September 14, 2010

Saginaw native who traded house for SUV returns home with musical family to give concert

All are invited to enjoy a free concert featuring the Irish folk music group ShaeLaurel following the annual “Mass on the Grass” at St. Stephen Catholic Church this weekend

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Andrew Witchger. The father of four grew up in Saginaw and graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1981. Witchger went on to study music at Central Michigan University and began working as a parish music minister.

Taking a leap of faith in 2001, Witchger and his wife, Janet, sold their home and belongings and took their musical family on the road. They have since performed across the United States, Canada, Europe and China. Recently the group was even featured on CNN.

Witchger will be in Saginaw with ShaeLaurel this weekend for the third annual “Mass on the Grass” celebration at St. Stephen Catholic Church. The outdoor Mass provides an opportunity for the community to worship together amidst the outdoor beauty of fall. It also is an opportunity to bring the entire neighborhood together for a free concert that is upbeat and entertaining. The fast-fiddling Irish and contemporary style of ShaeLaurel promises to provide an enjoyable afternoon for the entire family.

ShaeLaurel also will perform for students at St. Stephen School on Monday, September 20.

In case of bad weather the concert will take place in the parish hall. ShaeLaurel also will provide music during the St. Stephen weekend Masses at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.

WHAT: St. Stephen Catholic Church invites families to participate in a day of worship, music and fun. Food and beverages will be available. All are welcome.

WHEN: Mass begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 19 and ShaeLaurel will follow at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: St. Stephen Catholic Church parking lot, 1300 Malzahn, Saginaw

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