Live Televised Chrism Mass Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

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Live Televised Chrism Mass and Evangelization Summit Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

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

WHAT: Learn About Human Trafficking And How You Can Help Fight It- St. Agnes, Freeland
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10
WHERE: St. Agnes Church, 300 Johnson St., Freeland
Stephanie Krieger will give a presentation about human trafficking including information about the Church’s teaching, forms of trafficking and exploitation, state laws, how to recognize victims and where to refer them and what families can do to remain safe and combat human trafficking. Those interested may RSVP by calling 989.695.5652.

WHAT: Theology on Tap - Presented by Local Catholic Parishes
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10
WHERE: Trillium Banquet Center, 6415 State St., Saginaw
Theology on Tap is an opportunity for adults to explore issues and topics that relate to the Catholic faith in a fun, relaxed, setting. The goal is to provide a forum for adults to learn about and discuss their faith in a relaxing social setting. Several area priests and religious will be in attendance. Cash bar and pizza are available. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the pizza.

WHAT: Gathering of Catholic Singles Over 50
WHEN: 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 13
WHERE: St. John Vianney Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
All are invited to a gathering after Mass for singles aged 51 to 101. The gathering is an opportunity to socialize and a few tips on dancing will be shared. $10 per person is requested. Those with questions may call 989.790.5086. Please bring a snack to share.

WHAT: All are Invited to Watch the Chrism Mass Live on Television
WHEN: 10 a.m. to Noon on Tuesday, March 22
For the first time in the history of the diocese, the annual Chrism Mass will air live on WNEM TV5. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate the Chrism Mass and be joined by representatives from all of the parishes of the Diocese of Saginaw at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw. This will be a teaching Mass, during which Bishop Cistone will explain various aspects of the Mass and the Catholic faith. A recording of the Chrism Mass will also air at a later time yet to be determined. The broadcast will also stream live at wnem.com and saginaw.org

WHAT: Special Divine Mercy Sunday Event, Sacred Heart, Gladwin
WHEN: 1:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 3
WHERE: Sacred Heart Church, 330 N. Silverleaf St., Gladwin
Pope Francis has declared 2016 an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This is a time of grace, peace, conversion and joy. It is meant for everyone: people of every age, from far and near. There are no walls or distances which can prevent the Father's mercy from reaching us. Join us for a special event on Divine Mercy Sunday with guest speaker Keri Tarrant, director of outreach and evangelization at the Marian Center in Petoskey, Mich. More information is available by calling 989.426.7154. There is no cost to attend.

WHAT: Spring Fling Bingo
WHEN: 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 3
WHERE: St. Peter Parish, Parish Hall at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Church, 404 S. Wood St., Chesaning
All are invited and more information is available by contacting Colleen Ontko at 989.845.1794 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 life 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. 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.

WHAT: Mystagogia Mass with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 10
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate the Mystagogia Mass with all the new members of the Catholic Church from throughout the Diocese of Saginaw at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

 


WHAT: Lay Ministry Informational Meeting
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016
WHERE: St. Mark Parish, 415 S. Court St., Au Gres
From now until May 15, the diocesan lay ministry office will be accepting applications for those who wish to begin the Lay Ministry Formation Program in September 2016. The program 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 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. Those interested may contact 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 Beal City
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14
WHERE: St. Joseph the Worker Parish, St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2163 N. Winn Rd. Beal 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: The Theme of Mercy in Sacred Scripture with Father Bill Taylor
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15 (registration and social begins at 6 p.m.) Retreat Ends at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 17
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
This weekend retreat will explore the theme of mercy in Sacred Scripture and offer participants ample time for personal prayer. The retreat includes times of silence. Father Taylor is a senior priest of the Diocese of Saginaw and a long time instructor in the diocesan Lay Ministry Formation Program. To register, see the online brochure at www.saginaw.org or call 989.797.6607. The cost is $155 for a semi-private room and $170 for a private room. The deadline to register is Friday, April 8.

WHAT: New Evangelization Summit
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15 and 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
This two day conference will bring together speakers who are leaders in evangelization to provide inspiration, encouragement, practical wisdom and resources on how Catholics can effectively evangelize. Speakers scheduled to present include: Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal household (via link from Rome); Sherry Weddell, author of “Forming Intentional Disciples”; Dr. Peter Kreeft, convert, philosopher, author, and professor; Christopher West, author and speaker on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body; and Angele Regnier, co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach. The annual summit will be held in Ottawa and streamed to Saginaw and other host sites across North America. The cost is $60 and includes lunch and light snacks. Pre-registration is required and available at www.newevangelization.ca. Those with further questions may email
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WHAT: Mission Mass With Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17
WHERE: St. Agnes Church, 300 Johnson St., Freeland
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate a special Mission Mass for all individuals and groups who are participating in mission work this year. A mission cross and blessing will be given to young people and adults who will be serving locally, in other regions of the United States and also around the world. All are welcome.

WHAT: “Feed the Fire” Mass with Bishop Cistone in Saginaw
WHEN: 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23
WHERE: St. Dominic Parish, St. Stephen Church, 1310 Malzahn St., Saginaw
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: Seminar on “The Prophets” With Father Bill Taylor
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
This seminar will first treat the characteristics of the Old Testament literary form of prophecy. Participants will then explore three major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, especially focusing on passages used in the Sunday lectionary. Father Taylor is a senior priest of the Diocese of Saginaw and a longtime instructor in the diocesan Lay Ministry Formation Program. To register, see the online brochure at www.saginaw.org or call 989.797.6607. The cost is $35 and includes lunch. The deadline to register is Saturday, April 16.

WHAT: Myers – Briggs Personality Types Workshop With Tom Conklin
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
During this workshop, participants will complete a self-scorable copy of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and explore the various personality types. Your personality type helps show how you like to look at things and how you go about deciding things. Knowing your own personality type and learning about other people’s can help you understand your strengths and how to relate to others more effectively. To register, see the online brochure at www.saginaw.org or call 989.797.6607. The cost is $40 and includes lunch. The deadline to register is Monday, April 4. Registration is limited to 15 participants.

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