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Saginaw
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18
WHERE: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Anthony of Padua Church, 3680 S. Washington Rd., Saginaw
All are invited to a living portrayal of the last supper with music, song and a theatrical performance. Those with questions may call 989.752.1971.

WHAT: “Feed the Fire” Mass with Bishop Cistone in Midland
WHEN: 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19
WHERE: Blessed Sacrament Church, 3109 Swede Ave., Midland
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: Palm Sunday Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Saginaw
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 20
WHERE: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Anthony of Padua Church, 3680 S. Washington Rd., Saginaw
All are invited to a Palm Sunday breakfast. Tickets will be available after Masses, in the parish office or at the door. The breakfast will include polish sausage, ham, eggs, potatoes, bread, milk and coffee. The cost is as follows: Adults $8.00, children 5 to 12 years $4.00 and children under 5 years free. Those with questions may call 989.752.1971.

WHAT: Workshop on Ignatian Discipleship
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Father Steve Hurd, SJ, and Ann Dillon from the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. will lead a dynamic workshop on Ignatian Discipleship. Topics include: The Holy Spirit; Confirming and Conforming Oneself to Christ; Film Presentation on Blessed Oscar Romero; Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm of prayer, action & reflection; Principle and Foundation as the basis for Ignatian discernment. Everyone desiring growth in their spiritual lives is encouraged to attend. Please note: This workshop also fulfills one of the prerequisites for applying for the Internship in Listening Ministry. This internship, which trains individuals to serve as spiritual directors, takes place at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. Manresa’s next application deadline is June 1, 2016, and their internship program will begin around the middle of June, 2016. Please visit www.manresa-sj.org for more information. Again, you do not need to be interested in the internship to attend this offering. The cost is $70 for commuters (includes lunch) and $110 for lodgers, which includes breakfast and lunch. To register, see the online brochure at www.saginaw.org or call 989.797.6607. The deadline to register is Friday, April 1.

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