March for Life Mass and Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone among Upcoming Faith Offerings

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March for Life Mass, Catholic Schools Week and Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone among Upcoming Faith Offerings

SAGINAW — Below are some of the upcoming events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw. Parishes are invited to include these events in their parish bulletins.

WHAT: Catholic Women’s Fellowship
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6
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 during this meeting will be given by the Rev. Andrew Booms and is entitled, “Liturgical Time and Jubilee Years” For more information, visit: www.womensfellowship.org.

WHAT: Puzzle Race and Hor D’oeuvres at St. John Vianney Parish
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 (2nd Friday of Every Month)
WHERE: St. John Vianney Parish, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
Bring a 100 piece puzzle (in a box with all the pieces) and a hot or cold hor d’oeuvre to share.
The parish also has 100 piece puzzles available. All are invited and welcome to join in on the fun, food and prizes. Call the parish office to RSVP at 989.790.5086.

WHAT: Yearly Gathering for BeFrienders and Friends- "Ministering From Our Brokenness"
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Join us for a day of enrichment and reflection with diocesan employees Sister Margo Tafoya, Terri Grierson and Linda Milco and diocesan volunteer Carole Watters. In addition, there will be a special video presentation of "The Family: A Home for the Wounded Heart," by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (his keynote address at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia). There also will be a brief BeFriender business meeting for reports and updates from local groups and diocesan representatives. Please contact Veronica Strudgeon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 989.797.6646 to register by Jan.4. The cost is $15 and includes lunch.

 

WHAT: “Accompanying and Praying with the Sick and Dying” Presented by the Rev. Jim Bessert

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16

WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw

Many lay people in the Diocese of Saginaw generously seek to be the face of Jesus to those who are sick and dying. Some bring Holy Communion to the elderly and to those suffering from illnesses; others make frequent visits to hospitals and assisted living facilities. Please join Father Jim Bessert for a workshop especially designed to assist all of those involved in these beautiful ministries to the sick and dying. Father Bessert is the director of the Office of Liturgy for the Diocese of Saginaw and serves as sacramental minister of St. John Paul II Parish in Carrollton. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. To register, see the online brochure at www.saginaw.org or call 989.797.6607. The deadline to register is Jan. 9.

WHAT: Lay Ministry Informational Meeting
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18
WHERE: Our Lady Consolata Parish, St. Pancratius Church, 4306 Seeger St.
Cass City
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. 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 Saginaw
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19
WHERE: St. Dominic Parish, Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 4735 W. Michigan Ave., 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. 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: Catholic Men's Fellowship
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
All men from around the diocese are invited to gather once a month at the Center for Ministry for worship, prayer, education, discussion, and fellowship. The presentation for the Wednesday, Jan. 20 meeting is entitled, “Does Jesus Call us to be Liberal or Conservative?” with Dr. Dan Osborn. There is no cost to attend (freewill offering). For information, visit www.thecatholicmen.com.

WHAT: March for Life Mass Celebrated by Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21
WHERE: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd., Shields
On Thursday, Jan. 21, hundreds of Catholic pilgrims, mostly teens, will travel via bus to Washington, D.C to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life. The group will first gather at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N River Rd., Shields, for an 8 a.m. Mass, celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. All are welcome at this liturgy. The Office of Communications will post photos of the pilgrims on the diocesan website: www.saginaw.org and members of the community are encouraged to follow the pilgrimage online. Photos also will be posted at the Diocese of Saginaw’s Facebook page.

WHAT: Catholic Singles Dinner for Age 50+ at St. John Vianney Parish
WHEN: 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24
WHERE: St. John Vianney Parish, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw
Come and join us for dinner on Jan. 24. Call Rod at 989.529.7045; Donna at 989.401.2913; or the St. John Vianney Parish Office at 989.790.5086 for more information. Please RSVP by Jan. 10.

WHAT: “Servant Ministry: Beginning With the Heart” with Tom Conklin and Terri Grierson
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
How effective are you at making a positive impact on the people around you? Through prayer,
structured activities and exercises, the day will focus on developing a greater understanding of servant ministry and what it means to have a “servant’s heart”. By adopting new attitudes and actions in your everyday life, you will live better, love more and touch more lives. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. To register, see the online brochure at www.saginaw.org or call 989.797.6607. The deadline to register is Jan. 23.

WHAT: Catholic Schools Week
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 31 to Saturday, Feb. 6
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. 31 to Feb. 6. 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: Passion and Purpose for Marriage- St. Dominic Parish, Saginaw
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016
WHERE: St. Dominic Parish, St. Stephen Church, 2711 Mackinaw St., Saginaw
Take your relationship to a whole new level! Whether married, engagedor dating, you will discover key ingredients to a healthy and happy relationship. St. Dominic Parish will be hosting nationally known speaker and author, Dr. Allen Hunt from Dynamic Catholic! Dr. Hunt is the author of the book Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor: How I discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church. Tickets are on sale now online at dynamiccatholic.com or at the St. Dominic Parish Office. For more information, call Jackie in the Parish Office at 989.799.2334.

WHAT: The Christian Vocation to Mercy: Be Merciful as Your Heavenly Father is Merciful; 2016 Sacred Heart Mercy Symposium for Priests, Religious and Laity
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia
WHEN: March 31 to April 2
WHERE: Our Lady of Grace Educational Center, 1965 Michigan Ave, Alma
The Religious Sisters of Mercy at Sacred Heart Mercy Clinic will offer two days of presentations from various professionals on the mystery of Mercy in our lives. Registration and housing information can be found at sacredheartmercy.org. Space is limited.

WHAT: Save the Date for the 10th Annual Bishop’s Ball
WHEN: Opening reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., Band at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 29
WHERE: Horizons Conference Center, 6200 State St., Saginaw
All are invited to save the date for the 10th annual Bishop’s Ball. The Bishop's Ball celebrates the diverse ministries within the Diocese of Saginaw that continue the evangelizing mission of Jesus Christ. The evening features the presentation of the Bishop Murphy Award by Bishop Cistone to a person who, through the example of their life as a disciple of Jesus Christ, continually fulfills the mandate of the Gospel through word and deed. The ball also includes a silent auction, art auction, dinner and dancing. Parish and community leaders, parishioners and friends from the eleven counties served by the Diocese of Saginaw are encouraged to join in fellowship and fun during this annual event. Programs and initiatives throughout the diocese receive assistance from grants distributed by the Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan to support the evangelizing mission of the Church. Those with further questions may call 989.799.7910. Registration forms and additional information can be found at www.saginaw.org.

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