February 2, 2011

Bishop: 'You can be like Jesus right now'

The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone is observing Catholic Schools Week by celebrating Mass with nearly 3,500 students from across the Diocese of Saginaw.

As part of his homily message, Bishop Cistone is sharing the story of St. John Bosco, who at just nine years old was called to lead and care for disadvantaged children with great gentleness and compassion. St. John Bosco, whose feast day was celebrated Monday, January 31, spent his life providing Catholic education, food and housing to hundreds of poor and orphaned boys and girls. Bishop Cistone told the boys and girls gathered for his first three Catholic Schools Week regional Masses that they, too, are called to share the love of the Lord with those they meet.

"Our Catholic schools provide students a superior education, but it is our ability to share the Faith that makes Catholic education a gift," Bishop Cistone said. "I pray that St. John Bosco, in his love for Jesus, will continue to inspire parents, teachers and especially students to live their Faith right now!"

Catholic Schools Week Masses that were cancelled due to heavy snowfall and school closures will be rescheduled.

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