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Upcoming Events - November/December 2023


Safe Environment Facilitated Training

To register: Online at; select your preferred date

Date: Thursday, Nov. 16

Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Presenters: Ilene Dowling and Carol Vos

Location: Nouvel Catholic Central Elementary School multipurpose room, 2136 Berberovich Road, Saginaw 48603

For more information: Contact Jenny Sprague, or 989-792-2361

Safe Environment Facilitated training helps individuals recognize and prevent abuse by teaching the signs of possible abuse, means of reporting and the impact of sexual abuse and its many forms. Training for adults is offered throughout the Diocese and is open to all who wish to receive the training. All schools and religious education programs have programs for minors, parents and care-givers. The Code of Conduct describes appropriate boundaries for clergy, all employees of the Diocese and all parish and school volunteers.

If you are a victim/survivor of clergy abuse or know of someone who is, you are urged to make direct contact with local law enforcement and the Michigan Attorney General’s investigation hotline at 844.324.3374. You are also welcome to contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 989.797.6682 or victim.assistance@ The victim assistance coordinator can assist victims in obtaining counseling services.

If you have cause to suspect a child or young person is being neglected or abused by anyone, immediately contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at its 24/7 hotline number: 855.444.3911. If you are currently witnessing child abuse or neglect, call 911.

First Fridays with Bishop Gruss

Date: Dec. 1 and Jan. 5

Presenter: Bishop Robert Gruss

Location: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave., Saginaw.

Time: 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Cost: $8 for lunch, optional

To register: Online at or call (989) 799-7910. Registration is only needed for those attending the presentation and lunch.

Registration deadline: Nov. 1 and Nov. 29 and Jan. 3, respectively

Join Bishop Robert Gruss for Mass and an informal presentation. All are welcome to attend Mass. A meatless lunch and informal presentation will follow at noon in the lower level of the Cathedral. Due to limited seating, please register online if you plan to attend the presentation and lunch.

Novena for Our Lady of Guadalupe

Date: Monday, Dec. 4-Tuesday, Dec. 12

On Dec. 9, 1531, Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill (now México City). Three days later, on Dec. 12, Juan Diego received a miraculous sign from the Virgin Mary. On this same day, centuries later, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Please watch for times and locations for the novena on the diocesan website (

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) Certification Training

Date: Saturday, Dec. 9

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Langley Hall, adjacent to St. James Church (All Saints Parish), Bay City

Presenter: Rev. Jose Maria Cabrera

Cost: No cost

To register: Contact Tori Little, or 989-793-0618

Just in time for Advent, join Father Jose Cabrera for an exploration of Scriptures connected with the beginning of the life of Jesus! Father Cabrera will be leading an exploration of the Infancy Narratives in the New Testament, drawing largely on insights from volume 3 of Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI. This seminar, perfectly timed as a preparation for the celebration of Christmas

Diocesan Marriage Prep Day

Date: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Center for Ministry

Cost: $90/couple

To register: Online at

Registration deadline: Jan. 12, 2024

For more information: Contact Beth Bauer, or 989-797-6655

Preparing for a life together is a journey of the heart and head. Sharing time discussing relevant topics which will directly impact your relationship and marriage is essential to a covenant marriage with God and each other. Diocesan marriage prep days will be offered quarterly and provide speakers offering a personal story from a young couple with children and presentations on the Sacrament of Marriage, the Catholic marriage ceremony, family of origin, conflict resolution, the five love languages, intimacy and natural family planning.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexico Pilgrimage

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 31 through Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

Location: Mexico City and surrounds

Cost: $2,595

To register: Online at or 800-653-0017

Registration deadline: Jan. 12, 2024

For more information: Contact Deacon Librado Gayton, or 989-980-0935

Package includes: Roundtrip flight from Detroit (DTW); 4-star hotel accommodations; private motorcoach transportation; breakfast & dinner served daily; dedicated tour manager service; Palace of Fine Arts Ballet Folklorico; and daily Mass and spiritual activities.

Jail & Prison Minister Seminar - "Who Do You Say That I Am?"

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Center for Ministry

Cost: $35

To register: Online at

Registration deadline: Jan. 30, 2024

For more information: Contact Lori Becker, or 989-797-6652

Are you hearing a call from God to serve in jail and/or prison ministry? Do you want to learn what the Church teaches about the dignity of the incarcerated? The seminar “Who Do You Say That I Am?” is an experiential teaching to explore effects of incarceration on our society and to learn what our faith calls us to do in response.

Eucharistic Revival Night

Date: Thursday, Feb. 15

Time: 7 to 8 p.m.

Location: St. Joseph Church, 59 Moore St., Sandusky 48471

For more information: Contact Holy Family Parish Office, 810-648-2968 or holyfamilyparish1@

Encounter Jesus present in the Eucharist and participate in the National Eucharistic Revival! There will be praise and worship music and intercessory prayer teams to facilitate healing and encounter. Please avail your soul to Jesus this night and allow the Lord to work in you.