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 | By Mary Beth Looby and Joan Ramm

From Pro-life Events to Golf Outings, CCFMM Supports the Diocese in Many Ways

You may know the Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan for the millions of dollars in scholarships and grants it disperses, but do you know the important role it also plays behind the scenes in our Diocese?

For example, CCFMM supported the nearly 400 people who joined Bishop Gruss for a local March for Life and Ecumenical Prayer Rally on Friday, Jan. 22. As they marched in the snow from the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption to Holy Family Catholic Church, participants stayed warm in their “Michigan for Life” knit hats.

Following the march, Holy Family Catholic Church had a full house to listen to the music of JAM (Jesus and Music) and the powerful words of an ecumenical group of area prolife priests/pastors. Students from several diocesan Catholic schools, adults and children also visited displays from various Mid-Michigan prolife organizations. CCFMM provided logo tote bags for the valuable materials attendees took with them regarding support for mothers and babies. Partnering with the diocesan Office of Parish Life and Evangelization, CCFMM also offered refreshments at the reception.

The Foundation also provided assistance at the Banquet and Silent Auction to Support Seminarian Education at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bay City last fall. CCFMM was happy to provide meals for the 12 priests who had a good time serving guests, as well as the priests who entertained the crowd with their musical talent.

The foundation also provided goody bags and gifts for golfers at the Bishop’s Golf Classic for Seminarian Education earlier that day.

“The Foundation’s focus is long-term financial support of parishes, Catholic schools and diocesan ministries, but the Foundation remains active in the community by supporting everyday needs of the Saginaw Diocese and its activities,” said Kristin Smith, executive director of CCFMM.

With its strong commitment to our Catholic schools, CCFMM was also pleased to contribute a centerpiece for the Back to School Mass and reception with Bishop Robert Gruss at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption last October. This event was an exciting way to kick off the school year, as the church was packed with energetic students and their families from all around the Diocese!