March 2, 2011

Bishop to utilize social media to share weekly Lenten reflections with faithful

SAGINAW-The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, is using the popularity of YouTube and Facebook, to guide his people through the Christian season of Lent.

Bishop Cistone will offer weekly Lenten messages that focus on prayer and Christian living, with special attention to the abundant graces of God.

"I try to be physically present to the people of the diocese as much as possible," Bishop Cistone said. "When I am unable to be with them in person, I believe I have a great opportunity - through the use of technology - to continue to offer myself as their spiritual shepherd."

Each week, Bishop Cistone will suggest a spiritual exercise to help the faithful grow closer to the Lord during the holy season of Lent. The first reflection, in preparation of Ash Wednesday, is available on the diocesan website. Bishop Cistone will continue to offer a weekly reflection each Monday, beginning March 14 through April 25.

The reflections also will air daily at 11:56 a.m. and 3:56 p.m. on Ave Maria Radio WMAX 1440 AM.

In the calendar of the Catholic Church, Lent is a season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which takes place this year on March 9.

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