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Eternal Rest, grant unto him, O Lord


In remembrance of our Bishop: let us be grateful for his service and remember him in prayer.

Bishop Cistone was appointed Bishop of Saginaw by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on May 20, 2009. Two months later, on July 28, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Saginaw, Bishop Cistone was installed as the sixth Bishop of Saginaw.

Soon after his arrival in Saginaw, parish leadership called upon Bishop Cistone to address the need for parish restructuring. In 2011, as part of an overall plan to strengthen the Church of Saginaw and position parishes to better engage in the work of evangelization, Bishop Cistone announced the historic undertaking, Planning Tomorrow’s Parishes. The strategic planning process, designed to engage parishioners to assess the state of churches across the 11 county Diocese of Saginaw and develop recommendations to enhance the vibrancy of parish life, led to Bishop Cistone’s decisions in January 2013 to restructure parish communities and designate use of churches to better serve the faithful.

Bishop Cistone encouraged the faithful to trust in the Lord’s plan, a message he first shared in his pastoral letter, “A Future Full of Hope”, in 2011. In it, he shared his vision for a complete revitalization of the diocese, which included a commitment to evangelization, vocations, lifelong discipleship and promotion of a deeper love, appreciation and understanding of the gift of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The hallmark of his leadership is reflected in the restoration of the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

Bishop Cistone enjoyed spending time among the people, providing public witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ as he celebrated Mass, led Holy Hours, administered the Sacrament of Confirmation, particularly to the youth, traveled with pilgrims to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., hosted guests at the Bishop’s Ball and Golf Classic, prayed outside the abortion clinic, ministered to migrant workers, spoke at community events, visited Catholic schools and much more across the Diocese of Saginaw.

“The Eucharist is the foundation, the very essence, of what it means for us to be a Church. All priorities must find their source, meaning and grace in the Eucharist.” — Bishop Joseph Cistone, DD in his first pastoral letter to the Diocese of Saginaw: "A Future Full Of Hope"



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Weekly Parish Calendar

 October 15th: Eucharistic Holy Hour followed by dinner at St. Mary's, beginning at 5 pm
  October 17th: Faith Formation 6pm - 7:30pm at St. Mary's Center
 October 18th: Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion Meeting and Renewal; 1:00 pm at St. Mary's, 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm at St. Denis.  If you wish to serve please be present for this manditory meeting.
 October 21st: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 October 23rd: Funeral Service for Bishop Joseph Cistone, DD; to be held at Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Saginaw at 11:00 am.


Hightlights of Bishop's Cistone's 5th Aniversary, as Bishop of Saginaw.

MAlogoAve Maria Parish Mission Statement

Ave Maria Parish is a Catholic faith community who welcomes all people to our Christian family. We are disciples and sacramental followers of Jesus Christ. In our chosen vocations, we call upon the Blessed Mother’s intercession and recognize the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us to carry out God’s work.

We strive to grow together in holiness through prayer, reception of the sacraments, faith formation and evangelization. Through the grace of God, we extend ourselves to each other and our community to proclaim the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.