January 28, 2011

Bishop Cistone to celebrate Mass with nearly 3,500 students during Catholic Schools Week

2.1 million Catholic school students prepare to celebrate
Catholic Schools Week
across the United States, including
those in the Diocese of Saginaw.

SAGINAW — Catholic school students in all 22 schools across the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw will be part of the nationwide Catholic Schools Week celebration, January 30-February 5. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: A+ for America,” which highlights the added value of Catholic schools for the nation.

As a group, Catholic school students perform among the top in the country. They have a 99-percent graduation rate and 94 percent go to college. Additionally, Catholic school students are known for the countless hours of service they provide in their local communities. In the Diocese of Saginaw, students help feed the poor, visit the elderly, and raise awareness of important social issues such as abortion and euthanasia.

“It is with great enthusiasm and gratitude that I am celebrating Catholic Schools Week,” said the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw. “I am so proud of our wonderful students and the many contributions of all those who make Catholic education possible: the dedicated principals, teachers, school staffs and volunteers, committed parents, pastors and pastoral administrators who provide excellent leadership, and, in a special way, generous parishioners and benefactors.”

In thanksgiving, Bishop Cistone will celebrate the following regional Masses during Catholic Schools Week:

•January 31, 9:00 a.m., St. Thomas Aquinas
5376 State St., Saginaw
Students from St. Elizabeth and St. Thomas Aquinas schools

•January 31, 1:00 p.m., St. Stephen
2711 Mackinaw St., Saginaw
Students from Nouvel Catholic Central High School and St. Stephen School

•February 1, 12:00 p.m., Sacred Heart
302 S. Kinney Ave., Mt. Pleasant
Students from Sacred Heart Academy, St. Cecilia, St. Joseph and St Mary schools

•February 2, 9:30 a.m., St. Michael
310 E. 2nd St., Pinconning
Students from Auburn Area Catholic, St. Anne, St. Michael and St. Valentine schools

•February 3, 10:00 a.m.
St. Stanislaus Kostka
900 S. Grant St., Bay City
Students from All Saints Middle and High School, Our Lady of Lake Huron,
Holy Trinity, St. James, St. John the Evangelist and St. Slanislaus Kostka schools

•February 4, 8:30 a.m.
Blessed Sacrament
3109 Swede Ave., Midland
Students from Blessed Sacrament and St. Brigid schools

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