Join Bishop Gruss for World Youth Day in Portugal!

Bishop Gruss paddles a raft during World Youth Day in Poland in 2016. 
World Youth Day in Portugal is coming in 2023, and young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 are invited to travel with Bishop Gruss and other pilgrims from July 30 to Aug. 7, 2023. Youth who are 16 or 17 may also participate if accompanied by their parents.

The trip includes World Youth Day events, an excursion to Fatima, and Mass with Pope Francis.  More information is available here.

If you have further questions, you may contact Sarah Messing, Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, at or 989-797-6639.
WHAT: World Youth Day Information Meeting

WHEN: Monday, June 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Diocesan Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw

Youth ministers, parish representatives, ​or anyone interested in learning about the trip are also invited to a World Youth Day Information Meeting on Monday, June 6  from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Diocesan Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw.  Please RSVP to Amy Dore at

The meeting will cover the basics of the pilgrimage (hotel, price, payment plan, registration process, etc). It will also include the ‘why’ of World Youth Day, best practices with fundraising, and practical preparation. Come learn about and get your questions answered about this amazing experience! 

Service camp and immersion experience (Y.E.S.) returns! Local youth invited to participate

Youth Encounter Service, or Y.E.S., is back! Y.E.S. is a weeklong, local service camp and immersion experience sponsored by the Diocese of Saginaw from June 19 to 24.

Y.E.S. gives high school students an opportunity to learn about and fight poverty, while reaching out to the poor.
Youth spend five days of their summer vacation sprucing up yards and making minor repairs to homes in the city of Saginaw. In addition to hands-on work, participants learn more about Catholic Social teaching.

Part of the week is spent volunteering at local outreach organizations such as the East Side Soup Kitchen, City Rescue Mission and Mustard Seed Shelter. Evening activities include guest speakers, prayer and reflection on the experiences of the day. 

Do you know a high school student or someone entering high school in the fall who might be interested?
Madelyn Snider participated in Y.E.S for four years, most recently in 2019. In the video below, Madelyn says, "It was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done."
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