Men’s Faith Sharing Night Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

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

WHAT: “Let the Little Children Come to Me:” Mass of Remembrance for the Unborn with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18
WHERE: Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, St. Hyacinth Church, 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City
Bishop Cistone will celebrate a special Mass in remembrance of babies who have died in their mother’s womb, and to pray for parents and families who have suffered the pain of miscarriage and stillbirth. All are welcome.

WHAT: Monthly Diocesan Men’s Faith-Sharing Night: Bishop Barron’s Series on the Saints, The Pivotal Players
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19
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 someone cannot come on a particular Wednesday evening, they 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: Divorce Recovery Series for Catholics
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 19 through February 2017
WHERE: St. Agnes Church, 300 Johnson St., Freeland
This is an 11-week DVD based program designed to offer comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic teachings to men and women who have suffered through divorce. The coordinator of marriage and family ministry for the diocese will be present to facilitate a conversation in which participants may share their own personal experiences in response to the DVD’s. Each session features a thirty minute DVD presentation covering topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and much more. Open to anyone who needs comfort, counsel and clarity after a divorce. For more information or to register, please contact Linda Milco at the Office of Christian Service, Diocese of Saginaw, 989 797-6660 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . IMPORTANT: Those interested must start the series by Oct. 19, otherwise, we welcome you to the next series beginning in the fall 2017.

WHAT: The Red Mass with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20
WHERE: St. Dominic Parish, St. Stephen Church, 1310 Malzahn St., Saginaw
The Red Mass is a 30 year tradition in the Diocese of Saginaw, in collaboration with the St. Thomas More Society. Bishop Cistone will celebrate Mass with members of the legal profession and their families. The lawyers and judges present will renew their oath of office. This year's Edward J. McArdle Memorial Tribute will be awarded posthumously to Attorney John W. McGraw. The Honorable Patrick McGraw will accept his father's award on behalf of the McGraw Family. All are welcome!

WHAT: Mass of Installation into the Ministry of Acolyte for Deacon Candidates with Bishop Cistone
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22
WHERE: All Saints Parish, St. James Church, 710 Columbus Ave., Bay City
Third year candidates for the permanent diaconate will be installed into the ministry of Acolyte by Bishop Cistone. Permanent deacons are ordained in the sacrament of Holy Orders to a threefold ministry of service in Charity, Word, and Liturgy.

WHAT: Our Call to Mission
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Through baptism, we are all called to mission, whether it is in our homes, parishes, work, communities, country or the world. Join us as Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS explores this call through his presentation and discussion. Cost is free for priests (including sacramental ministers and retired priests), pastoral administrators and two staff members or members of the parish; $15 for all others. To register, contact the Office of Christian Service at 989.797.6646 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 17 (space is limited).



WHAT: Catholic Women’s Fellowship with Rev. James Bessert
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2
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 Father Jim Bessert, director of the Office of Liturgy of the Diocese of Saginaw. For more information, visit:

WHAT: How to Lead a Vigil for the Deceased with Rev. James Bessert
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Father Jim Bessert, director of the Office of Liturgy, will lead a workshop on how to lead a vigil service. All who are involved or interested in this ministry are encouraged to take part. Participation via the internet is also available for this offering. 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. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 26.

WHAT: Annual Lay Ministry Meeting
WHEN: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Lay ministers and lay ministry candidates will gather with Kellie Deming, coordinator of lay ministry, for their annual meeting. The Lay Ministry Program offers deep spiritual, theological, human and pastoral formation for lay people so that they may be even more effective in carrying out the lay apostolate and evangelization. Lay ministry formation involves four years of learning, spiritual formation and pastoral practice before each candidate is commissioned by the bishop for parish-based ministry or missioned by him as a “Christian in the World”. Those interested in learning more about the Lay Ministry Program may call Kellie Deming at 989.797.6609.

WHAT: Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat
WHEN: 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13
WHERE: Saginaw
Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. The location of this retreat is confidential. For information, contact Lori at 989.797.6652 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more, please visit

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