Click here to view a video about the 75th Anniversary Mass
Nearly 200 Voices will Sing in Three Languages at Diocesan 75th Anniversary Mass
WHAT: Anniversary Mass celebrating the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw
WHEN: 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 27 (Doors to open at 12:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Saginaw Valley State University’s Ryder Center, 7400 Bay Road
SAGINAW — The entire community is invited to attend the upcoming Anniversary Mass celebrating and honoring the 75th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, will celebrate Mass at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 inside Saginaw Valley State University’s Ryder Center. Doors to the Ryder Center will open at 12:30 p.m. and a formal procession will begin at 1:45 p.m.
“This anniversary gives our people the opportunity and blessing to experience the larger Church to which they belong, both in our diocese and around our world,” Bishop Cistone said. “I warmly welcome the entire community to come pray with us as we celebrate the great many gifts God has given to us as a diocese. May we have the grace, strength and courage to move forward in the direction the Holy Spirit is guiding us.”
One of the highlights of the anniversary Mass will be the nearly 200 voices from the special anniversary choir representing the parishes across the diocese and additional parish musical groups that will sing in English, Spanish and Polish. Choir members will provide vocals during Mass, but also other musicians will provide music inside and outside the Ryder Center as guests begin to arrive on campus at 12:30 p.m. In addition to the vocal talent of youth and adults, a bagpiper, a Latino band, a choir chimes and hand bell choir and more will provide musical accompaniment throughout the celebration.
Additionally, there will be several significant pieces of art adorning the worship space inside the Ryder Center that will remind worshipers of the historical nature of the celebration. The hand-carved crucifix that hung in the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption when the Most Rev. William F. Murphy was installed as the first Bishop of Saginaw in 1938 will be hung behind the altar, and an oil painting of Our Lady of the Assumption which has belonged to the Cathedral since its establishment 75 years ago will be prominently displayed. Bishop Cistone will use Bishop Murphy’s pastoral staff (crosier) and use the chalice of the Most Rev. Stephen S. Woznicki, second Bishop of Saginaw.
The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis and fifth Bishop of Saginaw, the Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and former priest of the Diocese of Saginaw, along with several Bishops from across the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania also will be present to concelebrate the anniversary Mass. Additionally, the priests of the Diocese of Saginaw will concelebrate and the deacons of the diocese will vest for the Mass.
A video about the 75th Anniversary Mass can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eemNVQZnpCI
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
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