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Churches merge

St. Agnes Catholic Church in Sanford, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Coleman and St. Anne Catholic Church in Edenville, will become one, unified faith community under a new name, effective July 1, 2013. Our Lady of Grace was one of three choices parishioners of these three churches forwarded to the Diocese of Saginaw in April 2013. From the three names forwarded to the Diocese, the Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone selected Our Lady of Grace as the new parish name.

“We are overjoyed that Bishop Cistone supported one of our collective choices and, during this challenging time of re-structuring of our beloved Catholic churches, it is very appropriate that the name selected is reflective of this merger experience. Our Lady of Grace has been, historically, petitioned in times of need, forgiveness and mercy. We will look upon this name to guide us through this process as we work toward forming a new and vibrant Catholic community,” said Father Dan Fox, Order of Friars Minor, Capuchin, Our Lady of Grace-Sanford.

Our Lady of Grace-Sanford will serve as the primary worship site for the new parish, with Our Lady of Grace-Edenville, serving as an additional use site. St. Philip Neri will close, with an occasional use function as defined by the Diocese of Saginaw.

Effective, July 1, 2013, Masses will be held at Our Lady of Grace-Edenville every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Our Lady of Grace-Sanford will host two Sunday Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively.

St. Agnes, St. Philip’s and St. Anne’s are part of a broader effort to merge Catholic churches throughout the Diocese of Saginaw.

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