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Bishop Cistone and Newly Commissioned Lay Ministers pose for a photo after the Lay Ministry Commissioning and Renewal Mass on Sept. 18, 2016

SAGINAW — These are some of the events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw. All are invited to participate.

WHAT: Catholic Women’s Fellowship with Dr. Toby Long
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 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 for this gathering: Ongoing Journey and Conversion: Reflections on Sacred Scripture in Daily Life will be given by Dr. Toby Long. For more information, visit:

WHAT: Monthly Diocesan Men’s Faith-Sharing Night: Bishop Barron’s Series on the Saints, The Pivotal Players- Michelangelo
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Dr. Dan Osborn, Director of the Center for Ministry, will offer men of the diocese an opportunity to view Bishop Barron’s new DVD series on the saints, The Pivotal Players. There will also be time for faith-sharing in small groups after viewing the DVD. Please note: this series is not sequential; if unable to come on a particular Wednesday evening, all are welcome to attend on other evenings. These monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month through April, 2017, except December. No prior registration is needed.

WHAT: Lay Ministry Regional Information Meeting
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18
WHERE: Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, St. Mary Church, 5661 Fergus Rd. Albee
This is an informational meeting for the Lay Ministry Formation Program. From Feb. 1 until May 15, the diocesan Office of Lay Ministry will be accepting applications for those who wish to begin the program in September, 2017. 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 who is interested in learning more about the program. Those interested in applying to the lay ministry program are encouraged to have a conversation with their pastor or pastoral administrator before attending this meeting. RSVP’S to the meeting may be sent to Kellie Deming, coordinator of Lay Ministry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 989-797-6609.

WHAT: Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone in Saginaw
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19
WHERE: St. Dominic Parish, St. Stephen Church, 1310 Malzahn St., 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.


WHAT: RCIA: Period of Evangelization & Precatechumenate (“Inquiry”) WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
All who are involved with leading the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) – or considering it – are invited to examine and explore the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate in the RCIA in order to gain a deeper understanding of this time often referred to as “Inquiry.” The day will be led by Father Jim Bessert and the RCIA Steering Committee. Father Bessert is the director of the Office of Liturgy for the Diocese of Saginaw and serves as sacramental minister of Saint John Paul II Parish, Carrollton. Cost to attend in person is $35 (includes lunch). The cost to attend via the internet is a $50 group rate per parish or $15 per individual. To register, call 989.797.6607.

WHAT: Catholic Schools Week
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 29 to Saturday, Feb. 4
WHERE: Throughout the Diocese of Saginaw and Across the Nation
Catholic schools across the nation and here in the Diocese of Saginaw will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4. The week will be an opportunity to recognize the great gift of Catholic schools to local communities. This year’s theme is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Detailed information about Catholic Schools Week at specific schools will be available on school websites and in parish bulletins.

WHAT: Catholicism and Other Christian Denominations: 50 Years of Dialogue
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Exactly 500 years ago this October, Martin Luther lit the fuse to what would become the explosive Protestant Reformation. It has now been over 50 years since Pope Paul VI, together with the Council bishops gathered at Vatican II, promulgated the Decree on Ecumenism. This document was monumental in that it signaled a positive step forward in the attitude of Catholics toward their separated Christian brothers and sisters. This seminar will look back at developments in the area of Christian dialogue and cooperation in recent decades, plus offer an outline of the historical background, beliefs and practices of other mainline Christian denominations. John Schultz is a long-time faculty member of the diocesan Lay Ministry Program. Cost to attend in person is $35 (includes lunch). To register, call 989.797.6607.

WHAT: Scriptural Retreat: Rising above Divisions in the Church
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 (registration and social begins at 6 p.m.) Retreat
Ends at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
In preparation for Lent, this retreat will provide meditations on the first four chapters of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. Portions of these chapters provide the second reading at Sunday Mass during Winter Ordinary Time (A cycle), and focus on factions and divisiveness in the Corinthian community. This retreat will include times of silence. Father Taylor is a senior priest of the Diocese of Saginaw and a long-time instructor in the diocesan Lay Ministry Program. To register, see the online brochure at or call 989.797.6607. The cost is $165 for a semi-private room and $180 for a private room.

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