Youth Mass with Bishop Cistone Among Upcoming Faith Offerings

Monday, 23 January 2017 09:14

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Clipboard01feedBishop Cistone and youth bow during the preparation of the gifts at the “Feed the Fire” Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, Gladwin on Nov. 12, 2016

SAGINAW — Please consider participating in one or more of the upcoming events that will take place across the Diocese of Saginaw. All are invited!

WHAT: Catholic Women’s Fellowship Including Presentation on the New Evangelization
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1
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 will focus on the New Evangelization and will be given by Peg McEvoy, coordinator for faith formation at the Diocese of Saginaw. For more information, visit:

WHAT: “Feed the Fire” Mass with Bishop Cistone in Maple Grove
WHEN: 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4
WHERE: St. Michael Parish, 17994 Lincoln Rd., New Lothrop
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: Lay Ministry Regional Information Meeting
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8
WHERE: St. Catherine of Siena Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Church, 2956 E. North Union Rd., Bay City
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: 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 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 Protestant 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: Monthly Diocesan Men’s Faith-Sharing Night: Bishop Barron’s Series on the Saints, The Pivotal Players- Blessed John Newman
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15
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. No prior registration is needed.

WHAT: Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone in Bay City
WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16
WHERE: Corpus Christi Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1008 S. Wenona St., Bay 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. 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: 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 Bill Taylor will present at this retreat. He 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, $180 for a private room and $95 for commuters.

WHAT: PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Preparation Training
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25
WHERE: Diocesan Center For Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
Engaged couples are invited to a one day seminar with practical presentations, couple exercises and a personalized couple report which identifies relationship strength and growth areas. Additional information as well as a registration form is available at: or by contacting Linda Milco in the Office of Christian Service of the Diocese of Saginaw at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 989.797.6660. Cost to attend is $70 per couple (includes seminar, assessment and lunch). The registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15.

WHAT: Sacred Art Workshop with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Monday, April 24 to Saturday, April 29
WHERE: Our Lady of Grace Center, 1965 Michigan Ave., Alma
Sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Alma, this is a week-long Illuminated Workshop designed to be a historical, scriptorium experience which is part of the prayerful, peaceful setting within a thriving, religious community. Participants may also, if they choose to do so, participate in the daily cycle of prayers with the sisters including the Divine Office and morning Mass. A limited number of participants are accepted in the intensive workshop. Cost to attend is $600 including lodging and meals ($400 without lodging). More information and registration is available at or by calling 989-463-6035 ext. 1.

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