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SAGINAW — Here’s where and when to find the Stations of the Cross during Lent in the Diocese of Saginaw:
-Bannister/Chesaning, St. Peter: The Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 5 p.m. Fridays, March 21 and April 4, in Bannister. A soup supper will follow.
-Bay City, Our Lady of the Visitation: The Stations of the Cross are prayed at 7 p.m. Fridays, March 28 and April 11.
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Diocesan charismatic conference challenges participants to move closer to God

By Sandra Burch
The Catholic Weekly

BAY CITY — Fr. T.J. Fleming tried to help people bridge the distance between themselves and God during the Saginaw Diocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference.
Speaking during the conference, which was Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, at Our Lady of the Visitation Church in Bay City, Fr. Fleming spoke of the distance we put between God and ourselves and what we need to do to bridge the gap.
Focusing on the theme, “I Am the Great I Am, I Make All Things New,” he spoke about the second creation story from Genesis, about God having an intimate relationship with Adam and Eve.
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INDIAN RIVER — The Cross In The Woods, a local landmark since 1954. The 55-foot high crucifix was made of a single redwood tree. The 7-ton bronze sculpture of Christ was created by Marshall M. Fredericks and added to the cross in 1959. The sculpture measures an impressive 22 feet wide and 31 feet high. But what most don’t know is it is also home to the world’s largest collection of nun dolls.

The nun museum has over 500 nun dolls to view. Sue Peacock/photos


The nun doll museum has more than five-hundred dolls and mannequins, each dressed in the traditional garb of men and woman from religious communities in North and South America. Every order has to have a distinct one designed by the foundress, and they are not supposed to copy anyone else. The difference between two orders can be as simple as a few extra pleats in the skirt or as noticeable as Mother Teresa’s blue-striped, sari-inspired head covering.
Wearing religious habits is a tradition that dates back to the monastic and missionary practices of the early church.
In early Christian orders, habits were the street dress of the day of Europe, where many orders began. They became the uniform for men and women religious.
For example, St. Francis adopted the dress of the poor tied with a cord. The Daughters of Charity wore the peasant outfitters of the women of the day, complete with the “white wings.” The Sisters of Charity of Elizabeth Seton wore the dress of the widows of their era. Mother Theresa’s Sisters of Charity adapted the sari, the dress of Indian women, and made it their uniform.
Donors to the museum have received official blessings from the Pope: “His holiness Pope John Paul II, Vicar of Jesus Christ, imparts his Apostolic Benediction upon Sally and Wallace Rogalski for their undertaking in promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life through the world famous Catholic Shrine Doll Museum, 1988.”
A walk through the museum and one can’t help grinning while looking at th 500-plus dolls dressed up as nuns.†

At noon each Wednesday this summer, a group of teens has gathered in a classroom at Nouvel Catholic Central High School for “Faith and Pizza,” a time for food, talk and reflection with Principal John Hoving. Mark Haney/Catholic Weekly


Students gather weekly at Saginaw high school for something more than a break

By Mark Haney
The Catholic Weekly

SAGINAW — Thirteen young people quietly sit at desks, writing, at noon on a Wednesday in July at Nouvel Catholic Central High School.
This is not punishment. This is not mandatory summer school. This is not some pre-college-test class either.
This, believe it or not, is “Faith and Pizza,” and it is completely optional.
It is the brainchild of principal John Hoving and stems out of his earlier life as a youth minister at St. Brigid Parish in Midland.
He carried some of that experience along with him to the principal’s job at Bay City All Saints High School, where there was a regular all-school prayer session that included a reading from the Bible, after which he would give the students a three- to five-minute reflection on it.
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Midland native to celebrate 50 years as a Bernardine sister at Sunday Mass
By Mark Haney
The Catholic Weekly

MIDLAND — The Maria Bartos who returns to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish this weekend is not the same Cecelia Bartos that left Midland some 50 years ago.
This one is a world traveler.
The one that left had none of that in mind.
When she left Midland back in 1959, Cecelia only wanted to serve as a nun. She became Sr. Maria Bartos, a Bernardine sister. And so much more.
Religious life, she said, “has been even more than I thought it would be. When I entered, I would do what I basically had to do — I became a nun and taught —but I never realized I would see the world when I entered the convent. I expected to stay in one place and just serve God in a very simple way.”
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By Joyce Orrys
Special to The Catholic Weekly

ALGER — St. Joseph Parish kicked off the celebration of its’ 100-year anniversary at a Mass on Sunday, April 14.
Parishioner Beverly Baumgart made a presentation on the history of the parish and the community. During the reception after the Mass, several lifelong parishioners shared their memories of St. Joseph.
Norm Bialobrzeski said he and his family have attended this church all 51 years of his life. It is the only church the family has attended.
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By Lon Medd
The Catholic Weekly

SAGINAW — Jerry Vargo’s interest in playing the trumpet started at a young age.
In third grade, the Saginaw resident picked up the instrument for the first time. He played on and off for a few years. When he got to sixth grade, he realized he had a unique talent.
“I was real excited to be in a band playing with a lot of other kids,” said Vargo, 14, who just finished his freshman years at Heritage High School.
Vargo got into the advanced band and while it was “a challenge to play the music,” it was a challenge he was ready for.
Since then he has built an impressive resume. In eighth grade, entered into a statewide band with over 500 students from middle schools throughout Michigan. Of that number, nearly 150 trumpet players auditioned for the Michigan All-State Band. Eighteen trumpet players were chosen and Vargo was one of them.
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Ray Guarendi, psychologist and host of Ave Maria Radio’s “The Doctor Is In,” stressed discipline in parenting during a recent talk given to a gathering of men at St. Hyacinth Parish in Bay City. Mark Haney/Catholic Weekly


Psychologist tells men they need to be tougher parents to their kids

By Mark Haney
The Catholic Weekly

BAY CITY — Ray Guarendi knows — either discipline your children or someone else will.
Like a judge.
It is all about discipline, the psychologist and Catholic radio talk show host told a gathering of men at St. Hyacinth Parish. Love doesn’t have to be part of the equation either.
“Discipline without love may be harsh,” he said, but love without discipline is child abuse.”
And if parents don’t discipline their children, someone else will, he said, “a judge, an Army sergeant, a police office, an employer — I shudder at this next one — a wife.”
And other people aren’t going to care about their circumstances either.
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By Sandra Burch
The Catholic Weekly

CARROLLTON — The church was almost full for the 100th anniversary celebration Mass at St. Josaphat Parish on Saturday, June 15.
The Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Ron Dombrowski, Msgr. James Suchoski and Fr. Jim Bessert.
At the beginning of the Mass, Fr. Dombrowski introduced both concelebrants and said Fr. Jim Bessert was on hand because Bishop Joseph R. Cistone was still in California. That was a good thing, he added, because in a couple of weeks, Fr. Bessert will become the parish’s new sacramental minister.
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By Elizabeth Krajkowski
Special to The Catholic Weekly

SAGINAW — Since as early as 1880, Polish pioneers who settled in South Saginaw attended Holy Rosary Church every Sunday by making a three-mile walk.
But they longed for a church of their own, a church closer to home where they could gather for worship, thank God for His blessings and teach family the importance of God’s presence in their lives.
Having little money, this dream seemed an impossibility. Until, that is, an opportunity presented itself: the Brothers of Kosciusko Society, to which all the Polish people in this section belonged, bought the old Webber mansion and grounds at the corner of Webber and Jefferson streets for $5,000 in the spring of 1910. The property, almost a city block, was a beautiful grove, with the home practically hidden from passers by on Jefferson Avenue.
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