COVID-19 Updates

Updated: March 20, 5:00pm

Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Community,

Although we are not able to gather together physically for Mass, we hope that you will join us in prayer as we open the Word together. Fr. Rob suggests using the Liturgy of the Word as an introduction to your meal. Break open the Word, and then break bread together like the earliest Christians.

You can find it under the Sunday Homilies, as well as on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Ansley Dauenhauer will be putting together Children’s Liturgy of the Word services for kids as well. Watch them here.

As long as we cannot gather, we will provide these weekly Liturgy of the Word services.


Updated: March 17, 11:00am

Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Community,

This evening Bishop Gruss released a letter stating that all public Masses have been suspended through Sunday, April 5. You can read his entire letter here. This includes weekday Masses and weekend Masses.

Jesus says “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt. 18:20). Here are some resources you can use alone or with your family to continue to keep your days prayerful and holy.

Daily Readings Resources

Prayer Resources

Resources for Families and Kids

Local Livestreams of Mass

More Resources

As a reminder, the church will remain closed to ensure that facilities stay clean in the case of a funeral. The Parish Center will also be closed until April 6th.

If you would like to continue to contribute your weekly offering to Blessed Sacrament, we have several options:

  • You can give online.
  • Donate via Facebook
  • Mobile Giving App available on Android or Apple
  • Mail your contribution to Blessed Sacrament, 3109 Swede Ave, Midland, MI 48642

Thank you for your understanding.

In Christ,

Blessed Sacrament Staff


Updated: March 13; 4:53pm
We will have regularly scheduled weekend Masses. Bishop Gruss has dispensed the Sunday obligation of attending Mass. In order to comply with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order only 250 people will be allowed per Mass via Bishop Gruss’s instructions. More information will be available on the Diocese of Saginaw website: www.saginaw.org.
 
Please use your best judgment. If you are a member of the at-risk group (over 60 and/or have a compromised immune system) please join us in prayer from home. For Sunday’s readings and resources, visit The Sunday Website at St. Loius University or Catholicmom.com for kid-friendly resources.

Updated: March 13; 2:10pm

Dear Blessed Sacrament Community,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through best practices to combat the spread of COVID-19. Our staff is regularly discussing these issues that affect our parish family.
Right now, we would like to reemphasize the steps regarding liturgy, as well as additional changes and initiatives.
Steps beginning the weekend of March 14/15:
  • Suspend hand-holding during the Our Father
  • Suspend physical contact during the Sign of Peace
  • Suspend offering the Blood of Christ
  • It is suggested that proper reception of the Eucharist be in the hand versus on the tongue
As of right now, we will be having our regularly scheduled weekend Masses.
Canceled Events:
  • Communal Reconciliation (March 15)
  • Faith Formation Registration & Christian Service Funding Open House (March 15)
  • Jesus Experience Day (March 21)
  • Social Justice Presentation (March 26)
  • Rummage Sale (March 30-April 4)
Additional steps effective immediately:
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic School will be closed from Monday, March 16-April 6
  • Emptying baptismal font
  • Church will be locked during the week (no weekday Mass) to ensure clean and disinfected facilities for weekend Masses
  • All activities are canceled until further notice including
    • Stations of the Cross
    • Evening Prayer
    • Awakening Prayer
    • Meditative Walk
    • Faith Formation
    • Youth Ministry
    • Bible studies
What you can do:
  • Parishioners at greatest risk for COVID-19 (those over 60 and/or with compromised immune systems) are encouraged to stay home and join us in prayer.
  • Continue using preventive practices before coming to and while on campus, e.g. thorough hand washing with soap and warm water, coughing or sneezing into your arm or a tissue, and using hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cooperate with standards set by the CDC, which includes staying home if you are ill or are caring for a family member who is ill. If you are sick or caring for someone who is sick, your obligation to attend Mass is dispensed. This applies to every illness, not just COVID-19. Influenza, strep, and other viruses are always present in our communities, and we should be mindful of the threats these illnesses pose to our community.
As Christians, we are called to have faith during uncertain times. We invite you to consider this reflection: A Faith Response to the Coronavirus

In Christ,
Blessed Sacrament Staff

Dear Blessed Sacrament Parish Community,

Although we are not able to gather together physically this weekend for Mass, we hope that you will join us in prayer as we open the Word together. Fr. Rob suggests using the Liturgy of the Word as an introduction to your meal. Break open the Word, and then break bread together like the earliest Christians.

You can find it under the Sunday Homilies, as well as on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Mrs. Dauenhauer will also be providing Children’s Liturgy of the Word! You can find those videos here.

As long as we cannot gather, we will provide these weekly Liturgy of the Word services.